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The Complete Kumite.

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. He is a true legend within the world of Shotokan. The book is easy to read, and the photographs offer a clear visual for the wide range of techniques that are demonstrated. Each of which is a wonderful validation of the versatility, and practicality of Shotokan karate.

I had the opportunity many years ago to spend time on a course with Kancho Kanazawa, and his son, Sensei Nobuaki Kanazawa. They had come to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the dojo that I started at. Their one on one demonstration of some of the kumite drills, and other applications found in this book, was most enlightening. It 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 experiences, the beliefs, and the tactics of such a great Master all neatly presented in one book is no easy task, and this book does not disappoint.

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