Secret Karate The Hidden Pressure-point Techniques of Kata by Ashley Croft

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  • WHEN CREATING KARATE KATA, the Okiniwan masters included deadly techniques targeting vital points. But they kept these techniques secret from outsiders and, when karate was exported to Japan

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Binding Paperback
Publisher Crowood Press Ltd.
Country of Origin UK
Number of Pages 175
Pubilcation Date 2003

Product details

  • Karate Book
  • by Ashley Croft
  • Evolution of karate
  • Anatomy
  • Classic Book

Secret Karate Description

When creating karate kata, the Okiniwan masters included deadly techniques targeting vital points. But they kept these techniques secret from outsiders and, when karate was exported to Japan, it appears they chose not to pass on their full knowledge of vital-point striking. Here, Ashley Croft demystifies this hidden corner of the art and explores its practical application. He explores the historical perspectives - the evolution of karate, the possible intentions of the ancient masters and the development of vital-point striking - together with analysing the kata, identifying the purpose of the moves and developing workable combinations using the various vital points. The author also covers anatomy and Eastern medical concepts; the meridians, acupoints and the vital energy flow (Qi). In addition, he describes, and shows the location of, the pressure points and the practical application of pressure-point strikes.

 

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WHEN CREATING KARATE KATA, the Okiniwan masters included deadly techniques targeting vital points. But they kept these techniques secret from outsiders and, when karate was exported to Japan, it appears that they chose not to pass on their full knowledge of vital-point striking. As a result much of the knowledge on the subject remained hidden from the vast majority of practitioners. In recent times, these secret techniques have been revived, and it is thought that they may help to explain some of the more obscure moves contained within all the martial arts. Now, in this highly accessible and readable book, Ashley Croft demystifies this hidden corner of the art and explores its practical application.

Historical perspectives: the evolution of karate, the possible intentions of the ancient masters, and the development of vital-point striking.
Anatomy and Eastern medical concepts. The meridians,acupoints, and vital energy flow (Qi).

Location and description of the pressure points, and the practical application of pressure-point strikes.

Analysing the kata, identifying the purpose of the moves, and developing workable combinations using the various vital points.

With over 300 illustrations, this book is an invaluable learning aid for all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of karate kata and exploring the hidden facets of this fascinating martial art.

Ashley Croft is a fourth dan in Shotokan Karate and fourth dan in Ao Denkou Jitsu, and he has trained with some of the top instructors in the world. He has taught karate for over fifteen years and has successfully trained many students from beginner through to black belt. He is currently chief instructor of the Chiltern Karate Association.

 

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