- At-a-glance overview of all kata
- Supplementary explanations of difficult sections of kata
- Explanations of Japanese terms through graphics
- Additional detail drawings for difficult applications
- Concise drawings with all details
From the contents:
"... In the Shotokan kata, the style-typical techniques are repeated from the first to the last kata, again and again. This is the right way to do it since, as we all know, one cannot practice enough if one wishes to master a technique completely. For this reason there are many techniques in this book that have already been presented in the third volume, in different interpretations. But now those at higher levels are addressed, and one can and must require more. This is why some applications will differ from the kata techniques somewhat more than before. The advantage is that additional applications are presented. The dan holder, having experience in karate, will have no problem implementing the complex Bunkai techniques or expanding them with his own perceptions. ..."
About the author
Fiore Tartaglia was born in 1958 in Eboli, South-Italy. He started practising karate at the age of sixteen years and passed his blackbelt test in 1979 in Sicily. Shortly after he founded a Jûdô and Karate dôjô with two friends.
In 1980 he moved to Germany and continued his training at the Karate dôjô Nippon in Göppingen. Tartaglia later moved to Karate dôjô Dôkan, Eislingen, where he continues to train. At the same time he runs a karate school (www.taikikan.de) together with a friend. Today he wears the sixth dan and is a B-level examiner for the German Karate Federation (DKV).
Since 1982 he has worked as a professional graphic designer in Germany and, since 1985, in his own advertising agency in Göppingen. The designer-karateka combination galvanized the impulse for writing this books and made its realization in the present professional form possible.
Fiore Tartaglia – 6th Dan Shôtôkan-Karate