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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

  • Fight Sports and American Masculinityby Christopher David Thrasher

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    Throughout America's past, some men have feared the descent of their gender into effeminacy, and turned their eyes to the ring in hopes of salvation. This work explains how the dominant fight sports in the United States have changed over time in response to broad shifts in American culture and ideals of manhood, and presents a narrative of American... more...

  • An Approach to Ip Man Style Wing Chunby Wayne Belonoha

    North Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    An Approach to Ip Man Style Wing Chun is a practical new beginner's guide to Wing Chun by a certified instructor in the Ip Man lineage. Pan American Triple Gold Medalist Wayne Belonoha provides the fundamentals of the art as a comprehensive mind/body training program. Written in accessible language and including more than 400 full-color photos, the... more...

  • The Tao of Wing Chunby John Little; Danny Xuan

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 24.99

    Wing Chun is the most popular form of Chinese Kung Fu in the world today, with over four million practitioners. The art as it is presently understood has been handed down from teacher to student for more than three hundred years. Until now, no one has ever stepped back and taken a critical look at why this art?s techniques are presented and performed... more...

  • Striking Beautyby Barry Allen

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    The first book to focus on the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, Striking Beauty collapses the boundaries between Eastern and Western thought, comparatively studying the historical and philosophical traditions of martial arts practice and their ethical value in the modern world. Expanding Western philosophy?s global outlook,... more...

  • My Fight Your Fightby Ronda Rousey

    Random House 2015; US$ 23.98

    THE OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK - UK EDITION Ronda Rousey is one of the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighters in history. UFC?s undefeated bantamweight champion, and an Olympic medallist in judo, her professional fight record is unrivalled: she has defeated most of her opponents in less than a minute; in February 2015 she beat contender... more...

  • Samurai and Ninjaby Anthony Cummins

    Tuttle Publishing 2015; US$ 15.95

    The myths of the noble Samurai and the sinister Ninja are filled with romantic fantasy and fallacy. Samurai and Ninja expert Antony Cummins shatters the myths and exposes the true nature of these very realóand very lethalómedieval Japanese warriors. The Samurai and Ninja were in fact brutal killing machines trained in torture and soaked in machismo.... more...

  • My Fight / Your Fightby Ronda Rousey; Maria Burns Ortiz

    Regan Arts. 2015; US$ 27.95 US$ 19.50

    THE ONLY OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK ?The fight is yours to win.? In this inspiring and moving book, Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion, and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory. † Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey?s account of the toughest... more...

  • Karate Technique & Spiritby Tadashi Nakamura

    Tuttle Publishing 2015; US$ 24.95

    The true essence of karate-do is integrated training of the body, mind, and spirit to fully achieve human potential. Karate: Technique & Spirit describes in detail all the steps necessary to attain this goal. It is a book of Karate technique, a guideline for training, and a patient exposition of moral philosophy. Kaicho (grand master) Nakamura takes... more...

  • Thrownby Kerry Howley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 15.98

    Thrown is Kerry Howley's knock-out debut and a unique journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. In this darkly funny work of literary reportage, narrated by an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters - one a young prodigy, the... more...

  • Looking at a Far Mountainby Paul Budden

    Tuttle Publishing 2015; US$ 6.95

    Looking at a Far Mountain is a remarkable comprehensive survey of the core of kendo, an internationally practiced martial sport derived from the ancient Japanese warrior art of the sword and heavily influenced by the tenets of Shinto, Confucianism, and, particularly, Zen Buddhism. This is the first study outside of Japan and the first in English... more...