Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game
Paperback ISBN: 1556434049
Capoeira is simultaneously a dance, a fight, and a game. Created by the Africans brought to Brazil as slaves beginning in 1500, capoeira was forbidden by law but survived underground. When open practice was allowed in the 1930s it soon became very popular. Capoeira came to America around 1975, and has become widely recognized by dancers and martial artists. The author discusses capoeira's evolution from Brazilian street play into a way of life. The philosophy of capoeira, and the practical and spiritual benefits of this philosophy, are also discussed. Instructions and exercises in intermediate and advanced skills take up where the author's previous book left off. The book includes 100 black-and-white photos and illustrations.
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere
An Illustrated Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 0804832846
Aikido neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless. By controlling body position and harmonizing physical and mental powers anyone - regardless of size, strength, or weight - can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art. This text teaches how.
Budo Mind And Body
Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts
Paperback ISBN: 0834805731
Budo is about learning more than how to fight; true budo is a way of seeking and uncovering meaning in life. Here, Nicklaus Suino, one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese martial arts such as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and karate-do. He reveals the essential components of budo training, including:how to determine the principles behind techniqueshow to develop physical strength, technical strength and strength of characterhow to discipline your mind to really focus and be in the present moment
Strategy in Japanese Swordmanship
Paperback ISBN: 1590304896
After years of practicing persistently and developing technical prowess, advanced students in the Japanese sword arts need to cultivate a strategic mind if they are to advance to the rarefied level of master swordsperson. Rather than passively absorbing the sword techniques, an ambitious student needs to focus more directly on the two ultimate goals of the art—to cut the opponent while avoiding being cut and to move toward perfection of character.In Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship—the third volume in his invaluable series on Japanese swordsmanship—Nicklaus Suino, one of the most respected swordsmen in the United States, clearly and concisely presents a tactical approach to training, grounded in these two objectives. He provides a framework for learning strategy in swordsmanship, and demonstrates techniques and drills that help put the strategies into practice.Some of the topics that Suino covers include: the nature of strategy, timing, and distance sword handling the importance of vision and state of mind timing and distancing reading an opponent’s intention Suino shows how through careful consideration of the technical issues, consistent practice, and ceaseless reflection, a diligent student can cultivate a strategic mind and learn how to achieve mastery over any opponent. To learn more about the author, Nicklaus Suino, go to www.artofjapaneseswordsmanship.com. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image. Page 135
Leading from Within
Martial Arts Skills for Dynamic Business and Management
Paperback ISBN: 0892817941
Robert Pater shows how by using martial arts concepts we can maintain inner calm, influence others by controlling ourselves, develop intuitive judgment, sustain concentration on goals, react quickly to change, and turn minimum effort into maximum gains.
Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: an Odyssey in the New China
Paperback ISBN: 1592403379
Describes the author's study of martial arts at China's Shaolin Temple, his initial disenchantment that turned into respect for the instructors, and the training that led him to represent the Temple in international competitions.
The Education of an American Samurai
Paperback ISBN: 1570621152
Blending autobiography and history, one of the only non-Japanese to have trained in a certain school of swordsmanship, recounts his experience as a teenage student of a Japanese master in St. Louis and traces the history of the samurai