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The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate

by Michael Clarke

ADDING POWER TO THE FIGHTING TECHNIQUES OF KARATE Hojo Undo means 'supplementary training,' and using these tools is the key for developing the devastating power of karate techniques. Without Hojo Undo training, a practitioner cannot reach the profound strength levels required for a lifetime of karate training. This book details how to construct and use many training tools, provides accurate mechanical drawings, comprehensive training methods, and discusses the historical context to understand why Hojo Undo was created in 'old' Okinawa. * Warm up exercises * Detailed construction drawings * Build your own Hojo Undo tools! * Learn how to use the tools to develop devastating power * Link your increased power to fighting techniques * Hear what Okinawan Masters say about Hojo Undo training

Practice Single Best Answer Questions for the Final FRCA

by Hozefa Ebrahim Khalid Hasan Mark Tindall Michael Clarke Natish Bindal Hozefa Ebrahim Khalid Hasan Mark Tindall Michael Clarke

Practice Single Best Answer Questions for the Final FRCA: A Revision Guide covers the complete syllabus of this new-style exam. The book includes 10 papers, each of which consists of 30 questions on clinical anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain management. Each practice paper matches the style, number and level of questions that candidates will face in their FRCA exam. Written by a group of anaesthetists experienced in teaching clinical anaesthesia and preparing trainees for their exams, every question is supplemented with a thorough explanation, incorporating the latest research and guidelines, and further reading suggestions. The book also includes guidance on how to go about answering single best answer questions. Pitched at just the right level for the exam, Practice Single Best Answer Questions for the Final FRCA: A Revision Guide is an essential resource for all Final FRCA candidates.

Redemption: A Street Fighter's Path to Peace

by Michael Clarke

"A British "karateka" offers a bone-crushing, lip-splitting, and often elegant memoir of a tough guy searching for higher meaning through the study of martial arts." "In this memoir describing how karate turned his life around, Clarke displays passion and grit in spades." Michael Clarke was an angry, vicious kid, a street fighter. He grew up in the late sixties and early seventies in Manchester, England, in a tough neighborhood where, he writes, "Prostitutes worked the pavement opposite my home, illegal bookmakers took bets in back alley cellars, and street brawls were commonplace." He left school at fifteen and began his education as a pugilist on the streets. He fought in bars and clubs, at football matches, in parks, and in bus stations--and he was good. He reveled in the victories and the admiration they brought. It was a life of knuckles and teeth, of broken bones and torn flesh--and the arrests that followed. Clarke was seventeen when a judge sentenced him to two years in Strangeways Prison, an infamous place also known as "psychopath central." In prison he resolved to change his life and stay out of trouble, but trouble was everywhere. He discovered a world of violent gangs, abusive guards, and inmates engaged in an endless struggle for dominance. Strangeways was a place where a person could get stabbed to death for taking the bigger piece of toast. In time Clarke was released, but the transition was difficult and he almost fought his way back to prison. Then one night he entered a karate dojo and his life changed forever. He began a lifetime pursuit of budo, the martial way. He sought knowledge, studied with masters, and traveled to Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. Redemption: A Street Fighter's Path to Peace is a true account of youth wasted and life reclaimed. Michael Clarke reminds us that martial arts are not simply about punching and kicking. They forge the spirit, temper the will, and reveal our true nature.

Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit

by Michael Clarke

Prepare to have your beliefs challenged about what karate really is. Within these pages, you will discover traditional karate; along the way, perhaps many of your own beliefs about karate will be confronted. You might have a body capable of mastering karate's physical techniques, but do you have a mind with a level of awareness that is able to grasp the true spirit of karate? For adults only. Regardless of how many people you can defeat in combat, the deeper aim of karate has always been to conquer your own ego, and by doing so, to increase the likelihood of avoiding conflict. When you can control your ego, you have a chance to establish peace in your life--this is the tradition of budo karate. Shin Gi Tai has a literal translation: mind-technique-body. A karate-ka's mind (shin) must be developed ahead of his technique (gi) if he is to discover a sense of balance within his body (tai). While the mental and physical aspects of karate are daunting and cause many to stop training, if you can just endure the early years--say, the first decade--then there is opportunity for real and lasting benefits. Budo is a concept more often discussed than put into practice. Yet, as part of traditional karate training, it has the capacity to dramatically change lives for the better, but only if you are prepared to move past the obvious and strive to understand the philosophy and the morality of budo. Your life is yours, your karate is yours; accept ownership of both and reap countless rewards.

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