Like many people, I have seen The Karate Kid movies without realizing that there was a real Okinawan karate master named Miyagi. I am also interested in the history and culture of Okinawa. My copy of Chojun by Goran Powell is an ARC from Net Galley. Chojun will not be released until December 16.
Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) was the founder of Goju-ryu Karate . He was born in Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture on the main island. This book is largely the memories of his fictional student, Kenichi Ota. There is an amazingly compelling description of how Kenichi first encountered Miyagi practicing karate during a typhoon. I was transfixed by the majesty of that moment. It was the point where this book grabbed me and didn’t let me go for an instant. Continue reading