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Inside U - How to Become a Master of Your Own Destiny (Paperback): Tom Bleecker, Grandmaster Byong Yu Inside U - How to Become a Master of Your Own Destiny (Paperback)
Tom Bleecker, Grandmaster Byong Yu
R363 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R32 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Born in 1935 Grandmaster Byong Yu was raised in Korea and later moved to the United States in 1964. Overcoming physical disabilities and homelessness, Grandmaster Yu took the martial arts tournament circuit by storm and eventually attained the highest rank of black belt (9th degree). He has been awarded numerous trophies and attained the prestigious Martial Arts World Federation Lifetime Achievement Award. In this, his first book, the reader will learn about his incredible journey. Grandmaster Byong explains the Golden Keys to Life - you do not have to physically practice martial arts in order to benefit from these lessons. This is a guidebook to discovering your true destiny and conquering every obstacle that stands in your path.

A Study of Taijiquan (Paperback, New): Sun Lu Tang A Study of Taijiquan (Paperback, New)
Sun Lu Tang; Translated by Tim Cartmell
R375 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This is the first book ever published on the art of Tai Ji Quan, and remains a classic of Chinese martial arts literature. Written in 1919, it was the first illustrated, instructional manual detailing both the theory and practice of this unique style of Tai Ji Quan created by the author himself. It discusses the underlying philosophy, based on the Yin/Yang theory of the harmony of balancing extremes, and offers detailed explanations for each movement of the form.

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
R480 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R68 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work 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.

Kendo - Elements, Rules and Philosophy (Paperback, New): Jinichi Tokeshi Kendo - Elements, Rules and Philosophy (Paperback, New)
Jinichi Tokeshi
R802 Discovery Miles 8 020 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

All students of kendo - the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship - will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules - essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful because of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo, including the rare two-sword form (nitoryu), largely unknown outside of Japan. Each technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. The Nihon Kendo Kata and Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations are useful references for those learning the Kata and participating in matches. The author, who is also a practicing physician, is attentive throughout to injury prevention and safety - concerns often overlooked in martial arts manuals. The elements of kendo philosophy, which can mystify even experienced practitioners, are explained in simple terms to aid understanding. The manual concludes with biographies of Japan's most celebrated swordsmen, an extensive glossary of kendo terms, and a history of kendo in Hawai'i, where it has been practiced for more than a century and where some of the world's top practitioners can be found.

Five Years One Kata - Putting Kata Back at the Heart of Karate (Paperback): Bill Burgar Five Years One Kata - Putting Kata Back at the Heart of Karate (Paperback)
Bill Burgar
R830 Discovery Miles 8 300 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This remarkable book gives the reader a unique insight into an amazing five-year study of a single kata (Gojushiho). It shows the depth that is waiting to be discovered by the close study of kata, covering an incredible range of subjects including: * imagery * the psychology of confrontation * the common acts of physical violence * vital points and how to exploit them * the methodology for the break-down and understanding of kata * the applications of the kata * the principles of karate and how to apply them * the applications (in detail) for each of the movements of Gojushiho * the major variations of each application * objective measurements regarding their practicality * how to link the applications together The author also explains how to undertake your own study using a single kata of your choice, and how to build a training regime based on the kata. If you have ever wondered what kata is really all about then this book is for you. When karate was a secret art, practiced in the back yards of Okinawa by a few dedicated masters and their disciples, it was usual to train in a single kata for many years. A master of karate would know just one, two or possibly three kata. Through the deep study of those few kata the master karateka would possess a complete self-defence system, he would be well versed in the underlying principles of karate and he would have a memory aid which would map out his complete training regime. Over the last century the practice of a single kata has disappeared from karate practice. The deep understanding of a few kata has been replaced by the superficial understanding of many. This book shows you in great detail how to recover that understanding and how to put kata back at the heart of karate. What leaders in the field have to say about the book: "Without question this book adds to the body of knowledge in the study of karate" - Rick Clark

Championship Kenpo (Paperback): Steve Sanders, Donnie Williams Championship Kenpo (Paperback)
Steve Sanders, Donnie Williams
R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Ships in 12 - 17 work 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.

Beyond the Black Belt - Secrets of Advanced Karate Ranks (Hardcover): Gary Purdue Beyond the Black Belt - Secrets of Advanced Karate Ranks (Hardcover)
Gary Purdue
R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Beyond Black Belt reveals why not all black belts are created equal. Using fascinating behind-the-scenes insights and anecdotes, Gary Purdue exposes the secrets of advanced karate ranks in this must read for anyone interested in the martial arts.

Xingyiquan - Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit (Paperback, 2nd edition): Shou-Yu Liang, Jwing-Ming Yang Xingyiquan - Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Shou-Yu Liang, Jwing-Ming Yang
R627 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Xingyiquan (Hsing I Chuan) is one of the best known Chinese internal martial arts. Xingyi means "Shape Mind", and Quan means "Fist" or "Style". The name derives from the style's imitation of the movements and inner characteristics of twelve animals. The style was created by Marshal Yeuh Fei, a famous general of the Chinese Song Dynasty. The practice of Xingyiquan, like Taijiquan, improves Qi circulation in the body and maintains health. In addition, the training builds up an abundant level of internal Qi so that both the physical body and the mental body can be strengthened. This book presents traditional Xingyiquan training, including two sequences with many of their martial applications, and the famous fighting set "An Shen Pao". The most unique part of this book is the discussion of Xingyiquan theories and principles, drawn from many of the ancient poems and songs. Understanding these will greatly speed your training. *Deepen your Understanding for Great Xingyi.*Inspiration and Advice for a Lifetime of Practice.*For All Levels of Experience.

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
R407 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R59 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work 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.

Ba Dwan Jin Qigong Eight Strands of Silk Brocade - The Standardised Form (Large print, Large type / large print edition): Mike... Ba Dwan Jin Qigong Eight Strands of Silk Brocade - The Standardised Form (Large print, Large type / large print edition)
Mike Symonds
R442 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
T'AI Chi as a Path of Wisdom (Paperback, 1st ed): Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt T'AI Chi as a Path of Wisdom (Paperback, 1st ed)
Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt
R491 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R53 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Unlike most t'ai chi books, which focus strictly on how to do the t'ai chi forms, "T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom " presents a personal, practical view of this intriguing martial art. Lehrhaupt shares illuminating stories from her own life and the lives of her students that show how t'ai chi can be a vehicle for profound self-discovery and spiritual growth.
In learning to master each body posture, t'ai chi students often confront self-doubt, frustration, and the desire to compete and compare themselves to others--problems that also arise in daily life. Lehrhaupt shows how these and other obstacles provide valuable opportunities to deepen awareness and recognize the striking continuities between practice and everyday life.
Each section of the book includes practical exercises designed to enhance students' understanding of t'ai chi movements, and a helpful appendix answers many frequently asked questions about t'ai chi training such as how to find a teacher and how to balance practice with family life. Full of useful insights and guidance, "T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom " will be a valuable companion for all students of this increasingly popular martial art.

Muye Dobo Tongji (Paperback, 1st English language ed): Muye Dobo Tongji Muye Dobo Tongji (Paperback, 1st English language ed)
Muye Dobo Tongji
R567 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R85 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

In 1789, King Chongjo, ruler of the Yi dynasty, ordered General Yi Duk-moo to compile an official textbook on all martial art forms present in Korea. The result, the Muye Dobo Tongji, is the only surviving classical text on the Korean arts of war. Based on the earliest known Korean martial arts treatise, the Muye Chebo(1599), the Muye Dobo Tongji clearly shows the influence of neighboring Japanese and Chinese armies. Through hundreds of wars and invasions, Korean soldiers adapted battlefield skills and tactics from their enemies, creating a unique system. Organized into 24 disciplines comprised of empty hand fighting, weaponry and horsemanship, this is an accurate historical snapshot of the warrior arts of the late 18th century. This marks the first time this volume is available in English. Carefully translated from the original text and illustrated with reproductions of ancient woodblock carvings, this book provides fascinating insights into Korea's martial arts legacy.

Beginning Karate (Paperback): Tullners T Beginning Karate (Paperback)
Tullners T
R392 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R110 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Tonny Tulleners, the 1965 International Karate champion (middleweight division), demonstrates the techniques of shotokan karate for the novice and discusses the most common errors made by the beginner.

101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan - A Motivational Guide for Tai Chi Chuan (Paperback, 1st ed): Michael Gilman 101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan - A Motivational Guide for Tai Chi Chuan (Paperback, 1st ed)
Michael Gilman; Illustrated by Mariii Lockwood
R263 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Are you serious about your Tai Chi practice? Then 101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan is the book for you! Chock-full of insights, advice, and observations from a long time teacher and champion, designed to help you get the most from your practice. Discover the remarkable health and spiritual benefits that Tai Chi can offer, with this user-friendly, motivational pocket guide. This collection will not only enrich your practice but your entire life. And it's not only for Tai Chi whatever your Martial Art, whatever your spiritual path, 101 Reflections into Tai Chi Chuan is a wonderful guide, abundant with great ideas you can use right away! *Deepen your Understanding for Great Tai Chi.* Inspiration and Advice for a Lifetime of Practice.*For All Styles and All Levels of Experience.

Qigong for Treating Common Ailments - The Essential Guide to Self Healing (Paperback, 2nd): Xiangcai Xu Qigong for Treating Common Ailments - The Essential Guide to Self Healing (Paperback, 2nd)
Xiangcai Xu
R336 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R51 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Finalist - Health - Book of the Year Award ForeWord Magazine 2000 Wouldn't it be nice to stop common ailments before they happen? We can prevent many of them once we have the proper knowledge. This book, Qigong for Treating Common Ailments, provides a system for maintaining overall health while addressing specific problems with exact treatments. All natural, safe, and easy to learn, these exercises provide a life-long path to wellness! This re-edited edition, originally published by a university press in China, is essential for the home health library! * Protect & Strengthen the Internal Organs with Qigong Exercises.*26 Simple Qigong Exercises. * Improve Circulation and Overall Health using Qigong Massage Methods.* Discover a Wide Variety of Breathing and Relaxation Techniques.*19 Specific Treatments for Common Ailments. * Easy to Learn and Easy to Practice!

Martial Arts After 40 (Paperback): Sang H. Kim Martial Arts After 40 (Paperback)
Sang H. Kim
R434 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R56 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Martial Arts After Forty is the first book ever to explore the needs and advantages of the over-forty martial artist. It takes an in-depth look at the realities of training in mid-life including: * What type of exercises are beneficial and which ones are dangerous? * What are the effects of aging and what impact do they have on training? * How can baby boomers keep up in a class of Gen-Xers? * What types of injuries are common after forty and how can you prevent them? In addition to providing a wealth of fitness and training information, author Sang H. Kim addresses the fact that many older martial artists are looking for something more meaningful than just a good workout. His positive and knowledgeable approach to taking up or continuing martial arts training after 40 is inspiring, reassuring and informative. This book should be read by every adult martial artist regardless of age.

Teaching Martial Arts - The Way of the Master -2nd Edition- (Paperback, 2nd ed): Sang H. Kim Teaching Martial Arts - The Way of the Master -2nd Edition- (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Sang H. Kim
R441 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

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.

Northern Shaolin Sword - Forms, Techniques and Applications (Paperback, 2nd edition): Yang Jwing-Ming, Jeffery A. Bolt Northern Shaolin Sword - Forms, Techniques and Applications (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Yang Jwing-Ming, Jeffery A. Bolt
R612 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Improve your balance, strength, focus, and martial skills with this elegant and effective Chinese weapon, from America's most respected author and teacher of Shaolin Gong Fu. Mastering the Art of the Northern Shaolin Sword requires extensive physical training, which will result in a strong, finely-tuned body and mind. And as self-defense, Shaolin Sword is indispensable, improving your perception, timing, and reactions, allowing for the quickest and most appropriate response to any given situation.Sword training is one of the highest accomplishments in Chinese martial arts. Northern Shaolin Sword is a complete book for martial artists seeking to refine their skill and spirit.In-Depth History, Fundamentals and Forms.Two-Person Routines, Applications and Fighting Strategies.Three Complete Sword Sequences, including the Rarely Seen or Taught Matching Set.Easy-to-Follow Step-by-Step Photos with Detailed Instruction.

Championship Training for Competition (Region 1 Import DVD): Remy Presas, Richard Branden Championship Training for Competition (Region 1 Import DVD)
Remy Presas, Richard Branden
R817 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R223 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Teaching all the elements necessary to be a champion, this video guide covers proper stretching, great kicking techniques, body dynamics and maneuvers, wushu training for children, and weapons forms. Approximate running time: 51 minutes.

Get Strong at Tesuji (Paperback): Richard Bozulich Get Strong at Tesuji (Paperback)
Richard Bozulich
R600 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R108 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Legacies of the Sword (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Karl F Friday, Seki Humitake, Seki Humikate Legacies of the Sword (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Karl F Friday, Seki Humitake, Seki Humikate
R1,772 Discovery Miles 17 720 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Western scholars are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, litterateur, or philosopher. Karl Friday examines samurai martial culture from a historical and worldview in this study.

The Shambhala Guide to Aikido (Paperback, New): John Stevens The Shambhala Guide to Aikido (Paperback, New)
John Stevens
R390 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R41 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Aikido is the "Art of Peace", a discipline that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict, practiced by over a hundred thousand Westerners. Far more than a self-defense technique, Aikido is a physical and spiritual discipline that aims at unifying the body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe, fostering compassion, wisdom, and fearlessness. This book serves as an accessible introduction to the basic principles and practices of this popular martial art. The topics covered include the biography of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) - perhaps history's greatest warrior - highlighting the key events that led to the development of Aikido; the fundamental training methods and techniques, illustrated by dozens of photographs; the philosophical and spiritual dimensions; the distinctive styles of the principal schools; a glossary of words commonly encountered; and suggestions for further reading.

The Sword Polisher's Record - Way of Kung-fu (Paperback, Original ed.): Adam Hsu The Sword Polisher's Record - Way of Kung-fu (Paperback, Original ed.)
Adam Hsu
R322 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R71 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The Sword Polisher's Record, originally a monthly column that appeared for more than a decade in three magazines, including Kungfu magazine and Black Belt magazine, brought a sense of authenticity to the kung fu, which had long been overly-commercialized and filled with misconceptions. Highlighted with over 60 illustrations, The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung-Fu, is an anthology of the monthly column, is organized into eight inter-connected sections, each examining a different aspect of kung-fu including its foundations, theories, important concepts and principles related to kung-fu styles and forms, usage, and training, and discussions on the future of kung-fu and it's place in our lives.

Shaolin Nei Jin Qi Gong - Ancient Healing in the Modern World (Paperback): Shaolin Nei Jin Qi Gong - Ancient Healing in the Modern World (Paperback)
R329 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R30 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This form of Qi Gong was developed by Shaolin priests and brought to the West from Beijing in the mid-1980s. It is an ancient Chinese discipline with links to Martial Arts and Chinese medicine. The book includes 16 basic exercises, and they can be practised anywhere, at any time, to prolong life, to heal, and to cultivate personal power by transmitting and absorbing Qi simultaneously. The theory of meridians and how energy courses throughout the body is covered here, and this work examines how they relate to Chinese medicine; in particular acupuncture. Also included are instructions for healing specific ailments, for preventing disease, and for increasing energy.

The Art of War - The Definitive Interpretation of Sun Tzu's Classic Book of Strategy (Paperback): Stephen F. Kaufman, Sun... The Art of War - The Definitive Interpretation of Sun Tzu's Classic Book of Strategy (Paperback)
Stephen F. Kaufman, Sun Tzu
R261 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R59 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

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.

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