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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chikara Kan, Inc.; 1st edition (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970749678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970749673
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,594,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author



Shawn Kovacich has been a practicing martial artist for over 30 years, and is a high ranking black belt in both Karate and Taekwondo. Shawn also holds ranking in the martial arts of Aikido, Hapkido, and Judo. Shawn is also a certified Krav Maga instructor and over the past several years has been primarily focusing on a wide variety of armed and unarmed combat fighting skills.

In addition to being a high ranking black belt in both Karate and Tae Kwon Do, Shawn has also worked as a psychiatric aide in a state run mental hospital (and NO he was not a patient), he has also been a law enforcement officer, provided security for a major casino, worked as a bouncer in various bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs, as well as, providing personal protection services.

Shawn has also gained world wide attention for his two world records for endurance high kicking as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. He achieved his first world record on September 27th, 1986 with 10,502 high kicks in 5 hours and 30 minutes. His second record was even more impressive, with 11,000 high kicks in 5 hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds. This was accomplished on January 21st, 1989.

Shawn is the author of the highly acclaimed Achieving Kicking Excellence series of martial arts books, as well as, the highly acclaimed and very well received Achieving Kicking Excellence DVD series. He is currently working on several additional martial arts and self-defense related books, as well as several additional instructional DVDs. Several of these books and DVDs, including a separate book and DVD series on Krav Maga, are scheduled to be released beginning in the spring of 2012 and continuing thru 2014.

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I have been a practicing martial artist since 1982 and I am also the author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series, which is a multiple volume set of books which focus entirely on the physical technique of kicking. The first ten (10) volumes in the series are already in print (as you can clearly see in my bibliography) and the next ten (10) volumes in the series, Applications in Combat, will focus strictly on the combat/self-defense applications of each of the ten primary kicks against an actual attacker. These ten (10) volumes are scheduled to be released in September 2009.

I completed initial filming for the first three volumes in the Achieving Kicking Excellence instructional DVD series last year with my good friends at Aiki Productions (www.aikiproductions.com), which focus on the various principles associated with kicking. Volume one focuses on the principles of execution while volumes two and three focus on the combat applications and the defense against the very same kicks respectively. These three two-disc DVD volumes are scheduled to be released in 2009.

I am also currently working on a series of DVD's based on various techniques found in Aikido, Hapkido, Jujitsu, and other joint technique associated martial arts. The first DVD in that series will focus solely on the proper execution and self-defense applications of Shiho-Nage (four directions throw). This DVD is also scheduled to be released in late 2009 or early 2010.

Also in 2009, I have several other martial arts related books scheduled to be released. Some I have authored by myself, while others I have co-authored with a variety of noted authors in a variety of professional fields, such as; martial arts, physical fitness, criminal law, among others.

It is my primary goal to create a timeless body of instructional work in every book, DVD, etc. that I create, and for each one of them to be the best source available concerning the particular subject that I have written about and/or put onto film.

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Be sure to check out the other books in this series.
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Shawn Kovacich devotes this book to the Hatchet Kick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Hoopes on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like all the titles in Shawn Kovacich's Achieving Kicking Excellence series, book 8 Hatchet Kick is a comprehensive study of one of the important kicks used in modern martial arts today. The book is incredibly thorough with numerous photos demonstrating the every aspect of the kick in minute detail. Mr. Kovacich knows his stuff and it is obvious that he has spent many hours honing his technique. The book provides an in-depth study of the bones, muscles and mechanics involved in the kicking technique.

In addition, the book contains a wealth of supplemental information on strength, speed and power generating exercises to enhance the technique. There is also a section on stretching as well as the application of the technique.

This book is ideal for any martial artist who wishes to perfect their hatchet kicking ability. The beginner will find a wealth of information to assist in developing proper mechanics while the advanced practitioner will glean some vital knowledge from an accomplished teacher.

Be sure to check out the other books in this series. You are sure to find one that addresses the specific kick that you need work on.

Aaron Hoopes
author of Zen Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment through Breathing, Movement and Meditation
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Cranford VINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
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This is Volume Eight of ten books devoted to mastering kicks. Shawn Kovacich devotes this book to the Hatchet Kick. This review examines Shawn's book from a practical stand point--how well does this book enable me to learn the hatchet kick?

I'm 50, 6'3" tall and 220 pounds, but I'm not an athlete--just healthy. I cannot perform the hatchet kick correctly right now, I cannot kick high enough--I'll need to improve my flexibility. It isn't too much of a handicap for self defense--or active military service--but for those of you involved in karate matches, you need the high kicks for the match-winning points.

So, what is a hatchet kick and why would I use it? Shawn writes that the hatchet kick is a hybrid turning wheel kick and an in-to-out axe kick.. The striking surface is the back center of the heel and the head, neck, and shoulders are the targets. Getting inside another's Observe, Orient, Decide and Act loop can win a match for you--or allow you to seize and keep the initiative in a fight. I thought that the hatchet kick would be easy, but I've been humbled! Fortunately, following Shawn's safety procedures on page 11 (take one step at a time) kept me from injuring myself. It's just that unless my opponent's head is lower than my own waist, he's in no danger of my hatchet kick for now!

I have training prejudices: I like to employ mirrors, a video camera or two, a minimum of one sparring partner, and at least one referee when I train. Multiple sparring partners are to keep me from getting stuck kicking at the same height each time, and because in the real world, my problems usually come in bunches. Often, I must train alone or not train at all, so I have to limit my training intensity for safety.
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Shawn Kovacich is a committed, highly regarded and honored practitioner of martial arts with a specialization in Kicking. Yet not satisfied to have achieved the degree of excellence in his craft, Kovacich has devised a series of books that extend beyond the usual 'self-help' category of writing. His considerably cautious eye and sense of balance, in sport and in life, has resulted in his publishing a series of books - ACHIEVING KICKING EXCELLENCE - that at this point are ten in number but promise in the near future to be doubled in amount. Each of these books, handsomely designed and with excellent photographic illustrations, takes one type of kick at a time and explore not only the development of that kick, but also inform the student reader the kinesiology of that kick as well as slowly advising how to develop and master that kick.

Most books on martial arts fall into one of two categories: some are written in a format that is beyond the understanding of the reader who may be completely new to martial arts while others dumb down the reader with superficial 'quick fix' problems thinking the reader is already proficient in the fundamentals of Martial Arts. Kovacich respects his reader/pupil, and with great dignity of writing style and unfolds each kick mastery with surety of developmental skill and encouragement of each aspect of a single movement. This allows the reader who may be proficient in Kicking to buy just the one book written for the type of Kick the reader finds difficult to master: buying the entire set of books assures the reader that each stage of development will be respected from the beginning to the mastery of the ten Kicks Kovacich addresses.

Each of these ten volumes is equally excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on May 17, 2007
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Volume 8, "Hatchet Kick" in Kovacich's "Achieving Kicking Excellence covers this kick very meticulously. Shawn if anything, is consistent, which aids this series. Format is the same throughout all books in the series, which aids the instructor or the student, making information more quickly accessible. The reader knows what to expect, details about muscle groups, target areas, and proper technique are standard. In this book, more than others, I found his training and practice methods of immense importance (P. 164-169). While I often taught people to help develop their kicking skills by using a chair with roundhouse, hook, and side kicks; Shawn shows how to use a chair as a tool to develop this kick as well. More than just showing pictures, Shawn details in writing how to perfect this kick.

Shawn Kovachich's technical knowledge about kicking in general, and the hatchet kick specifically, is outstanding!
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