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Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki Paperback – October 15, 1979

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MASATOSHI NAKAYAMA carries on the tradition of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshl, the Father of Modern Karate. Long professor and director of physical education at Takushoku University, his alma mater (1937), he was chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association from 1955 until his death in 1987. A ninth degree black belt and a familiar face at tournaments, he was among the first to send instructors overseas and to encourage the development of karate along scientific lines.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Karate
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (October 15, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joerg Colberg on July 12, 2001
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I bought three books out of the "Best Karate" series and the two books about katas are simply outstanding. I use another book which describes the movements in words but it's just too hard to figure it out for some of the tricky movements. The "Best Karate" series has photo series for all katas plus additional information about what people should take care of for the individual katas (for instance, stance changes for Heian Shodan). That way, it's really "easy" to learn a kata on your own, just from the book.
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As a long-time student (and instructor) of Shotokan Karate, I have read just about every book ever published on karate kata. I view this one as essential to all beginners, as well as instructors, of Shotokan karate. This volume covers the entire Heian series (1,2,3,4,5) as well as the three Tekki kata. Students must study and learn these kata before being allowed to progress to the Black (Shodan) Belt level. Most Shotokan schools will require you to also know a black belt kata (Bassai Dai) before being promoted to Shodan(1st degree black belt).

This book shows the important points to keep in mind in each of the kata shown. Each step of the Heian and Tekki kata series are fully illustrated and explained in detail. Like all books dealing with complex motor skills, you cannot master these kata without also training under the expert guidance of a Shotokan Karate instructor. These kata are important because they are the essential building blocks to the more difficult and complex advanced Black Belt katas you will have to learn for further Shotokan Karate advancement.

In conclusion, this is a must have book for all serious Shotokan Karate students, whether beginner or black belt.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Manual: Combat karate for the street-Official manual of Bushi Satori Ryu)
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I have been practicing Shotokan karate for 10 years now. Even though I attend regular classes and seminars, as well as working out with very qualified karate-ka, I still find myself coming back to Master Nakayma's work in this very fine series of books. Of all the books on kata I have these books are superior.
The instruction is straight forward and to the point. Tips are given to avoid common mistakes. Under the many pictures illustrating the kata is a stance diagram and short concise sentences to describe each move.
Extremely well done by one of the finest karate masters.
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Although I am a yellow belt, and am just learning heian shodan, the other heian katas are required for a couple higher belts. I paid less than 7 bucks for this book, shipping included (used) and it came in great condition. The pictures in the book, and the captions are very helpful to one trying to learn the katas. I am happy I got this book. It was a good buy.
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If you are a Shotokan karate instructor, you probably teach these katas day in and day out, so this book can be an invaluble reference. I teach several classes outside the dojo, so I just keep this book in my gym bag at all times. Students have a knack for asking questions you may not have considered. This book will insure that you have an answer that is correct.
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I bought this book many years ago, when I first started Shotokan. Recently, when my young daughters began their Shotokan training, and were begging to learn their first katas, I wanted to review the early Heians to make sure I was accurate on some of the more obscure hand, foot and body positions. Unfortunately, I could not find my old copy, so I order another from Amazon. Wonderfully precise instruction on the basic mechanics of Shotokan Karate, or traditional Japanese karate. It is an outstanding resource for karateka of Shotokan.
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The book is great. I plan on buying the whole set in time. I'm a 8th kyu yellow belt in Shotokan and this book has helped me greatly with my kata. The step by step instructions are great and it makes learning the a lot simpler, it's great being able to double check that you're in the right stance, aiming at the right spot, or doing a technique correctly when practicing on your own. I'm a collegiate competitor who started karate last fall, and all ready I'm beating entire teams of orange belts in competitions. After buying this book I've taken first in all my kata competitions (there's only been one, but still, I was the lowest rank =P). You won't regret buying this book, it's great.
ps: I can't wait to go to Master Camp this summer being a yellow belt that knows all the kata's a purple belt should have learned ;D
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Photos show a series of pictures, which lets the reader view the entire process of moves to go from step to step (not just the ending pose). Kata lines and overhead photos let you view directions to be facing with foot, hand, body, stance, and posture. English and (Romanized) Japanese help the user understand and connect with what is taught in the dojo and training seminars. If you are needing a first or only book for a starting Shotokan karate athlete, this is the one you should buy (Volume 5)! All of Nakayama's Best Karate series books are the standards that organizations depend upon.
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