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This seminal work, by the first Westerner ever to win the world championship in a full-contact martial arts tournament, draws on the internal disciplines of Tai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, Pa Kua Ch'ang, and other arts to offer a new way of looking at who we are and how we live in the world. Peter Ralston calls his teaching Cheng Hsin, loosely translated as "integrity of being" or "your true nature". The principles, paradoxes, and mind-body exercises in this extraordinary book show how to harness the life energy inside us -- and achieve effortless power in everything we do. Cheng Hsin explains how to be fully involved in whatever you're doing, especially during confrontation.
In Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit, authors Taejoon Lee (the eldest son of founder Dr. Joo Bang Lee) and Mark Cheng present a variety of easy-to-understand self-defense technique combinations complete with setups and variations for different attack situations. Through detailed photographs and instructions, this well-rounded collection of striking, joint-manipulation, throwing, grappling and submission techniques will help you develop empty-hand defenses for any position from any angle. Also included is a comprehensive technical analysis of hwa rang do submissions and a detailed history of the art, complete with archival photographs and representative artwork. The military, cultural, mythical and philosophical origins of Korea's legendary Hwarang Corps are discussed in unprecedented detail, providing a multi-dimensional history that leads all the way up to hwa rang do's founder and current leader, Dr. Joo Bang Lee. Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit is the first official publication produced by the World Hwa Rang Do Association in more than 25 years. Black Belt is proud to present this guide to hwa rang do's technical and cultural significance for a new generation of historians, instructors and practitioners.
What do martial arts signify today? What do they mean for East-West cross cultural exchanges? How does the representation of martial arts in popular culture impact on the wide world? What is authentic practice? What does it all mean? From Kung Fu to Jiujitsu and from Bruce Lee to The Karate Kid, Mythologies of Martial Arts explores the key myths and ideologies in martial arts in contemporary popular culture. The book combines the author's practical, professional and academic experience of martial arts to offer new insights into this complex, contradictory world. Inspired by the work of Roland Barthes in Mythologies, the book focusses on the signs, signifiers and practices of martial arts globally. Bringing together cultural studies, film studies, media studies, postcolonial studies with the emerging field of martial arts studies the book explores the broader significance of martial arts in global culture. Using an accessible yet theoretically sophisticated style the book is ideal for students, scholars and anyone interested in any type of martial art.
The old Kendo teachers loved to ask their new students "What is Kendo?" Then they would sit back and listen to them philosophize about the way of the sword. The question is like a Zen question. If you find an answer, it will always be wrong for there is no answer. Kendo is something different to each and every student who picks up a Japanese sword. Old Kenjitsu had no rules. Modern Kendo sometimes described as sport Kendo, does. This is the difference between the two. To learn Kendo properly you must not think of it or practice it as a sport. You must think of it as a way of life. When taking up Kendo the student must keep in mind that the Japanese sword is like no other sword in the world and the skills required to master it are as ancient as time itself. This book addresses advance level Kendo skills including equipment, exercises, wazas and the last three katas of the All Japan Kendo Federation, which uses the short sword (Wakizashi). *Equipment of Kendo and its care*Advanced Waza*Fundamental Movements*All Japan Kendo Federation Short Sword (Kodachi) Katas*About the Samurai and his swords*Sword Collecting*Sword Nomenclature
Qigong is an aspect of traditional Chinese medicine that involves coordinating breathing patterns with physical postures to maintain health and well-being. Wu Qin Xi: Five-Animal Qigong Exercises is an accessible, fully-illustrated guide to a particular qigong exercise that imitates the movements of animals and birds. The book explores the development of the five-animal exercises from the work of Hua Tua, a leading physician of the Eastern Han Dynasty whose inspiration came from the observation of tigers, deer, bears, monkeys and birds. He came to the conclusion that wild creatures regularly performed certain exercises which can be replicated in order to build up the constitution and improve life skills. Each routine is described step-by-step, and is illustrated with photographs and key points. The authors also point out common mistakes and offer advice on how to correct these. Complemented by an appendix of acupuncture points and accompanied by online content, this book will be of interest to Qigong and Tai Chi practitioners at all levels, students of martial arts and anyone interested in Chinese culture.
Offering information about everything there is to know on the subject, from adauchi (a vendetta) to zanshin (state of focused vigilance before, during, and after executing a technique or combative form), this volume is suitable for the beginning martial artist seeking an introduction to the basics. David A. Hall, one of today's foremost experts on Japanese combative culture, combines hands-on experience in a wide variety of martial traditions with an academic and religious background to produce this landmark work. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts' is an'
Suitable for those who is interested in finding out what makes Aikido so multi-dimensional, or one who would like to understand its ancient roots, this book gives the reader an understanding of the essence of Aikido, and to explain the aspirations and motivations of the true practitioners of Aikido. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in finding out what makes Aikido so multi-dimensional, or one who would like to understand its ancient roots. The goal of this book is to give the reader a clear understanding of the essence of Aikido, and to explain the
Utilizing the bokken--a wooden replica of the Japanese samurai sword--this video guide features exercises that will improve hand-eye coordination and strengthen hands, arms, wrists, and upper body. Combining bokken and kobudo, it includes striking, proper gripping, target areas, two-man practice, grand championship free-form two-sword kata, introduction to kama, introduction to naginata, and formal sword handling.
This book combines academic expertise and philosophical inquiry with the practical expression of T'ai Chi. The authors combine eastern philosophy and the wisdom of T'ai Chi as expressed through a Master. The result is a harmonious blend of Taoist philosophy and the everyday use of its principles through the Chinese art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. The exploration of Taoism and T'ai Chi begins by examining their origins and affiliations under the title of Beginnings. Subsequent chapters take up the themes of Harmony (expressing the duality and interrelation of yin and yang); The Way (which looks at the philosophy of the Tao and the path that leads to its practical expression through T'ai Chi); Change (which examines the influence of the I Ching and the Eight Energies); Direction (an analysis of the Five Elements); and Energy (which explores alchemy and the vital energy of ch'i). The primary focus is on Movement and Stillness, which harmonizes the softness of movement with the stillness of the inner self -- leading to the theme of Unity, the ultimate goal of philosophical Taoism and the practical dimensions of that philosophy in T'ai Chi.
Although millions of people around the world practice the fascinating art of Taekwondo, so little is known about its history, principles or philosophy. It is time to find out just what Taekwondo is all about! Learn how principles such as honor, perseverance, and dedication will enhance your daily life, how the philosophical and physical tenets combine to form not only a way of living, but a solid system of self-defense, and why these concepts are not just quaint ideals, but more important than ever in today's age. Taekwondo's Ancient Wisdom is not only a 'must read' for every practitioner of any other martial art, but for everyone who seeks to learn from our collective past to better navigate through today's confusing times. *Includes a thorough history of Taekwondo.*Discover exactly what having a black belt is all about.*Learn a simple way of meditation that will benefit any martial artist.*Discover the difference between the martial arts as an 'art' and as a 'sport'.
In "MMA Unscripted: Behind the Scenes of America's Hottest Sport"," " the authors, editors, and writers for "MMA Worldwide" delve deep into the dramatic, awe-inspiring underpinnings of the mixed martial arts universe. The result is a revealing portrait of what happens once the cage empties and the lights darken. Within these pages, the "MMA Worldwide" crew has canvassed the entire sport to uncover the best stories and most-telling anecdotes about MMA personalities and events. Visit the training camps of some of the best fighters in the world, including Erik Paulson's Catch Submission Wrestling, Wanderlei Silva's home gym in Las Vegas, and Cung Le's facilities in San Jose. Get a rare personal look at some of the most intriguing personalities in the MMA World, including UFC cage announcer Bruce Buffer, former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, and "Tapout" magazine founder Chris "Mask" Lewis. Enjoy behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the best fight promotions in the country. This is the best way to get exclusive access to the best on- and off-camera moments of the sport.
Increase muscle strength, improve flexibility, and reduce pain and stiffness. Each year, millions of people worldwide discover the incredible physical and mental benefits of tai chi. Now, with "Tai Chi Illustrated," you can, too.
Internationally renowned instructor Master Pixiang Qiu and mind-body exercise expert Weimo Zhu demonstrate the most effective forms for harnessing the healing power of chi, or energy. Follow their lead and improve balance and coordination, relieve stress, and reduce pain and muscle stiffness.
"Tai Chi Illustrated" is a step-by-step guide complete with detailed instructions and full-color photo sequences for the basic movements and popular forms, such as Grasp Sparrow's Tail and Part the Wild Horse's Mane. You will connect the forms to follow the yang-style sample routines, or create your own to address your health and fitness needs.
Whether you are completely new to tai chi or have practiced for years, "Tai Chi Illustrated" will you be your guide to the path of better health and self-awareness.
TARGET YOUR OPPONENT'S VITAL POINTS TO DISABLE ANYONE USING MINIMAL
Straightforward and easy to understand, "The Secret Art of
Pressure Point Fighting" provides a complete overview of the body's
vulnerable points and teaches how to stop an attacker as quickly as
possible using a minimal amount of physical strength.
The popularity of martial arts has grown tremendously in recent years as its many benefits have become apparent. As well as increasing physical fitness, they also serve to emphasize the importance of a balance between body and mind - and help encourage a sense of harmony and wellbeing. There is a wide range of disciplines to choose from and this book will introduce you to some of the most popular forms. The history and philosophy of each art is explained, followed by photographic step-by-step instructions that clearly illustrate the key techniques. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, this guide will help you develop your skills at every stage.
Eskrima, which is also known as Arnis [De Mano] or Kali, is the indigenous martial art of the Philippine Islands. Dynamic and flexible, with a wide range of training methods it can be practised by students of all ages and levels of fitness. Well known and respected as a highly practical weapons-based system, Eskrima is practised worldwide by civilians, law enforcement personnel and special units within the military. Eskrima usies training weapons [rattan sticks and daggers] from the earliest stages, alongside purely unarmed techniques. These training methods have been found particularly effective at increasing co-ordination and reflexes, providing a fast tract to developing the qualities needed for practical self-defence. The instructional section illustrates how the Eskrima martial artist is able to succeed in a wide range of combat situations involving fighting with both weapons and open-hands. Techniques, two-person flow drills, self-defence applciations, training with specialized equipment, the philosophy of the art and 'self-defence and the law' are all covered in depth.
This invaluable martial arts philosophy handbook presents ancient wisdom for contemporary readers. Secret Tactics contains brilliant new interpretations of fundamental works of strategy and martial arts tactics by Miyamoto Musashi, Gichin Funakoshi, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, and various martial arts tomes. It distills the crucial teachings on leadership, character and values found in those books. Readers will unlock the secrets of their art and self. These and a dozen other essays on strategy, combat tactics, psychology, leadership, good character, and the exercise of power, make Secret Tactics an indispensable resource for students of Asian culture, martial artists, and corporate executives.
In this book, Dr. Kuhn effectively explains and demonstrates how Therapeutic Qigong is a valuable and important adjunct to good health care. Her helpful directions and clear illustrations demonstrate this simple yet powerful Qigong routine that anyone can use to improve and then maintain their health. Therapeutic Qigong is a form of medical Qigong that was created in the early 1970's, by Dr. Zhuang Yuanmin and other expert Chinese Medical Doctors at the University of Sports Medicine in Shanghai China. This Qigong routine combines physical exercises, stretching, breathing and self-massage. By enhancing energy and blood circulation, Therapeutic Qigong can accelerate the body's healing process and immunity, to help relieve illness and prevent disease. Therapeutic Qigong is easy to learn and easy to practice. The program is divided into six groups. Each group focuses on different muscles and joints to achieve maximum benefit. You only need 15-30 minutes per day to enjoy the results of this effective Qigong regimen. If you are new to Qigong, you can work on individual groups until you are ready to add others. * Categories, definitions and a brief history of Qigong.* Relationship between Qi and our attitudes.* How energy effects our body.* Exercises; Neck, Shoulders, Back, Hips, Legs, Arms, Elbows, Hands & Wrists.
This is a translation of an important classic on Zen swordfighting. Yagyu's Buddhist spirituality is reflected in his central idea of the 'life-giving sword' - the notion of controlling an opponent by the spiritual readiness to fight, rather than during the fight.
With extensive, step-by-step photographs and instructions, this jiu-jitsu guide is an efficient tool for mastering this ancient martial art. The original Japanese martial art developed by the elite samurai class during Japan's feudal era, Jiu-jitsu is the forerunner of Judo and the precursor of today's ultimate fighting styles, such as mixed martial arts (MMA). For centuries, this method of unarmed self-defense proved so successful in combat that it was kept secret and taught only to a select few. Based on the author's study with instructors at the Tokyo police academy, this martial arts book presents all the traditional techniques of Jujitsu, also known as Jiu-jitsu. These methods teach you valuable restraining methods that force your opponent to submit without abuse by using pressure points. It shows you tips for search and seizure, and the almost extinct art of Hojojutsu-how to tie people up without using any knots. Japanese Jiu-jitsu: Secret Techniques of Self-Defense addresses and demonstrates the full range of Kaisho Goshin Budo Taiho Jitsu Ryu (Tokyo police self-defense). Learn specific techniques such as:The use of hands Throwing an opponent Attacking vital points with strikes and kicks The use of weapons (like the staff). This fascinating Jiujitsu book was designed as a training manual and serves as a remarkable illustrated guide to the secret art of Japanese samurai self-defense.
"Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points." Bruce Lee, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do The best of both Eastern and Western stick fighting techniques The Art and Science of Stick Fighting is a unique, non-style specific, approach to fighting with the short stick. Its curriculum is streamlined and divided into nine logical stages of training that allow the reader to quickly and methodically learn and develop the skills needed for fighting with the stick. Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing stick fighting for years, there is something for everyone in this book. Also included are systematic workouts and descriptions of how to make and use specific training equipment as you learn and master The Art and Science of Stick Fighting. </>The Art and Science of Stick Fighting features Nine levels of instruction, progressing from easy to expert Over 700 photos with motion arrows A "nondenominational" approach to the stick, utilizing the best of Eastern and Western arts A comprehensive, methodical approach to building stick fighting skills This book stands apart from other stick fighting training manuals because it emphasizes the dynamics of combat. Many other books focus on forms and twirling. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions. The Art and Science of Stick Fighting begins with the basics, upon which everything else relies. A stable stance Basic footwork An effective guard From there you learn different types of strikes and how to practice them in helpful, easy-to-learn patterns. The aim is to grow so comfortable wielding a stick that it is as though the stick has become an extension of your body. Once the basics are in place, you learn the strategies and tactics of fighting with the stick at long, middle, and close range. By controlling the distance, you control the fight! Learn important guidelines for sparring, from light contact up to full-contact training. Learn how to construct your own padded weapons. Learn effective fighting tips that will rev up your game. Also included are chapters on advanced techniques; combating short ranged weapons such as a knife to long range weapons like the staff. Even detailed techniques to use when your opponent is armed but you are not! Whether you already study the stick or are just starting out, if you want to learn how to get an edge , The Art and Science of Stick Fighting is for you!
Since ancient times Tai Chi Chuan has been practiced as a holistic mind/body fitness system, bringing immense benefits for practitioners in health, longevity, relaxation, and concentration. Tai Chi Chuan was also practiced as an effective and deadly martial art. Because of this, the ancient masters rarely disclosed their secrets, guarding them as closely as they would military secrets. They preserved their profound insights in obscure songs, poems, and classics, revealing only to those they considered trustworthy and ready for such knowledge. That is, until this century. Now, you can reap the benefits of centuries of wisdom and practical experience to deepen and refine your Tai Chi Chuan. Discover ways to reach the essence of your Form and take your Push Hands to higher levels. Dr. Yang has translated these classics from the original Chinese, and has written commentaries to make them more accessible to contemporary minds. Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu Style is an invaluable resource for students who seek true understanding of their art. *Useful for any style of Tai Chi Chuan.*Sound, practical advice for any martial art.*Key points for incorporating the teachings into your practice.
This manual lays out techniques of the Keluarga Pencak Silat Nusantara (KPSN), one of the leading pencak silat organizations in Indonesia. Moving from the fundamental elements-stances and strikes-to exploring complex series of moves for exercise, self-defense, and competition, the manual shows the richness and uniqueness of this still relatively unknown martial art. For each technique covered, concise text accompanies clear, hand-drawn illustrations, making this guide an easy learning tool for beginners or enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge and practice of pencak silat. The late Master O'ong Maryono was a world champion, international trainer, and recognized martial arts expert. Author of the seminal book Pencak Silat in the Indonesian Archipelago, he was an indomitable advocate for the preservation and development of pencak silat.
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