Dynamics, motion, and sensation are karate’s connective tissue―and they’re the heart of this book.
As a lifelong student of martial arts, J. D. Swanson, PhD, had searched through piles of books on form and function. Stand here, they said. Step there. But where movement used to be concerned, not one of them went deep enough. No one discussed dynamics―the actual feeling of the moves.
Martial instruction, both in print and in person, tends to concentrate on stances and finishing positions. But dynamics, motion, sensation . . . they’re karate’s connective tissue―and they’re the heart of this book.
Karate Science: Dynamic Movement will will let you keep in mind the mechanics of the human body. Swanson describes these principles in fantastic detail, drawing on examples from several styles of karate, in addition to aikido, taekwondo, and judo. Whatever your martial background, applying this knowledge will make your techniques better, stronger, and faster.
- Understand the major types of techniques, including their outward appearances and internal feelings.
- Master the core principles at the back of these feelings.
- Learn the biomechanics and dynamics of core movement.
Karate Science: Dynamic Movementis filled with examples, anecdotes, and beautiful illustrations. Despite the fact that Shotokan karate is the creator’s frame of reference, the principles of human mechanics translate to all martial styles.
This book features
- Clear and insightful explanations of dynamic movement.
- Over 100 illustrations.
- Profound but accessible analysis of the kihon, or fundamentals of Shotokan karate.
“Karate Science: Dynamic Movement is rooted in the teachings of the masters,” Swanson says. “This book nucleates that knowledge, clarifying and distilling the key principles at the back of movement dynamics. This is the next evolution of karate books.”