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'Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Volume 1: The Tekki Series

by Elmar T. Schmeisser

Buy the book: Elmar T. Schmeisser. 'Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Volume 1: The Tekki Series

Release Date: July, 2000

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Elmar T. Schmeisser. 'Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Volume 1: The Tekki Series

Thought provoking

An excellent example of the advantages of "reverse engineering" kata. The book leads you through linked, dynamic applications of the Tekki--something I have never seen done anywhere else. There are no wasted movements here, no "this is just for show and not a realistic feeling" explanations. Every movement is given a direct application, and one that is often ruthlessly violent. Although as an earlier review mentioned, perhaps these should not be seen as the end all and be all of Tekki applications (the author makes no claim they are), but they have certainly helped my kata practice take on a more focused and realistic attitude. If Schmeisser can pull off a book of similar quality with the Heians Shotokan practitioners will be in his debt for a long time.

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Revolutionary thoughts of kata bunkai

A must for every good shotokan karateka. The classic bunkai which is taught these days in most dojos suffers from "label disease". A block is a block and a punch a punch. With this (wrong) thinking, many sequences in kata can't be interpreted- they seem to have no immideate or practical use. Schmeisser goes a step further. Labels for individual techniques are discarded and the movements themselves are explored for alternative uses as to their effects. Punches can become throws, blocks can become strikes or joint locking techniques, and steps can become kicks or stamping attacks. "In all these analysis, there are a few basic principles that should be followed: Each movement must do something useful..", "..no opponent must be left in a condition to continue or resume an attack..". Suddenly with Schmeissers interpretation the whole kata makes sense. It is revolutionary and again so easy- you will wonder, that no one else has interpretated kata ever before like that. Shotokan is an ineffective martial art, compared to others? Everyone, who says that should read this book and reconsider his statement. Why not 5 stars? As I live in Germany (known for fantastic high quality publishing), I am used to very high standards. This book is published awful! The paper is bad, the pictures are with low resolution, the paperback is really made from paper :-). In Germany you will get for the same money a high quality hardcover. Nevertheless the content is superb and I don't regret my buy at all. I unconditionally recommend this book to every serious karateka and can't wait until Schmeisser releases the next book in mid 2001: "Bunkai: Secrets of Karate Kata Vol 2: Channan - The Heart of the Heians". Here you'll find a sample: ... ...

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