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Based on three decades of international experience, this valuable guidebook explains the logistics of establishing a profitable martial arts enterprise. Filled with illustrative examples and anecdotes from successful entrepreneurs in the field, it contains sound advice on marketing strategies, promotional efforts, and product development. Penned by the promoter of the popular Karate College summer camp, this accessible reference provides a clear and comprehensive road to creating a business that thrives.
Teaching: The Way of the Master is the classic text for martial arts instructors. In a revolutionary approach, Sang H. Kim Ph.D has blended his extensive knowledge of martial art training with modern and classical teaching methodology to create a system of teaching martial arts for the 21st century.
HANDBOOK OF TAI CHI CH'UAN incorporates all three forms of T'ai Chi Ch'uan exercises, derived from the Yang style - Short Form, Long Form, and Push Hands. Along with more than 600 illustrations, Zhang provides easy-to-understand descriptions of the postures and movements used in each form. Two charts are included to show the foot position and body orientation for both the Short and Long Forms.
People of any age can reap the benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Use this practical, thorough, and accessible guidebook to learn the fitness art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and make it part of your daily life.
Learn the strategy and philosophy of China's most celebrated military theorist with this highly readable and informative edition of The Art of War. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the best known and most highly regarded book on military strategy ever written. Although its wisdom is from ancient China, its principles and advice are timeless-as applicable in the boardroom as they are on the battlefield. Unlike contemporary translations that have focused too heavily on applying this military classic to corporate conflicts, this definitive interpretation maintains the impact of the original. Written for martial artists by a martial artist, it is free of academic commentary and ambiguous metaphors, as Hanshi Kaufman uses straightforward prose to explain Sun Tzu's message. Like the original, this new interpretation is divided into thirteen sections, each presenting vital information on military strategy ranging from assessing opposing armies and the proper treatment of troops to the use of spies.
An anthology of the most influential writings on swordsmanship from
the samurai era.
Risk, Failure, Play illuminates the many ways in which competitive martial arts differentiate themselves from violence. Presented from the perspective of a dancer and writer, this book takes readers through the politics of everyday life as experienced through training in a range of martial arts practices such as jeet kune do, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, Filipino martial arts, and empowerment self-defense. Author Janet OaShea shows how play gives us the ability to manage difficult realities with intelligence and demonstrates that physical play, with its immediacy and heightened risk, is particularly effective at accomplishing this task. Risk, Failure, Play also demonstrates the many ways in which physical recreation allows us to manage the complexities of our current social reality. Risk, Failure, Play intertwines personal experience with phenomenology, social psychology, dance studies, performance studies, as well as theories of play and competition in order to produce insights on pleasure, mastery, vulnerability, pain, agency, individual identity, and society. Ultimately, this book suggests that play allows us to rehearse other ways to live than the ones we see before us and challenges us to reimagine our social reality.
In the last seven centuries, many songs and poems have been composed about Taijiquan. These have played a major role in preserving the knowledge and wisdom of the masters, although in many cases, the identity of the authors and the dates of origin have been lost. For the last twenty years, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has translated many of these documents and according to him, he believes numerous are incomplete for reasons relating to: forgotten oral secrets, authors personal understandings narrowly focused and many documents are missing. Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an attempt to join together the various theories on Taijiquan in one complete text. "Based upon my personal background and understanding, I have tried my best to compile the Taijiquan Theory and practice concepts in this book. I have attempted to make this effort as complete as possible". This book is structured with songs and poems, followed by the original Chinese text and any interpretation of the passage. All of the songs and poems have been written by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. *About regulating the Body, Breath, Mind, Qi & Spirit*About Jin, Pushing Hands & Sparring*Taiji long and short fighting strategies*Relationship of Jin & Qi*Unification of the internal Qi & external physical manifestations of the Qi
"Bagua Swimming Body Palms "is the second book written by Wang
Shujin, one of the world's foremost exponents of Chinese internal
martial arts and a renowned expert of Bagua Zhang. This volume
continues the process of bringing Master Wang's important art to
Western readers. More intricate than the Linked Palms form,
Swimming Body Palms helps practitioners achieve fluent body
mechanics and the ability to connect and flow from one movement to
the next with power. Master Wang, who taught Swimming Palms to only
a few advanced students, described it as "swim-walking," or
swimming around the body.
The Ultimate Chinese Martial Art - The Science of the Weaving Stance Bagua 64 Forms and the Wellness Applications has three well integrated parts. Part One describes the cultural, historical and scientific background of the mysterious inner style martial art - Bagua Palm - which used to be taught in a small circle of the Royal families in China. Part Two gives a brief and yet detailed instructions on the techniques and step by step exercises of Bagua Palms with illustrations, including the example of the famous Weaving Stance Bagua 64 Forms. Part Three summarizes the wellness applications of the Bagua Palms as an inner style Chinese martial art.The aim of this book is to help all people on this planet to have a better understanding about wellness and the most effective way to achieve it. The book will thus ultimately make its way to the short list of books which truly leave their marks on the progress of human civilization. The less than sophisticated style of writing makes this book an easy and helpful reading for people from all walks of life.This book is not just about Chinese martial art. It is also about the link between Chinese culture and martial art. With practical instructions on the actual exercise, this book will benefit not just practitioners and trainers in Chinese martial art but effectively all people who read it. This book is not only going to be the martial art book of the year, but the martial art book of the 21st century.This is the first martial art book written by martial art practitioners who have thorough understanding of both physics and actual fighting, with a solid background in Chinese culture. All the three authors of the book have over 40 years of extensive experience each in Chinese martial art. In contrast to conventional Chinese martial art scripts, this book is written by three Chinese authors in plain and vivid English, which is both filled with true understanding of the unique part of Chinese culture and tuned to the cognitive habits of the westerners.
Develop and maintain a healthy body using advanced Taekwondo training principles. In Black Belt Fitness for Life, Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang applies his four decades of experience to guide you through an innovative method of fitness using Taekwondo principles. Whether you're a beginner or veteran to stretching and exercise, you can easily follow Grandmaster Kang's 7-week routine based on the belt system of Taekwondo, an ancient Korean martial art. With each week of the regimen, you will learn new skills and techniques that culminate in the mastery of the techniques necessary to continue exercising and eating right for life. Through the use of Taekwondo stretches and movements, this black belt "Combined Dynamic Stretching" method will improve your flexibility and balance, stamina and strength, as well as your focus and mental health. You'll stretch multiple parts of your body at the same time, improving circulation and building mental strength while warming up to minimize injuries. As part of his holistic approach to health and fitness, Grandmaster Kang also outlines an eating plan designed to help you lose weight naturally. Unlike extreme diets and workouts that emphasize drastic results quickly, the Grandmaster's approach is a balanced, easy-to-follow, and-most importantly-realistic plan designed for your life. Friend and longtime student of Grandmaster Kang, actor Michael Imperioli wrote the foreword for the book and shares his experience in training under Grandmaster, as well as the benefits he has received in following Grandmaster's philosophy.
The Martial Arts Athlete answers questions that today's competitors must know to succeed - should you do push-ups or lift weights? Are energy bars and sports drinks any good? Are traditional forms a waste of your time? How do you eat to win? Discover powerful mind/body training for peak performance and incredible physical conditioning. * Imagery for better strikes, kicks & takedowns.* Meditations for a sharper mind.* The power of relaxation.* Mental skills to manage pain, improve discipline, and feel great! Incredible physical conditioning to get you in the best shape of your life: * Step-by-step strength training for powerful arms & shoulders.* Killer ab-work for a lean torso and washboard stomach.* Plyometrics for strong legs and explosive kicks.* Three kinds of stretching for dynamic flexibility.* Simple breathing techniques to power you up. Discover the most effective workouts, nutrition secrets, and mind/body training for peak martial arts performance in competition and daily practice.
This is A study of Chinese stars and transnational stardom focussing on the career of Jet Li. Jet Li is arguably the best martial arts actor alive, and his career has crossed numerous cultural and geographic boundaries, from mainland China to Hong Kong, from Hollywood to France. In Jet Li: Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom, Sabrina Qiong Yu uses Li as an example to address some intriguing but under examined issues surrounding transnational stardom in general and transnational kung fu stardom in particular. Presenting case studies of audiences' responses to Jet Li films and his star image, this book explores the way in which Li has evolved from a Chinese wuxia hero to a transnational kung fu star in relation to the discourses of genre, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and national identity. By rejecting a text centred approach which prevails in star studies and instead emphasising the role of audiences in constructing star image, this book challenges some established perspectives in the study of Chinese male screen images and martial arts/action cinema.
Professional trainer Christoph Delp shows amateur as well as advanced fighters how to best utilise their training time, whether at home or in the gym, alone or with a partner or coach.
The boxing art of Xingyi is famed in China and the West for the health and longevity of its practitioners. This authentic manual introduces the Five Elements of Xingyi (Splitting Fist, Drilling Fist, Smashing Fist, Pounding Fist, and Crossing Fist) through photos, illustrations, and descriptive text, including the "songs" of the postures that succinctly capture and amplify the internal principles. The newly revised and expanded edition includes nearly one hundred and thirty black and white photos and line drawings, extensive sections on the history and theory of xingyi boxing, and the first full English translation of Yue Fei's "Nine Essential Teachings." The book is designed as a primer or introductory reader for those practicing or interested in learning about the art. Containing approximately 70% new material, this revised edition will enhance the book's appeal to practitioners of xingyiquan and other internal martial arts systems.
The art of Jeet Kune Do is difficult to define because its founder, Bruce Lee, wanted individuals to undertake their own journey of self-discovery and self-expression, and hated referring to his art as a style or system. Moreover, JKD is a martial art that is alive and forever changing. Notwithstanding this, the author captures the very essence of JKD and provides the reader with an understanding of both the roots and true development of the art , as well as advanced training concepts and progressions.
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