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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

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  • How to Punchby Martin J Dougherty

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 10.99

    Punching. Although it seems like one of the simplest forms of self-defense, this ancient form of combat is actually more complex than you would ever imagine. Now, in this fully illustrated and easy-to-use book, the art of punching is decoded for readers everywhere. This book will teach you the elements of the perfect punch, including:  How to... more...

  • David Carradine's Introduction to Chi Kungby David Carradine; David Nakahara

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 8.99

    The man who popularized kung fu and tai chi presents the complete beginner's program for understanding the ancient art of chi kung, the next wave in low-impact exercise. more...

  • Bar-Jutsuby James Porco; John Monaco

    Tuttle Publishing 2014; US$ 13.95

    A pounding headache, mouth dry as the desert, memory loss…and wait, a black eye and a fat lip? You have officially woken up from another night on the town. While there is no known cure for that dastardly headache and cotton mouth, there is now officially a remedy for the black eye and bruises. Bar-jutsu: The American Art of Bar Fighting , is a ... more...

  • Brawlby Erich Krauss; Bret Aita; Bob Shamrock

    ECW Press 2002; US$ 11.95

    Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting pits masters of every kind of combat ? street fighting, sumo, judo ? in matches broadcast around the world. This book chronicles the turbulent history of MMA fighting from its inception in the Greek Olympic Games, through its glorification in Japan to its growing popularity as an American sport. Through personal interviews... more...

  • Total MMAby Jonathan Snowden

    ECW Press 2008; US$ 14.95

    ?Since the beginning of time, men have engaged in hand-to-hand combat. In Ancient Greece, they called it Pankration, a no-holds-barred battle. Over time, one complete combat system was replaced by a variety of limited ones like karate, boxing, and wrestling. In the modern age this created an eternal question: who was tougher? Could a boxer beat a wrestler?... more...

  • A Killing Artby Alex Gillis

    ECW Press 2008; US$ 11.95

    In 1938, Tae Kwon Do began at the end of a wicked poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea. Today, the martial art is likely the most popular on the planet, an Olympic sport practised by an estimated 50 million students and known for its spectacular kicks. Few people, however, know about its secret and violent past;... more...

  • The Illustrated Ninja Handbookby Remigiusz Borda; Marian Winiecki

    Tuttle Publishing 2014; US$ 19.95

    In The Art of War , Sun Tzu says: "If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." Welcome to the secret world of the ninja master! The Illustrated Ninja Handbook is your ultimate guide to the esoteric knowledge and teachings of the ancient Japanese ninja masters. It provides ninjutsu devotees with... more...

  • Fundamentals of Judoby Ray Stevens; Edward Semple

    Crowood 2014; US$ 17.49

    The Fundamentals of Judo identifies the essential techniques that define Judo as a fighting art and looks at how students should practise and develop these key skills. The core techniques are analysed in depth and through step-by-step photography for the benefit of both beginner and experienced Judo players. The analysis of each technique reflects... more...

  • An Introduction to Ip Man Style Wing Chun Kung Fuby Wayne Belonoha

    North Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    Written by top-selling authority, Wayne Belanoha, this is the first beginner's guide to Wing Chun by a certified instructor in the Ip Man lineage. Belanoha presents the fundamentals of the art as a comprehensive mind/body training program. Written in an easily accessible way, the book emphasizes benefits including weight reduction, stress management,... more...

  • The Ninja Mindby Kevin Keitoshi Casey; Stephen K. Hayes

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    Masters in the Japanese martial art of Ninjutsu are legendary for their ability to access seemingly endless amounts of pure strength and mental endurance to achieve their goals. The Ninja Mind documents Ninjutsu black belt Kevin Casey's journey toward mastery under the tutelage of Stephen K. Hayes, Black Belt Hall of Fame member and the "Father... more...