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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

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  • Tapped Outby Matthew Polly

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 12.99

    An aging amateur takes his shot at glory in the world of mixed martial arts.   As a younger man, Matthew Polly traveled to the Shaolin Temple in China and spent two years training with the monks who had invented the ancient art of kung fu. Fifteen years later, his weakness for Chinese takeout and Jack Daniel?s had taken its toll. Firmly into... more...

  • MMA Travel Guideby William M. Stevens

    Hillcrest Media Group, Inc. 2011; US$ 9.99

    Your one source guide to Martial Arts training and travel in the two top “Fight Destinations” in the world. Thailand’s Muay Thai training camps and Rio de Janeiro’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies. * When and where to go (Time of year to avoid because of crowds, festivals, and weather) * Each country’s top training facilities... more...

  • Kurikaraby John Maki Evans; Natanaga Zhander

    North Atlantic Books 2011; US$ 16.95

    In Mikkyo ?Japanese esoteric Buddhism?the dragon Kurikara symbolizes the internal energy developed through sword practice. Kurikara is a manifestation of the fierce bodhisattva Fudo Myo O, the patron of ascetics and warriors in Japan, who uses his sword to destroy delusions and sever attachments. Fudo?s sword represents the gaining of discriminative... more...

  • The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuanby Freya Boedicker; Martin Boedicker

    North Atlantic Books 2011; US$ 14.95

    The essence of Tai Chi Chuan lies in the rich philosophy of ancient China. While most Tai Chi practitioners are aware of the value that studying Chinese philosophy can bring to their practice, it is often difficult to pick out those texts that are most relevant to Tai Chi and connected to its development. The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan presents,... more...

  • Soul of the Samuraiby Thomas Cleary

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    Thomas Cleary's translation of Code of the Samurai introduced the social, political, and organizational principles of samurai culture, including loyalty to family, a sense of service and duty, and the rules for dealing with allies and enemies. In Soul of the Samurai , Cleary delves into the key influence of Zen on the samurai's combat style, from... more...

  • The Samurai Mindby Christopher Hellman

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    The Samurai Mind is a collection of five seminal Japanese texts which together convey the very essence of the traditional samurai warrior ethos. These texts range from the ferocious to the esoteric—with their common thread being the importance of mastering one's own mind as the key to overcoming opponents. Written from the mid-18th to early... more...

  • The Way of the Warriorby Chris Crudelli

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2008; Not Available

    Do you know your ashiwaza from your elbow strike? Find out with The Way of the Warrior , which features every major style of martial art in existence, bringing ancient and modern arts together in one complete work of reference. This comprehensive, fully illustrated encyclopedia covers a huge range of martial arts, from the ancient and renowned styles... more...

  • The Everything Krav Maga for Fitness Bookby Nathan Brown; Jeff Levine

    F+W Media 2007; US$ 14.95

    What can an ancient Israeli self-defense system can do for your body? Just ask J-Lo, who thanks Krav Maga for her celebrated derriere. But you don't have to be a movie star to have bootylicious behind-all you need is this book! The Everything fitness dream team has developed workouts that will transform your body into a lean, mean fighting machine-Krav... more...

  • Fighters by Trade: Highlights of Australian Boxingby Robert Drane

    HarperCollins Publishers 2013; US$ 23.76

    A fascinating social history of the development of boxing in Australia. FIGHTERS BY TRADE brings vividly to life the boxing world of historical heroes and modern-day gladiators. From the brutish beginnings of cobble street fighting on the squalid streets of London in 1700 to the illegal bare-knuckle fighting of colonial Australia to the spectacular... more...

  • Krav Maga for Womenby Darren Levine; Ryan Hoover; Kelly Campbell

    Ulysses Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    LEARN THE ULTIMATE DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR WOMEN With its emphasis on instinctive movements and efficient counterattacks, Krav Maga is the ideal self-defense system for any woman regardless of strength, size or age. Targeting its easiest-to-learn and most effective moves, Krav Maga for Women presents techniques and tips that quickly give you the skills... more...