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The Way of the Warrior

Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World

The Way of the Warrior
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Martial arts have been practiced for millennia and are currently experiencing a major resurgence in popularity. Both traditional and modern styles are performed for exercise, self-defence, and personal development, with the eastern arts of china, Japan, and Korea enjoying a particularly strong following. over the last 30 years, a string of movies, books, and comics have been produced on the subject, spawning an entire genre and inspiring millions to take up a martial art. Drawing on the vast body of styles practiced around the world, including ancient and obscure styles from every continent on the planet, The Way of the Warrior is an indispensable, one-stop reference work for anyone interested in the martial-arts canon. The Way of the Warrior is divided into seven sections, with each section focusing on the indigenous and imported styles synonymous with a particular geographical region of the world. Styles are further grouped by individual countries or provinces, and feature signature moves, biographies of founders and famous exponents, guiding principles, spiritual influences, and first-person accounts of the author's personal encounters with the masters. Gallery-style spreads highlight the weapons, armor, and uniforms relating to various styles, while day-in-the-life elements, which feature specially commissioned photography, capture the "secrets of the masters", revealing exactly what it's like to train with sharpened spears before breakfast, or smash a pile of concrete bricks with your head. Informative text describing the world's rich martial-arts heritage sits alongside captivating feature-spreads that highlight seemingly unbelievable feats of martial-artistry - such as the mystical energies of qi, the fabled "death touch", miraculous self-healing techniques, and how it's possible to touch a red-hot iron shovel-with your tongue.
DK Publishing; September 2008
364 pages; ISBN 9780756651855
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0756651859
9780756639754
9780756651855