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Manufacturer: Crowood Press
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8153
EAN: 9781861268730
ISBN: 1861268734
Label: Crowood Press
Manufacturer: Crowood Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
Publisher: Crowood Press
Studio: Crowood Press

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Summary: Best book around on Bunkai yet!
Comment: A good Shotokan beginner's book with LOTS of clear colour pictures showing the first six kata's in the Shotokan canon up to Heian Godan.

A good compliment & natural progression from Ashley's first two titles -"Shotokan" & "Secret Karate". There are some very small mistakes in techniques though (eg. Yondan).

It begins with a good general history of karate & its development, with details of its key founders & ancient masters. Vital pressure points covered (again). As for the bunkai (application of kata moves) there are some strange & sometimes awkward moves. Some are new, some are advanced but many don't accurately follow the moves of the kata (ie. Oyo Bunkai).

However they do give a good interpretation of how throws can be incorporated. A good book overall & worth reading, as there are very few good books covering this subject.

Despite the style & interpretations used, it's still one of the BEST books on Bunkai I've seen for a very long time.

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