I'm happy to report that the construction of the history section is complete. Of course, a first draft is only the beginning of the process.
Only a handful of writers in the world can construct a piece and not need an ounce of revision afterward. I am definitely not one of those writers. After I get further along in the book I will return to this section both to refresh my mind on the ultimate direction of the project as well as give a fresh look over what I have written. I'm bound to find many clunky pieces that don't flow or veer off on unnecessary tangents.
I was surprised at the length of history needed in order to paint the picture of how the ideas of natural karate stay consistent with the pursuits of the old masters. Without historical context, there is no real proof for or against what I'm writing (or for what other people have made up and slapped the label of 'karate' on). Therefore, having a solid historical basis is much like the foundation of a building. With it more can be constructed confidently, without it's only a matter of time until it crumbles.
Now it's time to switch out of historical mode and get into the meat of self analysis and connections to modern scientific investigation. Should be interesting.