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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; Likely 1st Edition edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319748
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kancho Ninomiya’s Sabaki Method is an exciting new approach to karate that anyone can do. I am delighted to see it now in book form for the very first time. Ninomiya’s dedication to the martial arts is second to none. He truly understands and lives the budo spirit.
-Kancho Gakku Homma, Aikido for Life

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Kancho Ninomiya was the 1978 All-Japan Champion and Grandmaster of Enshin Karate, and the creator of Sabaki.

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If I must find something to complain about, it is that some of the photos are to small.
ShinKyokushin
The book does an excellent job of displaying the basic punching and kicking mechanics and then moves into intermediate and advanced tactics and techniques.
J. Dughi
So not only the content is valuable from a martial art perspective, but the layout and edition are very good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Manuel E. Adrogue on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the missing link between dojo sparring and Bruce Lee's insurmountable Tao of Jeet Kune Do. To all black-belt level Karate/Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do students, this book is a "must have". Master Ninomiya goes beyond the classical description of punches, blocks and kicks found in common books, and offers a conceptual framework for the application of such techniques in combat. While Bruce Lee may have tempted many to quit their traditional styles regarding them as a classical mess, Ninomiya tells you your karate need not be a mess if you train hard and understand your goal and your means. His technical theory is simple and conceptually unquestionable: position yourself in the "blind spot" of your opponent, and terminate him. However, it demands lots of training to be carried out flawlessly under the stress of actual combat. Ninomiya comes from the famed Kyokushin tradition, which combines a traditional mindset, the strongest of training ethics, and a creative approach to fighting. Kyokushin and its derivatives (as Ninomiya's Enshin Karate) adopted a set of rules forbidding punches to the face, but allowing full contact to the body with the fists, feet and knees, as well as full contact kicks to the legs and face. This lead to an agile and versatile kicking style, plenty of spinning motions, axe kicks and other techniques (usually identified with Korean styles), within a very powerful and realistic fighting scenario. The technical examples found in the book are based on the assumption of power and intention behind the attacks and responses (so although some concepts may be useful, they may not be entirely carried to "tag" point sparring). That being said, the teachings of this book will work both for sport and for self defense.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
As Kancho Ninomiya developed his style from Ashihara Karate (which in turn derived from Mas Oyama's "Kyokushin" style of Karate), I believe this *excellent* text should be of interest to anyone studying Kyokushin-derived styles of Karate.
This book is essentially THE textbook for anyone studying Enshin Karate, and for any karateka who believes that rational, scientific principles will develop better technique. Obviously, nothing beats practice and more practice, but this book provides valuable insights on what students should focus on AS they practice.
Without resorting to "easy" tricks or the usual platitudes, this book presents a studies "breakdown" of principles karateka should study in order to make their karate _effective_. (Specifically, the book has invaluable sections on the importance of sizing up distance, timing, and getting to the "outside" of the opponent's direction of attack, so as to take advantage of their "blind spot".)
Though the book is heavily illustrated (many sequential photos are included to illustrate Enshin's principles), the text included is just as useful. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to improve their karate technique and strategy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShinKyokushin on February 25, 2005
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Joko Ninomiya (Kancho is a title, not a name) was a champion of kyokushinkai full contact karate before breaking away to found his own style -enshin karate (although he spent some time in ashihara karate inbetween). This book is of great use for any practicioner of a kyokushin derrived style (Kyokushin, enshin, ashihara, seidokaikan, seido juku, world oyama etc etc). Practicioners of other styles may find it of great interest awell.

This book is awesome! It is one of the few books to focus on the fighting aspect of full contact, knockdown style karate (where most only focus on formal technique and kata). While many of the techniques and combinations shown are not allowed in knockdown rules (even in Ninomiya's own organisation and their rule variation), what matters is the movement pattern and tactic that is taught.

This is a introduction to jissen kumite (full contact karate fighting) as it is supposed to be.

If I must find something to complain about, it is that some of the photos are to small. But that is the price to pay for cramming so much good stuff into the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on May 31, 2001
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Kancho Joko Ninomiya (founder of Sabaki Method-Eshin Karate) and Ed Zorensky have produced an outstanding text in martial arts sparring and fighting strategies.

Though this book quickly goes over basic punches and kicks, it is not a primer on the subject. These techniques are more of an introduction to prepare the practitioner for the rest of the book. It is filled with much information on distancing, takedowns and follow-ups, offensive and defensive strategies.

The still photos give you a visual assessment of what is being discussed and drills you can use to train with. There is a short section on self-defense training and kata that is somewhat out of place; However, this book is so good compared to most martial arts instruction books, that these sections are easily overlooked. The authors probably should devote another book to those topics, especially self-defense.

A highly regarded text that every karateka who is serious about either sparring or "real" fighting should own. The only other book comparable to this on the subject of sparring is "American Freestyle Karate" by Dan Anderson.
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