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The Kids' Karate Book & Karate Belt

by Michael J. Dunphy

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0761116095, Paperback)

Kiai! That's what your favorite karate kid will be yelling once presented with this inspiring karate kit. Kiai, meaning "spirited yell," is the Japanese word used to help karate students breathe properly while they're practicing their high blocks and hammerfist strikes. Karate champion and 7th degree black belt Michael J. Dunphy explains this and the rest of the yin and yang of becoming a karate or tae kwon do master in this practical and engaging book. Each page features photos of children demonstrating everything from how to tie a karate belt, or obi, to the correct form for punching a clean hole through newspaper. Karate is meant to train your mind and spirit as well as your body, and the book teaches not only the moves, but the importance of discipline, courtesy, and other values necessary to becoming a master of this martial art. While it may be hard for kids to maintain a long-term commitment to karate or tae kwon do using only The Kids' Karate Book, a final chapter offers tips and resources for going further with the practice. Packaged with a white cotton obi to tie on before each session, this is a great introduction to a discipline sure to build confidence as well as muscles! (Ages 6 and older) --Maria Dolan

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:45 -0400)

Introduces the basics of karate, discussing the techniques and uses of striking, kicking, and blocking, as well as karate legends, lore, and lingo. Includes a beginner's belt.

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