Karate the Art of

Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting

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Karate: The Art of qEmpty-Handq Fighting has inspired hundreds of thousands of karateka, and it remains one of the finest texts available on the technique, art, and spirit of karatedo. This definitive volume is a systematic presentation of the art of traditional Japanese karate. An easily accessible martial arts manual illustrated with more than 1, 000 photographs, this comprehensive karate book gives step-by-step explanations and thorough analysis of all the basic movements and techniques of karate. Chapters include: What is Karate? A Short History Essential Principlesa€”physical principles; psychological principles; combined physical-psychological principles Organization of Karate Techniquesa€”overall organization; organization of hand techniques; organization of foot techniques; organization of stance; organization of posture Training methods Calisthenicsa€”exercise sequence; limbering-up exercises; muscle-strengthening exercises; wind and reaction-time exercises Striking Points and Vital Pointsa€”fore-fist; other striking points; vital points and their respective striking points Stancea€”informal-attention stance; open-leg stance; straddle-leg stance; forward stance; back stance; diagonal straddle-leg stance; cat stance; hour-glass stance; wide hour-glass stance Posturea€”front-facing; half front-facing; side-facing Body Shiftinga€”stepping; double-stepping; sliding; slide-stepping; turning; step-turning Hand Techniquesa€”attacking techniques; punching techniques; striking techniques Blocking techniquesa€”rising block; forearm block; knife-hand block; downward block; augmented forearm block; x-block; wedge block; other miscellaneous blocks Foot Techniquesa€”attacking techniques; blocking techniques Techniques in Combinationa€”balance; muscular control; use of body dynamics; switch-over from one technique to the next; shifting body weight; examples of common combination techniques Formal Exercisea€”advantages of practicing formal exercises; schematic diagram; hints on mastering formal exercises; a representative formal exercise; schematic diagram of heian no. 4; the form (heian no. 4) Sparringa€”basic sparring; semi-free one-blow sparring; free-style sparring Throwing Techniques Defense Against Holding Defense from Floor-Sitting Position Defense from Chair-Sitting position Defense Against Knife Attack Defense Against Attack by Club Defense Against Pistol ThreatKarate: The Art of Empty Hand FightingAn easy-to-follow manual illustrated with more than 1, 000 photographs, it gives step-by-step explanations and thorough analyses of all the basic movements and techniques of karate.

Title:Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting
Author:Hidetaka Nishiyama, Richard C. Brown
Publisher:Tuttle Publishing - 1990-11


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