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The original martial arts encyclopedia : tradition, history, pioneers
Corcoran, John, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Pro-Action Pub., [1993]

Physical Description:
410 pages, 27 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Martial arts. c1983.
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GV1101 .C6 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Discusses terminology, weapons, and history, introduces individuals involved in the sport, and offers step-by-step explanations for some movements.

Author Notes

John Corcoran has worked as an entertainment reporter, critic & feature reporter in TV stations in Washington, DC, Boston & Los Angeles, earning Emmys in each market. He has been a radio talk show host, after-dinner speaker, freelance writer, columnist & author. He wants you to know he is not Johnnie Cochran the lawyer, or John Cochran the network newscaster.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This book is supposed to be a revision of the 1983 title, Martial Arts: Tradition, History, People. It is not. Beyond the preface, it was extremely difficult to find any line of text that was changed. In fact, in the revision the text appears on exactly the same pages in the same place as that of the earlier edition. There are some additional photographs that fill up what was blank space in the first edition as well as a few new photographs. The bibliography remains the same as that in the first edition. Any library with the first edition of this book need not purchase the second. Any library that did not purchase the first edition should be aware that while this new edition is a good source of information on a popular topic, with the exception of a few photo captions, it includes no information regarding martial arts since 1982. The interesting entry on martial arts in film and television, for instance, discusses nothing more recent than 1982 in the text, though a few photographs are more recent. A truly revised update would be a valuable and popular work. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1993)

School Library Journal Review

YA-There's a wealth of information here, including terms used in various martial arts, history, and hundreds of the important men and women involved in these sports, accompanied by lots of black-and-white photographs. The narration is presented in an entertaining manner and will make readers want more details. The discussion on weapons is particularly explicit and complete with clear line drawings. Movements are explained step-by-step, but without sequential pictures. One section presents the history of martial arts in movies. Students involved in tae kwon do may be disappointed that it receives a fraction of the coverage of karate, but overall, this volume is quite comprehensive.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.