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Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki Paperback – October 15, 1979


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Product Details

  • Series: Best Karate
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (October 15, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Technically excellent." -Library Journal


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author


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 Series are the definitive books for learning the art of Shotokan karate.
Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D.
This book will not teach you to how to perform these katas correctly; for that you need a qualified instructor.
Joseph C. McDaniel
This is my third copy of M. Nakayama's Best Karate Vol 5 book as it contains all the basic kata for Shotokan.
Paul Pittman

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joerg Colberg on July 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought three books out of the "Best Karate" series and the two books about katas are simply outstanding. I use another book which describes the movements in words but it's just too hard to figure it out for some of the tricky movements. The "Best Karate" series has photo series for all katas plus additional information about what people should take care of for the individual katas (for instance, stance changes for Heian Shodan). That way, it's really "easy" to learn a kata on your own, just from the book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Vivolo on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been practicing Shotokan karate for 10 years now. Even though I attend regular classes and seminars, as well as working out with very qualified karate-ka, I still find myself coming back to Master Nakayma's work in this very fine series of books. Of all the books on kata I have these books are superior.
The instruction is straight forward and to the point. Tips are given to avoid common mistakes. Under the many pictures illustrating the kata is a stance diagram and short concise sentences to describe each move.
Extremely well done by one of the finest karate masters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a long-time student (and instructor) of Shotokan Karate, I have read just about every book ever published on karate kata. I view this one as essential to all beginners, as well as instructors, of Shotokan karate. This volume covers the entire Heian series (1,2,3,4,5) as well as the three Tekki kata. Students must study and learn these kata before being allowed to progress to the Black (Shodan) Belt level. Most Shotokan schools will require you to also know a black belt kata (Bassai Dai) before being promoted to Shodan(1st degree black belt).

This book shows the important points to keep in mind in each of the kata shown. Each step of the Heian and Tekki kata series are fully illustrated and explained in detail. Like all books dealing with complex motor skills, you cannot master these kata without also training under the expert guidance of a Shotokan Karate instructor. These kata are important because they are the essential building blocks to the more difficult and complex advanced Black Belt katas you will have to learn for further Shotokan Karate advancement.

In conclusion, this is a must have book for all serious Shotokan Karate students, whether beginner or black belt.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Manual: Combat karate for the street-Official manual of Bushi Satori Ryu)
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1 of 1 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, Shotokan Blackbelt and author of Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior's Path
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a Shodan myself, I found this book invaluable as I progressed through the levels. It is easy to understand and provides thorough detail for each kata. It helped me earn several AAU national championships.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By capp6416@rowan.edu on December 17, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is by far the best value as far as picture explanations of basic kata. Nakayama Sensei uses many pictures, which can get a bit confusing at times, but are very helpful for understanding detailed movements. At the end of each kata he presents a special section on the hardest part of each kata. Highlights include Heian nidan, Heian Yondan, and, Tekki Shodan. The photographs are clear and the ext is easy to read.
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This book talks about equipment, mental and physical aspects of karate and so much more. I would reccomend this book to anyone interested in learning karate
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By Charles A. Moore on October 28, 2013
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Though some of the techniques differ slightly from what we practice, it is a great reference book for the katas.
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