Martial Arts for Children

Martial Arts for Children

by Nathan Johnson
     
 

There is much more to learning a martial art than learning how to fight! Martial Arts for Children was written to illustrate the benefits that safely conducted and supervised martial arts training can offer to young people. Starting with physical fitness, the book introduces basic exercises that stress the need for a healthy mind and a healthy body. Safety in practice… See more details below

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There is much more to learning a martial art than learning how to fight! Martial Arts for Children was written to illustrate the benefits that safely conducted and supervised martial arts training can offer to young people. Starting with physical fitness, the book introduces basic exercises that stress the need for a healthy mind and a healthy body. Safety in practice, supervision, targets, uniforms, and ranking are all covered, and the reader is introduced to the exciting art of "free fighting" or sparring. Martial Arts for Children provides an overview of various popular martial arts to help you choose one, should you want to train formally. The book explains how-through regular practice-it is possible to improve concentration and increase confidence, particularly in situations in which there is a need for self defense. Martial arts training is both demanding and fun, and is an absorbing and rewarding journey of adventure and self-discovery for any young person.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Martial arts commonly practiced by children are explored in this book from the "Martial and Fighting Arts" series. Chapter one, "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body," briefly explains different types of and the value of learning martial arts. Beginning moves are both described and illustrated with easy-to-follow diagrams. The importance of safety is also emphasized, then a description of the Shaolin Temple and its influence on martial arts follows. Chapter Two, "Choosing a Martial Art," describes different martial arts, including progression, basic movements, and a brief history. Chapter Three, "Safe Free-Fighting," describes basic movements used in sparring. Chapter Four, "Self-Defense," explains moves that can be used for self-defense. Numerous diagrams and color photographs illustrate the movements used in different martial arts. A glossary and description of equipment is also included in this must-read for any child interested in martial arts. 2003, Mason Crest, Ages 10 up.
— Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Two mediocre presentations. Athletic Conditioning focuses on Eastern training methods, warm-ups, chi, muscular endurance, strength and stamina, preventing injury, and mental training. Although specific muscles are mentioned for stretching, techniques are not related to muscle groups. Children gives an overview of styles, stretching, philosophy, and falling techniques. Both books have captioned, full-color photographs but the various techniques are illustrated with rough single-color sketches. While neither of these titles is going to capture new converts to the sports, libraries with heavy demand for martial-arts materials may want to consider them as additional purchases.-Michael Giller, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590843963
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Martial and Fighting Arts Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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