The History of Karate

A reference book for the ages.

A dear friend of mine gave me a gift, in the truest sense of the word.  

The book is entitled, "The History of Karate" and it was written by Sensei Morio Higaonna, 9th Dan, Chief Instructor of the Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Do Federation.  In the simplest of terms this historical work gives a detailed account of the origins of Okinawan karate. It contains a literal "Who's Who" of martial artists from China, and Okinawa, as well as an account of their contribution to the evolution of karate. 

As a Goju-Ryu stylist, Sensei Higaonna far and away devotes the majority of this monumental work to the Founder of Goju-Ryu karate, Sensei Chojun Miyagi. Yet the many years of research are clearly evident in the pages of this book, and even if you are not a Goju karate-ka. Even though the book is fairly expensive if you can find it, you may agree that the historical information is well worth the price of admission. 

From China to Okinawa, from Okinawa to Japan, and from Japan to the rest of the world, all karate starts here between these pages. So buy it. Read it. And enjoy a wonderful journey about a style of karate that was hundreds of years in the making.

Remember: “An answer to any question can always be found, the hard part is finding the answer you wanted”.