Dr. Norman Link, a 7th-degree black belt in yongmudo/hapkido, has over 30 years of martial arts experience. He also has black belts in several martial arts, including iaido, jujitsu, and taekwondo. Lily Chou is a writer, editor, and martial arts practitioner. They live and train in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throwby Lily Chou, Norman G. Link
With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and… See more details below
With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury and improve form.
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Every serious martial arts student, teacher, and coach should have this book on his or her shelf. It is a fantastic resource that you will reference again and again. I have been training in various martial arts for over 25 years and hold advanced black belt ranks in taekwondo and hapkido/yongmudo. I have also trained extensively in Brazilian jiujitsu and kendo, with some experience in judo and karate. Currently, I spend most of my time coaching competitive taekwondo athletes. I coach novices, collegiate players, and elite athletes who compete at the international level. Like all athletics, the practice of martial arts has benefitted from advances in sports science. It is no longer sufficient to simply perform technique repetitions day after day. Rather, through modern training routines students may learn more efficiently and more safely, allowing them to train throughout their lives and minimizing injury rates. It also makes the martial arts more accessible to an increasingly diverse population and range of athletic talents. This book advances and promotes the application of modern training methods. The authors appear to have deliberately chosen 50 "generic" techniques that have wide application across many martial art systems. Moreover, they make attempts to differentiate between styles or applications of the same techniques, thereby making the book as generalized as possible. For example, as the authors acknowledge there are many different ways to perform a roundhouse kick, depending on the purpose and approach: sport taekwondo versus self-defense hapkido versus mixed martial arts fighting. While some coaches and practitioners might debate the inclusion of some similar techniques (e.g., both the front snap kick versus the front thrust kick are included) and the exclusion of some distinct techniques (e.g., the back kick versus the turning side kick), there is more than enough differentiation contained in the book to provide all levels of athlete with important training data. The book is logically organized, easy to follow, and easy to find techniques. Part 1 offers and overview of martial arts anatomy and a useful tutorial on how to use the book. Part 2 organizes each technique into appropriate subsection for Hand Strikes and Blocks, Kicks, Throws, Groundwork, Rolls and Falls, and Weapons. In the back of the book, several appendixes offer instructional tips and categorized muscle listings. The illustrator used color coding of primary and secondary muscles to make it easy to view and understand. Within each technique, the authors use clear and concise descriptions and provide useful images of technique applications. This is helpful, since different martial arts may use a variety of names and applications for the same/similar techniques. The authors assign ratings to each technique characteristic. Although those ratings are objective and therefore open to debate, they are helpful to the reader's understanding of the logic the recommended exercises. In general, this book is a welcome addition to the martial arts literature. It will support students and instructors as they design individualized training plans that target specific skill and technique development. I recommend it highly!
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