Summary: The Advanced Shotokan Karate Handbook
Comment: I must admit, this is a very good and honest attempt at trying to compile the Kata series. The quality/angles of photography and the depth of bunkai applications could have been a little better. The kumite sequences and sets are pretty interesting.
Over-all... a good book for upto brown-belt grades... to be used as a tool for quick reference.
But watching Mr Sahota in action, certainly makes me want to train with him when I visit England next.
Summary: We've seen it all before
Comment: Nothing new in this book except it shows some of the more obscure advanced kata not found in "Best Karate" which is much more complete in its description. Also, every kick is unrealistically high. Pass.
Summary: Needs more description of dynamics
Comment: The pictures are reasonable but the dynamics (steps, directions). This is a good book if you already know the katas. You won't learn a kata from it.
Summary: This text is excellent for intermediate shotokan karateka.
Comment: The photographs of kata and kumite are excellent. The application of kata are also well-illustrated. The major failing of the book is that it relies too heavily on the pictures with little or no explanation. A good intermediate or advanced student will benefit but only with careful analysis. The section on kumite techniques is unique in that many combinations are presented which are not a normal part of JKA karate. I recommend this book to any who are interested in a good technical manual and who are not mentally restricted to karatedo from previous teachings.