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Martial Arts Collection


Section four


Japanese Karate

Japanese Karate - vol. I
Shindo Jinen Ryu
by Takehiro Konishi & Kiyoshi Yamazaki


Part one of this two part series contains information on, and images of, the most famous of the karate pioneers. Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, Choki Motobu, etc. The technical section contains demonstrations of Passai Dai, Naihanchi and the Tai Sabaki Kata Ippon, Nihon and Sanbon with applications.

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Japanese Karate - vol. II
Shotokan & Ryobukai
by Takehiro Konishi & Kiyoshi Yamazaki


Part 2 charts in tremendous detail the chronolgy of the Ryobukai and Shotokan schools during the 1920s and 1930, supporting a mass of historic images with demonstrations by famous masters. Includes Bogyo Rokkyodo, Hijiate Roppo, Tegatana, as well as the kata; Seiryu, Rohai, Jitte, and Shushi no Kon.

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Wado Ryu Karate - vol. I
by Hironori Otsuka & Yoshiaki Ajari


This program incorporates fantastic archival color film of the founder of Wado Ryu Karate, Hironori Otsuka, performing; basic techniques, Pinan Katas 1-5: Kushanku, Naihanchi and Seishan, as well as Kihon Gumite 1-5 with Ajari Sensei. Includes an excellent history of the style with over 50 contemporary photos.

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Wado Ryu Karate - vol. II
by Hironori Otsuka & Yoshiaki Ajari


An outstanding program by Yoshiaki Ajari, 8th dan, that includes excellent quality footage of the founder of Wado Ryu Karate performing the kata: Chinto, Niseishi, Rohai, Wanshu, and Jitte. Professionally filmed in 1965 but not released before, this is the very best technical record that exists of the Wado Ryu school.
Also includes a comprehensive instructional treatment of the concepts of Noru, Inasu and Nagasu (unique to Wado Ryu), and a History of the Development of Wado Ryu outside Japan. 

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The Island of Budo - Shito Ryu Karate
by Kenzo Mabuni


A masterful and comprehensive treatment of one of the most widespread styles of karate by the son of its founder, Kenzo Mabuni. In addition to the basic techniques it includes: the five principles of defense (Uke no Go Gensoku), the eight directional responses (Tenshin Happo), the five elbow striking methods, ( Hiji Ate Goho), application (Hokei Kumite) and kata Bassai Dai, Shinsei, Chintei, Seipai, Juroku, Shinokosokun, Rohai, Tensho and Seyunchin. 

The excellent historical section, excusive interview with the son of the founder of Shito Ryu, and the demonstrations by Teruo Hayashi transform this acknowledged technical masterpiece by Kenzo Mabuni and Hideharu Igaki into a rich educational experience! 

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Shotokan Karate - Advanced Methods
A seminar with Harry Cook Volume 1
The Applications of Shotokan Kata part 1


Best known as karate's premier historian due to his landmark book, Shotokan Karate A Precise History, Harry Cook is also a superb instructor whose services are in great demand throughout the karate world. This first part of his four part series shows precisely why.The historical research for which he is famous, has led Harry back to the true meaning of the kata applications. His findings, which may initially seem shocking to some, are the answers to many of the most frequently asked questions by beginner and dan grade alike, and the key to truly effective karate.

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Shotokan Karate - Advanced Methods
A seminar with Harry Cook Volume 2
The Applications of Shotokan Kata part 2


“Sport or competition karate was the vehicle that was used to spread karate both in Japan and the rest of the world. The Japanese universities and later the big karate associations placed tremendous importance in sporting victory and so training methods, especially in kata, became influenced by the needs of competition. As a result, the quality of a kata and the skill level of a karateka performing a kata, was and still is judged by the external physical performance of his techniques, like floor gymnastics. The real skill, which lies in his ability to apply the techniques of a kata in a fight was downplayed or ignored. While this may be acceptable for those who are actively involved in tournaments, it is of little value to those who begin training in karate to learn defensive skills.”
— Harry Cook


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Shotokan Karate - Advanced Methods
A seminar with Harry Cook Volume 3
Training With Equipment part 1



“I start from the position that a martial art is for fighting and/or self defence, so the techniques must have some combat function, that is they are not fundamentally for exercise or physical training, that is the purpose of hojo undo, stretching etc. Miyamoto Musashi said in his book Gorin No Sho: ‘The true Way of sword fencing is the craft of defeating an enemy in a fight, and nothing other than this.’ I think that this is true and so it is necessary to develop training methods which develop skills directly applicable to fighting a strong, determined aggressor.” — Harry Cook

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Shotokan Karate - Advanced Methods
A seminar with Harry Cook Volume 4
Training With Equipment part 2

“On the physical level a karateka needs to maximise his strength, speed and flexibility. In order to do this hard work is necessary. It is also important to be able to suffer to some degree without complaint. Carl Jung, in his work The Development of the Personality observed, ‘There is no coming to consciousness without pain,’ and I think that is certainly true about the martial arts.
“Mentally I feel you need to develop and maintain an open enquiring mind, what the Zen people refer to as shoshin or beginner’s mind. Shunryu Suzuki said: ‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.’ Karate should be the art of the open mind as well
as the art of the empty hand.” — Harry Cook

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