Below you can find a description and a history describing Karate. Below that you can find's top three choices for Karate books. We base all our reviews on the value of the content the book offers. We only choose our top picks after careful and meticulous research. More information about how we choose our top picks can be found here

Karate is a hard and strong style focused heavily on striking with power. It's range can vary but it is most effective close up where you can deliver devistating strikes. Primary techniques include punching, kicking, elbow strikes, knee strikes, and various open palm striking techniques. At more advanced levels Karate techniques can include knife and spear hands, and palm heel strikes. Beyond that some Karate teachers include grappling and throws, as well as various vital point strikes and devistating joint locks. Fujian White Crane heavily influenced Karate's developement.

This book is written by Hirokazu Kanazawa who is a student and disciple of Gichin Funakoshi(modern karates founder). This book is one of top choices because the katas covered span accross various karate styles. Shotokan, Shotokai,Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do Mu Duk Kwan, and many other variations use the katas presented in this book.

Karate originated in what is now modern day Okinawa on the Ryukyu Islands when it was brought to Japan by the chinese in the early 20th century. Gichin Funakoshi was invited to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration by the Japanese Ministry of Education. By 1932 various major Japanese universities had karate clubs. The meaning of the name Karate was changed from Tang hand to empty hand during this era.This was an era of a growing Japanese military and it was during those uncertain times that Karate really became a Japanese style and evolved into the art it is today. 

This book is a valuable reference for any karate student. Specifically this book includes hundreds of photos detailing basic and more advanced techniques including steps, breathing techniques, and pressure points. This book stresses the fact that Katas need to be practiced regularly to maintain proper techniques. A must have for any Karate enthusias.t

This book is the Shotokan Karate Master Text. It is a reprint of an original purely Japanese book that has been updated with english translation. This book was written by Karate's modern founder Gichin Funakoshi. It is said the text is valuable enough that a good student can learn Karate from this book alone. 

This book contains multiple Karate katas used across various Karate styles. 3/4 of the book are Katas which are shown using illistrations and photos accompanied by easy to understand explinations.

This book is written by Nakayama Masatoshi a well respected Sensei. It also includes various other masters who present techniques. So many Karate masters co-sign this book giving it weight in the world of karate books. 

This book includes many of the Shotokan Hand and Foot techniques. This book however does not include katas. It is a great book for easy to understand techniques. If you want to learn fundamentals and have a strong foundation then this is a great book choice. You will find punching, striking, blocking, counter moves, kicking and various other training methods with easy to understand descriptions on how to apply the techniques.