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Secret Karate: The Hidden Pressure-point Techniques of Kata [Paperback]

Ashley Croft
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21 July 2003
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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861265956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861265951
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ashley Croft is a fourth dan in Shotokan Karate and 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. He is currently chief instructor of the Chiltern Karate Association.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent book 19 Nov 2003
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This book informs you with great detail all the pressure points on the human body, it tells you the angle of the strike and force required to gain the right result. If you have never heard of pressure points before but practise Karate or another form of martial arts then this book will serve you well, if you do know about pressure points this book will help you to gain a better understanding of these points.This book also tells you alot more, besides pressure points, which include to name a few, history, law and theories. I would strongly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking 27 April 2005
Intersting and thought provoking. This book opens up a world of thinking for the serious martial artist. The writer does not claim to know the secrets just offers his interpretation and judgement. The beginning of the book goes through the history and then onto pressure points at this point you can be bogged down with terminology and vital point names and meridians however once passed this point in the main part of the book it all becomes apparent and easier to remember. This book is an insight. It has opened my mind up to my kata with some variations of my own now. This book will stay with me as a reference and a start to pressure points. Only buy this book if you are a serious karate-ka otherwise the tecniques and terminology will be wasted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for the most part... 16 Jun 2007
The problem with the book is that pretty much every kata application within it is very 'obviously' applied: By obvious I mean that you really don't need this book to work them out, all you need is a basic anatomical diagram showing the vital points of the human body and knowledge of the kata. Basically a trained six year old could produce the same results.

I do not hold that the book is completely useless. It does have a very clear and concise account of the history of Karate in it, which is a valuable insight into explaining Kata. But this isn't the main reason to buy the book, hence it has two stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy! 24 Dec 2005
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This is a must buy, very informative and easy to understand, brilliant explanations.Fantastic addition to my Karate Book collection, would be good for anyone studying Karate no matter what level they are at!
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