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Book: The Way of Kata by Lawrence A. Kane & Kris Wilder

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Book: Paperback

Availability: In Stock and Ready to Ship—Cart Button

Pages: 310

Illustrations: 206

Code: B0584

ISBN: 1-59439-058-4

Release Date: September 2005

Skill Level: Skill Level 1 Skill level 2 recomended Skill Level 3

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The Principles for Understanding Kata are Largely Unknown – Until Now

The ancient masters developed kata, or "formal exercises," as fault-tolerant methods to preserve their unique, combat-proven fighting systems. Unfortunately, they deployed a two-track system of instruction where an 'outer circle' of students unknowingly received modified forms with critical details or important principles omitted. Only the select 'inner circle' that had gained a master's trust and respect would be taught okuden waza, the powerful hidden applications of kata.

The theory of deciphering kata applications (kaisai no genri) was once a great mystery revealed only to trusted disciples of the ancient masters in order to protect the secrets of their systems. Even today, while the basic movements of kata are widely known, advanced practical applications and sophisticated techniques frequently remain hidden from the casual observer. The principles and rules for understanding kata are largely unknown.

This groundbreaking book unveils these methods, not only teaching you how to analyze your kata to understand what it is trying to tell you, but also helping you to utilize your fighting techniques more effectively—both in self-defense and in tournament applications.

Fifteen general principles to identify effective techniques

  • Twelve discrete rules for deciphering martial applications
  • Comprehensive insights into kata history, strategy and tactics
  • Vital physiological considerations
  • Well organized materials for easy reference and comprehensive understanding

Lawrence A. Kane

Since 1970, Lawrence Kane has studied and taught traditional Asian martial arts, medieval European combat, and modern close-quarter weapon techniques. Working stadium security part-time over 26 years he was involved in hundreds of violent altercations, but got paid to watch football. A world-renown judicious use-of-force expert, he was once interviewed in English by a reporter from a Swiss magazine for an article that was published in French, and finds that oddly amusing. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA.

Kris Wilder

Kris Wilder began his martial arts training in 1976 in the art of Tae Kwon Do, he has earned black belt-level ranks in three arts: Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree), Kodokan Judo (1st Degree) and Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Degree), which he teaches at the West Seattle Karate Academy. He is a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine.

Philip Starr, Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame Member, founder of Yiliquan

This book is an absolute must for any serious practitioner of traditional karate, tae kwon do, or kung-fu.

Sgt. Rory Miller, tactical team leader, close quarters combat instructor

For years, karateka have needed a manual to bridge the gap between their training and real violence. This book is a pioneering step in fulfilling that need.

Iain Abernethy, British Combat Association Hall of Fame Member

This superb book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the highly effective techniques, concepts and strategies that the kata were created to record!

Loren Christensen, 7th degree black belt, author

This comprehensive book bridges the gap between form and application in a realistic, easy-to-read and easy-to-apply manner.

Martina Sprague, martial arts instructor, author

Demonstrates the practical uses of kata, relates the traditional and modern aspects of fighting, and brings meaningful information to today's martial artists.

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