For the bookworm
Those of you who like to feel paper between your fingertips, forget the library and head to one of the larger bookshops like Waterstones‘ or Foyles‘ London flagship stores. Disappointingly, stocks have diminished over the years so if what you want isn’t on the shelves, ask them to order a copy for you. Daunt Books and many other independent stores have an efficient ordering service that usually takes just a couple of days.
If you only buy one book
Make it Nakayama Masatoshi’s Best Karate Volume 5: Heian 1-5 & Tekki Katas. Just bear in mind that it was originally published in 1979 (as part of a follow-up series to Dynamic Karate, which itself, was first published in 1966) and like fashion, things have moved on since then. Use the book as the brilliant guide that it is then listen to your instructor who should be in regular contact with JKA Technical.
Buying more than one book or looking for suggestions?
Then take a look at these…
Learn Karate (Book + DVD) by Yuko Takahashi
The Karate Way (Book + DVD) by The Japan Karate Association
Dynamic Karate by Masatoshi Nakayama
Perfecting Kumite by Tanaka Masahiko
Shotokan Kata by Schlatt
Shotokan Karate by Keinsuke Enoeda
Practical Karate by Masatoshi Nakayama
If you wish to delve a little deeper into the philosophical side of karate or find out about a particular person’s journey then you may find these interesting…
Karate do Nyumon by Gichin Funakoshi
Moving Zen by CW Nichol
The Shotokan Dictionary by Schlatt
The Essence of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi
Karate, My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoshi
Alternatively, search out…
Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger
The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence (etc) by E.W.Barton-Wright