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The classic 11-volume series on Shotokan Karate are undoubtedly the most well-known books on karate. The series has been translated in many languages and g
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The classic 11-volume series on Shotokan Karate are undoubtedly the most well-known books on karate. The series has been translated in many languages and gives a complete overview of the Shotokan-karate of the Japan Karate Association (J.K.A.). Especially the volumes 5 up to 11 are very interesting since they give us a extremely detailed insight in how the katas must be performed. Not only is each 'snew position's shown like many other books do, but all the movements in between are shown as well. Most of the time a whole sequence of photos is used for showing the movement of one position to the next, and another series to show it from various angles. The books not only are the standard for, for example Kata-matches, but are also very well suited to learn the kata at home. Combine volume 3 up to 11 of this encyclopedia with the book 'sDynamic Karate's by the same author and you own everything there is to know on Shotokan karate... In this first volume, all the basic points of karate are arranged systematically for effective step by step learning. You'sll learn about the parts of the body that are used as natural weapons, the stances, how to block, how to attack and you will be introduced to the kata and to kumite. The fundamentals as presented in this volume, briefly but accurately, are the distillation of the author'ss forty-six years's experience in this art of self-defense.
Recommended for the person who wants to find out what it'ss all about.'s (The Japan Times)• BASICS Natural Weapons: Use of the Hands and Arms, Use of the Feet and Legs, Stances, Foot Movements, Preparatory Exercises • PRINCIPLES • TRAINING • BASIC TECHNIQUES Hand and Arm Techniques, Foot and Leg Techniques • KATA • KUMITE • KARATE-DO History, Contests, Makiwara, Vital Points