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Krijgskunstenaar Lex Opdam heeft een Engelstalig boekwerk geschreven met de titel KARATE GOJU RYU MEIBUKAN dat in 2007 is uitgegeven door Empire Books, een vooraanstaande Amerikaanse uitgeverij op het gebied van de krijgskunsten.

Binnen het MMF wordt veel met technieken en oefeningen uit het Okinawaans karate gewerkt. Het boek werkt hierdoor aanvullend op de training, maar is geen noodzakelijkheid om aan te schaffen.

Boekbeschrijving door uitgeverij Empire Books
This work reflects the system of education from the School of Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi named the Meibukan. The Meibukan, in an educational sense, originated from the teachings of “the Empty Hand” that Chojun Miyagi adopted in his Goju-ryu Karate system and passed over to his student in turn, Meitoku Yagi. Sensei Yagi developed the system further and gave these teachings a personal interpretation. The reader will find many historical photographs of great Okinawan Goju-ryu karate masters who were the pioneers of this unique martial art. The syllabus in this book serves as a technical manual in which history, origins, practice, and techniques are arranged in an orderly way, allowing the identity of the style to emerge. This syllabus offers deep background that not only will serve beginning karatekas by giving them a rational framework to grasp this martial art, but also more experienced karatekas, who may reinforce or augment their existing understanding of the style’s unique subtleties.

Lex Opdam has been teaching Goju-ryu Karate-do as a black belt since 1988. After several years of experience as a teacher in karate and working as a self-defense and fitnessinstructor, he joined the police force and is now a full time police instructor in the Netherlands. Lex Opdam received the title and rank of Renshi, Rokudan, Sixth degree black belt, by his teacher and karate pioneer Sensei Anthony Mirakian.

Review van Mathieu Ravignat, krijgskunstenaar en voormalig lid van het Canadese Parlement:

"This is an excellent addition to any martial arts library. Not only is it the best presentation of Meibukan Goju Ryu in print but it is also one of the best books on Okinawan Goju Ryu in existence.
The organization of material is presented very clearly and in the order of a curriculum. Starting with history, basics and then more advanced training and concepts. In this way the anatomy of the style is presented to the reader progressively. What sets it above the rest of books in the same genre is its attention to detail and the fact that Mr. Opdam is an avid reader of current research on the martial arts. Therefore, there is a good balance between the traditional history and more scientific views.
To note particularly is his discussion of body mechanics and Qi comparing modern western physiological concepts with traditional ones. A discussion of Qi in a book on Karate is not often seen and is an important contribution. His exposition of the Kata Sanchin is also one of the most complete seen in the space he had.
On a historical note Mr. Opdam is a student of Anthony Mirakian who learnt from Meitoku Yagi in the 50s while stationed in Okinawa, and so it is interesting to see how this curriculum differs from the one currently developed in the Meibukan. In this way it is also a kind of snap shot of the Karate of that time.
I highly recommend it to any serious student of the martial arts and the Goju Ryu style in particular. A solid traditional martial arts book like this one is a welcomed addition in a publication world obsessed with violence and the next martial arts fad and gimmick. For this credit must also be given to the publishers."

Inhoudopgave (1)
Inhoudopgave (1)
Voorwoord door Anthony Mirakian
Voorwoord door Anthony Mirakian
Inhoudsopgave (2)
Inhoudsopgave (2)
Pagina 14
Pagina 14
Inhoudsopgave (3)
Inhoudsopgave (3)
Pagina 46
Pagina 46

KARATE GOJU RYU MEIBUKAN is niet meer verkrijgbaar in Nederland. U kunt het boek echter wel bestellen via amazon.com (vaak tweedehands) of direct bij de uitgever Empire Books (richtprijs $24.95).

Paperback: 311 pages
Publisher: Empire Books (May 30, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933901292
ISBN-13: 978-1933901299
Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.8 x 9.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

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