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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

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  • Blood in the Cageby L. Jon Wertheim

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010; US$ 14.95

    Based on unique access to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its rival organizations, Blood in the Cage peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which has exploded in popularity despite resistance. Wertheim focuses on Pat Miletich, who runs the most famous MMA training school... 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...

  • 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 Truth About Chuck Norrisby Ian Spector; Angelo Vildasol

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 13.00

    The lowdown on the toughest, sexiest, and beardiest man to ever stalk the earth Since its emergence from the bowels of the internet, the Chuck Norris Fact has roundhouse kicked its way into the world?s consciousness with all the vim and verve of its namesake. Singing the praises of his unequaled toughness, his mighty kicking feet, his indestructible... more...

  • This Is Gonna Hurtby Tito Ortiz

    Gallery Books 2008; US$ 16.00

    He's the ultimate showman in the world's greatest spectator sport -- a controversial, charismatic figure who has dominated Ultimate Fighting for more than ten years as one of its most exciting and skillful stars. But for Tito Ortiz, life very nearly took a different path. Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Ortiz spent part of his childhood... more...

  • No Holds Barred Fighting: Savage Strikesby Mark Hatmaker; Doug Werner

    Tracks Publishing 2004; US$ 9.99

    The techniques taught in this book enable fighters and self-defense students to knock down and knock out their opponents. Maneuvers covered include the unique no holds barred (NHB) striking stance and the complete NHB striking arsenal—every punch, kick, elbow blow, knee strike, head-butt, forearm shot, and shoulder-butt is detailed. No holds barred... more...

  • Why I Fightby Jay Dee "B.J." Penn; Dave Weintraub

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.99

    Claiming that ?the belt is just an accessory,? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn explains Why I Fight in this honest, intimate, and fascinating memoir . Written with David Weintraub, Why I Fight is an unforgettable portrait of one of the top and most recognizable mixed martial artists in the UFC and an up-close... more...

  • MMA Mastery: Ground and Poundby Mark Hatmaker

    Tracks Publishing 2010; US$ 9.99

    Offering cohesion and clarification for what is currently a loose collection of strategies, this reference delves into the “ground and pound? fighting method—winning a fight by striking an opponent after a takedown. Demonstrating through fight metrics how just as many matches are won by strikes as submissions, this manual addresses the importance... more...