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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804821089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804821087
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text presents a history of Japanese karate in Asia and the West, and also provides instructions for students of Shotokan. Part One traces its roots from India, through China to Okinawa in Japan, and Part Two, illustrated with 600 photographs and 20 line drawings, includes instructions for Kumite (sparring drills), and nine Kata (forms), two of which - sochin and nijushiho - are rarely seen in English-language publications.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Rielly was my Karate' instructor for many years. His information of Shotokan is first rate. First he trained in Japan and he has over 35 years in training and teaching. Also Mr. Rielly had the distinction of being the first in american to be awarded a 6th. degree black belt in the J.K.A. The book is for any serious student of true Karate' history and training.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jfg@totalise.co.uk on 22 Jan. 2001
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This is a good book with lots of information about the origin of Karate and the Samurai.
The pictures were good, but not altogether clear for a beginner, will be useful in colaboration with dojo training.
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I found the book well written and educational. The author did manage to satisfy my curiosity in the origins of Shotokan and modern and ancient karate. I would recommend this book for its educational value for anyone's library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
fine, but not great 30 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Complete Shotokan Karate is a fine book, but it seems to be missing some important elements in terms of focussing on the DOING of karate rather than the sometimes over-mystified beginnings of karate. This lack of focus on fundamentals might also account for mistakes in technique that we can find in some of the photos. The feet are supposed to be rooted at all times for example, except for moments of shifting or rotation. Reilly is picking up his heels in a few of the photos. These are fundamental no-no's
Also, although martial artists would like to daydream that theirs is a venerable and ancient art traced back directly to medieval samurai that is simply not the case. Modern karate has evolved so radically from what we find in the first baby steps of this art that the two are hard to link together from any technical standpoint.
What Rielly is presenting as the complete Shotokan karate is not quite accurate. The karate here in Japan is quite different.
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Complete is Right 16 Mar. 2002
By "jvaldezcg5" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Complete Shotokan Karate by Robin L. Rielly is the most complete reference for the Shotokan practitioner and a must have for the Karate-ka in general. In fact, this volume is two texts in one. But if what you are looking for is a book for the beginner to learn the fundamentals I would suggest getting Hidetaka Nishiyama and Richard C. Brown's Karate: the Art of "Empty Hand" Fighting, ISBN 0-8048-1668-9.
The first part is indispensable for the Karate-ka. It gives a very detailed (that is to the extent possible) history of Karate-do, including its possible origins in India and Greece, as well as its arrival in Japan and introduction into the US. It then supplements this information with genealogical trees for the development of the four major styles of Karate-do (Shotokan-ryu, Goju-ryu, Wado-ryu, and Shinto-ryu). It also outlines the origins of Isshin-ryu, Kyokushinkai, and Kobayashi-ryu. It then describes the feudal legacy of the Samurai and its influence on Karate-do. Many Karate-do maxims are analysis in this light giving the Karate-ka a more solid grounding in the philosophical aspects of the art.
In the second part of the book whole sections are devoted to the thorough explanation of etiquette, Kumite, and Kata. This is the part of the book that is geared soley to the Shotokan practitioner. I found the section on Kata to be the most indispensable. It lists the names and origins of the most popular of Shotokan kata dividing those that originated in the Shorin-ryu from those that originate in the Shorei-ryu traditions. But my fondness foe this section (and this book as a whole) springs from the complete and thoroughly illustrated step-by-step explanations of nine Shotokan Kata. Included are Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai, Nijushiho, and Sochin.
Topping of the book is an appendix describing the belts and ranking system and what judges look for in applicants for rank promotion. I recommend it for all Karate-ka regardless of style.
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Complete Shotokan Karate 20 Dec. 2009
By kwanku - Published on Amazon.com
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Adequate work on karate that offers little insight above that of the classics written by Funakoshi, Nakayama, Ohshima, Egami, etc.
An excellent basic guide to Shotokan Karate. 11 Oct. 2009
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is organized into two sections. The first section covers vital information on the history of karate, the relationship between the ethics and customs of the Samurai and how it relates to karate training. The second part deals with all the basic principle, stance, balance, moving, karate basic drills and kata. Like any physical skills activity, merely reading a book on the topic will not make you proficient in the activity.

In conclusion, this book in combination with training under a competent Shotokan Karate instructor, is the best way to truly learn Shotokan Karate.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat karate for the street).
Awewsome Book 7 April 2014
By canadiansamurai - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written by a high ranking instructor in the International Shotokan Karate Federation. Robin Rielly is a member of the ISKF Technical Committee and is very knowledgeable in the art of Shotokan Karate.
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