Shotokan Karate – Unravelling the Kata

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Title: Shotokan Karate – Unravelling the Kata
Author: Ashley Croft


Many of the kata performed today in Shotokan Karate were created centuries ago by the pioneering karate masters as a means of practising and remembering the myriad of basic techniques that made up their style. The kata are of vital significance as they provide a vehicle for understanding and developing skill in performing these techniques.

This clearly written and easily comprehensible book presents an important insight into the first six Shotokan Karate kata taught: Taikyoku Shodan, Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan and Heian Godan. It provides detailed instruction on each move , including its physical application against some of the more frequently used forms of attack.

Subjects covered are:

  • A detailed exploration of the history of karate, tracing its roots back to China’s Shaolin Temple.
  • An introduction to the contributions of the pioneering masters who helped shape karate and the kata.
  • A description of many of the secret pressure points and their locations.
  • An analysis of the kata in which each one is broken down and depicted pictorially, and also described in detail so that the moves can be fully understood.
  • A description of at least one kata bunkai [application] for every move in the six kata.