Recommeded Reading

This page will feature brief descriptions of books recommended by members of the Sabaki List.

Kempo Karate-do by Chitose Tsuyoshi
I wanted to take a moment to recommend a book recently translated by Chris Johnston.  The book is entitled Kempo Karate-do by Chitose Tsuyoshi, Hanshi and founder of the Chito Ryu system of karate.  An excellent read, Mr. Johnston took great care in his interpretation of Chitose Sensei's words.

I wholeheartedly endorse this manuscript, especially since I have a direct interest in Dr. Chitose's karate (the system of karate-do that I study is direct from that of Chitose Sensei).  However, I also recommend this book to anyone interested in Chito Ryu, or anyone interested in the traditional Japanese/Okinawan martial arts.

Please do not think that this is a shameless plug for a book; I have never met Mr. Johnston....I have only enjoyed his book and felt moved to offer a chance to you to make this purchase.  You can order your book online at:

In gassho,

Howard Upton

1 Journal of Asian Martial Arts: Vol 10 #2
Interesting article on Yabu Kentsu from a different pov than I have seen in other publications.

2.  KungFu-Quigong magazine: Jul/Aug 2001   Article on Ngo Cho Kun (Five Ancestor Fist) Part 1 of 2.
Interesting and fairly accurate article by Jose Paman who studies in Manila in the 70's (according to the article) However if you have Alexander Lim Co's book on Ngo Cho Kun, you will not find much new info in  this article as most of the article comes directly from Sifu Co's book.

3.  Saijutsu, by Katsumi Murakami: Tuttle publishing 2000
Well presented book and illustrations on Kihonkata (3) Tawada no Sai Kata, Matsumura no Sai Kata, and a section on Katana vs. Sai. Also history and origins of the kata and stories on Tawada and Matsumura; truth or fiction-don't know, wasn't there- but a good read anyway.

4.  The Feng Shui handbook by Lam Kam Chuen: Henry Holt LLC 1996
Good beginners referance and learning tool,  Details include history and origins of Feng Shui, significance of Yin Yang, 5 energies, 5 animals, and the eight trigrams.  This book is very simple to understand and packed with info.  There may be better texts on Feng Shui, but for me (as a know-nothing beginner) this is a great first book.


Garry (betcha' didn't know ah culd read) Parker

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