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Watashi no Karate-jutsu

At long last we are pleased to announce that the 1932 Motobu Choki publication, “Watashi no Karate-jutsu,” is finally completed thanks only to the assistance and co-operation of many kind people. The publication is approximately 120 pages in the same size and format as our Funakoshi Gichin publication, Tanpenshu.

Here, in this small but provocative publication, lies yet another milestone in the legacy of Karate. “Watashi no Karate-jutsu” (“My Art of Karate”), introduces comprehensive insights into a fighting tradition as known and taught by one of its early Okinawan innovators, Motobu Choki (1870-1944). One of only two books he ever published on the art it is not widely known in modern karate circles or outside the spectrum of those who research its history. Straightforward in its approach, this modest work outlines those unique methods that made Motobu Choki, pound for pound, possibly the greatest technician and karate fighter of his generation.

One mistake the modern karateka often makes, when trying to grasp the technical ambiguities surrounding the application of early karate practices, is to depend on contemporary assumptions. This small but powerful book provides a window through which the reader is better able to perceive the cultural landscape and mind-set of those people who shaped its practice.

What could possibly improve a reader’s overall understanding of the art more than walking in the footsteps of those people most responsible for pioneering it? Great people should never be forgotten, if only to remind us of the potential latent in ourselves. By studying the anthropology of this tradition it becomes evident that many of the early pioneers established a symbiosis with karate so that their lives became as much a product of the art as was the art a product of their lives.

Researched and translated by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy

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McCarthy Sensei’s DVDs are not only very knowledgable in their historical content … they are also very entertaining and spoken with a subtle sense of humour and no political mumbo jumbo! I highly recommend them. ~ Isaac Florentine [Jasmine Motion Pictures]

McCarthy Sensei’s DVDs are great! He’s probably the most knowledgeable person in the world on not only technique but also the history of Okinawan Karate & Kobudo, too. In fact, I don’t think anyone is even close to commanding the knowledge this man has. I really encourage any/all Karate/Kobudo practitioners to have these. ~ Kent Moyer [The World Protection Group]

McCarthy Sensei’s DVDs are excellent and you will not be disappointed, I assure you. ~ Don Warrener [Warrener Entertainment & Rising Sun Productions]

Just finished viewing the Dai Nippon Butokukai DVD and enjoyed it tremendously. A wealth of information presented in such a way that leaves me anxious to get to the other ones. This collection is one of a kind and a “must’ buy for every serious Martial Artist! Thank you McCarthy Hanshi and Warrerner Entertainment for this rare gift of knowledge.  His unselfish research has shed much needed light on understanding our quest for the true path of Karate-do. Highly recommended. ~ Chuck Merriman [Jundokan]

I now believe, as McCarthy Hanshi says, “That Kata is the culmination of of 2-person drills!” Paul Enfield [Goju Ryu Kyoshi 7th Dan]

McCarthy Sensei’s Japanese-to-English translation of Motobu Choki’s, “Watashi no Karate-jutsu” is my ALL-TIME favourite book and I ALWAYS recommend it at my seminars. I am so thankful for him bringing to the Western World. Jesse Enkamp [Karate by Jesse]

In this world of, “become an expert simply by gleaming Google, watching some Youtube clips, or translating books researched by others,” … The contributions (born of often troublesome field research) of Hanshi McCarthy stand head and shoulder above all. – Cezar Borkowski Hanshi 9th Dan,  Toronto – Canada

“I have completed watching your [Patrick McCarthy] excellent DVD series.  I was so impressed … especially by the two-person drills you have designed for different subjects.  I have never seen such comprehensive drills … my mind is still spinning with the comprehensive two-person drills you have designed for tegumi, nage-waza, kansetsu/tuite-waza, shime-waza, and ne-waza.  With over 200 techniques in the drills, you have done a great service to serious Karate students around the world.”  – Charles Goodin, Hawaii

McCarthy Sensei is one of the most decorated and well-versed western proponents of Karatedo and Kobudo with the credentials to match. In short, you won’t find a more qualified or more well read person on the history, philosophy, techniques and kata of the tradition that you and I practice.  I view McCarthy sensei as a scholar-warrior reworking the cultural artifacts and ambiguity of our way of thinking about the tradition of Karate… Like his teachers, he is truly an encyclopedia of karate history and techniques.  The [IRKRS] Society’s “members only” web-page is a goldmine of information and I feel very happy and privileged to have access to it. More importantly it has the most valuable resource of them all; good people and a good leader with vision. – Mario McKenna, Vancouver

“I am fascinated by both Mr. McCarthy’s physical prowess and scholarly pursuits:” Hokama Tetsuhiro, Okinawa

WOW!! This was one of the best seminars that I have ever attended. I kid you not, I had goose bumps the whole seminar!! And WOW what a great and humble master Hanshi Patrick McCarthy is, he is one the few real masters that I have ever had the honour and privilege of meeting. These days so many people call themselves “masters”, however very few are, this I have found this out over my 25 years of training. Hanshi McCarthy is the real deal! – Mike Sywyk, Hamilton – Canada

“Mr. McCarthy’s understanding of combative principles and ability to implement them in an effective manner has improved our overall performance level.” – Major Avi Nardia 

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Tanpenshu

This is an eclectic book about Funakoshi Gichin, who many consider to be the father of Japanese karate. But this is not a book of commentary about this master. Instead, the man, his background and early karate history are intimately portrayed through his own early writings, his portraits, many photos and other related materials.

While not aimed at the martial arts beginner or casual reader, the book would be enjoyed by historians, researchers, Shotokan karate practitioners or anyone interested in the development of karate in the early 20th century.Although some of this information has been printed elsewhere, the book does provide new translations, while also revealing the sources of the information.

Central to the collection are new translations of five early writings by Funakoshi dating back to 1914 that touch on a wide variety of subjects: His thoughts on the origin of karate, other former martial artists, styles of karate, kumite, points of practice and fighting, the relationship between karate and academic study, his personal prospective of the introduction of karate into Japan, his recollections about his teacher Azato Ankoh as well as the contrast of stillness and action (yin & yang) and how it relates to karate practice.
The publication is enhanced with nearly 40 pages of rare and historical photos, portraits, sequences of technique and translated calligraphy. Among them are the controversial 925 King Magazine illustrations that depict the story of Choku Motobu defeating a foreign boxer in a challenge match, but rather than Motobu being shown the drawings are of Funakoshi.

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15-year Journal Special Collectors Edition – Download

Anthropology, Ethos,  Tactical Strategies & Pedagogical Principles
Before the advent of modern karate, there existed a remarkable martial art in Okinawa referred to as Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu. Simplified for the purpose being put into Okinawa’s turn-of-the-century school system to build robust bodies and militaristic mentalities, in support of Japan’s escalating war machine, Ryukyu Kenpo Toudi-jutsu ultimately fell under the influence of Japanese Budo culture which transformed the modified practice into a sport and cultural recreation. The IRKRS Journal is the official journal for both members of the International Ryukyu-jutsu Research Society and the students/teachers of Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo-jutsu. Not a commercial rag aimed at marketing martial arts products, announcing tournament results or glorifying physical violence, the Journal is an informal quarterly on-line publication addressing important historical, philosophical and technical issues at the forefront of karate & kobudo. From 1995 through 2010 this publication served as invaluable reading for many like-minded researchers, teachers and students from different styles all over the world. Featuring cutting edge articles, biographies, book reviews and Japanese-to-English translations, the Special 15-year Collectors Journal is a unique and important source of primary information helping readers better understand the ambiguous issues surrounding the evolution of karate, its cultural obscurities and the functional application principles & practices of kata. This highly informative presentation includes all fifteen years worth Journals in PDF dating from Dec 1995 to Dec 2010.

At just $59.95 it is well valued and filled with important information. * Only available in download…

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