This is regarded as the bible of kyokushin karate.
The author Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama, was a legend in his own time, and the creator of Kyokushin kai karate -one of the largest karate styles in the world.
This book is old and looks it, it is however one of the finest karate manuals ever published. Along with its brother books (“what is karate” and “Advanced karate”) it forms the nucleus of the kyokushin style. On its own it is a outstanding work second to none of the inumerable more recent books on karate. When it was released it set a standard few books can measure up to.
It is a step by step introduction to the fundamental techniques and katas in karate, also it contains selfdefense and some more unusual aspects of karate such as breaking and other special training methods.
The section on history is very aged though, and should not be taken as absolute truth. Much has happened in the research in martial art history since this book was released 1965.
This book is recommended to any practicioner of karate, but especialy to practiciners of kyokushin karate or to practicioners of kyokushin derived styles.
Only please be aware that even kyokushin karate (the style the author founded) has changed slightly since this book was released.
It tends to be expensive, but it is worth it.
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Japan Pubns; 2 Revised edition (September 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870402544
- ISBN-13: 978-0870402548
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches