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Mas Oyama S Classic Karate

Author : Mas Oyama
ISBN : 1402712871
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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It’s a classic, with over 750,000 copies sold! The world’s greatest karate master, and the founder of modern day karate, Mas Oyama, reveals his philosophy and technique for practicing one of the world’s greatest martial arts. With more than 1,300 photos that break down each movement and exercise, the Master describes every important aspect of karate. It all begins with the basic elements and leads up through set combinations, sparring, and even Tameshiwari, the art of breaking wood and other materials with your fist. From hand to foot, there’s a technique to build strength, control, precision, and agility. Try various fists, handswords, foot and upper body work, preparations for the roundhouse block, 16 different stances, numerous defensive moves, and Katas—karate’s set and leveled combinations that must be practiced to perfection. Everything the budding black belt needs is right here.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Beyond The Known

Author : Tri Thong Dang
ISBN : 9781462903115
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Written by one of the world's greatest living t'ai mantis system teachers, Beyond the Known is about the martial arts quest, and a mediation on the art of discipleship. In a series of parables relating the experiences of an unusually talented but otherwise typical martial artist, it calls for teachers and practitioners of all martial arts to question their motives and goals, to go beyond the superficial dazzle of prizes and awards, beyond repetition of techniques, ultimately to go beyond the known—the ultimate goal of the martial arts. Tri Thong Dang was born in Vietnam and studied under the revered Chiu Chuk-Kai, eighth-generation grandmaster of the Chinese t'ai mantis system. In addition, he was a practitioner of pa kua chang, hsing i ch'uan, qigong, and Yang style tai chi ch'uan. He studied and taught martial arts worldwide and was the author of Toward the Unknown and Beginning T'ai Chi, both from Tuttle Publishing. He was the founder and director, until his death of California's Budo Educational Center. Chapters Include: The false path. A meeting of minds. Beyond the bounds of intellect. A union of hearts. The vitality of the inexpressible. The irrelevance of the instrument of combat. A transformation. The path of duty. Weaving the web of karma. The web is broken. The first lesson. Lam has another lesson. On the pursuit of creativity. And yet another lesson. A master is born.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Ninjutsu

Author : Simon Yeo
ISBN : 1861269382
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This fascinating book covers all aspects of this remarkable martial art, including the hidden details within the Ninjutsu forms. It reveals the secrets of how to develop power through body movement, how to effectively remove an opponent's balance, and how to unify the mind, the body and technique.
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Taekwondo Basics

Author : Scott Shaw
ISBN : 9781462904853
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Are you ready to learn taekwondo, but don't know where to begin? Are you intimidated by the unfamiliar terms or the flying kicks? With Taekwondo Basics you'll become an expert in this martial art in no time! With Taekwondo Basics you'll learn about: The origins of taekwondo — philosophy, history, and different branches of the martial art What really happens in a taekwondo class — invaluable tips on choosing the right school, getting ready for your first class, and basic training methods The essential elements of the style — stances, blocks, hand and arm strikes, and kicks How to complement your taekwondo training with other conditioning exercises, such as running and biking Effective ways to improve your technique through target training, partner training, competitive training, free-sparring, and more Resources that can help you further develop your knowledge of and training in taekwondo Whether you're considering taking up this martial art, or you've already started, Taekwondo Basics offers an easy, yet comprehensive introduction to taekwondo so that you can feel confident and be successful in your practice.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Kodokan Judo

Author : Jigoro Kano
ISBN : PSU:000032636338
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system, of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published. Over a hundred years ago Jigoro Kano mastered swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat. Failing to discover any underlying principle, he set about designing a new martial art to reflect the concept of maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy. Today, the concepts and techniques of judo taught at the Kodokan are the ones originally devised by their creator and collected together in this book. Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, the book offers detailed explanations of how techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms). In addition to a discussion of traditional methods of resuscitation, the book concludes with a useful appendix of information on the founder and the Kodokan International Judo Center, and a glossary of judo terminology. Fully illustrated throughout, Kodokan Judo will help students and instructors everywhere to discover the principles, techniques, and spirit of this popular martial art.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Muye Dobo Tongji

Author : Duk-Moo Yi
ISBN : 1880336480
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In 1789, King Chongjo, ruler of the Yi dynasty, ordered General Yi Duk-moo to compile an official textbook on all martial art forms then present in Korea to preserve them for future generations. The result, the Muye Dobo Tongji, is the only surviving classical text on the Korean arts of war. Based on the earliest known Korean martial arts treatise, the Muye Chebo written in 1599, the Muye Dobo Tongji clearly shows the influence of the neighbouring Japanese and Chinese armies. Through hundreds of wars and invasions, Korean soldiers adapted battlefield skills and tactics from their enemies, creating a unique system of their own. Organised into 24 distinct disciplines comprised of empty hand fighting, weaponry and horsemanship, this book is an accurate historical snapshot of the warrior arts of the hermit kingdom in the late 18th century. The release of 'The Comprehensive Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts of Ancient Korea' marks the first time this volume is available in English. Carefully translated from the original text and illustrated with reproductions of ancient woodblock carvings, this book provides fascinating insights into Korea's martial arts legacy.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Martial Arts And Philosophy

Author : Graham Priest
ISBN : 9780812697230
Genre : Philosophy
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Socrates, an Athenian soldier, was a calmly efficient killing machine. His student Plato was an accomplished and broad-shouldered wrestler. Martial arts and philosophy have always gone hand in hand, as well as fist in throat. Philosophical argument is closely parallel with hand-to-hand combat. And all of today’s Asian martial arts—like Karate, Kung-Fu, Judo, or Aikido—were developed to embody and apply philosophical ideas. The Japanese martial tradition of Budo, for instance, was influenced by the three philosophical traditions of Shinto, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism, and these philosophies are still taught in Japanese martial arts schools all across the world. As Damon Young explains in his chapter, the Japanese martial arts customs of courtesy are derived from Shinto purity, Confucian virtues, and the loving brutality of Zen. In his interview with Bodidharma (included in the book), Graham Priest brings out aspects of Buddhist philosophy behind Shaolin Kung-Fu—how fighting monks are seeking Buddhahood, not brawls. But as Scott Farrell’s chapter reveals, Eastern martial arts have no monopoly on philosophical traditions. Western chivalry is an education in and living revival of Aristotelian ethical theories. The Western martial art of fencing is explored by Nick Michaud, who looks at the morality of selfishness in fencing, and Christopher Lawrence and Jeremy Moss, who try to pin down what makes fencing unique: is it the sword, the techniques, the footwork, the aristocratic aura, or something else? Jack Fuller argues that his training in Karate was an education in Stoicism. Travis Taylor and Sasha Cooper reveal the utilitarian thinking behind Jigoro Kano’s Judo. Kevin Krein maintains that the martial arts are a reply to the existentialist’s anxiety about the meaninglessness of life. Patricia Peterson examines Karate’s contribution to feminism, and Scott Beattie analyzes the role of space in the martial arts school. Joe Lynch pits the Western ideas of Plato against the Eastern ideas of the Shaolin monks. Bronwyn Finnigan and Koji Tanaka uncover the meaning of human action as it appears in Kendo. Rick Schubert explains the meaning of mastery in the fighting arts. Moving to ethical issues, Tamara Kohn discovers what we owe to others in Aikido. Chris Mortensen questions whether his own Buddhist pacifism is compatible with being a martial artist. In different ways, Gillian Russell and John Haffner and Jason Vogel assess the ways in which martial arts can morally compromise us. How can the sweaty and the brutal be exquisitely beautiful? Judy Saltzman looks into the curious charm of fighting and forms, with help from Friedrich Nietzsche.
Category: Philosophy

The Power Of Internal Martial Arts And Chi

Author : Bruce Frantzis
ISBN : 1583941908
Genre : Sports & Recreation
File Size : 86.45 MB
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"Explains how awareness and development of chi gives internal martial arts their power and strength, contains full instructions on the Taoist system Nei Gung, describes how specific martial arts use chi, includes stories about masters. The new edition adds a new foreword, new introduction by author, practical explanations on spiritual traditions of the internal martial arts, index"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Strength And Power Training For Martial Arts

Author : Martina Sprague
ISBN : 1880336871
Genre : Sports & Recreation
File Size : 39.81 MB
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Strength and Power Training For Martial Arts is a total approach to building your strength base. Learn how to use free weights, machines, body weight exercises and plyometrics to build your muscles while increasing speed and flexibility. Each muscle group is discussed in detail - how it's used in martial arts, how to develop it, which exercises are most effective, and most importantly, how to take advantage of anatomical strengths when striking, blocking, kicking and grappling. Beyond muscular strength, this book looks at the concepts of cardiovascular strength endurance, the impact of flexibility on strength, mental approaches to training, and the anatomy, physics and biomechanics of power. Strength and Power Training For Martial Arts wraps up with training plans for karate, taekwondo, hapkido, judo, jujitsu, aikido, muay thai/kickboxing and mixed martial arts as well as advice on designing your own personalized strength training plan.
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