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The code of ideals and manners known as bushido governs the training of Japan's samurai, or warrior class. Written by a distinguished Japanese internationalist, this volume eloquently explains the persistence of feudal Japan's morals, ethics, and etiquette into the modern era. The comparisons of bushido traditions with the religions and philosophies of other civilizations make this work extremely accessible to many cultures, and it has been translated into more than 30 languages since its initial publication in 1900.
Reach for the Highest Level of Tai Chi Practice You can achieve the highest level of tai chi practice by including tai chi sword in your training regimen. Here's your chance to take the next step in your tai chi journey. Once you have attained proficiency in the bare hand form and have gained listening and sensing skills from pushing hands, you are ready for tai chi sword. The elegant and effective techniques of traditional tai chi sword Tai chi sword will help you control your qi, refine your tai chi skills, and master yourself. You will strengthen and relax your body, calm and focus your mind, improve your balance, and develop proper tai chi breathing. This book provides a solid and practical approach to learning tai chi sword accurately and quickly. Includes over 500 photographs with motion arrows! *Historical overview of tai chi sword*Fundamentals, including hand forms and footwork*Generating power with the sword*12 tai chi sword breathing exercises*30 key tai chi sword techniques with applications*12 fundamental tai chi sword solo drills*Complete 54-movement Yang Tai Chi Sword sequence*48 martial applications from the tai chi sword sequence*10 tai chi sword 2-person matching drills No matter your age, tai chi sword is a wonderful way to improve your health and well-being. Tai Chi Chuan is one of the more popular health activities practiced today. According to the NCCAM div. of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between 2.3-3 million people practice tai chi in the United States. Recommended by healthcare professionals, practiced for pleasure, fitness, or martial arts; by young and old alike, tai chi creates a vast community of people practicing for many different reasons. Many students expand their practice to include the Tai Chi Sword. It's fun, builds strength, and develops concentration and focus. Tai chi sword is integral to the long-term study of tai chi and qigong. This revised edition of our classic book on Tai Chi Sword includes a new modern, easy-to-follow layout; each movement is presented in 4-6 large photographs with lucid instructions on how to perform them; shows martial applications to help get the angles correct. Other sections offer a brief history of Tai Chi Sword, fundamental training routines, and qigong exercises to connect your Tai Chi Sword practice to your internal health.
A handbook of the classical Chinese literature on which the art of t'ai chi is based. First English translation of the classic texts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. This is required reading for practitioners of every style.
Grace and self-control. Anyone who has been on the inside of my sporting effort know for the most part those words do not exist. They may accidentally present themselves on occasion, but for the most part, when humans and physical challenges come together in the same arena, everything but grace and self-control results. It seems the harder we strive for perfection the more our human side takes control, bringing with it blunders, mishaps and confusions. The martial arts is by no means an exception. This book is commemoration to this effort by way of a collection of light-hearted cartoons honouring the attempts by human beings living to imitate the ways of nature.
Our personal warrior spirit may be aggressive and intense or quietly lurking beneath the surface, but it exists in all of us, a crouching tiger waiting to be awakened. Some express it through words, laws, or money, while others do it with fists or weapons. Author Loren Christensen has had many opportunities to explore the warrior spirit over the past three decades -- as a military policeman in Vietnam, as a 25-year veteran of police work in Portland, Oregon, and as a martial artist since 1965. His stories, from the war torn alleys of Saigon to the mean streets of Portland to the karate tournament ring, gives a glimpse of the warrior spirit at work. In a laid-back style, he takes readers on a raucous tour that could only be led by someone who's been there and; ived to tall about it.
Take Taekwondo beyond just kicking and punching discover powerful grappling moves that build on the patterns you already know! Taekwondo is the most popular Korean martial art, with over 70 million practitioners in the world. Taekwondo Grappling Techniques presents the most effective grappling manoeuvres ever developed for Taekwondo. With this comprehensive Taekwondo book as your guide, you'll confidently defend yourself against attacks and apply your own devastating grappling techniques to bring assailants into submission. This guide contains 15 chapters with 89 different Taekwondo techniques. Movements include: Low Double Knifehand Block to Circular Block; Upward Elbow Strike to Double Knifehand Block; Sitting Stance Punch to Sitting Stance Punch to Outer Forearm Block; Reverse Punch to Scooping Block; Square Block to Inward Knifehand Strike; Vertical Spearhand Strike to High Backfist Strike; Reverse Inner Forearm Block to Reverse Punch; Double Knifehand Block to High Punch. Includes instructional DVD.
Complete Sinawali is the definitive guide to the intricate and highly-refined Filipino martial art of double-weapon fighting. The warriors of the Philippines have long been respected as fierce, courageous, and effective fighters, and the martial art of Sinawali has developed multiple-weapon fighting to an exceptionally high degree of sophistication. Preserved in Filipino dance as well as martial form, Sinawali employs sinuous, polyrhythmic movements, creating an almost impenetrable shield against attack. In Complete Sinawali, Filipino martial artist Reynaldo Galang details the theory behind the forms and presents an orderly progression of drills designed to teach ambidexterity, quick and exact footwork, and special hand techniques that are the foundation of this exceedingly powerful martial art. Chapters include: The Origin of Sinawali The Fighting Arts of Bakbakan International Bakbakan Training Structure Stances and Footwork Warm-up Exercises Lakbay Sinawali: The Central Form of Sinawali Dakip-Diwa Laban-Sanay (Free-Style Sparring) Whether readers are interested in Sinawali for exercise, hobby, or as a means of self-defense, Complete Sinawali is their definitive guide.
Chen style Taijiquan is the oldest of the five main Taijiquan styles. In this book, Master Jan Silberstorff, a leading Chen practitioner, shares his expertise and insights. He explains the background to Taijiquan, and its key principles, and gives the reader a true insight into the Chen system. Master Silberstorff sets this within the historical context of Taijiquan in China, its country of origin, and explains the martial, health and spiritual aspects of traditional Chen Taijiquan. He discusses the different Chen forms and the importance of each, as well as the place of competition and the effect on participants.The book also contains the complete sequences for both the empty hand and weapon forms. This accessible and comprehensive guide to Chen style Taijiquan is ideal for beginners and will also be useful to advanced practitioners wanting to deepen their practice.
Volume 3 features elbow and punch combinations, super advanced techniques, advanced kicking and combinations, and creating openings. Approximate running time of this title is 58 minutes.
These DVDs teach a combination of modern sports technology and ancient martial arts philosophies designed to help a martial artist acquire the mentality to face any opponent or obstacle in his path. They also include ways of developing and generating maximum chi instantly, the secrets of ancient iron-ball training techniques, and the essence of plyometric concepts. Their approximate running time is 56 minutes.
Grow your martial art school without breaking your budget! This book is packed with hundreds of free and low cost marketing ideas on a wide variety of topics including: ADVERTISING - 42 ways to pump up your ads; PROMOTION - 25 ways to promote your events; PUBLICITY - 21 ways to master public relations; IMAGE BUILDING - 28 ways to polish your image; NICHE BUILDING - 17 ways to establish your speciality; CUSTOMER SERVICE - 30 ways to provide awesome service; SERVICE BUILDING - 20 ways to improve your staff; ONLINE TOOLS - 38 ways to power up your website; STUDENT RECRUITING - 23 ways to bring students in the door; STUDENT RETENTION - 28 long-term student retention tools; MERCHANDISING - 20 keys to generating product sales. BONUS: Discover how to create a professional marketing plan Pocket-size so you can carry it everywhere!
These advanced kata may be selected for testing above shodan level. The techniques in Bassai Sho, using sword hand, ridge hand and tiger mouth, make good defenses against stick attacks. In Kanko Sho are many counter-attacks to the upper level. Chinte has unique techniques, the rarely seen tateken, and is especially valuable for women's self-defense.
Here is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. "The Book of Five Rings "--which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its insights into the Japanese approach to business strategy--was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Unlike previous editions of "The Book of Five Rings," Thomas Cleary's is an accessible translation, free of jargon, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy: "The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War" by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.
The ninja were the true embodiment of budo, the warrior spirit.
Rather than using techniques of assassination to protect
themselves, ninja relied on their senses, and on an acute awareness
of their natural surroundings, In fact, ninja avoided unnecessary
conflict, and used weapons such as knives and swords only as a last
resort. These are the true techniques of ninjutsu, and the art in
which the ninja unrelentingly trained.
The origins of Karate are shrouded in mythology and a book that tells the art's complete history is both necessary and timely. The art of Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom, now Okinawa, over hundreds of years. Like many martial arts it was once designed to main, disable or kill but has since become adapted into a way of life and a sport that is seen in both the UFC and in 2020 makes its Olympic debut. Author Simon Keegan is a 5th Dan black belt recognised by some of Japan's oldest and most venerable sanctioning bodies. In producing this unprecedented history he has been given access to information, pictures and records from Japan, Okinawa and the west that have never before been published. In his foreword to the book, respected martial arts master and author Steve Rowe 9th Dan writes: "Considering I have been at the centre of the Karate universe for four decades there is much in this book that I have never seen or heard. It's a must for any Karateka to read time and time again to understand the origins of Karatedo and its structure, and essential for the bookshelf of any serious martial artist." For the first time the complete history of Karate can be told.
Winner - 2009 Eric Hoffer AwardFinalist - 2009 IP'S Highlighted Title AwardFinalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineFinalist - 2008 USA Best Book Award Tai Chi Dynamics is intended for intermediate and advanced tai chi students.The author Robert Chuckrow, PhD, is a tai chi practitioner of more than forty years and holds a Ph.D. in experimental physics. He applies logic and basic scientific principles* Anatomy* Physiology* Physics In order to create a deeper understand of * Muscular action* Breathing* Alignment in tai chi movement and push-hands He clarifies, in depth, many perplexing concepts such as correct force" by utilizing detailed explanations, illustrations, and photographs. * Sayings from the tai chi classics are quoted throughout, and exercises are provided to give readers a chance to confirm their understanding.* Over a dozen self-defense applications of the basic Taiji movements are illustrated* The effectiveness and completeness of Taiji as a martial art today is candidly analyzed. * A chapter on Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man-ch'ing) sheds light on Zheng and his students. One chapter deals extensively with aspects of self development from a personal perspective, discusses how doing Taiji correctly is a precursor to spiritual growth, and compares religion, science, and spiritual teachings. A detailed chapter on health, self-massage, and healing discusses fasting (including the author's own experience with a twenty-eight-day fast), differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, and provides exercises and methods of self-massage for head, legs, feet, and back. There is even a section on how to make your own footwear suitable for practicing Taiji. The book includes personal anecdotes and stories and has over one hundred photographs and illustrations drawn by the author.
Covering all aspects of the art of Ninjutsu, this book reveals the secrets of how to develop power through body movement and how to effectively remove an opponent's balance. A wide-ranging introduction looks at the history of Ninjutsu, as well as mental and physical attitude. Featuring additional subjects such as training advice and pressure points, this essential guidebook will promote harmony between the reader's mind and body, a balance rarely examined from a 1,000-year-old martial arts perspective.
This comprehensive guide to Kendo features easy-to-follow line drawings to demonstrate techniques, basic information on equipment and lists of official rules and clubs. The book is aimed at beginners and experts alike. Kendo - the Way of the Sword - is one of the oldest of Japan's martial arts and the one most closely associated with the samurai. Kendo: The Definitive Guide is the first book in English to provide a practical and truly comprehensive approach to the subject. Everything that the novice needs to know, from basic information about purchasing, wearing, and
'If I had to pick a single general martial arts history book in English, I would recommend A Brief History of the Martial Arts by Dr Jonathan Clements' RICHARD BEITLICH, Martial History Team blog From Shaolin warrior monks to the movies of Bruce Lee, a new history of the evolution of East Asian styles of unarmed combat, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu Folk tales of the Shaolin Temple depict warrior monks with superhuman abilities. Today, dozens of East Asian fighting styles trace their roots back to the Buddhist brawlers of Shaolin, although any quest for the true story soon wanders into a labyrinth of forgeries, secret texts and modern retellings. This new study approaches the martial arts from their origins in military exercises and callisthenics. It examines a rich folklore from old wuxia tales of crime-fighting heroes to modern kung fu movies. Centre stage is given to the stories that martial artists tell themselves about themselves, with accounts (both factual and fictional) of famous practitioners including China's Yim Wing-chun, Wong Fei-hong, and Ip Man, as well as Japanese counterparts such as Kano Jigoro, Itosu Anko and So Doshin. The history of martial arts encompasses secret societies and religious rebels, with intimate glimpses of the histories of China, Korea and Japan, their conflicts and transformations. The book also charts the migration of martial arts to the United States and beyond. Special attention is paid to the turmoil of the twentieth century, the cross-cultural influence of Japanese colonies in Asia, and the post-war rise of martial arts in sport and entertainment - including the legacy of Bruce Lee, the dilemma of the ninja and the global audience for martial arts in fiction.
For the first time in English, The Essence of Aikido presents the
profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei's own words, disclosing
many of the arcane secrets of Aikido's aims and methods. Considered
by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual teacher of
the twentieth century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the
often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical
and spiritual aspects of Aikido, revealing the heart of the
peaceful warrior's art.
This book examines how young people at a martial arts club in an urban setting participate and interact in a recreational social community. The author relates analyses of their interactions to discussions of relevance to the sociology of sports, anthropology and education, ultimately providing an analytically nuanced contribution to the study of contemporary sociolinguistic processes and identity practices. The author explores how the young participants negotiate their place in the social order, create and maintain friendship groups and relate to different social categories using the ecological descriptions provided by linguistic ethnography. The book will appeal to researchers of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, sport sociology, extra-curricular education and anthropology.
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