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Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins Learn how the hard style karate that became shotokan took shape in th century Okinawa as an embattled king with an unarmed force of bodyguards faced an armed invasion from overseas In this newpage book, author Bruce D Clayton, PhD uses rare sketches, footnoted historical research, archival lithographs, period photographs and contemporary technique demonstrations to reveal shotokan s deadly intent and propose modern practical applications of such knowledge Achieve a new level of theoretical understanding and fighting ability by learning Shotokan s Secret for yourself

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  • Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins
  • Bruce Clayton
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  • 11 June 2018
  • 0897501446

About the Author: Bruce Clayton

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15 thoughts on “Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins

  1. says:

    The author presents a fascinating theory of the development of Karate, and the reasons behind it s unique design It is very well researched and written in a narrative that keeps the reader engaged throughout.The theory itself that Karate was developed for a specific set of historical circumstances is intuitively attractive, but the evidence presented tends as you might expect due to the lack of historic records tends to be circumstantial and the author s subjective view rather than truly objective That said I believe that this book will improve the understanding of the depths of Karate for any student although the katas discussed require some fairly advanced knowledge probably than any of the dry philosophical texts of the Japanese masters.My only gripe with the book, and the reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is that in the last two chapters, having gone through the story of Karate s unique development, the author then suggests wholesale changes to make the martial art applicable to modern circumstances The trouble is that what he suggest is no longer really Karate It is an urban self defence system based on Karate and the truth is that there are lots of those around already After reading the book I wanted to stick to learning real Karate with it s deep warrior history, rather than a few cheap self defence tricks.in many ways the book is genuinely inspiring, especially for skilled Karate practitioners.

  2. says:

    I loved this book from the first page till the last, and found it difficult to put down once i started it I never read the original edition but pre ordered this edition.This book gives a great insight into the true history of Karate and not a rehash of the official truth about Karate s origins Although this book concentrates on Shotokan Karate, it would be of benefit to anyone interested in Karate, regardless of style.I particularly liked the history of the Shuri crucible and the Heian Pinan bunkai chapters It also gives a great insight into the men and woman behind Karate as we know it today, and the real life dangers and violence they faced on a daily basis The complicated history between Okinawa, Japan, China and eventualy the USA is detailed in a manner that is easy to follow and is refreshingly frank and open.This book has clearly been thoroughly researched, and the author, Bruce C Clayton, has both a detailed knowledge and passion for his subject Now i have finished this book i intend to read and digest all the available information on his web site too.This book has become one of my favourite s, and has taken pride of place alongside my Iain Abernethy books.

  3. says:

    a very good book and a must read for any shotokan person who is interested in bunki.if you are open minded you could learn alot , i would make it a must read for anyone taking there 1st dan or above to make then think about were there arts came from one of the best book i have read in a long time.

  4. says:

    Mehrfach habe ich dieses Buch wegen des rei erischen Titels und dem Cover NICHT bestellt, bis es mir ein Dojo Kollege zum Lesen gab Fazit Klasse Und obwohl ich es nun schon gelesen habe, habe ich es mir zum Nachschlagen bestellt.Man sollte unvoreingenommen und mit einem gewissen Interesse an Geschichte an das Buch rangehen Nur oberfl chliches Lesen f hrt zu voreiligen Schl ssen Clayton macht schon zu Beginn kein Hehl daraus, dass wir kaum schriftliche Zeugnisse ber das fr he Karate haben Und das, was sp tere Stil Begr nder hinterlassen haben, ist nat rlich auch subjektiv gepr gt, von Eigeninteressen und Abgrenzungsbestrebungen gef rbt Bestechend ist die Logik dieses Buches trotz aller zwangsweise notwendiger Spekulation, um bestimmte Zusammenh nge und Ph nomen zu erkl ren Aber es macht Sinn Besonders gefallen hat mir die Erkl rung der Heian Katas, die mit einem Mal von Anfang bis Ende Sinn machen Das das sich daraus sich ergebende Bunkai heute nur noch sehr eingeschr nkt Sinn macht da wir blicherweise nicht gegen schwertschwingende Samurai und Bajonett bewehrte Vorderlader k mpfen , interessiert mich dabei nicht Da ich mit diesem Buch erstmals eine von Anfang bis Ende einer jeden Kata sinnmachende Erkl rung zur Hand habe, kann ich nun meine eigenen Schlu folgerungen auf die heutige Zeit ziehen.Tolles Buch genie en Sie es

  5. says:

    Just finished this Shotokan s Secret over the long Easter weekend.I thoroughly enjoyed it and am seeing my 30 yrs in this art finally falling into place Dr Clayton s storey telling style makes this book interesting from an anthropological and historical aspect You do not need to be a seasoned black belt to enjoy this book.I would recommend it to anyone interested in the evolution of Shotokan karate, and the the origins of the kata that we all practice.

  6. says:

    One of the most meaningful Shotokan books I ve ever read.

  7. says:

    Very satisfied with my purchase.

  8. says:

    Amazing Book, its a must read I am so happy that I read this book Its for people that thing outside the BOX.

  9. says:

    Excellent product, arrived on time, well packed, thank you X

  10. says:

    This book offers some unique perspective but should not be utilized as a reliable resource for karate history It suffers from the common mistake of starting with a desired conclusion, and then picking and choosing evidence to try and support it Entire chunks of karate history that derail the main themes in the book such as the circular, tuidi art of motobu udundi are omitted The author goes to great lengths to characterize certain individuals in karate history, either to boost their reputation or discredit them, often leaving the path of real research for supposition and guesses.The popularity of this book has, unfortunately, done harm than good for karate history and practice.

  11. says:

    If you ve read and enjoyed the original Shotokan s Secret, you ll find this expanded edition to be even better If you are a martial artist and are interested not only in the history of Karate but the pragmatic applications that are possible from such study, this book is an absolute must In this new second half of the book, Dr Clayton takes the Heian katas he introduced in the original version and opens the door to understanding and creative discovery Of course, his bunkai or applications are of his own making, but he has made them succeed by preparing his reader through historical research, analysis and treatise He first helps us understand what the masters lives were like, why they developed the katas in the first place, and why his bunkai would have made sense for them I find his analysis totally credible and thought provoking He doesn t take away our own analysis or understanding as we do not have all the facts about the origins and need to make many decisions without complete truths but compliments them and persuades us to think things out logically Do not simply listen to your sensei and take his word for it He she may know even less than you do about how the masters created Karate The book also debunks some of the myths surrounding the masters and justifies our own creative liberties regarding kata In essence, what works for me might not work for you, therefore, you need to explore your own possibilities Chapter 6, for me, is a must read for all sensei or serious practitioners That chapter turns on the light in a dark tunnel, and gives us the tools from which to draw credible conclusions, not just of martial arts, but of life That chapter works because of all the research and assimilation extraction Clayton did previous to it, and then the demonstration of how he thinks, whether or not people agree with his particular bunkai, isn t the point It s how he got there That alone is worth the cost of the book.

  12. says:

    Whether Dr Clayton s assertion about the origins of Shotokan are accurate or not, they are extremely well thought out I have trained with master Kanazawa master Okasaki and their sempai Osuma None of them mentioned anything like what Clayton explains.This book delves especially into the creation of the Hein katas It tell you exactly what the hell you are supposed to be doing, and as a Karateka for over 30 years, this was the best explanation I ve ever come across.Spoiler alert This book is a great read, I m about to reveal one of the biggest surprises so stop now if you d rather read it in the book..Clayton theorizes that it was Admiral Perry s visit to Okinawa that lead to the development of Shotokan and the Hein Kata Look at the picture on the cover That is the emperor and the two men to each side are his body guards The two men who will go on to teach a young boy martial arts That young boy was Gichin Funokoshi He explains in great detail how he comes to this conclusion Of course, the same country that inspired Shotokan would later obliterate all traces of it s beginnings in the second world war, so much of this is guess work But such masterful guesswork I have never seen.If you love karate get this book Get your students to get this book You will actually enjoy doing the Hein Katas again.Here are a few quick bits What is the first move in Hein Nidan Never satisfied with the pat answers Neither was I Imagine this You are the unarmed bodyguard of the Okinawan King Standing by are young brash Samurai Their skill is the single stroke of their ancient blades so powerful it would cut through a pelvis The first move is dodging that one down stroke and knocking the flat part of the blade aside Easy Are you nuts But you are unarmed against an expert with a Katana Hein Sandan What a bizarre kata So much so an early instructor of mine refused to teach it Clayton s interpretation is a policeman going into a saloon to arrest a bad guy, the bizarre movements with hands on hips are you carrying him as you fight your way out of the saloon I cannot give Clayton s descriptions justice here, so please if you love karate, GET THIS BOOK.Is he correct Even he states their is probably no way to know Do any of the Japanese know Have you ever questioned a master Evasive is an understatement I suspect however that they do not know Karate, like all traditional Japanese arts is taught through repetitive copying Asking question of your instruction was unthinkable But great job Dr Clayton, give us another

  13. says:

    I have been involved in Shotokan Karate for 46 years I have taught thousands of students, and because I am a voracious reader and student, would have told you I knew a great deal about Shotokan Karate This book proved me wrong Oh sure, I knew the stories we are all told, but those stories are just passed along as gospel from one person to another Author Bruce Clayton did the research himself, even teaching himself to read the Japanese characters.This book will open your mind in a way in which NO KARATE BOOK ANYWHERE can You think you know the origin of your art Guess again You think you know the applications of your Kata Wrong again You think you know the place of Gichin Funakoshi to your art Wait until you read the truth Students of Shotokan are used to participating in NO CONTACT tournaments We are told that Karate is too dangerous to allow hitting In fact the rules of a match say that if you gain one full point, you win, because that one point would have killed an opponent Like me, I ll bet you laughed at that idea Wait until you read this book before you laugh again This book belongs in the collection of any serious student of Shotokan Karate, and since Shotokan is the source of so many other styles, I can say beyond a doubt that practitioners of any style of karate will love this book.I couldn t recommend this book highly enough By all means buy this book

  14. says:

    Bruce Clayton is obviously a well schooled martial artistbut than that, after reading Shotokan s Secret , it is apparent that he is also a wonderful scholar.This book is a must read for all hardstyle martial artists or for those just interested in the development of martial arts Dr Clayton manages to adroitly slip the veil of martial arts pseudo history legend a herculean task for those raised on the legends and writes an extremely well researched exposition of why Karate particularly Shuri te is the way it is.Karate has been long espoused as a Civil art rather than a martial art In other words, an art that was developed by peasants for defense against Samurai Dr Clayton, proves that in fact Shuri te was developed by amazing warriors, willing to face guns, knives and swords with nothing but their bare hands Shuri te was not designe for self defense or for fighting one opponent, but as a brutally devastating form of hand to hand combat, designed to defeat multiple, armed warriors from obducting, harming or killing their King In truth, Clayton makes the claim that it was a bodyguard art.His description of what he calls The Shuri Crucible is fascinating and extremely well documented Not only does it explain the development of the style, but also explains why a Karate Dojo is as it is.This book is a wonderful piece of well reasoned, researched history for anyone interested in the origins of Karate or anyone interested in understanding how any martial develops.

  15. says:

    I bought the 2004 version of Shotokan s Secret back in 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Dr Bruce Clayton presented, what I thought, was a compelling case for the meaning of the kata by using historical sources When I ran across this updated version, I wondered whether or not it would be worthwhile to purchase Was there really new material, and would that new material be worth purchasing the book again Or, as is typical of many new and improved items, would this just be a marketing attempt to get me to part with my hard earned money for no real improvements at all The answer is this the new material makes it worth purchasing the book again.But do not just take my word for it You make up your mind for yourself To help you make that decision, here are some of the differences between the two versions I cannot list them all, for they are too numerous, but here are some of the important ones.Chapter 1 has two new sections The first is Section 1.6 and is an introduction to the Japanese sword fighter Mushashi who wrote The Book of the Five Rings This becomes important later in the book The second piece of additional material in Chapter 1 is Section 1.13 which deals with the Satsuma Rebellion.Chapter 2 has much new material The most important material is that Dr Clayton deals a decisive blow to the three myths of martial arts What he shows is that while martial arts are ancient, they are also constantly evolving.Chapter 3 talks about Commodore Perry s arrival in Okinawa Chapter 4 is nearly the same between the two versions There is some new material here, but not much By the time you have reached Chapter 4, you already have 15% , new material.If you are thinking by this point in the review that there is not much new here, and it is not worth buying a new copy, then I would have to agree with you However, from this point onward, everything changes.Chapter 6 in the 2004 version talks about the Shuri battle Plan While it is pure fiction, this happens to be my favorite chapter to read It is just pure fun Too bad the action lasts on 30 seconds Too bad that this fictional story does not appear in the 2010 version Dr Clayton alludes to what Matsumura might have done, in the 2010 version, but does not describe it in detail Instead, Chapter 5 and 6 from the 2004 version are combined into Chapter 5 of the 2010 version.From here on out, I will talk about the 2010 version only, since it is largely new material.Chapter 6 talks about Bodyguard Bunkai Dr Clayton lays out his criteria for recovering what the original kata looked like, before all the recent changes were made My second favorite is the dinglehopper criteria My favorite is the Last Move Rule Simply put, if there is no combative explanation for the last move of a kata, then we can ignore it Anyone who has tried to figure out the bunny hop moves at the end of chinte kata will be grateful for this rule Bingo Chapter 7 talks about his research into Heian Nidan Dr Clayton believes this is a kata to be used for disarming a Samurai swordsman Chapter 8 talks about his research into Heian Shodon Dr Clayton believes this is a kata to be used for street fighting In short, it is about increasing the force of your punch by using linear karate Chapter 9 talks about his research into Heian Sandan Dr Clayton believes this is a kata to be used for policing the waterfront, like in a bar where a wanted criminal is hanging out Your job as the policeman is to go into the bar, beat him and his friends into submission, and exit with the prisoner Chapter 10 talks about his research into Heian Yondan Dr Clayton believes this is a kata to be used for attacking Samurai armor Chapter 11 talks about his research into Heian Godan Dr Clayton believes this is a kata to be used for fighting against sabers and bayonets Chapter 12 sums everything up with a Lesson s learned.What is missing from the 2010 version Pretty much all of Chapter 8 through 12 of the old book It is true that some parts survive, such as dinglehoppers, but not all of them.Is it worth buying the new book if you have the old Yes The 2010 version has about 50% new material, or about 175 pages.Is it worth buying the old book if you have the new Well, given that at the time of this writing the 2004 version of the book is selling for 1, then yes It is not worth buying the 2004 version if you are paying full price.In my opinion the 2010 version is superior to the 2004 version Dr Clayton has done an excellent job in improving on his original work.

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