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'Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Volume 1: The Tekki Series Paperback – July, 2000
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This book opens up much greater understanding of the tekki kata for both instructors and students. Blocks become joint locks; strikes become throws. Most importantly, the interpretation of the kata makes perfect sense, whether the kata are looked at macroscopically or broken down into their sequences.
The only shortcoming of the book lies with the fact that the tekki kata all mirror themselves in one way or another. In demonstrating the applications of techniqes which mirror ones previously done, Dr. Schmiesser shows pictures of the same applications (in mirror image) rather than the alternatives mentioned in the text. Showing pictures of these alternatives would have made the book better since it can be studied simply by watching the pictures after an initial run through of the text.
This, however, does not deny the fact that the book is excellent. This book should be in the library of anyone who has ever practised the tekki kata.
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I am in no way bashing the author but the book is no good. you really need to go back to the drawing board .try and understand karate is a very deep subject. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Randall Sevier
It is a good book that shows a new and deep analizes about katas of tekki series. I recomend it.Published on May 9, 2011 by Erasmo
Want to choreograph some swell "martial arts" moves for your next home movie? then buy this book, otherwise, Lawrence Kane's The Way of Kata or ANY of Iain Abernathy's Bunkai... Read morePublished on April 25, 2006 by Carl P. Dann
E. Schmeisser wrote a book about the "Tekki series" but didn't it very fine. The pictures are bad, a lot of techniques are pointless and I'm still searching for principles in this... Read morePublished on May 24, 2003 by Thomas Schwenke
It seems to me that Mr.Elmar T.Schmeisser has never ever experienced the real fight. I'm very curious how would he execute the bunkai on pages 51-53,60-62,82-91 and many others. Read morePublished on March 17, 2003 by Admon Eliahu
See what you missed when chose Shotokan over Okinawan styles. This book reinvents the meanings of kata movements. Read morePublished on March 1, 2002 by jackofsometrades
Although I had to wait two years for this book to be published, It was well worth it. I became familiar with many of the author's ideas for this book well in advance of the... Read morePublished on January 19, 2001 by Paul Willoughby
Elmar Schmeisser's newest book provides a revolutionary new appraoch to undestanding the basic karate kata. Read morePublished on October 20, 2000 by T. Koch