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

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"Technically excellent." -Library Journal


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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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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: 8.8 x 0.4 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 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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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Vivolo on April 24, 2004
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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 K. Greto on April 15, 2009
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The book is great. I plan on buying the whole set in time. I'm a 8th kyu yellow belt in Shotokan and this book has helped me greatly with my kata. The step by step instructions are great and it makes learning the a lot simpler, it's great being able to double check that you're in the right stance, aiming at the right spot, or doing a technique correctly when practicing on your own. I'm a collegiate competitor who started karate last fall, and all ready I'm beating entire teams of orange belts in competitions. After buying this book I've taken first in all my kata competitions (there's only been one, but still, I was the lowest rank =P). You won't regret buying this book, it's great.
ps: I can't wait to go to Master Camp this summer being a yellow belt that knows all the kata's a purple belt should have learned ;D
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1999
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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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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 the sequence and execution of six kata in correct form as taught by Sensei Nakayama before his untimely passing. The kata shown in this volume are the five Heian kata, and Tekki Shodan. They contain the core of Shotokan technique. This book will not teach you to how to perform these katas correctly; for that you need a qualified instructor. However, these volumes are an unmatched reference for Shotokan Karate students. This and all the other books in the series provide the best reference ever produced for the entire syllabus of Shotokan Karate.

If there is a downside to this volume, it's that the book is light on bunkai, or the application of the kata. And the applications that are shown are fairly superficial. On the other hand, the primary goal of this series was to provide a reference that Shotokan students all over the world could address as to sequence and form. And the series is completely successful in that endeavor.
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Nakayama Sensei's series of books have been a great addition to my twenty years of training in Shotokan. There are so many kata's in Shotokan it's easy to forget a single step that will stop you cold. This series of books explains each kata in numbered steps, each step broken down by a series of pictures showing how they should be performed including where the kiai's are. At the end of the step by step instructions are a series of pictures showing the application of the kata moves.

Nakayama founded the Japan Karate Association along with Gichin Funakoshi and was the head of JKA until his death in 1987.

It is extremely important to note that you cannot learn karate from a book. There are so many aspects to correct karate training you can easily develop bad habits. A qualified instructor can help you overcome those mistakes. But you will find the best instructors have a set of these books as well.
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