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Hatchet Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 8) Paperback – February 14, 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Each volume begins with an overview of the kick and instructions on how to make the best possible use of the kick. Chapter 1 delves into the anatomy of the kick and which muscles are used, and in what manner, to achieve the maximum possible efficiency in kicking.
Chapter 2 outlines a stretching program and offers helpful tips in that area for the student. Chapter 3 deals with the basic principles of kicking movement. These include the striking implement, target areas, stability (a biggie!), balance, alignment, sequence of movement, accuracy. Strength, speed, timing and distance, impact, retraction, and visualization. Each area is explained in detail as it relates to developing your kicking ability.
Chapter 4 deals exhaustively with the primary kick. It follows the kick from initiation through each phase of the kick to impact, recoil, and recovery. He troubleshoots the problems that many martial artists experience with the kick at each phase and offers corrective actions for each problem.Read more ›
In the Hatchet Kick volume, Kovacich has included something for every martial artist. If you like how-to-do books with lots of detailed photos, you will find that here. If you're looking for a technical explanation of how to execute this difficult but highly destructive kick, this book is for you. My favorite feature, and one seldom found in martial arts books, is the section that explains which precise muscles are involved and how you need to align your body to maximize whichever variation of the kick you're doing.
The book also includes exercises - weights and free-hand - that target the specific muscles needed to develop your power, speed and accuracy in the hatchet kick.
Not only does the author show you several approaches to launching the hatchet, he also shows how to apply it against an opponent. And as he does in this entire series of kicking books, Kovacich includes a Trouble Shooting section to answer the most common questions he has received over his long teaching career.
Achieving Kicking Excellence Hatchet Kick is a complete book on developing and delivering this exciting-to-do and exciting-to-watch kick. Every martial artist - veteran and newbie - will benefit from its insightful instruction.
I've been training, teaching and writing about the martial arts since 1965 and I highly recommend this book.
Loren W. Christensen, author of over 40 books, martial artist, 8th dan.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What exactly is a hatchet kick? It is not as well known as your common side kicks and popular roundhouse kicks. Nor is it as self-descriptive as a front kick. Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Alain B. Burrese
Author Shawn Kovacich has exploited an important niche in his "Achieving Kicking Excellence" series of martial arts instructional texts. Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by Guerrilla Reader
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... Read morePublished on July 3, 2008 by Aaron Hoopes
This is Volume Eight of ten books devoted to mastering kicks. Shawn Kovacich devotes this book to the Hatchet Kick. Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by Alan D. Cranford
Volume 8, "Hatchet Kick" in Kovacich's "Achieving Kicking Excellence covers this kick very meticulously. Shawn if anything, is consistent, which aids this series. Read morePublished on May 17, 2007 by K.H.