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Peaceful Mind Heian Karate Shotokan Kata Bunkai/oyo by [Burke, John]
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Heian 1-5, kata is learned by all students up to and including Black Belts. These forms are often mis-understood - thought to be all about the performance, when really it is the application of the movements that was important. Author John Burke takes us through the essential history and background to the 5 kata, and shows us not only how to perform the moves, but also what each move means in a simple but practical fashion that delivers real meaning for Karate students everywhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24415 KB
  • Publisher: Karate Academy (22 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CHOFTHG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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For a long time I've heard others say, 'these are just training kata', 'they are to teach beginners or children' or they are 'for the purpose of the grading syllabus only'. This handy to carry book on bunkai puts the Heian (or Pinan) kata right back on the map, as forms that contain many useful techniques. As the author says no karate-ka should practise kata that they don't understand, and no black belt should be teaching kata without bunkai. Packed with a full study of all the kata from Heian Shodan to Heian Godan, it is real value for money. This is not a step by step book about how to perform the kata. It is a book that demonstrates how the techniques can be used in common fighting situations. The approach to kata application is down to earth and practical. Burke Sensie also has a good knowledge of how the flow of Chi can be affected by techniques, as well as mechanical manipulation of your opponent. The book has a short useful section on background information, history of karate and kata. It also sets out some of the principles of using and applying kata, and common acts of physical violence that the kata deals with. A book for grown up's not kids and perhaps of more interest to black belts teaching bunkai to their students, rather than the students themselves.
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Another great book by John Burke. This isn't a book that will help you win points in a karate competition. But it will help you understand the heian kata and how they could work in a real life situation. The kata are broken down with clear photo's and informative text. John Burke has done a great job showing how the ancient kata of 100's of years ago can be used in todays world on the street.
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Its easy to train in Karate for years and years and really just be going around in sweaty circles (or lines up and down the dojo!) As a frustrated adult Karate-ka I needed more and heard about John Burke's very practical, very effective and complete-take on Shotokan Karate. I have never looked back. If you are looking for a practical Karate within the traditions-I would say look no further. I have trained with many of the top Japanese guys over the years-I did not get from them anything like what you'll find in all of John's work. In this book (as in his DVDs etc) you'll find the Katas are clearly demonstrated and then their applications are thoroughly studied-stage by stage with good descriptions and photographs. Usually 2 or 3 variations of application are offered for each move-they all work and all are solutions to real, likely acts of physical violence. (Not simply Karate vs Karate, but Karate vs (untrained) thug).
As a Karate and self defence instructor myself I use this book (and his DVDs and youtube clips) frequently to plan my classes and they enrich our classes massively. John's Karate has renewed my faith in Shotokan-when many have written it off as a mere Sport excessively tainted and watered down etc. I ask John many questions about Shotokan, the Katas-those seemingly "bizarre movements in Katas" etc via his Youtube site or email and he is always very obliging and helpful. This has helped sustain my interest in the art and allowed me to progress even while living in a remote corner of Ireland.
Thoroughly recommended then!
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Buy this book! That is the first thing I have to say if you are a serious student of Karate, apart from those styles which do not use the Heian/Pinan kate of course. Taking every single movement of the five kate in turn, Burke demonstates clearly (with detailed explanations of how and why) a least one bunkai for each. His moves are practicle, street-smart bunkai, devoid of the over-theoretical rubbish which so often clouds martial arts, and are suited to a wide variety of attacks. The author is clearly a man who knows what he is talking about and has put a lot of thought into his art. I cannot recommend highly enough!
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