Adam Newhouse con Black Belts Only: The Invisible but Lethal Power of KarateIn his new book, Black Belts Only: The Invisible but Lethal Power of Karate, Adam Newhouse explains traditional Karate as if he was there at the art's birth. At last,there is a book that (a) reveals the secrets of Kime (focused concentration)without which traditional Karate does not exist, (b) analyzes punching and blocking techniques from a fresh perspective, and, most importantly, (c) decodes the esoteric language of Kata.
To Newhouse, Karate is not a sport or exotic physical exercise. It is a cold-sober serious endeavor where the interplay of life and death is always in the back of the practitioner's mind. To truly follow Budo, the Karate-ka must learn, practice,and perfect lethal techniques - as Newhouse methodically explains.
There is more. Indeed, the book deserves to be read if only for demystifying Kata, which, as the author tells it, historically have been presented to us in a secret code.For the first time since Karate has gone public, Black Belts Only has extracted and placed before us several conventions present in all Kata which practitioners can use to finally understand and translate Kata's hidden language and make sense of the movements.
Theory and practice become clear with generous photographs and lucid text. Newhouse explains the meaning of the first movement of every Shotokan Kata (no, those are not "blocks," as commonly thought) and explains Kata's other techniques. Black Belts Only is that rare book that advances the practice of Karate like few before it.
Black Belts Only features a foreword by Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 9th Dan.