A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts (Ener-Chi Books)

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This book presents basic descriptions of Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tae kwon do. An opening chapter describes these disciplines' origins among Shaolin monks, samurai, and ninjas. Following chapters describe clothing, colors, belts, and basic moves, then advise on how and where to find proper instruction in each discipline. Ener-Chi Books, written especially for teens, present ideas and exercises that both energize a girl's body and soothe her spirit. The books take inspiration from a variety of Asian ...

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Overview

This book presents basic descriptions of Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tae kwon do. An opening chapter describes these disciplines' origins among Shaolin monks, samurai, and ninjas. Following chapters describe clothing, colors, belts, and basic moves, then advise on how and where to find proper instruction in each discipline. Ener-Chi Books, written especially for teens, present ideas and exercises that both energize a girl's body and soothe her spirit. The books take inspiration from a variety of Asian practices and exercises—thus, the suffix chi, a Chinese term that denotes internal physical and spiritual bodily energy. Ener-Chi Books feature clear, easy-to-follow directions and illustrations that are both clever and instructive, all presented in full color.

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Chi 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.
—Geri Diorio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764128417
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: Ener-Chi Books
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ancient Origins 6
Getting Started 10
Kung Fu 16
Karate 26
Tae Kwon Do 36
Jujitsu 46
Aikido 56
Tai Chi Chuan 66
Glossary 76
Index 78
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