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Dynamic Karate: Instruction by the Master. [Paperback]

Masatoshi Nakayama , John Teramoto , Herman Kauz
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1 Feb 1987
Most books on karate usually do not provide complete, detailed instructions and illustrations-the fundamentals plus the fine points-that readers hope for. This book fills the gaps left by others.
The late Master Masatoshi Nakayama, chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association, left this book as a testament. It reveals his great experience as a karate competitor and teacher, describing and illustrating in detail all the correct movements involved in the particular block, punch, or kick you want to perfect, as well as instructions--on combining blocking techniques with decisive counterattacks. Also included is a glossary of all Japanese karate terms and a guide to their pronunciation.
Because of the lightning speed of karate techniques, normal camera work often fails to record the action accurately. For this reason, many of the photo sequences found in Dynamic Karate were taken using a stroboscope with a flash time of 1/10,000 of a second, enabling you to follow each movement as it is actually performed.

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; New edition edition (1 Feb 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117886
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... the best karate book in existence." -- Mark Groenewold, Karatethejapaneseway.com

"Detailed ... the fundamentals plus the fine points." -- Journal of Physical Education

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Reference Work 20 July 2003
Format:Paperback
I first bought a copy of this book 20 years ago and it still remains one of the most used books I own. Nakayama, the late Headmaster of the JKA demonstrates Shotokan karate-do with such skill and clarity. Kanazawa and Enoeda Sensei also feature in the photos. The book is very similar to Nishiyama & Brown's'Art of Empty Hand Fighting'an outstanding volume in its own right, but 'Dynamic Karate' is the one for me. Highly recommended for karateka of all styles.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I first brought this book over 10 years ago as a technical guide to get me through my brown belt training. All this time on and I have built a library of books on the same subject. None are as clear and concise as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shotokan bible 16 April 2006
Format:Paperback
This was one of the first karate books I bought when I started training. A lucky choice! I found it invaluable in studying the details of the basics and learning the japanese names. The pictures are clear and relevant to learning the techniques, and the occasional photos of the masters are inspiring to a student.

These days I hardly look at the book, because every page is now indelibly held in my memory; the book is as relevant to my training now as it was when I first read it - hard to believe it is almost thirty years ago. If you study Shotokan and you want to master the basics, this is the best single work to use. The pedigree of the author is unquestioned amongst the masters and his students have become great masters themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for students of Japanese karate 14 July 1997
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I'm a relatively new karate student (yellow belt), and this is the first karate book I've read. It had exactly what I was looking for; information to help me fine tune the techniques I've been learning. The information on the back of the book says it includes "the fundamentals plus the fine points", and it really does, including pictures, written descriptions and Japanese karate vocabulary as well as general tips and information on the history of karate.
The price is good,too. I did not buy it from Amazon, and I paid a discounted price of $25.20.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to negative review 11 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
The writer of the negative review obviously has no idea about karate. The book concentrates on basics, not the more complicated aspects of karate. Blocks are not blocks, it's only the modern japanese and western interpretation of these movements. They actually represent locking movements and parry's (as the term uke, as in age-uke means 'to receive', not block). Karate doesn't preach the head guards at a basic level, but do at a more experienced level, as can be seen in many kata. Karate was developed as a civil self defence system, and has the attitude that the opponent must be controlled by using trapping/locking and pulling movements. Therefore not to let him hit you round the head/body lots of times with last man standing. Okinawan karate practictioners conduct some serious conditioning training, such as using metal rods to toughen shins, hitting the body with concrete blocks etc. Things like this are not in the book because they need specialist training. This book is all about basics. Some people will write negatively about subjects they know very little about, and this stands out a mile when they write reviews. Ignore these types. This book is an excellent source of reference for any karate practitioner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant extension to KarateDo Kyohan. 21 Nov 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book not only shows you examples of how to correctly perform techniques, but also shows you examples of how techniques performed poorly can leave openings for your opponent. This is an excellant book for all levels of Shotokan Karateka.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master 31 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
It's simply not possible to write anything negative about this book. Coming from one of Funakoshi Sensei's more senior students it is without a shadow of a doubt just brilliant!

Yes, it is about the basics of karate, but out of the hundreds (yes hundreds!) of books that I own on Shotokan Karate, this really is the best one dealing with the fundamentals of what karate is built up upon.

Nakayama Sensei uses lots of large and good quality pictures of himself to demonstrate each move and each move is depicted in a series of staggered shots so that you can see exactly what is happening through any particular technique. Along with the pictures are detailed explanations of how the technique should be performed correctly.

This is the only book that I know of that actually show shots of incorrect moves too allowing the reader to easily differentiate between right and wrong.

Nakayama Sensei has excelled himself here in this large tomb, almost encyclopaedic book, no wonder he was a professor in a University.

Also - if you want to really get to grips with your kata & kumite then be sure to look at his "Best Karate" series too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master the basics from the Master 31 July 2008
Format:Paperback
It's simply not possible to write anything negative about this book. Coming from one of Funakoshi Sensei's more senior students it is without a shadow of a doubt just brilliant!

Yes, it is about the basics of karate, but out of the hundreds (yes hundreds!) of books that I own on Shotokan Karate, this really is the best one dealing with the fundamentals of what karate is built up upon.

Nakayama Sensei uses lots of large and good quality pictures of himself to demonstrate each move and each move is depicted in a series of staggered shots so that you can see exactly what is happening through any particular technique. Along with the pictures are detailed explanations of how the technique should be performed correctly.

This is the only book that I know of that actually show shots of incorrect moves too allowing the reader to easily differentiate between right and wrong.

Nakayama Sensei has excelled himself here in this large tomb, almost encyclopaedic book, no wonder he was a professor in a University.

Also - if you want to really get to grips with your kata & kumite then be sure to look at his "Best Karate" series too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
If you are looking to be self-taught, this is probably a must-have for understanding the basics of modern karate. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kimon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this book is a revelation with the simplest of techniques explained in great detail with complete clarity. a must buy for karateka
Published 18 months ago by peter longwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master
The bible of Shotokan karate.

If you are serious about learning Shotokan karate, then you must purchase this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Razboynik
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one karate book it should be this one.
There is not much that can be said for this book, other than it is, along with Nishiyama's 'empty hand', the original and best Shotokan Karate Manual. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Shotoscot
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Karate
A true "bible" of Shotokan Karate. Brilliant book which provides very detailed explanations (supported by pictures) of all the elements of shotokan from stances to kicks to blocks... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Peter H
5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master
It's simply not possible to write anything negative about this book. Coming from one of Funakoshi Sensei's more senior students it is without a shadow of a doubt just... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Terry Tozer
5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master
It's simply not possible to write anything negative about this book. Coming from one of Funakoshi Sensei's more senior students it is without a shadow of a doubt just... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Terry Tozer
5.0 out of 5 stars master class
the reviewer who says it is all basics is correct. its a re write of vol 1 and 2 of the best karate books and its a book on basics hence being basic. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2006 by jw unsu
1.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Karate
This book concentrates on basics and thats about it. It seems that modern karateka have this stubborn resolve to find some way of making the robotic like punches and blocks deadly... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2003
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