- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Summersdale (7. April 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1840246502
- ISBN-13: 978-1840246506
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 1,7 x 23,2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 803.561 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Four Shades of Black: The Traditional Path to Building the Complete Fighter (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. April 2008
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"'both valuable and long overdue' Geoff Thompson 'All karateka should read... this excellent book. There can be few people more qualified to write a book such as this' Iain Abernethy"
'The secrets of karate are contained in the kata,' said the masters of old. What did they mean? For many years, people have struggled to understand where padwork, grappling, ground-fighting and even high kicks fit into traditional karate.While many people understand the purpose of individual kata, this book demonstrates how the various kata work together to create a logical fight progression from stand-up striking to close-quarter grappling and ground-fighting. "Four Shades of Black" decodes the kata in a radically different way, revealing how the traditional arts set out to develop a complete and rounded fighter. If you think you know karate, think again.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Gavin Mulholland unveils the mystery of kata and it's value to warriors both old and new. Mulholland explains that the kata are guides to what needs to be studied and practiced, bringing a whole new meaning to "the secret is contained in the kata". Each kata is broken down and the essence of the lesson passed on along with what the student should be practicing at each level.
The photography and layout is gorgeous and the training methods including sparring, hojo undo (supplimental training) are basic and effective. This is an enlightening read from anyone interested in the traditional method of developing a fighter.
British Combat Association Hall of Fame member Gavin Mulholland does a fantastic job of showing how karate was developed as a complete and comprehensive fighting system, with kata (formal exercises) as the map and gradings as the compass to develop real-life fighting skills in a logical progression that builds from kata to kata throughout the curriculum. He ties seemingly disparate kihon (fundamental basics), bunkai (fighting applications), conditioning exercises, padwork, and partner drills together to demonstrate a complete package that helps practitioners ingrain the essential teachings of four Goju Ryu karate kata.
Goju Ryu is an Okinawan empty-hand fighting style that blends both hard and soft techniques. The key to learning this system is understanding its kata, four of which are explained in the book: gekisai dai ichi, gekisai dai ni, saifa, and seiyunchin. Gekisai dai ichi roughly translates as "attack and smash number one." It is generally the first form taught to new practitioners, hence utilizes a straightforward blitzing-style approach. Gekisai dai ni is the second kata of this series, showing more refined, non-linear movements and advanced open-hand techniques. While gekisai is a fairly modern kata, saifa is an ancient form that essentially means "smash and tear." Seiyunchin can be translated as "trapping battle," a grappling/close-quarter fighting form.
Each of these four kata is examined thematically, showing the principle, mindset, and applicable area of combat stressed by the form. Fascinating vignettes at the beginning of these sections give readers a real-life image of their utility as well. This approach breathes life into the text, helping readers visualize all the essential elements in a way that makes it easier to turn-around and practice them on the dojo (training hall) floor.
Although some of the examples used to demonstrate the bunkai are not necessarily the optimum applications for use in a street fight, they do serve to highlight the themes and principles of the kata they represent. Since the goal of the book is not so much deciphering fighting applications from kata, but rather demonstrating the holistic fighting system and logical progression of the art, this is easily forgiven.
Mulholland is an extraordinarily skillful practitioner, a guy with more than 30 years of training under his belt who has honed his fighting prowess working the doors of pubs and clubs throughout the United Kingdom. Readers can truly feel this experience in his writing. The book transcends the training hall bringing modern utility to the ancient art of karate. It is a well-written, unique, and interesting tome that should appeal to most any karateka, but especially Goju Ryu practitioners.
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
Mullholland then introduces us to a young man that has suffered at the hands of bullies and wants to learn to defend himself. It is through the eyes of this novice that we take the long, arduous and thoroughly rewarding journey to, what we all believed as beginners was the ultimate goal, gaining the coveted black belt. Studying four Goju Ryu kata, the author explains the progression from long range powerful striking, to mid range striking and escapes and finally to that all too unfamiliar area for most karateka today, the dreaded close range area of grappling. The student is shown pad, partner and traditional conditioning drills and exercises to ensure that each progression is instilled to it's maximum effectiveness befor moving on to the next. So that after five years and four kata a complete fighter and mature man so totally comfortable and aware of his own ability that when the time and opportunity arise tto actually use it, he finds he doesn't need to, emerges at the other end.
Gavin Mulholland has the karate brain and knowledge to identify basic principles of combat and kata that almost puts him into the mind of the great masters that devised them so that he can digest every morsel of information contained within. Along with Iain Abernethy, he has blown the concept of what most karateka believe is "traditional" karate out of the water. The majority of you are being taught the new tradition of karate as a great exercise regime and sport which in itself is fine. However, you will reach the stage, as I did, when you begin to question the validity of your art in the real world so why not learn the old tradition of karate as a complete and brutal self-protection system as well.
Four Shades of Black is an absolute must for all Karateka and if I hadn't discovered Iain Abernethy's work first it would have been a complete revelation to me and had 5 stars.