Recommended reading for the martial arts. This is my personal library list. I practice Okinawan Te or "Ryukyu Ti." My system is derived from two others, one being the main influence of Shorin-ryu and the second Goju-ryu. The branch under Shorin-ryu is Isshin-ryu as developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

I wanted to create a library reference blog where I can provide a listing of the books I have in my library, present and past (past in that some have been lost in transit over the years). I will provide a graphic, if available, a short description, if available, and the bibliography. When possible a link to Amazon will be provided.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Way of Kata

Kane, Lawrence A. and Wilder, Chris. "The Way of Kata: A Comprehensive Guide for Deciphering Martial Applications." YMAA. New York. 2005.

Review: My first book on kata and what an eye opener. I had read things in the past and had arrived at my own conclusions but this book put many labels and idea's on what I knew and most importantly what I did not know. The gap between the two was not balanced with a much larger gap on the not know side.

If you are trying to work out the why of kata, begin here. Yes, there are other books, etc. on the subject and many are good and informative but this one is great for the first venture into a very complex world of martial art kata (notice I specified martial kata vs. Shikata of Japan).

The only thing better, a solid Sensei who has a solid hold on kata, kata practice and most important teaching kata.

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