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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9780911921366
ISBN: 0911921362
Label: Tamashii Press
Manufacturer: Tamashii Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 120
Publication Date: 2000-07
Publisher: Tamashii Press
Studio: Tamashii Press

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Editorial Reviews:

Utilizing over 330 photographs, Bunkai, for the first time in publishing history, allows a continuous visualization of an opponent during an enitre kata, without missing OR overlapping motions in the kata sequence. This volume covers all three traditional karate Tekki kata: Tekki Shodan, Tekki Nidan, and Tekki Sandan. In this book, Dr. Schmeisser brings the Tekki kata of the Shotokan style to life as they have never been seen before! The author, a 7th degree black belt and Kyoshi of the International Society of Okinawan/Japanese Karate-do, is a renowned pioneer in the analysis and application of karate kata. His first book, Advanced Karate-do: Concepts, Techniques, and Training Methods, a bestseller in the martial arts community, has just been completely revised and re-issued.


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Summary: I got more from watching the MATRIX
Comment: Want to choreograph some swell "martial arts" moves for your next home movie? then buy this book, otherwise, Lawrence Kane's The Way of Kata or ANY of Iain Abernathy's Bunkai application books are MILES of gray matter ahead of this childs-play!! True warriorship and self-defense is not something to toy with ... and Mr. Schmeisser should be more responsible in what he puts out as "authentic" combat techniques...before some poor fool gets killed messing with this hollywood theatrics stuff! OSSSS

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Summary: Don't waste your money!!
Comment: E. Schmeisser wrote a book about the "Tekki series" but didn't it very fine. The pictures are bad, a lot of techniques are pointless and I'm still searching for principles in this book. I can't hardly imagine that Funakoshi et al learned these useless techniques to defend yourself against big, strong men.
Look for Iain Abernethy's books and videos!!

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Summary: some interesting ideas
Comment: It seems to me that Mr.Elmar T.Schmeisser has never ever experienced the real fight. I'm very curious how would he execute the bunkai on pages 51-53,60-62,82-91 and many others. These bunkais are good maybe for movie scenes but they have nothing common with real life fight.
But his ideas help to develop another bunkais-more useful in fights.

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Summary: See what you missed when chose Shotokan...
Comment: See what you missed when chose Shotokan over Okinawan styles. This book reinvents the meanings of kata movements. In traditional Okinawan styles (such as Jundokan Goju Ryu, Seibukan Shorin Ryu, etc.) the meanings of kata movements a.k.a. bunkai were never forgotten. They are actively trained in all traditional dojos. But when competitions and commercialism were added to many styles, the meanings of kata movements were forgotten (in those styles that chose the new approach). Now this book reinvents the wheel by going through the kata and figures out the application.

If kata bunkai is what you are interested in, all you should have done is go to different school, where these things are actively trained and sparred with from square one. But if you already are deep in the modern mud of Shotokan and similar schools, you may want to read this book to see what you are missing.


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Summary: Revolutionary thoughts of kata bunkai
Comment: A must for every good shotokan karateka. The classic bunkai which is taught these days in most dojos suffers from "label disease". A block is a block and a punch a punch. With this (wrong) thinking, many sequences in kata can't be interpreted- they seem to have no immideate or practical use. Schmeisser goes a step further. Labels for individual techniques are discarded and the movements themselves are explored for alternative uses as to their effects. Punches can become throws, blocks can become strikes or joint locking techniques, and steps can become kicks or stamping attacks. "In all these analysis, there are a few basic principles that should be followed: Each movement must do something useful..", "..no opponent must be left in a condition to continue or resume an attack..". Suddenly with Schmeissers interpretation the whole kata makes sense. It is revolutionary and again so easy- you will wonder, that no one else has interpretated kata ever before like that. Shotokan is an ineffective martial art, compared to others? Everyone, who says that should read this book and reconsider his statement. Why not 5 stars? As I live in Germany (known for fantastic high quality publishing), I am used to very high standards. This book is published awful! The paper is bad, the pictures are with low resolution, the paperback is really made from paper :-). In Germany you will get for the same money a high quality hardcover. Nevertheless the content is superb and I don't regret my buy at all. I unconditionally recommend this book to every serious karateka and can't wait until Schmeisser releases the next book in mid 2001: "Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Vol 2: Channan - The Heart of the Heians". Here you'll find a sample: ... ...


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