Martial Structure: How to Maximize Your Martial Arts Skills through Body Alignment, Movement, and Breathing

Martial Structure: How to Maximize Your Martial Arts Skills through Body Alignment, Movement, and Breathing

by Phillip Starr


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A guide to becoming faster, more powerful, and more effective in martial arts through correct body alignment and proper structure

In all martial disciplines—including karate, judo, taekwondo, and gong-fu—real martial skill does not require the development of large muscles or great strength but rather correct posture. Drawing on decades of experience as both a student and a teacher, Phillip Starr, author of Martial Mechanics and Martial Maneuvers, focuses on how physical posture affects not only physical abilities but also the mental condition and emphasizes the importance of developing power without exerting unnecessary muscular force. His thorough and accessible explanation of the principles of physical structure as they pertain to the human body and how these affect martial arts performance shows how anyone, regardless of size or strength, can learn to generate uncanny power with very little muscular effort through the enhanced stability achieved by maintaining correct alignment and proper structure. Abundantly illustrated throughout with photographs that provide step-by-step instructions, Martial Structure is essential for anyone wanting to understand how the laws of physics and biomechanics can be harnessed to make them faster, more powerful, and more effective in actual combat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172268
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 780,795
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

PHILLIP STARR began studying martial arts in 1956, including judo, Kyokushin karate, Shito-ryu karate, Baixingquan (a form of Northern Shaolin kung fu), baguazhang, taijiquan, xingyiquan, and Filipino arnis. In 1976 he won the United States Karate Association's Grand Championships, becoming the first kung-fu stylist to win the title of National Champion. He is also a two-time winner of the Amateur Athletic Union's Chinese Martial Arts National Tournament. He has authored five books on the martial arts: The Making Of A Butterfly, Martial Mechanics, Martial Maneuvers, Hidden Hands, and Developing Jin, as well as numerous articles for various magazines and e-magazines, including Inside Kung Fu and Truwaza. Starr lives in Omaha, NE.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Hard versus Soft 1

Chapter 2 Going Straight 5

Chapter 3 The Tortoise Shell 11

Chapter 4 Sink! 15

Chapter 5 Level the Hips 27

Chapter 6 Hidden in Plain Sight 37

Chapter 7 Anchor the Knees 41

Chapter 8 Opening the Nozzle 47

Chapter 9 Structure and Kicking 53

Chapter 10 The Importance of Correct Breathing 59

Chapter 11 Breathing and Structure 65

Chapter 12 Structure impacts Impact 71

Chapter 13 It's All in the Song 77

Chapter 14 The Analogy of the Chain 81

Chapter 15 Little Fingers and Toes 85

Chapter 16 The Standing Postures 89

Chapter 17 Now, Move It! 95

Chapter 18 Using Training Equipment 101

Chapter 19 Mirror, Mirror 109

Chapter 20 Yi, Qi, and Structure 115

Chapter 21 Baby Steps 119

About the Author 123

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