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on 27 March 2015
This guy was a fake. If you are researching this style of karate you will soon see that it isn't what it claims to be. There are no golden bullets, if you hit somebody in the jugular hard enough it will cause pain and unconsciousness, you don't need to spend 20 quid on this book to tell you that. Apart from that there is not much more info in this then you can see on youtube. A couple kata applications, but again nothing new. You would be better spending your time actually training the traditional way then wasting it on things like this, seriously. My book went into the bin after 15 mins. What a waste. Obviously no reflection on the supplier, product was shipped and delivered quickly.
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on 8 June 2004
Commentary on Pressure Points and their uses in the martial arts. This book included sections on applications and techniques. It also includes limited narrative on selected pressure points (19 total). For example, in the section on the points, the authors have included five anatomical drawings of the human body. These charts are intended to illustrate the Traditional Chinese Medicine energy pathways throughout the body, which pressure point strikes access. Unfortunatly, the illustrations are lacking in detail, and are somewhat confusing. They have used solid black lines to represent the pathways, and have included multiple channels on each illustration. In the areas where two or more lines may intersect, there is no distinction between the lines. As such, some readers will quickly become lost.
The selected point descriptions are very limited in detail and information, covering 16 "Basic points" and three "advanced" points. Using the Chinese descriptive codes, the points covered are L-5, L-6, L-8, H-2, H-3, H-6, LI-7, L-10, L-13, L-7, TW-3, TW-11, TW-12, TW-17, SI-6, SI-7, S-5, S-9 and M-UE-28. The point striking information given the reader is very limited. For example, on page 64, the martial application for Heart Three (H-3) simply lists the martial uses as "[this point] may be struck or firmly pressed to bend the elbow." This is concerning, since a sufficient strike to H-3 can also be very dangerous (and potentially fatal). If hit stright in, a sufficient strike to H-3 can severely injure a person by stopping the beating of the heart. The immediate signs of this trauma shock to the body are an ashen gray complexion to the skin. The reciprient of the strike will collapse into unconsciousness, since their circulatory system has effectively been shut down. With sufficient force and intent, this same strike can also be fatal. These additional uses of the points in fighting are not covered, and their riskes are not covered.
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on 8 February 2000
This is the book that everybody refers back to when they talk about the "real meaning of kata". It assumes that the reader is familiar with karate and is up to about black belt level. I'm neither, but I still found it one of the most clearly illustrated martial arts books I've read and that it had plenty to interest someone into a Chinese martial art. It dispels more myths than it promotes. For martial artists it's a must-read
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on 27 June 2013
a must read for all practisoners of watered down karate do ,,and real karate jitsu, presents karate how it was meant to be as a efective self defence system not a watered down system for self improvement
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on 13 September 2015
Old book needs to come down in price.
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on 15 September 1998
An interesting presentation of martial arts techniques, intended for incorporation into varying martial arts systems.
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