Martial Arts For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 9, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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There’s plenty of good reasons that millions of people around the world study martial arts.  Besides the fact  you can get a great workout when you study a martial art, you may also experience a rewarding balance between your mind, body, and spirit that you just won’t  find anywhere else.  Plus, it can be a lot of fun!

No matter what shape you’re in, martial arts is a great way to drop extra pounds, learn to defend yourself, and develop personal and physical discipline. Whether you’re already studying a style of fighting or you’re just considering it, you’ll find everything you need to know in this helpful, friendly guide (including which movies to check out!).

The book breaks down the differences and presents the basics of each style of fighting, so you can make an informed choice about which style you want to study. You’ll also find out what makes for a good instructor, so you can be sure that you’re learning from the best. And there’s much more.  You’ll find out:

  • What martial arts is and is not
  • Five resolutions you must accept
  • Understanding the role of the instructor
  • How to set goals for yourself
  • All about the proper clothes, shoes, and equipment
  • How to prevent injuries
  • The philosophy of self defense
  • All about competing in tournaments
  • About Meditation and breathing techniques
  • The lowdown on weapons

There’s also a helpful glossary of foreign-language terminology that you’ll frequently encounter in the dojo –  that’s the training hall – so you’ll always be prepared. Whether you’re looking for a new way to get in shape, or a new way to sharpen your mind, Martial Arts For Dummies is all you need to get started in Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, or any other style!


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Defending against modern weapons
Look around
Chapter 13
Keeping your cool
No kicking your boss
Keeping the trade secrets secret
Incorporating Martial Arts Beliefs into Your Daily Life
Using the tenets

Its more than selfdefense
Clarifying the spiritual aspect
Why all the boardbreaking stuff?
The Different Types
Japanese martial arts
Okinawan martial arts
Korean martial arts
Indonesian Filipino and other martial arts
Who Me? Anybody Can Succeed
See your physician first
Physical benefits
Preconditioning Your Mind and Body
Condition your mind
Chapter 2
Lions and tigers and bears oh my
YinYang and You
Walking the balance beam
You must stay fit regardless of circumstances
You must do your best in competition
Tao who?
The Tao and the warrior arts
Chapter 3
How Do You Pronounce That Again? Discovering Martial Arts Styles
Lets go surfing now
Kick Punch or Grapple?
Hey I can do that
Interviewing Students and Instructors
Dont Stop Now
Chapter 4
Locating a Good School
Differences in types of schools
Going for your goals
Who teaches what and when
Finding a FemaleFriendly School
Partnering with prejudices
Choosing the right size
Do you prefer formal or laidback?
Interviewing Instructors
Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Paying a Pretty Penny
Equipping Yourself
Chapter 5
Setting Martial Arts Goals
Sharing your goals with others
Considering how goals are reached
Planning for the long term
Trying the quarterly approach
The Ranking System
The bluebelt blues
The kyudan system
Testing 1 2 3 Testing 1 2 3
What the judges are looking for
Coming out with flying colors
Chapter 6
Using regular workout clothes
Martial Arts Shoes
The Right Rigging
Grasshoppers Home Gym
Chapter 7
Unnecessary Roughness
Its not sparring if you dont bruise
Injury Prevention
Treating your body right
Understanding common injuries
Taking simple precautions
Part II
Chapter 8
Developing the right attitude
Perfect practice makes perfect
Supplemental Training
Conditioning for flexibility
Speed training
Strengthtraining techniques
Whats a weekend warrior to do?
Chapter 9
The Philosophy of SelfDefense
Fighting only for whats worth fighting for
Stand and deliver
Preparation and Planning
Simple Precautions
Being aware
Responding quickly
The Three Levels of SelfDefense
The wristgrab defense
The doublewrist grab defense
The shoulder or sleevegrab defense
The shirt or lapelgrab defense
Defending yourself in a chokehold from the front
Defending yourself in a chokehold from behind
Defending yourself while seated
Defending yourself while prone
Chapter 10
Making an Idiot of Yourself and Why You Should Risk It
Beating the jitters
Tournament Events
Mock combat
Breaking contests
On the day of the contest
Long division
Finding Tournaments
Choosing the right tournament
Doing a dry run
Being aware of the peak season
Keeping your head in the game
Chapter 11
The mental aspects of the Way
Meditation and Breathing Exercises
Controlled breathing
Developing Focus and Discipline
Getting organized
Setting priorities
Confronting your fears
Developing emotional muscle memory
Chapter 12
Whats a Weapon?
Going my way?
Using traditional weapons
Defense against traditional weapons
Using Martial Arts Training Every Day
Lets get physical
Looking outside yourself
Achieving your goals
Part III
Chapter 14
Okinawan versus Japanese Karate
Japanese characteristics
Traditional Training Methods
Techniques of Karate
Guards guards
Other hand techniques
Smashmouth Karate
Weapons weve got weapons
Chapter 15
Categories of Kung Fu Styles
Dont Get Bent Out of Shape
Monkey style
Wing Chun
White Crane
Chi Kung Exercises
Kung Fu Weapons
Kung Fu Techniques
Chapter 16
The Five Tenets
Traditional Tae Kwon Do
Sport or Olympic style Tae Kwon Do
Training Methods
Basic Techniques
Hand strikes
Chapter 17
Complex Simplicity
Categories of Techniques
Doing the basics
Mobility and Stretching Exercises
Frustrating your opponent
Gripping the Gi
Defending against throws
Groundwork Grappling Techniques
Combining Techniques
Chapter 18
Your Physical Resources
Ready Set Relax
The Best Defense Is a Good Defense
Flexibility Training
Upperbody twist
Backward rolls
Basic Techniques
Throwing techniques
Chapter 19
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Escrima Fitness
Basic Techniques
Using the Escrima stick
Footwork and bodyshifting
Stick strikes
Unarmed techniques
Chapter 20
WellRounded Fitness
Vital points Kup so
You make me wanna shout Kihop
Basic Techniques
The natural stance
Disengaging techniques
Throwing techniques
Defense against strikes
Chapter 21
Kickboxing Styles
Weight training
Cardio training
Fitting it all in
Sparring for Fun and Profit
Competitive sparring
Fighting stance
Elbows and knees
Leg sweeps and throws
Chapter 22
Let Me Count the Eclectic Ways
Eclectic styles
Physical Facts
Jeet Kune Do Curriculum
Creating Your Own Martial Art
Basic Techniques of Jeet Kune Do
Attacking by drawing
Chapter 23
Martial Art or Not?
Physical Factors
Schools of Thought
Dan tien
Training tips
The first movements
Push hands
Part IV
Chapter 24
Practice Practice Practice
Eat Humble Pie
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Learning to Breathe
Being a Good Role Model
Discovering All Aspects of Martial Arts
Chapter 27
Who Can You Watch?
Part V
Appendix A
Appendix B
Fitness and Training
Organizations and Associations

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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Lawler has been a Tae Kwon Do tournament competitor for almost ten years and a judge and referee since 1994. She is a member of the Author's Guild and the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association.

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