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Karate: The Complete Kata Hardcover – January 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (January 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030908
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030900
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Hirokazu Kanazawa founded the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation of 1979. He is also the author of Black Belt Karate and Karate Fighting Techniques, published by Kodansha International.

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This book is one of two books that I now own that illustrate pure traditonal Shotokan Karate Katas.
Raymond Adams
I am currently using this book to complement my learning of kata in the dojo and it is very helpful for memorizing the sequences of movements.
jaykit
In short, this book features the detailed description of all Shotokan Karate Katas, made by Kencho Kanazawa.
Dr. Joao Ilharco

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brutus MD on July 2, 2013
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The 2013 reprint is of poorer quality, printed in South Korea whilst the prior was printed in Japan. The photos are darker & more grainy & so its harder to see smaller detail like hand positions.
Excellent book, unfortunately the publishers have not done it justice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. W. Pearson on April 15, 2010
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I studied Shotokan when I was 18 for 2 years and now in my 40s I wanted to get back into it, particularly kata practise so I bought this book just for that reason. Having just paged through it, it looks like I wasn't wrong in my purchase. Although the photos are B&W and a little old the book presents each kata in a clear and systematic manner. I am looking forward to reminding myself of the kata I learnt as a teenager and eventually moving on to the more advanced forms I didn't manage to get to. I believe this book will certainly allow me to do that. I think would have liked to have this by my side when I was a karate student way back when so would recommend it to any new students, particularly if you have a Sensei who expects you to know your latest kata just a day or two after passing your last grading, like I did....lol
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joao Ilharco on January 26, 2010
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In short, this book features the detailed description of all Shotokan Karate Katas, made by Kencho Kanazawa. A must-have reference for all practitioners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Parrish on December 28, 2012
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I've used this book at the dojo where my family trains, and was looking to purchase a copy for home. This is a wonderful resource for Shotokan karateka, but the current prices listed by third party sellers here are extortion. The most recent printing appears to be sold out nearly everywhere, so if you absolutely, positively must have this book right now, you may be stuck with these ridiculous prices. However, I contacted the publisher about it because it is still listed on their website as a current product, and was told that a new printing has been authorized and is in the works. So, if you can be patient, you should be able to buy a copy in the near future for the list price.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on January 21, 2010
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Just what you would come to expect from one of the all time greats in Japanese Shotokan karate, a large (hard back) 240 page book packed with hundreds of small black & white detailed photos & explanations of all the 26 kata in the Shotokan canon.

Each move & many of the intermediate moves are explained in full detail under the pictures.

One nice little surprise for ALL Shotokan Karate-ka is a new (for me anyway - it's actually very old) kata called Koryu Gankaku or (Gankaku-Sho).

Each of the katas movements are highlighted with easy to read symbols to help you with speed, breathing & kime etc.

Bunkai (application of kata) is shown at the end of each kata as well as a glossary of karate terms.

Quite simply a great book to complete Kanazawa Sensei's bookshelf of books including: Black Belt Karate, Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite, Karate My Life

At least in this book you may find all the Shotokan Kata in one place, whereas before you had to buy two books which are now becoming quite hard to get a hold of: Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 1 & Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaykit on October 18, 2011
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This book is very thorough in photographing and labelling the movements for each Shotokan kata. The bunkai illustrations and explanations for each kata are worth analyzing. Presenting the tecnique's name and stance in japanese is very good, considering that a complete glossary is included in the last pages. The symbols for kiai, degree of kime, and type of breathing accompanying each technique are also presented and help illustrate the kata.

I am currently using this book to complement my learning of kata in the dojo and it is very helpful for memorizing the sequences of movements. My reasons for not giving a five star review are:

*There are no embusen diagrams presented for the kata. This would have made the kata presentation even more complete.

*The introductory texts for each kata emphasize too much their history and possible origin, but do not explain enough of the meaning that each kata tries to convey.

*On the sequencing format, I would have preferred to have each photograph be labelled directly underneath. Instead, the upper portion of the page presents all the unlabelled pictures while the lower section presents all the text.

Overall, a very recommended book if you're interested in complementing your dojo training of Shotokan kata.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Adams on January 23, 2010
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This book is one of two books that I now own that illustrate pure traditonal Shotokan Karate Katas. It has served me well, in the short time that I have owned it, as an invaluable reference. It is not only well illustrated with hundreds of photos but also details the origins of the 27 Shotokan Katas. This is a must have book for all serious Shotokan stylist or any martial artist.
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By Charles Crews on January 26, 2014
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The book had good information but following the photos layout as
a lesson was very confusing. The photo layouts just was not clear
for a beginner in karate.
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