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Perfecting Ourselves - Co-ordinating Body, Mind & Spirit (Paperback): Aaron Hoopes Perfecting Ourselves - Co-ordinating Body, Mind & Spirit (Paperback)
Aaron Hoopes
R362 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R77 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Can we achieve perfection? While true perfection is fleeting, we often achieve a moment of perfection: a state of mind that is just right, a time when we are fully attuned to the needs of our body, mind and spirit. It is the potential for achieving this type of integration that Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit seeks to tap into. Author Aaron Hoopes explores the basic threads of the self-body, mind and spirit-and demonstrates simple methods of integrating the three through breathing exercises, meditation, focused quietism and conscious living. He considers the body and how we can become more fully aware of it by examining detrimental behaviors, exploring the effect they have and suggesting ways to counter them. In particular, he shows how deep breathing exercises and conscious awareness of the breath constitute a major pathway to physical health and well-being. He then looks the mind and how we can gain more control over our thoughts and feelings. In particular, he focuses on "Quietism" an approach that includes exercises for calming the mind and gaining clarity of thought. Finally, he discusses the spirit, which manifests itself when we have integrated a healthy, connected body with a calm, clear mind. When integration occurs, every moment of life becomes "perfect." We can live in balance with our self and the world around us. Through breathing and quietism, the quality of life improves. We get sick less often and recover faster. Things that bothered us before become insignificant. Feelings of well-being invade us, and we feel ready to tackle any task or obstacle in our path. Follow along as Aaron leads you through simple exercises that will help you: * Develop healthy habits one step at a time * Holistically heal and strengthen your body * Reduce tension and stress through mindful breathing * Increase your connection between mind and body * Get in touch with your "Universal Mind" * Discover the joys of quietism * Achieve internal balance

The Shaolin Arts - Shaolin Taijiquan Qigong Zen (Paperback): Wong Kiew Kit The Shaolin Arts - Shaolin Taijiquan Qigong Zen (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kit
R478 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R146 (31%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Shaolin Arts (Master Answers Series) is a selection of answers to questions written by various people all over the world to Sifu Wong, who is a celebrated Shaolin Grandmaster. The publication of these questions and answers will prove invaluable to everyone who is interested in the Shaolin arts. This book introduces Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen Buddhism, and the various styles in these respective arts and training methods. The book includes: Legends, history and personalities who were behind development of these arts. An in-depth study of these arts, including form and internal force training, energy management and healing, weapons, strategies, tactics, spiritual joy, and meditation to achieve Enlightenment, which is the ultimate prize. Case studies to prove that practitioners of these arts, especially qigong, can successfully overcome so-called incurable diseases, maintain their health and manage stress effectively. Stories on Satori or Awakening experienced by Sifu Wong's students and disciples.

The Way to Black Belt - A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results (Paperback): Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder The Way to Black Belt - A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results (Paperback)
Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder
R473 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R27 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Cut to the very core of what it means to be successful in the martial arts. Earning a black belt can be the most rewarding experience of a lifetime, but getting there takes considerable planning. Whether your interests are in the classical styles of Asia or in today's Mixed Martial Arts, this book prepares you to meet every challenge. Whatever your age, whatever your gender, you will benefit from the wisdom of master martial artists around the globe, who share more than 300 years of combined training experience. Benefit from their guidance during your development into a first-class black belt. The Wisdom of...* Iain Abernethy* Dan Anderson* Loren Christensen* Jeff Cooper* Wim Demeere* Aaron Fields* Lawrence Kane* Rory Miller* Martina Sprague* Phillip Starr* Jeff Stevens* Kris Wilder ...and many more. Packed with actionable information, The Way to Black Belt will teach you how to set goals, find a good instructor, monitor your progress, overcome plateaus in your training, take advantage of learning opportunities, and work through the inevitable injuries that come with rigorous martial arts training. Putting your skills to the test at each developmental stage of your training requires a certain mental 'clarity.' The authors examine what this means, how to find it, and how to make sure that when the time comes you are 100% prepared. If you are serious about your martial arts training, The Way to Black Belt will arm you with the information you need to swiftly become a highly skilled, well-qualified black belt.

Mental Combat - The Sports Psychology Secrets You Can Use to Dominate Any Event! (Paperback): Phil Pierce Mental Combat - The Sports Psychology Secrets You Can Use to Dominate Any Event! (Paperback)
Phil Pierce
R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Ships in 7 - 13 working days
Wrestling Tough (Paperback, 2nd edition): Mike J. Chapman, Mike Chapman Wrestling Tough (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Mike J. Chapman, Mike Chapman
R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Wrestling Tough, 2nd Edition is essential for developing the dedication and commitment needed to succeed on and off the mat. This comprehensive guide is packed with stories, insights and coaching philosophies from legendary coaches and wrestlers including Cael Sanderson, Dan Gable, Vince Lombardi and Tom Brands. Award-winning author, Mike Chapman explores the attacking mindset and the importance of psyching up for the competition. He also presents key moments in the careers of many great wrestlers. As well as assessing the training methods they used to break through barriers and achieve success. Wrestling requires firm physical preparation and a strong mental resolve. Wrestling Tough, 2nd Edition provides that link between physicality and mental toughness to develop the will to win.

Taizan Ryu Taiho Jutsu - Military and civilian police tactics (Paperback): Allen Woodman, Joseph Miller Taizan Ryu Taiho Jutsu - Military and civilian police tactics (Paperback)
Allen Woodman, Joseph Miller
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Taizan Ryu Taiho Jutsu founded by Soke Joe Miller, a 50 year veteran of martial arts, 9th degree black belt and the leading authority and founder of Taizan Ryu Taiho Jutsu system. This complete manual has all 18 techniques that have been patented by the U.S. Government to train both Civilian and military police in correct apprehension and arrest procedures and techniques that are both effective and useful in the field.

Modern Arnis - The Martial Art of Remy Presas - History & Development - An American Perspective (Paperback): Dan Anderson Modern Arnis - The Martial Art of Remy Presas - History & Development - An American Perspective (Paperback)
Dan Anderson
R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Mauler (Paperback): Alexander Gustafsson The Mauler (Paperback)
Alexander Gustafsson 1
R364 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As told to Leif Eriksson and Martin Svensson. Alexander Gustafsson grew up in Arboga, a small town in Sweden. A country boy, he started boxing when he was 10 - winning the national youth medal at the age of 16. After a handful of run-ins with the law he began practicing mixed martial arts and working his way up the ranks of the UFC. Nicknamed The Mauler by his training partners, due to his power, killer instinct and somewhat recklessness whilst fighting; this is the story of Gustafssons struggle to succeed in one of the world's most challenging sports. Family, friends, and the Christian faith all play decisive rolls. But above all, it's Alexander's unique talent for martial arts which, in just a few short years, sees him become one of the UFC's main poster boys. The Mauler is a frank and at times painful account of a young man rapidly heading off the rails, and of his fight to reach the top of his game in an effort to change his life forever.

WWE Rule The Ring! (Paperback): Julia March WWE Rule The Ring! (Paperback)
Julia March
R165 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R28 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Do you want to know what it really takes to battle the fiercest WWE Superstars?

Ever wondered how you become WWE Champion? How do you escape a Cage Match? What does it take to win WrestleMania? A little clue: it may require going "one on one with The Great One".

WWE Rule the Ring! answers all these questions and many more, including...

How do The New Day harness the power of positivity? How do Superstars perfect their finishing moves? What made The Rock "the most electrifying man in sports entertainment? And how does Becky Lynch disarm her opponents?

Includes WWE Legends, amazing showdowns and epic team-ups to show you the skill and determination you need to be a true sports entertainment star.

The perfect gift for young fans of WWE aged 7-9, this ebook is an exciting, playful and fact-filled journey into the thrilling action inside the ring - brought to life with doodle-style illustrations.

The Illustrated Guide to Edible Wild Plants (Paperback): Department of the Army The Illustrated Guide to Edible Wild Plants (Paperback)
Department of the Army
R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tae Kwon Do - The Ultimate Reference Guide to the World's Most Popular Martial Art, Third Edition (Paperback): Yeon Hee... Tae Kwon Do - The Ultimate Reference Guide to the World's Most Popular Martial Art, Third Edition (Paperback)
Yeon Hee Park, Yeon Hwan Park, Jon Gerrard
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over 400 million students in more than 188 countries have embraced the way of life that Tae Kwon Do provides. Tae Kwon Do combines a complete explanation of the physical aspects of the martial art with the philosophical elements of its training. Tae Kwon Do is more than just a fighting style: it combines self-defense, exercise, meditation, philosophy, and self-awareness to improve oneself physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is perfect for both students trying to master techniques and teachers looking for a reliable reference. Yeon Hee Park and Yeon Hwan Park believe that the true essence of Tae Kwon Do cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or heard, but only experienced. They offer warm up exercises, basic techniques, forms, sparring techniques, and practical applications. In addition, there is a chapter on the philosophy of Tae Kwon Do and information on the rules of competition, terminology, belt divisions, and more. This book will guide students as they figure out what Tae Kwon Do means to them.

Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing - MMA-Proven Techniques (Hardcover): Joe E Harvey Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing - MMA-Proven Techniques (Hardcover)
Joe E Harvey; Foreword by Patrick Tray
R199 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R19 (10%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Become a champion in the Thai martial arts world with this Muay Thai training guide! Muay Thai (or Thai boxing), the national sport of Thailand, has become one of the most prominent martial arts forms in the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena. Often called "the art of eight limbs," Muay Thai combines the use of punches, kickboxing, elbows, knees and standing grappling moves. Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing is an excellent aid to anyone training in Muay Thai or MMA-new students can learn the moves efficiently, while experienced students will refine their techniques. Author and experienced martial artist Joe Harvey presents students with over 200 color photographs and training aids, such as stepping diagrams, tables, training drills, tips, and more! This Muay Thai book will take your practice of this intense sport to the next level.

Ali - A Life (Paperback): Jonathan Eig Ali - A Life (Paperback)
Jonathan Eig
R473 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R58 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year The definitive biography of an American icon, from a best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle. "As Muhammad Ali's life was an epic of a life so Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography . . . for pages in succession its narrative reads like a novel--a suspenseful novel with a cast of vivid characters." -- Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion, changed his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, sheds important new light on Ali's politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition through unprecedented access to all the key people in Ali's life, more than 500 interviews and thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files and audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Ali: A Life is a story about America, about race, about a brutal sport, and about a courageous man who shook up the world.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Paperback): Cheng Man-ch'ing Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Paperback)
Cheng Man-ch'ing; Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, Martin Inn
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Millions of people worldwide practice t'ai chi, the most popular form of which was codified beginning in the 1960s by Cheng Man Ch'ing. In this scholarly yet practical book, Professor Cheng shows precisely how the postures and moves of t'ai chi work, with examples from anatomy and physics, both internally as energetic principles and externally on opponents. He clarifies the spheres, triangles, and centripetal and centrifugal forces within physical exchanges such as push-hands. Contrasting Western and Chinese techniques of healing, he also explores the relationships of organs to one another in pathology and the necessary dynamics of treatment. Professor Cheng explains how the practitioner may serve as his or her own doctor and, likewise, as the physician or trainer of an attacker. The martial arts, he says, are not a special case of unusual power, simply an aspect of adapting natural and cosmic law to circumstance. This edition of the classic text contains 13 major essays; oral secrets from Cheng's teacher Yang Cheng'fu; a Q&A with commentary on martial arts classics; the author's application and functions of each of the 37 postures of the short form, with the original photographs of him as a young man; two prefaces; and much more.

Blood Sisters - Can a Pledge Made for Life Endure Beyond Death? (Paperback): Julie Shaw Blood Sisters - Can a Pledge Made for Life Endure Beyond Death? (Paperback)
Julie Shaw 1
R197 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy. Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her... Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

Taekwon-Do Patterns - From Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback): Jim Hogan Taekwon-Do Patterns - From Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback)
Jim Hogan
R367 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The martial art of Taekwon-Do was initially developed by the Korean military in the 1950s and spread internationally with the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation [ITF] in 1966. Taekwon-Do has continued to develop and it is now one of the most popular martial arts, with around eight million students worldwide and perhaps best known for its spectacular kicking and power demonstrations. In this highly practical and informative book, Master Hogan draws on his vast experience to give unique insights into the performance and application of the first nine patterns (tul) that Taekwon-Do students must master to obtain the rank of 1st degree black belt.

Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children (Paperback): Tim Tipene Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children (Paperback)
Tim Tipene
R855 R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Save R274 (32%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Warrior Kids" is a pioneering programme that over the past 17 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the programme draws upon Maori concepts of the warrior and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instil confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives. This book features the complete ten sessions of the in-school programme in a format that instructors can apply to their own work with young people.

Slaughter in the Streets - When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital (Paperback): Don Stradley Slaughter in the Streets - When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital (Paperback)
Don Stradley; Foreword by T.J. English
R222 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R15 (7%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Named one of "The Classics of Boxing Literature" by CrimeReads "[A] gritty, true-crime narrative...with hard-edged prose and a total absence of cheap moralizing...[A] stark and gripping account."-Kirkus Reviews "The historical fact that the city of Boston has seen more than its share of this breed - boxers who became intertwined with the criminal underworld - is the literary gold that author Don Stradley mines so beautifully in this book. There are moments of triumph in the ring, and some failures; Stradley is right to focus as much on the boxing careers (often misbegotten) of these men as well as their criminal associations and habits."-T.J. English, from the Foreword From the pages of Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital... Frankie spent the final seconds of his life the way James Cagney might've in an old Warner Bros crime drama: he stumbled down the hallway and into the office of an attorney who had leased space in the building. A female stenographer who had been at her desk filling out Christmas cards looked on in horror; the sound of guns a moment earlier had shattered the holiday mood, and now she was confronted by the sight of Frankie in the doorway, blood gushing from his wounds. Without saying a word, he walked in and sat in a chair. Then he pitched forward, dead. In Slaughter in the Streets, Don Stradley masterfully unfolds the story of how Boston became "boxing's murder capital." From the early days of Boston's Mafia, to the era of Whitey Bulger, Stradley tells the fascinating stories of men who were drawn to the dual shady worlds of boxing and organized crime. Boston was once a thriving boxing city. And it was also host to an ever-expanding underworld. From the early days of Boston's Mafia, to the era of Whitey Bulger, many of the city's boxers found themselves drawn to the criminal life. Most of them ended up dead. Slaughter in the Streets tells the violent and often tragic story of these misguided young men who thought their toughness in the ring could protect them from the most cold-blooded killers in the country. Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital is the third in the Hamilcar Noir series. Hamilcar Noir is "Hard-Hitting True Crime" that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels. Contents Foreword: T.J. English Chapter 1: The Shooting Gallery Chapter 2: Phil Buccola: Boston's Beloved Mob Boss Chapter 3: Boxing Booms in Boston Chapter 4: Tommy Sullivan: Everybody's Pal Chapter 5: Eddie McLaughlin: They Called Him Punchy Chapter 6: Joe Barboza: The King of East Boston Chapter 7: Tony Veranis: The Tough Guy Chapter 8: Rocco DiSeglio: Gambling Man Chapter 9: Rico Sacramone: A Stylish Fighter Chapter 10: Sammy Lindenbaum: Boxer, Bandit, Abortionist Chapter 11: Eddie Connors: The Man Who Knew Too Much Chapter 12: Tommy Tibbs: The Journeyman Chapter 13: Paul Raymond: Heavyweight Homicide Chapter 14: Johnny Pretzie: Sharkey's Boy Chapter 15: Frankie MacDonald: South Boston's Hope Chapter 16: Ghosts of Winter Hill Perfect Gift For Boxing and True Crime Fans! Slaughter in the Streets, combined with other books in the Hamilcar Noir series, makes a great gift for fans of stories about the darker side of boxing. Books in the Hamilcar Noir series also make for a great gift idea for true crime fans-whether they are a die-hard boxing fan or not, they will devour these quick reads and ask for more!

The Complete Book of Yiquan (Paperback): C. S. Tang The Complete Book of Yiquan (Paperback)
C. S. Tang
R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With detailed photographs and clear instruction for practice, this is the first book comprehensively to cover the history, development and training methods of this rarely taught esoteric internal martial art. The deceptively simple postures and movements of Yiquan are highly effective for achieving results for both health and combat, making it very appealing to martial artists, and Master Tang here reveals the secrets of a martial art still surrounded in mystery. He also provides a history of the origins and lineage of the Yiquan tradition, as well as detailed information on the stances and movements, weapons, and programs, grading and teaching. This complete guide to Yiquan will be essential for anyone interested in Yiquan or oriental martial and internal arts more generally.

Wrestling For Dummies (Paperback): Henry Cejudo, Philip J. Willenbrock Wrestling For Dummies (Paperback)
Henry Cejudo, Philip J. Willenbrock
R396 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R104 (26%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The fast and easy way to pin down the sport of wrestling

Wrestling is a fast-paced sport with many technicalities, rules, and ways to score points--making it difficult for spectators to follow the score and understand whistles and restarts. In "Wrestling For Dummies," author and 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo explains the scoring system and unique rules of wrestling to new competitors, confused parents, and fans of this ancient and captivating sport.

"Wrestling For Dummies" also explains the rich history of the sport and covers the six styles of competitive wrestling and their distinction from the modern entertainment-based "pro wrestling."Covers Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestlingPlain-English explanations of wrestling rulesDetails the history of wrestling

Whether you're just getting started as a wrestler or enjoy it as a spectator sport, "Wresting For Dummies" makes this sport accessible and easy to understand.

There Are No Secrets - Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and His T'ai Chi Chuan (Paperback): Wolfe Lowenthal There Are No Secrets - Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and His T'ai Chi Chuan (Paperback)
Wolfe Lowenthal
R334 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R72 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Wolfe Lowenthal's quiet little memoir will with window-opening wisdom reinforce, I think, my view of how Cheng stood on Tai Chi. It tells how a young writer reacted to this strange Chinese man when he appeared in New York City in the mid-1960s and stayed there for a decade before returning to Taiwan to die in 1975. In a nickel town where neurosis is a cardinal virtue, the Tai Chi center established by Cheng soon became an oasis of learning. In my visits there I was invariably approached by a quiet fellow with a ready smile and loads of questions. His form and sensing hands improved but he never lost his kindly ways. This led me once to tell the three seniors that the one person in the club who best exemplified Tai Chi was this junior. That man who has since become a teacher of the art is the author if this book."
-Robert W. Smith, from the Preface

Great Book about Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Champion - Collection with Questions & Answers and Fun Facts Related to Muhammad Ali:... Great Book about Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Champion - Collection with Questions & Answers and Fun Facts Related to Muhammad Ali: The Story of Muhammad Ali (Paperback)
Peggy Allport
R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
On Boxing PB (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed., updated and expanded ed): Joyce Carol Oates On Boxing PB (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed., updated and expanded ed)
Joyce Carol Oates
R348 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A vivid and realistic picture of the most controversial sport on Earth, On Boxing is a riveting, electrifying journey through a world of glitter and gore--where heart-soaring triumph and heart-rending tragedy go hand in hand. A magnificent work by a consummate artist.

The Lone Samurai - The Life of Miyamoto Musashi (Paperback): William Scott Wilson The Lone Samurai - The Life of Miyamoto Musashi (Paperback)
William Scott Wilson
R384 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R51 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japan's greatest samurai swordsman, is chronicled in this first authoritative, "lively and balanced" ("Library Journal"), English-language biography of the impressive warrior. Included is original artwork by Musashi plus Glossary, map, and Appendices.

Cut Time - An Education at the Fights (Paperback, New edition): Carlo Rotella Cut Time - An Education at the Fights (Paperback, New edition)
Carlo Rotella
R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Boxing is not just fighting," writes Carlo Rotella. "It is also training and living right and preparing to go the distance in the broadest sense of the phrase, a relentless managing of self that anyone who gets truly old must learn." Rotella's "Cut Time" chronicles his immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. An award-winning writer and ringside veteran, Rotella unearths the hidden wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom brawl to HBO extravaganza. Tracing the consequences of hurt and craft, the two central facts of boxing, Rotella reveals moving resonances between the worlds inside and outside the ropes. The brief, disastrous fistic career of one of his students pinpoints the moment when adulthood arrives; the hard-won insight of a fellow fan shows Rotella how to reckon with a car crash. Mismatches, resilience, pride, pain, and aging - Rotella's lessons from the ring extend far beyond the sport. In "Cut Time", Rotella achieves the near-impossible: he makes the fight world relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.

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