Tambuli’s Budo Bundle contains three important and insightful books on Japanese and Okinawan martial arts from the perspective of Westerns trained in the Far East.
Book 1 – Atemi: the Thunder and Lightning of Aikido by Walther von Krenner and Ken Jeremiah, is a revolutionary book that goes back to the source and shows the way striking should be incorporated into Aikido. It is the most comprehensive text on striking in Aikido, and it begins with the notion that strikes should not be disregarded in modern dojo.
Book 2 – Following the Martial Path by Walther von Krenner and Ken Jeremiah, illuminates the lessons learned in the martial arts, which transcend techniques of attack and defense. It is a journey of self-discovery, originating in physical training and leading to the spiritual dimensions. Walther G. von Krenner, trained with numerous talented and famous martial arts practitioners, including Gene LaBelle, Hal Sharpe, Tohei Koichi, Takahashi Isao, and Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei. Explaining good times and lessons in humility, Following the Martial Path is von Krenner’s account of his martial art journey.
Book 3 – Chanpuru: Reflections and Lessons from the Dojo by Garry Parker, offers glimpses into the old ways of karate through the personal journey of Garry Parker, a modern day sensei, who learned traditional karate the old way on Okinawa. Parker invites the reader to come along on his journey to see how he gained entrance into a rapidly disappearing society of authentic Okinawan martial art traditions. A tradition honed for a century before air-conditioned schools, colored belts and sport competitions.