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Channan: Heart of the Heians Paperback – July 6, 2006
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About the Author
Elmar Schmeisser is a 6th degree black belt and a master instructor with the International Society of Okinawan/Japanese Karate-do. Involved in the martial arts for three decades, Schmeisser-Sensi is an authoritative and innovative instructor specializing in Kata Bunkai. Author of Advanced Karate-do, as well as Secrets of Karate Kata, Schmeisser-Sensei is a teacher of all ages, an internationally recognized authority, and a brilliant innovator in the modern practice of the ancient art of Karate.
Top Customer Reviews
In the first chapter, Dr. Schmeisser gives some historical background on Heian/Pinan in a concise but informative summary, and then gives some background not only on the various stages of learning kata in general, but also in analyzing the kata for practical applications (bunkai). Though the author does a wonderful job for the space provided in this section, I would love to have seen it expanded and given more detail. The next two chapters demonstrate the kata Channan Dai and Channan Sho. In both chapters, each sequence in the kata is given a paragraph or so for explaination, and the bunkai is usually shown along side the kata sequence. Chapter Four takes examples from the Heian kata (Shotokan style) and demonstrates where the sequences from the Channan kata fit in, sort of offering a short comparitive analysis of the Channan and Heian kata. The book ends with a very short chapter on historic implications, and one last chapter showing photo sequences of the full Channan Dai and Channan Sho kata without the interuption of text or bunkai.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This does little to shed light on the original form the Heian Kata are taken from...
Add to this the photos are of poor quality and the Sensei is executing poor technique and... Read more
It is great to see another book from this author who actually caters for those who seek new knowledge instead of just repackaging old theories and techniques. Read morePublished on September 20, 2007 by Andrew Payne
Could someone who has this book list the evidence that Mr. Schmeisser provides to explain how he happens to know a Kata that has been lost for almost a century now. Read morePublished on October 30, 2005 by plinker