A Complete Guide to Karate

A Complete Guide to Karate

by Stefano Di Marino, Roberto Ghetto


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Learn About Fundamental Kicking and Punching Techniques, Karate is a martial art that developed on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Greatly influenced by Chinese combat practices, karate began to gain popularity in Japan during periods of increased cultural flux between the two nations. It remains, to this day, a popular martial art that is practiced by fans and athletes all over the world. Whether you are a seasoned karateka (student) or a curious newcomer, you will find yourself fascinated by the history and philosophy of this ancient discipline. This book offers readers a comprehensive overview of the basic techniques of karate as well as guidance on forms, maneuvers, and kumite (combat). The moment to start practicing has arrived: put on your karategi and get started!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766085398
Publisher: Enslow Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Mastering Martial Arts
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

The History and Spread of Karate 8

Okinawa and the Martial Tradition of the Ryukyu Islands 8

Tang Hand 10

Karate in the World 14

The Objective of This Book 15

A Karate Lesson 17

Places, Divisions, Levels, and Training 17

The Greeting 18

Taiso 19

The Basic Techniques of Karate 22

Karate Weapons 26

How to Hit with a Fist 26

Positions and Moves 29

Fundamental Techniques 39

Tsuki: Punching Techniques 40

Keri: Kicking Techniques 46

Uchi: Striking Techniques 53

Elbow Strikes 59

Uke: Blocking Techniques 62

Kumite (Combat) 70

Kata (Forms, Models) 102

Kata, Heian, and Pinan 103

Conclusion 121

Glossary 123

Further Reading 125

Index 126

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