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Shotokan Karate Kata Vol. 1
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Manufacturer: Meyer & Meyer Sport
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9781841260884
ISBN: 1841260886
Label: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Manufacturer: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2002-10
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Studio: Meyer & Meyer Sport

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Editorial Reviews:

The Kata are the backbone of Karate. Continually practising them allows the whole spectrum of possibilities contained in Karate to be revealed. The Kata consist of a fascinating multitude of techniques, which permit defence in close contact as well as at medium and long distance with your partner. Situations where the Kata can be applied are comprehensively explained in this book. Additionally, the special features of any Karate style are expressed through the Kata. The Kata contained in this book have their roots in the Shotokan Karate style. The book aims to assist in understanding them better, to get to know the situations when they can be applied, and how to improve them in the daily training routine as well as in grading tests and competitions. 17 Kata are presented in detail using the Bunkai method: Heian 1 to Heian 5, Tekki 1 - the basic Kata up to the Brown Belt; Tekki 2 and Tekki 3; Bassai-Dai, Empi, Jion, Hangetsu and Kanku-Dai - the first of the Master Kata; Bassai-Sho and Nijushiho, Gojushiho, Gojushiho-Dai - advanced Master Kata.

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Summary: Pretty good
Comment: Martial arts moves are dynamic and fluid. By their nature, photographs are a limited medium for teaching them, as they only show the endpoints of the moves and not the more important motions in between (for this reason, the creative illustrations such as in the Sugiyama book are much better for showing what photographs cannot). So whenever approaching a book on martial arts technique, one must always keep this limitation in mind.

As an adjunct to the process of learning in a dojo, this book succeeds fairly well. Each kata chapter includes not only photos of each move of the kata, but also photographs of how these moves would actually be used in combat. All too often the katas are taught in the abstract as a mere choregraphed exercise, divorced from any fighting context or practical application. The karate student is supposed to visualize an imaginary attacker while repetitively performing each kata, so having the extra photographs of the actual fighting application of the different moves is a valuable resource.

The introductory information (historical background, training tips, etc.) and the paragraphs that give insight into the nature of each kata are helpful and enlightening. My main dissatisfaction with this book, however, is that this material is poorly translated from the author's native language. It includes many tortured and nonsensical sentences such as: "The time spent on competitions, however, should lead from the finish of such a phase for the Karateka through to Karate-Do as an accompanying life-style." Huh?

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Summary: I'm not impressed
Comment: I had some other expectations to these two books. Shotokan Karate Kata Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are nice to have, BUT don't thing of these books as source for learning Kata.
Siavash T.

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Summary: Great karate kata book!
Comment: This book shows pretty much all the katas from rookie to advanced. Shows many differant pictures and tells what some attacks or blocks are used for. Great book!

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