Even Black belts have to start somewhere! You're no idiot, of course. You know how important it is to find an activity that exercises both your body and your mind. But you've given up on yoga, dropped out of cardio-kickboxing, and decided that aerobics just doesn't cut it. You'd love to try karate, but just thinking about all those fancy kicks and chops makes your head spin. Don't kick back just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Karate includes tons of easy-to-understand information on this exciting martial art. In this Complete Idiot's Guide®, you get: * Invaluable insights into the student-teacher relationship. * A look at the history of karate in Japan and the United States. * Expert advice on choosing a karate school. * Idiot-proof strategies for mastering different stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. * Simple ways to ward off injury in class and in competition. In this information. packed book, you'll learn... The fascinating history of karate. * Basic rules about stretching. * What to expect when you go to class. * What it means to be a black (or brown or purple) belt-and how to become one. * How karate stacks up against other types of exercise. * All the facts about testing and training. * How you can use karate to get in great physical shape. * Why karate is great exercise at any age.Hassell, Randy is the author of 'Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate' with ISBN 9780028638324 and ISBN 0028638328.