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Best Karate, Vol.11: Gojushiho Dai, Gojushiho Sho, Meikyo Paperback – November 15, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: Best Karate
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117589
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MASATOSHI NAKAYAMA carries on the tradition of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshl, the Father of Modern Karate. Long professor and director of physical education at Takushoku University, his alma mater (1937), he was chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association from 1955 until his death in 1987. A ninth degree black belt and a familiar face at tournaments, he was among the first to send instructors overseas and to encourage the development of karate along scientific lines.

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The best karate book series is a tresaure of the martial arts!
Frank Xavier
The value of this book can be best appreciated when it is used in conjunction with actual practice with a Shotokan instructor.
Joseph J. Truncale
I highly recommend these books for anyone who is interested in improving their karate or who is interested in Shotokan.
Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. VINE VOICE on April 12, 2010
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The Best Karate Series are the definitive books for learning the art of Shotokan karate. They have been around for many years and still none have surpassed their excellence. They are very helpful for the beginner and the advanced student alike. I have read them all and have found that each book in the series is excellent. Although you can't learn a martial art from a book alone, these books are an excellent supplement to your training and are very helpful in learning the finer points of the art of Shotokan. Each book in this series sets the standard for books on Shotokan training. There are simply none better, at least none better that I have found, and I read a lot of martial arts books. I highly recommend these books for anyone who is interested in improving their karate or who is interested in Shotokan. They are simply the best! Highly recommended. 5 Stars.

Bohdi Sanders, Shotokan Blackbelt and author of Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior's Path
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theodoro S. Teixeira on March 13, 2011
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I cannot sing enough praises to this series of books. Together with the title Dynamic Karate, they form a foundation upon which to advance your karate with rock solid kihon information.

I started to practice karate at the age of 16. After a long period of medical school and residency training during which practicing karate was out of the question, I got back to it at the age of 38. In my comeback I found out that the spirit of karate had changed. When I started, the emphasis was on learning good kihon and good kata, so that your kumite skills would have a strong foundation. It was also on the moral values of karate. Now, I feel that much of that is being lost and kumite and competition is all many karateka think of.

This series of books presents karate in the light of an era of change. Sensei Nakayama lived in a generation marked by the transition of the karate as taught by Funakoshi, who believed it was unsuitable for competition, to an era where competition, if not the single purpose, has become one of the main goals of karate practitioners.

When you read Funakoshi's books, it is easy to grasp how he viewed karate: a martial art meant to discipline ones body, improve ones health and lifespan, rein in ones violent impulses, and promote the sense of respect and politeness towards others, especially ones would be opponents. In summary, karate was to span a persons whole being and attitude, both inside the dojo as well as outside. Maybe especially outside.

Sensei Nakayama clearly inherited that way of thinking and added to it a scientific view of body mechanics and systematic organization of techniques and concepts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale VINE VOICE on June 20, 2009
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The late Masatoshi Nakayama wrote these "Best Karate" series so that all Shotokan students could better understand the role kata played in the art. This volume includes three advanced black belt katas. They include Gojushio Dai, Gojushio Sho and Meikyo. In the Shotokan curriculum these katas are usually not learned until the student has many years of practice. They are challenging katas even for advanced students. Like all the books in this series, the photographs are clear and the techniques shown are done by advanced black belts. It should be emphasized, that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to learn how to perform these katas from the book alone. The value of this book can be best appreciated when it is used in conjunction with actual practice with a Shotokan instructor.

Rating: 4 Stars. Very good book. Joseph J. Truncale (Bushi Satori Ryu-Author: Samurai Aerobics, Wakizashi Jutsu)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1997
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I think that the BEST KARATE series constitute a very important aid for the correct performance of the Kata to the Shotokan Karateka. They go through all techniques in detail with explicite photos and they give in parallel the name in japanese, fact which is helpfull to the serious reader in order to understand how to perform them correctly.
This series should be purchased by every karateka who wants to work seriously in the field of Karate do.
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