Ninja Turtle Karate
Believe it or not, as the Ninja Turtles began to gain popularity in the late 80’s and early 90’s, a company called Solson Publications teamed up with Mirage to put out official karate training manuals, featuring the turtles. What made these manuals unique, was that not only were they officially authorized, but they had legitimate karate instructions inside. Defeat the Shredder (or at least the neighborhood bully) with the skills you learned in the TMNT Karate Manual!

TMNT Karate
There was no attempt to sugarcoat these manuals or to make them into comics that “sort of” taught you karate moves. Instead, this manual (and the other 6 books in the series) played it straight and showed you legit karate manuevers and styles with Ninja Turtle art. It’s literally no different than if the artwork were regular humans, as all the other martial arts manuals out there are.

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I have no idea if anyone actually ever used these to become a ninja master, but it’s pretty neat that these sort of things exist. The other martial arts manuals give you even more skills in defense as well as the basics of discipline. It’s really a neat part of the TMNT history.

Karate Turtles
Of course it’s not quite as interesting as a mutant rat teaching you the ways of ninjitsu in the sewers, but as a youngster growing up idolizing the TMNT, it was a great way to get into the martial arts. I wonder if this sort of stuff would slide these days in the Nickelodeon world? Probably not.

2 Responses to Ninja Turtle Karate Manuals

  • Robert Mata says:

    I’m so lucky to have bought this book. But I wish they made more than one volumes than this with Advanced lessons (including more kata and kumite lessons) for those between Yellow and Brown/Black belts. I wish they included Master Splinter in the book, giving us the lessons as if he’s talking to us (his text/speech in the thought bubbles next to him). it’s sad that Solson made only made this, which the lessons in there are pretty much White and Yellow belt levels. It’s almost 2013 now and Nickelodeon should plan on doing an Animated version DVD set with the lessons from this White belt level book and much more advanced lessons to Black belt level. 🙂 I always love to see anything cool that blends both Karate and TMNT like this training manual together 🙂 And to me, this training manual is the only example out there now..

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