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Lethal Karate Strikes: Secrets of the Meridians Paperback – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581607377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581607376
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,860,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cliff Field, M.D., graduated from Hahnemann University in 1980 and finished his residency in family medicine in 1983. He received certification in acupuncture between 1983 and 1984. He began his martial arts studies in 1986 and earned his black belt in 1999 from the International Karate League (IKL), founded by Walter Nishioka. He currently holds the rank of Godan and is a sensei of a dojo. This book is a result of his combined knowledge of Western and Eastern medicine and martial arts.

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Author Cliff Field, M.D. began his medical career in 1980 when he graduated from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA. Since then he has specialized in Family Medicine with a focus on sports medicine and emergency medicine. He is currently medical director of acute and emergency services for a small hospital in Hawaii.
Dr Field began his martial arts training in 1986 studying Seibukan, a traditional Shorin Ryu karate founded by Zenryo Shimabukuru. In 1993 when he move to a new locale he began studying with another traditional Shorin Ryu style; International Karate League (www.ikl.org) founded by Walter Nishioka. In addition to his medical service he operates a small nonprofit dojo. He is ranked Godan and sits on the IKL Board of Governors.
His martial art's experience and studies combined with his understanding of medicine and biomechanics have allowed an in depth analysis and presentation of martial arts.

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This is an informative book on karate strikes written by a medical doctor who is also trained in the Asian medical theories, as well as being a serious karate instructor. This is the first book to my knowledge that explains both the western medical facts along with the esoteric Asian medical theories dealing with meridians and chi.

This book has three detailed chapters. The first chapter, which is the best one in my opinion, explains the medical and physiological aspects of karate strikes and targets. The physics and biomechanics of karate are covered, which also includes the results of karate strikes to various target areas. Chapter two deals with the Chi energetics and acupoint strikes from the Eastern perspective. The focus is on Chi flow and how strikes to certain areas of the body will result in disrupting Chi flow. The final chapter covers first aid factors such as dealing with life threatening injuries, major injuries, major bleeding and concussions. It also covers first aid for Chi flow injuries.

The glossary section provides valuable information on the meaning of various medical and martial art terms. In conclusion, this text has a lot of practical and valuable information for those interested in the martial arts. Personally, I have always been suspicious of the mystical eastern belief in "Chi" and remain skeptical on this topic. Nevertheless, I recommend this book because it also covers the traditional western medical theories when it comes to karate strikes.

Rating: 4 Stars Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths, Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)
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