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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

  • How to Defend Yourselfby Martin J Dougherty

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 10.99

    Effective self-defense is a matter of playing the odds-- increasing your own advantages and decreasing those of your opponent. Written in clear easy-to-understand detail, How to Defend Yourself gives readers the tools to safely defend themselves. In this step-by-step illustrated guide, experienced martial arts instructor Martin Dougherty teaches... more...

  • The Essence of Taijiquan Push-Hands and Fighting Techniqueby Fengming Wang

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014; US$ 39.95

    Available at last in English, this comprehensive training manual teaches the theory and insider practical methods behind Taijiquan push-hands and fighting technique from the Chen style. It includes the techniques of point striking, traditionally taught only to those on the inside, and over 400 photographs illustrate the methods throughout. more...

  • Shang Yun-Xiang Style Xingyiquanby Li Wen-Bin; Shang Zhi-Rong; Li Hong; Lu Mei-Hui

    North Atlantic Books 2014; US$ 17.99

    A modern classic, Shang Yun-Xiang Style Xingyiquan is essential for Xingyiquan practitioners and a useful guide for any practitioner of the Chinese martial arts. While focusing on Shang-style Xingyiquan (derived from author Li Wen-Bin's training under Grandmaster Shang Yun-Xiang), this book clearly breaks down the fundamentals of those movements... more...

  • Boxing for MMAby Mark Hatmaker

    Tracks Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    Although dramatic head kicks and garrote-tight submissions may get most of the airplay in highlight reels, the stats show that punching combinations and knockouts reap more MMA victories than any other fighting technique. This boxing primer not only covers the basics, including stance, footwork, punches, and combinations, it takes these boxing skills... more...

  • Greatest Moments of Boxingby Graham Betts

    G2 Rights Ltd 2014; US$ 5.82

    Boxing is the sport with probably the longest history of all, with Egyptian hieroglyphics depicting bare-knuckle fighting that date back as far as 5,000 BC. But which was the greatest fight of all time? Who ranks number one among the multitude of pugilists over the years? There are so many fighters and so many fights to choose from that it is impossible... more...

  • She's a Knockout!by L.A. Jennings

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 37.99

    This book provides a detailed history of women fighters?including wrestlers, MMA competitors, and boxers?and the different issues revolving around the fighters and their sports. She?s a Knockout! tells the stories of these extraordinary women, including boxer Laila Ali, Olympic wrestler Randi Miller, and Mixed Martial Arts phenom Debi Purcell,... 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...

  • Thrownby Kerry Howley

    Sarabande Books 2014; US$ 15.95

    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...