Okinawa Karate: The Exquisite Art.


Okinawa Karate The Exquisite Art is the definitive work on the history of karate, and the most beautifully produced book of its type to date.
Designed and produced by Classical Fighting Arts magazine, it was printed by the highly respected press of Ikemiya Shokai Ltd. in Naha, Okinawa.

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When we ship your copy of this book we will send you a mint condition set of uncirculated Ryu Islands (Okinawa) karate stamp that were  published in 1963-65. At this time,  Okinawa was still U.S. controlled, hence the “cents” denomination. The models used for the stamp illustrations were members of the Matsubayashi Ryu Dojo of Shoshin Nagamine Sensei.

When the book was first published, set of these stamps were supplied to our customers but soon ran out. Even though they were published almost exactly 60 years ago, we recently found a few more sheets of stamps which we are giving away until they are all gone. However, they are in very short supply and may not last long. As we do not have exact numbers to make sets of three stamps, you may only receive two stamps or even one stamp if you do not act quickly.

Okinawa Karate The Exquisite Art

Okinawa Karate The Exquisite Art, is a book created by a consortium of karate historians and researchers on four continents which was responsible in carrying out  the historical research for this volume.

It was produced under the editorial supervision of a highly respected Okinawan university professor who is also a noted karate master.
It is presented here as a limited, hardbound, cased volume that is packed with the most remarkable images from the Golden Age of Karate.

This new collectors’ edition is printed in Okinawa, has 210 pages in international A4 size (8.27” x 11.69”), and is presented in both English and Japanese languages.

The quality of the historical photos it features is remarkable, many having been produced directly from originals provided by the families of the karate pioneers they depict, solely for use in this book.

It is interesting to note that the paperback first edition was distributed only to karate dojo, libraries, and universities in Okinawa by the Okinawan Prefectural Government and was widely praised throughout the karate community.

Includes a prologue by noted Chinese martial arts historian, Stanley Henning, hundreds of endnote references in English and Japanese, and an Okinawan chronology from 1322 AD to the present.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 8.5 × 0.25 in