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Pressure-point Fighting: A Guide to the Secret Heart of Asian Martial Arts Paperback – 6 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original ed. edition (6 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080483217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804832175
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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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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As an experienced Martial Artist I can tell you that Pressure Points are not easy to apply, in fact in a real fight they are very difficult to apply successfully however if u do they can be a lifesaver allowing you to take control of anyone irrelevant of their size. Now martial arts expert Rick Clark offers all the fundamental pressure-point techniques-illustrated with hundreds of photographs and a number of detailed pressure-point charts-melding the ancient Asian knowledge with modern Western medicine and science. In what it sets out to do, document effective, reliable pressure points it is very successful. The book does not deserve a perfect for 2 reasons, firstly I believe the book could be shorter and more to the point in some areas as it often provides information that is not needed, a bit like my review. Secondly to really effectively learn pressure points nothing can substitute a good Martial Arts instructor.
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Rick Clark talks much sense with respect to turning back to the original fighting systems of Budo instead of more modern, less generalised systems such as Karate and Tae Kwon Do, but then goes forward to demonstrate some basic self-defence techniques using Karate! There are only really 10 pages in the book which relate to the specifics of pressure points, although these are not brilliant, and fiarly simplistic. I would advise to get the Dim-Mak books instead.
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By A Customer on 30 July 2001
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The title of this book is fairly misleading, for what Rick Clark chooses to do is demonstrate some Kata Bunkai rather than teach methods of pressure point fighting per se. To that end, the book is designed as an eye-opening entrance to pressure point fighting for karate practicioners - showing them a few techniques 'hidden' in their forms. While its content is slim, it should be on every serious Karate based martial artist's reading list.
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As some others have pointed out, this is more of a book on applications (bunkai) of kata rather than a guide to use of pressure points in itself. However, it covers the principles well.

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.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2004
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to be honest this is just rehashed bunkai stuff, that has been done so many times before,(and a lot better) by other authors, and as for secret,well it was more secret 25 yrs ago, but is widely and easily available,(especially with internet). now!.
i wouldn t really say it was a waste of money, but it has been done a lot better by other authors. sorry.
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I have met Rick Clark on two occasions - he doesn't tell you any secrets but he does say that hard work and incorporating some of his techniques in your normal fighting style will help you in your overall stragety. It's not rocket science - and having being on the receiving end, I can attest to it effectiveness. It's an interesting take on some of the more outlandish stuff out there - and reality based and tested.
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