A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts (Ener-Chi Books)

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9780764128417: A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts (Ener-Chi Books)

This book presents basic descriptions of Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tae kwon do. An opening chapter describes these disciplines’ origins among Shaolin monks, samurai, and ninjas. Following chapters describe clothing, colors, belts, and basic moves, then advise on how and where to find proper instruction in each discipline. Ener-Chi Books, written especially for teens, present ideas and exercises that both energize a girl’s body and soothe her spirit. The books take inspiration from a variety of Asian practices and exercises thus, the suffix chi, a Chinese term that denotes internal physical and spiritual bodily energy. Ener-Chi Books feature clear, easy-to-follow directions and illustrations that are both clever and instructive, all presented in full color.

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Tired of the usual aerobics routine? Then maybe it’s time to get your kicks from something that really packs a punch: martial arts!
Based on ancient methods of fighting developed in the Asian countries of Japan, China, and the Philippines, most martial arts today are practiced as a type of exercise or method of self-defense. Martial arts are about strength and physical energy—every practice is a workout for your entire body! But they are also about mind over matter, respect, and gaining inner “chi” (or internal energy).
From kung fu punches to karate kicks and the gentle art of jujitsu, this book guides you through the physical moves and mental disciplines of six martial arts styles. You’ll build stamina, blow off steam, and balance your mind. And with a little practice, you’ll soon be on your way to black belt brilliance!
Alice Jablonsky, a student of the Korean martial art, tang soo do, and the author of many books for young readers, consulted with recognized martial arts experts in karate, judo, and several other disciplines while preparing this book.

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