- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Neth Publishing; 1st Edition edition (26 Mar. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953893200
- ISBN-13: 978-0953893201
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.1 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Karate's Grappling Methods Paperback – 26 Mar 2001
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A great & inspired book on the applications of Karate Kata!
"At long last, a credible and marvellous book on the applications of Karate kata! And not one that skims the surface looking for frills & thrills, succeeding to entertain but failing abysmally to prepare one for a real, in your face encounter. Rather this book is an in-depth, thoughtful and thought provoking examination of possibly and probably the deadliest of arts (once fully realised). Karate's grappling methods are not practiced in most traditional clubs because they simply do not know that these methods exist. This book will greatly aid in redressing the balance and will bring karate back to where it belongs in contemporary martial arts, on the cutting edge instead of dying in the water. This is a great and inspired book. Buy it if you know what is good for you." - Geoff Thompson - Renowned martial artist (6th Dan Karate) self-protection expert and best selling author.
This book looks at Karate's grappling techniques and principles - as recorded within the Karate katas (forms) - and shows how they can be realistically applied in a fighting situation. Karate's close range methods have largely been neglected since the advent of modern competition. If you wish to practice karate as an effective system of fighting - you need to read this book!
Karate's Grappling Methods covers the following topics: Understanding Kata & Bunkai, The role of grappling in self-defence, Close range strikes, Throws & takedowns, Ground fighting, Chokes & Strangles, Arm locks, Leg & ankle locks, Neck wrenches, Finger locks, Wrist locks, Fighting dirty?, Combinations and Live grappling drills. Karate's Grappling Methods contains approx 400 easy to follow black and white photographs.
The information contained within this book will enable you to practice Karate as the effective and complete art that its founders intended it to be. If you want to know what kata is really all about, you simply have to get this book!
About the Author
Iain Abernethy is one of the world's leading exponents of kata application and practical karate. He has been invited all over the globe to teach his approach and to help people return to the original combative nature of the traditional martial arts.
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I found the book to be a very interesting look at a largely ignored aspect of karate. The book is fairly easy to follow and includes many photographs per technique. Each chapter begins by showing examples of each grappling method (e.g. throws) before giving a more detailed explanation of the kata's techniques and their variations. The book has a number of interesting propositions that I haven't seen explored in other books. The book not only shows the grappling techniques that are recorded in the kata, but also variations based upon the same principles. This leads to number of ground fighting kata adaptations, which I found to be a unique and very interesting idea.
The book also revolves around the application of the kata's methods in a self-defence situation. There are instructions on the dangers and strengths associated with each method and there is an entire chapter that advises on the use of grappling techniques in the real world (Geoff Thompson's foreword is very complimentary in this regard). Most interesting for me was the guidance on how the kata's techniques can be included in sparring. Again, I thought this part of the book was fairly unique, as I have never seen suggested elsewhere that kata techniques must be practised live if we are going to be able to use them in a real fight. The book also suggests a number of progressive sparring drills... However, you can't help but suspect that many "traditionalists" won't care for some of the positions taken! (Some of the people at my club said that they felt grappling etc. had nothing to do with karate!Read more ›
In an art which has become overly focused on striking and kicking by many practitioners, this outstanding text will help you to practice the way it was meant to be--as an effective, holistic, and complete fighting system. It is well illustrated, easy to understand, practical, and very insightful. The author not only describes how grappling methods were recorded in karate kata and demonstrates a wide assortment of techniques, but he also describes the principles that make them effective in real-life fighting situations.
Subjects covered include understanding the role of grappling in self-defense, kata and bunkai (applications), close range strikes, throws and takedowns, ground fighting, chokes and strangles, arm bars, leg and ankle locks, neck twists, finger locks, wrist locks, and combinations. Dirty fighting and grappling drills are also covered. As you can see this is an outstanding and holistic treatise on the subject.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really very good book. Well illustrated, it covers a great range of grappling methods taken from the Kata. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by William Axtell
Book in excellent condition, great for me as I'm now advancing from middle grade to high grade. Would recommend to deal with.Published on 9 July 2011 by P. Smith
This book discusses both interpretation of kata as well as how to take that interpretation and introduce it to kumite situations in a progressive and safe manner for students. Read morePublished on 4 July 2011 by Galaktia
I have been learning Karate only for a relatively short period of time. However, one of the first things I noticed was how little grapples, throws, take-downs and locks are... Read morePublished on 29 April 2011 by T Williamson
Finally!! a book that describes the true nature of Karate bunkai. At first glance this can be seen as a book primarily for grappling but dont be fooled. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2007 by MARKS
If you practice karate at all at any level, buy this book. It's that simple.
Abernethy shows how shallow typical competition karate has become. Read more
This book, the predecessor of Iain's masterpiece 'Bunkai-Jutsu,' will do exactly as it promises: enable you to practise karate as the full and complete art it was meant to be. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2004 by Richard Marsh
An excellent find as I browsed through the Amazon Martial arts section. A book that made me think about what I was doing and teaching on my dojo. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2002 by A. Corbett
If you've found yourself just "going through the moves" in your kata then this book will help you to understand how to bring them to life. Read morePublished on 10 July 2002 by RICHARD