The Homing Beacon of Martial Arts
This book presents a harmonized approach to three major martial arts namely, karate, jiu-jitsu, and judo. The first part deals with the philosophical aspect of life and looks at how balance should be achieved between opposites such as soft and hard, hot and cold, violence and non-violence, masculine and feminine, etc. (yin-yang) which are found in nature, rather than adopting the modern tendency which is to try to favour only one side of the equation to the detriment of the other. It illustrates how martial arts can help us develop ""mastery"" of these so-called opposites so as to live in harmony with our spiritual being instead of ignoring it and favouring the development of the ego, source of all our misery. The second part of the book covers the basic technical aspect of gross and fine motor skills and is addressed to advanced practitioners. It stresses the need to keep an open mind with reference to cultures and provides an extensive glossary (Japanese, English, and French).
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Chapter One The philosophical Aspect
Chapter Four Simplicity versus Complexity
Chapter Seven The technical aspect
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Strangulation techniques shimewaza
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aggressor Aikido apply arm lock armpit attacker attacker’s avant Blocage bras Brazilian jiu-jitsu chudan circular Coup de pied crescent kick develop dojo double-leg takedown effective elbow strike Étranglement face fall femoral nerve fine motor skills fist focussed foot forearm strike forward four-corner hold grab groin ground hadaka-jime hand head heel hip throw illustrated jambe jodan judo karate kata kata-ha-jime Kenpo kick Coup knee strike knife knife-hand strike l’avant-bras l’intérieur learning leg lock lock Clé lunge punch Major outer martial arts Master moves nage-no-kata neck oi-tsuki Okuri-eri-jime opponent pain palm performed pivot poignet poing position possible practitioner pressure points protect pulling reaping throw Refer to Figure ribs Roundhouse scarf hold self-defence situation shoulder shown in Figure shuto-uchi side sideways Straight arm lock straight punch strangle strangulation technique strike Coup strike Frappe target tate-shiho-gatame te-waza techniques Techniques throw Projection Tori twisting Two-handed uchi wrist lock zenkutsu-dachi