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Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose

by Hermann Bayer, Ph.D.

Genuine karate is an Okinawan martial art for self-defense; its principle of “never changing kata” is critical to its effectiveness.

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Release date: 
September 1, 2021
Paperback: 336 pages
Dimensions: 
9 × 6 × 2 in
ISBN: 9781594398438
Printing: Black and White
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Genuine karate is an Okinawan martial art for self-defense; its principle of “never changing kata” is critical to its effectiveness.

The changes made to karate in mainland Japan and in America have altered karate so intrinsically that it can no longer claim to be genuine karate. 

Practitioners of karate are often confused, misguided, and even led to believe that karate is just karate—this is far from the truth. 

Dr. Hermann Bayer, Ph.D., examines how Japan re-interpreted Okinawan karate to create its own unique style of karate-do, and how Japanese and American changes resulted in a modern karate-sport business.

Contents include:

  • Okinawan karate’s “principle of never changing kata”.
  • Karate as an Okinawan cultural heritage.
  • Socio-cultural arguments to preserve Okinawa karate—as is.
  • Japan—the karate reproducing country.
  • Karate or Karate-do?
  • The business of karate, karate-do, and karate-sport.
  • Scientific study of a peaceful karate mind.
  • The laws of physics reveal weaknesses when kata are changed.

This substantially researched work makes a compelling case for the socio-cultural and historic arguments to conserve genuine Okinawan karate. Supported by historical facts, scientific analysis, and public records, Dr. Bayer reveals the complex evolution of karate and the unsettled claims made upon it by various stakeholders.

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About the Author

Hermann Bayer, Ph.D.

Hermann Bayer, Ph.D. Degrees in economics, sociology, psychology and business administration. Hermann’s karate training began in 1981. He has spent considerable time with renown Japanese, Western, and Okinawan karate teachers, all the while researching the core essence of the style they represent. Hermann Bayer resides in Virginia Beach, VA.