The manual shows clear diagrams and deliberately
avoids too many details. It is intended as a reference for the karateka
to look up forgotten kata sequences and techniques.
Occasionally, one or the other question comes up during training:
• When is the Kiai required?
• Is the kick performed Jôdan or Chûdan?
• Is the Sanbon principle applicable for the combination?
• Fast or slow execution of moves?
The manual answers all of those questions quickly
by providing easy-to-understand diagrams for immediate application
Note the special feature concerning Ten no Kata:
The kata developed by Funakoshi is illustrated with clear diagrams and
is therefore easy to understand.
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