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    A copy of this book sold on ebay a couple of days ago for $152.50......wow.
    I've been scanning online bookstores for a copy and the cheapest i saw it was $92USD.
    I've seen it priced as high as $800USD.

    James Mitose is probably the most controversial kempo figure in america, his training never proved or disproved.

    Why is there still such an interest in this book?
    Some call it revolutionary (first english book on martial arts), some call it a complete rip-off of a previously printed japanese text.

    Does anyone have a copy.......what did you pay for it?
    Or do you think its even worth the paper it's printed on?

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    I have a digital copy a friend sent to me a few years back. The book is OK, but I wouldn't pay that much for it. The controversy surrounding Mitose is probably one of the factors that cause the book "value" to rise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbonz
    A copy of this book sold on ebay a couple of days ago for $152.50......wow.
    I've been scanning online bookstores for a copy and the cheapest i saw it was $92USD.
    I've seen it priced as high as $800USD.

    James Mitose is probably the most controversial kempo figure in america, his training never proved or disproved.

    Why is there still such an interest in this book?
    Some call it revolutionary (first english book on martial arts), some call it a complete rip-off of a previously printed japanese text.

    Does anyone have a copy.......what did you pay for it?
    Or do you think its even worth the paper it's printed on?
    I bought a copy of the book from Budo Books a number of years back for $8.95. I bought all of Ed Parker's, 2 of Mitose's, and 2 of LaTourette's books from them. Mitose's book was at least as good as the rest of them.
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    Bought my first copy from when it first came out (second edition) for about what Dave paid. Think I got it from Brendan Lai. Got another copy later at a B. Dalton's bookstore (don't remember for how much, but I suspect it was about the same price).

    Interesting book for Kenpo practitioners, but probably not worth a rat's rump to anyone else.

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