Karate: The Complete Kata

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The martial art of karate can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can be undertaken at any time during a person's life. Embraced by people the world over, this traditional Japanese art continues to hold universal appeal. Among the most important aspects of karate practice are the kata, patterns of movement that are carefully choreographed and arranged in sequences.

With Karate: The Complete Kata, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the foremost figure in the karate world ...

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Overview


The martial art of karate can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can be undertaken at any time during a person's life. Embraced by people the world over, this traditional Japanese art continues to hold universal appeal. Among the most important aspects of karate practice are the kata, patterns of movement that are carefully choreographed and arranged in sequences.

With Karate: The Complete Kata, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the foremost figure in the karate world today and a disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate, offers the definitive work on the subject. Kanazawa explains all the key kata in great detail; and his text is accompanied by thousands of photographs. He also goes into some of the other more difficult aspects of karate, including steps, breathing techniques, and pressure points. Kata need to be practiced regularly on an individual basis, and this book is written with such training in mind. From the beginner to the most advanced practitioner, anyone interested in this revered martial art will want to add Kanazawa's book to his or her library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568365176
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 632,411
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hirokazu Kanazawa founded the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation of 1979. He is also the author of Black Belt Karate and Karate Fighting Techniques, published by Kodansha International.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Highly Recommended For All Shotokan Karateka

    Karate: The Complete Kata is a great book to have and I highly recommend it to all Shotokan Karateka. Each kata has step-by-step explanations and pictures of each movement and is very descriptive. After each individual kata, applications of movements (Bunkai) are shown and described. Very helpful book to have to refresh your memory of a certain kata, or if you are testing for your next belt and forgot some of the movements and what movement you kiai on, etc. Anyways, I highly recommend this book and am positive you will be satisfied with it.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Karate kata's of Shotokan

    Karate-The complete kata by master Kanazawa is a great reference with
    many illustrations,explanation and key point of the various karate kata
    of shotokan karate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

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    Highly Recommended for any serious Karate practitioner

    This book is an excellent addition to any karateka's library. In it, you will find all 27 non-basic kata found in Shotokan Karate, as practiced by the Japanese Karate Association (JKA, Nihon Karate Kyokai) in Japan and its affiliate dojos around the world. I say "non-basic" because it does not include the Taikyoku kata, which are composed of very basic blocks and attacks, and often differ between styles of karate.

    The kata are all covered by detailed descriptions of each step of each technique, with accompanying pictures, directions, arrows, and even bunkai (application/interpretation). Each kata or set of kata is given an informative introduction which offers an overview of the moves, the purpose of the kata, and a brief history of it.

    In the back of the book, there is even a glossary and a mini-lesson on Japanese pronunciation. This book can serve as both an excellent review for learned kata or even as a reference for someone learning new kata. I recommend this book just as much as I recommend Karate-do Kyohan by Gichin Funakoshi. Both are treasure troves of history and lessons.

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