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The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw

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A MUST-HAVE RESOURCE FOR MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS, TEACHERS, & COACHES

By Charles Thornton - April 7, 2011

Every serious martial arts student, teacher, and coach should have this book on his or her shelf. It is a fantastic resource that you will reference again and again.

As a martial arts student myself, I will look up techniques I'm working on to help me understand how my body is functioning. The book's descriptions and illustrations assist me to visualize each technique into its component parts.

As a coach and instructor, this book has changed the way I approach certain techniques with my athletes. The speed/power/accuracy descriptions and key exercises provided by the authors are valuable tools when I'm coaching both novice and elite athletes.

I have been training in various martial arts for over 25 years and hold advanced black belt ranks in taekwondo and hapkido/yongmudo. I have also trained extensively in Brazilian jiujitsu and kendo, with some experience in judo and karate. Currently, I spend most of my time coaching competitive taekwondo... read more

an easy read but not as complete as the knowledge from my sempai who is a trained Physio

By Mr. V. Lee - April 22, 2011

I started Shotokan Kaate when I was 17. I am 23 now. Been doing it regularly for 6 years. I should probably say first I was a lazy teenager who didn;t get much exercise outside of a quick walk. I didn't do sports. My joints were stiff. 6 years later I still am but have improved flexibility. If only I was told the correct way to stretch. Joint pains and problems are developing now.

This is a good book. It is very broad as some reviewer say. It covers the general muscles that are used in a technique, but they could have broken them down further in steps as the technique is applied which muscles activate too and how it adds power. And when the wrong muscles are used (tense shoulders/ bent arm in a straight punch) they reduce power and speed.

Of course it is a lot more accessible than a medical/university text or primer on physiotherapy, kinesiology, sports science, biology and biomechanics. That's why I bought it. Those other books are really expensive... read more

Excellent reference book for martial artists

By Maja Grujic Stojkov - April 11, 2011

Except for being a guide into muscle groups employed by diverse martial arts' techniques, this book also offers a general overview of common basic elements in different Martial Arts. Although intended for people who are already practicing them, it can be useful as a suggestion to use any of martial arts as an alternative training for fitness or any other training regimen.

For those already involved in martial arts, this is a reference book, useful on several different levels. The first and the most obvious one is given by the book's title and the content, where text, photographs, and illustrations are finely in tune with each other, giving an insight into muscular point-counterpoint action that underlies all martial arts' techniques. In particular, the combination of photographs and illustrations with some occasional humorous detail makes them memorable and adds to the clarity of the whole. The Appendix 2, with alphabetized muscles' names and actions, as well as the... read more

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