The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw


With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury and improve form.





The Anatomy of Martial Arts is designed for a variety of disciplines, including:






•Kung Fu

•Muay Thai


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By Josh (Charlotte, NC) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 29, 2011
The only real criticism I have of this text is that it's a bit brief and in the interest of being general, skips numerous moves that are repeated in multiple arts (though aren't necessarily common). The biggest plus of the book is the stretching exercises for each move - perfect for beginners loo... ...more
By Scott · ★★☆☆☆ · February 20, 2011
I was really excited at the prospect of a book exploring the biomechanics of martial arts techniques. What I found was a book that demonstrated sloppy form and odd preparatory exercises for the martial arts techniques. The first picture of a rear hand punch shows the martial artist with a flexed... ...more
By Raphael (London, London, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · December 13, 2012
Loved it. Original and nice for a curious, health educated/martial art practicer man, like me. ...more