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VOYAChi is the Chinese term for internal energy, and the fabulous Ener-Chi books for teen girls offer exercises to strengthen the body and mind. Unlike yoga, martial arts should be taught by a qualified instructor, and A Girl's Guide to Martial Arts encourages its readers to take formal classes. The book calls itself an introduction to and not a replacement for instruction. The author even offers tips for choosing the right martial art and instructor. As in its sister book, this title gives a bit of background on the different styles of martial arts, explains terminology, and then breaks down basic poses into easy-to-comprehend steps. The Ener-Chi books are outstanding. They present their information in clear, concise terms and use fun yet easy-to-understand graphics. The authors have good credentials. Both follow their respective disciplines and got help from experts in their fields. These brilliant overviews would encourage even couch potatoes to get up and try some exercises. (Ener-Chi Books). VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Barron's, 80p.; Glossary. Index. Illus., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.