The idea of this work is rooted in the path of study and cultural research that started on September 9 2008 with the foundation of Kokoro International and is connected to the 50 years-old studies on Karate carried out by Master Dario Marchini.

Volume 1

Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan, Tekki Nidan, Tekki Sandan, Bassai Dai, Jion, Kankū Dai, Enpi, Jitte, Gankaku, Hangetsu.

Volume 2

Bassai Shō, Kankū Shō, Nijūshiho, Sōchin, Unsu, Gojūshiho Shō, Gojūshiho Dai, Jiin, Chinte, Meikyō, Wankan.

Volume 3

Taikyoku (4 versions), Kokoro Taikyoku (3 versions), Heian ōyō, Tekki ōyō (3 versions), Jiin HS, Meikyō ōyō, Chinpunkan e Ten no Kata.


What characterizes this work from other karate books?

·         The high number and quality of photos (over 9000 – of which 5000 selected for the project) taken at the design studio of Milan’s Polytechnic

·         An accurate graphic design of the publishing product characterized by a simple and minimal layout. A great care in the choice of finishes.

·         The inclusion of valuable paintings of traditional Japanese calligraphy (Shodō) made specifically for this project.

·         An emphasis on “showing” rather than on “talking”, in full respect of the traditional oriental spirit where the movement and the conscious effectiveness shall have priority over the word and thought.

·         The texts and philosophical inserts – in compliance with the essential quality and effectiveness of the work – the result of over 50 years of daily practice of Karate-Do and 20 years of research by Cultural Association Kokoro International.

All volumes are available

Shōtōkan Ryū Karate Dō Kata

Master Dario Marchini