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75 Down Blocks: Refining Karate Technique ISBN: 0804832188

by Rick Clark

Every style of karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or other martial art includes the down block as part of its kata, or forms. The forms are similar enough that martial artists will recognize them as down blocks, even though the specific block looks different from their own style.

Taken together, these blocks make up a "universe" of hundreds of different variations on the basic down block. 75 Down Blocks explores this universe to look for the underlying principles common to all down block techniques.

 There are many different approaches to and applications for all down blocks, and each must be adapted before it becomes the ideal bunkai (interpretation, or version) for a given situation—or individual. A general understanding of how down blocks work makes this adaptation possible.

Author Rick Clark explores seventy-five different possible variations on the basic down block. He offers examples of how to use the down block to defend against twelve kinds of attacks—from wrist grabs and punches to kicks and attacks with a stick.

By looking at this common movement in such great detail, and by understanding how it can be adapted across a broad range of martial arts styles and situations, you can both build your repertoire of down blocks and achieve a more sophisticated understanding of the underlying principles of martial arts.

Rick Clark began studying judo in 1962. With over forty years of training and teaching experience in a numbers of martial arts systems, he has taught at both the school and university levels. He has developed an international reputation as a skilled martial artist and seminar instructor, and teaches regularly in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and the United States. He is also the author of Pressure Point Fighting.

This book is currently being printed by Tuttle Publishers, and is available. 

Phil Porter kindly wrote forewords for this publication, however due to an error it was not included in the final printing of the book.  My apologies to  Sensei Porter for the contribution to my book that unfortunately was not included.

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