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Best Karate, Vol.9: Bassai Sho, Kanku, Sho, Chinte Paperback – January 15, 1986


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Product Details

  • Series: Best Karate
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (January 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870116800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870116803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recommended to the competitor and ... colleges supporting karate teams." -Choice

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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I enjoyed this entire series and found it overall very educational.
C. Pellitteri
When I started, the emphasis was on learning good kihon and good kata, so that your kumite skills would have a strong foundation.
Theodoro S. Teixeira
The Best Karate Series are the definitive books for learning the art of Shotokan karate.
Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Pellitteri on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
The entire BEST KARATE series is very educational once you struggle through how to learn the forms from the descriptions and pictures. The book does an excellent job, but learning and teaching forms from a book is inherently difficult. These forms come from a reliable source and are considered one of the authortative sources for these shotokan kata. Also includes great information (in the glossary) on japanese martial arts vocabulary. I enjoyed this entire series and found it overall very educational.
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This volume (Vol. 9, Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, and Chinte) covers the Shotokan katas required for those seeking promotion to 2nd Dan and higher in most Shotokan karate clubs. The late Master Masatoshi Nakayama, has created these excellent Best Karate series to help students learn and understand the finer points of each of the Shotokan kata. This volume is important for any Shotokan Karate student who desires to advance to the Black Belt levels 2nd dan (Black Belt) and higher.

This book explains each step in the Bassai Sho kata, Kanku Sho kata and Chinte kata. Like any book, there are limitations how much you can learn from just reading and studying the photographs in a karate text. However, the use of this fantastic book in combination with learning the kata from a competent Shotokan black belt will produce excellent results.

In conclusion, if you are a student of karate presently taking lessons from a Shotokan Black Belt and have advanced to learning Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho and Chinte kata, this book will prove to be a valuable addition to your personal library.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat Karate for the street-An 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've been studying Karate (Shotokan) in southern Japan for three years with a 7-dan teacher who is also an international referee. We use this series, combined with separate video tapes, as the standard by which to learn kata. occaisionally our own kata differs from the book in small detail, but the books still provide the basis for study. (Our copies are in Japanese but otherwise identical to the English versions)
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