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Heart of the Heians

by Elmar T. Schmeisser, Ph.D.

About the Author

Elmar Schmeisser is a master instructor with
the International Society of Okinawan/Japanese
Karate-do. Involved in the martial arts for three
decades, Schmeisser-Sensei is an authoritative and
innovative instructor specializing in Kata Bunkai.

Author of Advanced Karate-do, as well as
BUNKAI: Secrets of Karate Kata - The Tekki Series,
Schmeisser-Sensei is a teacher of all ages, an internationally recognized authority, and a
brilliant innovator in the modern practice
of the ancient art of Karate.

About Channan:
Heart of the Heians . . .

Elmar T. Schmeisser, explores the possibility of the modern day Heians as derived from the Chinese kata Channan-Dai and Channa-Sho. The author makes no definitive claim that his studies are absolute, but presents his research in a sound historical manner leaving the reader to make his or her own decision regarding the origins of the Heian kata based on the research presented.

Channan: Heart of the Heians is loaded with simple-to-follow, step-by-step photos of Channan-Dai and Channan-Sho, and accompanying text for each step. In a simple straightforward way, the author clearly illustrates apparent or perceived correlations between the Channan kata and the modern day Heians.

An added plus in this book is the way it is laid out; the book is designed in such a way that keeps the reader flowing seamlessly from one photographic illustration to another. This book is a fantastic work and will be greatly appreciated by anyone who enjoys the study of traditional Japanese kata, bunkai, and kata origins.

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