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Karate The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting: The Art of Empty-hand Fighting

Karate The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting: The Art of Empty-hand Fighting [Kindle Edition]

Hidetaka Nishiyama , Richard C. Brown
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Karate: The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting has inspired hundreds of thousands of karateka, and it remains one of the finest texts available on the technique, art, and spirit of karatedo.


A systematic presentation of the "empty hand" art of karate. An easy-to-follow manual illustrated with over 1,000 photographs, it gives step-by-step explanations and analysis of all the basic movements and techniques of karate. It features a full description of the sport, including history, organisation, training methods and basic principles and it contains pointers of competitive karate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20682 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804816689
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a black belt in Shukokai karate I have a few books on the martial arts. Over the years it was always this book I would come back to for reference.Why? well it has to be it's user friendlyness. The manual contents are laid out in a uniform manner which related to one's training. After the brief history it takes you in to the overall organization of techniques using different body weapons. Then touching on training methods, warming up etc the techniques are indivdually detailed breaking them down in to their elements and principles, exactly what a karate'ka like me wanted! Also what makes this book a cut above the rest it's its lay out. Many books will give pictures on mass and you spend wasted time trying to find the relevant text explaning the movement, not this book, each picture has it's text next to the picture so the the manual has an uniform balance about it's layout. With it's unhurried look and more then adequate pictures this is a work of reference which no up and coming traditional karate student should be with out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Karate for the karateka 15 Oct 2012
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Originally published in 1960, this book covers all the techniques that a serious Karateka student will need to know. From basic principles, through warm-ups and stretching, stances and posture to striking and blocking techniques. It also covers the use of Karate in self-defence, and briefly discusses equipment such as punch bags etc. The black and white photographs are superb, and are helped by having Senseis Kanazawa and Okazaki in them.

There are two points that I think potential purchasers should be made aware of. Firstly this book does not discuss Kata at all. Secondly although it has a chapter on self-defence, this is not a book to buy if that is your main area of interest.

Those two small caveats aside, this is superbly produced book, which I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration to all martial artists 12 May 2001
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The author is an inspiration to me. Just look at the photos and you will see perfection on karate techniques, balance, power and complete focus.
Although this book only covers the basic techniques but believe me that is all you will need.
I have done many martial arts but this book has made me want to go back to may roots and study Karate.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May be the best karate book ever written 6 Jan 2000
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This is the most complete instructional karate book I've ever seen. It came out in 1960 and has still not been improved on. The authors were disciples of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of modern karate. There is very clear step by step and pictorial instruction on how to do all the moves of traditional shotokan karate, the original style out of which all the others grew. If you are attending a karate class now you will recognize your techniques in this book. The styles haven't changed that much in 40 years. There are probably more moves in this book than in your class.
The book has 22 chapters. Some of the chapter titles are: striking points and vital points, stance, hand techniques, foot techniques, sparring, and throwing techniques. There are 40 pages of self defense moves.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental Shotokan Karate 16 Mar 2002
By "jvaldezcg5" - Published on
Karate: the Art of "Empty Hand" Fighting by Hidetaka Nishiyama and Richard C. Brown is the perfect starter book for any one wishing to learn Shotokan Karate. It describes all the stances, punches, strikes, blocks, and kicks. An explanation of the application of Karate techniques in self-defense situations is given. Briefly outlined is the history and principles of the art but what is indispensable in the book are the recommended schedules for the different training situations which make this book a perfect guide for the student and helpful manual for the instructor. After learning what is in this book I would suggest moving on to one of the books by Robin L. Rielly; either Complete Shotokan Karate, ISBN 0-8048-2108-9, or The Secrets of Shotokan Karate, ISBN 0-8048-3229-3. My only wish is that the chapters on Kumite and Kata would be expanded but that is why I recommend the two books above as well.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early work but still great 6 Oct 2000
By magellan - Published on
Considering this book came out originally in 1960 and was the first large-format book on Karate I had seen up to that point, it is remarkable that it has rarely been exceeded in all the time since. The photos of the basic techniques are very clear. The applications sections are generous with good coverage of sparring and self-defense. Nishiyama was in his prime here and you can see the power and intensity in his techniques.

I have a personal story about Nishiyama, although I didn't study with him myself, but one of own karate students did, and he told me this story. Nishiyama was in Los Angeles for some time back in the 60's and he was conducting a training session. One of the students, a guy by the name of Ray Dalke, who later led the U.C. Riverside Shotokan club to several national championship titles, was in the class. I met Dalke when I was a doctoral student at UCR back in the early 80's, but I actually heard this my student. Ray had never been very loose in the legs, especially the groin stretch, where you sit on the ground in a quasi-lotus position and bounce your knees up and down and try to get them all the way to the ground.

Anyway, Nishiyama came around to Dalke, and noticed his problem. He says to Dalke, "You want to have loose lap?" (Sometimes Nishiyama's English was a bit rough, but the meaning came through loud and clear). Dalke says, "yes, Master, I do." Nishiyama says again, "Are you sure you want to have loose lap?" Dalke says, "Yes, yes, Master, I want it more than anything!" At that moment Nishiyama jumps up into the air and comes down with both feet planted squarely on Dalke's knees, driving them all the way to the floor.

Well, he said Dalke's scream of agony could be heard for two city blocks. They had to get an ambulance and take Dalke away. But he survived and was back later after he healed with the "loosest lap" you've ever seen. I hope Ray doesn't mind my telling his story. Like I said, I met Ray in about 1980 when he was the faculty karate instructor at UC Riverside and he was really a pretty cool guy, as well as an excellent instructor. He loved the Shotokan katas and I recall having an enjoyable discussion with him about some of the more advanced forms.

Anyway, Nishiyama is one of the greats of the Shotokan style and this book is still one of the finest books on the subject. I will say one more thing about Nishiyama, which is that he has the most vicious-looking front kick I've ever seen. I've tried to emulate his style on this one but he's basically got the patent on it. Overall, still a great classic on the subject of karate that has rarely if ever been exceeded.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative book 4 April 2000
By Mike Troxel - Published on
This is a great book for any student who is trying to polish their techniques a bit. Nishiyama's book is loaded with all the information you would need to refine your skills. It's rather lacking in historical and philisophical information (two things I enjoy studying and don't think any karate book is complete without), but it's nonetheless an excellent aid for practice.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nishiyama Souke - a man true to traditional Shotokan Karate. 22 Jan 1999
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PLENTY of pictures and descriptions of techniques. I am biased having the privilege to receive instruction from Nishiyama Souke but no one can deny that he is a legend to the art of Shotokan Karate. This book is successful in capturing a part of his essence and should definitely have a place on the bookshelf of every Karate-ka.
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