Naihanchi (Tekki) Kata: The Seed of Shuri Karate Vol. 1
The heart of traditional karate is found within the kata. Naihanchi (Tekki) Kata is one of the original training forms and various versions of it can be found today in karate (and Taekwondo) styles derived from the old Shuri-Te lineage on Okinawa. It is a vital part of karate’s heritage handed down from the pioneering masters of our past.
In this thought-provoking publication, Chris Denwood presents his own approach to traditional karate through Naihanchi Kata, featuring a step by step guide and an avid exploration of its true depth. Using five layers of analysis, Chris examines in detail how the movements of Naihanchi Kata represent a series of lessons, based on holistic themes and principles that when applied, show why this seemingly superficial kata has been revered by serious practitioners for generations.
Volume one introduces the Kata, focusses on developing a solid foundation and investigates a number of the most important lessons on structure and dynamics to be found within the movements of the form.
140 Pages / Paperback / Perfect Bound.
- John Burke (Karate Teacher, Author & Kata Bunkai Specialist) - http://www.bunkai.co.uk
Chris has created a valuable resource for Naihanchi Kata enthusiasts and the information is an absolute Godsend for karate-ka who are just now developing a deeper interest in the form. Let's face it , most instructors out there still don't have a clue what Naihanchi is all about - an excellent book!"
- Mark Bonner (Karate Teacher & Naihanchi Kata Enthusiast)
"If you practise a type of karate which includes Naihanchi or Tekki Kata within its syllabus then I believe this book to be essential. Chris clearly has an in-depth knowledge of power generation and energy transfer, greedily seized by many years of dedicated daily practise and this work a step-by-step method on how to effectively achieve more with less. Naihanchi is said to be the single most important kata to those who trace their martial heritage to the Shuri district of Okinawa and this publication has certainly put forth a convincing argument as to why this is so!"
- Garry Lever (Karate Teacher & Author) - http://www.shinsokai.com
"Chris is a very knowledgeable teacher, and you can tell as you read this book that he has spent a great deal of time practicing, studying, and thinking about the material within the pages. This is a technical manual that goes into great detail on structure, bio-mechanics, and power generation. If you are truly serious about your karate practice, then you will surely find great value in this book!"
- Noah Legel (Karate Teacher & Naihanchi Kata Enthusiast)
"A very well written book detailing Chris' self-discoveries along this path of Budo we all share and a sharp and intelligent analysis of Karate focusing on Naihanchi Kata. With chapters on the foundations of kata, suplemental exercises, posture testing, body dynamics, breathing methods etc...provide a terrific guide not only for beginners but for advanced practitioner alike. This is an easy to follow book, well written, organized, and one that will compliment your martial arts library. I was both delighted and impressed by Chris' vision for this book and I highly recommend it!"
- Angel Lemus (Karate Teacher & Bunkai Specialist) - http://oneminutebunkai.com