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Dojo Dynamics - Essential Marketing Principles for Martial Arts Schools (Paperback): Jerry Beasley Dojo Dynamics - Essential Marketing Principles for Martial Arts Schools (Paperback)
Jerry Beasley
R702 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R152 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Ultimate Flexibility - A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts (Paperback, 1st ed.): Shang H. Kim Ultimate Flexibility - A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts (Paperback, 1st ed.)
Shang H. Kim
R633 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Ultimate Flexibility" is the book you've been waiting for. More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, "Ultimate Flexibility" is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice. Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H Kim, "Ultimate Flexibility" is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. You'll also find information that you wont find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster. Building on this foundation, Sang H Kim teaches you nearly 200 flexibility exercises that he has personally used to achieve the highest levels of flexibility. You'll get detailed instructions, workout planning guides, goal setting tips, difficulty levels, injury prevention and recovery, and over 400 photos to guide you. Special bonus sections: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types.

Songshan Shaolin Temple - A Memory of (Chinese, English, Hardcover, Multilingual edition): Songshan Shaolin Temple - A Memory of (Chinese, English, Hardcover, Multilingual edition)
R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A Goyu Ryu Guidebook: the Kogen Kan Manual for Karate - The Kogen Kan Manual for Karate (Spiral bound): Michael Cogan A Goyu Ryu Guidebook: the Kogen Kan Manual for Karate - The Kogen Kan Manual for Karate (Spiral bound)
Michael Cogan
R477 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R67 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Goju Ryu Guidebook: The Kogen Kan Manual for Karate gives the reader a tool to navigate the history, exercises, equipment, techniques, kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) of Okinawan Goju Ryu Karatedo.

Championship Kenpo (Paperback): Steve Sanders, Donnie Williams Championship Kenpo (Paperback)
Steve Sanders, Donnie Williams
R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book offers insight on one of the most innovative and flexible martial arts - kenpo. These techniques have proved to be among the most effective methods for winning tournament matches and surviving street fights.

Tai Chi Walking - A Low-Impact Path to Better Health (Paperback, 1st ed): Robert Chuckrow Tai Chi Walking - A Low-Impact Path to Better Health (Paperback, 1st ed)
Robert Chuckrow
R405 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R59 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Walking should be one of the most natural things we do. Most of us have been walking almost all of our lives. However, many have learned walking in a haphazard way. Wearing improper shoes, modeling ourselves after others whose walking is inefficient, and wrong ideas about how our body works are all factors that take their toll on us over time. Because walking is natural, it is not hard to improve it to the point where it becomes meditation and improves our health at the same time. For Tai Chi practitioners, walking provides an excellent opportunity to augment, refine, and reinforce Tai Chi principles and bridge the gap between formal practice and everyday life. For non-practitioners, Tai Chi Walking trains us in walking concepts for improving health, balance, peace-of-mind and safety. *If you hurt after a long day on your feet, this book is for you.*Learn how to walk properly and naturally.*Discover why poor walking posture can damage your health.*Understand how proper walking can increase longevity and vitality.

Sport Karate Museum History Book (Paperback): Gary Lee, Jessie Bowen Sport Karate Museum History Book (Paperback)
Gary Lee, Jessie Bowen
R839 R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Save R154 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Get Strong at Tesuji (Paperback): Richard Bozulich Get Strong at Tesuji (Paperback)
Richard Bozulich
R597 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R107 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lingnan Hung Kuen - Kung Fu in Cinema and Community (Paperback): Hing Chao Lingnan Hung Kuen - Kung Fu in Cinema and Community (Paperback)
Hing Chao
R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For so many around the world, it was in the cinema that they saw their first glimpse of martial arts. Through the films of Lau Kar Leung, among others, they came to appreciate the power and skill of many kung fu techniques. However devotees and practitioners of kung fu and Hung Kuen were aware of the much longer tradition of these arts and in particular, the contribution of both the Lam family and the Lau family. In 2009 the Hong Kong Government endeavoured to identify and recognize forms of intangible cultural heritage. It was this awareness of a vibrant part of Hong Kong history and culture which led to the creation of the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive, and from this the exhibition, Lingnan Hung Kuen Across the Century: Kung Fu Narratives in Hong Kong Cinema and Community. In the exhibition and this companion book, the histories of the Lam and Lau families are traced, and their role in preserving and creating new stances and forms and bringing Hung Kuen to a wider audience through the medium of film. Using the latest technologies including 3D imagery, the work of past masters has been here brought back to life.

Karate-do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text (Paperback): Gichin Funakoshi Karate-do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text (Paperback)
Gichin Funakoshi
R468 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R97 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Karate-do Nyumon literally means a passage through the gates of the Karate way-in other words, an introduction to the world of Karate. Karate-do Nyumon is the result of Master Funakoshi's wish to clarify Karate thought and practice for those who know nothing about it. It comprises unpublished writings from the years before his death in 1957, together with simplified kata-sequences of movements-synthesized by Funakoshi from the traditional Okinawa Karate-do kata, for beginners.
Master Funakoshi begins by exploding some of the myths of Karate:
Karate-do is a noble martial art, and the reader can rest assured that those who take pride in breaking boards or smashing tiles, or who boast of being able to perform outlandish feats like stripping flesh or plucking out ribs, really know nothing about karate. They are playing around in the leaves and branches of a great tree, without the slightest concept of the trunk.
In his description of what Karate is, the Master describes the history of Karate-its origins in the ancient methods of unarmed combat in China, and its growth as a fighting method in Okinawa, a country where arms were banned in a succession of decrees from the Japanese mainland. In order to prevent it being subjected to control, or more importantly, to prevent the Japanese overlords from knowing and using the techniques, the practice of Karate was kept a secret. To preserve this secrecy, the habit persisted until very recent times of keeping no records. Master Funakoshi, however, recognized in this book and others the need to formulate the kata precisely, so as to establish a standard of true Okinawan Karate.
The kata in this book are not traditional kata, but they serve to establish the correct habits of stance, thought and action, and to facilitate the eventual mastery of the true Karate-do kata. All these special kata are clearly explained and illustrated by photos.
Lastly, Master Funakoshi recalls stories of men who were living legends when he was a youth in Okinawa, men whose reputations overcame even the secrecy that clung to Karate until the middle of this century.

How to Develop Chi Power (Paperback): Cheung How to Develop Chi Power (Paperback)
Cheung
R413 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R117 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this classic text, wing chun master William Cheung unravels the mystery behind the elusive energy of chi. He provides exercises to increase and direct the flow of chi and explains how chi affects the body, the philosophy behind the famous yin-yang symbol, pressure points and the 32 meridians, the principles behind dim mak (the often misunderstood "death touch"), and more. This book is a must-read not only for kung fu practitioners but also for anyone interested in Eastern philosophy.

Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan (Paperback): Mark Chen Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan (Paperback)
Mark Chen; Foreword by Kenneth Chung
R478 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R40 (8%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Chen Family (or Chen Style) Taiji is the ancestor of all Taiji systems. Unlike many of the easy, meditative Taiji forms practiced in the West, Chen Style Taiji is a highly evolved martial art. Newcomers to the art will find useful information on how to identify a qualified instructor, while the martial arts theorist will find a thorough discussion concerning the origins and evolution of Taiji.

Risk, Failure, Play - What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training (Paperback): Janet O'Shea Risk, Failure, Play - What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training (Paperback)
Janet O'Shea
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Vortex Control Self-Defense - Hand to Hand Street Fighting Tactics (Hardcover): Sam Fury Vortex Control Self-Defense - Hand to Hand Street Fighting Tactics (Hardcover)
Sam Fury; Illustrated by Neil Germio
R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ultimate Chinese Martial Art, The: The Science Of The Weaving Stance Bagua 64 Forms And Its Wellness Applications (Paperback):... Ultimate Chinese Martial Art, The: The Science Of The Weaving Stance Bagua 64 Forms And Its Wellness Applications (Paperback)
Junfeng Li, Chun Yan Ge, Tom Tong Luo
R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Soul of the Samurai - Modern Translations of Three Classic Works of Zen & Bushido (Hardcover): Thomas Cleary Soul of the Samurai - Modern Translations of Three Classic Works of Zen & Bushido (Hardcover)
Thomas Cleary
R215 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R35 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Soul of the Samurai contains modern translations of three classic works of Zen & Bushido. In Soul of the Samurai, bestselling author and respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese samurai master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho. The three works of Zen & Bushido translated in Soul of the Samurai are: The Book of the Sword by Yagyu Munenori The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom by Takuan Soho The Peerless Sword by Takuan Soho Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined samurai culture-their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies. These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the samurai's success-being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works, we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as crucial to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.

Pencak Silat for Future Generations - My Training Guide to<i> Keluarga Pencak Silat Nusantara</i> Techniques (Paperback):... Pencak Silat for Future Generations - My Training Guide to<i> Keluarga Pencak Silat Nusantara</i> Techniques (Paperback)
O'Ong Maryono
R633 R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Save R63 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

The Martial Arts Athlete - Mental and Physical Conditioning for Peak Performance (Paperback): Tom Seabourne The Martial Arts Athlete - Mental and Physical Conditioning for Peak Performance (Paperback)
Tom Seabourne
R390 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R45 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Warrior Cardio - The Revolutionary Metabolic Training System for Burning Fat, Building Muscle, and Getting Fit (Paperback):... Warrior Cardio - The Revolutionary Metabolic Training System for Burning Fat, Building Muscle, and Getting Fit (Paperback)
Martin Rooney
R582 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R92 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In "Warrior Cardio", world-renowned fitness expert Martin Rooney delivers the solution for what most people at the gym are seeking: an easy-to-follow workout and diet plan that burns fat and builds muscle in less time. This is a comprehensive look at cardiovascular training using scientifically proven techniques, paired with a diet plan that delivers. The book features: a complete twelve-week fitness and diet program; hundreds of metabolic exercises, with full color photos for each exercise; dozens of exciting workout routines including hurricanes, complexes, bodyweight and strength circuits; advanced warm-up and pre-hab techniques to prevent injury; and, a Warrior Diet plan from nutrition expert John Berardi, Ph.D. based around the Warrior 20: a group of the 20 essential foods that will help readers lose weight and gain muscle. Surprising research on the science behind cardiovascular fitness and training techniques, ultimately, "Warrior Cardio" offers a cutting-edge fitness program and diet program made simple that will allow anyone to bring out the Warrior within. If you want to be a better athlete, or just train and look like one, "Warrior Cardio" has what you need.

Striking Distance - Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America (Paperback, New Edition): Charles Russo Striking Distance - Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America (Paperback, New Edition)
Charles Russo
R439 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R61 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the spring of 1959, eighteen-year-old Bruce Lee returned to San Francisco, the city of his birth. Although the martial arts were widely unknown in America, Bruce encountered a robust fight culture in the Bay Area, populated with talented and trailblazing practitioners such as Lau Bun, Chinatown's aging kung fu patriarch; Wally Jay, the innovative Hawaiian jujitsu master; and James Lee, the Oakland street fighter. Regarded by some as a brash loudmouth and by others as a dynamic visionary, Bruce spent his first few years back in America advocating for a modern approach to the martial arts, and showing little regard for the damaged egos left in his wake. The year of 1964 would be an eventful one for Bruce, in which he would broadcast his dissenting worldview before the first great international martial arts gathering, and then defend it by facing down Wong Jack Man-Chinatown's young kung fu ace-in a legendary behind-closed-doors showdown. These events were a catalyst to the dawn of martial arts in America and a prelude to an icon. Based on over one hundred original interviews, Striking Distance chronicles Bruce Lee's formative days amid the heated martial arts proving ground that thrived on San Francisco Bay in the early 1960s.

Jet Li - Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom (Paperback): Sabrina Qiong Yu Jet Li - Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom (Paperback)
Sabrina Qiong Yu
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Journey to the Heart of Aikido - The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei (Paperback): Linda Holiday Journey to the Heart of Aikido - The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei (Paperback)
Linda Holiday; Contributions by Motomichi Anno
R484 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R80 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This title presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno sensei, one of the few remaining direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido. After a lifetime of practice and teaching in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Anno sensei's teachings convey Aikido's essential spirit of love, harmony, gratitude, and purification with simple authenticity and eloquence. Author and translator Linda Holiday brings to life the intimacy of this communication through translated discourses on the deep practice of Aikido and candid dialogues between Anno sensei and Western students.

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power - Advanced Yang Style (Paperback, 3rd edition): Dr Yang Jwing-Ming Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power - Advanced Yang Style (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Dr Yang Jwing-Ming; Foreword by Tsung Hwa Jou
R545 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For all students of tai chi, the 3rd edition of the best-selling book Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power includes a new and modern easy-to-follow layout. Each technique is presented in large photographs with detailed instructions. Motion arrows are used on the photographs as an important aid in performing the movements correctly. Sections offer a brief history of Tai Chi, the role of qi in tai chi, and detailed instructions on how to generate amazing "natural" physical power.

How To Do Chi Sao - Wing Chun Sticky Hands (Hardcover): Sam Fury How To Do Chi Sao - Wing Chun Sticky Hands (Hardcover)
Sam Fury; Illustrated by Neil Germio
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How to Street Fight - Street Fighting Techniques for Learning Self-Defense (Hardcover): Sam Fury How to Street Fight - Street Fighting Techniques for Learning Self-Defense (Hardcover)
Sam Fury; Illustrated by Neil Germio
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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