Annotated Shotokan Karate Bibliography

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Annotated Shotokan Karate Bibliography:

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Best Karate Series: 1. Comprehensive Title: Best Karate Series: 1. Comprehensive
ISBN: 0-87011-317-8
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Author: Masatoshi Nakayama
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: Currently the key Shotokan karate-do technical reference. The author was the Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association, and was Gichin Funakoshi's successor as head of that organization. Volumes 1 - 4 cover basics, volumes 5 - 6 kata, and volumes 9 - 11 advanced kata. Volume 5 ("Heian, Tekki") contains all kata below brown belt level.
Best Karate Series: 2. Fundamentals Title: Best Karate Series: 2. Fundamentals
ISBN: 0-87011-324-0
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Best Karate Series: 3. Kumite I Title: Best Karate Series: 3. Kumite I
ISBN: 0-87011-332-1
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Best Karate Series: 4. Kumite II Title: Best Karate Series: 4. Kumite II
ISBN: 0-87011-359-3
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Best Karate Series: 5. Heian, Tekki Title: Best Karate Series: 5. Heian, Tekki
ISBN: 0-87011-379-8
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Best Karate Series: 6. Bassai, Kanku Dai Title: Best Karate Series: 6. Bassai, Kanku Dai
ISBN: 0-87011-383-6
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Title: Best Karate Series: 7: Jitte, Hangetsu, Empi
ISBN: 0-87011-390-9
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Best Karate Series: 8: Gankaku, Jion Title: Best Karate Series: 8: Gankaku, Jion
ISBN: 0-87011-402-6
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Best Karate Series: 9: Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Chinte Title: Best Karate Series: 9: Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Chinte
ISBN: 0-87011-680-0
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Best Karate Series: 10: Unsu, Sochin, Nijushiho Title: Best Karate Series: 10: Unsu, Sochin, Nijushiho
ISBN: 0-87011-734-3
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Best Karate Series: 11: Gojushijo Dai, Gojushiho Sho, Meikyo Title: Best Karate Series: 11: Gojushijo Dai, Gojushiho Sho, Meikyo
ISBN: 0-87011-758-0
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Dynamic Karate Title: Dynamic Karate
ISBN: 0-87011-788-2 (paperback)
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Author: Masatoshi Nakayama
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: An earlier technical reference supplanted by the author's "Best Karate" series. Kata were covered in "Karate Kata" series.
Dynamic Karate Title: Dynamic Karate
ISBN: 0-87011-037-3 (hardcover)
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Karate-do My Way of Life Title: Karate-do My Way of Life
ISBN: 0-87011-463-8 (paperback)
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Author: Gichin Funakoshi
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: The autobiography of the founder of Shotokan karate-do.
Karate-do My Way of Life Title: Karate-do My Way of Life
ISBN: 0-87011-241-4 (hardcover)
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Karate-do Kyohan Title: Karate-do Kyohan
ISBN: 0-87011-190-6 (hardcover)
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Author: Gichin Funakoshi
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: The original master text for Shotokan karate-do by Gichin Funakoshi.





Karate-do Nyumon Title: Karate-do Nyumon
ISBN: 4-77001-891-6 (paperback)
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Author: Gichin Funakoshi
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: Articles on various aspects of karate by Gichin Funakoshi.
Karate-do Nyumon Title: Karate-do Nyumon
ISBN: 0-87011-819-6 (hardcover)
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Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 1 (Bassai-Dai,
Kanku-Dai, Jion, Empi, Hangetsu) Title: Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 1 (Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Jion, Empi, Hangetsu)
ISBN: 0-946062-03-X
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Author: Keinosuke Enoeda
Publisher: Dragon Books
Comment: By the former All-Japan Champion. Volume 2 includes Jiin, which is not covered in the "Best Karate" series at this time.
Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 2 (Bassai-Sho,
Kanku-Sho, Jiin, Gankaku, Sochin) Title: Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 2 (Bassai-Sho, Kanku-Sho, Jiin, Gankaku, Sochin)
ISBN: 0-946062-04-8
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Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 3 (Tekki-Nidan,
Tekki-Sandan (2 versions), Nijushiho, Gojushiho-Dai, Gojushiho-Sho) Title: Shotokan Advanced Kata Volume 3 (Tekki-Nidan, Tekki-Sandan (2 versions), Nijushiho, Gojushiho-Dai, Gojushiho-Sho)
ISBN: 0-946062-05-6
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Karate the Art of 'Empty Hand' Fighting Title: Karate the Art of "Empty Hand" Fighting
ISBN: 0-8048-1668-9
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Author: Hidetaka Nishiyama and Richard C. Brown
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Company
Comment: Hidetaka Nishiyama is the Chief of the Instruction Committee of the Japan Karate Association. Comprehensive except for kata.





Stretching Title: Stretching
ISBN: 0-394-73874-8 (Random House)
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Author: Bob Anderson
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Distributor: Random House
Comment: First widely distributed book on stretching. Includes a routine for martial arts.





Three Budo Masters Title: Three Budo Masters
ISBN: 4-7700-1852-5
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Author: John Stevens
Publisher: Kodansha International
Comment: Biographys of Jigoro Kano (Judo), Gichin Funakoshi (Karate) and Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido). Interesting comparison of these masters.





Practical Karate: Book 1 Fundamentals Title: Practical Karate: Book 1 Fundamentals
ISBN: 0-8048-0481-8
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Author: Masatoshi Nakayama, Donn F. Draeger
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Company
Comment: Self defense applications of karate by the Chief Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association and a well known martial arts practitioner. Originally published in the 1960s, this may be rereleased.
Practical Karate: Book II Against The Unarmed
Assailant Title: Practical Karate: Book II Against The Unarmed Assailant
ISBN: 0-8048-0482-6
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Practical Karate: Book III Against Multiple Unarmed
Assailants Title: Practical Karate: Book III Against Multiple Unarmed Assailants
ISBN: 0-8048-0483-4
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Practical Karate: Book IV Against Armed Assailants Title: Practical Karate: Book IV Against Armed Assailants
ISBN: 0-8048-0484-2
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Practical Karate: Book V For Women Title: Practical Karate: Book V For Women
ISBN: 0-8048-0485-0
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Practical Karate: Book VI In Special Situations Title: Practical Karate: Book VI In Special Situations
ISBN: 0-8048-0486-9
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Karate Kata: Heian 1, Tekki 1 Title: Karate Kata: Heian 1, Tekki 1
ISBN: 0-87011-105-1
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Author: Masatoshi Nakayama
Publisher: Kodansha International
Distributor: Harper & Row
Comment: An earlier technical reference supplanted by the author's "Best Karate" series. Basics were covered in "Dynamic Karate". Although supplanted, contains much more detailed look at basic kata. I believe this title is currently out of print (but check around).
Karate Kata: Heian 2, Heian 3 Title: Karate Kata: Heian 2, Heian 3
ISBN: 0-87011-129-9
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Karate Kata: Heian 4 Title: Karate Kata: Heian 4
ISBN: 0-87011-097-7
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Karate Kata: Heian 5 Title: Karate Kata: Heian 5
ISBN: 0-87011-078-0
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Karate Kata: Tekki 2, Tekki 3 Title: Karate Kata: Tekki 2, Tekki 3
ISBN: 0-87011-144-2
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