Truly standing the test of time, who else could produce such a fine work such as this, non other than Kanazawa Sensei (10th Dan). This book, along with its sister volume two Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2, has to be the best book for revising (and even learning) Shotokan Karate Kata. It's jam packed with good quality black & white pictures of Kanazawa Sensei performing the kata's in his inimitable style. Back views where necessary and "zoomed in" hand shots for some of the more complicated moves. All moves & stances are clearly labelled on each picture.
Written & explained in five languages: Japanese, English, French, German & Spanish.
This volume details the following kata from the Shotokan canon: The five Heian kata, Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi, Sochin, Meikyo, Ji'in & Gojushiho-Dai.
You will not be disappointed with this masterpiece of a book, it should be in prime position on every Shôtôkan karate-ka's book shelf - or even in their training holdall.
It's quite difficult to obtain a new copy and no doubt will be hard to obtain in the next few years. Kanazawa Sensei is a legend in the making.
I have been using books vol 1 and 2 for the past 14 years while training. It contains a comprehensive account of all the katas and loads of photos. Its probably about as clear as a book on this subject can be. If you are half serious about karate get a hold of a copy these books, now. 5*+ priceless!
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