Wind Warrior: The Training of a Karate Champion

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Action photographs and information-packed text follow the training schedule of thirteen-year-old Nick Armitage, a brown belt, as he practices for a big state-run karate competition.

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Grade 3-6-- Karate books are a little like books on sculpture; it's difficult to capture three-dimensional energy in a two-dimensional format. Most children interested in studying karate would be best off observing or attending a class or two, to see what it's really about. Still, this photo essay does a fairly good job of explaining it. The book follows the day-to-day training of 13-year-old Nick Armitage, and gives a realistic view of the training involved in learning katas (or forms) and the warmups and practice needed to get in shape. It also gives a detailed explanation of how tournaments work and the history of karate in the East. Notes at the back give tips on how to choose a school. Although the text mentions women, they are relatively scarce in the black-and-white photos, as are black participants. Parulski's Karate Power (Contemporary, 1985 ) is more integrated in its instructional photos. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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A New Jersey karate instructor and a photographer team up to follow Nick, a 14-year-old brown belt, from the rigors of training to a pair of medals at a statewide tournament. Young readers will get a good sense of what happens in class--exercises, sparring, katas (Nick also practices with weapons in an adult class)--and how tournaments are conducted and scored. Girls and women are obviously much in the minority here, but they get nearly equal attention. A cautionary safety note is present, though buried in the acknowledgments; the author closes with advice to parents on choosing a martial arts school. The look of karate, as well as some of its excitement, are nicely captured in b&w photos and photo sequences. (Nonfiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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