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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8
EAN: 9780764553585
ISBN: 0764553585
Label: For Dummies
Manufacturer: For Dummies
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2002-11-29
Publisher: For Dummies
Studio: For Dummies

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There’s plenty of good reasons that millions of people around the world study martial arts.  Besides the fact  you can get a great workout when you stuffy a martial art, you may also experience a rewarding balance between your mind, body, and spirit that you just won’t  find anywhere else.  Plus, it can be a lot of fun!

No matter what shape you’re in, martial arts is a great way to drop extra pounds, learn to defend yourself, and develop personal and physical discipline. Whether you’re already studying a style of fighting or you’re just considering it, you’ll find everything you need to know in this helpful, friendly guide (including which movies to check out!).

The book breaks down the differences and presents the basics of each style of fighting, so you can make an informed choice about which style you want to study. You’ll also find out what makes for a good instructor, so you can be sure that you’re learning from the best. And there’s much more.  You’ll find out:

  • What martial arts is and is not
  • Five resolutions you must accept
  • Understanding the role of the instructor
  • How to set goals for yourself
  • All about the proper clothes, shoes, and equipment
  • How to preventi injuries
  • The philosophy of self defense
  • All about competing in tournaments
  • About Meditation and breathing techniques
  • The lowdown on weapons

There’s also a helpful glossary of foreign-language terminology that you’ll frequently encounter in the dojo –  that’s the training hall – so you’ll always be prepared. Whether you’re looking for a new way to get in shape, or a new way to sharpen your mind, Martial Arts For Dummies is all you need to get started in Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, or any other style!

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Summary: Great for those looking to start with martial arts...
Comment: This book is great if you're looking to start training in martial arts. It gives very useful tips for determining the right school and right instructor. It gives summaries of several different martial arts styles and even explains what skills, such as flexibility and endurance, are needed for a few of the styles covered.

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Summary: A Good General Introduction to Martial Arts
Comment: This book provides a good overview of martial arts. It is a particularly good book for someone who is just thinking about getting involved in martial arts training. The author gives a brief introduction to a wide variety of styles and what to expect from each.

Ms. Lawler also gives very helpful information to a prospective or new martial artist on ranking systems, training routines, competition, and even some self defense basics.

I think that this book is even good for more experienced practitioners of the martial arts. It covers a lot of interesting information on history and various tidbits on the martial arts culture and different styles. It is definitely a worthwhile purchase.

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Summary: A great place to start
Comment: Better than I expected. This book is a cogent and pithy overview of martial arts, what they, what they are not, how to get involved with them, and how to succeed if you choose to do so. It covers the basics of a good cross-section of styles including karate, kung fu, tae kwon do, judo, akido, escrima, hapkido, hapkido, muay thai, jeet kune do, and tai chi, all the major players. The author briefly discusses the martial culture, uniforms, and ranking systems so that you know what to expect. Further, she helps you understand how to pick a style and instructor, make the most of your training, know when/where you should use your martial knowledge, and how to avoid injuries during the process. It is comprehensive, well-written, and generally entertaining.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction

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Summary: Informative and educational
Comment: Martial Arts for Dummies is a delightful and educational book that dispels many of the myths the uninitiated may have heard about the martial arts. The book includes examples of common situations you may run into when first entering the training hall. For example, how to choose a school or art that is right for you, what to look for in a good martial arts instructor, and the meaning of the belt, uniform, and rituals.

The easy, conversational tone of the text makes it difficult to put this book down. After fifteen years of everyday training in the martial arts, I read this book cover to cover and found myself thinking "yes, that's how it is." The chapters on "The Part of Tens" toward the end of the book provide an excellent quick reference whenever you need that energy boost for tonight's class. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to both beginners and advanced students of the martial arts.

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