The Complete Kumite

Books worth the price of admittance.

Have you ever noticed how some books just seem to stand out from the rest?

One such book is entitled "The Complete Kumite - Karate Fighting Techniques" by Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa, who is himself a true legend within the world of Shotokan karate. The book is easy to read, and the photographs offer a clear visual reference for the wide range of techniques that are demonstrated. Each of which is a wonderful validation of the versatility, and practicality of basic Shotokan karate.

I had the opportunity many years ago to spend time on a course with Kancho Kanazawa and his son, Sensei Nobuaki Kanazawa when they both came to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the dojo I started at. Their one on one demonstration of some of the kumite drills, and other applications found in this book was most enlightening, and made for what can only be described as an unforgettable three days.

A common theme that can be found throughout this book is Kancho Kanazawa's reference to fighting spirit. The need for patience as a defender, and the need for total commitment as an attacker. Having the experience, the beliefs, and the tactics of a great Master all neatly presented in one book is no easy task, but this book does not disappoint.

So, no matter how many books you may already have on the subject of kumite, or for that matter on Shotokan karate, this is a must have book for any karate-ka who is seeking to improve their skill level.

Remember: “The difference between success and failure can often be measured in the blink of an eye”.