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This review is from: 75 Down Blocks: Refining Karate Technique (Paperback)
I have no hesitation in recommending this book. In it Prof Rick Clark demonstrates the use of the downward block (gedan barai) to a variety of wrist/lapel grabs as well grappling and general fighting scenarios. Whether they will work for you will depend on what techniques you prefer and your size and skill level. However I have no doubt that everyone could learn something from this book. Having trained with Rick Clark on a few occasions I can vouch for the fact that anything he demonstrates he can make work. For any readers who are unaware of his skill set he is dan graded in multiple martial arts.
As a previous reviewer has pointed out the opening essay is very interesting.
I wouldn't however recommend this book for complete beginners; I think you need a few years experience before approaching a book like this. Apart from that one reservation highly recommended.