A typhoon brings the renowned karate master Chojun Miyagi into the life of young Kenichi Ota, who must prove himself before he can enter the master's inner circle. As once-peaceful Okinawa prepares for war, master and student venture to China in search of the deepest meaning of karate.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the tides of war turn against Japan and an American invasion fleet approaches Okinawa. Kenichi is conscripted as a runner for the Japanese general staff and finds himself in the epicenter of the Battle of Okinawa. In the aftermath, he must fight again to rebuild the shattered hopes of his people and to preserve his master's art of karate.
A Note From the Publisher
Praise for Chojun-A Novel by Goran Powel
The fabric of history is a delicate weave, in his new book, Chojun; Goran Powell has taken the lives of two men, Chojun Miyagi and Kenichi Ota, one real the other fictitious, and woven them skillfully together through a landscape of historical fact and literary fiction. To the martial artist interested in history, Chojun reveals much about the way of karate-the original thinking and philosophy of a martial art that today has been distorted by the intrusion of sport and commercialism. As a work of fiction, Chojun tells a very human story of childhood dreams and adult adversity; of growing up in paradise, and later, living through the horrors of war.
Goran Powell, through the narrative of his fictitious character Ota, has constructed an utterly believable world, drawing the reader in to an identifiable milieu in which many of the events in the story really took place. Chojun is an exciting next-step in the evolution of how karate's history is told. -Michael Clarke, Kyoshi 7th dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu, best selling author of The Art of Hojo Undo-Power Training for Traditional Karate
With Chojun, Goran Powell spins the tale of a modern martial arts master, Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953), the founder of Goju Ryu karate. Sticking close enough to the facts to assure believability while inventing enough drama to keep readers enthralled could have been a significant challenge for this story, but Powell makes it work flawlessly. The result is a reverent yet riveting tale that enlightens while it entertains. An enchanting portrait of the real Mr. Miyagi, Chojun is an exceptional read. Very highly recommended!-Lawrence A. Kane, martial artists, best selling author of The Little Black Book of Violence
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