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The Art of Self is an interpretation of the philosophy of Traditional Taekwon-Do. It elucidates the different aspects of Taekwon-Do practice and its impact on body, mind, and spirit. It gives access to the moral and philosophical principles of this art to both the practitioner and non-practitioners alike. This book shows, by using Taekwon-Do as an example, how one can achieve a harmonious, aware, empowered, and peaceful state of being. Grandmast David Ippen was born and raised in Germany. He studied Philosophy in Munich, Germany and is a licensed Physiotherapist. He has been studying traditional Taekwon-Do since 1990 and currently holds the rank of 5th Dan. He has been teaching Taekwon-Do since 1995. In February 2009 he opened the Traditional Taekwon-Do Center Honolulu. His Dojang (school) focuses exclusively on teaching traditional Taekwon-Do. In addition to his martial arts training, GM Ippen studied Kahuna Bodywork under Kahuna Abraham Kawai'i and Ho'okahi Ho'oulu. This style of bodywork are principles based on Hawaiian martial arts. He has extensive training in the recognition of and balancing of energies in people, land, building structures, and generating Mana.
Martial arts have appeared in American movies since the days of Mr. Moto and Charlie Chan, but English-language martial arts films as a genre did not develop until the 1970s, with the breakthrough success of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. They've since proliferated enormously, encompassing every level of filmmaking quality, employing every martial arts system known, and spawning a cadre of action superstars known for their ability to kick butt more than for their talent as actors. Low budgets, straight-to-video releases, and a lack of critical respect have not lessened their influence, and they remain hugely popular and continue to inform the work of the leading lights of American cinema, from Coppola to Stone to Tarantino. This history of American martial arts films, from major features to direct-to-video releases, examines English-language martial arts films in terms of both their historical development and their critical relevance. The first section describes the most common martial arts techniques, the history of martial arts in America, and gives a global overview of the history of martial arts films. Heavily illustrated chapters discuss early trend-setting movies, the first appearances of martial arts in American movies; the influence of Chinese kung fu film imports; martial arts on television and the films' proliferation; the explosive growth of the genre in the 80s; and recent releases, trends, and the direction of English-language martial arts movies. There is a selected filmography of 300 movies.
Many people will suffer from depression at some time in their lives. New research shows that Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice, can be an effective treatment for depression and can provide a good alternative or supplement to medication in some cases. Frances Gaik explains the basics of what Qigong is and why it is effective for depression, and shows the reader how to make use of Qigong to rise from the darkness of depression and regain strength and motivation in life. Based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong works by promoting the movement of health-giving energy along the meridians of the body. The author shows how the practical application of Qigong can radically improve health and wellbeing, and provides a treatment plan, including Qigong exercises. Encouraging the reader to identify their problems and take action, Dr. Frances Gaik gives practical advice that will help anyone with depression to improve their mental health. Managing Depression with Qigong provides a guide to an effective and increasingly recognised form of treatment that will be invaluable to people with depression and their families.
Providing a flexible approach for readers of different ages and lifestyles, this book proposes that Qi Gong is necessary for vitality, longevity, and serenity for everyone. Through a simple technique which associates body movements to breathing and concentration, Qi Gong restores vital energy and keeps the body healthy and agile. Ofreciendo un enfoque flexible para lectores de varias edades y estilos de vida, esta guia propone que el Qi Gong es necesario para establecer y mantener la vitalidad, longevidad y serenidad para todos. A traves de una simple tecnica la cual asocia los movimientos del cuerpo con la respiracion y la concentracion, el Qi Gong restaura la energia vital y mantiene al cuerpo agil y saludable.
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!
Budo is about learning more than how to fight; true budo is a way
of seeking and uncovering meaning in life. Here, Nicklaus Suino,
one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert
advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese
martial arts such as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and
karate-do. He reveals the essential components of budo training,
"Kyudo: The Way of the Bow" is the authoritative guide to the technique and philosophy of the ancient art of Japanese archery. Originally a samurai discipline, kyudo integrates technical skill with the development of a completely focused and disciplined mind. Influenced by Shintoism and Zen, kyudo is a path of self-development and meditation that requires the archer to cultivate precision, a clear mind, and freedom from fear. This detailed, clearly written guide is an indispensable reference for kyudo students and an excellent sourcebook for anyone interested in the history of archery or warfare. The author, Feliks Hoff, a kyudo practitioner for over thirty years, gives a historical and philosophical view of the art and offers practical exercises for cultivating the proper mindset for each shot; detailed instruction on proper form and technique; an overview of the etiquette, dress, and ceremonial aspects of kyudo; and a survey of the various types of equipment used. Hoff presents the basic techniques of the Heki school of kyudo in step-by-step photographs. He also provides exercises for aiming and target shooting and lists common mistakes in form, technique, and concentration along with pointers on how to correct them. For more advanced students, Hoff includes a list of examination requirements and offers advice on teaching beginners.
Invincible Warrior tells the fascinating story of the life of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), whose quest for the true meaning of warriorship lead to the creation of the martial art called Aikido, "The Art of Peace." Ueshiba -- whose name means "abundant peace" -- is considered by many to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. His documented ability to disarm any attacker, throw a dozen men simultaneously, and down and pin opponents without touching them has accorded his life legendary status.
Invincible Warrior presents the real story behind Morihei's achievement, illuminating the man and his message. Stevens describes the people, events, and ideas that influenced Ueshiba's lifelong spiritual quest, which culminated in the development of the unique teachings of Aikido. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of Morihei in action and filled with revealing anecdotes about his life and times, Invincible Warrior also offers valuable discussion of the Founder's conception of Aikido as a path of harmony and love, unifying body and mind, self and others, humans and the universe.
Donn Draeger was one of the most famous and well-respected martial artists of the twentieth century, and he was a pioneer in bringing Asian martial arts study to the West. Here, he illuminates the compelling historical, political, and philosophical events that gave rise to the development of the budo arts. The classical "budo," or "martial ways" are not combat systems like their forerunner, "bujutsu," or "martial arts"; nor are they sports like modern "judo, kendo, "or "karate." They are first and foremost spiritual disciplines, whose ultimate goal, achieved through the most rigorous mental and physical training, is self-realization in the tradition of Zen Buddhism. The author details the history, philosophy, and methods of a variety of these "martial ways," some using weapons and some weaponless, and reveals how they evolved from their combative roots. The book includes fascinating artwork from classical sources, and archival photographs of modern budo masters in action.
In 'Hidden Hands' Phillip Starr provides detailed instruction in the art of reading martial arts forms by first mastering rudimentary owordso (individual techniques) and then moving on to simple osentenceso (combinations of techniques), readers will come to understand forms as documents that contain the true essence of their art.
"Sabaki" means staying open to the world at large and responding to others in a way that blends energies in new directions. Whether it is a question of repelling an attack or building relationships, the combined energy that comes from sabaki is an effort of cooperation, openness, and respect. Whether you are training for health, competition, or self-defense, "The Sabaki Method" can show you how to turn defense into offense, anticipate attacks, condition the body, and focus the mind. Kancho Ninomiya takes the mystery out of karate.
The biography of a pioneer in the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, this work takes readers through Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge's entire career - from his rollercoaster formative years and his emergence as a world champion athlete to his role as a loving father struggling to find work. With humble beginnings as an immigrant in a small city in Canada, Goodridge endured bullying as a child and honed his natural strength, athleticism, work ethic, and charisma while fighting on the streets and as a bouncer in clubs. Eventually learning to channel his rage into more productive outlets, Goodridge soon became a world-champion arm wrestler, a boxing champion, a lethal Ultimate Fighting Championship contender, and a renowned MMA warrior. Early in his career, Goodridge used his incredible strength to become the National Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champ of Canada after only ten months of training. In 1996, he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championships; after knocking out his opponent in under a minute with crushing elbows, he became an immediate mixed martial arts star all over the world. Known as a hardworking warrior who always fought the toughest competition, no matter what the circumstances, Goodridge took on the best heavyweights in the world for over a decade, including U.S. Olympic wrestlers Mark Coleman and Mark Schultz, and combat sport legends, such as Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Today, Goodridge lives with the physical consequences of a life spent literally battling to pay the bills. Filled with stories about backstage fights, steroid use, and fixed fights, this inspiring tell-all is a must-read for fight fans the world over.
In Black Belt Healing, Dr. David Nelson uses both his training as a martial artist and his many years as a hypnotherapist into a how-to guide for martial artists. The greatest opponent a martial artist will face is pain. This pain might manifest itself in the form of a traumatic injury or in the chronic aches and pains that come with such a highly physical activity. Whether a martial artist can continue his practice may be determined by pain management and mental discipline-the ability to cope with injuries and to heal quickly. Using the layout of a dojo as a metaphor for the workings of the mind, Nelson explains how hypnosis can help a martial artist deal effectively with chronic or severe pain and the weapons that are readily available to anyone for fighting the negative energies of pain. Black Belt Healing also provides a series of self-guided trances that will help the martial artist invoke their own healing abilities, improving their health and allowing them to return to the dojo and continue to practice their chosen martial arts discipline. An audio CD includes step-by-step hypnotic scripts. All disc content is alternatively accessible on tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-content.
This is the most comprehensive book in the English language dealing exclusively with tai chi chuan's exotic "thirteen sword" form. In this book, the author brings the reader through the history, fundamentals, movements, and applications of this rare form, and presents priceless illustrations of famous tai chi masters demonstrating tai chi sword techniques.
The province of Kham is one of the remotest regions in in all of Tibet, and its people, the fierce horsemen who for twenty-five years waged a relentless guerilla war against the Chinese occupation, the most elusive. In Among Warriors, Pamela Logan, a recognized expert in the martial arts, gives a breathtaking account of her journey across the windswept plateaus and icy mountain passes of eastern Tibet to find them. Written with vast sympathy for an embattled culture, Logan's vivid evocation of drinking tea with monks and herdsmen, dodging Chinese police, and observing pilgrims making their way toward Lhasa, will captivate anyone interested in Buddhism, the martial arts, or one of the world's last inaccessible regions.
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