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Are you interested in the technical aspects of karate, or in the philosophical aspects? I've found that seldom are both well represented. I would say a good mix of both can be found in Karate: Technique and Spirit by Tadashi Nakamura. Nakamura is the founder of Seido, an offshoot of Kyokushin-Kai, but his technical demonstration in the book is well ...


Although not a "technique and kata" writer, I would recommend anything by Dave Lowry. He is an excellent writer and will explain so much more about the etiquette of a Japanese martial art.


First, about children's ranks vs. adult's ranks... Child black-belts are not uncommon in the world of Karate and Taekwondo. But when there are child black-belts, they are generally awarded that rank in the "children's" rankings. This rank is not generally the same as an adult black-belt. At least in most schools. In some schools, there's no distinction ...

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