The BUBISHI is an ancient Chinese document written using ancient Chinese characters and as a result it is difficult to translate. There are numerous illustrations and diagrams. It is believed to be the combined journal of the experience of numerous Martial Arts Experts. the name Bubishi translates as follows: Bu means Warrior, Bi as Knowledge and Shi is Spirit. In Chinese it is called WU-BEI-ZHI. Wu being Martial.Some history tells us that the Bubishi was handed down to student from their masters and that they were required to make and write out their own copies of the text.
The Bubishi includes a large number of charts and diagrams that contain what many consider to be the core secrets of Okinawan karate. Obviously derived from Shaolin Chinese Boxing and the medical systems, these pictures show the various targets and the times of the day when they are most vulnerable to attack.
There are many bits and pieces of various kata currently practiced in the many styles of Okinawan and Japanese karate evident in the diagrams.
BAI-HE-QUAN, LUO-HAN-QUAN and SHAOLIN-QUAN. It is probably the first document describing the influence of the Chinese QUAN-FA on the TODE of Okinawa. All Martial Arts of Okinawa have roots in the BUBISHI.
The book contains 32 chapters discussing the Quan-Fa of Fukien, Qi-Gong exercises, secrets principles of the Dian-Xue (Tuite or Atemi), forms of attacks on vital points of the human body, Bunkai of the Kata Happoren, knowledge about medical treatments with herbs and also some moral aspects for those who master the contents of the Bubishi.