Wheel Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 2)

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9780970749611: Wheel Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 2)



Wheel Kick is the second volume in the extremely well written and fully illustrated, Achieving Kicking Excellence series of martial arts related books.

Wheel Kick, along with the other nine volumes in the Achieving Kicking Excellence series, goes into intricate detail over all aspects of executing the primary kick, which in this case is the Turning Wheel Kick, and several of its main variations.

Starting with a basic anatomical analysis of this kick, you quickly progress to the basic principles associated with the Wheel Kick, and then you dive right into learning the proper execution of the primary kick, Turning Wheel Kick.

Once you have finished with this section, you are taken to the variations chapter which builds upon the primary kick, Turning Wheel Kick, by teaching you 10 of its main variations. From here you are taken to the Training and Practice Methods chapter for a look at some very simple, yet effective methods for adding speed and power to your kicks.

Your next chapter takes a question and answer approach to some of the most common problems people have executing the Wheel Kick and the solutions to correct them.

The next chapter in this book deals with a very brief and basic application section for the Wheel Kick and each of the variations previously detailed in this book.

NOTE:

The combat/self-defense applications of the Wheel Kick are discussed and demonstrated in much greater detail in the companion book to this book, Wheel Kick: Achieving Kicking Excellence; Volume 2, which is Wheel Kick: Applications in Combat: Achieving Kicking Excellence; Volume 12. This book goes into intricate detail over all aspects of applying the primary kick, which in this case is the Wheel Kick, and several of its main variations, against twelve of the most common attacks that you are most likely to face in an actual unarmed self-defense/combat situation.

At the conclusion of this book you are given a sneak preview of the next volume in the Achieving Kicking Excellence series, which in this case is the Axe Kick.

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About the Author:



Shawn Kovacich has been a practicing martial artist for over 30 years, and is a high ranking black belt in both Karate and Taekwondo. Shawn also holds ranking in the martial arts of Aikido, Hapkido, and Judo. Shawn is also a certified Krav Maga instructor and over the past several years has been primarily focusing on a wide variety of armed and unarmed combat fighting skills.

In addition to being a high ranking black belt in both Karate and Tae Kwon Do, Shawn has also worked as a psychiatric aide in a state run mental hospital (and NO he was not a patient), he has also been a law enforcement officer, provided security for a major casino, worked as a bouncer in various bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs, as well as, providing personal protection services.

Shawn has also gained world wide attention for his two world records for endurance high kicking as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. He achieved his first world record on September 27th, 1986 with 10,502 high kicks in 5 hours and 30 minutes. His second record was even more impressive, with 11,000 high kicks in 5 hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds. This was accomplished on January 21st, 1989.

Shawn is the author of the highly acclaimed Achieving Kicking Excellence series of martial arts books, as well as, the highly acclaimed and very well received Achieving Kicking Excellence DVD series. He is currently working on several additional martial arts and self-defense related books, as well as several additional instructional DVDs. Several of these books and DVDs, including a separate book and DVD series on Krav Maga, are scheduled to be released beginning in the spring of 2012 and continuing thru 2014.

Review:

In a previous issue of TKD we featured the first volume in this series and at the time Shawn promised volume two would follow shortly and here it is.

Volume one, featuring the Back Kick, was praised by TKD for its comprehensive nature, in taking one kick and exploring its delivery and application in exhaustive detail. If you enjoyed the first volume, then you'll be pleased to note that Shawn follows the same structure with this volume, breaking the book down into ten distinct chapters, featuring 10 variations of the Turning Wheel Kick.

Once again, Shawn's determination to fully explore the kick is staggering with a chapter outlining the role of the muscles and bones in the correct execution of the kick, followed by an overview of principles involved in the execution, such as speed, strength, timing, etc.

Chapters four and five are technique based, looking at the step by step execution of the Wheel Kick and then giving 10 variations on the primary kick. Training methods developed to help improve your delivery of the kick are then discussed, followed by a very handy trouble shooting guide, rooting out the most common errors when delivering the kick.

The book is rounded out by a section that details the practical applications of the technique learned, to create an impressive overall understanding of the kick involved. Shawn's volumes reflect a total dedication to his art and a meticulous research and development process in what is an obvious labour of love. Labour is the right term, as he envisages a thirty volume series in total, with the first ten volumes encompassing what he sees as the ten primary kicks, volume 3 being the very popular Axe Kick.

--Malcolm Martin; Editor: Tae Kwon Do & Korean Arts April 2006

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