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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS KARATE-TASTIC!, 7 May 2002
This review is from: Karate Kata Applications (Paperback)
I LOVE THE MARTIAL ARTS SO MUCH!
I have been training in the Martial Arts of Shotokan Karate for 2 years and 3 months now and although it's really fun it can sometimes be really hard. I would know because I am a green belt (5th belt so far) and at this stage it becomes really difficult. Although I already have two books to do with Shotokan Karate telling you how to do some kicks, punches and blocks I decided to buy another book which specially told you how to do every kata from 1 to 10 (including a history of Karate itself). So I purchased this book and I have never regretted it. In the past I sometimes struggled to remember all the moves for every single kata that I know so far and I was even dreadful when it came to trying to remember the names to each kata. This book has really made a whole lot of a difference in my Karate training and my life. Not only has it helped me to remember some of my Karate kata names it also aids to remind me of any moves that I may sometimes forget. This book is like a home-Sensei that helps you to correct your mistakes, shows you beautifully taken pictures, perfect description of what to do next and it's........it's just absolutely FABULOUS! (Sensei means 'teacher' in Japanese).
This book is (as I've already said) a home-Sensei that is ready to aid you in your Karate training anytime in the day that you wish.
However, I must warn you. If you've never done Karate before don't waste your money and time buying this book. This book may be fun to read and it may be fun to try to learn some of the Karate moves yourself but no matter how good this book is it cannot replace the proper instructions of a real life Karate Sensei (you also need to see how the moves are done correctly). If you want to learn real Karate join a dojo (dojo means 'class' in Japanese). This book can only help you as a reminder of things that you already know and help you to perfect your stances and Karate training. It cannot be your teacher.
However, if you are in the Martial Arts of Shotokan Karate and you're wondering if you should buy this book as your aid for home training, then trust me. Go ahead and buy it. You'll thank me later when you have it in your hands and are impressed with every single page that you read. Please listen to me and buy it! If you don't, you will have NO IDEA what you're missing out on.
This book is shouting 'BUY ME. BUY ME NOW!Let me be your friend in the training of the really cool KARATE MARTIAL ARTS.'
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