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Healthy Martial Arts Paperback – April 12, 2006
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Of all the insructors I've met, Dr. Bookspan puts the correct focus on how to do it correctly and why. -- Denise Molesch, 4th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
Rare and insightful awareness of the mind, body and spirit a training manual for all martial artists. -- Grandmaster John C. Kanzler/Soke, Executive Director Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association
These techniques will relieve a lot of pain from our training. -- Richard Bole, PHG, PA, Second Degree Black Belt
This is a tremendously enlightening approach to training. -- Andrew Seigel, Nidan Modern Bujitsu
This is the absolute best book on improving your martial arts, and the only one that protects your joints&spine. -- Dr. R. Kelly Hill, M.D., FACSM, Green Beret Lt. Colonel, SWAT Team Commander, 4th Dan Ninpo Taijutsu, Author of Ninja Knife Fighting
From the Inside Flap
by Master Sean Elliot Martin
First of all, congratulations. By picking up this book, you show that you approach the martial arts with seriousness and wisdom. There are various reasons why people study martial arts. Students pursue physical health, mental discipline, spiritual enlightenment, friendly (or not-so-friendly) competition, artistic expression, cultural preservation, and / or self-defense through martial arts training. No matter your interest in the martial arts, this book is an absolutely invaluable tool, and there is no one more qualified to write it than Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Dr. Bookspan's achievements in the fields of sports medicine, exercise physiology, and martial arts are too many to be easily listed, and I am among the many who literally believe her to be the greatest fitness expert alive. She is a tireless researcher and teacher who has traveled the world in the pursuit of knowledge and better ways to communicate that knowledge. She is a student who has the patience and the humility to continually learn from others. She is a martial artist of astonishing discipline and physical ability. Perhaps most importantly, she is a strong and dedicated person who has seen and experienced physical suffering first-hand and has healed herself and others. I have literally seen tears of gratitude in the eyes of individuals who returned to thank Dr. Bookspan for stopping their pain.
Although I did not realize the true significance at the time, I came to a full appreciation of Dr. Bookspan's miracles when I recalled the afternoon that two of my advanced students, Christopher Michael Emmolo and Elizabeth Pallack, and I spent at the Philadelphia museum. We joined Dr. Bookspan and her associates to take photographs for this very book. Between shots, Christopher and I slung each other around like rag dolls as usual (our idea of having a good time). Elizabeth turned handsprings and back flips with one of Dr. Bookspan's students. We had fun, but I thought nothing of it at the time. It was only later that I realized the importance of that afternoon. Less than a year before, Christopher believed that he would never be able to train as a martial artist again due to crippling arthritis. Elizabeth had been told that any kind of gymnastics would be impossible for the rest of her life due to a very severe ankle injury she suffered as a teen. These conditions had robbed them of their lives. That was before they began to work with Dr. Bookspan.
Perhaps the key to Dr. Bookspan's miracles lies in her ability to demystify the methods of healthy living, and to empower the individual to take control over his or her own well-being. You just need the knowledge to do the job right. Depending upon your own background, you may already be aware of certain principles of healthy martial arts practice that are covered in this book. However, I believe that every reader, no matter how educated, will learn crucial information from this work. The benefits of such knowledge are numerous: personal health, avoidance of injury for one's self and one's students, increased efficiency of particular techniques, and perhaps even (dare I say it?) avoidance of lawsuits. Whatever your motivation, your choice to study this book is a sign that you are ready to take personal control of your own life and health in the martial arts and begin a new phase of your journey. May this journey bring you more than you ever hoped for.
Master Sean Elliot Martin,
Soke (Founder) and Shihan (Senior Master, 6th degree black belt) of the Kage
Essensu (Shadow Essence) martial arts system,
Godan (5th degree black belt) Jiu-jitsu,
Godan (5th degree black belt) freestyle karate,
Multiple award winner in the EUSA International Black Belt Hall of Fame