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Beginners' Guide to Shotokan Karate: Beginner to Black Belt [Paperback]

John Van Weenen
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Aug 1992
This edition contains answers to the countless questions raised by beginner's in their quest for knowledge of this fascinating martial art. These now include sections on Mokuso (meditation and breathing), Rei (bowing), Oss (Karate's universal greeting), Karate-do - A Way of Life (the story of "the way"), Kaishu Ippon Kumite (one attack sparring with stepping counter), Jiyu Ippon Kumite (semi-free one attack sparring), and a biographical chapter entitled "One Man's Journey".
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Van Weenen; 2nd Revised edition edition (Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951766007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951766002
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential reading for all Shotokan practitioners. -- Traditional Karate Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Totally revised May 2006. 532 action packed pages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading and learning 27 Feb 2003
By Frank
Format:Paperback
This book started my journey in learning Traditional Shotokan karate and has proved to be vital in my personal development acompanied with instruction.
Prior to training and gradings it helps provide a structure to analysing your own technique through Sensei John Van Weeenen's step by step guide and helps develops the karateka from basics to Kumite and kata!
Excellent reading and learning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent explicitly photographed guide to karate, from beginner to black belt. The accompanying explanations are precise and easy to understand. A very useful guide. To be used in conjunction with a proper structured training course and not to replace one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I first read this book almost 15 years ago and I still find that it has not been surpassed. The clarity of the photos clearly demonstrate technniques in a very accessible manner. I have bought many copies of this book, as friends, who visit, and also train in the shotokan style, borrow my copies and never seem willing to return them! A must for beginners and advanced students alike-now followed up by the great Sensei's 'Advanced' guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley brilliant. 26 Oct 2000
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Well, if you are looking for a karate book which will take you from white to black belt while maintaining the interest which made you start the sport in the first place, this is it.
It is friendly and informative, and certainly aroused my attention.
A recommended read for anyone who wants to succeed in Karate.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As a mature begginer to Shotokan Karate, along with my 10yr old son, I found the book is invaluable in showing the techniques and Kata one requires to advance in this discipline. Eveything is clearly photographed and easy to follow. As a complete beginner it is sometimes difficult to remember the Japanese Terms used in Karate and this book should be standard essential reading for all beginners and parents of young exponents of this art. I found that it helps to reinforce everything I had been taught in the two, two hour period of instruction I had each week and have shown and recommended the book to other members of my club, who are equally impressed with the content. A Must Buy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for beginners 3 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I disagree with some other reviewers as they have missed the point of karate.It is essentially a way of life, which has as part of it aspects of self-discipline (missing in the UK at present as far as I can see), humility (definitely missing) but with a resolute and steely resolve to defend oneself. This book covers all aspects of basic karate and I think John Van Weenen is to be congratulated.
Beginners to karate may be bewildered by the Japanese terms and the movements required in the katas, this book offers an easy and invaluable reference to most of what is needed up to purple/white belt. It is NOT perfect, but certainly when I returned from my dojo I found it helpful to go through my katas with the book and am now onto his next book. Certainly trying to remember the katas/moves without a reference is difficult enough and I haven't found a book that does it better.
Karate is not about beating people senseless, it's giving yourself a better chance. The idiot who wrote that JvW would not stand a chance against the average pub "Joe", is typical of why some of us choose to study karate. I know whose side I'd rather be on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a fab book 18 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book takes you through most of the things you need to know about Karate. From stretching tequniques to weight lifting. It also shows most of the punches, kicks and blocking you need to now to get started. Although the book teaches you alot it will not be as good as a proper lesson. But if you are starting this book is definately a must.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginner to black belt - not quite 20 Jan 2004
By A Customer
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The book has been around for many years and is invaluable as a training aid. It shows katas (up to purple/white belt), kumite, self defence techniques, sylabus, basic techniques and an A - Z of karate terms.
First, the section on katas is very good. Showing all the moves in clear black & white photos although there is no text to accompany them. Katas covered are from what most students know as Kihon (the very first kata you learn) up to Heian Godan.
The section on basic techniques is just a reference guide and doesn't really give you much info. Just one photo and a brief description.
The kumite section is quite good. Once again there is no text to accompany the photos, but the photos themselves are numerous and clear.
To be honest the self-defence section is a bit on the silly side. Obviously some of the techniques would work, but to be honest many of them are unrealistic, although this is the same in most books on karate. Have a look though, it's quite a good laugh.
The section on japanese terms is as it should be whilst the grading sylabus is fairly indicative of what to expect. Although you must realise that every organisation uses a slightly different sylabus.
The layout and presentation of the book seems almost amateurish and some of the comments are a bit naff. It seems Sensei Van Weenen has produced the book without any professional input, which is a great shame as it could have made a good book into an great one.
Although my review may seem negative, I would still recommend this book. Unfortunately there aren't really any exceptional books on karate so this is probably one of the better ones. Maybe I expect too much but there you are.
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Published 2 months ago by gerry long
4.0 out of 5 stars John Van Weenan's Beginner's guide to Shotokan Karate
I have read many books over the years and this is the stand out best among all of them. I have bought it a few times and keep a library for mu students to borrow for reference... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rob McCartney
4.0 out of 5 stars a good guide to karate
The beginners guide to shotokan karate is a good guide for all those that practice Karate. Although quite dated, as it was first published in 1983, the Karate is still the same... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Mr. Simon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Guide To Shotokan Karate
This book has already been such a help to me. At 47 years of age it's sometimes difficult to learn something so alien, yet John Van Weenan makes it all seem so easy when combined... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Jon Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference material
A great book. First bought it when I was 14 and unable to find a decent club to train at. This book was a perfect training companion for someone who just needed to know the basics. Read more
Published on 7 April 2010 by BritFuFan
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book.
I reccomend this book 100 per cent if you are a begginer or kyu grade. I'm a secound kyu and of the 100's of books I own this is the one book that is always close to hand. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by nintai
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to pass any comment as the item has yet to be delivered
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Published on 21 Jun 2009 by R. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars It's sill a masterpiece!!
"Beginner to Black belt" (up to 4th kyu anyway) by John was my first ever book on karate & when I look back now over the years and compare it with the "Hundreds" of other books I... Read more
Published on 5 July 2007 by Terry Tozer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's sill a masterpiece!!,
"Beginner to Black belt" (well up to 4th kyu anyway) by John was my first ever book on karate & when I look back now over the years and compare it with the "Hundreds" of other... Read more
Published on 5 July 2007 by Terry Tozer
5.0 out of 5 stars Karate novice
This book is an excellent training aid when used to support formal, professional karate training. It re-inforces the various techniques taught and serves as an excellent reminder... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by T. Haskell
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