- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: A&C Black (30 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713678704
- ISBN-13: 978-0713678703
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.2 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shotokan Karate Bible: Beginner to Black Belt Paperback – 30 Jul 2007
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For those determined to learn ... or to supplement a class, this book of fundamentals is comprehensive and worthy. --Jane Van Wiemokly "VOYA" (02/01/2008)
About the Author
Ashley Martin started training in karate in 1992, and has since been an instructor and grading examiner. In 2003 he co-founded Just Karate Ltd., an organisation that offers quality karate instruction (www.justkarate.co.uk) to private clients, at public classes, and at schools as part of the Physical Education teaching.
Top Customer Reviews
It is clearly divided into sections for each grading, giving the grading syllabus at the start of each section. This is then followed by clear, concise pictures and instructions demonstrating the techniques required for each belt. It covers both the techniques (punches, blocks, kicks, etc.) and the individual katas in a good level of detail.
The katas in particular are very well documented, with colour photographs of EVERY step of EVERY kata, along with step-by-step instructions, even down to which foot to turn on.
At the rear of the book is a quick summary of the syllabus, along with summary diagrams of each kata.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anybody keen to learn Karate or improve their technique.
The syllabus is laid out with a chapter per grade.
Detailed Kata,Basics and Sparring pictures included.
Also a Kata overview at the end as well.
I am now a brown belt at the same club and this has been an invaluable source of information in all aspects required for each belt. The katas, kumite and kihon (basics) are all laid out move-by-move with tips of how to and how not to do these various things. There is also some interesting history at the start of the book describing how Shotokan came to be.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough - especially for those doing Shotokan karate from beginner to 1st Dan (1st black belt). It would also serve as an excellent reference for those at Black belt and above who are looking to brush up on some of those things you learn, but perhaps forget over time!
I note that there is a second book by this author which takes you through the Advanced Elements of 1st Dan and beyond - I have no doubts that I will be adding this book to my collection once I get a little closer to 1st Dan.
Where this book really shines is the descriptive text and accompanying pictures that really illustrate the requirements for training and grading up to 1st Dan (Black Belt). One note of caution; I would not use this book as an exclusive source in Shotokan Karate martial arts...actual structured training in a Dojo is still required.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
received this item quickly and it was exactly as described, very happy with my purchase.Published 14 months ago by Liz
I have received items m802fx the instructions is in a another language i can't read it if you have one in English please please send me one lorenzoPublished 16 months ago by lorenzo insula
Great book that covers most of the basics/kata/kumite from white to black belt. Useful tips and pictures, I look at it regularly. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2014 by Ctgirl