Ashihara Karate was created by Hideyuki Ashihara.
This book is the most detailde book in the world about Hideyuki Ashihara.
The WAY OF SABAKI:The Secret of Teachings of Hideyuki Ashihara
This newest book on Hideyuki Ashihara makes me fully aware that
he was an incredible and attractive man even apart from being
a renowned karate master and that there are a lot of things to
learn from his way of living a life as a man.
So that makes me rerealize it is a great regret to have lost such
an amazing man too soon.
As this is a thick book with over 500 pages as the author Kousei
Matsumiya says it took him 10 years to publish it, I really appreciate
his efforts to shed another light on this legendary karateka in his book.
With the aging of those who actually spent time with Hideyuki Ashihara,
many readers seem to expect no more books dealing with the great
karateka so systematically as this book to come.
The author says he started writing this book at the suggestion of Jouya
Kagemaru, one of the manga artists who drew the manga Karate Baka
Ichidai, to make the book a tribute to the late Kancho while Kagemaru
had been friendly with the late Kancho until he died
(Kagemaru passed away in 2012).
Kagemaru was the mangaka who drew the part of Karate Baka Ichidai
in which the character named Hideyuki Ashiwara was emphatically and
energetically depicted to become successful in Shikoku as a young great
karate master by Kagemaru with his impressive pen strokes.
While this book has a postcard with Mas Oyama and Hideyuki Ashihara
illustrated by Kagemaru available with it on a first-come-and-first-served
basis due to the limited number of the postcards and I got one, I am so much pleased!
As the author Matsumiya seems to be fluent in English and the publishing
company is Nichibou Shuppan that published Mas Oyama’s books written in
English such as “What Is Karate?,” I definitely hope this book to be translated
into English to make it available for people outside of Japan too.
Lastly, I would like to let you know what the wraparound band on the book says:
“The moment a man has stopped challenging himself, his soul would be dying.
Having died at 50, the man who kept challenging himself until the very end of
too short a life: Hedeyuki Ashihara. Watch this unusual genius’s way of life closely!”
(quoted from Karate arcadia)