The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate
by Randall G. Hassell and Edmond Otis
"Witty, inspiring, and user-friendly."
About The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Karate. . .
You're no idiot, of course. You know how important it is to find an activity that excercises both your mind and body. But you've given up on yoga, dropped out of cardio-kickboxing, and decided that aerobics just doesn't cut it. You'd love to try karate, but just thinking about all thoses fancy kicks and chops makes your head spin.
Don't kick back just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Karate includes tons of easy-to-understand information on this exciting martial art.
You get over 300 pages of invaluable insights into the student-teacher relationship, a look at the history of karate in Japan and the United States, expert advice on choosing a karate school, idiot-proof strategies for mastering different stances, punches, kicks, simple ways to ward off injury in class and competition, and much more!
Additionally, this excellent book covers various points concerning kihon (basics) and describes in detail about kata, sparring, discusses various belt levels and gradings, and has an extensive tournament guide towards the back. This book is craftily put together, and is a great resource for all levels of karate-ka.