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08-06-2001, 06:16 PM
Hello All,
I was just wondering if anyone here has read the book Barefoot Zen. I think it is a great book on karate, although I'm not really a karate person. It looks at karates roots and then takes another look at application of traditional karate forms. What it basically comes down to is that the author believes 80% of karate kata application should be chin na/grappling type techniques, not punches, kicks, and blocks. The author does make a pretty good case for it. If anyone has read this or picks it up let me know what you think of it. Thanks

08-06-2001, 06:39 PM
I am not aware of this book, but I am familiar with the idea that many of the moves in kata are actually of the joint-locking/grappling type. That's not new.

Still, I will probably take a look at this book when I can. Thanks for the heads-up.

K. Mark Hoover