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Best Karate, Vol.6: Bassai, Kanku (Best Karate)
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Manufacturer: Kodansha International
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9780870113833
ISBN: 0870113836
Label: Kodansha International
Manufacturer: Kodansha International
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 1980-04-15
Publisher: Kodansha International
Studio: Kodansha International

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Editorial Reviews:

Fully described and illustrated in this volume are the widely practiced Bassal and Kanku kata from the JFA recommended group. The student learns fast and slow techniques, the dynamics of strength, how to turn weakness into strength, changing directions, jumping and going to ground.


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Summary: The Entire Series, Not Just This Book, Is A Fantastic Resource For Shotokan Karate Kata
Comment: NOTE: This review, along with the other reviews of the books devoted to katas in this series, are identical in nature as the subject matter for each book only differs in the actual kata or katas being demonstrated. The layout and format are identical and that is what these reviews are based upon.

This book, along with the rest of the books in the series, is an outstanding source of information on the correct execution of the Shotokan Karate katas in which this particular volume demonstrates. Now if you don't know anything about karate and purchase this book, it will do you about as much good as a screen door in a submarine. However, if you are already a practicing Shotokan Karate student, then this book is a must have for your continued advancement in the martial arts.

Every book in this series that deal with the various katas, utilizes the same format throughout each book in order to show you the correct execution of each kata demonstrated. Admittedly there aren't a whole lot of words describing the various moves in the katas, but there are an abundance of photographs taken from various angles that pretty much show you exactly how your body should be positioned not only for each individual move, but also how your body should be positioned as you move from one position to another.

At the end of each book is a special section devoted to particular points of interest in each kata that you should pay particular attention to. A nice addition to this already wonderful book.

If you are a student of Shotokan Karate, or a student of another style that utilizes the same katas, I would highly recommend that you purchase these books in order to advance your knowledge of whatever particular kata or katas that you are currently working on. You won't be disappointed!

Shawn Kovacich
Martial artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.

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Summary: Learning Bassai
Comment: This kata is very demanding. This book lays out the kata very thoroughly (much more so than in Best Karate, Vol.5). It also gives you a front and side view which are essential to practicing at home.

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Summary: Karate Ressurrection
Comment: Sensei Nakayama's book is excellent. Its advantages are that the techniques are explained in full detail and they are all performed by top JKA instructors.

While its a great book during Nakayama's time (and probably till the late 80's), its my humble opinion that this book is a little outdated. Many JKA masters today have improvished on some of the techniques so perhaps its more advisable to get a more up to date version by either Sensei Kanazawa or Sensei Enoeda.

Having said all these, its nevertheless a book which has no equal in the world of Shotokan.


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Summary: Best Karate is the Best
Comment: Best Karate Series books are excellent and this one is no exception. The transistion from technique to technique is excellent. Most other books just show the end result of each "move", Best Karate shows YOU how to get there. I also liked the Bunkai (application) section for each kata.

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Summary: Excellent teaching source for the intermediate to advanced.
Comment: Through the use of pictures, american and japanese language, Nakayama is able to explain the kata's required after the Heian kata's in Shotokan Karate-do


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