20th Century Samurai - Richard 'Biggie' Kim Book Don WarrenerSKU: BO9812A
Comprehensive text about the life, philosophy and psychology of Richard 'Biggie' Kim one of the most famous masters of the 20th century. This book reveals his involvement with some of the martial arts great including Yoshida Kotaro, Sokaku Takeda, Yamaguichi, Oyama, Ueshiba, Nishiyama and more. Richard Kim is without a doubt one of America's first generation true karate masters. He was born in Hawaii 1917 and began his training in Judo at the young age of six. But in 1927, after seeing a demonstration by the legendary Karate master, Yabu Kentsu, he immediately began on a path that would last for 75 years. More than a karate master, the colorful Kim was also a spy for the Japanese during WWII, he was the inheritor of the Daito Ryu Aiki Jitsu style from the legendary Yoshida Kotaro, and a double for one of Japan's most notorious war criminals, Kinji Doihara. (Doihara was hung in 1948 for his crimes in WWII). He was a close friend with two of Japan's biggest karate masters, Gogen Yamaguchi from whom he received a shodan, and Kyokushinkai's Mas Oyama. This book also includes his war years in Shanghai as a POW, his early days in Karate in his native Hawaii, plus his involvement and history of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, and the Black Dragon Society. Plus, excerpts from the hundreds of magazine articles written about him since his repatriation to the USA in 1957, and the 45+ articles he had written. 420 pages. 6" x 9". Paperback.
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