Karate is a Japanese word meaning open hand. Although most people think of karate as a means of combat it is much more than that. Karate students are taught dedication, discipline and how to have a positive attitude. The basics of karate include numerous physical poses, stances, kicks, punches, blows, etc., often accompanied by certain breathing techniques. Students climb in rank as they become more skilled, knowledgeable and efficient. Strength of mind and body is developed and a belt ranking shows the students abilities. White is the lowest belt a student can have, and black is the highest. Black belts are then divided by degrees, such as a Black Belt 1st degree, Black Belt 2nd degree, etc.
The Best Karate Book Series
Systematic arrangements of the basic points of karate make for effective learning in this 11 volume series! Everything from stances to blocks to information on how to attack! Includes kata and kumite information also. You will appreciate the wealth of knowledge that this series provides!
Author M. Nakayama
According to the Best Karate Book Series book , Masatoshi Nakayama, also known as M. Nakayama carries on the tradition of his teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, the Father of Modern Karate. Nakayama was the chief instructor of the Japan Karate Association from 1955 until his death in 1987. A ninth degree black belt and a regular at tournaments, he was one of the first instructors that began sending students to teach overseas. This series is a must for anyone serious about the art of karate!