Itosu's Legacy - The Mysteries of the Pinan & Naihanchi Katas Re

Itosu\'s Legacy - The Mysteries of the Pinan & Naihanchi Katas Re

Kata has been an integral part of karate training since its inception. After 1900, much of the meaning of the applications has been lost to antiquity...until now. In this volume, Prof. Dan Anderson strips away the mysteries of the Pinan & Naihanchi kata and presents their applications in a way that can be utilized by both beginner and master. Motion Application of the Pinan & Naihanchi katas contain the template by which one can decipher the movements of any kata for self-defense against any kind of grab or striking attack.

"It’s no secret them I’m somewhat of a bunkai enthusiast! I’m constantly researching to further my understanding of my beloved kata and how the information they contain can be used in actual conflict. The great news is that with every passing year more and more martial artists are taking another look at their kata while others are sharing their knowledge and insights. It’s therefore really exciting for me when I get to read a book that I instantly know will be hugely significant and influential! Dan Anderson’s latest book is one that all pragmatically minded karateka will want to draw inspiration from.

Dan Anderson 9th dan is a world renowned martial artist that I’ve had the pleasure of training under on his visits to the UK. I’ve also had the pleasure of having Dan stay at my home. I therefore know first hand that Dan’s humour, superb teaching skills and in-depth knowledge are second to none. It’s therefore no surprise that I was very excited to receive his latest book, “Itosu’s Legacy: The Mysteries of the Pinan and Naihanchi Katas Revealed”. It did not disappoint!

If you are a fan of realistic kata application you are going to love this book! As with all Dan’s work, the accessible no-nonsense writing and clear photographs communicate the information with ease. The applications are a million miles away from the static, highly–choreographed, exaggerated distance stuff that so often passes for “bunkai”. The “aliveness” of Dan’s take on these kata leaps from the pages and I would direct anyone who mistakenly believes that kata can’t be used in a live fight to this book. Seriously, it’s great! All pragmatically minded kata enthusiasts need a copy of this book!

Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan

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