Hidden Hands: Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms (Paperback)
Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms
Blue Snake Books, 9781583942437, 235pp.
Publication Date: November 23, 2010
In Hidden Hands, Phillip Starr provides detailed instruction in the art of reading martial arts forms: by first mastering rudimentary "words" (individual techniques) and then moving on to simple "sentences" (combinations of techniques), the student will come to understand forms as ancient documents that contain the true essence of their art. Starr discusses different aspects of forms practice such as rhythm, timing, spirit, and performance, and presents specific guidelines for interpreting the movements of various forms. The book ends with the dissection and interpretation of a complete form. Containing examples from Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan, and Korean martial arts, Hidden Hands shows serious practitioners how to improve in any art and style.
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Praise For Hidden Hands: Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms…
“Phillip Starr's newest book, Hidden Hands, is one of a kind. Mr. Starr shows that the functions and practical applications of kata are universal and can apply to any kind of martial art. He brings forth examples of these applications not only from kung fu but from karate and taekwondo as well. This book is a must for any serious martial artist.
—Prof. Dan Anderson, author of American Freestyle Karate: A Guide to Sparring