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The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts (Paperback): Raul Sanchez Garcia The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts (Paperback)
Raul Sanchez Garcia
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first long-term analysis of the development of Japanese martial arts, connecting ancient martial traditions with the martial arts practised today. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts captures the complexity of the emergence and development of martial traditions within the broader Japanese Civilising Process. The book traces the structured process in which warriors' practices became systematised and expanded to the Japanese population and the world. Using the theoretical framework of Norbert Elias's process-sociology and drawing on rich empirical data, the book also compares the development of combat practices in Japan, England, France and Germany, making a new contribution to our understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics of state formation. Throughout this analysis light is shed onto a gender blind spot, taking into account the neglected role of women in martial arts. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts is important reading for students of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Sport, Sociology of Physical Activity, Historical Development of Sport in Society, Asian Studies, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport, and Sports History and Culture. It is also a fascinating resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in the historical and socio-cultural aspects of combat sport and martial arts.

The Science of Judo (Paperback): Mike Callan The Science of Judo (Paperback)
Mike Callan
R995 Discovery Miles 9 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Science of Judo is the first book to set out and discuss the science, coaching and history behind judo performance. Evidence-based and informed by the latest research, the book offers practical guidance on preparing athletes for high performance and understanding the core tenets of sport science underpinning it. Featuring contributions from world-leading experts, the book consists of chapters on all aspects of judo performance, including: The historical development of judo and its physical, intellectual and moral role Physical preparation for competition, coaching and training strategies Skill acquisition, talent identification and development Nutrition and lifestyle of judoka Performance analysis and biomechanics Injury epidemiology and prevention Special considerations for female and young judoka Clearly written and accessible, The Science of Judo provides upper-level students and researchers, and coaches and sport science staff working with judoka, with the most thorough and authoritative reference on sport science applied to judo currently available.

Bruce Lee - The Life of a Legend (Paperback): Fiaz Rafiq Bruce Lee - The Life of a Legend (Paperback)
Fiaz Rafiq; Foreword by Diana Lee Inosanto
R429 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R65 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Labels such as 'icon' or 'legend' are rarely attached to one individual to the degree that they are to Bruce Lee. He only made a handful of films, yet four and a half decades after his untimely death at the age of 32, the Little Dragon's influence on culture is as strong as ever. Named among Time magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Lee wasn't just an actor and martial artist, but a director, inventor, husband, father and philosopher. His martial art, jeet kune do, is still practised around the world, while UFC champions credit him with inspiring the growing sport of mixed martial arts. His films kick-started a global kung fu boom and retain the power to awe today, while his thoughts - collected in a series of books from Lee's own notes - still inspire. Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend is a unique oral biography that combines the memories of Lee's original students, close friends, co-stars and colleagues - those who knew him best - to provide a candid view on the action movie star adored by millions, capturing the essence of a complex man in a way no straightforward narrative ever could. Further, for the first time ever in print, legendary professional boxing, bodybuilding and MMA champions and personalities from the motion picture industry pay homage to Lee, giving a blend of unique perspectives on a man who changed the face of their respective sports.

Taekwondo - From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (Paperback): Udo Moenig Taekwondo - From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (Paperback)
Udo Moenig
R1,043 Discovery Miles 10 430 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly 'traditional' and 'ancient' Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia's modernization drive, and largely inherited from the Japanese martial arts. The current historical portrayal has created an obstacle to a clear understanding of the history of taekwondo, and presents problems and contradictions in philosophy and training methodology. Using rich empirical data, including interviews with leading figures in the field, this book brings together martial arts philosophy with an analysis of the technical aspects and the development of taekwondo, and provides a detailed comparison of karate and taekwondo techniques. It debunks nationalistic mythology surrounding taekwondo to provide a reinterpretation of taekwondo's evolution.

Be Water, My Friend - The True Teachings of Bruce Lee (Hardcover): Shannon Lee Be Water, My Friend - The True Teachings of Bruce Lee (Hardcover)
Shannon Lee
R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Bruce Lee's daughter illuminates her father's most powerful life philosophies, and how we can apply his teachings to our daily lives 'Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless like water' Bruce Lee is a cultural icon, world renowned for his martial arts and film legacy. But Lee was also a deeply philosophical thinker, believing that martial arts are more than just an exercise in physical discipline - they are a perfect metaphor for personal growth. In Be Water, My Friend, Shannon Lee shares previously untold stories from her father's life along with the concepts at the core of his teachings. Each chapter reveals a lesson from Bruce Lee, expanding on the foundation of his iconic 'be water' philosophy to reveal a path to an enlightened way of being. This is an inspirational call to action to consider our lives with new eyes and a testament to Lee's unique power to ignite our imaginations and transform our lives.

The Art of Longsword Fighting - Teaching the Foundations of Sigmund Ringeck's Style (Hardcover): Benjamin J Smith The Art of Longsword Fighting - Teaching the Foundations of Sigmund Ringeck's Style (Hardcover)
Benjamin J Smith
R671 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Historical European Martial Arts became a major international movement over the last two decades. Clubs and schools sprang up on every populated continent pursuing a wide variety of activities and styles. Because the movement is still so new many clubs lack people with experience researching, practicing, or teaching long dead martial arts. In The Art of Longsword Fighting Ben Smith offers his interpretation of the foundational sections of the art of fighting with the longsword taught by Sigmund Ringeck, one of the preeminent masters of the Liechtenauer tradition. He offers his method of teaching it based on his twenty years of research into historical teaching methods, the evidence within Ringeck's texts, and the writings of his contemporaries both inside and outside his tradition. He lays out the concepts for understanding the structure and form of a martial art style, the process of physical research, the results of his research into the training methods of this particular style, and offers the most transparent published interpretation to date of the foundational section of Ringeck's longsword style to show how he justifies his interpretation and teaching methods he recommends. All of this is achieved through a panoply of photographs showing each movement, along with explanatory diagrams, and explanations detailing how and when to introduce each next step in the curriculum, in a manner that is faithful to Ringeck's style. This book will help you understand this martial arts style as a complete entity, use current historical research effectively, and will prove invaluable to martial artists and researchers of the Renaissance era.

Wild Goose Qigong - Natural Movement for Healthy Living (Paperback): Hong-Chao Zhang Wild Goose Qigong - Natural Movement for Healthy Living (Paperback)
Hong-Chao Zhang
R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For centuries, Chinese qigong masters have observed the liberating, graceful movements of the Wild Goose in flight and adopted these flowing gestures to improve their own health and well-being. Now you too can benefit from the wisdom of Man and Nature in this easy-to-follow illustrated guide. Not only is Wild Goose Qigong a superb exercise for cultivating and maintaining general health, but it is also highly effective for the cardiovascular, central nervous, and digestive systems; and even your disposition. It also has been known to have positive effects on Cancer and AIDS. Wild Goose Qigong contains step-by-step instructions for each of the 64 movements of the form, along with an explanation of the various effects of each movement. Along with a concise and clearly written history of Qigong, you'll get the background and understanding you'll need for a lifetime of practice. Wild Goose Qigong is a holistic mind/body exercise system you can do anytime, anywhere. Whether you are beginner or experienced, man or woman, senior citizen or child, Wild Goose Qigong is perfect for you. * Relax and Strengthen your Body.* Concentrate and Quiet your Mind.* Achieve Integration of Body, Breath, & Consciousness.* Easy to learn and practice.* Includes over 150 instructional photo and illustrations.

Secret Techniques Of Wing Chun Kung Fu Vol.2 (Paperback): John Weakland, K.T. Chao Secret Techniques Of Wing Chun Kung Fu Vol.2 (Paperback)
John Weakland, K.T. Chao
R359 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Secret Techniques Of Wing Chun Kung Fu Vol.3 - Third Level - Bil Jee (Paperback): K.T. Chao, J.E. Weakland Secret Techniques Of Wing Chun Kung Fu Vol.3 - Third Level - Bil Jee (Paperback)
K.T. Chao, J.E. Weakland
R367 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Chong Woo Kwan Wing Chun (Paperback): Joseph Cheng Chong Woo Kwan Wing Chun (Paperback)
Joseph Cheng
R368 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R57 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Sport Karate Museum History Book (Hardcover): Gary Lee, Jessie Bowen Sport Karate Museum History Book (Hardcover)
Gary Lee, Jessie Bowen
R1,258 R1,008 Discovery Miles 10 080 Save R250 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Knockout (Hardcover): Mia Kang Knockout (Hardcover)
Mia Kang
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An intimate and unflinching memoir exploring Mia Kang's journey from self-loathing to self-love Mia Kang is many things: a sought-after model, an immigrant, an eating disorder survivor, and a Muay Thai fighter. Her first book, Knockout, is the story of how she eschewed normative body standards and learned to use martial arts to redefine her sense of self-worth. In a charming, fierce, and intimate voice, Kang invites readers into her world. She once lived and died by her weight, but she is now defined by her confidence in being a woman who lives outside the mold of what we're taught is "feminine." After dealing with bullying, addiction, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts, Mia acknowledges that she is lucky to still be alive to tell readers what she's learned: to not let anyone else dictate who you are supposed to be.

The 64 Hands of Bagua Zhang - Fighting Techniques of Liu Dekuan (Paperback): Jiwu Gao, Nigel Sutton The 64 Hands of Bagua Zhang - Fighting Techniques of Liu Dekuan (Paperback)
Jiwu Gao, Nigel Sutton
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The art of Bagua Zhang is best known for its circular forms, yet linear fighting techniques have been incorporated into Bagua practice by many renowned masters. Liu Dekuan, a student of Dong Haichuan (the founder of Bagua Zhang), was one such master, devising a set of 64 techniques performed in straight lines. These techniques were collected and preserved by Master Liu's disciple Gao Wencheng and his family, passed down from generation to generation.
In "The 64 Hands of Bagua Zhang, "author Gao Jiwu--the grandson of Gao Wencheng--brings these techniques to the English-speaking world. Well known for his expertise in the 64 Hands form, Master Gao explains the history of the art, his family's place in it, and the key principles for practice. The heart of the book is the complete set of Liu Dekuan's 64 techniques; the solo forms are each explained in detail and then elaborated on to demonstrate their practical applications. Clear photographs fully illustrate the movements of the complete form and practice drills. Translated by Nigel Sutton, who has studied with the Gao family since the early 1980s, "The 64 Hands of Bagua Zhang "helps readers fully understand this form of Bagua Zhang.

A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. III (Paperback): Jin Yong A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. III (Paperback)
Jin Yong; Translated by Anna Holmwood, Gigi Chang
R242 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

THE CHINESE "LORD OF THE RINGS" - NOW IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE SERIES EVERY CHINESE READER HAS BEEN ENJOYING FOR DECADES - 300 MILLION COPIES SOLD. "Jin Yong's work, in the Chinese-speaking world, has a cultural currency roughly equal to that of "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" combined" Nick Frisch, New Yorker "Like every fairy tale you're ever loved, imbued with jokes and epic grandeur. Prepare to be swept along." Jamie Buxton, Daily Mail China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang into boarding a unseaworthy barge, they will surely drown unless Lotus - who has overheard her father's plans - can find a way to save them. Yet even if they are to survive the voyage, great dangers lie in wait on the mainland. The Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie has gathered a band of unscrupulous warriors to aid him in his search for the lost writings of the Great Song patriot General Yue Fei. If he is successful, the Jin armies will gain the key to total victory over the Song Empire, condemning Guo Jing's countrymen to centuries of servitude. Translated from the Chinese by Anna Holmwood and Gigi Chang

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang - Enhancing Chi Energy in the Vital Organs (Paperback): Mantak Chia Advanced Chi Nei Tsang - Enhancing Chi Energy in the Vital Organs (Paperback)
Mantak Chia
R327 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Advanced Taoist techniques for detoxifying and rejuvenating the internal organs through the release of negative chi
- Works with the navel center, where negative emotions, stress, and illness accumulate
- Presents advanced techniques to release negative energy from the body and reestablish a healthy flow of vital energy to internal tissues and organs
From the Taoist point of view, good health depends upon the free flow of chi--healthy life-force energy--throughout the body. Taoists refer to healthy chi as good wind. When energy is trapped in the body it stagnates and becomes negative, manifesting in the symptoms of physical or emotional illness. Taoists call this negative energy sick or evil wind. The advanced Chi Nei Tsang practices focus on mastering these winds. They include techniques for developing sensitivity to sick winds, releasing internal energy blockages, and chasing sick winds from the body to reestablish a healthy flow of energy.
Negative energies caused by stress, tension, and the effects of past illnesses tend to accumulate in the naval center, so the advanced Chi Nei Tsang techniques use elbow pressure on specific reflex points around the navel to release energy blockages associated with each internal organ. They also work with wind access points found near the standard acupuncture points. These advanced practices build upon the organ detoxification and rejuvenation practices introduced in "Chi Nei Tsang," allowing the practitioner to work intensively at an energetic level toward the restoration of optimum health and well-being.

Born Fighter - SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE (Paperback): Ruqsana Begum, Sarah Shephard Born Fighter - SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE (Paperback)
Ruqsana Begum, Sarah Shephard 1
R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

**WINNER TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2021** **SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2020** 'I was captivated by this book from start to finish, I couldn't put it down. A very real and relatable story that will have you weeping, smiling and cheering along' Christine Ohuruogo Ruqsana Begum's account of how she rose to become a Muay Thai world champion is only a small part of why her story is such an inspirational one for anyone who has ever followed their dream. Ever since she went to school in Bethnal Green, part of a large local Bangladeshi community, Ruqsana Begum stood apart from her friends because she was so keen on sport. At home, she wore the clothes her mother wanted her to wear and behaved like a dutiful Muslim daughter, but at heart she wanted something different. And when she went to college and saw an advert for a Muay Thai club, she knew what that would be. But she also knew that her parents would never allow her to fight - even if they could have afforded the costs. So she fought in secret, and soon discovered that she was a natural. But when her parents arranged her marriage, her new world collapsed and she found herself unable to cope, until she broke free again, and worked her way to the top. Ruqsana's story is a tale of empowerment that will inspire anyone who has ever had to battle against the odds and against all the opposition to achieve their goal.

The Essence Of Budo (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Matsaaki Hatsumi The Essence Of Budo (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Matsaaki Hatsumi
R805 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R195 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Budo is the spiritual way of the martial arts that all practitioners must follow if they are to be true martial artists. In this book, Masaaki Hatsumi explores the very essence of Budo, and demonstrates an array of important techniques relating to this essence, explaining how the concept of Budo transcends any one combat technique and is at the core of all the many martial arts developed in Japan.
The author also reveals secret techniques and the hidden principles of the martial arts, and elucidates the words of his master, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, on Budo and life. Including many photos, works of calligraphy, illustrations, and documents on the martial arts and their role in Japanese culture, The Essence of Budo will resonate with practitioners of all martial traditions including judo, Aikido, karatedo, kendo, kenjutsu, jujutsu, and other fighting sports.

Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed (Paperback, Ed): Mickey DIMIC, Christopher Miller Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed (Paperback, Ed)
Mickey DIMIC, Christopher Miller
R497 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R74 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Get what it takes to win-and unleash the ultimate fighter in you

Think you know your way around the cage? Think again. Mixed martial arts powerhouse Mickey Dimic, two-time middleweight world champion and Hall of Famer, kicks your game into gear with this no-holds-barred guide to grounding and pounding, sprawling and brawling, and boxing dirty like the toughest contenders.

Breaking down the fundamentals of mixed martial arts competition, Dimic brings his decades of MMA experience to teach you the various skills of boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, judo, and Jiu-jitsu, arming you with an unstoppable arsenal of weapons sure to yield maximum damage to any opponent. With Dimic's cage-tested tips and drills, you'll learn to: Hone your body with proper training Punch and kick with power and precision Beat down your opponent with a merciless full mount Escape from the tightest traps Force submissions with vice-grip grappling holds And strategize your way to victory in every fight

Shaolin Qi Gong - Energy in Motion (Paperback): Shi Xinggui Shaolin Qi Gong - Energy in Motion (Paperback)
Shi Xinggui
R422 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R62 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Authentic qi gong as practiced in the Shaolin Temple where this discipline originated centuries ago
- Reveals the fundamental spiritual principles and includes both a short and long form of the daily exercises
- Explains the benefits of mastering energy in the body, such as organ strengthening
- Includes a 53-minute DVD of exercises performed by the author, a Shaolin monk
The great teacher Bodhidharma is credited with the creation of Shaolin Temple qi gong and kung fu in the 6th century CE. Motivated by the terrible physical condition of the monks who spent all their time meditating or copying scrolls, his two-part system promoted physical as well as spiritual fitness and became the basis for all the martial and meditative arts taught in the Shaolin Temple. These ancient practices increase physical health and vitality, enhance creativity, and can be practiced well into old age.
Author Shi Xinggui, a Shaolin monk, explains the fundamental principle of qi gong--the art of mastering energy (qi) and moving it through the body--and provides clear demonstrations of all the positions and movements. In order to develop qi attentively, it is necessary to cultivate the art of slowness in both movement and breathwork. Shi Xinggui provides both a short form and a long form of the daily exercises, with lessons on heart centering, organ strengthening, and balancing the energy using the three dantians--the three energy centers of the body. A 53-minute DVD of the exercises performed by the author is also included.

Mixed Martial Arts - A History from Ancient Fighting Sports to the UFC (Hardcover): L. a. Jennings Mixed Martial Arts - A History from Ancient Fighting Sports to the UFC (Hardcover)
L. a. Jennings
R729 Discovery Miles 7 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is an international phenomenon, with a fascinatingly diverse and complex history that stems from fighting sports around the world. In Mixed Martial Arts: A History from Ancient Fighting Sports to the UFC, L.A. Jennings explores the vast global history of martial arts-including Asian martial arts, African fighting sports, European pugilism and wrestling, and the fighting styles of North, Central, and South Americas-and how they gave rise to the modern sport of MMA. Jennings shares some of the most famous moments in fighting history alongside stories of the fighters themselves, such as the infamous 1976 fight between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki. When the Ultimate Fighting Championship premiered in 1993, it introduced the world to the controversial "cage fighting" at a scale never seen before. With the assistance of technological innovations and globalization, MMA has become the fastest growing sport on earth, the culmination of thousands of years of fighting for sport. Featuring fascinating stories and photographs of fighters from around the world, Mixed Martial Arts reveals the long and captivating history of this often-misunderstood sport.

The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts (Hardcover): Raul Sanchez Garcia The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts (Hardcover)
Raul Sanchez Garcia
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first long-term analysis of the development of Japanese martial arts, connecting ancient martial traditions with the martial arts practised today. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts captures the complexity of the emergence and development of martial traditions within the broader Japanese Civilising Process. The book traces the structured process in which warriors' practices became systematised and expanded to the Japanese population and the world. Using the theoretical framework of Norbert Elias's process-sociology and drawing on rich empirical data, the book also compares the development of combat practices in Japan, England, France and Germany, making a new contribution to our understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics of state formation. Throughout this analysis light is shed onto a gender blind spot, taking into account the neglected role of women in martial arts. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts is important reading for students of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Sport, Sociology of Physical Activity, Historical Development of Sport in Society, Asian Studies, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport, and Sports History and Culture. It is also a fascinating resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in the historical and socio-cultural aspects of combat sport and martial arts.

The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience - Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony (Paperback, Abridged edition):... The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience - Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony (Paperback, Abridged edition)
Sophia Delza; Edited by Robert Cummings Neville; Foreword by Robert Cummings Neville
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this new book, Ms. Delza, the leading proponent in the United States of the Wu Style, offers succinct and illuminating comments from her viewpoint as both teacher and practitioner.

The Science of Judo (Hardcover): Mike Callan The Science of Judo (Hardcover)
Mike Callan
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Science of Judo is the first book to set out and discuss the science, coaching and history behind judo performance. Evidence-based and informed by the latest research, the book offers practical guidance on preparing athletes for high performance and understanding the core tenets of sport science underpinning it. Featuring contributions from world-leading experts, the book consists of chapters on all aspects of judo performance, including: The historical development of judo and its physical, intellectual and moral role Physical preparation for competition, coaching and training strategies Skill acquisition, talent identification and development Nutrition and lifestyle of judoka Performance analysis and biomechanics Injury epidemiology and prevention Special considerations for female and young judoka Clearly written and accessible, The Science of Judo provides upper-level students and researchers, and coaches and sport science staff working with judoka, with the most thorough and authoritative reference on sport science applied to judo currently available.

Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts (Hardcover): Lu Zhouxiang Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts (Hardcover)
Lu Zhouxiang
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Chinese martial arts is considered by many to symbolise the strength of the Chinese and their pride in their history, and has long been regarded as an important element of Chinese culture and national identity. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts comprehensively examines the development of Chinese martial arts in the context of history and politics, and highlights its role in nation building and identity construction over the past two centuries. This book explores how the development of Chinese martial arts was influenced by the ruling regimes' political and military policies, as well as the social and economic environment. It also discusses the transformation of Chinese martial arts into its modern form as a competitive sport, a sport for all and a performing art, considering the effect of the rapid transformation of Chinese society in the 20th century and the influence of Western sports. The text concludes by examining the current prominence of Chinese martial arts on a global scale and the bright future of the sport as a unique cultural icon and national symbol of China in an era of globalisation. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts is important reading for researchers, students and scholars working in the areas of Chinese studies, Chinese history, political science and sports studies. It is also a valuable read for anyone with a special interest in Chinese martial arts.

Path To Wing Chun (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Samuel Kwok Path To Wing Chun (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Samuel Kwok
R332 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A lightning-swift form of kung fu based on the concepts of short-range attack and defense, wing chun achieved worldwide renown as the favored martial art of Bruce Lee. This expanded edition of the popular wing chun guide features a tribute from Lee's wife, Linda, plus new material from Yip Chun, the world's leading master teacher of this form. Also included are never-before-published photos of the late Yip Man, former grandmaster and the last in a line of disciples originating with wing chun's 18th-century founder, Ng Mui. The book introduces practitioners to sil lim tao, the first training form, and goes on to describe combat applications. Readers will also find a brief history, notes on training, and useful discussions of centerline theory and the seeds of wing chun.

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