- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781568364131
- ISBN-13: 978-1568364131
- ASIN: 156836413X
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dynamic Karate Paperback – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
MASATOSHI NAKAYAMA carried on the tradition of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, 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 as a sport along scientific lines.
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The photographs and diagrams are excellent. The text is clear and precise.
There is far less space wasted on karate "philosophy" than in many other books. I understand the importance of learning the philosophy behind karate, but there are plenty of other great books dedicated to understanding that area, and I don't need to read it over again ...
This book dedicated much more space to an in-depth analysis of karate *technique*, which is exactly what I was looking for.
This is an excellent reference book for many karateca, at any level. I'm currently a brown belt, hopefully black belt within a short time, and it is my intention to teach karate classes on a regular basis, so having a lead up to the right way is essential.
In my humble opinion the concepts, photos and tips M. Nakayama revealed on his book are priceless, no matter which belt color you are or will be wearing. I strongly recommend other colleagues to buy this masterpiece, made by one of the best karate instructors ever.