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Shotokan Karate Handbook: Advanced (Advanced Edition) Paperback – 1 Jul 1997

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Gursharan Sahota (1 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952463814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952463818
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the success of his first book, The Shotokan Karate Handbook -- Beginner to Black Belt, the author felt there was a need for a manual to assist the more experienced student. Therefore, he has concentrated on more advanced techniques such as Kihon lppon Kumite, Jiyu lppon Kumite sets 6 and 7, and all the remaining Katas in Shotokan Karate. It is important that Karate Ka are aware that time, effort and practice are still the main factors in working towards perfecting not only one's skills but also one's inner mind and attitudes towards the art. This book is meant as a guide to Karate Ka -- it cannot take the place of your Sensei (teacher).


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I bought one of Sahota's first books 'Beginner to Black Belt' and found it very useful and helpful to accompany my karate classes. The Advanced book is much the same. However, as the title suggests, this book is more for those who have been practicing karate and are familiar with the Japanese Language he uses to describe blocks and striking techniques. As the first, he has included photos for individual techniques in kata and kumite, however, it is sometimes a little difficult to judge correct direction of movement. However, it is appreciated that this is quite difficult to describe. Some of the instructions are not as descriptive as they could be, but you can get a good overview of how the techiques should be carried out and the proper stances to follow.
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I have both Mr. Sahota's books, Beginner to Black Belt which is excellent, and now his advanced. His advanced book gives you an insight into the more technically advanced kata's. He explains them well and the photographs are informative. Obviously, no book is going to replace your instructor and this book is there as an aid not a replacement for your instructor. This book is aimed at students who have been training for a couple of years. A very good buy.
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I've been carrying Gursharan's books around in my bag now for the last ten years and swear by them. Of all the hundreds of book that I have about Shotokan karate, I always fall back and end up using Gursharan's two books for simplicity and ease of use.

Yes, there are other kata books on the market which may be better pictorially (e.g. Nakayama) but Gursharan's have everything you need as a quick reference guide in just two volumes. The content is very neatly and logically laid out. If you're already practising karate, Gursharan's books will be the perfect handy reference guide for you.

I agree mostly with the other positive reviews here too. As for different moves etc in one review, even though we're all learning Shotokan, you will naturally find slight variations from style to style and association to association. The art is hundreds of years old and has been passed down from a variety of different masters, each of whom have added to or taken away parts of the kata that they favoured or disliked the most.

If you can find an association that follows the traditional line of teaching that focuses more on kata & bunkai, as opposed to sport or competition, then you'll be on the right path. As Supreme Grand Master Funakoshi said - "Karate will take a life time". Karate is more importantly about perfection of character and less about kicking & punching etc.

As for teaching yourself karate from a book, you can't teach yourself just by looking at a few pictures, but if you're already attending classes, Gursharan's book (and videos) will help you revise, keep up or even get ahead of your class mates. The pictures and diagrams are quite adequate.
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Gursharan has done a great job with demostrating the advance shotokan karate kata. Each kata has been broken down to show clear pictures of each technique. I have always use this book to refer to as a guide. The only downside to this book is the bunkai that is explained at the end of each kata. The bunkai shown would never help you in the real world, which is a shame because some of these kata have some great moves in.
Overall a great book to refer to when you forget a move in a kata and need a quick fix. As for kata bunkai, steer clear.
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