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Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course Hardcover – June 23, 2006


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"A thoroughly "student friendly" and enthusiastically recommended addition to any personal or dojo martial arts reference collection." -The Midwest Book Review

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Hirokazu Kanazawa is the most respected figure in the karate world today, and a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of the Shotokan school. Kanazawa founded the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in 1979, after gaining his impressive reputation in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and Europe as an official trainer for the Japan Karate Association. The Shotokan Karate-do International Federation now has branches in more than 90 countries throughout the world. Kanazawa is the author of Karate Fighting Techniques published by Kodansha.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America (June 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770027753
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770027757
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is impossible to learn karate from a book. However, the finer points of basic techniques are much easier to grasp when you are not sweating at the dojo, but carfully perusing photographs of talented karateka performing those techniques.

Beside the wonderful pictures, one of the things I found most useful were the diagrams of the position of the hips and how to rotate them while executing the tecniques.

This book is a reprint of a previous book (originally published in 1978). This explains how the prologue could be written by late Masatoshi Nakayama, who passed away years ago.

I feel really proud of practicing Karate-do in the tradition of such great people as Gichin Funakoshi, Masatoshi Nakayama and Hirokazu Kanazawa. And I also feel thankful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Cantwell on January 30, 2010
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Whether one can learn well enough from books to acheive "Black Belt" level knowledge and skills is very debateable, to be sure. A lot I think depends on the person, how perceptive they are, how much previous training/experience in martial arts they might of had, and so on (even black belt practitioners from a school can vary a lot in quality). Generally, I feel the best use of books like this is as a reference and aid to one who is in a class already, or to one who is looking for a good overview of Shotokan Karate. This book will serve as an authoritative depiction of what is the "kihon," or individual techniques of Shotokan (punches, kicks, blocks, etc.), along with a few kata (forms), an introduction to basic kumite (sparring), and an overview of some training techniques, etc. Thus, all by itself this book will not provide all the knowledge one needs as a "black belt" practitioner. One will also need a lot more in the way of kata and kumite. These latter two can be aquired in Kanazawas other two titles, "Karate: The Complete Kata," and "Karate Fighting Techniques." Also, it's really important to see the techniques in motion, either live (preferable) and/or in video (try Youtube) to get an accurate idea of how the techniques work dynamically. Then it's important to take all the information you have acquired and to practice, practice, practice in a very conscientious way. A teacher can be very important to give objective feedback, but whether one has a teacher or not, there is no substitute for ones own careful attention to detail and diligent practice.

I wanted to note also, that although the title says that this book is an "intensive course," one must be careful not to progress through the material too quickly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
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It is important to note that the title can be a little misleading. This book is more for beginners and intermediate Shotokan Karate students. The lessons and photos are clear and easy to understand; however, one cannot learn true Shotokan Karate without actually training under an instructor. The real value of this excellent book is that if it is used in conjunction with hands-on training under a Shotokan Karate teacher, this volume will be of great value. There are six detailed chapters in this text.

In conclusion, this is a book any Shotokan Karate student and/or teacher who wants to further understand the techniques and tactics of Shotokan Karate.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat Karate for the street).
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Pray on January 4, 2007
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Having trained for twenty years in Karate I will have to say that this book is a must have for any serouse Karateka's library. It will help define good technique and training methods for all from white to Black Belt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joao Ilharco on October 25, 2008
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For those entering the shotokan karate world, here is a basic, yet detailed and authoritative book for developing their karate in the right way. It explains everything, from appropriate state of mind, through breathing, and to the training of basic techniques and main combinations, in the form of comprehensive lesson-like chapters. It lacks one important point, though - the teaching of all Katas until Blackbelt; if not for this, the book would have got 5 stars. The Kumite forms are shown in another excellent book from Shihai H. Kanazawa, "The Complete Kumite."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on April 16, 2008
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Hirokazu Kanazawa's "Black Belt Karate" is a nice text, hardbound, with a strong binding. It really is a prestige format karate book. This is the type of book one purchases to read and add to their library. On this level, the book works well. Much like his "Karate Fighting Techniques" book, Kanazawa discusses certain ideas and concepts. He touches on how karate training fosters strong people who act mercifully, courageous, and who seek justice. He speaks briefly about certain techniques to give a karateka an edge in sparring or training or just in life in general.

The book really is a primer. In this case, it may seem over priced to someone just wanting to learn the basics. Basic striking points and targets are shown and briefly discussed. Stances, kicks, and punches taught as well as one-five sparring and kata. The photos are of a high quality and the layout of the book easy to read.

As a primer, however, there are cheaper alternatives and as a prestige martial arts primer there is a better version also. For a good paperback primer on karate, I suggest "Winning Karate" by Joe Jennings or the "Sabaki Method" by Ninomiya. The "Sabaki Method" is actually a great book for novice and advance practitioners. For a real nice prestige hardbound alternative or addition karate primer, "Karate: Technique and Spirit" by Nakamara. All in all, this is a nice addition to one's library, and if one is a Shotokan artist (I'm not), I imagine this is a must have.
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