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King Wu Once Buckled on His Armor

The Seven Virtues of Martial Arts

By Andreas Quast

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Format: Paperback, 90 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2016
Considered the primary source-text of old-style Okinawan martial arts, the "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts" are admired for their straightforward advice. Handwritten in the late 19th century by Matsumura Sokon, the most celebrated ancestor of karate, they are considered the ethical fountain and technical key to understand what can't be seen. Matsumura himself pointed out that the "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts" were praised by a wise man in an ancient manuscript, a manuscript that has remained obscure and undiscovered ever since. Now the source of this wondrous composition has been discovered and verified. Presented and explained here for the first time, it is not only the source of Matsumura's "Seven Virtues of Martial Arts." In fact: it is the original meaning of martial arts per se. This book includes the extremely rare photography of the original handwritten scroll, approved by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum as well as the owner of the scroll. It also shows the family crest of the Matsumura family, sporting the character of "Bu."

About the Author

Andreas Quast is the author of "Karate 1.0" (2013), "A Stroll Along Ryukyu Martial Arts History" (2015), and "King Wu Once Buckled on his Armor" (2016), among others. Unpretentious and industrious, he has certificates as a skilled mechanic (ICC), state-certified engineer in mechanical engineering (technical college), health and safety officer (technical college), and technical writer (tekom), with practical experience as a florist, heavy duty welder, paraglider, bartender, SAP coordinator, antiquarian bookseller, guitar player, author and publisher, football player etc.pp. Living in Dusseldorf, Germany, he's been digging through archives around the globe in search for literary truffles of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo, the findings of which he publishes for an international audience in a unique way on his popular blog ryukyu-bugei.com. His activities in martial arts, which included about 2 years in Japan and Okinawa, resulted in a number of prestiguous awards for his ongoing research (International Ryukyu Karate Research Society, Ryukyu no Kaze Society), a drawer of certificates (Jiu-jitsu, Karate, Ryukyu Kobudo, Mugai-ryu Iaido, Hachiman-ryu Battojutsu), and a network of likeminded friends and colleagues around the globe. After more than 15 years of study into the subject, he also contributed an analysis featured in the new edition of "Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat," written by world-famous practitioner and researcher Patrick McCarthy, released June 2016. Turning 50 years of age in 2016, Quast claims "It's about halftime!"

EAN: 9781523685981
ISBN: 1523685980
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Dimensions: 20.32 x 12.7 x 0.56 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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