Japanese Empty-Hand Combat

From the Series Martial Arts Sports Zone

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Did you know that karate was invented in Okinawa, Japan? The native Okinawans developed karate as a way to fight without weapons. In modern times, karate is one of the world’s most taught and practiced martial arts. Training, equipment, rules, and scoring systems make the sport safe for competitors and a great way to learn valuable self-defense skills.

Enter the Martial Arts Sports Zone to learn about the history, gear, moves, competitions, and top athletes connected to karate. You’ll discover:
• What the different styles of karate are and how they’ve changed.
• What some of the top karate punches and strikes are, including the forward punch and the knifehand.
• What kata is and how practicing it helps karatekas show off their abilities.
• What the main local, national, and international competitions are.

Are you into sports? Then get in the zone!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Category Sports
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
BISACS JNF054080, JNF025030
Dewey 796.8153
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 780
ATOS Reading Level 5.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149022
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Garrison Wells

Garrison Wells is a third-degree black belt in Nihon jujitsu, a first-degree black belt in judo, a third-degree black belt in Goju-ryu karate, and a first-degree black belt in kobudo. He is also an award-winning journalist and writer, and he lives in Colorado.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Martial Arts Sports Zone

This action-packed, fun, fact-filled overview will take a high-interest approach to martial arts. Readers will get an introduction to famous martial artists, necessary equipment and gear, and various competitions within the genre. Famous movies and TV shows will also be highlighted where View available downloads →


Library Media Connection

“Martial arts is a popular topic with pre-teens, and this series will more than adequately fit the needs of both school and public libraries on the subject.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“Students who are fascinated by martial arts will find much to enjoy in this series…. Action-packed photographs and interesting sidebars will keep readers engaged.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple