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Fighting Karate Paperback – Oct 1985

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (Oct. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117428
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Best book ever and on my style of Karate too
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding, detailed, extremely well-written & illustrated 8 Sept. 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Don't be put off by the cover price, this book is extremely detailed and covers all aspects of real-life fighting techniques for competition or use on the street. Originally published in Japan in 1983 (6th printing 1994), it's well worth the price for its extremely comprehensive, step-by-step instructions on everything from basic stretching techniques to delivering power-packed punches and kicks and realistic lessons on distance, blocking, practical fighting techniques and effective fight control tactics. A tremendous source of realistic, practical, proven fighting lessons and tips presented in very learnable, digestible sections. A must for the personal library of any serious martial artist who trains for tournament success
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book on full contact karate techniques for tournaments. 23 Jan. 2013
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
Format: Paperback
In my lifetime of martial arts study, including many styles of karate, I have attempted to read and study numerous books. This text(Fighting Karate, along with Hideyuki Ashihara's other book, More Fighting Karate, are excellent books for anyone who is seeking to learn the very best full contact sparring techniques. Ashihar's background is with the late Mas Oyama's Kyokushin style of karate; however, he has developed his own unique full contact karate methods which he reveals in this book.

He covers stance, how to move when sparring, striking, kicking and sweeping techniques you can use in full contact tournaments. There are hundreds of clear photographs showing each step of the particular technique being explained. This book has become somewhat of a classic because copies are sometimes not easy to find; however, if you are seeking to learn full contact fighting techniques, this is the book for you, along with his "More Fighting Karate" text. Keep in mind that you can only learn so much from reading a book and looking at the photographs. In order to benefit fully form the fantastic information in this book, you should also train with a karate instructor who is familiar with the Ashihara system.

In conclusion, one of the best books ever published on full contact tournament karate.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat Karate for the street--An official Bushi Satori Ryu manual)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Easily one of the best Karate books in our time!! 19 Jan. 2011
By Gerardo - Published on
Format: Paperback
A must for all Martial artist on how to learn how to fight for self-Defense or Tournament fighting(Even though I use this book knowledge and I practice for self-defense) and well, most reviewers above me have pretty much stated everything, but anyways,this book should be in every Karatekas library collection and this is coming from a Kyokushin practitioner.....Osu =)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gold Book 22 April 2008
By Luis Pinto - Published on
Format: Paperback
There is a great Karate book. If you practice full contact Karate you should purchase that book.
Over than 1000 detailed photos and diagrams, clearly showing how to perform in the best way, effective fighting techniques.
Get your copy right way!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best textbook on full-contact karate 4 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ashihara's Fighting Karate has its roots in Oyama's Kyokushin Karate. Though Kyokushin style emphasizes on power and body conditioning, Ashihara refined the technical aspects of the art tremendously. Packed with abundant step-by-step photos and clear instructions, this is the best textbook on full-contact karate for beginners and veterans alike. The same is to be said of Ashihara's subsequent book, More Fighting Karate.
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