From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up?Two martial arts titles aimed at upper-level beginners. Each has a couple of introductory pages on its specific topic?e.g., who were the fighting commandos? And what is the Japanese philosophy of fighting? But the strong point of each presentation is its collection of fighting techniques and self-defense routines. Students learn defense at different ranges and how to react against aggressors with specific body types and skill levels. The information is good, but it's hard to know how effectively one could learn techniques from still, black-and-white photographs and written descriptions. There's lots of potential for injury if these moves are misused or performed incorrectly. Neff includes plenty of warnings, but they appear in the last chapter of each volume. Take-down exercises are often shown performed on mats, but readers aren't warned that the exercises could be dangerous if done on unpadded floors. The models in the photos are all adults. Serious books, definitely not meant for youngsters who want to playact "Karate Kid" or to horse around unsupervised.?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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From the Publisher
Fred Neff started his training in Asian fighting arts at the age of eight. In 1974, Mr. Neff received a rank of fifth degree black belt in karate. In the same year he was made master of the art of kempo at a formal ceremony. He is also proficient in judo, ju-jutsu and certain methods of chuan-fa. Mr. Neff's study of East Asian culture has taken him to Hong Kong, Japan, The People's Republic of China and Singapore. For many years, Mr. Neff has used his knowledge to educate others. He has taught karate at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and Inver Hills Community College. He has also organized and supervised self defense classes for special education programs, public schools, private institutions, and city recreation departments. Included in his teaching program have been classes for law enforcement officers. He has received many rewards for his accomplishments and community involvement, including the City of St. Paul Citizen of the Month Award in 1975, WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award in 1985, and the Presidential Medal of Merit in 1990. He is the author of 19 books including Everybody's Self-Defense, Lessons From The Western Warriors, Lessons From the Eastern Warriors, Lessons From The Fighting Commandos, Lessons From The Samurai, Lessons From The Art Of Kempo, Lessons From The Japanese Masters, Basic Karate, Self-Protection Guidebook For Girls and Women and Keeping Fit.