Skilful Karate

Skilful Karate

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This book provides guidance for those practising the enormously popular martial art of karate. The author looks at combination techniques, training and building up for grading or competition. Additional material is provided on sparring, the development of breaking techniques and how to prevent, or cope with, injury through correct warm-up and practice sessions. Greg McLatchie is a former consultant adviser to the martial arts commission, has a black belt in karate and runs a sports clinic in Hartlepool.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 b&w photographs, 25 line drawings
  • 0713657790
  • 9780713657791

Table of contents

Karate - history and development, forces in karate, competition karate, Kata; karate for sport and self-defence - who can practice?, getting started, protective equipment, Dojo etiquette, the grading system; preparation and training - flexibility, stamina, power, practice and positive mental attitude, how to assess your fitness, pertinent factors about warm-up, the training diet; the natural weapons of karate - hand and arm, foot and leg; karate stances; defence techniques - upper, middle lower; basic techniques - commitment and concentration, co-ordination and balance, speed of execution, control, punches, kicking techniques, sweeps; basic combinations; sparring and training - Sanbon Kumite, Ippon Kumite, Jiyu Kumite; competition techniques and strategy - assessment of your opponent's abilities, staying on the move, effective use of the fighting area, holding onto a lead, all out attack, feinting techniques, attacks with punches, defences against punches, kicking attacks, attacks with sweeps; breaking techniques (Tameshiwari) - use of skills outside the Dojo, weapons used in self-defence, breaking grips on the wrist, countering attacks from the front, countering attacks from behind, countering attacks with weapons; vulnerable areas of the human body; prevention and management of injuries - injury situations, prevention of injury, common injuries, principles of immediate management, special precautions, major emergencies, information.
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