The martial art of karate can also be practiced by anyone, irrespective of age or gender, and can also be undertaken at any time throughout a person’s life. Embraced by people internationally, this traditional Japanese art continues to hold universal appeal. A few of the most important aspects of karate practice are the kata, patterns of movement that are carefully choreographed and arranged in sequences.
With Karate: The Complete Kata, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the foremost figure in the karate world today and a disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate, offers the definitive work on the subject. Kanazawa explains all of the key kata in great detail; and his text is accompanied by thousands of photographs. He also goes into probably the most other more difficult aspects of karate, including steps, breathing techniques, and pressure points. Kata wish to be practiced steadily on an individual basis, and this book is written with such training in mind. From the beginner to the most advanced practitioner, anyone interested in this revered martial art will need to add Kanazawa’s book to his or her library.