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Kendo - Culture of the Sword (Hardcover): Alexander C. Bennett Kendo - Culture of the Sword (Hardcover)
Alexander C. Bennett
R736 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R169 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Kendo is the first in-depth historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a global sport today. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of "inventing tradition," which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and governments over the course of history. Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic-aesthetic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period, to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime, and then to the nostalgic patriotism of the Meiji state. Kendo was later influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultra nationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar government, which sought a gentler form of nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japan's youth and to garner international prestige as an instrument of "soft power." Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally. But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world, cultural exclusiveness continues to play a role in kendo's ongoing evolution, as the sport remains closely linked to Japan's sense of collective identity.

Atlas - From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man (Paperback): Teddy Atlas Atlas - From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man (Paperback)
Teddy Atlas
R219 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R23 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In "Atlas", Teddy recounts his incredible life, from juvenile delinquent, to his induction into the legendary Cus D'Amato's Boxing Camp and his first major challenge - training 14-year-old Mike Tyson. An amateur boxer trained by D'Amato, Atlas captured the Adirondack Golden Gloves title at 139 pounds in 1976. Forced out of competition because of injury, Teddy turned his talents to training fighters, including Mike Tyson, Barry McGuigan, Tracy Patterson, Joey Gamache, Simon Brown and Donny Lalonde. In 1994, in a memorable performance as trainer and corner man, Teddy inspired Michael Moorer to beat Evander Holyfield for the world heavyweight championship. Teddy has also employed his talents outside of the ring appearing in 2 films and choreographing fight scenes for the television series "Against the Law". "Atlas" is the remarkable story of all of these achievements, told in Atlas' completely inimitable voice. As you'd expect from a boxing memoir, it pulls no punches.

Got Fight? - The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat (Paperback): Forrest Griffin, Erich Krauss Got Fight? - The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat (Paperback)
Forrest Griffin, Erich Krauss 1
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A breakout success and a "New York Times" bestseller in hardcover, "Got Fight?" is the uproarious and out of control book from Forrest Griffin, one of the most outrageous personalities in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC). The former light heavyweight champ of the UFC, Forrest is one of the UFC's biggest stars in mixed martials arts, the fastest-growing sport in the world. Now in "Got Fight?", the man who's been called 'the most popular fighter in the UFC' offers personal stories from inside and outside the Octagon to give readers a glimpse into the mind of a mixed martial artist and illustrate his 50 principles of being a fighter, with topics ranging from mentally preparing before a professional fight to kicking it into high gear when your ring is the street. Mixing his fighting tips with his own booming personality and his trademark sense of humour, Forrest creates his own unique, self-depricating version of self-help. In these pages, you will learn about true mental toughness - whether it's scraping it out in the Octagon or picking up chicks.

The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience - Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony (Paperback, Abridged edition):... The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience - Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony (Paperback, Abridged edition)
Sophia Delza; Edited by Robert Cummings Neville; Foreword by Robert Cummings Neville
R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this new book, Ms. Delza, the leading proponent in the United States of the Wu Style, offers succinct and illuminating comments from her viewpoint as both teacher and practitioner.

Mastering Jujitsu (Paperback): Renzo Gracie, John Danaher Mastering Jujitsu (Paperback)
Renzo Gracie, John Danaher
R510 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R29 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In recent years, the grappling arts have proven to be the most effective form of combat in mixed martial arts (MMA) and no-holds-barred (NHB) competitions. Above all others, the Gracie brand of Brazilian jujitsu has become recognized as the preeminent fighting style in unarmed combat. Now Renzo Gracie--instructor; competitor; and champion of numerous grappling, MMA, and NHB events--reveals the inner workings of the art in his latest book, "Mastering Jujitsu."

From the origins of the art to personal techniques, you will experience the impact the Gracies have had on jujitsu and learn the strategies they have developed to dominate their opponents. Gracie shares the subtleties of the techniques necessary for mastering the art, and he clearly demonstrates the flow of movement with more than 250 high-quality photos.

Not only will "Mastering Jujitsu" help you progress from isolated skill development techniques to a full set of tactics and fight plans, but it will also introduce you to the concept of combat phases and teach you to attack from any phase. You will learn how to react to your opponent in any situation. Whether you're caught in a bottom position or attacking from the top, Gracie reveals the key strategies designed to give you the upper hand.

The depth and breadth of topics covered in "Mastering Jujitsu" will aid even the most experienced black belts in their understanding and execution of Brazilian jujitsu. With detailed coverage on advanced principles, you will get all the tactics, strategies, techniques, and drills you need for close combat fighting.

Teach Yourself Judo (Paperback): Eric Dominy Teach Yourself Judo (Paperback)
Eric Dominy
R457 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R76 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Warrior Within - The Philosophies of Bruce Lee (Hardcover): John Little The Warrior Within - The Philosophies of Bruce Lee (Hardcover)
John Little; Foreword by Linda Lee Cadwell
R423 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R41 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Boxers of North, Mid and West Wales (Paperback): Gareth Jones The Boxers of North, Mid and West Wales (Paperback)
Gareth Jones
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Casual observers of the Welsh boxing scene might well think that the best practitioners of the sport have all hailed from the valleys and coastal cities of the south. But the rural counties have contributed their share to the nation's fistic history. In the high-profile heavyweight division alone, the area covered by this book has produced two British champions and another who contested the title. Others have worn and challenged for Lonsdale Belts at lower weights. The first British boxer ever to win a medal at the world amateur championships can be found between these covers, along with the incredible youngster who was ranked in the world's top 10 by the American Ring magazine when he was just 16 years old. This volume, packed with photographs - many published for the first time - profiles more than 50 boxers from the bare-knuckle era to stars of the present and future. It is a must-read for any fight fan, whether from Wales or further afield.

Dangerous - An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Boxing (Paperback): Ian Probert Dangerous - An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Boxing (Paperback)
Ian Probert
R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A quarter of a century ago journalist and author Ian Probert decided never to write about boxing again. His decision was prompted by the injuries sustained by boxer Michael Watson during his world title fight with Chris Eubank. Now, in common with so many fighters, Probert is making an inevitable comeback. Dangerous sees Probert return to the scene of an obsession that has gripped him from childhood. In the course of numerous meetings with a number of leading figures in the fight game, including Herol Graham, Steve Collins, Michael Watson, Nigel Benn, Ambrose Mendy, Rod Douglas, Frank Buglioni, Kellie Maloney, Glen McCrory and Jim McDonnell among others, Probert takes a look at how lives have changed, developed and even unravelled during the time he has been away from the sport. From an illuminating and honest encounter with transgender fight manager Kellie Maloney to an emotional reunion with Watson himself, Probert discovers just how much the sport has changed during his absence. The end result is one of the most fascinating and unusual books ever to have been written about boxing.

The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (Paperback, New Ed): Shoshin Nagamine The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (Paperback, New Ed)
Shoshin Nagamine
R369 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R77 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the teachings of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, founder of the Matsubayashi school of Shorin-ryu karate-do. Used for generations as a practical and pictorial guide, it contains over 1,000 photographs to document eighteen classic karate kata (preset forms) and seven yakusoku kumite (prearranged partner exercises), as well as basic techniques. This book is a precise and easily accessible pictorial guide to performance and perfection of traditional karate. The only book in English with photos of one of the great prewar masters demonstrating the proper execution of Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a bridge between karate's legendary past and the practitioners of today. This intelligent and imaginative text explains the historical landmarks in the development of style, vividly outlines its leading forms and techniques, and recalls noted Okinawan karate men of the past, including the author's teachers Ankichi Arakaki, Choki Motobu, and Chotoku Kyan."

Moving Zen (Paperback, New edition): C.W. Nicoll Moving Zen (Paperback, New edition)
C.W. Nicoll
R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

A classic story of one man's confrontation with the self through Karate.
In 1962 at age twenty-two, C. W. Nicol left Wales to study Karate in Japan. He quickly found that the study of the martial art engaged his whole being and transformed his outlook on life. Moving Zen is the multifaceted story of a young man who arrived in Japan to study the technique of, and spirit behind, Karate.
Joining the Japan Karate Association, or Shotokan, Nicol discovered that Karate, while extremely violent, also called for politeness and a sense of mutual trust and responsibility. He learned that the stronger the Karateka, the more inclined he was to be gentle with others. Those who have gained a measure of skill but have not yet achieved spiritual maturity are the dangerous practitioners. Studying kata, Nicol came to realize that these forms are, in essence, moving Zen and that the ultimate goal of all the martial arts is tranquility.
Through the help of many gifted teachers, C. W. Nicol gained his black belt, and moved progressively closer to his goal of tranquility. His story, Moving Zen, was first published in 1975 and has achieved the status of a modern classic.

Path To Wing Chun (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Samuel Kwok Path To Wing Chun (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Samuel Kwok
R306 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

A lightning-swift form of kung fu based on the concepts of short-range attack and defense, wing chun achieved worldwide renown as the favored martial art of Bruce Lee. This expanded edition of the popular wing chun guide features a tribute from Lee's wife, Linda, plus new material from Yip Chun, the world's leading master teacher of this form. Also included are never-before-published photos of the late Yip Man, former grandmaster and the last in a line of disciples originating with wing chun's 18th-century founder, Ng Mui. The book introduces practitioners to sil lim tao, the first training form, and goes on to describe combat applications. Readers will also find a brief history, notes on training, and useful discussions of centerline theory and the seeds of wing chun.

The Way Of Aikido - Life Lessons From An American Sensei (Paperback): George Leonard The Way Of Aikido - Life Lessons From An American Sensei (Paperback)
George Leonard
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A fifth-degree black belt in the revolutionary martial art of aikido and co-owner of an aikido school in Mill Valley, California, George Leonard is, "the granddaddy of the consciousness movement" (Newsweek). Leonard is president of the Esalen Institute and founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice inspired by aikido that offers alternative ways of coping with everyday issues. In this book he applies ancient techniques, physical and spiritual, to the battles we wage every day in both our public and private lives. Along the way, Leonard shows us unique and effective ways to: * cope with sudden, often brutal, setbacks in our lives--and turn them into gifts for growth * develop ki, or positive energy, to enhance vitality * use the aikido principle of "blending" to deal with verbal and psychological attacks With an already large following, George Leonard now brings the valuable wisdom of aikido to a wider audience.

Animal Day - Pressure Testing the Martial Arts (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Geoff Thompson Animal Day - Pressure Testing the Martial Arts (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Geoff Thompson
R237 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R50 (21%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Written with the intention of educating the reader in all aspects of "pressure testing" the martial arts to ensure that the technique and character fit when it really matters. This book aims to explode the myths about what does and what does not work in martial arts on today's dangerous streets.

Convergent Wrestling - Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (Hardcover):... Convergent Wrestling - Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (Hardcover)
Carrielynn D Reinhard, Christopher J Olson
R2,851 Discovery Miles 28 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines how the current era of "convergence" has affected, and is reflected in, the world of professional wrestling, which combines several different genres, including drama, action, comedy, horror, science fiction, and even romance. Professional wrestling's business practices exist at the intersection of bottom-up fan-centric strategies and strict top-down corporate control. Meanwhile, the wrestlers themselves combine aspects of carnival hucksters, actors/actresses, comedians, superheroes, martial artists, or stuntmen, and the narratives consist of everything from social critique to geopolitical allegories, and from soap opera melodramas to stereotyped exploitation. Bringing together the latest scholarship in the field, Convergent Wrestling analyzes various texts, business practices, and fan activities to explore the commonalities that define professional wrestling and consider how it exists in today's new media ecology. In addition, the book considers the professional wrestling industry from several different angles, from massive multinational conglomerate World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to local indie federations. As such, it will appeal to scholars with interests in popular culture, media and cultural studies, and fan practices.

Joe Louis' How to Box (Hardcover): Joe Louis Joe Louis' How to Box (Hardcover)
Joe Louis
R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sex, Lies, and Headlocks - The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (Paperback): Shaun Assael, Mike... Sex, Lies, and Headlocks - The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (Paperback)
Shaun Assael, Mike Mooneyham
R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From the cable television ratings to the bestseller lists, professional wrestling is red-hot. How it got that way is not a pretty picture, but it’s one that is painted in more detail than ever before in Sex, Lies, and Headlocks, the first in-depth, journalistic look at the world of wrestling.

At the heart of the story is Vince McMahon, the mercurial owner of the World Wrestling Federation. The authors trace his beginnings as the forgotten son of a second-generation wrestling czar who left rural North Carolina to stake his own claim to the family business. They detail his early, ruthless genius in declaring war on the old territory czars who had grown fat and lazy. And they show how his first brush with fame in the 1980s with Hulk Hogan and Cyndi Lauper sowed the seeds for the drug and sex scandals that nearly toppled his empire in the 1990s. They also tell us the inside story of McMahon’s blood feud with Ted Turner, adding some surprising details about the two men’s quests to ruin each other.

Throughout the book, the authors examine the appeal of the industry’s biggest stars—including Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Gorgeous George, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, and, most recently, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. In doing so, they show us that while WWF stock is traded to the public on Wall Street, wrestling remains a shadowy world guided by a century-old code that stresses secrecy and loyalty.

Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the history, personalities, back-stabbing, scandals, and high-stakes gambles that have made Vince McMahon the king of the ring and wrestling an enduring television phenomenon.


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A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong (Paperback): Damo Mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong (Paperback)
Damo Mitchell
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Nei Gong is the practice leading to attainment of real internal skill and transformation, and the philosophical art of change that runs through all Daoist practice. This book provides a unprecedented insight into the entire Nei Gong process, expanding upon the foundations laid in the author's previous widely read book, Daoist Nei Gong, to provide a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the practice. Going into unparalleled detail whilst remaining accessible, it explains the philosophy at the heart of Nei Gong , and the steps whereby transformation is achieved. A foundational knowledge of Chinese medicine will help the reader appreciate the explanation more deeply, but is not required for understanding. Essential reading for anyone seriously interested Qi Gong, Chinese martial arts, and the Daoist tradition, the book will also be an invaluable resource for practitioners of Chinese medicine, or advanced meditation.

Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare - From the School of Certain Victory (Hardcover): Thomas Cleary Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare - From the School of Certain Victory (Hardcover)
Thomas Cleary
R335 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R49 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics. Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation of the seminal writings attributed to Yamamoto Kansuke on Japanese martial arts and military service. A mysterious man of humble origins, Yamamoto distinguished himself in the service of the redoubtable Takeda Shingen. Yamamoto was a career soldier and founder of the so-called "school of certain victory," from which the famous Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings) emerged. His school developed the art of discerning situational combat advantage so that a warrior was able to commit to action only when success was virtually assured. Translated and accompanied with helpful insights by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the martial wisdom of Asia, this book is for all persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or emergency response, as well as for martial artists, athletes, business executives, diplomats and politicians.

The Root of Chinese Qigong - Secrets of Health, Longevity, & Enlightenment (Paperback, 2nd edition): Yang Jwing-Ming The Root of Chinese Qigong - Secrets of Health, Longevity, & Enlightenment (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Yang Jwing-Ming; Foreword by Thomas Gutheil
R543 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R57 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Winner - Prix Bushido French Book Award Qigong training can improve your health, cure illness, and help you overcome the stress of daily living. Qigong is the study of Qi, or vital energy, that circulates in the human body, and it has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years. Qigong is a unique and comprehensive approach to health and longevity, and can be trained by anyone. Get the most from your practice by understanding the principles and foundation of this ancient science. Dr. Yang teaches sitting and standing meditation, demonstrates massage techniques, and explores the Qi pathways in your body. He explains correct breathing methods, shares secrets for quieting the mind, and discusses how to increase your body's Qi supply. In addition, he also explains important concepts such as the Three Treasures and regulating the body, breath, and mind. Whatever style you practice, you'll find the keys to successful training in the Root of Chinese Qigong. * Improve your health with Qi (vital energy) training.* Relieve stress with simple breathing techniques.* Learn the secrets that will advance your practice.* Discover the foundations of Chinese medicine.* Eliminate tension with soothing relaxation exercises.* Includes more than sixty detailed photos and illustrations.

Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text (Hardcover): Gichin Funakoshi Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text (Hardcover)
Gichin Funakoshi
R931 R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Save R157 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nineteen kata (forms) of karate-the art of self-defense without weapons-are presented here in complete detail. They are the ones selected by the great master and teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, to give comprehensive training in Karate-do, the way of karate.
Fully illustrated demonstrations by the translator cover not only every technique of the kata but also the fundamentals and applications: how to make a fist; the correct form of the open hand; preliminary training in blocking, striking and kicking; the seven stances; and sparring.
The author presents, besides kata that he himself originated, beginning and advanced kata from both the Shorei school and the Shorin school, the former remarkable for their forcefulness and development of strength, the latter characterized by their gracefulness and lightning swiftness.
This book, the most comprehensive and authoritative ever published, was being revised by the author shortly before his death in 1957, at the age of eighty-eight, and is translated for the first time. Through his advice on both practical and spiritual aspects of training, the master guides the student from techniques to the Way of karate. Complementing the English edition are illustrations of National Treasures from Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji temples in Nara and Master Funakoshi's calligraphy.
Karate, whose value for the well-rounded development of strength, coordination and agility is scientifically validated, can be practiced at any time and in any place, for any length of time, by men and women of all ages, and requires no special equipment. It also fosters the development of spiritual qualities: courage, courtesy, integrity, humility and self-control.
Gichin Funakoshi's karate books, the first published in 1922, are landmarks, for the development of this martial art in Okinawa was shrouded in secrecy, and almost no records of its early history, dating back more than a thousand years to the Shao-lin Temple in Hunan Province, China, exist. Karate-do Kyohan is a book that lives up to its title: it is in truth the master text for karate instruction at all levels and in all aspects of technique and character development.

Yi Jin Jing - Chinese Health Qigong (Paperback): Yi Jin Jing - Chinese Health Qigong (Paperback)
R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Yi Jin Jing (Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Exercises) is a health and fitness exercise handed down from ancient China. Yi Jin Jing features extended, soft and even movements displaying a graceful charm, and it puts focus on the turning and flexing of the spine, thus invigorating the limbs and internal organs.

These movements have been proved to be able to improve health and fitness, prevent diseases, lengthen life and improve the intellect. In particular, practice of the Yi Jin Jing exercises has very impressive effects on the respiratory system, flexibility, balance and muscular strength.

It can also prevent and cure diseases of the joints, digestive system, cardiovascular system and nervous system.

A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 3 (Paperback): Jin Yong A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 3 (Paperback)
Jin Yong; Translated by Anna Holmwood, Gigi Chang
R246 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

THE CHINESE "LORD OF THE RINGS" - NOW IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE SERIES EVERY CHINESE READER HAS BEEN ENJOYING FOR DECADES - 300 MILLION COPIES SOLD. "Jin Yong's work, in the Chinese-speaking world, has a cultural currency roughly equal to that of "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" combined" Nick Frisch, New Yorker "Like every fairy tale you're ever loved, imbued with jokes and epic grandeur. Prepare to be swept along." Jamie Buxton, Daily Mail China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang into boarding a unseaworthy barge, they will surely drown unless Lotus - who has overheard her father's plans - can find a way to save them. Yet even if they are to survive the voyage, great dangers lie in wait on the mainland. The Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie has gathered a band of unscrupulous warriors to aid him in his search for the lost writings of the Great Song patriot General Yue Fei. If he is successful, the Jin armies will gain the key to total victory over the Song Empire, condemning Guo Jing's countrymen to centuries of servitude. Translated from the Chinese by Anna Holmwood and Gigi Chang

Under the Black Hat - My Life in the WWE and Beyond (Hardcover): Jim Ross, Paul O'Brien Under the Black Hat - My Life in the WWE and Beyond (Hardcover)
Jim Ross, Paul O'Brien 1
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colorful memoir about the inner workings of the WWE and the personal crises he weathered at the height of his career. If you've caught a televised wrestling match anytime in the past THIRTY years, you've probably heard Jim Ross's throaty Oklahoma twang. The beloved longtime announcer of WWE is already an icon to generations of wrestling fans, and he's not slowing down, having just signed on as the announcer of the starry new wrestling venture All Elite Wrestling. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir Slobberknocker, he dishes about not only his long career, which includes nurturing global stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena, but also about the challenges of aging and disability, his split from collaborator Vince McMahon, and the sudden death of his beloved wife, Jan. The result is a gruff, endearing, and remarkably human-scale portrait, set against the larger-than-life backdrop of professional wrestling. Ross's ascent in WWE mirrors the rise of professional wrestling itself from a DIY sideshow to a billion-dollar business. Under the Black Hat traces all the highs and lows of that wild ride, in which Jim served not only as on-air commentator, but talent manager, payroll master, and even occasional in-ring foil to threats like Paul "Triple H" Levesque and Undertaker. While his role brought him riches and exposure Jim never dreamed of growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, he chafed against the strictures of a fickle corporate culture and what he saw as a narrow vision of what makes great wrestlers-and great story lines. When suddenly stricken with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis that makes it impossible to smile, he stared down his greatest fear-being cast out of the announcing booth for good. Picking up where Slobberknocker left off and ending on the cusp of a new career in a reimagined industry, Under the Black Hat is the triumphant tale of a country boy who made it to the top, took a few knocks, and stuck around-just where his fans like him.

Bruce Lee -- Wisdom for the Way (Hardcover): Bruce Lee Bruce Lee -- Wisdom for the Way (Hardcover)
Bruce Lee
R358 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Summing up the philosophies of the greatest modern martial artist of all time, this compilation includes a variety of proverbs coined by Bruce Lee himself. Touching on martial arts, the universe, and life in general, this collection defines the concepts behind both a warrior and a martial artist. Ideal for fans and philosophers alike, this compendium is an attractive, elegant, and compact guide to the insight of a legend.

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