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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

  • Complete Tai Chi Chuanby Dan Docherty

    Crowood 2014;

    Complete Tai Chi Chuan is the first book in English to deal extensively with the concepts of 'inside the door' training and the inner art, including therapeutic and martial aspects of Taoist internal alchemy. Drawing on original historical research, the author identifies the links between the art and Chinese philosophy. Fully illustrated throughout,... more...

  • Taekwon-Do Patternsby Jim Hogan; James Home

    Crowood 2014;

    For the first time, all fifteen patterns [tul] of the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do that are taught within the black belt syllabus of the International Taekwon-Do Federation are presented here in a single volume. This landmark book shows every single move of each pattern executed by the internationally renowned Taekwon-Do exponent and instructor,... more...

  • Fundamentals of Judoby Ray Stevens; Edward Semple

    Crowood 2014;

    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...

  • Kickboxingby Justyn Billingham

    Crowood 2014;

    Kickboxing is practised all over the world and is one of the fastest growing sports today. Moreover, it is a martial art that can be enjoyed by almost everyone who is physically fit, regardless of age, size or ability. This detailed book will be of value to all those interested in kickboxing; whether they simply want to train for fun or have higher... more...

  • The Power of Shaolin Kung Fuby Ronald Wheeler

    Tuttle Publishing 2014;

    From its early beginnings in the ancient Shaolin Buddhist monasteries of China to its depiction in scores of contemporary martial arts films, the classical style of Shaolin Kung Fu continues to reign supreme as the original and most important body of martial arts techniques in the world. This dynamic martial form is by far the most effective in terms... more...

  • Modern Hand to Hand Combatby Hakim Isler; Stephen K. Hayes

    Tuttle Publishing 2014;

    Today's ground soldier can carry up to 60 pounds of equipment. The trade off for this protection is a lack of mobility. In a close proximity situation, the modern combat soldier is at a decided disadvantage compared to his more nimble opponent. In Modern Hand to Hand Combat , Isler, a veteran soldier who served in Iraq, has blended the ancient techniques... more...

  • Thrownby Kerry Howley

    Sarabande Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    A woman infiltrates the violent world of mixed martial arts and investigates the lives of two cage fighters. more...

  • Daoist Meditationby Lieselotte Schwair; Wu Jyh Cherng

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014; US$ 49.95

    This translation of Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting, an 8th century classic Chinese text on meditation, is accompanied by an explanatory introduction and commentary. Master Cherng explains the text in a way that can be fully understood by the Western reader and explains how to practice the Purification of the Heart method of meditation. more...

  • Philosophy and the Martial Artsby Graham Priest; Damon Young

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 53.95

    This is the first substantial academic book to lay out the philosophical terrain within the study of the martial arts and to explore the significance of this fascinating subject for contemporary philosophy. The book is divided into three sections. The first section concerns what philosophical reflection can teach us about the martial arts, and especially... more...

  • The Four Dragonsby Damien Mitchell; Ole Saether

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014; US$ 29.95

    Mitchell explains the theory, history of Dao Yin exercises, and their differences from Qi Gong. The Four Dragon Dao Yin exercises are presented in detail, with a discussion of the effects on the practitioner. more...