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The Martial Arts Description
This is an introduction to the origins, philosophy and practice of the world's martial arts. This book provides a chapter-by-chapter tour of the many varieties of martial arts, such as aikido, iai-do, jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, kendo, kung fu, kyudo, naginata, ninjutsu, sumo, taekwon-do and Thai boxing, discussing how and why these arts developed, their ways and laws, founding myths and heroes, and the culture that created them. A glossary of martial arts terminology and an illustrated section on martial arts weaponry are also included.
'Inside the Cover' of The Martial Arts
MARTIAL ARTS provides a thorough analysis of four of the fighting arts in all their physical and psychological aspects. A history of each art is given, followed by a step-by-step guide to exercises and techniques illustrated in a series of full-colour photos graphs. The kata of Karate do and the forms of its forerunner, Kung fu, are dis cussed and displayed in detail, the patterns which form the basis of the formidable kicking characteristic of Korean Taek-wondo are explained. Perhaps for the first time in print the methods of a far less widespread art are presented: the Ninjutsu art of Japan, which, because of its extraordinary beginnings 800 years ago, follows a unique path in the tradition of martial art, eschewing the rigid application of form. MARTIAL ArTS is at once an intriguing insight for the general reader into a subject often misunderstood, and for the martial art student of lasting practical value for its clarity and step-by-step visual content.
Peter Lewis has been involved with martial arts for more than 25 years. He has written several books on the subject, including "The Way of Martial Arts' and 'Martial Art of the Orient'. Having become a Black Belt in Wado-ryu Karate he switched to Kung fu and more recently has within that tradition become an exponent of Tai Chi Chuan (or 'Grand Ultimate Fist'). He is Consultant Editor of Fighters magazine.
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