Karate for Kids and for Mom and Dad, Too

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iUniverse, Feb 13, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 172 pages
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Karate is a growing phenomenon in the United States and internationally, and adults as well as children of all ages have discovered this Japanese martial art. In Karate for Kids, author Vincent A. Cruz presents a discussion of the essential physical and philosophical elements of traditional karate and provides clear and purposeful instruction for the young practitioner. Cruz, an experienced teacher of karate, offers an introduction to traditional karate and shows that is an exciting, healthful, physical art that develops the body and mind and is an effective form of self-defense. In this guide, he defines the concept of karate; discusses the history of the martial art; explains its physical, mental, and spiritual principles and philosophies; and describes and illustrates essential punching, blocking, and kicking techniques. Geared toward young adults as well as parents, Karate for Kids offers a complete guide to traditional karate using easy-to-follow instructions, caricatures, and diagrams. Cruz communicates how young people can develop a sense of worth through traditional karate and how karate can help youth to master life with an inner respectability.
 

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Contents

Chapter One What Is Karate?
1
Chapter Two The Masters
9
Chapter Three Basic Concepts
12
Basic Principles
16
Chapter Five Philosophy
21
Chapter Six Getting Started
29
Organizing the Karate Techniques
32
Stances
38
Striking Techniques Uchi Waza
75
Blocking
87
Kicking Techniques
107
The Kata
119
Combining Techniques
125
Glossary
142
Suggested Reading List
147
About the Author
149

Body Posturing and Shifting
51
Punching Techniques
56
Basic Punching Techniques
64
Back cover
152
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