Reviews - What do customers think about Masterclass Karate: Kicking Techniques?
A Good Overview On Traditional Japanese Karate Kicking Techniques May 26, 2008
Being the author of numerous books on the very same subject, I often wonder if I am perhaps too critical of other books written by different authors on the same subject. I am still not sure, so I will leave that critique up to you.
There is little doubt that the author is truly an accomplished martial artist and his technique, executed in the traditional Japanese style karate approach, is fairly close to flawless in the execution of the techniques he describes in this book. In this regard, it would be difficult to give him anything but a 5 star rating. However, this review is not about what the author can or cannot do, but a review of his ability to get the technical information across to the reader so that they can learn how to execute the kicking techniques described in this book. And with that in mind, the following is a review of this book and the material presented within.
The entire book follows the same format throughout to explain the kicks presented. The first page of each kicks introduction is devoted to explaining various nuances about the kick being demonstrated. This one page lead-in to each kick is full of good information even if it is a bit short for my liking. The author then demonstrates the appropriate kick with photographs and no accompanying text. This was a bit of a different approach and I am not really sure if I like it or not. I tend to lean towards the not liking it part as it is always nice to have text accompanying a photograph.
The next section is one I really liked and that has to do with common mistakes that are made when executing each particular kick. I have found this to be a very good way of teaching and a technique that I incorporate in my own books. The following sections cover different variations of the kick and although rather short, it is informative.
The author then follows this up with a brief section on various training exercises and then a pretty good section on various applications of each of the kicks presented. Now most of these applications are presented in a formal karate type atmosphere and application, but the underlying principles are sound and could be adapted to an actual self-defense situation. The primary kicks which were focused on in this book are as follows:
Overall I would rate this book a solid 4 stars and would recommend it as a good overview of traditional Japanese karate kicking techniques. I really would have liked to have seen a bit more descriptive text accompanying each technique demonstrated, although what was presented was done in a very good manner.
Shawn Kovacich Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.
Masterclass in every sense Dec 12, 2007
Shotokan Mastery by Richard AmosMichael Berger sensei's level is apparent in every page of this excellent book as he explains, and breaks down, each of the kicks utilized in Shotokan Karate. The text clearly illustrates that this was written by an obviously experienced instructor who knows what he is talking about and his commentary gives lucid depth to the photos, which are very well shot, and clear and easy to follow. I recommend this book to anyone doing karate or any other fighting art who wants to expand their knowledge.
You MUST buy this book! Oct 13, 2007
Masterclass Karate: Kicking Techniques by Shihan Michael Berger is a must have to complete any martial arts library. For those of you that do not know Shihan Michael Berger, he is one of the rare Americans who was classically trained at the best traditional karate institutions in Japan. A true master of the art, he has filled a gap in martial arts literature that has never been fully addressed -- that is a comprehensive book specifically and only about kicking techniques. This book does exactly what it intends to accomplish. It fills the gap with a well-researched, expertly compiled, and deeply thoughtout book on kicking techniques. If you want the real deal this book is it. Guaranteed not to dissapoint -- You MUST buy this book!
Mastering the fundamental essentials Oct 5, 2007
With Masterclass Karate: Kicking Techniques, Michael Berger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the art of kicking in karate-do training. Complete with numerous photos on almost every page, the book is an in-depth study of the major kicking techniques used in the traditional styles. The book is clear and well-organized. Each technique is broken down with descriptions, applications, common mistakes, and training exercises as well as offensive and defensive combinations. Mr. Berger has clearly put in the many hours, days and years of training it takes to become a true master of the art. Regardless of whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced practitioner you will find this book to be a valuable resource for enhancing your understanding of karate-do.
Devastating kicks explained in plain terms with lot's of photos Sep 27, 2007
Michael Berger has spent years living in Japan where he was trained by some of the greatest Japanese karate instructors in the world. He has the ability to explain in plain terms the science and the art of kicking techniques. This book also contains multiple photos on almost every page. Berger has dedicated much of his life to studying karate. His over 30 years of experience with traditional karate is all captured in this book. If these kicking techniques are practiced and executed in the clear manner that Berger demonstrates they will produce devastating results. Mixed martial arts fighters would be wise to seriously study and practice these kicks that integrate speed, shock and power to produce decisive fight ending results.