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The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible: Black Belt and Beyond [Paperback]

Ashley P. Martin
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9 Jun 2008
The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible is an authoritative text following on from The Shotokan Karate Bible with a syllabus beyond black belt that dispels common misconceptions about advanced techniques. Many people - and indeed karate schools - are of the opinion that once a student reaches black belt level, there is no more that they can be taught. This is far from the case, and Ashley Martin - a black belt with 15 years' experience and his own successful school - sets out an advanced syllabus with a combination of full-colour illustrations and concise text for the advanced student who wishes to build on their training but is unable to do so at karate classes. Complementing The Shotokan Karate Bible, and presented in the same clear layout and attractive style, The Advanced Shotokan Bible is the resource for the serious black belt Shotokan student.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (9 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713688548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713688542
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ashley Martin started training in karate in 1992, and has since been an instructor and grading examiner. In 2003 he co-founded Just Karate Ltd., an organisation that offers quality karate instruction (www.justkarate.co.uk) to private clients, at public classes, and at schools as part of the Physical Education teaching.

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5.0 out of 5 stars advanced karate bible 23 Sep 2008
By N. Day
Format:Paperback
as with the first book in the karate bible book series, the advanced karate bible is an easy reader with very detailed photos and easy to understand descriptions. this is a very good compliment to black belts wishing to take their next grading or wish to boost thier understanding of karate. this book has helped me no end of times since recieving my black belt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST AS GOOD! 6 Oct 2008
By N. Day
Format:Paperback
This book just as the first in its series, is just as well explained with clear diagrams and in depth explanations and makes it a good supliment to a blackbelt training in shotokan for their next grading. also the layout of the book makes it quick to navigate and get to the page you want as quick as possible!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Karate Book? 22 Jun 2011
By Jase
Format:Paperback
Advanced Karate Book?

Sorry but the techniques in this book are far from advanced! I have been teaching my purple and brown belts more advanced techniques than this for years.

This book just has some very basic moves in. Yes the katas are advanced ones but I bought the book with the hope of finding some new things to teach my black belts.

Very poor book for advanced grades.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Is Primarily A Basic Book On Shotokan Black Belt Kata! 26 Oct 2008
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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)

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
4.0 out of 5 stars learn kata and basic moves 7 Jun 2013
By Jerry Ussher - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not have the basic book. I bought this to read as a 3rd kyu and it shows everything Shotokan you need for black belt preparation. I would recommend for anyone learning Shotokan karate.
4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible 22 Jan 2013
By Donald Linville - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been practicing Shotokan for over 30 years. Most of my library is from Funakoski, Nakayama, and Nishyama. This book is good. Bible might be a little stretch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING 27 July 2010
By Maurice Mauner - Published on Amazon.com
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Just what the Shotokan community needed, another lackluster book. When the word "Advanced " is in the title I expect just that, a treatise that is advanced. There are at least 5 other books that cover the subject that this book does, and sorry to say, most of them are better.They are also done but people who are well known. Don't waste the money. Sorry but this is my opinion. (I am not a kid but a 60 year practioner and 3rd Dan in Shotokan)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life style -come back 2 Sep 2013
By Jozef Grajek, P.Eng. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Life style -come back

It is meet my expectation and needs. At this stage and age I found that the refreshment
of the previous training (body and spirit) is a good idea.
This book helps.
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