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Hirokazu Kanazawa – Black Belt Karate.

black-belt-karate-kanazawa-h-boekHirokazu Kanazawa is the most respected figure in the karate world today, and a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and the founder of the Shotokan school. Kanazawa founded the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in 1979, after gaining his impressive reputation in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and Europe as an official trainer for the Japan Karate Association.. The Shotokan Karate-do International Federation now has branches in more than 90 countries throughout the world, including the United States. In Black Belt Karate, this preeminent figure in the karate world offers a systematic approach to basic karate. Karate is a martial art that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can be undertaken at any time during a person’s life. The training system employed in karate is comprised of three main areas: kihon (basics), kumite (sparring) and kata (forms). Here, using meticulously detailed explanations and illustrative photos, Kanazawa offers an intensive self-study training course designed to be accessible to beginners, as well as to those who are already at an intermediate level. If practiced continuously and diligently over the course of a year, the practitioner will be able attain black-belt-level proficiency.Hirokazu Kanazawa is the President of the Shotokan-do Karate International Federation. He carries on the spirit and techniques of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshi. Born in 1931 in Iwate prefecture, Japan, he began practicing karate as a student as Takushoku University, during which time he won many karate competitions. After graduation, he became a trainer for the Japan Karate Association. His long career as an instructor began when he was invited to Hawaii in 1960.Foreword by Masatoshi Nakayama • Preface KARATE: The Fundamentals Using the Hands and Feet (1. Hands and arms, 2. Feet and legs) • Stances • Breathing Techniques for Karate • Breathing routine following each series of techniques • Mukus

Hirokazu Kanazawa – Fighting Techniques.

karate-fighting-techniques-kanazawa-h-boekHirokazu Kanazawa is the most renowned karate master in the world today, and a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of the Shotokan school. Having earned his impressive reputation in Hawaii, the mainland United States, and Europe as an official trainer for the Japan Karate Association, Kanazawa founded Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in 1979. This association now has branches in more than 90 countries throughout the world. This book is Kanazawa’s first complete guide to kumite, or sparring. The karate training process comprises four areas: basics, kata (forms prearranged movements and techniques), kumite, and competition. Kumite – ”the art of grappling with opponents,” as it might be called – is the application of kata, and is the key to success in karate tournaments. Karate Fighting Techniques teaches all the various kumite techniques, and presents a systematic approach to applied kumite that is designed to provide essential information for match-style kumite and tournament kumite. The author also writes with great affection of his experiences with Master Gichin Funakoshi, and offers some insight into the true spirit and teachings of Shotokan karate. With 700 photos of the author, his students, and some rare photos of the late Gichin Funakoshi and his famous disciple Masatoshi Nakayama (author of the popular Best Karate series), Karate Fighting Techniques is the first book of its kind to provide such a comprehensive guide to kumite and its role in Shotokan karate.LESSONS FROM THE MASTER • KUMITE • REI • ‘OSS’ • REI AND SAH

Hirokazu Kanazawa – The Complete Kata.

karate-kata-kanazawa-h-boekWith Karate: The Complete Kata, Hirokazu Kanazawa, the foremost figure in the karate world today and a disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate, offers the definitive work on the subject. Kanazawa explains all the key kata in great detail. Thousands of dynamic photos accompany the author’s explanations, making this the most extensive compendium of karate’s various kata in English. He also goes into some of the other more difficult aspects of karate, including steps, breathing techniques, and pressure points. Kata need to be practiced regularly on an individual basis, and this book is written with such training in mind. From the beginner to the most advanced practitioner, anyone interested in this revered martial art will want to add Kanazawa’s book to his or her library. Hirokazu Kanazawa, president of Shotokan Karate-do International Federation, carries on the spirit and techniques of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshi. Born in 1931 in Iwate prefecture, Japan, Mr. Kanazawa began practicing karate as a student at Takushoku University and, after graduation, became an instructor for the Japan Karate Association. He has earned many titles in competition, winning first place in kumite at the first Japan Karate Championship in 1957, and taking top honors in both kumite and kata the following year at the second Japan Karate Championship. His long career as a chief instructor dates back to 1960, when he was invited to teach in Hawaii. He has also taught elsewhere in the United States and throughout Europe. In 1979, he founded Shotokan Karate-do International Federation, which now has branches in over 100 countries. Mr. Kanazawa is the author of Karate Fighting Techniques, Black Belt Karate, Karate–My Life and several books in Japanese on karate. Foreword HEIAN (PINAN) • Heian Shodan • Heian Nidan • Heian Sandan • Heian Yondan • Heian Godan • Tekki Shodan • Tekki Nidan • Tekki Sandan • Bassai Dai • Bassai Sho • Kanku Dai • Kanku Sho • Jion • Jiin • Empi • Jitte • Hangetsu (Seishan) • Gankaku (Chinto) • Chinte • Sochin • Meikyo (Rohai) • Nijushiho • Unsu • Wankan • Gojushiho Dai • Gojushiho Sho • Koryu Gankaku (Gankaku Sho) Glossary of Japanese Karate Terms