The first edition was distributed directly to karate dojo, libraries and universities on the Okinawa and widely praised throughout the karate community. The pedigree of this volume is in no doubt. The book design was inspired by the “Golden Ratio,” referred to as the sectio aurea by Leonardo Da Vinci, classical proportions that date back to the design of the Gutenberg Bible in the 1450s.

A consortium of karate historians and researchers on four continents were responsible for the text which was produced under the editorial supervision of a highly respected Okinawan university professor and karate master. This new hardback 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 from originals provided by the families of the karate pioneers they depict, solely for use in this book.

If you have ever wondered about the origins of your style, or wish to take your knowledge of karate to a higher level, you need a copy of this beautiful hardbound, cased, collectors edition. The print allocation for the U.S. is small, and the introductory price will only be available for a short time, so you must act quickly.

Quantities are so limited that it will only be available in North America from Dragon Associates Inc. initially at the pre-publication price of $79.00 per copy, until its arrival in the U.S. when the regular price of $89.00 will be charged, plus shipping costs and taxes where applicable.

• A limited, hardback and cased, collector’s edition. • Printed in English and Japanese.

• Presented on fine art paper with digitally restored historic images.

• Includes many previously unpublished photographs.

• 210 pages in international A4 size (8.27” x 11.69”) • Prologue by noted Chinese martial arts historian, Stanley Henning.

• Hundreds of endnote references in English and Japanese.

• Includes an Okinawan chronology from 1322 AD to the present.

Customers who pre-order this book will not only be guaranteed a copy at the pre-publication price but will also receive, FREE of CHARGE with their collectors edition, a set of three unissued and mint condition Ryukyu Postal Service “karate stamps” from the 1960s.


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