Taira Shinken founded of Okinawan Ryukyu Kobudo wrote this book many years ago and it was published in Japanese only until recently when it was translated and published but the original photos of Taira Sensei were omitted. Now for the first time in English this book has been translated by Okinawan Kobudo Master Eihachi Ota and the original photos of this book are coupled with his own Okinawan translation of this timeless text. You were be able to learn katas as well as history of okinawan kobudo from the man who kept it alive at the end of the 19th Century and brought it into the 20th Century. The photos in this text are exceptionally clear and of the highest quality possible. You will see all the detail and precision that this master emplemented in his art of the sai, bo, kama, tongfa, kasuri gama and much more.