Bunkai of the Shôtôkan-Kata Up to Black Belt / Vol. 3

Shotokan Kata

Book 3
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Bunkai – the analysis and understanding of a technique or kata - is an integral part of karate.

The different kata applications shown in this book
are possible defense solutions, which will supplement or partially
reinforce the existing knowledge of the reader. However, they are not
the only way to interpret the kata.

The karateka, who wishes to gain more knowledge, will enrich his existing knowledge on the topic of Bunkai.


- 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:

"... The evolution of Karate from martial arts to a
legitimate sports discipline has led to its worldwide practice and
acceptance. At the same time, karate has been made somewhat "safer" by
this development. The classic discipline which, to an extent, served as a
survival technique, has now adapted to the new generations and their

However, much of the original information of
classical karate was preserved in the kata. The discussion of their
various applications gives us the opportunity to gain insights that will
enrich our karate-dô. ..."


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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 fifth 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 book and made its realization in the present professional form possible.

Fiore Tartaglia – 5th Dan Shôtôkan-Karate

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