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Black Belt Karate: The Intensive Course [Hardcover]

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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

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.75" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   1.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 23, 2006
Publisher   Kodansha America
ISBN  4770027753  
ISBN13  9784770027757  

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More About Hirokazu Kanazawa

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! HIROKAZU KANAZAWA, president of Shotokan Karate-do International Federation, carries on the spirit and techniques of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshi. Born in 1931 in Iwate prefecture, Japan, Mr. Kanazawa began practicing karate as a student at Takushoku University and, after graduation, became an
instructor for the Japan Karate Association. He has earned many titles in competition, winning first place in kumite at the first Japan Karate Championship in 1957, and taking top honors in both kumite and kata the following year at the second Japan Karate Championship. His long career as a chief
instructor dates back to 1960, when he was invited to teach in Hawaii. He has also taught elsewhere in the United States and throughout Europe. In 1979, he founded Shotokan Karate-do International Federation, which now has branches in over 90 countries. Mr. Kanazawa is the author of Karate-My Life
and several books in Japanese on karate.
RICHARD BERGER was born in Rochester, New York, in 1963 and began training in Shotokan karate in 1982 while attending university in Southern California. He moved to Tokyo in 1990 and has been training at SKIF headquarters since 1993.

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Good, but not the same as a school  Aug 14, 2008
In east Asian martial arts circles it has long been known that some people have a "genius" for martial arts. People who can interpret and learn book information, and apply it well against untrained or poorly trained opponents. Thing is, against properly trained opponents it is also known, they were almost always defeated. In east Asia, martial arts manuals have historically been used to preserve knowledge, more than anything else.

It is not impossible to learn martial arts from a book; some people are intelligent, and some just have way too much time on their hands, so it isn't impossible. However, constantly using applications against flesh and blood human beings is the only way to sharpen skill. I took the time to eye this book at a book store not far from here, and as far as the basics are concerned this work is pretty complete. I have taken Karate before, and, there were training methods in this book some of which I had never even heard of. Then again I did Goju Ryu, not Shotokan.

Case in point though; it is not impossible, but since statistically speaking, and even by east Asian tradition, martial arts geniuses are only one in a million, it is better to learn from a school, or, to pick up a book title if you have already studied Karate before under formal instruction. Myself personally I study Katas as an "emergency" measure before I can find a school again. However, a word of warning, it would have been impossible for me to understand ANY of the Kata manual I own, if it hadn't been for the instruction I received prior to the fact, that is me owning the text. If you are one of those people whose school closed down, who has taken Karate before, and wants to continue by all means use manuals. If you have studied the art before then manuals are easy to understand; pugilism is not the same as grappling, in all things pugilistic, you can easily learn proper form from manuals if you train hard enough.

However for people who have never had a formal class, or even made it as far as yellow belt, this book is not for you. Myself I was about to test for green before the place I studied at closed. If you're like me, then by all means; get this primer. It is easily the most comprehensive work on basics made, the one problem being it lacks crucial movement arrows, hence the reason why you need instruction prior to owning this and hope you have a good memory. If you want a "complete" self taught training course you will need to purchase this book in conjunction with Sugiyama's work "25 Shotokan Kata," which I will say, is excellent.

However, sooner or later, you will have to sharpen your skills with a flesh and blood human being, and because Karate is not completely pugilistic in nature, you will need a well trained instructor to teach you the grappling techniques. The truth is the Shotokan style actually has almost as many grappling techniques as the likes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, only, the emphasis is defense against strikes, tripping, locking, and almost all of it is "stand up." Indeed, skillful Karateka have, in the past, outgrappled Judoka and Catch Wrestlers; that is how comprehensive the stand up grappling training in Karate can be. However, genius or no, while I disagree if its with regards to the pugilistic nature of Karate, regarding the grappling moves I agree 100%; it is impossible, genius or no, to learn grappling from a book. And Karate, has quite an extensive library of throws, locks, trips and escapes. The Shotokan style, has some from Judo, some from Shaolin Chin Na, and some from indigenous wrestling forms of Okinawa. That much grappling, even if its only "stand up," you can not learn from a book.

However this title should be in the shelves of all instructors, students, or people whose schools closed on them. Good luck.
Nice Prestige Hardback Karate Text  Apr 16, 2008
Hirokazu Kanazawa's "Black Belt Karate" is a nice text, hardbound, with a strong binding. It really is a prestige format karate book. This is the type of book one purchases to read and add to their library. On this level, the book works well. Much like his "Karate Fighting Techniques" book, Kanazawa discusses certain ideas and concepts. He touches on how karate training fosters strong people who act mercifully, courageous, and who seek justice. He speaks briefly about certain techniques to give a karateka an edge in sparring or training or just in life in general.

The book really is a primer. In this case, it may seem over priced to someone just wanting to learn the basics. Basic striking points and targets are shown and briefly discussed. Stances, kicks, and punches taught as well as one-five sparring and kata. The photos are of a high quality and the layout of the book easy to read.

As a primer, however, there are cheaper alternatives and as a prestige martial arts primer there is a better version also. For a good paperback primer on karate, I suggest "Winning Karate" by Joe Jennings or the "Sabaki Method" by Ninomiya. The "Sabaki Method" is actually a great book for novice and advance practitioners. For a real nice prestige hardbound alternative or addition karate primer, "Karate: Technique and Spirit" by Nakamara. All in all, this is a nice addition to one's library, and if one is a Shotokan artist (I'm not), I imagine this is a must have.
A great book from a great master  Mar 28, 2008
From my point of view, Mr. Kanazawa is the greatest karate master alive. I never had the chance to see him "live" on a training course, but lots of video tapes fell into my hand throughout the years. As I love books, I always wanted to read his work, so I've chosen this one to start with. It was not a surprise for me that the book is as good as its author, professionally written and illustrated, in a high quality print.

Very Good Book  Feb 8, 2008
It is a very well written book with many pictures showing you proper technique. You won't become a black belt, but if you want to take a class you won't be completely lost with exercises, names of each position and general knowledge.
Kanazawa kancho the best master of shotokan  Jan 29, 2008
Buy this book, read it and you will understand what are the roots of karate, this book help beginners and advanced pratiquants, thank you Hirokazu, you are the best master.


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