Shotokan Karate Secrets Revealed!

Black Belt Books unveils the origins and applications of shotokan karate in a new and longer edition of the best-selling book by Bruce D. Clayton.

Jun 03, 2010, 11:17 ET from Black Belt

VALENCIA, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ --  (BLACK BELT)  In this expanded edition of the acclaimed Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins, author Bruce D. Clayton cracks open the kata with new insights into their meaning and purpose. The expanded edition features new artwork, archival lithographs, photographic sequences and six never-before-seen chapters.

Shotokan's Secret Expanded Edition is filled with extensive historical research that shows serious students and karate enthusiasts why shotokan remains one of the world's most influential arts. It analyzes the enemies that unarmed Okinawan bodyguards like Sokon Matsumura and Yasutsune Itosu faced. From there, Shotokan's Secret delves deeply into the heian kata, revealing how each heian form contains the key techniques for defeating Okinawa's adversaries.

The founders of shotokan karate devised these survival skills to overcome impossible odds. When the king of Okinawa found himself trapped between samurai occupiers and U.S. Marines, his unarmed bodyguards answered these threats by creating the cornerstone of hard-style karate: the heian kata. Modern masters pass down these technical forms to their students, but their martial applications remained a mystery—until now.

Hundreds of books have been published since Gichin Funakoshi's To-Te Jitsu in 1920, but Clayton's expanded Shotokan's Secret is the only one to dissect the lore, dig into the history and analyze the art. With Shotokan's Secret, you'll discover karate's true purpose.

Shotokan's Secret Expanded Edition: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins

By Bruce D. Clayton, Ph.D.

$19.95 | Code 512

381 pgs. | B/W illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-89750-188-0

About the Author

Bruce D. Clayton, Ph.D., holds a seventh-degree black belt in shotokan karate and has studied the art since 1973. He is the author of several books, including Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, the CBS Evening News, Today and The Tomorrow Show.

About Black Belt

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