The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw

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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...

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The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw

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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.





The Anatomy of Martial Arts is designed for a variety of disciplines, including:






•Kung Fu

•Muay Thai


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569757871
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 288,474
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Overview 5

Introduction 6

Anatomy and Martial Arts 7

How to Use This Book 13

Part 2 Techniques 15

Hand Strikes & Blocks 16

Front Punch 18

Reverse Punch 20

Palm Heel 22

Lead-Hand Back Knuckle 24

Knifehand Chop 26

Front Elbow 28

Downward Block 30

Upper Block 32

In-to-Out Block 34

Out-to-In Block 36

Palm Heel Brick Break 38

Handstand Brick Break 40

Kicks 42

Knee Lift Kick 44

Low Scoop Kick 46

Front Snap Kick 48

Front Thrust Kick 50

Roundhouse Kick 52

Axe Kick 54

In-to-Out Crescent 56

Out-to-In Crescent 58

Side Kick 60

Back Kick 62

Jumping Roundhouse Kick 64

Spinning Heel Kick 66

Low Spinning Heel Kick 68

Throws 70

Stomach Throw 72

Major Outer Reap 74

Minor Outer Reap 76

Forward Body Drop 78

Shoulder Throw 80

Snapover 82

Sweeping Hip Throw 84

Rice Bale Throw 86

Front Fireman's Throw 88

Groundwork 90

Guard 92

Scarf Hold 94

Side Mount 96

Bridge & Shrimp 98

Single-Leg Takedown 100

Double-Leg Takedown 102

Rolls & Falls 104

Forward Roll 106

Backward Roll 108

Back Fall 110

Side Fall 112

Face Fall 114

Air Fall 116

Weapons 118

Shinai Strike 120

Cane Thrust 122

Tonfa Thrust 124

Short Stick Strike 126

Appendix 1 Instructions for Martial Arts-Specific Exercises 128

Appendix 2 Muscles (Alphabetized) & Their Movements 130

Appendix 3 Muscle Actions by Joint 131

Glossary 132

Index 133

About the Authors 135

Muscle Groups by Function 136

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  • Posted April 7, 2011


    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Martial arts

    Very good magazune

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