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5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing, Awesome Inspiring, 5 Nov 2001
Shotokan may be the most disgustingly rigid martial art I have encountered but the mind that bore it fruit was truly great. The entire history of karate could not be covered as the book only spends the required time describing this.
The range of kata is almost all encompassing, only missing Meikyo. A high elite kata that should not be written down as it is only teachable by tutor.
The portion on kumite sparring is interesting and insightful however it does embody all I dislike about "sport" karate.
Despite this anyone can enjoy this book, whether practicing spiritual or sport karate. It is an awesome supplement to training but descriptions are too detailed and complex to be used alone so make sure you learn them at the dojo first!
This book is well worth it at twice the price and is the first karate book you should buy