Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting

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Tuttle Publishing, 1990 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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Karate: The Art of "Empty-Hand" 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 Principles—physical principles; psychological principles; combined physical-psychological principles
  • Organization of Karate Techniques—overall organization; organization of hand techniques; organization of foot techniques; organization of stance; organization of posture
  • Training methods
  • Calisthenics—exercise sequence; limbering-up exercises; muscle-strengthening exercises; wind and reaction-time exercises
  • Striking Points and Vital Points—fore-fist; other striking points; vital points and their respective striking points
  • Stance—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
  • Posture—front-facing; half front-facing; side-facing
  • Body Shifting—stepping; double-stepping; sliding; slide-stepping; turning; step-turning
  • Hand Techniques—attacking techniques; punching techniques; striking techniques
  • Blocking techniques—rising block; forearm block; knife-hand block; downward block; augmented forearm block; x-block; wedge block; other miscellaneous blocks
  • Foot Techniques—attacking techniques; blocking techniques
  • Techniques in Combination—balance; muscular control; use of body dynamics; switch-over from one technique to the next; shifting body weight; examples of common combination techniques
  • Formal Exercise—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)
  • Sparring—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 Threat
  

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Contents

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