Complete Shotokan Karate by Robin L. Rielly

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  • Complete Shotokan Karate is actually two books in one: a thorough history of Japanese karate in Asia and the United States, and an instructional manual for students of the Shotokan method.


Binding Paperback
Publisher Tuttle
Country of Origin USA
Number of Pages 238
Pubilcation Date 1998
Condition New

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  • Shotokan Karate Book
  • by Robin L. Rielly
  • Part of series
  • Loads of photos
  • Great read

Complete Shotokan Karate Description

This text presents a history of Japanese karate in Asia and the West, and also provides instructions for students of Shotokan. Part One traces its roots from India, through China to Okinawa in Japan, and Part Two, illustrated with 600 photographs and 20 line drawings, includes instructions for Kumite (sparring drills), and nine Kata (forms), two of which - sochin and nijushiho - are rarely seen in English-language publications.


'On the back' of Complete Shotokan Karate

"I wholeheartedly recommend this book for those who wish to understand
Japanese karate, traditions, and culture." —Teruyuki Okazaki, International Shotokan Karate Federation

Complete Shotokan Karate is actually two books in one: a thorough history of Japanese karate in Asia and the United States, and an instructional manual for students of the Shotokan method.

Part One outlines the history of karate from its probable origins in India (or perhaps Greece), and its transmission from China through Okinawa to Japan. Relevant aspects of Japanese history and culture, such as the samurai ethos and Zen, are emphasized.

Part Two, profusely illustrated with over 600 clear black-and-white photographs and 20 line drawings, outlines instruction for kumite (sparring drills). Included are two-person drills such as the double-line drill and the circle drill, which give practice in facing multiple opponents. Descriptions of many of these drills are not found in other English-language books.
In addition, nine kata (forms) are presented, two of which, sochin and nijushiho, are rarely seen in print in English.

The two parts of this exhaustive book-the first historical and philosophical, the second practical-combine to form one of the most comprehensive presentations of Shotokan karate available in English. Complete Shotokan Karate is an essential resource for all those interested in Japanese karate.

Robin L. Rielly began training in the Japanese martial arts in 1959. He holds a sixth-degree black belt in Shotokan karate from the Japan Karate Association, and a second-degree black belt in Shin Kage-ryu jujutsu from the Kobukan School in Yokohama, Japan. A graduate of the Japan Karate Association Instructors Training Institute, he is qualified as an official instructor, examiner, and tournament judge. He is currently a member of the National Technical Committee for the International Shotokan Karate Federation, and serves as Chairman of the Technical Committee for the East Coast Shotokan Karate Association.


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