Although for centuries branded as "the weaker sex," in the 21st century the sports field and health club are no longer out of bounds for women. However, there are still differences in the activities that men and women do. Go to any sports club and you will see more men in the gym pumping iron and more women in the studio doing aerobics. The martial artr are no exception. When they became popular in the 1970s, they attracted primarily men because of their macho image. In the martial arts, however, size and strength are not the determining factor in who is going to win a bout. This book is both an introduction to the martial arts and a practical manual on how you can use martial arts techniques to get fit and defend yourself. Fully illustrated, it features techniques from the hard/external arts of karate and shaolin lohan, and from the soft/internal arts of t'ai chi, judo, anda aikido.
Table of Contents
|Women's Health and Fitness||8|
|Warm-Up and Preparation||18|
|Strength and Stamina||46|
|Clothing and Equipment||92|
|Useful Web Sites/About the Author||95|