Well I guess I should start off this review by informing the reader that this book is not an "Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible" as the title implies, it is primarily a book demonstrating the necessary katas or forms that one needs to learn to advance through the black belt ranks. Had the title been different, like say for example; Shotokan Karate: Advanced Forms for Black Belt and Beyond, that would have been a much better title and would have been more in-line with the actual content of the book.
There is really little more than a few pages of history and such at the beginning of this book and really could have been eliminated from the book and those pages used to make the kata section even that much better.
I really liked the fact that a lot of effort was used to have each movement in each form demonstrated so clearly with the background material from each photograph carefully removed to showcase the individual demonstrating each movement. This was well done and I give high regards for that. However, there were quite a few things lacking from the layout and format in this section.
There were no footwork or illustrations of overhead patterns used to show the direction of movement between moves and the explanations were very brief and could have used more detail. The author did show the applications of one or two moves in each kata at the end, but it would have been nice to have seen even more, which could have been done if the focus of this book would have been solely on the advanced katas.
This is an okay book and not horrible by any means, but it could have been so much better.
If you want to learn some advanced katas, I would recommend the following books as one of the best sources to do so.
Best Karate, Vol.6: Bassai, Kanku (Best Karate)
Best Karate, Vol.7: Jutte, Hangetsu, Empi (Best Karate)
Best Karate, Vol.8: Gankaku, Jion (Best Karate)
Best Karate, Vol.9: Bassai Sho, Kanku, Sho, Chinte (Best Karate)
Best Karate, Vol.10: Unsu, Sochin, Nijushiho (Best Karate)
Best Karate, Vol.11: Gojushiho Dai, Gojushiho Sho, Meikyo (Best Karate)
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