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Masatoshi Nakayama

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Japan Karate Association
Official Shotokan Kata Video Series - in English

Presented by Masatoshi Nakayama of the JKA with instructors Osaka, Imura, Yahara, and Tanaka.

 

Video Series Review

JKA Kata Video Series

One thing that set the Japan Karate Association part from all other major organizations was their desire to publish material on their style. As a fairly small organization in Japan, they realized that to succeed overseas they needed to make technical information available in English. So it was from the JKA that the first, and best karate books came, notable among them Dynamic Karate by Nakayama and Karate Art of Empty Hand Fighting by Nishiyama and Brown.

Whereas the JKA built a veritable library of publications, Wado Ryu, although much bigger that its rival, neglected foreign language publications completely and paid the price in lost students and diminished influence overseas. The only serious book on Wado Ryu in English came from Tatsuo Suzuki the U.K. based instructor, but it was an unremarkable and rather confusing volume that did not enjoy wide success.

At the height of their influence and power the JKA, in conjunction with Kodansha International, published the Best Karate series of eleven instructional volumes, written by chief instructor Masatoshi Nakayama, and featuring the most senior instructors of the organization. This series first attempt to standardize the JKA version of Shotokan techniques and kata of kata, once an art dependent largely upon the views of the adjudicator present, became a science based on manuals. Do it the JKA way and you won; deviate from Best Karate and you were penalized.

Encouraged by its success the JKA launched itself on an even more ambitious project, the production of a video series that would create a living record of JKA kata for posterity. Under the personal supervision of Masatoshi Nakayama, the star instructors of JKA headquarters performed the kata at which they were most expert while professional cameramen captured every detail and nuance of the movement. To make it a truly international series, a high quality English language sound track was added to each video.

Sadly, before the series could be finished, Masatoshi Nakayama died in 1987 at the age of 74 years. Two remaining videos, Sochin and Unsu were recorded by instructors Osaka and Yahara respectively to finish the project.

The JKA did, with the completion of Sochin and Unsu, finally achieve its aim. The JKA kata video series is professionally filmed and produced, powerfully performed, and easy to follow. No amount of effort was spared to make it the best of its type, and it does provide an excellent record of the work of the JKA. It is also clear from the quality of the performers' technique that they had all trained exceptionally hard for this series, andeach of them turns in the performance of a lifetime.

Due to a variety of problems, notably an original Japanese retail price of $180 per video, the JKA Kata video series was not released in the U.S. until earlier this year. They are now duplicated under license in the United States, cost $39.95 per video, or less, and are available from the sole U.S. distributor, Dragon Associates Inc. 1 800 717 6288

Japan Karate Assn. Official video series supervised by Chief Instructor Masatoshi Nakayama. Please see page 25 of this edition of Dragon Times for further details.

Please Note If you bought a copy of any one of these videos, particularly Sochin and Unsu in the U.S. prior to the Spring of 1997 you might have been the victim of a video pirate. If the picture quality is less than perfect, and the sound track is in Japanese or missing altogether, it's probably an illegal copy and you should return it and ask for your money back!

 

“Not simply a way of learning Shotokan karate, but the ultimate reference against which one's progress should be measured. A professionally produced series of video tapes that will serve as an infallible guide to the manner in the techniques should be performed.”

—David Hooper, Ph.D. JKA, Tokyo, Japan

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#10 & 11, 20 minutes, $34.95
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Japan Karate Association
Official Shotokan Kata Video Series
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Heian 1,2,3

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Jitte

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Hangetsu

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Enpi

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Volume 9
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Jion

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Sochin

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