3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent beginners guide,
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This review is from: The Shotokan Karate Handbook: Beginner to Black Belt (Fifth Edition) (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for all those learning Shotokan Karate - in conjunction with training sessions with a Sensei.
I have found it a great help when returning from training to spend some time working out how a new technique should be performed when there isn't the time to go over it in detail in training. It's also very helpful for remembering all the parts of the kata.
Unfortunately the printing quality is not very good for the photos some of which have poor contrast and it is hard to see exactly what the position should be. The text does explain all techniques clearly though.
Overall it is good value for money at less than the cost of 2 training sessions, and makes a great learning aid. Don't expect to be able to learn karate from this book alone or find much on the philosophy or history of Karate in here and you won't be disappointed.