The Kickboxing Handbook

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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- This volume features step-by-step descriptions of various moves and strength-building exercises, accompanied by detailed, full-color photographs. The book describes itself as a guide to planning your kickboxing strategy and goals, showing moves from beginning techniques to black belt. After a short description of the history of kickboxing, comparing and contrasting it with other styles, Ritschel discusses what to look for in kickboxing clubs, then moves into an exercise regimen that would be useful for any student of martial arts. Though not quite as emphatic as Roy Inman's The Judo Handbook or Mark Pawlett and Ray Pawlett's The Tae Kwon Do Handbook (both Rosen, 2008) about using the book as an accompaniment to classes, this one does emphasize safety, showing the correct way to punch in order to avoid injuring one's hand and displaying clear photographs on striking areas of the foot in order to perform kicks properly. The clear images that accompany each technique are the biggest draw, though in one part of the introduction, they cover up a bit of the text. In libraries where martial arts are popular, this book is an excellent addition.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404213951
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Martial Arts Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     6
The development of kickboxing     9
The history of kickboxing     15
Is kickboxing for me?     21
Warm-up exercises     33
Stretching for improved kicking     49
Strength training using only your body     57
Training with equipment     73
Stances and footwork     91
Punches     109
Kicks     125
Strikes     163
Blocking     175
Combinations in kickboxing     195
Using kickboxing as a form of self-defense     231
Index     254
Credits and acknowledgments     256
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