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Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw
The perfect training supplement for martial artists, this book's detailed anatomical drawings show exactly what is happening inside the body while it's performing a physical movement. The detailed illustrations in The Anatomy of Martial Arts highlight how specific muscles stretch and contract to create powerful kicks, throws, strikes, blocks, and holds. Designed for those ...more
ebook, 137 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Ulysses Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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The only real criticism I have of this text is that it's a bit brief and in the interest of being general, skips numerous moves that are repeated in multiple arts (though aren't necessarily common). The biggest plus of the book is the stretching exercises for each move - perfect for beginners looking to build flexibility and strength (ignore comments about form in the book - you're looking at pictures of multiple artists from various arts showing an instant of the move: you wouldn't learn techni ...more
I was really excited at the prospect of a book exploring the biomechanics of martial arts techniques. What I found was a book that demonstrated sloppy form and odd preparatory exercises for the martial arts techniques. The first picture of a rear hand punch shows the martial artist with a flexed wrist, a no-no in any martial art. Overall not impressed and rather disappointed.