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Children's LiteraturePart of the publisher's "Sports in Action" series (other titles are Baseball in Action, Fishing in Action, and Yoga in Action), this volume begins with an overview of traditional karate and its Okinawan origins, as well as its codes and the goals of practice. Subsequent chapters address terminology and uniform; the common progression of belts; and the process, from warmups to hand and foot positions, stances, punches and strikes, kicks, basic blocks, and combinations; and the stylized forms known as kata. Sidebars explain specifics of each position, detailing the different stances illustrated in accompanying photographs. Katas are explained as the "heart of karate," and are illustrated with a photograph of students performing moves in two traditional katas, demonstrating both the force and the artistic dimensions of the form. The last third of the book is dedicated to the martial applications of karate in the form of one-step and free sparring, weapons use, and competitions. Some vocabulary words are bold-faced throughout the text and their meanings are clarified contextually. Also included are full-color photographs, a glossary, and an index. 2006, Crabtree, and Ages 7 to 10.