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Shotokan Karate: Unravelling the Kata Paperback – 26 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; annotated edition edition (26 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268730
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ashley Croft is a fifth dan in Shotokan Karate and fourth dan in Ao Denkou Jitsu. He has trained with some of the top instructors in the world and has studied in China under the instruction of a Master from the renowned Shaolin Temple. Ashley has taught karate for over eighteen years and has successfully instructed many students, from beginners to those at black-belt level. He is currently the chief instructor of the Chiltern Karate Assocation. Resident - Bedfordshire

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Whatever the reason you are studying karate this book will help you to get it right. There is an excellent explanation of where each party of the body should or perhaps more important should not be, with good photographs to back up the explanations. I am studying Jukaikido, which is a mixture of many Martical Arts, this book has been of great benefit to improve the Karate aspects of my discipline. The only thing I had hoped would be in the book, and was not, was an explanation of how to do the first Katas. This information I gained from "Shotokan Karate 10th kyu to 6th kyu" by Sensei Enoeda. I found these two books complemented each other.
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Ashley Croft's book Shotokan Karate is an excellent guide to this style of karate for beginners right through to senior grades. Not only does it make for a very interesting read, covering various aspects such as the history of karate, traditions, and terminology, but it is also an excellent book for reference purposes. He covers all the fundamental basics of shotokan, blocking, striking, kicking and stances. However, not only does he give a thorough breakdown of how to perform each technique but he also lists the most common mistakes, and how the karate-ka can avoid making them. A must for all.
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The book starts off by telling you about Shotokan Karate itself before actually moving onto any moves etc. It does this very well as it gives you a brief review of it's creation, without being boring. Superb illustrations for the beginner to review. Ace!
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As a beginner at Shotokan Karate I found this book very useful. The basics section is clear and easy to follow which is certainly not the case for most instructional books! As a back up to personal tuition it has been invaluable, you will refer back to it again and again. Also included are sections on the history of Karate, stances, kicks, punches and blocks, warm up routines, target areas and a very useful grading sylabus reference section. All that's missing are the Katas and I know these are well covered in other publications. As a practical, instructional introduction to Shotokan Karate you can do no better than this book.
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I have read numerous books on the subject of Shotokan karate and I would rate this publication up there with the reference books from Kanazawa Sensei and John Van Weenan. I especially like the detailed references and photos of what 'not to do' and common mistakes and how to avoid them. This really does help the practitioner work on and refer back to areas that need particular attention. Highly rated, easy to use and covers everything in enough detail while still remaining interesting.
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