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Shotokan Myths
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
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As soon as I knew Shihan Yokota had written a book, I wanted to get it. I had previously seen his articles in Shotokan Karate Magazine and knew that he was a man of great insight and honesty. Much of what we are taught in the Karate world defies logic, yet has been passed down to us as "lore" by our Japanese masters. However, Shihan Yokota is sincere in wanting to expose the truth. This book explains how things have been change from their original meanings for social or political reasons; or just to make judging competitions more easy. Yet these changes of convenience are then passed on as having always been the way!
Shihan Yokota also exposes how many things are portrayed as being secret knowledge or mysterious, when in his view, even many senior Japanese instructors either just don't know, or can't be bothered to tell us.
Well the truths are exposed in this book. With the rise of "reality based" martial arts and MMA, Shihan Yokota is concerned that if the art of Shotokan which he is so passionate about is not taught properly and honestly it will become obsolete. This book is aimed at Westerners to tell us what many other Japanese masters can't or won't.
This is a must read book for anybody interested in truly understanding Karate.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Finally, a book by a Japanese karate expert who had the courage to expose the flaws in thinking when it comes to Shotokan karate. May be it is just a cultural or spiritual factor, but few karate masters will challenge the traditional myths when it comes to karate. However, Kousaku Yokota, Sensei at least treads lightly (too lightly as far as I am concerned, on some of the sacred cows of Shotokan karate.

This excellent book questions numerous dogmas and will make all serious karate practitioners think a little more deeply about the myths and misconceptions of karate. The thirteen chapters cover the basic concepts of kime, Hikite, which is the opposite hand pulling back when punching etc, the snap back in mae geri, using the Makiwara, silent Kiai, JKA Bunkai, the myth of kata beginning and ending with blocks, the way early JKA created the ancient katas so they all would end at the original starting point, The Tekki kata (two parts), Hangetsu kata, Bujutsu or Budo and the contradiction in "Karate ni sente nashi" and "Sente hissho."

Though I agree with the vast majority of material presented in this volume, I still see that the subject of kata, which the author deals with too briefly in this book, is filled with mystical and unscientific theories concerning the "bunkai" myths. It may be because the author was born and raised in a culture which worships martial art katas as the way to enlightenment. It is not that I hate kata, because I practice about thirty karate kata every single day, plus ten Kenjutsu katas. It is just that I have a completely different opinion as to why the ancient masters designed the katas. The view that there are secret and hidden meanings and moves in kata is pure mystical speculation.

In conclusion, this is a book for all serious Shotokan karate students and instructors. I hope more masters will begin to question the many dogmas in our beloved art.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Manual, Combat Karate for the street)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
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Master Yokota has some interesting--even compelling--ideas about "what's wrong" with Shotokan. Unfortunately, the book is marred by sub-standard English that really needed an editor and reads like what it apparently is, a poorly strung together set of previously published blog posts. His second book (Shotokan Mysteries) is much more professionally done, but this is still well worth reading, especially for those puzzled by the gap between their kata and the realities of bunkai, kumite, or self-defense.
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on January 21, 2015
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This book is an excellent read for new black belts in the art of Shotokan. It has great historical significance and would be a great teaching reference for new instructors. I have done Shotokan for 48 years and have discovered the same principles on my own that Sensei Yokota describes in his book. For new black belts follow your own path and use this text as a good map to start out
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on January 7, 2015
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This book reveals opinions of YOKOTA. The information is good and revealing , coming from a Japanese with a high rank it carries some weight. The pictures were too small and the links to the videos did not function. This is a good read and any karateka should read it.
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on February 10, 2015
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Yokota Shihan's research into some of Shotokan Karate's myths provides the reader with logical explanations which expand the Karateka's understanding of Karate Do.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
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I truly believe that this is a must read for anyone new or old to Karate and I was plesantly surprised at how well written and in depth it was. One of the two best written books on the subject ever as far as the history with great explainatory references as to the what, how's and why's. Thank you for this!

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on October 26, 2014
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Excellent . A must read for anybody who practices Shotokan Karate.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
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This a great book for levels and rank in karate. Most of us that study or watch others that may study karate this book is for you. It really is in depth with the history of Shotokan. If you are in Shotokan karate or thinking of getting into Shotokan this book should be in your karate bag.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
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Yokota Sensei shares some of the most controversial aspects of shotokan karate. His perspective provide a fresh approach to various concepts. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned karateka, the wealth of Yokota Sensei 's knowledge is tremendous and will change your perception on karate even during your own training. This book has a real impact on your daily training and in the karate perspective you might have had until then. A MUST HAVE.
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