The Shotokan Karate Bible 2nd edition

Beginner to Black Belt

The Shotokan Karate Bible 2nd edition

An authoritative text supporting the newcomer to karate with all they need to know, up to black belt level. Packed with photographs detailing techniques and kata (the combinations of techniques students need to master to progress through the belts) this book is designed to take the student step by step through the progression of Shotokan Karate, taking each belt in turn. Photographs and clear instructions take you step by step through the kata. Karate is a martial art that focuses on the application of strikes using predominantly the hands and feet. It originated in Japan and has become popular throughout the world. There are many styles of karate but the most widely practised outside of Japan is Shotokan Karate. Training in karate is normally divided into three sections: the basic technique; kata, or sequencing of techniques to imaginary opponents; and kumite, the sparring done with an opponent. In total there are ten gradings to be passed in order to get a black belt - this, on average takes a student four years to attain. This book covers all the training needed to attain a black belt. This new edition includes brand new material on partner work, more grading tips to help you avoid making common mistakes, and new footwork diagrams to help you understand the movements better. An indispensable guide.

The Shotokan Karate Bible 2nd edition

Beginner to Black Belt

The Shotokan Karate Bible 2nd edition

An authoritative text providing the newcomer to karate with all they need to know. Packed with clear photographs detailing techniques and kata (the combinations of techniques students must master to progress through the belts), this book is organized and designed to take the student step-by-step through the progression of the martial art, taking each belt in turn. Photographs are accompanied by clear instructions from the author, a trained instructor with his own karate school. Karate is a martial art that focuses on the application of strikes using the hands and feet. It originated in Japan and has become popular throughout the world. There are many styles of karate but the most widely practiced outside of Japan is Shotokan. Training in karate is normally divided into three sections: the basic technique; kata, or sequencing of techniques to imaginary opponents; and kumite, the sparring done with an opponent. Gradings are the exams needed to progress to the next level. Typically, three months is needed to progress through each grading. There are usually three or four gradings per year, each with a syllabus. In total a student must passten gradings in order to get a black belt--this, on average, takes a student four years to attain. Packed with useful how-to diagrams and guides on technique, this book covers the training required to attain a black belt.

The Shotokan Karate Bible

Beginner to Black Belt

The Shotokan Karate Bible

Introduces the history, styles, and techniques of karate and includes a grading syllabus listing the requirements for each color belt and step-by-step photographs illustrating the moves involved.

The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible

Black Belt and Beyond

The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible

Easy-to-use guide on advanced levels of the world's most popular martial art. The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible is an authoritative, illustrated training guide and companion book to The Shotokan Karate Bible: Beginner to Black Belt. It concentrates on the black belt level and rankings beyond it, dispelling common misconceptions about earning a black belt. More than 400 crisp color photographs plus concise text outline the author's advanced syllabus. Organized progressively by black belt degree, the book features: Kata (sequencing) and kumite (sparring) -- shown step-by-step in double-page spreads Outlines of the requirements for achieving each new level Useful progress and technique summary tables Tips on taking grading examinations, training and development Etiquette and sparring safety tips. The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible is a brightly illustrated and clearly written guide that will attract and benefit the millions of students of the sport.

The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible

Black Belt and Beyond

The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible

The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bibleis an authoritative text following on from The Shotokan Karate Biblewith a syllabus beyond black belt that dispels common misconceptions about advanced techniques. Many people - and indeed karate schools - are of the opinion that oncea student reaches black belt level, there is no more that they can betaught. This is far from the case, and Ashley Martin - a black beltwith 15 years' experience and his own successful school - sets out anadvanced syllabus with a combination of full-colour illustrations andconcise text for the advanced student who wishes to build on theirtraining but is unable to do so at karate classes. Complementing The Shotokan Karate Bible, and presented in the same clear layout and attractive style, The Advanced Shotokan Bible istheresource for the serious black belt Shotokan student.

The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual

An Integrated Approach [DVD Included]

The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual

The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual is a book/DVD combo designed for anyone who has an interest in the martial arts. Having a broad knowledge of the various techniques of the martial arts gives a martial artist an expanded ability to counteract a variety of attacks and overwhelm an opponent's defenses. In expanding his own martial arts knowledge, Martin shares with the reader his years of experience as a practitioner and teacher. He provides a catalog of the various martial arts being taught worldwide and their strengths and weaknesses. He then covers the basics of hand-to-hand techniques within each of those disciplines, from strikes to ground fighting. Finally, he offers information on the overall health and well being of the martial artist, including important nutritional information and stretching techniques. With an instructional DVD included, The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual is a solid foundation of martial arts for beginners and a key supplement for the veteran martial artist. Chapters include: Learning the Aspects of Fighting—an introduction The Way of the Warrior—definition of a martial art; limitations of ground fighting; a complete martial artist A Catalog of Martial Arts—Kung fu; Jujutsu (or jiujitsu); Aikido; Judo; Karate; Kickboxing; Taekwondo; Boxing; Wrestling; and more Combat Basics—fighting ranges; reflex training; basic combat techniques Hand and Elbow Strikes—jabbing punch; hook punch; uppercut; superman punch; and more Defenses—slip; duck; block; two-handed defense Foot and Knee Strikes—front kick; roundhouse; tornado kick; flying knee strike Break Falling—front break fall; back break fall; side break fall; front rolling break fall; break falling myths Takedowns—hip throw; shoulder throw; side sacrifice throw; the sprawl Locks and Choke Holds—arm lock; Americana; rear naked choke; cross choke Ground Fighting—shoulder hold; chest hold; guard; passing the guard Stretching for the Martial Artist—leg flexibility; arm flexibility Nutrition for the Martial Artist—food pyramid; pre-exercise nourishment; reducing body fat; weight gain program

Shotokan Mysteries 1⁄4Ÿ·Šق̓ä

The Hidden Answers to the Secrets of Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Mysteries 1⁄4Ÿ·Šق̓ä

Introduction: My first book, Shotokan Myths, was published in 2010 and to my great pleasure it has received a lot of positive feedback from many readers. Some sent me emails and told me that this book gave them a different perspective to their training. One reader in Australia, Ms. Astrid Meid, called it her karate Bible which almost embarrassed me and here is what she wrote; “I have been using your book like a karate bible, I open any page and read from there, it has helped me to open my mind further as I try to understand and look beyond the meaning and continually question karate as such, in life, in spirit, and of course the techniques, I am find myself asking myself questions about technique applications and looking for any possible way to combat that technique, it is very good for me mentally. A great book, one of those that you can open any page, read just that page and then put the book down.” Another reader from the UK, Ms. Moley Walsh, also gave me a very nice compliment; “I found this book to be the most educational karate book I have ever read. I found it extremely interesting and have learned so much more than I expected. I read this book in awe just by knowing that the information you have written must have taken you hundreds and hundreds of man hours to research to which you kindly decided to share with the rest of us karate-ka. It was a very enjoyable read and has given me plenty more to think about. All of your answers have turned into many more questions, but questions I never even thought about until now, and so this gives me even more to research. I thank you personally for the book and think that you have done an incredible job in putting all of this together. I do not have a bad thing to say about it. I was trying to see which chapter I enjoyed the most, but I don’t have one, I simply could not put the book down.” Those readers realized there were many “facts” and “truths” that were hidden or taken for granted and those subjects needed to be questioned. They said what I shared in the book made sense. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who took time to read my first book as well as those who purchased this one which covers many other subjects that I could not put in my first book. My second book, Shotokan Mysteries, contains the following interesting subjects. Chapter 1. Funakoshi’s New Techniques Chapter 2. The Mysteries of Heian Kata Chapter 3. Heian Bunkai Mysteries Chapter 4. Mikazuki Geri, An Extinct Kick? Chapter 5. Disparity Between Kata And Kumite Chapter 6. Why Uchi Uke? Chapter 7. Does Shotokan Lack Circular Techniques? Chapter 8. Straight Techniques in Circular Movements Chapter 9. Unstable Balance Chapter 10. Gravitation, Your Enemy? Chapter 11. Karate Master Chapter 12. Shu Ha Ri Chapter 13. Tenketsu Jutsu (Dim mak) Epilogue: The Last Samurai I cannot believe that three years have passed since the publication of Shotokan Myths. Many have been asking for my second book and I wanted to publish this much sooner but it took three years. Those were very busy years but also exciting and productive ones for me. Let me talk a little about myself and some of the experiences from my early days. During my early years of training I was like those readers who wrote and shared their karate lives with me. I was a diligent and blindly dedicated student who never questioned. When a sensei said ‘jump”, my response was “How high?” Of course, the only answer we could give to a sensei in Japan was “Osu”. As I got older and had my own students, many questions came to mind. But I had no place to go or anyone knowledgeable to ask so I had to do my own investigation and research. For the first time I started to look into the history of Okinawan karate as well as the teaching of other styles. My interest expanded beyond Karate and my research went into Ki and various Chinese m

A Complete Guide to Karate

A Complete Guide to Karate

Readers will learn about the history of karate and details on the different styles and belt categories. Charts and tables organize information in a visually appealing and easy-to-grasp way. Detailed step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs help readers learn the positions and fundamental techniques followed by a demonstration of basic attacks and counterattacks. As the book progresses, the attacks become more and more varied and complex. Formal exercises encourage students to practice what they have learned, keep track of personal progress, and improve their mastery of karate.

Knowing the Facts about the Martial Arts

Knowing the Facts about the Martial Arts

Perhaps few Oriental systems have become as widely accepted in the West as the martial arts. They claim to work by unifying mind, spirit, and body chiefly through meditation and physical discipline. This allegedly helps to regulate the flow of mystical energy throughout the body and to enable one to attain the state of mind-body oneness. They stress the control of mind and body for self-defense, health, physical conditioning, and enlightenment. Even when they are considered as regimens of physical development only, they can be adapted to any religion. How the martial arts work; the fitness claims; major problems and potential dangers are examined in this book.