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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: 16.5 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,506 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 By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. Malt on 16 Jun. 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "mike180975" on 27 April 2005
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb. 2006
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I was expecting great things from this book due to the Rick Clark connection sadly this was not the case.
The applications are the standard ones which any karate instructor would show you. There is nothing new or insightful in this book or remotely 'secret'. Most of the techniques are brown belt level at the highest. Nearly all of the application is based on standard karate attacks making the SD value of many of them dubious at best.
Sadly I have to say there are better books on the market
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