He’s been named the Instructor of the Year by Black Belt magazine and dubbed “the published authority on American karate” by Karate International magazine. Now Jerry Beasley, ninth-degree black belt, shares his insights on the technique and tradition behind the most popular form of karate in the western world.
In Mastering Karate, Beasley focuses on the crucial components of advanced karate techniques that will enhance your individual performance and give you the edge in sparring situations. The detailed descriptions and photographs will help you visualize and develop the critical skills needed to progress through the intermediate and advanced ranks.
Mastering Karate also includes specific offensive and defensive strategies you can adapt in competition as well as an entire chapter dedicated to teaching styles and methods that you can apply to become more effective in the dojo. With advanced training methods for physical and mental preparation, this book offers the practical tools you need to succeed.
In addition to a wealth of training techniques, Mastering Karate presents ideas and concepts about history, traditions, etiquette, and training methods, it traces the evolution of western karate and shows how it has been influenced by superstars like Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Bill Wallace.
Mastering Karate is an invaluable resource for students in all karate disciplines. Whether you’re an advanced black belt, an intermediate student striving for improvement, or an instructor in search of contemporary training methods, you’ll benefit from this comprehensive resource. Use the experience and instruction of Jerry Beasley to guide you to success.
Chapter 1. The Roots of Contemporary Karate
Chapter 2. The Development of American Karate
Chapter 3. Developing a Philosophy for Modern Karate
Chapter 4. Stances and Footwork
Chapter 5. Hand Strikes
Chapter 6. Kicks
Chapter 7. Blocks and Traps
Chapter 8. Karate for Self Defense
Chapter 9. Competition and Strategy
Chapter 10. Training Methods
Chapter 11. Teaching
Jerry Beasley has more than 30 years of experience in the martial arts and holds a ninth-degree black belt in karate. He is a member of the Black Belt (magazine) Hall of Fame and was voted Black Belt's Instructor of the Year 2000.
Referred to as the published authority on American karate by Inside Karate magazine, Beasley is the author of American Karate: The Master Text. He was also the jeet kune do columnist for Karate International magazine from 1989 to 1997.
Beasley is the founder of AIKIA World Martial Arts Masters and is the director of Karate College, a world-famous mixed martial arts summer camp. He is the first American to earn master's and doctoral degrees for his research in martial arts education and has since been recognized by Black Belt as America's foremost martial arts educator.
Beasley lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, Gina.
"Mastering Karate is set to become a classic in the field of martial arts instruction. Jerry Beasley approaches every undertaking with a thoroughness that is often lacking in the industry. Mastering Karate will satisfy that need, and all martial artists in the English-speaking world will benefit."
Black Belt magazine
"I have worked closely with Dr. Beasley over the past 15 years at the Karate College. He is among the most learned individuals in the martial arts today. Mastering Karate will become a standard in the field of martial arts instruction."
Bill "Superfoot" Wallace The original undefeated PKA world middleweight champion Member, Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame
"Mastering Karate is an innovative, insightful, and in-depth analysis of the art. Just the kind of presentation we expect from the scholar recognized as America's foremost martial arts professor. Every practitioner should read a copy of Mastering Karate by Dr. Jerry Beasley."
Joe Lewis America's first world champion in karate and kickboxing Member, Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame