Pressure-point Fighting: A Guide to the Secret Heart of Asian Martial Arts Paperback – 6 Jan 2001
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"In my fifteen years as a martial arts journalist, I have seldom seen a martial artist with the ability and knowledge of Rick Clark. "Pressure Point Fighting" is a book for all martial arts styles a must-read for students, teachers, and those interested in learning more about common-sense martial arts and self-defense." Jane Hallander, from the Foreword"
A handy introduction to the Korean language that is concise, simple, and useful.
Much more than Korean phrasebook, Practical Korean has been written to fill a specific need: that of the hundreds of thousand of people now visiting Korea for business or holidays or even living there for a year or two, who wish to learn something of the spoken Korean language around them. The grammatical structure of Korean is particularly complex, and difficulties plague foreign students learning Korean. Samuel E. Martin, renowned Asian language expert and professor emeritus at Yale University has simplified some of the common problems to acquaint the reader with the most useful way to say a lot of everyday things, without having to memorize long lists of grammatical rules. The compact size makes it ideal for traveling to Korea or reading on a plane, train or bus.
The sentences are almost all given in the polite (yo) style, which is both the simplest and the most widely useful. From this style, another common style—the Intimate style—is easily derived simply by dropping the final particle. From a practical point of view, this is the quickest and simplest way to put a foreigner into direct communication with Koreans, including the use of a Korean phrase book. The student will quickly make progress learning to comprehend and speak Korean. The material is presented using the romanization method of written Korean that is officially authorized by the Korean government as well as the native Korean script (Hangeul). Practical Korean is grouped into 47 lessons that cover all the common topics of conversation, grammar and vocabulary.
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I think the main thing is to have realistic expectations of a book of this type. A book can explain where the pressure points are and how to manipulate them to cause an intended level of pain, but there is no substituted for training with an instructor. Thankfully, and due in no small part to Professor Clark travelling widely, many instructors are familiar with kyusho and practical applications of kata rather than the surface level stuff that was taught for many years (for example the jump/juji-uke in heian godan - as a block for a front kick this is ridiculous, mainly because you have to commit to the block before the attacker has even moved).
Enjoy this book by all means, but take every opportunity to train with people like Rick Clark, Vince Morris, John Burke, Ian Abernethy, and your martial arts will be rounded and effective.
i wouldn t really say it was a waste of money, but it has been done a lot better by other authors. sorry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If this book were called "Explaining karate kata
and their relationship to pressure points"
it might be half way to describing the contents. Read more
I bought this book to prepare for a seminar/training session that the author was running near me. Although the book was in reasonable condition it's format was mainly gearted... Read morePublished on 7 April 2010 by Andrew Leach
This book is, like Prof Clark's first book, both in-depth and easy to understand at the same time. Clark doesn't waste time using terminology that is hard to understand, rather he... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2004 by Practical Martial Arts