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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Martial Arts Paperback – 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028629477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028629476
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cataldo on September 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written and organized for the beginner of the martial arts. It will help to establish a broad base of knowledge for one in the selection of a style or system of martial arts to begin their study. It is not a "How to Manual" about the martial arts or self-defense.
The authors write about the majority of martial art styles and the foundation and history of them. Most of the styles are written about in an unbiased and informative fashion. This book will serve as a great primer to the beginner or to the experienced student who desires to expand his knowledge, outside of the dojo.
I recommend the reading of this book to all my begginer martial art students. For self-defense books, may I refer you to my "listmania" selection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed this book. It answered many questions that beginners may have as well as answered some of my questions about other Martial Arts besides the one I am a practitioner of. I am a black belt in Taekwondo and I still found this book entertaining and interesting as well as informative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Martindill on December 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a basic overview of all the main martial arts practiced in North America. The main purpose of the book is to tell people about a certian art so they can choose which one interests them and get in a class for it. Every art has about 10 pages in the book. If you are interested in only one art, don't buy this book.

On the bright side, the information it gives is great. I found out alot about many different arts. it talks about 13 different kinds of martial arts and how to train for them. The book is an entertaining read even if you aren't interested in martial arts. it is a good book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
With many of the "For Dummies..." and "Complete Idiot's Guides to..." books you sometimes don't know what you are getting into. Some are great and some are not worth the paper and ink they are made with. In this case it is defiantly the former!
In clear, concise language the author gives a great background, history and dissection of martial arts. He doesn't stick with only one art, but rather explains all the major arts in a fair and balanced manner. The sections on cross-training and nutrition were also great.
The only think that was lacking was a mention of western boxing or savate. Both of which, in my opinion, are fine choices for the beginning martial artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe DiFilippo on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do I, wanted to try a new form of Martial Art. This book provides just about everything you need to pick the right Martial Art for you. It's got a easy to follow training guide. I highly recommend it,I give it a perfect 5-Star
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By scottfwi on December 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what you'd expect it to be. A thorough yet easy to understand introduction to the world of martial arts. I have been studying tae kwon do for almost 2 years and I had a desire to step back and see where I and my school stand in the grand scheme of martial arts in general. This book helped me do that. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to find out more about martial arts before joining a particular school. You'll definetily know what your options are if you read this book.
I give this book 3 stars because I don't believe in giving every book you like the highest score. The "C" grade should indeed be the average.
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