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Offline punisher73

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Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« on: January 08, 2009, 11:48:13 AM »
I know some go back a little further in their history and have either studied Kosho-Ryu or are interested in the history of kenpo in Hawaii.  Here is an online copy of Mitose's book "What is Self-Defense".  It is an intersting look to see what was being taught at the time and how it evolved and progressed through Chow and the founders of Kajukenbo.

Hope you enjoy...

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/2589264/Old-Martial-Arts-Book-Kosho-Ryu
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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 12:13:22 PM »
Thanks for the link. Just an FYI, it is missing the introduction, which is one of the best parts of the book, IMO. It gives a lot of insight as to who James Mitose was as a person. There are some personal writings of his explaining his motivation to join the military and to teach Kenpo after the attack on Pearl Harbor, some old stories with morals to them, etc.

http://www.tracyskarate.com/History/Mitosebook/mstbooks2.htm

Remember not to accept all writings as fact, not even those written by Mitose. Read his writings here, and also read the trial transcripts. They are long and tedious, but well worth it. Once you have read both documents I honestly believe that you will have a better understanding of the man than many who knew him did.

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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 02:58:31 PM »
From looking at the cover, it's a scan of the "1st printing" (black cover) from the 50's.  That copy may not have the intro that was put into the "2nd printing" (brown cover) in 1981. 
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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 10:36:18 AM »
I have both copies, which intro are you talking about?
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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009, 12:29:07 PM »
The one I linked to. Tracy's site has an HTML version of the writing.

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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2009, 02:42:17 PM »
Just to clarify the difference between Mitose's Books " What is Self Defense? " and " What is True Self-Defense? " they are 2 different books.......Statements have been made that one does not contain what the other may and vice versa.  Mitose while in Prison wrote a book titled " What is True Self-Defense? " This book was replicated by so called Mitose Followers. They added pictures and other information also deleting certain content. This release of " What is True Self-Defense? " is The Original Manuscript that Mitose wrote while in prison. It contains the spiritual aspects and insights of Mitose's inner thoughts as well as the physical. So, for those of you who have made comments in reference to the comparisons between the 2 books, you must first read the original. It has never been published as it is now being made available to you.
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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2009, 02:55:24 PM »

After much anticipation James Mitose's book "What Is True Self Defense?" is finally on its way to the printers!
 
 
        It is not every day a book like this comes along ! A quarter of a Century to be exact !
 
The original idea came up many years ago as a means to allow students a chance to purchase an affordable true copy of James Mitose's work for all to enjoy.
 
 
The First Edition was compiled by a group of Practioners with the intention of helping James Mitose publish his book and convey his message of self-defense. For this, they should be thanked for the work they had done so many years ago.
 
 
An original manuscript was sent to Ken Relf in Canada where it was used as a guide for the remake. Every word James Mitose wrote was painstakingly reproduced and re-arranged to create a better flow. The original hand drawn pictures have been placed into the book to keep with the original flavor.
 
 
It was the original intention of James Mitose to share his family art with the world for peace and to show the world the true meaning of Self-defense. It is here his words will live on.
 
 
Pre order your copy today for only $ 89.95 as this will certainly be a must for students of all styles and systems. The first 50 limited Edition copies come with an Authenticity Card Signed and numbered by Thomas Mitose  " Soke "  So be among the first to receive your copy !

The Mitose Family would like to extend to" Our Representative of Canada " Ken Relf, for all of his hard work on this project and Dedication to Mitose's International Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Association Special Recognition and Sincere Thanks !  For without his time and talent this would not be possible !


You may reserve your copy by sending $ 89.95 plus $ 5.00 for shipping and Handling to:
Thomas Mitose
M.I.K.K.A.
4572 Wildcat Circle
Antioch, Ca. 94531

You may also reply to this email address with any questions or concerns: Mitosekoshoryu@aol.com
Debbie Mitose
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Re: Mitose's "What is Self-Defense?" public domain book
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2009, 12:05:08 PM »
Thanks for sharing the link.  I really enjoyed reading this piece of our history!
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