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Shotokan Karate A Precise History
2nd Edition

tigerThe second, expanded edition of this landmark book is now available. Like the first edition, it is produced to the highest standard, printed on the finest paper, and bound in the traditional manner as befits a book that is, and will continue to be, the ultimate reference to the art of Shotokan Karate.

As with its predecessor, this will only be available as a limited collectors edition, that will be sold by selected suppliers and not through bookstores, book dealers, or internet

The cost of the case bound book is $125 per copy, and we are now taking orders for immediate delivery.

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Shotokan Karate - A Precise History First Reviews
Journal of Asian Martial Arts

"Shotokan Karate: A Precise History means exactly what it says. This is Shotokan as it was and is. The book is firmly based on thorough research, and the path taken by modern Shotokan Karate to reach the form in which it is taught today, is very carefully documented. The text is extensively footnoted, with references to an appendix which contains material too ample for the footnote format. There is a very useful glossary and index. Valuable as such a treatment is, 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." More
Robert Dohrenwend, Ph.D.
Journal of Asian Martial Arts

Have you ever wondered!
Did the JKA really practice Shotokan karate?
Which instructors actually trained with Gichin Funakoshi?
How were the Shotokan bunkai lost?
Why are there so many errors in Shotokan Kata?
Does modern Shotokan come from Gichin Funakoshi?
Why does Shotokan no longer teach traditional weight training, body conditioning and weapons as they once did?
Why has so much been done to suppress the true history of Shotokan
Why are there so many forms of Shotokan
Who is praticising the karate of Gichin Funakoshi
How big is Shotokan's debt to Shorin Ryu

These and many thousands more questions are answered in the landmark new book, Shotokan Karate - A Precise History
It is the very best book on the subject, and one that has earned the praise of the most respected martial artists around the world. The amount of information presented is staggering, and the material that supports it gives this book a literary pedigree which cannot be equaled. It will delight everyone from the casual reader to the serious history buff.

Remarkably, despite its mass of footnotes, the extensive reference material, and its solid scholarship, this book remains immensely readable and very exciting. It's like a highly involved detective story made up of the thousands of tiny clues the author has uncovered over the past thirty years.You will be functionally illiterate in a karate sense without a copy of this excellent new volume!

150,000 words + 150 photos; 344 pages in European A4 size (8.5 x 11.5). Hardbound edition only with gold blocked boards and clear acetate cover. The binding is sewn right through for permanence and ease of use. Printed on the highest quality coated paper by a European press established in 1746. Foreword by Morio Higaonna, 9th Dan Hanshi, Goju Ryu. Eight chapters, three appendices and an extensive index make this book the most significant on the subject ever published!


Gichin Funakoshi

Read the latest reviews!
Dragon Times

"This book should be included in the library of every serious martial artist, not only Shotokan practitioners, for understanding the whole picture is the best way to gain insight into your own style, hence furthering your own development."
Morio Higaonna,
Goju Ryu 10th Dan Hanshi

"Truly a wonderful piece of research! My hat goes of to Mr. Cook for the quality of the research…Well done!
Mario McKenna MSc, Junshin University, Nagasaki, Japan.

"A masterpiece!"
Roberto Di Sant'Anna. JKA, Brazil.

"I would expect that any Shotokan practitioner worth their salt would move heaven and earth to be able to place a copy on their bookshelf right next to Karate Do Kyohan-The Master Text. I give Harry's publication 5 stars, and so will you."
Bob McMahon,
Shotokan Research Soc. Int.

"…a must read for karate researchers and students"
Charles Goodin,
Hawaii Seinenkai.

"It is in my opinion the best book of its type, certainly the best book on Shotokan, probably the best martial arts book ever published in English." more
John N. Edwards
Ed. Dragon Times #18

"In addition to being a fine history of Shotokan karate, [SKAPH]
provides one of the clearest pictures available of Shotokan's Okinawan ancestry and the spirit of the times that gave birth to modern karatedo. [SKAPH] is a valuable addition to my personal library and a great resource for anyone who wants an accurate and documented account of traditional karatedo, from hitherto mysterious beginnings up to the here and now. The historical photographs, most of which I'd never seen anywhere else, are alone worth the price of the volume.

George Donahue, Executive Editor,
Tuttle Publishing, Boston MA


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