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Heya guys! Just wondering, are there any standout or definitive books on Goju Ryu karatedo? Not so much technique/demonstration pic books, but ones that describe the style, philosophy, what it's all about?

There are heaps within the Shotokan lineage and some great ones from Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, but can't seem to find any pivotal Goju ones, no writings from Chojun Miyagi Sensei... I did find one from Yamaguchi Sensei but it seemed more technique/picture oriented...

Any ideas would be great! @dancingalone would love hear if you have any suggestions...

Thanks all :)
 
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Have come across these ones... some seems pretty interesting actually... these are listed in the order of what interested me most to least, but still curious if there are key seminal texts...

-The Essence of Goju Ryu Vol 1 + 2- Richard Barrett

-Wandering Along the Way of Okinawan Karate: Thinking about Goju-Ryu: Giles Hopkins

-Karate Goju Ryu Meibukan: Lex Opdam

-Goju Ryu Karate do Kyohan: Gogen Yamaguchi

-Chojun Miyagi and Goju Ryu: A Shared Journey: Stephen Chan Phd
 

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i have the series from Morio Higaonna, those are mostly picture books, but he does have one book on the history of the style "the history of karate" i cant say if it is any good or not. i do not have that one. while its great owning books, there is so much on line now.
 

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Heya guys! Just wondering, are there any standout or definitive books on Goju Ryu karatedo? Not so much technique/demonstration pic books, but ones that describe the style, philosophy, what it's all about?

There are heaps within the Shotokan lineage and some great ones from Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, but can't seem to find any pivotal Goju ones, no writings from Chojun Miyagi Sensei... I did find one from Yamaguchi Sensei but it seemed more technique/picture oriented...

Any ideas would be great! @dancingalone would love hear if you have any suggestions...

Thanks all :)
I highly recommend The Essence of Naha-Te by Joe Swift. It covers the history and key masters of what became Goju and its branches. May be exactly what you're looking for - not a "how to" book and lots of background info. Swift is a noted karate historian and researcher. I got my copy from Lulu, ordered on line. He also has published a book on Shuri-Te for those interested in the Shorinryu style.
 
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i have the series from Morio Higaonna, those are mostly picture books, but he does have one book on the history of the style "the history of karate" i cant say if it is any good or not. i do not have that one. while its great owning books, there is so much on line now.

Ah right, yeah the history one looks like it may be interesting.. will look into it, cheers! And yes, so much information online!
 
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I highly recommend The Essence of Naha-Te by Joe Swift. It covers the history and key masters of what became Goju and its branches. May be exactly what you're looking for - not a "how to" book and lots of background info. Swift is a noted karate historian and researcher. I got my copy from Lulu, ordered on line. He also has published a book on Shuri-Te for those interested in the Shorinryu style.
Fantastic, just looked into it, it looks really really good. Have added it to the list, thanks a bunch!
 

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so much on line now.

True, but much of what's on line is based on older existing English works which are limited in depth (as you have noted) since definitive original sources are in Japanese, much of which had, until recently, not been translated. So, much on line is rehashing basic techniques and info.

Sensei Swift (8th Dan, maybe 9th now) has spent some years in Japan and is fluent in the language and had the ability to talk to and read directly from sources not available to others without his background, producing "new" info for us to enjoy. These are the type of books (including Patrick McCarthy's) that I value.
 

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