Master the Basics from the Master,
This review is from: Dynamic karate; translated from the Japanese by Herman Kauz
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.