Shotokan Karate: A Precise History


Shotokan Karate A Precise History is a complete academic guide to Shotokan, as the karate style of Master Gichin Funakoshi came to be called. This heavily illustrated volume of over 500 pages in the European A4 format includes, in addition to the comprehensive and detail-packed text, copious footnotes, endnotes, appendices, and an extensive index. It is an impressive volume weighing almost five pounds that was printed and bound by an English press established in 1756.
It is presented on the finest quality “Pavarotti Silk” 100 gsm coated paper with hardbound, gold-blocked boards and a full-colour dust jacket. Reminiscent of the Golden Age of publishing, it is both a technical and a historical masterpiece, and a very desirable possession.
Shotokan Karate A Precise History is, without doubt, the most extensive collection of historically significant Shotokan facts, figures, and photographs ever assembled.



Shotokan Karate A Precise History

“A must read for karate researchers and students.”

—Charles Goodin, Hawaii Karate Museum

“…This is not merely a dry organizational history. Numerous stories concerning the more famous karate-ka and extensive quotations illustrate and give vibrant life to the historical narrative.”
—Robert Dohrenwend Ph.D. JAMA

“The second edition is one of the best books ever published on karate. I highly recommend this book for serious karate students and researchers.”
—Katsuhiko Shinzato, 9th Dan, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu, Kishaba Juku; Co-author of the Karate and Kobudo Encyclopedia.

“This book should be included in the library of every serious martial artist, not just Shotokan practitioners, for understanding the whole picture is the best way to gain insight into one’s own style and thereby further personal development.”
—Morio Higaonna, Goju Ryu 10th Dan Hanshi, Living Intangible Cultural Treasure.

Additional information

Weight4.25 lbs
Dimensions11.5 × 8.5 × 2 in

Tech Specs.

Printed by Page Bros. of Norwich, England, a company founded over 250 years ago, it is printed on a Heidelberg flat sheet letter press, then the sheets are folded into signatures before being “French Sewn” in the time-honored tradition for durability and to allow the volume to lie flat for the readers convenience. The book is finished with printed end-covers, top and tails bands, heavy duty linen covered boards, gold embossed, and finished with a four color wraparound dust jacket. The workmanship is just superb and gives this volume a presence that few book on the subject can even approach, let alone equal!