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Karch Kiraly's Championship Volleyball Paperback – 19 Jun 1996


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684814668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684814667
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd like to get started by talking about my background as a volleyball player and how I was able to build a foundation of skills starting with that cornerstone of every player's game, the forearm pass, or, as we call it, the bump. Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nice. Not very thorough. Offers interesting concepts. 26 May 1999
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Format: Paperback
The book covers the basic techniques and tactics. It is mostly a description of the author's view of how to play, and less a complete description of the possibilities, implications, pros and cons of the various options.
If you want to know how Karch plays - there's some very interesting "inside information". This does not necessarily mean it suits your needs and abilities.
If you value your health, and want to make real progress, skip the chapter about conditioning and strength training - very unprofessional: For example, his gym leg training is knee extensions, rather than leg press / squats, and his view of rest is 24 hours off the gym (in his level he should retire for ~96 hours).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 12 Feb. 2003
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Format: Paperback
I've been coaching volleyball for 7 years now. This is the best book I've found on skills and strategies. It helped me go from the basics, which is all the farther high school volleyball got when I played, to the advanced game it is today. Easy to read and understand, also.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Karch is King! 5 April 1999
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Format: Paperback
Volleyball's most decorated player in history [winner of 3 gold medals in the Olympics (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), over 130 career wins on the A.V.P. Tour, the #1 leader in career prize money,etc.], Karch Kiraly has yet another career ahead of him in writing. Karch teaches you to become a better volleyball player and the techiniques he uses to be 'numero uno.' I think it's well written and he's added more about the beach game. Everything that Karch does is 'golden!'
The best thing about my copy of Karch's book is I had him sign it for me! So, go out to the next A.V.P. event or if you see him practicing, and ask him to do the same. I can't wait to read some of his other books in the near future!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A worthy companion to Kiraly's BEACH VOLLEYBALL 19 July 2004
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Like Joe Eszterhas, the author of SHOWGIRLS and FLASHDANCE, the parents of Karsh Kiraly emigrated to the US from Hungary, where a repressive regime had limited their rights to work and practice free thought. Kiraly shares with Joe Eszterhas some of the same beliefs in the goodness of America, a land where you can make as much money and accure as much cultural capital as you possibly can. And Kiraly has had it all. In CHAMPIONSHIP VOLLEYBALL it is like having a coach over your shoulder at all times, a coach who is going to teach you to block, bump, pass and spike step by step, with careful diagrams and a consistent "you can do it" attitude.
Funny to think that a childhood cartwheel, in which he injured his hand badly by thrusting it into a gopher hole, led to a general lengthening of one arm and corresponding flexibility, which saw him in good stead when he became a teen. Kiraly proves over and over that when life hands you (or your parents) a lemon, you can turn around and make the finest lemonade from it.
One handy chart included in both editions of KK's CV is the list of VOLLEYBALL MILESTONES at the end.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Karch is King! 5 April 1999
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Format: Paperback
Volleyball's most decorated player in history [winner of 3 gold medals in the Olympics (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), over 130 career wins on the A.V.P. Tour, the #1 leader in career prize money,etc.], Karch Kiraly has yet another career ahead of him in writing. Karch teaches you to become a better volleyball player and the techiniques he uses to be 'numero uno.' I think it's well written and he's added more about the beach game. Everything that Karch does is 'golden!'
The best thing about my copy of Karch's book is I had him sign it for me! So, go out to the next A.V.P. event or if you see him practicing, and ask him to do the same. I can't wait to read some of his other books in the near future!
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