More than mere words
I recently returned from the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association's World Championship tournament in Las Vegas, and while I was there I had the good fortune to came across an excellent book that was being sold at one of the many booths that had been set up.
The book was entitled "The Shotokan-Karate Dictionary" and it was written by a German karate-ka by the name of Schlatt, who was himself a student of Fujinaga Yasuyuki Sensei, 5th Dan, Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association of Austria.
Now having been a student of karate for the past twenty-nine years I am very familiar with a wide range of Japanese terminology, especially as it pertains to karate. This book however, has greatly broadened my horizons and I recommend it highly to Shotokan karate-ka of all ranks.
The book is well laid out, easy to read, but best of all it contains the proper wording in Japanese, English, and kanji for all of the described basic techniques, combinations, and kata, as well as featuring an accompanying photograph depicting exactly what is being described.
From cover to cover this book delivers on it's promise of being a dictionary of Shotokan Karate terminology.
Nicely bound and printed on good quality glossy paper this book will no doubt stand the test of time in more ways than one.
A true "must have" for any serious karate-ka.
Quality is easily promised, but often as not,
seldom delivered.
Part the clouds - see the way.
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay