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Complete Kicking: The Ultimate Guide to Kicks for Martial Arts Self-Defense & Combat Sports
Complete Kicking: The Ultimate Guide to Kicks for Martial Arts Self-Defense & Combat Sports
by Sang H. Kim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for anyone wanting to learn or perfect their kicks!, 1 Oct. 2009
This book is suitable for complete beginners (however taking some sort of instruction is reccomended both by the author and myself!), confident kickers and experts due to the range of kicks it includes and the simplicity, but yet detailed explainations.

The first two chapters (introduction and understanding the body) focus on the real basics such as stance, weight shifting while kicking, balance, how the body physically works to produce a good kick (this is quite simple and not full of biological jargon) and how the physics of a kick work - where the power comes from etc. personally i found this quite interesting, but i am a bit of a geek when it come to this! it is quite simple and basic but for a beginner quite helpful and for a slightly more experienced fighter it will help you to focus on how your body works and why you are moving in a particular way to make the kick succesful which i believe in turn helps you to exploit the kick for each situation in a more effective manner.

chapter 3 - fundamental kicks, starts with a quick set of pictures stating the weapons/part of the foot that is used in kicking. then it covers a variety of the more basic kicks. Chapter 4 focuses on how to perform spining and turning kicks, chapter 5 on hopping kicks, chapter 6 jumping kicks, chapter 7 jump spinning and turning kicks, chapter 8 multiple kicks and chapter 10 combination kicks.

For each of the kicks there it tells you the purpose of the kick, where to kick and which part of your foot to use to strike with, step by step how to perform the kick with plenty of clear pictures (front and side views), variations of the kick (where applicable), a few self-defense and sparring/sport applications which help you to get a feel for how to use the kick and common mistakes to look out for while performing the kick.

throughout there are also some exercises that will help with some of the kicks or aspects of them such at height, accuracy and balance.

I think its also worth noting there is an index which helps you find bit you may have read earlier or are interested in checking out.

it has to be said too that all the pictures are black and white which is a slight disappointment, however they are very clear and the book it completly pack with pictures so making them colour would increase the cost of printing a lot and therefore the cost of the book too. black and white works, but colour is nicer.

ultimately the book has clear, concise and correct advice throughout. I would reccomend it to anyone wanting to improve their kicking or even those who are begining to teach as it will help you to find way to describe what to do and also remind you of common kicking mistakes to look for.

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