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Introduction. Part I: Martial Arts Essentials. Chapter 1: Better than a Barroom Brawl. Chapter 2: Martial Arts Culture. Chapter 3: Choosing a Style. Chapter 4: Choosing a School or Instructor. Chapter 5: Go Get 'Em: Goals and Ranking Systems. Chapter 6: Clothes, Shoes, and Equipment. Chapter 7: Playing It Safe and Avoiding Injury. Part II: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk. Chapter 8: Getting the Most from Your Training. Chapter 9: Protecting Yourself: Self-Defense Details. Chapter 10: Preparing for Competition without Losing Your Head (Literally). Chapter 11: Working the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. Chapter 12: Just Like in the Movies: The Lowdown on Weapons. Chapter 13: Using Martial Arts Outside of Class. Part III: Styles, Techniques, and Tactics: An Up-Close Look. Chapter 14: Karate. Chapter 15: Kung Fu. Chapter 16: Tae Kwon Do. Chapter 17: Judo. Chapter 18: Aikido. Chapter 19: Escrima. Chapter 20: Hapkido. Chapter 21: Muay Thai. Chapter 22: Jeet Kune Do and Eclectic Martial Arts. Chapter 23: T'ai Chi Chuan. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 24: Ten Rules for the Martial Arts Classroom. Chapter 25: Ten Qualities a Good Instructor Must Have. Chapter 26: Ten Tips from the Master. Chapter 27: Ten Cool Martial Arts Movies. Part V: Appendixes. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: Sources and Resources. Index.
Jennifer Lawler has been a Tae Kwon Do tournament competitor for almost ten years and a judge and referee since 1994. She is a member of the Author's Guild and the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association.
"...comprehensive guide...contains descriptions of each art's techniques, advantages and style." (Sunday Herald, March 1st 2009)