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Best Karate, Vol.3: Kumite 1 Paperback – October 15, 1978


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Product Details

  • Series: Best Karate
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1St Edition edition (October 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teaches all aspects of the art." -Library Journal


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. VINE VOICE on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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, author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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This fantastic book was written by the late Nakayama, Sensei, who was the Chief Instructor for the Japan Karate Association. As with all his "Best Karate" series, this volume is comprehensive and detailed. The focus of this text is sparring techniques (Kumite). The author explains the progression of learning karate sparring. Beginning with five step sparring, moving to three step sparring, and than to one step sparring. There is also semi-free sparring and the ultimate level being free sparring. All serious students of Shotokan Karate should have this book in their personal library.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Karate Multiple Strikes Techniques for Self-Defense).
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2 of 2 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 C. McDaniel on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
You need this book and all the books in this series if you are a Shotokan Karate student.

Shotokan Karate is one of the most practiced styles of karate in the world, and this series of books by Sensei Nakayama will give you a fairly complete introduction to the style.

These books were designed and distributed before we had dvds, and they were designed to provide a reference of correct technique in a world without enough qualified Shotokan Instructors.

This volume provides an overview of many Shotokan sparring techniques, although it won't make you a figher or a Shotokan student. For that, you need a qualified teacher.

On the other hand, this and all the other books in the series provide the best reference yet for the entire syllabus of Shotokan Karate.
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