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25 Shoto-Kan Kata Paperback – January 1, 1984
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About the Author
Unfortunately many Karate instructors use a "Monkey see Monkey do" approach to teaching - Sugiyama doesn't. If a college is a place where one goes to learn how to think then the Sugiyama Dojo (school) is where one goes to teach oneself Karate through thought and reason. Sugiyama encourages questions and debate. His job as teacher is to help his students gain a better understanding of Karate and guide their learning so that they can improve. He believes that eventually every student should become better than the teacher.
Similarly, Sugiyama's books reflect his unique approach to Karate. 25 Shoto-Kan Kata was the first book to use three dimensional drawings. His other books also break new ground and continue to develop the art of Karate. He believes that just as the student should surpass the teacher his books will eventually become obsolete (or collector's items) as new books are written. This constant drive toward innovation and development marks Sugiyama as a one of a kind Karate instructor.
Shojiro Sugiyama was born in Tokyo in 1929. In 1954, after training in two other styles of Karate, he began studying with the Japan Karate Association (Yotsuya), Japan. In 1963, he was invited to come to Chicago to teach Karate. He continues to teach Karate at his dojo located on the north side of Chicago.
Top Customer Reviews
The result is a kata book that is comprehensive, including key graphic information on direction and timing of each move, as well as important details such as hip rotation or hand or foot placement. I have seen instructors refer to it on the dojo floor for details of a particular move in an advanced kata as well as beginners use it as the first step to learning a new kata. Although there are several other good kata books available, you are not going to find one that comes close to this single volume in value for the price!
Now Sensei... if you would please write a companion text showing some applications for each of the kata!
David Kaneda JKA Blackbelt
This is a book you NEVER see offered second-hand on Ebay! ;-)
Contents include Heian (shodan, nidan, sandan, yodan, and godan), Tekki (shodan, nidan, sandan), Bassai (Dai and sho), Jion, Empi, Kanku (Dai and sho), Hangetsu, Jitte, Gankaku,Nijy shi ho, Chintei, Sochin, Meikyo, Unsu, Wankan, and Gojyu Shiho (sho and dai). The materials are logically organized in the order in which they are taught at the majority of schools. The illustrations are nothing special, basic yet serviceable. The instructions are also rather simplistic too, but when integrated with the illustrations the combination is sufficiently clear for most any practitioner to follow.
Great breadth of materials but not so much depth. Regardless, a great resource for Shotokan practitioners and karateka interested in that style.
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book painstaking breaks down each step in multiple KATAs. Each movement is fastidiously outlined with degrees/directions to move, how to plant feet and hold hands, and then... Read morePublished 26 days ago by H'Oscar
I really found this book helpful because it gave me some new angles to view and clear explanations of the intent of a movement to be executed.Published 2 months ago by Amazon CustomerVetluv
Sugiyama's illustrations in the book really help you get the katas down.Published 6 months ago by A. Virgin
Great reference book for detailed katas, i got my book used which saved a lot of money and its still all in one piece with no bent pages.Published 14 months ago by Marco
Great book. For Shotokan practitioners it is a most have.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer