Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts Volume 2 (Tuttle Martial Arts) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1999
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Featuring original writings by the founders of some of the world's most popular karate styles, this volume includes McCarthy's Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Mabuni Kenwa Story, the Dai Nippon Butokukai and Karatedo: Development, Essence, Aims.
Standing on the Shoulder's of Giants: The Mabuni Kenwa Story by P. McCarthy
An Outline of Karatedo (1934) by Miyagi Chojun translated by P. McCarthy
The Dai Nippon Butokukai by P. McCarthy
Karate-do: Development, Essence and Aims by P. McCarthy
The biggest tragedy of this publication is the lack of photos. I have seen several of Mr. McCarthy's publications in the past and he usually includes an excellent collection of old pictures. These are mostly absent in this text except for one place at the end of the Miyagi Chojun section where all the photos were just lumped together. I think that this was a problem with the the publisher, but unfortunately, this still effects the quality of the book and hence my rating.
Similar to volume 1, the book isn't the quality that I was expecting. The number of small typing errors is just too high. One read through and I found literally tens of errors of this kind.
Sticking to criticizing the articles themselves, I have to say, for the large number of references included in the text, there were a few that were missing that I think should have been included. There was no reference to lots of Aragaki material, including how Mr. McCarthy knew what kata were passed to Mabuni from Aragaki and how he knew that Aragaki brought the Unsu kata from China, or how we know that Aragaki corrected the Sochin kata that Mabuni originally learned from Itosu Anko.
The last article should probably be titled "An introduction to the new karate vocabulary" as Mr. McCarthy wordily states what could be stated in far fewer words. I get the feeling that as he publishes more and more, he feels the need to be wordier and wordier. Strunk and White had it right when they said "less is more".
Overall, the book is a little inconsistant in giving references, although I give it 3 stars because some of the information isn't available elsewhere without a lot of digging. I just wish it had been presented in a more formal and scholarly manner.