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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photos and good teaching points, 14 Oct. 2001
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Covers all 5 Heian and 3 Tekki katas which get the beginner a long way.
The photos are very comprehensive. Each move is accompanied by several photos showing movement into and out of the poses. There are also overhead photos for each pose which help a great deal with stances and foot placement. At the end of each kata section are extra photos with additional "important points" which are helpful, though some are a little obscure.
Accompanying the photos for each move are Japanese and English descriptions. The Japanese descriptions are VERY full (e.g. migi ken migi sokumen gedan barai) and a bit heavy going, but there is a glossary at the back and there is always the English to compare it with - nice touch.
My sensei teaches these katas with very slight variations from those shown by Nakayama sensei. This may be true of your sensei too, so beware of it.
My quibbles with this book are very minor, and it is the best I have found illustrating the early kata. It was a great help in getting me up to scratch in Heian Yondan and beginning with Heian Godan and well worth the cost.
Final caveat! These books are a good guide but cannot replace personal instruction....
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5.0 out of 5 stars most useful book so far, 25 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki (Paperback)
This is my core learning book at the moment. I like using the first and second volume (I don't have any of the rest yet) as more detailed guides to individual stances, movements, etc. at the side. This book is a great book for beginners like me, but also advanced belts as it is very specific and has great pictures. They're black and white and pretty old, but really, I've bought much more recent books with disappointingly bad colour photographs where I could never learn any Kata without youtube, whereas for this book youtube has not been necessary for me to understand the movements.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nakayama Sensei's book is essential for all karate-ka, 18 Dec. 1997
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This book is by far the best value as far as picture explanations of basic kata. Nakayama Sensei uses many pictures, which can get a bit confusing at times, but are very helpful for understanding detailed movements. At the end of each kata he presents a special section on the hardest part of each kata. Highlights include Heian nidan, Heian Yondan, and, Tekki Shodan. The photographs are clear and the ext is easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really the best Karate book I have ever read!, 17 Sept. 2011
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Each kata is thoroughly explained, each technique described by its full name, each movement carefully depicted. Of course nobody expects to learn Karate only from books, but this one is really good help to improve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any practicing karateka, 8 April 2011
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This book is a classic. Well compiled.
Its excellent for reference and for practising katas at home when one doesn't have one's sensei attention.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Karate Bible - Part 5, 4 Mar. 2013
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The 'Best Karate' series of books are considered the bible of karate. Nakayama was the head of the JKA, after Funakoshi.

A 'must buy' for any serious karateka !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book., 12 May 2013
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This is a very good book and a must for my Karaty library. Clear pictures and easy to understand. As I progress I will get the others in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comment on Best Karate Vol 5, 31 Dec. 2012
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This was a present for a family member so I cannot comment on it myself. However the recipient was very pleased with it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your reference search ends here..., 22 July 1997
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Best Karate is THE definitive reference manual for the praticing karataka. This book covers all of the Heian katas as well as Tekki.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all students of Shotokan Karate, 16 May 2000
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In my opinion this entire series is invaluable for anyone studying Shotokan Karate. Although nothing compares to the direct experience one gains from watching kata, and studying it directly with one's sensei, all students MUST practice dilligently and continuously, and this practice must inevitably be conducted without the help of an instructor. These books represent the best portrayal of kata in still-photograph form that I have seen to date, and are excellent at ensuring the kata are practiced as correctly as is possible. Buy the lot. You'll get your money's worth.
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