Books

We have the following books available to purchase (in PDF format):

  • Shotokan Karate – The Definitive Guide  – Now available!
  • Karate for Children
  • In Funakoshi’s Footsteps

To purchase, please click on the links below to purchase.

Shotokan Karate - The Definitive Guide

  • The most comprehensive book ever written on Shotokan Karate. An absolute wealth of information for the beginner and advanced student alike. Also available in hard copy from amazon.co.uk £16.99 or via your Sensei if you are a TASK Student.
  • 1st September 2017
  • 747 pages






The most comprehensive book ever written on Shotokan Karate. An absolute wealth of information for the beginner and advanced student alike. Also available in hard copy from amazon.co.uk £16.99 or via your Sensei if you are a TASK Student.







This book is easy to understand and can be enjoyed by anyone reading it. It contains clear images to help with techniques and addresses audiences of all ages. Ideal for smaller people who are learning karate and starting their journey, but also for parents to read along.

Karate for Children Volume 1 - Basics

  • This book is easy to understand and can be enjoyed by anyone reading it. It contains clear images to help with techniques and addresses audiences of all ages. Ideal for smaller people who are learning karate and starting their journey, but also for parents to read along.

In Funakoshi's Footsteps In Funakoshi’s Footsteps

  • Hanshi Van Weenen's autobiography of his life and karate.

Hanshi Van Weenen’s autobiography of his life and karate.


During the 18 months of Covid 19 lockdowns, he wrote two more books, bringing the total number to eleven.

First was a tribute to his father entitled ‘Walter Hagen’s Caddie’, a sheer delight for golfers, detailing his Dad’s years on the fairways caddying for the stars of yesteryear.

‘Walter Hagen’s Caddie’, by Leo van Weenen, ISBN 978-1 80031-603-4. Paperback 144 pages
‘Land Grab, of Epic Proportions’, John van Weenen, ISBN 978-1-80031-134-3. Paperback 374 pages.

Finally, a   totally different book to anything attempted before entitled ‘Land Grab – of Epic Proportions’.

In a nutshell, it is about three nations of people who all had their lands stolen from them. In Australia, Hanshi van Weenen lived and spent time with the Aboriginal People. Their country had been taken from them by the British who said the country was ‘uninhabited’,     despite 750,000 living there when Captain James Cook arrived in 1770, and had done so for 65,000 years.

In 1963, 2,000 British citizens lived happily on the island of Diego Garcia, however, the Americans wanted it for a Military Base. So the two governments conspired and deported the total population against their will. Heart-breaking. Again, Hanshi has spent time with the old Chagossian people who just want to go home – nothing more. Google, Stealing a Nation, by John Pilger.

Thirdly, Native Americans – enough said.

Funakoshi Sensei, the Father of Modern-day Karate, deplored injustice too. His philosophy centred on compassion and benevolence. Manners, etiquette, discipline and respect for one’s fellow man were a central plank of his thinking.

Both books are available on Amazon.