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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.
A great addition to any Shotokan karateka whatever your skill level. Join this with a good video instructional and your all set toward improving your skills.Published 2 months ago by Ray Mann
If you are an Shotokan practioner who has fallen by the way side in keeping up with your art, this book will really bring you back up to speed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victor Abruna
This is the official, international standard for Shoto-kan karateka. If you plan on studying Shoto-kan or Shoto-kai, this manual is a must. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Lilley
After a long hiatus, I've returned to the martial arts and have been learning several new katas. This book has been a great aid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Perrin
It makes an excellent reference book of Shotokan katas. Also, it gives the best illustrations of the kata moves that I have ever seen.Published 9 months ago by Dave Chubb
Even though it took some time to get used to the little man. This book brought exactly what I ordered. It arrived on time and in good condition. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jose A.
Great purchase! Easy to follow diagrams and step by step intructions makes this book a great purchase! Im glad I bought it.Published 12 months ago by Joseph Winfery
This book has pictures of Sensei Nishiyama doing Kata. He is the best karate in the whole world. No doubt about it. The rest, i really don't like it.Published 13 months ago by Victoria Schavelzon