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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. But it was also practiced as an effective and deadly martial art. Because of this, the 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. That is, until now. Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style contains secrets kept hidden in the Yang family for generations and only revealed to the public in the last two decades. The majority of the secrets found in this book were written directly by Yang, Ban-Hou, second generation lineage of the Yang family, a master well known for his deep understanding of theory and for the manifestation of martial power (Jin). Now you can reap the benefits of this wisdom and practical experience to deepen and refine your own Tai Chi. Discover ways to reach the essence of your Form and take your Push Hands to higher levels. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has translated these classics from the original Chinese, and has written commentaries to make them more accessible to contemporary minds. Immerse yourself in the secrets of the Yang Style, the world's most popular style. You'll find Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style an invaluable resource for understanding your art. *Can be used with any style of tai chi chuan.*Sound, practical advice for any martial art.*Includes commentaries, translation, and original chinese.*Key points for incorporating the teachings into your practice.
Originally published in 1963, this book includes personal testimonies regarding the author and his art from James Y Lee, the legendary Ed Parker, and jujutsu icon Wally Jay. Through hand-drawn diagrams and captioned photo sequences, Lee's text comes to life as he demonstrates a variety of training exercises and fighting techniques. Topics include basic gung fu stances, waist training, leg training, and the theory of yin and yang.
In his eye-opening new book, author Fumon Tanaka uses the life and
accomplishments of sword master Miyamoto Musashi to look at the
history of swords and sword fighting, and to discuss their role in
Japanese history and in the development of traditional Japanese
martial arts systems.
Early-stage Qigong practitioners often find it difficult to establish a daily Qigong practice. This useful handbook teaches simple Qigong exercises that can be easily practised in the home every day. The book provides guidance for a series of warm-ups and exercises which are easy to learn, very effective and all based on ancient and traditional practice. These include refreshing Early Morning Meditations; the classic Eight-Sectioned Brocade; the dynamic Three Circles Posture; the Ten Aggrievement Exercises, which are great for combating bad moods; and the Three Lowerings, an exercise for sound sleep; as well as Rubbing Exercises, self-massage for combating stiffness, aches and pains. The author offers advice throughout on important points to remember when practising Qigong at home and how to deal with any problems that arise in a straightforward and relaxed manner. Suitable for young and old, this introduction to classic Qigong for daily practice translates the traditional Chinese teaching expressions into English that reflects the multi-layered meaning of the original; intuitively grasped, meaning deepens on reflection. The meditations and exercises will be particularly healing for those recovering from illness.
This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century
samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are
concerned with themes such as perception of conflict,
self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and
understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and
fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the
fundamental principles of the martial arts; "The Mysterious
Technique of the Cat" is iconic.
This is the story of Master Wu and the esoteric sword practice he learned at the White Cloud Monastery in Beijing. It opens this practice to the outside world for the first time, explaining its history, theory, cosmology, and practice in great detail.The Eight Immortals'Revolving Sword goes back for seventeen generations, starting with Wang Chongyang, the founder of the Complete Reality school and martial arts champion of the Song dynasty, and actively continued through Qiu Chuji and other senior Daoist lineage holders. Practicing sword to attain immortality is a profound Daoist method. Master Wu shares his insights and practice instructions as a way of self-cultivation, illuminating the power of the practice to drive away inauspicious energies, eliminate harmful incidents, and safeguard against ghosts. Able to harness good fortune, practice of this sword set enhances inner communication and creates an intimate connection with the universe.In traditional Chinese fashion, Master Wu guides the reader through the ins and outs of the history, folklore, and technique of this sword practice, focusing especially on the figures of the Eight Immortals and explaining their legends, practices, and feats in great detail. Along the way, he highlights the hidden jewels of training with insightful commentaries on various parables, thereby to bring out the essence of Dao. He succeeds masterfully at braiding together his unique training history and deep Daoist insights with treasured traditional stories, creating a thrilling account and setting a palpable example of Daoisms' best kept inner secrets as brought to life in actual experiences today.
Wushu, the Chinese martial art form known as kung fu in the West, embodies traditional Chinese culture and reflects the self defense and fitness practices of the Chinese people. The core philosophy of wushu is drawn from Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist principles and the Eastern philosophy that humans are an integral part of nature. In this illustrated introduction Wang Guangxi discusses the theory, schools, weapons and development of this distinctive and captivating branch of Chinese culture from ancient times to the present day, including its representation in literature and film.
For the first time, all fifteen patterns [tul] of the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do that are taught within the black belt syllabus of the International Taekwon-Do Federation are presented here in a single volume. This landmark book shows every sigle move of each pattern executed by the internationally renowned Taekwon-Do exponent and instructor, Master Jim Hogan. Each movement is clearly illustrated with a full-length photograph accompanied by a detailed commentary, a diagram showing the position of the move within the pattern, an overall description of the pattern, and the Korean translation for every single technique.
In the global world of the twenty-first century, martial arts are practiced for self-defense and sporting purposes only. However, for thousands of years, they were a central feature of military practice in China and essential for the smooth functioning of society. Individuals who were adept in using weapons were highly regarded, not simply as warriors but also as tacticians and performers. This book, which opens with an intriguing account of the very first female martial artist, charts the history of combat and fighting techniques in China from the Bronze Age to the present. This broad panorama affords fascinating glimpses into the transformation of martial skills, techniques, and weaponry against the background of Chinese history, the rise and fall of empires, their governments, and their armies. Quotations from literature and poetry, and the stories of individual warriors, infuse the narrative, offering personal reflections on prowess in the battlefield and techniques of engagement. This is an engaging and readable introduction to the authentic history of Chinese martial arts.
Long before Tai Chi and Qigong became household names in the West, an American sailor visiting Shanghai discovered a gentle Chinese exercise called Jiangan - The Chinese Health Wand. This exercise system is simple yet potent and involves the manipulation of a lightweight pole traditionally made of bamboo. Jiangan co-ordinates slow diaphragmatic breathing with graduated stretching and strengthening exercises to promote circulation and stimulate the cardiovascular system. This book offers a concise practical guide to Jiangan exercises, providing detailed instructions and illustrations while also exploring the Chinese philosophy behind the art. Although a gentle and meditative form of exercise, the book shows that Jiangan has the muscle-toning and weight-loss potential of more robust gym workouts and is an ideal daily exercise routine or warm-up for a range of sports and martial arts classes. This book will be a valuable resource for teachers and students of Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as anyone looking for a simple and effective way to improve health and fitness using Eastern health arts.
Meet Dave Hazard; world class martial artist. A 7th dan black belt in Shotokan karate, he's as respected in the tough streets, bars and clubs of the East End of London as he is in the best karate dojo in Japan. His reputation is legendary. He's faced down many tough challenges as a street fighter but also as a mentor and teacher. As a member of the Great British karate team, Dave fought for his country, facing some of the world's leading martial artists in both competition and the highly dangerous and demanding sparring of the dojo, where no rules apply...Born into a harsh world which demanded that you learn how to look after yourself and those around you, Dave Hazrd grew into a complex and extraordinary man. The ups and downs of his remarkable life, and the challenges he's overcome throughout it, prove he is truly a force to be reckoned with - a living embodiment of the power of the mind as well as the fist.
The traditional arts of Taijiquan and Qi Gong are sophisticated expressions of Chinese martial. health and spiritual culture. Rooted in China's ancient past they are still practised by many people in China today to achieve good health, mental well-being and a long and active life; commonly called `Eternal Spring'. This book, written for a Western audience, explains the essential theories and strategies of Taijiquan and Qi Gong in an insightful and accessible way. It expounds their value in our daily lives as a most effective means of combating the stresses, strains and illnesses that are now so much a part of our modern lifestyle and positions these two disciplines as the most comprehensive strategies for health, happiness and rejuvenation currently available. Michael W. Acton guides the reader through core concepts with an insight and wisdom borne out of many years of practice, study and teaching. This book will be of use to anyone who is already on this path or who is interested in self-development, health and well-being or the fascinating philosophy and ideas that underpin these traditional Chinese disciplines.
More than 30 years worth of tutorial essays and interviews with
martial arts professionals compose this extensive resource on the
art of grappling. Instructional chapters demonstrate a variety of
moves and approaches, including reality-based ground techniques
used by police officers and soldiers as well as the central aspects
of classical "jujustu "and submission wrestling. The history of
ground fighting is also addressed, including its origins in the
Greek sport of "pankration," Articles featuring such fighting
legends as Mike Swain, John Machado, and Gokor complete this
definitive grappling reference.
The second volume of a comprehensive history of the art and sport of capoeira, this book picks up the story where volume I finished: in the first decades of the 20th century. It describes the capoeira "Bamba," mestre Bimba, who became renowned as a fighting champion in Bahia and opened the first legal academy during the dictatorship of Getulio Vargas. The reader follows the development of the schism between the Regional and the older, original style, known as Capoeira Angola, whose most high profile teacher was Mestre Pastinha. The book provides fascinating insights into the rapid explosion of capoeira internationally, and is packed with interviews with Capoeira Mestres working in Brazil, Europe, and the USA. This informative work covers the extraordinarily diverse contemporary capoeira scene, with information on the contemporary debates within the capoeira community. This book addresses such questions as its influence, if any, on Japanese fighting arts; capoeira's urban mythologized influence on "break dancing," and its new popularity among the Hollywood glitterati. This book is filled with useful information for those faced with the often-confusing array of images and ideas circulating in the virtual world of capoeira in cyberspace. This volume ends with the wisdom of a number of mestres speaking about their experiences teaching capoeira professionally all over the world.
Many practitioners believe that Sanchin Kata holds the key to mastering traditional martial arts. It is one of the simplest forms to learn, yet one of the most difficult to perfect. Those who truly understand its teachings find that it facilitates enormous quickness and power in any martial application. The challenge lies in gaining that understanding, which is something we had to uncover ourselves by trial and error...until now. When Karate or Ti" was first developed in Okinawa, it was about using technique and extraordinary power to end a fight instantly. These old ways of generating remarkable power are still accessible, but they are purposefully hidden in Sanchin Kata for the truly dedicated to find. This book takes you to new depths of practice by breaking down the form piece by piece, body part by body part, so that the very foundation of the kata is revealed. Test it. Every chapter, concept, and application is accompanied by a test it section, designed for you to explore and verify the kata for yourself. Sanchin Kata really comes alive when you can feel the thrill of having those hidden teachings speak to you through your body across the ages. No other document or video available today provides such depth and exploration of Sanchin Kata. Simply put: once you read this book and test what you have learned, your Karate will never be the same. Contents Include:* Movement Not Seen* The Crescent Step* The Spine* Bones, Sinew, and Muscle* The Energetic Structure* The Mechanical Structure* Iron Shirt* Rooting* The Mind* Ten-minute Sanchin* The 5:7 Ratio* The Entire Traditional Kata in step-by-step Movement* And Much More!
Part of a series of books designed to help the reader get more out of their chosen sport or game, this book is suitable for the active participant and passive enthusiast. It is packed with information, photographs and illustrations to explain the core skills, tactics and rules of the game.
Uncover the historical truth about Buddhist warrior monks with this informative and enlightening book. Film, television and popular fiction have long exploited the image of the serene Buddhist monk who is master of the deadly craft of hand-to-hand combat. While these media overly romanticize the relationship between a philosophy of non-violence and the art of fighting, When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts shows this link to be nevertheless real, even natural. Exploring the origins of Buddhism and the ethos of the Japanese samurai, university professor and martial arts practitioner Jeffrey Mann traces the close connection between the Buddhist way of compassion and the way of the warrior. This zen book serves as a basic introduction to the history, philosophy, and current practice of Zen as it relates to the Japanese martial arts. It examines the elements of Zen that have found a place in budo-the martial way-such as zazen, mushin, zanshin and fudoshin, then goes on to discuss the ethics and practice of budo as a modern sport. Offering insights into how qualities integral to the true martial artist are interwoven with this ancient religious philosophy, this Buddhism book will help practitioners reconnect to an authentic spiritual discipline of the martial arts.
Bujutsu, or the combative arts of Japan, evolved amid the incessant warfare of medieval Japan. They provided the warrior with the technical and psychological training that prepared him to use his weapons in actual combat. "Classical Bujutsu" describes sixteen major forms of bujutsu, and emphasizes the intensely practical nature of these martial arts. Donn F. Draeger was a U.S. Marine Corps officer and a historian of martial arts disciplines, in which he held a variety of expert ranks and teaching licenses. He was technical director of the magazine Martial Arts International and author of many books on the fighting arts of Asia. He died in 1982.
Heading further down the warrior's path while delving into both the ancient and modern history of ninjutsu, the topics include combat training drills, the emergence and techniques of female ninja agents, exercises to increase awareness, and the goton-po theory of escape and invisibility. The concise writing and numerous photographs make the subject matter clear to the experienced martial artist and the novice.
Qigong is a traditional Chinese movement practice that is most
often done to maintain health or to relieve specific illnesses.
Here, Sat Chuen Hon, a master teacher and practitioner of
traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist healing arts, presents a
system of six gentle yet invigorating exercises, along with
complementary meditations and vocalizations, which can improve
overall health and increase energy. Hon includes both the physical
exercises and the accompanying meditations and vocalizations, which
deepen the healing effects of the practices.
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