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Dynamic Karate (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9780870117886
ISBN: 0870117882
Label: Kodansha International
Manufacturer: Kodansha International
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 308
Publication Date: 1987-02-15
Publisher: Kodansha International
Studio: Kodansha International

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Most books on karate usually do not provide complete, detailed instructions and illustrations-the fundamentals plus the fine points-that readers hope for. This book fills the gaps left by others.
The late Master Masatoshi Nakayama, chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association, left this book as a testament. It reveals his great experience as a karate competitor and teacher, describing and illustrating in detail all the correct movements involved in the particular block, punch, or kick you want to perfect, as well as instructions--on combining blocking techniques with decisive counterattacks. Also included is a glossary of all Japanese karate terms and a guide to their pronunciation.
Because of the lightning speed of karate techniques, normal camera work often fails to record the action accurately. For this reason, many of the photo sequences found in Dynamic Karate were taken using a stroboscope with a flash time of 1/10,000 of a second, enabling you to follow each movement as it is actually performed.


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Summary: Excellent reference for beginners through advanced
Comment: This is an excellent reference book. It covers all the basic hand/arm and foot/leg techniques. The stop action photos are helpful in showing the complete movement of a technique. The text is written very clearly in easy to understand terms. That's one of the reasons I always recommend this book to my beginning adult (Shotokan)karate students. My students always tell me that they find it very helpful, especially when practicing at home and needing a reference to guide them. This is a "must have" book for any level karate student.

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Summary: JKA textbook!
Comment: THE book on Shotokan Karate as taught by the Japan Karate Association. Besides having hundreds of pictures and explanations of techniques, it is filled with numerous action pictures of the Masters of The Japan Karate Association from the 1950's and 1960's era.

Simply put, a MUST have for all Shotokan Karate-ka!

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Summary: Traditional Japanese Karate
Comment: Kicking Theory: Nakayama says, "If sufficiently mastered, kicking techniques can have a more powerful effect than attacks with the hands." "To counteract the shock of hitting with a foot strike, place the supporting foot firmly on the ground an fully tighten the ankle of the supporting leg." "Attempt to absorb the shock with ankle, knee, and hip of the supporting leg, and keep the upper body well balanced and perpendicular to the ground." "To achieve maximum effect, kick with the whole body instead of with the leg alone. Pushing the hips forward during the kick helps achieve this goal."

Punch theory: "Notice that the muscles at the front and side of the abdomen are strongly tensed, linking the chest and hipbones firmly together. When the hips are properly set and the body is correcly supportted by the thigh muscle, the standing position is firm and stable. This table foundation enables the power of the hps to flow to the chest, shoulder, and arm. Power can be concetrated only when the hips, chest, shoulders, arms, wrists, and fists are firmly linked, and all necessary muscle function fully."


1. R Punch: Step L 45, L inward block, R step forward into a horse, R chop to kidney, two hand grand to R shoulder, pivot and throw to ground, R knee ribs and R punch to face.
2. R Punch: Step R 45, into a Left cover, L knife block, R chop to neck, L bear claw to face, R upcut to solar plexus.
3. R Punch: From a L Cover, step back into a horse, Pivot to the right and lean to the R, L knife block and grab, pivot L and lean to the L, and R chop to the neck.
4. R punch: Step R 45, R chop to the temple, R knuckle down opponents lead arm, drop down into a low horse, and R hammer to groin.
5. R punch: Step back R cover, L outward block, L punch, and R reverse punch to face.
6. R punch: Step backward into a low R cover, L rise punch to chin deflect opponents R with L forearm during the lunge, R knife hand safety to your left side of head.
7. L punch: R cover, L upward block and grab, R invert knuckle punch behind L ear, and R wheel kick to ribs.
8. R punch: R cover, step L 45, R upward block and grab, R wheel kick to solar plexus.
9. L punch: R cover, R upward block, R downward backknuckle to face, R snap kick away.
10. L punch: L cover, R inward block, grab and pull, R side kick to the ribs
11. R punch: R cover, Step L 45, L inward block and R vertical finger to solar plexus or armpit.
12. R punch: R cover, upward X block, R grab, L chop to the throat
13. R punch: R cover, upward X block, L grab and pull down, R step in, R chop to the throat

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Summary: Japanese Karate Bible
Comment: In a skillful conceived layout, Masatoshi Nakayama's book, Dynamic Karate lacks nothing in providing teachers and students with the smallest of details needed to master Karate.

The author's credentials for presenting the basics for a wide variety of Karate techniques include being a student of master Funakoshi Gichin who took the foundations of "Chinese Hand Techniques" and built Karate-do (empty hand ways), which is the style presented in this book.

The first part of this enlightening book, which deals with the fundamentals in great detail, devotes considerable text and images to assure the reader understands the importance of stance and balance. The section on using the hands and feet as weapons, which shows alternate techniques as well as the currently preferred technique, is clearly written and diagramed. The fifty chapter, which is devoted to punching techniques, provides insight on theory and practice. This is followed by a related chapter on the theory and practice of striking techniques. Chapter 7, which is devoted to kicking techniques, includes some fantastic images of kicking dynamics. Placed as almost an after thought, Chapter 8 provides great text and images of blocking techniques. In this chapter, considerable effort is made to make the reader aware of the differences between proper and improper form.

In the final part of the book, the reader is treated to the applications of the techniques describe in all the previous chapters. The book ends with chapters on basic training, calisthenics and exercises. Note that there are no chapters on forms; Nakayama presents forms in separate publications.

There are other great books on Karate (Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun) but there are none better than this. If I could only afford to buy one book on Karate, this would be my choice.


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Summary: The best karate book. Timeless
Comment: I began in 1957. I obtained my first copy of Dynamic Karate in 1966. After almost 50 years of practicing karate I have not found a better book. The book explains and illustrates proper form, proper techniques, proper stances and proper torque to achive maximum impact. All Karateka should read it. It is a must for instructors. I am no great fan of Shoto-kan. However,the application of the basics is universal and timeless. This book will help any karate student attain proper form... and form is power...regardless of the type of karate studied. This is important in an age were there are so many bogus teachers that have no concept of form, body dynamics and real fighting. You'll stop falling on your front kick after you read it!


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