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Karate Science: Dynamic Movement

Karate Science: Dynamic Movement


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As a lifelong student of martial arts, J. D. Swanson, Ph.D., had searched through piles of books on form and function. Stand here, they said. Step there. But where movement was concerned, not one of them went deep enough. No one discussed dynamics―the actual feeling of the moves.

Martial instruction, both in print and in person, tends to focus on stances and finishing positions. But dynamics, motion, sensation...they are karate's connective tissue―and they are the heart of this book.

Karate Science: Dynamic Movement will help you understand the mechanics of the human body. Swanson describes these principles in incredible detail, drawing on examples from several styles of karate, as well as aikido, taekwondo, and judo. Whatever your martial background, applying this knowledge will make your techniques better, stronger, and faster.

  • Understand the major types of techniques, including their outward appearances and internal feelings.
  • Master the core principles behind these feelings.
  • Learn the biomechanics and dynamics of core movement.

Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is filled with examples, anecdotes, and beautiful illustrations. Although Shotokan karate is the author's frame of reference, the principles of human mechanics translate to all martial styles.

This book features

  • Clear and insightful explanations of dynamic movement.
  • Over 100 illustrations.
  • Profound but accessible analysis of the kihon, or fundamentals of Shotokan karate.

Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is rooted in the teachings of the masters,” Swanson says. “This book nucleates that knowledge, clarifying and distilling the key principles behind movement dynamics. This is the next evolution of karate books.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594394591
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Martial Science
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 381,752
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

J. D. Swanson holds a Ph.D. in integrative biosciences and a fifth-degree black belt from the International Shotokan Karate Federation. He is an official ISKF instructor, examiner, and judge, having studied under both Okazaki and Yaguchi sensei. Swanson began his martial studies in 1980 in his native New Zealand. He moved to the United States in 1998. He is a professor in the Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Salve Regina University and the head instructor of the Shotokan karate clubs at Brown and Salve Regina Universities. J. D. Swanson resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments
Part I: The Techniques and How to Do Them 6 Chapter 1: An Introduction and How to Use this Book Chapter 2: The Four Fundamental Requirements of Martial Arts Chapter 3: With What and How Do I Make a Hitting Surface? Chapter 4: Stances, the Body Postures of Karate Chapter 5: The Dynamics of Stances Chapter 6: Zuki: Thrusting Techniques Chapter 7: Keri: Kicking Techniques Chapter 8: Uchi: Striking Techniques Chapter 9: Uke: Blocking Techniques Chapter 10: Kuzushi: Techniques of Breaking Balance
Part II: Principals of Karate Techniques Chapter 11: How the Body Works: Joints and Muscles Chapter 12 How the Body Works: Balance Chapter 13: Biomechanics: How do I Hit Something Hard?
Part III: Internal Movement of Karate Chapter 14: If I Juggle my Hips do I Hit Someone Harder? Hip Vibration Chapter 15: Hit Them Like a Steam Train: Using Body Shifting to Generate Translational Power Chapter 16: Rockin’ and Rollin’: Rotation of the Body to Create Power, Coordination of Movement, and Superior Body Position Chapter 17: Breathing: The Key to Co-ordination Chapter 18: How Do I Hit Things and Not Fall Over? Keage, Kekomi, and Ate Chapter 19: Is there equipment that can help me? Chapter 20: Conclusions
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