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on 16 August 2001
The teachings in this book reflect well on, in my opinion the oldest, most genuine informant on karate-do that i have come across in my short time as a karateka, Gichin Funakoshi. The explanations in the book about everything from the very basics of training through Kata,arm and leg positioning and the lines around which the Kata is performed, are easy enough to follow, if read thoroughly by even the beginners at karate.Not only are the details easy to pick up, the wonderful old pictures of Funakoshi performing his art make this book a must.Also an extra bonus are the lessons in throwing and self defense, something that is all too often omitted from modern day Dojo's.Be warned though, absolute beginners like myself can get confused when studying the Kata's because not all forms of karate employ the same Kata's,however don't let this put you off a wonderful, traditional, true karate manual.
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on 18 August 2013
You will not learn anything new, but it is an essential 'must have' book for the serious karate historian. Especially those who are interested in Shotokan.
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