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Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face - 12 Things Boxing Teaches You About Life (Hardcover): Tony Bellew Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face - 12 Things Boxing Teaches You About Life (Hardcover)
Tony Bellew
R516 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A SUNDAY TIMES BEST SELLER **THE PULL-NO-PUNCHES GUIDE TO LIFE** 'Tony is a champion who knows the hardest battle is always with yourself. Everyone who reads this book will find a change to make in their own life ' ANT MIDDLETON This book will change lives.' TOM MARCUS, author of No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Soldier, Spy 'When your job is to stand in front of a very big man who wants to knock you unconscious, you learn what's important in life. In the ring there's nowhere to hide. I was never the biggest or the strongest but I made the most of what I had - I had heart and I had grit and I always put time into the mental game. Now it's time for you to come into the ring with me.' Tony " Bomber " Bellew is one of the most unmissable boxers Britain has ever produced. Whether you loved him or hated him, you couldn't ignore him. His journey from chubby kid growing up in a rough part of Liverpool to world champion is a story of willpower, resilience and dedication. Now he's here to take you inside the ring and help you understand that whatever your goals, there's plenty you can learn there. Over 12 rounds, Tony will show readers the world of boxing - the highs, the lows and the knockout blows. From what the boxing gym can teach us all about our strengths and weaknesses to how to hit the canvas and get back up again, this is the closest thing to having a world champion boxer in your corner.

Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling (Paperback): Charles Paul Lambert Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling (Paperback)
Charles Paul Lambert
R1,168 Discovery Miles 11 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling is essential reading for amateur wrestlers and their coaches with a desire to learn about physiological training and nutrition for their sport. Written by Charles Paul Lambert, PhD, a competitive wrestler and academic expert in high-intensity exercise, this book describes the primary physiological systems involved in amateur wrestling. Readers will learn how to substantially optimize performance and discover ways to improve body composition specific to the sport of amateur wrestling. The book addresses important issues, including relative energy deficiency in sport, debates around weight loss, the specificities of training and nutrition for female wrestlers, as well as strategies on keeping fit in the years after a competitive career. Features: Discusses strategies for monitoring overall training load to prevent overtraining and optimize training Includes optimal nutritional fueling plans for wrestlers written by a Certified Coach with USA Wrestling and compares different dietary approaches to losing weight and fat Provides optimal rehydration and refueling plans based on situational needs in the post-weigh-in period Both scientific and practical, Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling will appeal to wrestlers, high-school and college coaches, and those working in applied physiology research and exercise science.

A History of Shaolin - Buddhism, Kung Fu and Identity (Paperback): Lu Zhouxiang A History of Shaolin - Buddhism, Kung Fu and Identity (Paperback)
Lu Zhouxiang
R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Shaolin Monastery at Mount Song is considered the epicentre of the Chan school of Buddhism. It is also well known for its martial arts tradition and has long been regarded as a special cultural heritage site and an important symbol of the Chinese nation. This book is the first scholarly work in English to comprehensively examine the full history of Shaolin Monastery from 496 to 2016. More importantly, it offers a clear grasp of the origins and development of Chan Buddhism through an examination of Shaolin, and highlights the role of Shaolin and Shaolin kung fu in the construction of a national identity among the Chinese people in the past two centuries.

Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback): Frank... Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback)
Frank Nezhadpourina
R338 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R93 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the latest book in the series teaching students "Basic Shotokan Karate". With a twist, explaining how, with what, and when an attack is likely to occur! Providing a definitive guide to Street Self Defence for the beginner, "The Shotokan Way" with the aid of over 500 photographs, A simple 20 Lesson Plan teaches "Attack Psychology" collated from victims, youth offenders, and military branches, and with the aid of his students Frank teaches: Basics (Kihon) Sparring (Kumite) and Formal Exercise (Kata). Showing a massive variety of punching, kicking and blocking techniques. Heian Kata's and Kumite techniques are explained in full. The book is to be used for the serious martial artist who wants to develop techniques not just for obtaining a Karate Belt! Frank shares a wealth of personal experience and the theme of Self Defence runs throughout the book with applications (Bunkai) to techniques everywhere! "Defending Against Attack" is the product of over 800 workshops completed with organisations that deal with violence on a daily basis, and a personal commitment to provide a comprehensive guide of the modern attacker empowering the reader to reduce their 'Attack Chances'.

Crazy Fourth - How Jack Johnson Kept His Heavyweight Title and Put Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the Map (Paperback): Toby Smith Crazy Fourth - How Jack Johnson Kept His Heavyweight Title and Put Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the Map (Paperback)
Toby Smith
R536 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R83 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1912 boxing was as popular a spectator sport in the United States as baseball, if not more so. It was also rife with corruption and surrounded by gambling, drinking, and prostitution, so much so that many cities and states passed laws to control it. But not in New Mexico. It was the perfect venue for one of the biggest, loudest, most rambunctious heavyweight championship bouts ever seen. In Crazy Fourth Toby Smith tells the story of how the African American boxer Jack Johnson-the bombastic and larger-than-life reigning world heavyweight champion-met Jim Flynn on the fourth of July in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The civic boosters, bursting with pride in their town, raised a hundred thousand dollars for the fight, pushing events like the sinking of the Titanic to the back pages of every newspaper. In the end, once the dust finally settled on the whole unseemly spectacle, Las Vegas would spend the next generation making good on its losses.

A History of Chinese Martial Arts (Paperback): Fuhua Huang, Fan Hong A History of Chinese Martial Arts (Paperback)
Fuhua Huang, Fan Hong
R986 Discovery Miles 9 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Chinese martial arts have a long, meaningful history and deep cultural roots. They blend the physical components of combat with strategy, philosophy and tradition, distinguishing them from Western sports. A History of Chinese Martial Arts is the most authoritative study ever written on this topic, featuring contributions from leading Chinese scholars and practitioners. The book provides a comprehensive overview of all types of Chinese martial arts, from the Pre-Qin Period (before 222 BC) right up to the present day in the People's Republic of China, with each chapter covering a different period in Chinese history. Including numerous illustrations of artefacts, weaponry and historical drawings and documents, this book offers unparalleled insight into the origins, development and contemporary significance of martial arts in China. This is a fascinating read for researchers and students working in sports history, Chinese sport and Chinese Studies.

Tyson Fury - Gypsy King of the World (Paperback): Nigel Cawthorne Tyson Fury - Gypsy King of the World (Paperback)
Nigel Cawthorne
R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"He is the greatest fighter alive today" Daily Express Tyson Fury is colossal - six feet nine inches tall and a whisker under 20 stones in weight. He is spectacularly fast. He has a punch that could knock over a rhino and he can dance and weave like no one since the great Muhammad Ali. When he destroyed the fearsome Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to become two-time world heavyweight champion in February 2020, the world held its breath. Fury was born in 1988 and named after Mike Tyson, who was then the world heavyweight champion. Tyson comes from a long line of gypsy bare knuckle fighters. His father, Gypsy John Fury and grandfather, Tiger Gorman, both fought as professionals. Tyson's success has not come easily, but he has fought the terrible battles of his personal life as bravely as those in the ring. In this extraordinary biography you will read how he overcame addiction to cocaine and alcohol and lost a staggering eight stone in weight to make his comeback. His bravery in talking about his mental health problems is an inspiration to many. Now he is happy and at the top of his game. There seems little doubt that, for Tyson Fury, Gypsy King of the World, the best is yet to come...

Combatives for Street Survival - Volume 1: Index Positions, the Guard and Combatives Strikes (Paperback): Kelly McCann Combatives for Street Survival - Volume 1: Index Positions, the Guard and Combatives Strikes (Paperback)
Kelly McCann
R611 R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Save R84 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Leading the reader through simple yet powerful, brutally effective methods of self-defence designed for use in myriad street crime scenarios, this guide explains the use of force continuum and teaches how to efficiently avoid potentially violent encounters though the use of "pre-incident indicators." The techniques depicted are credible, relevant, practicable, and utilised by members of elite military units and U.S. government personnel travelling abroad to high-risk areas of operation. The philosophy of "less is more" results in a succinct system of self-defence that is drawn from the author's experiences as well as the collective experience of his students around the world.

DIY GUNS: Recoil Magazine's Guide to Homebuilt Suppressors, 80 Percent Lowers, Rifle Mods and More! (Paperback): Recoil... DIY GUNS: Recoil Magazine's Guide to Homebuilt Suppressors, 80 Percent Lowers, Rifle Mods and More! (Paperback)
Recoil Editors
R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Not Without a Fight: Ten Steps to Becoming Your Own Champion (Paperback): Ramla Ali Not Without a Fight: Ten Steps to Becoming Your Own Champion (Paperback)
Ramla Ali
R263 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

___________________ Ramla Ali is a triple threat - humanitarian, model and boxer. Her life inside and outside the ring represents her ruthless refusal to quit and passion to fight for what she believes in. In her first book, Ramla details ten key fights - a combination of life's constant challenges and real bouts she's endured both in and outside of the ring - that have shaped her remarkable rise to date. From her arrival in England as a refugee to being drawn to the energy and spirit of her first boxercise class; from the adrenaline of her first amateur fights to how she often powered on alone, searching for a community of women like her, and her biggest win of all: letting love into her life. Each relatable lesson is packed full of honesty and urgency, powering the reader on to become their own champion. ___________________ 'No matter where you start off in life, hard work, dedication and an unwillingness to give up will always see you through to your target. I hope you can take as much out of this book as I did' ANTHONY JOSHUA 'A gripping and essential read. She continues to turn her own immense personal achievements into positive change for others and make a mark not only in her sport, but also in the world' CAMILLA THURLOW 'A force for good ... Ali is tough, self-possessed, funny and unafraid to tell it how it is' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Ali radiates energy ... her ruthless refusal to quit has propelled her to the top of the sporting and fashion world' TELEGRAPH 'Is there anything Somali-born boxing champion Ramla Ali can't do?' VOGUE 'Here is a woman so determined and driven to meet her goals, 'hero' doesn't seem inappropriate' STYLIST 'Ramla Ali is an unstoppable force' ELLE

A Chosen Destiny - My Story (Hardcover): Drew McIntyre A Chosen Destiny - My Story (Hardcover)
Drew McIntyre
R601 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Old Sword Play - Techniques of the Great Masters (Paperback, [New ed.]): Alfred Hutton Old Sword Play - Techniques of the Great Masters (Paperback, [New ed.])
Alfred Hutton
R228 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R31 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Comprehensive, detailed instruction in the use of the two-hand sword, rapier and dagger, broadsword and buckler, rapier and cloak, and dagger and cloak, along with 59 illustrations, including diagrams and rare woodcuts, of classic fencing positions. Valuable information for scholars, sword-play enthusiasts, general readers and anyone interested in this age-old form of self-defense.

Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling (Hardcover): Charles Paul Lambert Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling (Hardcover)
Charles Paul Lambert
R3,732 Discovery Miles 37 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling is essential reading for amateur wrestlers and their coaches with a desire to learn about physiological training and nutrition for their sport. Written by Charles Paul Lambert, PhD, a competitive wrestler and academic expert in high-intensity exercise, this book describes the primary physiological systems involved in amateur wrestling. Readers will learn how to substantially optimize performance and discover ways to improve body composition specific to the sport of amateur wrestling. The book addresses important issues, including relative energy deficiency in sport, debates around weight loss, the specificities of training and nutrition for female wrestlers, as well as strategies on keeping fit in the years after a competitive career. Features: Discusses strategies for monitoring overall training load to prevent overtraining and optimize training Includes optimal nutritional fueling plans for wrestlers written by a Certified Coach with USA Wrestling and compares different dietary approaches to losing weight and fat Provides optimal rehydration and refueling plans based on situational needs in the post-weigh-in period Both scientific and practical, Physiology and Nutrition for Amateur Wrestling will appeal to wrestlers, high-school and college coaches, and those working in applied physiology research and exercise science.

Ultimate Guide To Tai Chi (Paperback, Ed): John Little, Curtis Wong Ultimate Guide To Tai Chi (Paperback, Ed)
John Little, Curtis Wong
R613 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R84 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Practiced by millions of people around the world, the ancient and gentle Chinese martial art of tai chi offers the perfect balance of mind and body, strength and flexibility, grace and agility. Its smooth, fluid movements demand precision and control while offering exercisers of all ages improved fitness, stress reduction, and self-defense skills. Whether you are a curious novice, an intermediate student seeking deeper understanding, or a tai chi expert, "Inside Kung-Fu's Ulitmate Guide to Tai Chi" offers you a wealth of insightful, reliable, hard-to-find information from world-renowned experts in every aspect of tai chi. Inside, you'll find chapters that inform and inspire, addressing such topics as: The history of traditions of tai chi chuan How to find and evaluate schools and teachers Creating a strong foundation of basic techniques Mastering advanced techniques, including the cultivation of chi, breath control, and the use of weapons The founders of tai chi and teh variety of tai chi styles The self-defense applications of tai chi In this volume, you'll find everything you need to know to enhance your practice, increase your understanding, and reap the proven health and fitness benefits of the powerful internal martial art of tai chi. John R. Little is the author of "The Warrior Within" and "Bruce Lee: Words from a Master" as well as other books on Bruce Lee. He is also the author of numerous published articles on martial arts philosophy and practice. Curtis F. Wong is the publisher of "Inside Kung-Fu" and other highly respected martial arts magazines.

Advanced Jujitsu:  Science Behind the Gentle Art (Paperback): Kirby G Advanced Jujitsu: Science Behind the Gentle Art (Paperback)
Kirby G
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With this book from American Ju-Jitsu Association cofounder George Kirby, gain access to strength and energy that seems to go beyond physical explanation. Transcending the mere memorization of kata, forms, and techniques, Kirby discusses advanced concepts that will actually simplify training, help learn new techniques faster, and provide deeper access to the inner workings of jujitsu. These concepts can be applied to the entire spectrum of martial arts, as they address the fundamentals of technique, physics, anatomy, relaxation, humility, self-confidence, and open-mindedness.

In Sunshine or in Shadow - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize (Paperback): Donald McRae In Sunshine or in Shadow - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize (Paperback)
Donald McRae 1
R229 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 'One of the most captivating boxing writers on the planet' Barry McGuigan 'A superb tale...His inspirational story celebrates peace and reconciliation' Daily Telegraph Multi-award-winning author Donald McRae's stunning new book is a powerful tale of hope and redemption across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland - thanks to boxing. At the height of the Troubles, Gerry Storey ran the Holy Family gym from the IRA's heartland territory of New Lodge in Belfast. Despite coming from a family steeped in the Republican movement, he insisted that it would be open to all. He ensured that his boxers were given a free pass by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides, so they could find a way out of the province's desperate situation. In the immediate aftermath of the 1981 Hunger Strikes, Storey would also visit the Maze prison twice a week to train the inmates from each community, separately. In itself, this would be a heroic story, but Storey went further than that: he became the trainer for world champion Barry McGuigan and Olympian Hugh Russell, who became one of the most famous photographers to document the Troubles. Even with all his success and the support of both sides, Storey still found himself subjected to three bomb attacks from those who were implacably hostile to any form of reconciliation. He also worked with the Protestant boxer Davy Larmour, who fought two bloody battles in the ring against Russell, his Catholic friend. At the same time, in Derry, the British and European lightweight champion Charlie Nash fought without bitterness after his brother was killed and his father was shot on Bloody Sunday - the most infamous day of the conflict. Now, Donald McRae reveals the extraordinary tale of those troubled times. After years of research and intimate interviews with the key characters in this story, he shows us how the violent business of boxing became a haven of peace and hope for these remarkable and compassionate men. In Sunshine or in Shadow is an inspirational story of triumph over adversity and celebrates the reconciliation that can take place when two fighters meet each other in the ring, rather than outside it. '[An] outstanding and important book, Don McRae's powerful storytelling shows the courage of the people of the North' Andy Lee

Meditation and the Martial Arts (Hardcover, New): Michael L. Raposa (Professor of Religion Studies, Lehigh University) Meditation and the Martial Arts (Hardcover, New)
Michael L. Raposa (Professor of Religion Studies, Lehigh University)
R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one: meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for combat, while the physical exercises constituting much of the discipline of the martial arts might well be considered meditative practices. Michael Raposa, himself a martial arts practitioner, suggests there is a sense in which meditation may in turn be considered a form of combat, citing a variety of spiritual disciplines that are not strictly classified as "martial arts" yet that employ the heavy use of martial images and categories as part of their self-description.

Raposa, in this extraordinary alloy of meditation manual, historical synthesis, and spiritual guide, provides a fascinating approach to understanding the connection between martial arts and spirituality in such diverse disciplines as Japanese aikido, Chinese tai chi chuan, Hindu yoga, Christian asceticism, Zen Buddhism, and Islamic jihad.

What happens when spiritual discipline is appropriated for exercises meant for health or recreation? How might prayer, meditation, and ritual be understood as martial activities? What is the nature of conflict, and who is the enemy? These are some of the questions Raposa raises and responds to in Meditation and the Martial Arts, his rumination on the martial arts as meditative practice and meditation as a martial discipline.

Michael L. Raposa, Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, is the author of Peirce's Philosophy of Religion and Boredom and the Religious Imagination (Virginia).

Studies in Religion and Culture

Taekwondo - From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (Paperback): Udo Moenig Taekwondo - From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (Paperback)
Udo Moenig
R1,020 Discovery Miles 10 200 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly 'traditional' and 'ancient' Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia's modernization drive, and largely inherited from the Japanese martial arts. The current historical portrayal has created an obstacle to a clear understanding of the history of taekwondo, and presents problems and contradictions in philosophy and training methodology. Using rich empirical data, including interviews with leading figures in the field, this book brings together martial arts philosophy with an analysis of the technical aspects and the development of taekwondo, and provides a detailed comparison of karate and taekwondo techniques. It debunks nationalistic mythology surrounding taekwondo to provide a reinterpretation of taekwondo's evolution.

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage (Paperback): Eero Laine Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage (Paperback)
Eero Laine
R974 Discovery Miles 9 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage examines professional wrestling as a century-old, theatrical form that spans from its local places of performance to circulate as a popular, global product. Professional wrestling has all the trappings of sport, but is, at its core, a theatrical event. This book acknowledges that professional wrestling shares many theatrical elements such as plot, character, scenic design, props, and spectacle. By assessing professional wrestling as a neglected but prototypical case study in the global business of theatre, Laine argues that it is an exemplary form of globalizing, commercial theatre. He asks what theatre scholars might learn from pro wrestling and how pro wrestling might contribute to conversations beyond the ring, by considering the laboring bodies of the wrestlers, and analyzing wrestling's form and content. Of interest to scholars and students of theatre and performance, cultural studies, and sports studies, Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage delimits the edges of wrestling's theatrical frame, critiques established understandings of corporate theatre, and offers key wrestling concepts as models for future study in other fields.

Aikido: Step by Step (Hardcover): Brady Peter Aikido: Step by Step (Hardcover)
Brady Peter
R249 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is a beautifully illustrated guide to the history, philosophy, practice and etiquette of this Japanese martial art, and the physical and spiritual benefits it can bring. It is a complete aikido course from beginner to advanced level, containing suitable exercises for men, women and children of all fitness levels. You can learn how to harmonize with and neutralize an opponent's attack, using their own force against them. It features illustrated step-by-step sequences that demonstrate postures, movements, pins, falls and throws, showing both solo and paired exercises. It includes over 500 photographs that show every stage of each movement in easy-to-follow stages, demonstrated by qualified experts. Aikido is a martial art developed by Japanese master Morihei Ueshiba in the early part of the 20th century. It is based on natural movements and the unity of mind and body, which combine to harmonize with the actions of an opponent and to restrain or throw them by utilizing the power of their own energy.The practice of aikido is associated with many physical and spiritual benefits; as well as controlling an opponent, it is an excellent way to develop strength, suppleness, stamina and mental and emotional harmony. This clearly presented and accessible book is a fully illustrated guide to the development, philosophy and techniques of an extraordinary art. With over 500 photographs, together with comprehensive text from one of the most respected teachers working today, this is a perfect guide for anyone beginning aikido, or for experienced practitioners who want to go further.

Mankind, Have a Nice Day! - A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Paperback): Mick Foley Mankind, Have a Nice Day! - A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (Paperback)
Mick Foley
R260 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R28 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with explosives, golden thumbtacks and barbed wire instead of rope? The second-degree burn tissue? And the missing ear that was ripped off during a bout-in which he kept fighting? Here is an intimate glimpse into Mick Foley's mind, his history, his work and what some might call his pathology. Now with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months-from his experience as a bestselling author through his parting thoughts before his final match. A tale of blood, sweat, tears and more blood-all in his own words-straight from the twisted genius behind Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind.

Wars of the Ring - Boxing Classics, 1970-2020 (Hardcover): Matthew Bazell Wars of the Ring - Boxing Classics, 1970-2020 (Hardcover)
Matthew Bazell
R517 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Wars of the Ring is a pictorial celebration of half a century of unforgettable fights. It commemorates an array of legendary boxing matches held between 1970 and 2020. From the heavyweight tussles of Ali, Frazier and Foreman in the 1970s to the wars waged by Duran, Hearns, Hagler and Leonard in the 80s, to the celebrated British middleweights of the 90s and the rise of current stars Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, Wars of the Ring takes us on a thrilling journey through some of boxing's most exhilarating matches, experienced through stunning and dramatic images. Each decade comes with a written overview as key moments from the careers of your favourite boxers come to life - in eye-catching colour and atmospheric black and white. Relive the amazing feats of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Naseem Hamed and many more.

Gladiators - Violence and Spectacle in Ancient Rome (Paperback): Roger Dunkle Gladiators - Violence and Spectacle in Ancient Rome (Paperback)
Roger Dunkle
R1,045 Discovery Miles 10 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The games comprised gladiatorial fights, staged animal hunts (venationes) and the executions of convicted criminals and prisoners of war. Besides entertaining the crowd, the games delivered a powerful message of Roman power: as a reminder of the wars in which Rome had acquired its empire, the distant regions of its far-flung empire (from where they had obtained wild beasts for the venatio), and the inevitability of Roman justice for criminals and those foreigners who had dared to challenge the empire's authority. Though we might see these games as bloodthirsty, cruel and reprehensible condemning any alien culture out of hand for a sport that offends our sensibilities smacks of cultural chauvinism. Instead one should judge an ancient sport by the standards of its contemporary cultural context. This book offers a fascinating, and fair historical appraisal of gladiatorial combat, which will bring the games alive to the reader and help them see them through the eyes of the ancient Romans. It will answer questions about gladiatorial combat such as: What were its origins? Why did it disappear? Who were gladiators? How did they become gladiators? What was there training like? How did the Romans view gladiators? How were gladiator shows produced and advertised? What were the different styles of gladiatorial fighting? Did gladiator matches have referees? Did every match end in the death of at least one gladiator? Were gladiator games mere entertainment or did they play a larger role in Roman society? What was their political significance?

Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts (Paperback): Lu Zhouxiang Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts (Paperback)
Lu Zhouxiang
R986 Discovery Miles 9 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Chinese martial arts is considered by many to symbolise the strength of the Chinese and their pride in their history, and has long been regarded as an important element of Chinese culture and national identity. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts comprehensively examines the development of Chinese martial arts in the context of history and politics, and highlights its role in nation building and identity construction over the past two centuries. This book explores how the development of Chinese martial arts was influenced by the ruling regimes' political and military policies, as well as the social and economic environment. It also discusses the transformation of Chinese martial arts into its modern form as a competitive sport, a sport for all and a performing art, considering the effect of the rapid transformation of Chinese society in the 20th century and the influence of Western sports. The text concludes by examining the current prominence of Chinese martial arts on a global scale and the bright future of the sport as a unique cultural icon and national symbol of China in an era of globalisation. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts is important reading for researchers, students and scholars working in the areas of Chinese studies, Chinese history, political science and sports studies. It is also a valuable read for anyone with a special interest in Chinese martial arts.

Martial Arts in Asia - History, Culture and Politics (Paperback): Fan Hong, Gwang  Ok Martial Arts in Asia - History, Culture and Politics (Paperback)
Fan Hong, Gwang Ok
R975 Discovery Miles 9 750 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The reawakening of Asian martial arts is a distinct example of cultural hybridity in a global setting. This book deals with history of Asian martial arts in the contexts of tradition, religion, philosophy, politics and culture. It attempts to deepen the study of martial arts studies in their transformation from traditional to modern sports. It is also important that this book explores how Asian martial arts, including Shaolin martial arts and Taekwondo, have worked as tools for national advocate of identities among Asians in order to overcome various national hardships and to promote nationalism in the modern eras. The Asian martial arts certainly have been transformed in both nature and content into unique modern sports and they have contributed to establishing cultural homogeneity in Asia. This phenomenon can be applied to the global community. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue in the International Journal of the History of Sport.

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