Karate Science

Dynamic Movement
Author: J. D. Swanson, PHD
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 1594394601
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 240
View: 931
Dynamics, motion, and sensation are karate’s connective tissue—and they are the heart of this book. As a lifelong student of martial arts, J. D. Swanson, PhD, 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.”

Karate Science

Dynamic Movement
Author: J. D. Swanson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781594394591
Category: Science
Page: 216
View: 7414
Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is rooted in the teachings of the masters. This book nucleates that knowledge, clarifying and distilling the key principles behind movement dynamics. 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."

Fight Like a Physicist

The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts
Author: Jason Thalken, PhD
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 1594393397
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 296
View: 7582
CRUSHES MYTHS. UTTERLY BRILLIANT! An in-depth look into the physics behind martial arts Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book gives you an “unfair advantage” by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work. Did you know? • Momentum is for knocking people over • Energy is for breaking bones and causing pain • A haymaker travels 3.14159 times farther than a jab • You are only an “object” when you are rigid Fight Like a Physicist blends inquiry, skepticism, and irreverent humor—all while punching holes in myth and mysticism. Highlights include • Making physics your “unfair advantage,” in the ring and on the street • Examining center of mass, pi, levers, wedges, angular momentum, and linear momentum for martial artists • Reducing traumatic brain injury in contact sports • Exposing the illusion of safety provided by gloves and helmets • Overturning conventional wisdom on compliance during an assault • Busting up Hollywood action clichés Fight Like a Physicist reads like a manifesto on the rational practice of martial arts. It’s intelligent, fun, and dangerous—and nothing short of iconoclastic.

Karate Breaking Techniques

With Practical Applications for Self-Defense
Author: Jack Hibbard
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462903215
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 260
View: 6231
Karate Breaking Techniques is the first book devoted solely to the art and techniques of breaking objects. The author, a highly experienced martial arts instructor and former Green Beret, explains clearly and systematically how to break boards, bricks, and other objects, and discusses practical applications of these techniques for self-defense. With over 500 outstanding photographs and sketches, this karate book demonstrates the breaks themselves, then, in a simple, step-by-step manner, teaches how to execute them properly and safely. Although kola and fighting principles differ from style to style, breaking remains a constant, no matter what the style. Therefore, although martial artists may fight differently, execute kato differently or execute entirely different sets of kala, all students of all styles can use the information set out in Karate Breaking Techniques to master the art of breaking. Beginning with thorough coverage of the basics and on examination of the three principles of speed, power, and penetration, the author explains the importance of focus, body conditioning, proper placement of objects to be broken, breath control, and other vital aspects of the art. Hand, kicking, flying, and combination breaking techniques are discussed in detail, and the book concludes with instructions for performing impressive demonstration techniques.

Karate The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting

Author: Hidetaka Nishiyama,Richard C. Brown
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462902812
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
View: 1479
Master the techniques and theory of Japanese Karate with this easy-to-follow, illustrated martial arts guide. Karate: The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting has inspired hundreds of thousands of karateka, and it remains one of the finest texts available on the technique, art, and spirit of karatedo. This definitive volume is a systematic presentation of the art of traditional Japanese karate. An easily accessible martial arts manual illustrated with more than 1,000 photographs, this comprehensive karate book gives step-by-step explanations and thorough analysis of all the basic movements and techniques of karate. Topics of Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting" include: The history of Karate The theories and principle of Karate The best training and exercise methods Karate techniques like stance, blocking and attacks Defenses against weapons

The textbook of modern karate

Author: Teruyuki Okazaki,Milorad V. Stricevic
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Inc
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 376
View: 8538
Demonstrates basic stances, punches, striking techniques, blocks, and kicks, and suggests training procedures and drills

Parting the Clouds - The Science of the Martial Arts: A Fighter's Guide to the Physics of Punching and Kicking for Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and the

Author: Grenville Harrop
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9780983704102
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 266
View: 7890
This is a book that's long overdue: One that provides information that has never before been published, compiled or analyzed in a way that's designed to help fighters. This is a guide to the science of kicking and punching that can settle the debates about which techniques are the most effective and why. It will help a fighter to fight, an instructor to teach and martial artists to advance by working things out for themselves. There is no magic involved in the martial arts. The force and power that is displayed by an expert fighter is the consequence of rigorous training in the accurate application of physical laws. Understanding how to use these laws of physics to create massive impact forces will provide a personal insight into the practice of correct technique and form. This unique piece of work will act as a technical reference that provides the facts and figures that fighters seek, including records of the maximum force and speed achieved by some of the best present day warriors, helping to answer many of the most difficult questions in the martial arts.

Karate Training

The Samurai Legacy and Modern Practice
Author: Robin L. Rielly
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462904009
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 238
View: 644
This martial arts guide could actually be considered two books in one: a thorough history of Japanese karate–do and a profusely illustrated instruction manual for students of the martial art who have advanced beyond the beginning stages. Part One: Concerned about the misinterpretation of Japanese culture in general and karate in particular by many Western practitioners of karate, the author sets out in Part One of his book to trace the history of karate from its probable origins in India (or perhaps Greece) and its transmission in successively more developed forms to China, Okinawa, and then Japan. In Part Two: In this practical martial arts training manual the author first demonstrates important points of etiquette to be used in the karate dojo. He follows with well–illustrated instructions of kumite (sparring drills), including those involving two practitioners and those such as the doubleline drill and the circle drill which give practice in facing a number of opponents. Descriptions of many of these are not readily found in other English–language publications. He then presents nine kata, introductory the advanced kata, Sochin and Nijushiho.

Karate Fighting Techniques

The Complete Kumite
Author: 金澤弘和,Ric Berger
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770028723
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 200
View: 4492
This title teaches all the various kumite techniques, and presents a systematic approach to applied kumite that is designed to provide essential information for match-style kumite and tournament kumite. Hirokazu Kanazawa is the renowned karate master in the world today, and a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of the Shotokan School. Having earned his impressive reputation in Hawaii, the mainland United States, and Europe as an official trainer for the Japan Karate Association, Kanazawa founded Shotokan Karate-do International

Martial Mechanics

Maximum Results with Minimum Effort in the Practice of Martial Arts
Author: Phillip Starr
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
ISBN: 9781583942116
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 191
View: 1895
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Essential Karate Book

For White Belts, Black Belts and All Karateka in Between
Author: Graeme Lund
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462905595
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 192
View: 3879
The Essential Karate Book is an illustrated, informative guide to the techniques, philosophy and practice of karate With 20 chapters covering practically every aspect of karate, this in-depth reference will assist students and instructors as they plot their course through karate instruction, benefiting those at all levels. The Essential Karate Book contains 200 diagrams mapping out moves, 300 color photographs, and downloadable video, making it a comprehensive general karate reference for Western audiences. Readers of this karate guide will learn about: The origins and history of karate Required behavior, clothing and etiquette, as well as the fundamentals of karate and the different styles that share them Stances, blocks, strikes and kicks Preparing your body through warm ups, stretching, and conditioning through karate-specific exercises Kata grading and fighting (kumite) techniques and competition rules Martial arts weapons (kobudo), and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) applications The Essential Karate Book is a must-have for any martial arts enthusiast, from beginners to black belts!

A Brief History of the Martial Arts

East Asian Fighting Styles, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu
Author: Jonathan Clements
Publisher: Robinson
ISBN: 1472136470
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 7847
Folk tales of the Shaolin Temple depict warrior monks with superhuman abilities. Today, dozens of East Asian fighting styles trace their roots back to the Buddhist brawlers of Shaolin, although any quest for the true story soon wanders into a labyrinth of forgeries, secret texts and modern retellings. This new study approaches the martial arts from their origins in military exercises and callisthenics. It examines a rich folklore from old wuxia tales of crime-fighting heroes to modern kung fu movies. Centre stage is given to the stories that martial artists tell themselves about themselves, with accounts (both factual and fictional) of famous practitioners including China's Yim Wing-chun, Wong Fei-hong, and Ip Man, as well as Japanese counterparts such as Kano Jigoro, Itosu Anko and So Doshin. The history of martial arts encompasses secret societies and religious rebels, with intimate glimpses of the histories of China, Korea and Japan, their conflicts and transformations. The book also charts the migration of martial arts to the United States and beyond. Special attention is paid to the turmoil of the twentieth century, the cross-cultural influence of Japanese colonies in Asia, and the post-war rise of martial arts in sport and entertainment - including the legacy of Bruce Lee, the dilemma of the ninja and the global audience for martial arts in fiction.

The Physics of Martial Arts

Author: Steven Elmore
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781502884480
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 132
View: 4062
The Physics of Martial Arts is a comprehensive text which analytically illustrates the effectiveness of martial arts techniques. The author utilizes his extensive martial arts, educational, and professional experiences to dissect why martial arts movements created thousands of years ago are still applicable today. This book is a must for martial arts instructors and students who wish to understand how to scientifically improve their technical skills.

Tsuku Kihon

Advanced Fighting Techniques of Shotokan Karate
Author: Luis Bernardo Mercado
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1477289275
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: N.A
View: 7926
Tsuku Kihon refers to powerful and dynamic techniques used and taught by some Shotokan karate instructors. The idea behind Tsuku Kihon is that power and closing distance are greatly enhanced by propelling the body forward using basic karate principles. A group of approximately 25 Tsuku Kihon combinations was developed by several Shotokan instructors in the middle of the 20th century. Sensei Luis Bernardo Mercado decided to expand and categorize Tsuku Kihon in order to increase its applications and to create a formal structure for teaching them. Many months of trial and error by the author of this book resulted in an additional 42 combinations and three methods by which Tsuku Kihon can be systematically taught to intermediate and advanced karate students. This second edition of Tsuku Kihon is expanded to include several more exercises that will help practitioners improve their skills in this art form. Chapter 3 is for instructors to use as an introduction of Tsuku Kihon to beginners below brown belt. These exercises teach how to drop into an attack and end up in a complete front stance. Chapters 10 and 11 are meant for advanced students who have been training in Tsuku Kihon for about one year. Using the heavy bag and makiwara will sharpen skill at all levels and improve kime and distancing. Chapter 14 integrates sweeps into Tsuku Kihon combinations, which will raise kumite to a higher level of proficiency. Together, these additional drills will make for a more rounded martial arts practitioner, competitor, and improve self-defense capabilities. Another great addition to this updated book is beautiful artwork by Nobu Kaji (tsuku kihon, kihon, and kata techniques), Egil Thompson (samurai scene drawings) and Mike Thompson (wood inlay artwork for back cover). All these original works of art give a sense of real action and martial arts spirit.

Fighting Science

The Laws of Physics for Martial Artists (Revised and Expanded)
Author: Martina Sprague
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781519783080
Page: 300
View: 6175
It has been said that a successful martial artist doesn't need size or strength, because "it's all in the technique." It has also been said that the power of a martial artist seems to increase quickly with weight, and the best lightweight fighter in the world will be defeated every time by an unranked heavyweight in a bar brawl. So is it size and physical strength that matters, or is it experience and dedication to correct technique? This book explores the science behind power in the martial arts. Once we understand the principles of physics that apply to balance, body mass in motion, inertia, direction, rotational speed, friction, torque, impulse, and kinetic energy, the need to memorize hundreds of martial arts techniques vanishes. The principles of physics apply to all people at all times regardless of which martial art we study; regardless of whether we are standing, sitting, kneeling, prone, or supine; whether we are big or small, strong or weak. Physics gives us options. Making physics our ally allows us to maximize our power, speed, and endurance and take advantage of whatever position we happen to find ourselves in. This book is supplemented by hundreds of photos, detailed glossaries, summary and review sections, and even quizzes to test yourself on what you've learned and help you gain an edge on an adversary.

Dynamic Karate

Instruction by the Master
Author: Masatoshi Nakayama
Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated
ISBN: 9781568364131
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 308
View: 9747
A fully-illustrated guide to karate techniques and their application by a Japanese expert.


Reinventing The Technique
Author: Kamil Kroczewski
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781506906690
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 142
View: 6693
Karate, Reinventing the Technique is the first study on the subject explaining the homogeneous nature of karate technique. It is an in-depth exploration of energetic aspect of movement that includes breathing, use of physics and synchronized action of mind-body system. The book is an essential guide for more advance karate practitioners as well as other martial artists interested in deeper exploration of movement's principles. It also outlines the benefits of transferring the knowledge to different sports and routines in regards to improving performance. Karate, Reinventing the Technique offers the following: Explains how all techniques are based on the same principle Provides practical guidelines for generating more speed and power Explains the function of stances and why they look the way they look Explains why moving the hips may actually reduce the power of your techniques Includes many interactive exercises that bring instant feedback Kamil Kroczewshi has been studying karate for over twenty five years. He was a student of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama and an instructor at the National Karate Institute in Los Angeles, which at that time was the most prestigious traditional karate dojo in the world. Keywords: Karate, Martial Arts, Professional Sport, Karate Shotokan, Shotokan, Fighting Strategy, Timing, Traditional Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Internal Karate

Zen in the Martial Arts

Author: Joe Hyams
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307755509
Category: Philosophy
Page: 144
View: 2180
"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."--Samurai Maximum. Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities.