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CompleteMartialArts.com - Japan Karate Association Shotokan Kata Series Vol 1

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Manufacturer: Tsunami Productions
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0660468208297
Format: Color
Label: Tsunami Productions
Manufacturer: Tsunami Productions
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Tsunami Productions
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-06-07
Running Time: 80
Studio: Tsunami Productions
Theatrical Release Date: 1985

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Editorial Reviews:

Produced by the Japan Karate Association under the technical direction of its Chief Instructor, Masatoshi Nakayama, this updated and newly re-released English language version of the series is better than the original in many ways. The enhanced quality offered by the DVD format is remarkable, the navigational menus/chapters a great convenience, and newly added, illustrated historical sections by Shotokan historian Harry Cook that start each volume, of enormous value in understanding the development of kata within the Shotokan movement in general, and the Japan Karate Association in particular. Each DVD in the five part series includes at least two of the old VHS volumes at a reduction in price of around 60%. Running time 70 minutes

Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Great if you're looking for a refresher
Comment: Let me start with the format. The copy I received was burned DVD-R with a home-made label. My DVD player chokes on it about halfway through the disc. The second issue I have is that if you're still trying to learn the katas, the guy moves pretty fast. It's hard to stay up with him (even after they slow him down). It is a bit more difficult to follow a video than it is to watch a 3-D class of students and teachers who turn with you (once you're not facing the screen, it's hard to follow along). I was expecting a little more commentary on how each form was done (they do mention when to keep a heel down here and there). I was hoping for more of a "forward stance here, moving into a cat stance, high block, high block, middle punch..." etc.

I was a little disappointed in this one. Also, the only kata is the first form and a little of Tekki. The beginning history of kata was kind of interesting, but past that, this wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

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Summary: Maleko
Comment: The best Shotakan video I have viewed. Great sound, color and easy to follow. They showed excellent practicle applications.

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