Shôtôkan-Kata Up to Black Belt / Vol. 1

Shotokan Kata

Book 1
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Who has not been through this? You learn a kata,
you practice it a few times, and then put it aside. And so it often
happens that, in the middle of performing the kata, the karateka is not
sure of the sequence and no longer knows how to continue the kata. ”If
only I could find some place to look it up,” he thinks, ”I’d soon master
the whole sequence.” This book is meant to be that desired reference

- Illustrated presentations of all techniques from three different perspectives

- Clear and detailed graphics

- At-a-glance overview of all kata

- Supplementary explanations of difficult sections of kata

- Explanations of Japanese terms through graphics


Taikyoku shodan, Heian shodan, Heian nidan, Heian
sandan, Heian yondan, Heian godan, Tekki shodan, Bassai dai, Jion, Kankû
dai, Empi, Hangetsu.

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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 ( 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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Aug 1, 2012
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The fourth volume of this kata series expands and amplifies the broad spectrum of Bunkai – the analysis and comprehension of a technique or kata – the karate style Shotokan. The main theme of this book is the master kata. The applications presented here, strictly adhering to the kata sequences, offer the reader the possibility to attain exact and comprehensive interpretations of the complex higher-level kata. The book, on a didactic basis, supports the reader by providing tips for tactics, principles and additional applications. 

 - 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.  ..."

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