Is there any book advices for learning karate. Previously I have trained in kickbox , muay-tai.I want to start learning karate.What are the best books for learning karate ? Thanks in advance.

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    The answer will inherently be ephemeral. Tomorrow (and every day after that) someone will publish a karate book. And the best book for learning Tang Su Do might not be the best book for learning Isshinryu. The best book for a beginner will not be the best book for someone who has studied three other related arts. The best book for a 98lb 78 year old marathon runner with arthritis won't be the best book for a 210lb weightlifter with a history of ACL tears.
    – MCW
    Aug 28, 2014 at 11:26
  • Voted to close as being opinion based. Could also be closed as too broad.
    – JohnP
    Aug 28, 2014 at 14:43
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    As written, the question is both opinion based and too broad, but I suspect it could be refined to be better if the asker narrows down exactly what he is looking for. There was a meta discussion related to this here: meta.martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/75/… Aug 28, 2014 at 21:11
  • The best "book" for learning any martial art is the official syllabus of that style. Sep 9, 2014 at 15:31

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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 matched by his discussion on the role that martial arts can play in life.


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.

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