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Best Karate: Heian, Tekki. Vol 5 (Best Karate) Paperback – 1 Sep 1979


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (1 Sept. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113796
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Technically excellent." -Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T Burton on 14 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Covers all 5 Heian and 3 Tekki katas which get the beginner a long way.
The photos are very comprehensive. Each move is accompanied by several photos showing movement into and out of the poses. There are also overhead photos for each pose which help a great deal with stances and foot placement. At the end of each kata section are extra photos with additional "important points" which are helpful, though some are a little obscure.
Accompanying the photos for each move are Japanese and English descriptions. The Japanese descriptions are VERY full (e.g. migi ken migi sokumen gedan barai) and a bit heavy going, but there is a glossary at the back and there is always the English to compare it with - nice touch.
My sensei teaches these katas with very slight variations from those shown by Nakayama sensei. This may be true of your sensei too, so beware of it.
My quibbles with this book are very minor, and it is the best I have found illustrating the early kata. It was a great help in getting me up to scratch in Heian Yondan and beginning with Heian Godan and well worth the cost.
Final caveat! These books are a good guide but cannot replace personal instruction....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 1997
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This book is by far the best value as far as picture explanations of basic kata. Nakayama Sensei uses many pictures, which can get a bit confusing at times, but are very helpful for understanding detailed movements. At the end of each kata he presents a special section on the hardest part of each kata. Highlights include Heian nidan, Heian Yondan, and, Tekki Shodan. The photographs are clear and the ext is easy to read.
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This is my core learning book at the moment. I like using the first and second volume (I don't have any of the rest yet) as more detailed guides to individual stances, movements, etc. at the side. This book is a great book for beginners like me, but also advanced belts as it is very specific and has great pictures. They're black and white and pretty old, but really, I've bought much more recent books with disappointingly bad colour photographs where I could never learn any Kata without youtube, whereas for this book youtube has not been necessary for me to understand the movements.
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By kevin stuart on 12 May 2013
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This is a very good book and a must for my Karaty library. Clear pictures and easy to understand. As I progress I will get the others in the series.
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The 'Best Karate' series of books are considered the bible of karate. Nakayama was the head of the JKA, after Funakoshi.

A 'must buy' for any serious karateka !!!
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This was a present for a family member so I cannot comment on it myself. However the recipient was very pleased with it.
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