Book – Martial Arts Master Kori Hisataka: My Father’s life in Manchuria


Martial Arts Master Kori Hisataka: My Father’s life in Manchuria Paperback – Dec 1 2016
by Sachiko Hisataka (Author), Hidemi Uebayashi (Translator)

The early life of martial arts Master Kori Hisataka is vividly portrayed through the eyes of his youngest daughter, Sachiko Hisataka. With a samurai heart and pioneer spirit, he moved off the Japanese archipelago and onto the Asian continent where he lived a life of daring and intrigue. The story begins in 1932 in the newly created puppet state that Japan named Manchukuo. It follows Hisataka and his family through the turbulent guerrilla war, Japan’s defeat, and culminating with the chaotic withdrawal of the Japanese back to their home country. With a tumultuous China as the setting, the author recalls various historical events that led to Japan’s defeat and retreat. In the author’s father, readers are introduced to a devoted martial artist with a broad vision and fearless approach to life. With repatriation completed, Hisataka opened Kenkokan Karate Dojo in Tokyo as a martial arts master. Behind this great man was his wise, strong-willed wife who especially shared her abundant affection with their children. This story is as much a family portrait as it is an historical account of Japan’s foray into continental Asia.


Book – Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo


Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo Paperback – Jun 1 1994
by Masayuki Hisataka

In Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo, Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, ninth Dan Black Belt Karate master, introduces the highly innovative and effective Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo system. Though an integral system of Okinawan karate practiced for centuries, it is an evolving scientific martial art that incorporates elements from kung fu, Kudakajima Shishiryu bo jutsu, and Western and Oriental medicine. In this detailed work, Master Hisataka demonstrates the techniques, fighting combinations, and kata (preset forms) that have made him a leading international master of both karate and judo.
The text describes in detail basic karate strikes, kicks, and blocks, as well as the philosophy of yin-yang and the five elements and how that philosophy relates to fighting strategy and attitude. The history and development of karate from ancient times are covered in detail, with a focus on the Okinawan masters who brought karate to Japan. This book’s 430 photographs show karate fighting techniques in action, illustrating a variety of effective striking combinations, counters, and three classical karate kata. This is also the first book in English to show the use of Supersafe protective equipment in martial arts training.

Book – Scientific Karatedo


Paperback – September 15, 1995

I posted this review on Amazon for Scientific Karatedo

There are so many different karate schools and texts on karate, a very popular oriental martial art, and so, it makes it difficult for the individual enthusiast to know what approach is best and which books to select. But the problem is simplified when the question is asked: “What must a karate system do?”. The logical answer is that a karate system ought to offer a scientific analysis of standard techniques and clear, well-founded explanations of all the basic karate rules.

Scientific Karatedo, by Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, provides exactly this kind of treatment in detailed scientific explanations, unlike anything ever published before. Furthermore, this book is more inclusive than other works on the subject. Including warm up exercises, basic techniques demonstrated in multi-photo sequences, prearranged forms, prearranged partner training, self defence, a special section on self defence for women, and it contains little known armed techniques.

In general, karate is interpreted as a way of combat involving no weapons. However, in the early stages of it’s development, karate called for the conversion of simple articles of daily use and certain agricultural tools into weapons for the peasantry to employ in protective combat.
The immense amount of material contained in this text, makes this book essential to all people who want to understand karate in it’s entirety.

NOTE: This book was originally published as a hardcover in 1976, and is much harder to find.


Book – Zen Combat


Jay Gluck may just have been the first Westerner to write about ninjutsu, with a chapter on the emergence of modern shinobi schools in Japan in his 1962 book, ” Zen Combat”.

It predates the first articles by Arthur Adams in Black Belt, and the publication of You Only Live Twice. It isn’t a cover feature during the boom, isn’t a lead piece designed to sell copies of anything, so it has a raw honesty.

Maybe too raw — Gluck didn’t debunk ninja history, but he surely had no use for the 1960s Japanese ninja boom nor any of the modern practitioners of what he called “dirty weapon” martial arts.

This is an essential read and a little-known chapter of ninjutsu’s exposure in the West.