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The Anatomy of Martial Arts An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw



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With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury and improve form.





The Anatomy of Martial Arts is designed for a variety of disciplines, including:






•Kung Fu

•Muay Thai


Author Biography

Dr. Norman Link, a 7th-degree black belt in yongmudo/hapkido, has over 30 years of martial arts experience. He also has black belts in several martial arts, including iaido, jujitsu, and taekwondo. Lily Chou is a writer, editor, and martial arts practitioner. They live and train in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Overviewp. 5
Introductionp. 6
Anatomy and Martial Artsp. 7
How to Use This Bookp. 13
Techniquesp. 15
Hand Strikes & Blocksp. 16
Front Punchp. 18
Reverse Punchp. 20
Palm Heelp. 22
Lead-Hand Back Knucklep. 24
Knifehand Chopp. 26
Front Elbowp. 28
Downward Blockp. 30
Upper Blockp. 32
In-to-Out Blockp. 34
Out-to-In Blockp. 36
Palm Heel Brick Breakp. 38
Handstand Brick Breakp. 40
Kicksp. 42
Knee Lift Kickp. 44
Low Scoop Kickp. 46
Front Snap Kickp. 48
Front Thrust Kickp. 50
Roundhouse Kickp. 52
Axe Kickp. 54
In-to-Out Crescentp. 56
Out-to-In Crescentp. 58
Side Kickp. 60
Back Kickp. 62
Jumping Roundhouse Kickp. 64
Spinning Heel Kickp. 66
Low Spinning Heel Kickp. 68
Throwsp. 70
Stomach Throwp. 72
Major Outer Reapp. 74
Minor Outer Reapp. 76
Forward Body Dropp. 78
Shoulder Throwp. 80
Snapoverp. 82
Sweeping Hip Throwp. 84
Rice Bale Throwp. 86
Front Fireman's Throwp. 88
Groundworkp. 90
Guardp. 92
Scarf Holdp. 94
Side Mountp. 96
Bridge & Shrimpp. 98
Single-Leg Takedownp. 100
Double-Leg Takedownp. 102
Rolls & Fallsp. 104
Forward Rollp. 106
Backward Rollp. 108
Back Fallp. 110
Side Fallp. 112
Face Fallp. 114
Air Fallp. 116
Weaponsp. 118
Shinai Strikep. 120
Cane Thrustp. 122
Tonfa Thrustp. 124
Short Stick Strikep. 126
Instructions for Martial Arts-Specific Exercisesp. 128
Muscles (Alphabetized) & Their Movementsp. 130
Muscle Actions by Jointp. 131
Glossaryp. 132
Indexp. 133
About the Authorsp. 135
Muscle Groups by Functionp. 136
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