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Now With Kung Fu Grip

Author : Jared Miracle
ISBN : 9781476663500
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Why do so many Americans practice martial arts? How did kung fu get its own movie genre? What makes mixed martial arts so popular? This book answers these questions for the first time with historical research. At the turn of the 20th century, the United States enjoyed a time of prosperity but feared that men were becoming soft. At the same time, the Japanese government sponsored research to develop the best fighting techniques for its new empire. Before World War II, American men boxed and Japanese men practiced judo and karate. Postwar Americans began adopting Chinese, Brazilian, Filipino and other fighting styles, in the process establishing a masculine subculture based on physical and social power. The rise of Asian martial arts in America is a fascinating untold story of modern history, from the origin of karate uniforms to the first martial arts themed birthday party. The cast of characters includes circus strongmen, professional cage fighters, an award winning comic book artist, the inventors of judo, aikido and Cornflakes, and Count Juan Raphael Dante, a Chicago hairdresser and used car salesman with the "Deadliest Hands in the World." Readers will never look at taekwondo class the same way again.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Omnibus

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ISBN : 1302901346
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Completing this never-before-reprinted series, volume two shifts focus to Iron Fist, the Living Weapon! Written by Chris Claremont and with lush artwork by Rudy Nebres, Danny Rand battles Firebird and Dhasha Khan in a saga filled with the mystery of K'un-Lun! Meanwhile, from the ashes of the Sons of the Tiger, Bill Mantlo and George Pérez introduce Hector Ayala, the White Tiger! Also featuring Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu; Jack of Hearts; Swordquest's samurai action; two team-ups with all of Marvel's martial arts heroes; and Claremont and Marshall Rogers' beautiful Daughters of the Dragon! COLLECTING: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU (1974) 19-33; MATERIAL FROM BIZARRE ADVENTURES (1981) 25
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics Studies Here And Now

Author : Frederick Luis Aldama
ISBN : 9781351015257
Genre : Social Science
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Comics Studies Here and Now marks the arrival of comics studies scholarship that no longer feels the need to justify itself within or against other fields of study. The essays herein move us forward, some in their re-diggings into comics history and others by analyzing comics—and all its transmedial and fan-fictional offshoots—on its own terms. Comics Studies stakes the flag of our arrival—the arrival of comics studies as a full-fledged discipline that today and tomorrow excavates, examines, discusses, and analyzes all aspects that make up the resplendent planetary republic of comics. This collection of scholarly essays is a testament to the fact that comic book studies have come into their own as an academic discipline; simply and powerfully moving comic studies forward with their critical excavations and theoretical formulas based on the common sense understanding that comics add to the world as unique, transformative cultural phenomena.
Category: Social Science

The Complete Encyclopedia To Gi Joe

Author : Vincent Santelmo
ISBN : 0873418743
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This third edition's new, reader-friendly format makes it easy for collectors of each GI Joe version to learn the history of their favorite figures and determine exactly when action figures and accessories were released. The updated price guide is a complete chronological listing from 1964-2000. 1,000 photos. 48-page color section.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

The Well Life

Author : Briana Borten
ISBN : 9781440596254
Genre : Self-Help
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Three simple principles for creating a balanced and satisfying life! The secret to living an exceptional life—with fulfilling work and leisure, meaningful relationships, and time for oneself—is finding balance. Briana and Dr. Peter Borten have the strategies you need to achieve this all-important balance in your life—even in the face of chaos. The Bortens focus on three fundamental principles of a satisfying life: -Sweetness: Learn the importance of feeding your life, body, and soul -Structure: Find out how intelligent structure can give you more spontaneity and freedom, and liberate you from an excessively busy existence -Space: Carve out purposeful space, which allows for perspective—an understanding of the big picture and your place in it By adding and maintaining sweetness, structure, and space to your life, you will be able to let go of the stress and tension that gets in the way of being happy, authentic, and fully present—living The Well Life. "The Well Life is a beautiful guide to living the good life, mind, body, and soul from two people who walk the walk. Peter and Briana Borten integrate knowledge of ancient healing traditions, the realities of our modern lives, and their own practical experience to unlock what it truly means to be well. This book is a healing journey." —Kate Northrup, Bestselling Author of Money: A Love Story "The Well Life is a powerful primer on living as we were intended to live--under grace, all systems go, and in love. A great platform for living deliberately and creating consciously." —Mike Dooley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Infinite Possibilities "If you're looking to break out of the excuses and experience more vitality than ever before, read this book! With their background in Eastern medicine and love of Western strategy, Briana and Peter lay out a beautiful prescription for more ease, joy, balance, and fulfillment in The Well Life. Quite frankly, if you put even just 5 percent of this book into practice, you'll create incredible results!" —Alexi Panos, Leader in the Emergent Wisdom Movement and Author of 50 Ways to Yay! and Now or Never
Category: Self-Help

Life On A Shoestring

Author : Scott Chisman
ISBN : 0595325947
Genre : Political Science
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What am I going to do in life? What am I supposed to do? How can I decide what to do when everything looks like a sham? What is this American Dream? Are we not all living our lives on a shoestring? By the time I completed this book I realized the nature of my problem. I rearranged my work to look like an eighteen-hole golf course, and I saw the light. I realized that I was a guitar player living in a golfer's world. We don't understand our leaders because they are golfers, and they are living on a golf course. They don't understand us because we are living on a shoestring. I realized that I was just shooting a bad round. I reformatted my work into a language that the golfer's can understand. I looked at my journey through the American Dream for the last forty years like I was playing a round of golf. As I play the course, I try to stay right in the middle of the fairway, neither hook nor a slice. I try to stay out of the sand traps and avoid the water. Unfortunately, I've had to spend some time in the woods looking for my ball. I hope this book will teach you the attitude that overcomes adversity and an attitude of hope and of humor, because we'll need it. And I hope that I find my ball. See you at the nineteenth hole!
Category: Political Science

Devils

Author : Erik Henry Vick
ISBN : 0999079506
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Horror has a new master... In the chilling tradition of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz, Devils plunges you face-first into the deep end of evil. Each story features its own devil, but none of them have tails, bright red skin, or horns. All of them tell their victims lies, all of them try to corrupt. Worse still, all of them feel familiar. Robert is a war hero on his way down. Addicted to cocaine, wallowing in guilt, he meets a beautiful woman with the quirky habit of telling everyone she's the devil. Rick Bergen learns the true cost of revenge when he enters the world of the voodoo pantheon and meets the manifestation of vengeance. Rena is kidnapped by polygamist extremists bent on creating an army for the apocalypse-by any means necessary. An ancient evil has returned to stalk the shores of Lake Seneca. A colonial New Yorker, with the help of an Onondowaga warrior, must confront beings that can't be killed or reasoned with. A man is trapped in Rochester, NY by a massive snowstorm, but if he doesn't make his appointment in Buffalo, his entire bloody itinerary will be in jeopardy One word of advice: read this with the lights on. Oh, and don't get too close--you don't want these devils' attention. Includes a four-chapter preview of Erik Henry Vick's upcoming horror novel, Errant Gods!
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Mixed Martial Arts And The Quest For Legitimacy

Author : Mark S. Williams
ISBN : 9781476630557
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Mixed martial arts or MMA is widely regarded as the fastest growing sport. Events fill stadiums around the world and draw vast television audiences, earning strong revenue through pay-per-view at a time when other sports have abandoned it. In 2016, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was bought by the massive talent agency WME-IMG for $4 billion. Despite this success, much of the public remains uneasy with the sport, which critics have denounced as "human cockfighting." Through an exploration of violence, class, gender, race and nationalism, the author finds that MMA is both an expression of the positive values of martial arts and a spectacle defined by narcissism, hate and patriarchy. The long-term success of MMA will depend on the ability of promoters and athletes to resist indulging in spectacle at the expense of sport.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Suzy S Case

Author : Andy Siegel
ISBN : 9781451658804
Genre : Fiction
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This wild ride of a debut thriller is packed with insider details that reveal the fascinating world of a New York lawyer who’ll stop at nothing to secure justice. Introducing Tug Wyler, a dogged and irreverent New York City personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. He is as at home on the streets as he is in the courtroom, and larger than life in both places. Once you’ve met him, you won’t ever forget him. When Henry Benson, a high-profile criminal lawyer known for his unsavory clients, recruits Tug to take over a long-pending multimillion-dollar lawsuit representing a tragically brain-damaged child, his instructions are clear: get us out of it; there is no case. Yet the moment Tug meets the disabled but gallant little Suzy Williams and June, her beautiful, resourceful mother, all bets are off. With an offbeat, self-mocking style, Tug Wyler’s a far cry from your ordinary lawyer. Unswerving in his dedication to his mostly disadvantaged clients, he understands only too well how badly they need him with the system stacked against them. Tug is honest about his own shortcomings, many of them of the profoundly politically incorrect variety, and his personal catchphrase, handy in all situations, is “At least I admit it.” When his passionate commitment to Suzy’s case thrusts him into a surreal, often violent sideshow, the ensuing danger only sharpens his obsession with learning what really happened to Suzy. Blending razor-sharp intuition, intellectual toughness, and endlessly creative legal brinkmanship, Tug determinedly works his way through a maze of well-kept secrets—encountering a cast of memorably eccentric characters along the way—to get to the truth. Among the many fresh-to-the-genre pleasures of Suzy’s Case is its eye-opening portrait of the brutally tough world of medical malpractice law in New York City, an aggressive, very-big-bucks, winner-takes-all game in which lawyers relentlessly cut corners, deals—and throats. With Andy Siegel as the expert guide to his daily home turf, that largely unseen medicolegal universe, where life—and death—always have a price, you’ll experience its addictive, risk-taking reality. The result is a stunning debut as gripping as it is unexpected, as rollicking as it is compassionate, revealing Andy Siegel to be a bright new voice of remarkable energy, wit, and style.
Category: Fiction

Kung Fu High School

Author : Ryan Gattis
ISBN : 9780374716639
Genre : Fiction
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“[An] ultraviolent, dystopian debut novel from Ryan Gattis, the spawn of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Cormier.” —Publishers Weekly High school is brutal, but Jen B. has learned to pick her battles. Except the first one—that one is mandatory. At the Good Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King High School, aka “Kung Fu,” everyone gets beaten to a pulp in their first week. Getting “kicked in” helps Ridley, the drug kingpin who runs the school and everyone in it, maintain order. He's the reason that 99.5 percent of the students know some form of martial art, and why they suit up in body armor and blades before class. Jen’s life is savage but simple until the day her cousin Jimmy, a world-famous kung fu champion, shows up. Everyone at Kung Fu wants a piece of him, especially Ridley, but Jimmy’s made a promise never to fight again—a promise that sends the whole school hurtling toward a colossal clash, ending in an epic bloody showdown. Ryan Gattis’s dystopian satire, Kung Fu High School, is a cult classic in the making—a darkly comic, gleefully graphic, barbaric opera about loyalty, survival, and the horrors of high school, which earned comparison with the works of such icons as Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Price, and Anthony Burgess.
Category: Fiction