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Dynamic Karate
Dynamic Karate
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Dynamic Karate (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.


Dynamic karate; translated from the Japanese by Herman Kauz
Dynamic karate; translated from the Japanese by Herman Kauz
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
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.


Dynamic Karate
Dynamic Karate
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Dynamic Karate (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.


Dynamic Karate - Instruction By the Master
Dynamic Karate - Instruction By the Master
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
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.


Dynamic karate: Instruction by the master
Dynamic karate: Instruction by the master
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
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.


Dynamic Karate
Dynamic Karate
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Master the Basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Dynamic Karate (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.


Dynamic Karate: Instruction by the Master.
Dynamic Karate: Instruction by the Master.
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master the basics from the Master, 31 July 2008
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.


Shotokan Karate International Kumite Kyohan
Shotokan Karate International Kumite Kyohan
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Perfection, 31 July 2008
Complimenting Kanazawa Sensei's two kata volumes and in addition to the glowing review above, this book another masterpiece from a legend in the making. Amongst the greatest of Shotokan karate-ka of all time (IMHO)

Written in three languages: Japanese, English and French, the book is packed with high quality black & white pictures of Kanazawa Sensei performing all the varying forms of kumite, with detailed descriptions, from beginner to Black Belt & beyond!

Look out for the two sister Shotokan kata volumes of this book Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 1 & Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2.

You will not be disappointed with this masterpiece of a book, it should be in prime position on every Shôtôkan karate-ka's book shelf - or even in their training holdall.

It's quite difficult to obtain a new copy and no doubt will be hard to obtain in the next few years. Kanazawa Sensei is a legend in the making.


Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 1
Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 1
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Perfection, 31 July 2008
Truly standing the test of time, who else could produce such a fine work such as this, non other than Kanazawa Sensei (10th Dan). This book, along with its sister volume two Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2, has to be the best book for revising (and even learning) Shotokan Karate Kata. It's jam packed with good quality black & white pictures of Kanazawa Sensei performing the kata's in his inimitable style. Back views where necessary and "zoomed in" hand shots for some of the more complicated moves. All moves & stances are clearly labelled on each picture.

Written & explained in five languages: Japanese, English, French, German & Spanish.

This volume details the following kata from the Shotokan canon: The five Heian kata, Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi, Sochin, Meikyo, Ji'in & Gojushiho-Dai.

You will not be disappointed with this masterpiece of a book, it should be in prime position on every Shôtôkan karate-ka's book shelf - or even in their training holdall.

It's quite difficult to obtain a new copy and no doubt will be hard to obtain in the next few years. Kanazawa Sensei is a legend in the making.

Look out for his other book Shotokan Karate International Kumite Kyohan which will compliment your collection from one of our greatest living karate masters. (IMHO)


THE 35 MM PHOTOGRAPHERS HANDBOOK
THE 35 MM PHOTOGRAPHERS HANDBOOK
by JULIAN CALDER
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Photographers Bible, 28 July 2008
I've been using this book now for nearly 30 years since it first came out and yes, there may be "better" books on the market, but none that are small, compact, neat, clearly & logically laid out, easy to read as this one is. Another bonus is that it's just the right handy sort of size that you can carry around with you on field trips. It's bound in a nice stiff water proof cover too.

I agree that it's a beginner's book, but there aren't many that can give you such a head start in photography as this one can.

It's such a pity that those who negate its qualities, do so anonymously and don't provide ANY examples of what they consider to be so-called "Better" books! Be wary of giving any credence to reviews written by "A Customer" that don't have the courage of their own convictions.

This copy can be used by both Manual & Digital SLR Camera users equally alike. The beauty of this book is that it's jam packed full of beautiful photographs of all sorts that truly are an inspiration to motivate you to go and try the same sort of shots yourself or at the very least give you plenty of creative ideas to create similar material.

There are many versions of this book available, so you may wish to search for "The 35mm Photographer's handbook Calder" to see all the different versions so that you can find the one that suits you & your budget.


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