The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate [NOOK Book]


Interested in the Japanese martial art of karate, but just haven't gotten around to taking a class?

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate follows up our other proven guides to martial arts. This is one of the most popular sports for young adults and grown-ups alike.

This CIG has:

-- Lots of instructional photos to take the reader step ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate

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Interested in the Japanese martial art of karate, but just haven't gotten around to taking a class?

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate follows up our other proven guides to martial arts. This is one of the most popular sports for young adults and grown-ups alike.

This CIG has:

-- Lots of instructional photos to take the reader step by step through the process of learning karate.

-- Information on using karate for self-defense, fitness, and just plain kicking the blues away.

-- Practical advice on how to use karate to control anger and fear.

-- Blow-by-blow descriptions of the various black belt ranks and how to achieve them.

-- Information on karate schools -- where you can go to get the most "punch" for your dollar.

-- Answers on what to do if you feel you've mastered the sport and want to take it to the next level -- competing!

-- Background information on the history of karate in Japan, and how it became the popular sport it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101198933
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/9/2000
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Randall G. Hassell, seventh-degree black belt, is a first-generation American to pioneer Shotokan Karate and Chief Instructor of the American Shotokan Karate Alliance. He has written, edited, or contributed to 28 books on karate and more than 100 magazine articles.

Edmond Otis, director of martial arts at Riverside and chairman of the American JKA Karate Association (AJKA), is a sixth-degree black belt and one of the permier American karate instructors of his generation.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Let's Try Karate 1
1 Why Try Karate? 3
A Thousand Good Reasons, but These Are the Main Ones 8
2 The Roots and Branches of Karate-Do 13
The Roots and Branches 13
Kick Hard or Kick Soft 15
Going to Japan 17
Coming to America 19
Spread Throughout the World 21
Styles, Styles, Styles! 21
3 Karate Fitness Power: The Art of Contrast 25
Get Ready: Is Your Body Off-Balance? 26
Be Ready: Is Your Mind Off-Balance? 29
The Ki to Success: The Force Is with You 33
In This Corner, Karate: How It Stacks Up 35
4 Kick the Cobwebs Out of Your Head 41
Karate's Code: The Citizen Warrior 42
What's All the Shouting About? 47
Karate to the Rescue: Kids at Risk 48
No Teams, No Cuts, No Limits 49
Up the Academic Ladder 50
Part 2 Let's Get Started 53
5 Find the Right School 55
More Than Just Kicks and Punches 55
How Do I Know Which School Is Right for Me? 56
Watch and Decide 60
Is She a Good Instructor? 61
How Long Are the Classes? 62
How Much Should It Cost? 63
Will I Get Hurt? 65
Who Certifies Whom? 65
6 Welcome to the Dojo 67
The Stuff on the Walls 67
The Written Rules 70
The Unwritten Rules 71
Try Your Best 73
From the Dojo to the Street--Follow the Rules 73
Karate Do's 74
Karate Don'ts 74
Scared Stiff: Your First Class 75
Mental Notes and Written Quotes 78
The End 78
7 Dressed to Kill: The Uniform 81
Looking the Part 82
Wrapped and Tied 84
Going to and From 89
What About Size and Style? 90
What, No Colors? 92
Pins and Patches 92
Cleanliness Is Next to Enlightenment 93
Part 3 Let's Get Moving 95
8 How to Practice Karate 97
Open Eyes and Open Mind 97
Bowing 101 98
My Body Won't Do That! 102
If Your Body Is a Temple Build a Good One! 102
Getting Looser: You Need to Stretch! 103
Getting Stronger 105
Getting Faster 105
Lasting Longer 106
It Takes a Spark 106
Okay, It's Time to Throw Your Weight Around 107
The Main Goal: Putting It All Together 110
9 Stand Up for Yourself: Stances 113
Stand and Deliver! 113
Ready for Anything: Shizen Tai, Natural Stances 116
Solid as a Rock: How Low Can You Go? 117
Stick and Move: High and Quick Stances 122
10 The Building Blocks of Self-Defense 125
In Defense of Yourself 125
Why Do We Block? No, It's Not What You Think 126
Incoming! Hard Blocks 127
Oops! Cover Your Head! 129
Hey! Protect Your Body! 130
Ouch! Protect Down There! 131
Smooth and Easy: Soft Blocks 132
Sweep It Past! 133
Guide It Around! 134
Three Keys 134
The Right Course 134
Your Right Position 135
Get It Right! Timing: The Fourth Dimension 136
11 Punching In 137
The Heart of Karate 137
A Solid Fist Is a Happy Fist 139
Straight In 141
Go Around 144
Up Close 145
12 Striking Out 147
Striking Forward 147
Closed-Hand Strikes 151
Open-Hand Strikes 152
Or Just Smash It: Elbow Strikes 154
13 Kicking Back 157
Setting Kicking Straight 157
Snap It or Lock It? 160
Let's Kick It Around 162
Make Them Work: It's the Momentum! 168
Part 4 Let's Put It All Together 169
14 Karate's Dynamic Deadly Dances of Death: Kata 171
What Is a Kata? 171
Name That Kata 172
Physical Kata Training 174
Mental Kata Training 174
Kata and Kinesthesia 175
The Elements of Kata 176
Do Kata Techniques Work? 178
Who Makes Up the Kata? 178
15 Sparring: It's Different When You're Face to Face 181
What Is Sparring? 181
Start Simple 183
Step by Step for Self-Defense 184
Free for All 188
In the Nick of Time: Timing 191
Hey, Just Stand There for a Minute, Will Ya? 192
From Kissing Range to Kicking Range 193
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.--Find Out What It Means to Me 193
Safety's Great, but I Gotta Hit Something 193
16 The Ancient Weapons of Karate: Kobudo 199
History and Traditions 199
Modern Uses 210
Ancient Weapons and Modern Laws 211
17 Samurai Strategy: Defending Yourself 213
Common Sense First 214
Safety Tips 217
Defend Your Body, Not Your Ego 218
Talk Your Way out, but Stay Alert 219
The Company You Keep--It Isn't Always Strangers 220
Karate at Home: Domestic Violence 221
Do What Works 222
It's the Size of the Fight in the Dog 222
Law and Order 223
Part 5 Let's Test Ourselves: Belts, Rank, and Competition 227
18 All the Colors of the Rainbow 229
Why Belts? 229
What the Colors Mean 230
How Long Until I'm a Black Belt? 231
Why Can That Brown Belt Kick Higher Than That Black Belt? 232
When Can I Test? 232
Who Tests Me? 233
Who Tests Them? 233
The Kyus to Success: Up the Rank Ladder 233
The First Test 234
How Much Do I Need to Know? 234
Under the Microscope: Karate's Three Ks Plus the Kun 235
When Will I Get the Results? 236
What If I Don't Pass? 236
What If I Do Pass? 237
Typical Novice and Middle-Level Tests 237
Setting Goals in the Novice Ranks 237
Setting Goals in the Middle Ranks 238
Brown Belt: The Black Belt's Apprentice 238
19 The Point of the Pyramid: First-Degree Black Belt 243
The Real Question: What Is a Black Belt? 243
Not an Expert, but an Expert Beginner 247
Play the Percentages: Who Stays, Who Goes 248
Grandmaster Who? 249
The Upside-Down Pyramid: Advanced Dans and Mastery 250
Advanced Karate-Do Is About Obligation 250
What the Ranks Mean 252
Recommended Ranking 256
Honorary Ranking 256
School to School and Style to Style 257
20 Duel in the Sun 259
Types of Tournaments 260
Karate Tournaments Are Really Pretty New 261
It's Not a Free-for-All 264
If Your Body Goes Where a Foot or Fist Is 265
When Can I Compete? 267
Who Fights Whom? 267
Going Solo--or One of the Pack 269
Don't Burn Out: A Tournament a Week? 270
Family Feuds: Karate Politics 101 270
The Bottom Line on Competition 271
21 Know the Score--There Are Many Ways to Compete 273
Sparring: The Basics 273
Sparring: Scoring Points 274
Pick Your Game: Reading Between the Lines 280
It's Not All Fighting: Competing with Kata 281
Kobudo Competition 284
22 Okay, Just Point Me in the Right Direction 287
How Much Is This Going to Cost? 288
It's Fun to Go with a Group 288
Aagghh! It's Tournament Day 289
Opponents Are Easy--It's the Butterflies That Get You! 290
Officials--the Toughest Job 292
A Short Conclusion 293
A Associations and Federations 295
B Publications and Resources 297
C Glossary 299
D Elements of Technique Evaluation 305
E Novice and Middle-Level Rank Examinations 309
F Self-Defense Safety Tips 313
Index 319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    Absolutely Everything About Karate Revealed!

    This work should be required handbook for all karate-ka throughout the world. It is very easy read and has information for the beginner and instructor. Don't pass this one by. A definite plus to my Martial Arts library and surely yours too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014


    What the fu<_>ck are you thinking? Just because I stop RPing, now is the fu<_>cking time to start your plans? What's the acheivement in that? You really have and still are hurting my feelings. Are you seriously that ambitious that you're losing your heart and compassion? What the hell Ravenfeathee. Explain. Nor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014


    I'm getting off, the NOOK is oin dead.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    A good book for traditional stylists!

    I find this book very well written and a must read for students or parents preparing to enter a strict traditional karate school. This book is informative and educational, but also filled with the wit and humor of the authors to keep much of the reading on the lighter side. The sidebars ¿Karate Minutes¿, ¿Sense Says¿ and ¿Talk the Talk¿, also ¿Ouch¿ push home points and various karate meanings that are important. The downside of this book relates directly to those masters of non-traditional, or mixed martial arts, is that they are given no credit for advancing the new age styles, techniques and katas. What makes the masters of old more qualified to put together an art form than the more rounded, traveled and educated masters of today? I really enjoyed reading this book and even though I have been involved in the martial arts since 1967, I still learned a few new things and my memory was jogged on information that I had long forgotten. I give this book an eight rating on a scale of 1 to 10. Soke Professor David L. Grosscup 10th Dan M.P.K.A.

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