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Children's LiteratureMartial 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