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Karate: The Complete Kata
Karate: The Complete Kata
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770030908

The martial art of karate can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can be undertaken at any time during a person's life. Embraced by people the world over, this traditional Japanese art continues to hold universal appeal. Among the most important aspects of karate practice are the kata, patterns of movement that are carefully choreographed and arranged in sequences.
With Karate: The Complete Kata, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the foremost figure in the karate world today and a disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate, offers the definitive work on the subject. Kanazawa explains all the key kata in great detail; and his text is accompanied by thousands of photographs. He also goes into some of the other more difficult aspects of karate, including steps, breathing techniques, and pressure points. Kata need to be practiced regularly on an individual basis, and this book is written with such training in mind. From the beginner to the most advanced practitioner, anyone interested in this revered martial art will want to add Kanazawa's book to his or her library.
 
The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master
The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master
by Gichin Funakoshi, Jotaro Takagi
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770027966

Gichin Funakoshi, "the father of karate," once said that "the ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."
 
Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course
Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Hardcover from Kodansha America
ISBN: 4770027753

In Black Belt Karate, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the most respected figure in the karate world, offers a systematic approach to basic karate, and provides an intensive training course. Karate is a martial art that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can be undertaken at any time during a persons life. The training system employed in karate comprises three main areas: kihon (basics), kumite (sparring), and kata (forms). Using meticulously detailed explanations and illustrative photos, Kanazawa provides readers with an intensive self-study training course designed to be accessible to beginners, as well as to those already at an intermediate level. If practiced continuously and diligently over the course of a year, a practitioner will be able to attain black-belt-level proficiency. Praise for Black Belt Karate: "By following each and every page of this book as if receiving instruction directly from Mr. Kanazawa, I believe that over time, with careful practice, gaining proficiency is all but guaranteed. For anyone setting out to master karate-do, you hold in your hands a fine book indeed.The late Masatoshi Nakayama, former chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association and author of Kodansha's Best Karate series
 
Karate-Do: My Way of Life
Karate-Do: My Way of Life
by Gichin Funakoshi
Paperback from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 0870114638

Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the "Father of Karate-do."
Out of modesty, he was reluctant to write this autobiography and did not do so until he was nearly ninety years of age. Trained in the Confucian classics, he was a schoolteacher early in life, but after decades of study under the foremost masters, he gave up his livelihood to devote the rest of his life to the propagation of the Way of Karate. Under his guidance, techniques and nomenclature were refined and modernized, the spiritual essence was brought to the fore, and karate evolved into a true martial art.
Various forms of empty-hand techniques have been practiced in Okinawa for centuries, but due to the lack of historical records, fancy often masquerades as fact. In telling of his own famous teachers-and not only of their mastery of technique but of the way they acted in critical situations-the author reveals what true karate is. The stories he tells about himself are no less instructive: his determination to continue the art, after having started it to improve his health; his perseverance in the face of difficulties, even of poverty; his strict observance of the way of life of the samurai; and the spirit of self-reliance that he carried into an old age kept healthy by his practice of Karate-do.
 
Karate the Art of Empty-Hand Fighting
Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting
by Hidetaka Nishiyama, Richard C. Brown
Paperback from Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804816689
 
Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text
Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text
by Gichin Funakoshi
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 0870111906

Nineteen kata ("forms") of karate-the art of self-defense without weapons-are presented here in complete detail. They are the ones selected by the great master and teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, to give comprehensive training in Karate-do, the way of karate.
Fully illustrated demonstrations by the translator cover not only every technique of the kata but also the fundamentals and applications: how to make a fist; the correct form of the open hand; preliminary training in blocking, striking and kicking; the seven stances; and sparring.
The author presents, besides kata that he himself originated, beginning and advanced kata from both the Shorei school and the Shorin school, the former remarkable for their forcefulness and development of strength, the latter characterized by their gracefulness and lightning swiftness.
This book, the most comprehensive and authoritative ever published, was being revised by the author shortly before his death in 1957, at the age of eighty-eight, and is translated for the first time. Through his advice on both practical and spiritual aspects of training, the master guides the student from techniques to the Way of karate. Complementing the English edition are illustrations of National Treasures from Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji temples in Nara and Master Funakoshi's calligraphy.
Karate, whose value for the well-rounded development of strength, coordination and agility is scientifically validated, can be practiced at any time and in any place, for any length of time, by men and women of all ages, and requires no special equipment. It also fosters the development of spiritual qualities: courage, courtesy, integrity, humility and self-control.
Gichin Funakoshi's karate books, the first published in 1922, are landmarks, for the development of this martial art in Okinawa was shrouded in secrecy, and almost no records of its early history, dating back more than a thousand years to the Shao-lin Temple in Hunan Province, China, exist. Karate-do Kyohan is a book that lives up to its title: it is in truth the master text for karate instruction at all levels and in all aspects of technique and character development.
 
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The Kids' Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists
by Didi Goodman
Paperback from Blue Snake Books
Media Published: 2009-
ISBN: 1583942335

The Kids' Karate Workbook is an engaging workbook meant to be used at home by young people who want to supplement their regular Karate or Taekwondo training. Drawing on the author's more than 20 years of experience teaching martial arts to children, the book offers a step-by-step curriculum that traces a typical journey from first-day beginner to intermediate-level student.
Along the way, kids learn about uniforms and etiquette; practice the most frequently used strikes, kicks, blocks, and forms; and unlock the basics of martial arts physics. The curriculum is highly interactive, inviting readers to answer questions and solve puzzles. It also highlights common mistakes to avoid, answers frequently asked questions, and points the way to a deeper understanding of martial arts. The easy-to-follow text is accompanied by 150 illustrations depicting the author's own students--real kids who are also serious martial artists. While written for youngsters, the book is equally useful for parents who want to assist in practicing at home, as well as instructors who teach children.
 
Best Karate, Vol.1: Comprehensive (Best Karate Series)
Best Karate, Vol.1: Comprehensive (Best Karate Series)
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 0870113178

All the basic points of karate arranged systematically for effective learning, step by step--the parts of the body used as natural weapons, the stances, how to block, how to attack, introduction to the kata and to kumite.
The fundamentals as presented in this volume, briefly but accurately, are the distillation of the author's forty-six years' experience in this art of self-defense. As well as setting forth the basic rules that must be put into practice when performing kata or applying techniques in kumite, this volume pinpoints the underlying physical and physiological principles of karate: source and concentration of power; stance, form, stability and technique; movement in all directions; basic and comprehensive aspects of training.
 
The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate
The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate
by Michael Clarke
Paperback from Ymaa Publication Center
ISBN: 159439136X

Hojo undo means 'supplemental training equipment' for traditional martial artists. This book comprehensively details how to construct and use the most popular martial arts training tools of Okinawa. The value of hojo undo is that the strength building exercises are linked to the motion of the fighting techniques of karate; this is the kind of information many practitioners need to have in order to make sense of where karate's devastating power comes from. This book details how to construct and use many training tools, provides accurate mechanical drawings, comprehensive training methods, and an historical context to understand why Hojo Undo was created in 'old' Okinawa.
 
The Essence of Karate
The Essence of Karate
by Gichin Funakoshi, Gisho Funakoshi
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770031181

Gichin Funakoshi is a legendary figure and the founder of Shotokan karate, the most popular style of Japanese karate, with millions of practitioners worldwide. In The Essence of Karate, Funakoshi creates, in his own words, a narrative of modern karate. He explains the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings and includes memories of his own training, as well as recollections of other karate masters and the history of the martial art. He also discusses the importance of winning without fighting, and the reason why many great martial artists improve with age.
The preface has been contributed by Hirokazu Kanazawa, President of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (and Funakoshi's disciple). He fondly writes of his memories of Gichin Funakoshi during his youth and what he learned from the master. In the afterword, the founder's great-nephew, Gisho Funakoshi, shares previously unknown personal anecdotes about his "Uncle Funakoshi."
 
Advanced Pressure Point Fighting of Ryukyu Kempo : Dillman Theory for All Systems
by George Dillman, Chris Thomas (Contributor)
(Paperback)
 
Best Karate: Bassai, Kanku
Best Karate: Bassai, Kanku
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha International
1980
 
Best Karate: Comprehensive
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha International
1977
 
Best Karate: Unsu, Sochin, Nijushiho (Best Karate, 10)
by Masatoshi Nakayama
The kata in this volume are at the advanced level and may be selected for examination above the grade of shodan. 
In Unsu, there are constant transformations, signified by the name meaning "Cloud Hands." All parts of the body are used as weapons, with feints and provocations leading to unique combination techniques and multi-directional kicks. 

Sochin is characterized by a certain solemnity and imperturbability. Using a very stable stance, muscular power is built up slowly in many movements, instantaneously in others, leading to a keen sense of timing for continuous attacks. 

Nijushiho offers training in the unique back-hand block (haishu uke). It requires integration of varying strengths and speed, and mastery can be seen in a smooth and unbroken flow of movements. 
Paperback from Kodansha International
1988

Best Karate: Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Chinte (Best Karate, 9)
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha International
1986

Best Karate: Jitte, Hangetsu, Empi (Best Karate, 7)
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha International
1981
 

Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 2: Basic Training
by Bruce Lee, Mitoshi Uyehara
Paperback from Black Belt Communications, Inc.
1988
 
'Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Volume 1: The Tekki Series
by Elmar T. Schmeisser
(Paperback)

A Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)
Listed under Martial Arts

Dynamic Karate: Instruction by the Master
by Masatoshi Nakayama
Paperback from Kodansha International
1987

A Goju Ryu Guidebook: The Kogen Kan Manual for Karate
by Michael Cogan
Spiral-bound from Trafford

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Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text
by Gichin Funakoshi, John Teramoto (Translator)
Paperback: ; Kodansha International
ISBN: 4770018916; Reprint edition (December )

Kyusho-Jitsu : The Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting
by George A. Dillman, Chris Thomas
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN: 0963199617; (June 1, 1993)
 

25 Shoto-Kan Kata
25 Shoto-Kan Kata
by Shojiro Sugiyama, et al
Shojiro Sugiyama is known by his colleagues as a maverick. He teaches traditional Karate in a very contemporary way. Even though he teaches traditional Karate, almost every one of his approaches to training are different than traditional methods. His intent is to make Karate easier to comprehend and learn. Amazon.com
Paperback: 350 pages
Shojiro Sugiyama; ISBN: 096690480X; 4th rev edition (January 1, 1984)
 
Kenpo Theory : "The Why"
by Lee Bachman
(Paperback)

Karate-Do Kyohan : The Master Text
by Gichin Funakoshi, Tsutomu Ohshima (Translator)
(Hardcover - May 1973)

Isshinryu Seiuchin Kata, Secrets Revealed
by Javier Martinez
(Paperback)

Kenpo Karate 101 : What the Beginner and the Black Belt Should Know
by Lee Wedlake Jr.
(Paperback)

Karate Jutsu : The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi
by Gichin Funakoshi, et al
(Hardcover)

Modern Taekwondo: The Official Training Manual
by Soon Man Lee, Gaetane Ricke
Listed under Tae Kwon Do

Moving Zen : One Man's Journey to the Heart of Karate
by C. W. Nicol, et al
(Hardcover)

Notes on Training
by Tsutomu Ohshima
Hardcover from Geriatric Educational

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Okinawan Karate, The Secret Art of Tuite
by Javier Martinez
(Paperback)
 

Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles, and Secret Techniques
by Mark Bishop
Paperback from Charles E Tuttle Co
 
Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do (Inside Kung-Fu Magazine Series, 3)
by John R. Little, Curtis F. Wong, Scott Shaw
Paperback from McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books

Wado Ryu Karate
by Hronori Otsuka
(Hardcover)

Secrets of Uechi Ryu Karate : And the Mysteries of Okinawa
by Alan Dollar, et al
(Paperback)
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Tang Soo Do
by Kang Uk Lee
This is the most complete reference guide to the Korean art of Tang Soo Do (Moo Duk Kwan) ever published. It covers the 19 forms from white belt to black belt (fourth dan master grade), explaining in step-by-step detail the various moves and techniques of each form. This guide also includes the complete lineage of the Moo Duk Kwan, which is the world's most popular style of Tang So Doo. The author, Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee, is the president and chief technical advisor of the international Tang Soo Do association. The Publisher.
Paperback: 256 pages
Unique Publications/CFW Enterprises; ISBN: 0865681708; Manual edition
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Konigun Ninjutsu Training Manual
by Bryce Dallas
(Paperback)
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Advanced Karate-Do : Concepts, Techniques, and Training Methods
by Elmar T. Schmeisser
(Paperback)
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