Yo dudes. I did a search through the forums and I haven't found a result for this... One of my friends recommended getting Gichin Funakoshi's Karate-Do Kyohan. I usually would buy something like this to get the views of the founder of one of the systems I study, but so far three things have been stopping me. The first is that I've read a lot of secondary sources, like martial arts journals, that generally seem to be one hell of a lot more useful than most of the popular books on the martial arts. The second reason is the very mixed reviews that it has on amazon.co.uk. The third and final reason is that my friend tried one of the kata applications on me and it failed. Completely. I wasn't even resisting and it didn't work. The application was for a choke, where one of the defenders arms comes down and the other comes up to smash the attacker's arms out the way. Basically the effect was a dull thud and little else. I find that ironic as I've heard a rumor that Funakoshi was choked in the Shotokan - unable to defend himself - against a Judoka who was with Motobu (who, contrary to Funakoshi, orientated training around Kumite rather than Kata). So the third reason is I'm not sure it will be that useful to me. But... I have an open mind. Anyone care to lay aside my fears? Cheers guys!