I have been doing Shotokan Karate for almost 4 years and I have always wanted to have some kind of media where I can study and review the basics of this martial art.
There are lots of resources on the Internet, but I like not having to turn on the computer each time I want to look up a certain kata form or technique.
This excellent book comes to solve this problem. Its pages are imbueded with the spirit of the old Shotokan Karate. Each black and white photo goes with a clear text description. You can find from something so basic as how to close your fist to a definiton of vital points.
These are the contents:
1.- Introduction. Karate and Karate-do, The Way from Techniques, The Development of Karate, Kata, Public Introduction of Karate, The Value of Karate.
2.- Fundamental Elements. The Hand, Stances, Hand Techniques, Foot Techniques.
3.- Basic Training.
4.- The Kata. Names of the Kata, Advice on Training, Line of Movement, The Kata.
5.- Engagement Matches. Significance of Matching, Basic Sparring, Iai, Throwing Techniques, Weapons and Karate-do, Self-defense for Women.
6.- Vital Point of the Human Body. Definition, The Vital Points.
7.- Maxims for the Trainee. How to Make a Makiwara.