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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Philosophy, strategy and medicine as related to the martial arts, translated with commentary. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bible of Karate Bubishi , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Bible of Karate Bubishi.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Bible of Karate Bubishi. The book is a series of articles, which Mr. McCarthy has reorder but kept with the original number order in which they appeared into 4 sections: History and philosophy, Chinese medicine and herbal pharmacology, vital points, and fighting techniques, all of which count with an introduction from the author into the history or context from where many of them come, commentary and translation notes from the author, etc.
It's amazing the work that Mr. McCarthy has put into the translation of this work. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Karate-Do in general, its' history, influences, mindset and even techniques and strategies, just don't expect everything to make sense on the first read, since some of the information has been codified or even lost in the sands of time, and might take quite a few reads to make sense of it.
May 09, Markus Wall rated it liked it. I enjoyed the parts pertaining to the fighting aspect quite a bit, however I was not overly pleased on how non-critical the chapters on TCM were. We are in the 21th century, and we can be fairly certain that things like acupuncture and moxibustion doesn't work.
A more scientific approach to the subject would have been appreciated. Apr 21, Jessie rated it really liked it Shelves: martial-arts. There are two different works to review here: the historical work, the Bubishi itself, and Patrick McCarthy's translation and supplemental information. While "reviewing" any historical work, especially one that is the Bible of anything, seems to be the wrong choice of words, I can discuss its value to the modern day karateka.
Several sections had little relevance for the modern martial artist, particularly pressure point fighting, as well as herbal remedies for trauma injuries. I'm sure they hav There are two different works to review here: the historical work, the Bubishi itself, and Patrick McCarthy's translation and supplemental information.
I'm sure they have their merits, however their practicality is limited. Perhaps the section of most interest to modern karateka is the one that includes illustrations of self defense techniques. Here, an approach that matches the current day is put to use, showing mechanical means of protecting oneself. By going back to such an ancient text, we can see what the likes of Chojun Miyagi decided to embrace and what to leave behind.
Thus, we learn how to adapt this art and keep it alive as they did. Patrick McCarthy's translation and context provided real value. He frames the history in as unbiased a way as possible. Martial arts writers and historians tend to get caught up in their interpretation, and all else be damned, but not McCarthy. Multiple times, when he mentions how the Bubishi ended up in Okinawa, he is careful to emphasize that it is just one way that the Bubishi likely arrived - not the only way.
The book as a whole was pretty dry at times, however well worth the read. Apr 21, Des Paroz rated it it was amazing. Although each edition is based on an original translation, McCarthy has continued to research and refine the translations, and continues to add a vast swathe of additional, original research into the art and science of karate.
It includes a comprehensive analysis into the history of karate and this writing, then moves on to ethics, medicine acupressure and herbalism , and numerous fighting techniques and explanations. Jun 05, Stephen Simpson rated it did not like it. A horrible, awful, needlessly bloated and pointless iteration of an otherwise really interesting text. Not this worthless dreck.
Sep 12, Lance Schonberg rated it liked it Shelves: martial-arts , read-in This is several different books in one to my reading. Next comes the translations of the combat and technique sections. Finally, and least enjoyable to me enough to drag my overall rating of the book down at least a full star , the section on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology.
This is where the book really shines and I would have been satisfied just reading this chunk. In the latter category, we range from the placebo to the harmful, and I think that range is present here. Temper your expectations in this part of the book. The techniques sections range from good to excellent. Overall rating, 3. I understand wanting to present it as an historical document, but I would have quite enjoyed a little commentary here and there about how some of this eventually led to real medicine if it did and some of it was outright dangerous.
Very much enjoyed the rest of the book. Oct 07, Peter rated it liked it Recommends it for: students of anatomy. This book has it all for any serious martial arts enthusiast: History, philosophy, anatomy, strategy, and of course, the vital point analysis. The idea is to disrupt an attackers normal body functions by a certain "touch" or strike to a specific point or points on the body, with affects ranging from numbness in the limbs, to unconciousness, or permanent organ damage.
The remedies for all injuries are also listed, since it was necessary for any practitioner to learn to heal before learning to hurt. Some people worry about the misuse of a book like this, however, the information presented takes years of diligent study to understand and apply. This book was fantastic. McCarthy writes like a historian, with a careful and critical eye. Tons of context and study here, and the author very obviously knows the subject and has deep respect for it.
It's fantastic to see respect and criticism so easily coupled. The translated text itself? Myself, I'm not sure I see the same value in it that the author does, but I think that experience will vary according to background and beliefs. It's certainly an interesting book for anyone that wants to unde This book was fantastic. It's certainly an interesting book for anyone that wants to understand the martial arts, but without all of the commentary, history and analysis I doubt I'd have loved this work nearly so much.
Totally worth a read for anyone in interested in martial arts. Lots of history and ancient writings that might be in the Karate genesis. However, it is not a practical book where one understands the hidden meanings of a Kata or much of anything, really.
So, I ended up disappointed, to say the least. View 1 comment. Jun 02, Tim rated it liked it. Jan 09, Mazen Alloujami rated it it was amazing. Excellent translation and explanation of this classical of the karate-do from Okinawa.
If you are martial arts practitioner don't miss it. Jul 29, Rahmat Romadon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: karateka s. Shelves: to-order. Buku ini juga akan saya pesan bulan depan berbarengan dengan buku Nintai td.
Gak sabar pengen baca buku ini. Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Cedric Capestany rated it really liked it Dec 27, Tony Bell rated it really liked it Aug 02,
Interpreting the Bubishi: One Thousand Pounds Falls to the Ground
The Bubishi is a collection of essays that deal with philosophical ideals tied to the martial arts, metaphysics, medicine, training methods and techniques, as well as a bit of history. At this point, it might make sense to take a step back and recognize the incredible breadth of knowledge within China at the time. To put it into context, another martial tome, also called the Bubishi, was put together at roughly the same time by a Chinese general named Mao Yuanyi. His manual cites over 2, books, contains chapters over nine volumes, and touches on every imaginable aspect of warfare - unarmed, armed, armies, skirmishes, descriptions of kung fu techniques taken from an even earlier document written by a master named Qi Jiguan, who nobody has heard of outside of scholarly circles China and Okinawa have a long history together, dating back to the early 14th century, just before the establishment of what would become the Ryukyu Kingdom. Imperial emissaries from China would pass through the islands from time to time, fishermen and traders would make the trip back and forth, and Okinawan scions were sent to the Chinese Mainland to receive a proper education.
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