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Women in the Martial Arts
Women in the Martial Arts
Paperback      ISBN: 1556431368

Many women learn of martial arts through a male companion's interest in kung-fu movies or a six-week self-defense course. Some venture beyond. This book contains the stories, in essay and poetry form, of a group of women who have trained for at least seven years in this demanding activity. Many speak of martial arts as an equalizer of power, with skill being more important than raw strength. Other benefits include endurance, confidence, and determination. There are a variety of viewpoints among this select group, which ranges from a physically disabled student to a Native American practitioner. This collection fills an important niche in a male-dominated sport.

Secrets of Tai Chi
Secrets of Tai Chi
Paperback      ISBN: 1782405763

The holistic nature of Eastern systems - with the emphasis on integrating the mind, body, and spirit - has become a focal point for more and more people. Tai chi offers a route to inner peace as well as developing real health benefits and scientific research has found that regular practice can reduce stress levels, improve physical balance, and help muscular flexibility. This book - suitable for the beginner or the experienced practitioner - tells you everything you need to know about establishing a tai chi practice at home.

The New Superpower for Women: Trust Your Intuition, Predict Dangerous Situations, and Defend Yourself from the Unthinkable
The New Superpower for Women
Trust Your Intuition, Predict Dangerous Situations, and Defend Yourself from the Unthinkable
Paperback      ISBN: 1501159240

It takes only seven seconds for a criminal to pick you as a target. This empowering guide for women to protect themselves and their loved ones, from a self-defense expert and longtime veteran of law enforcement, combines commonsense advice on staying safe with concrete actions on what to do if find yourself in a dangerous situation.

Acts of terror. Kidnapping. Cyberstalking. Campus assaults. Getting drugged at a party by a "friend." One out of four women will be a victim of a crime or assault in her lifetime. Don't let this be you.

In The New Superpower for Women, Steve Kardian, a thirty-year veteran of law enforcement, FBI defense tactics instructor, and an expert on the criminal mind, demonstrates how to become a "hard target" and not a "soft target" by simply trusting your gut. Additionally, he shows how the habits of safety can become an integral part of your daily routine.

This guide is your essential resource to understanding how to stay safe in today's world, whether you're experiencing unwelcome attention, feel threatened in a large crowd, or are facing online harassment. Kardian shares proven safety tips, shows how to be proactive in identifying potential trouble, and illustrates defense techniques specially created to enhance the physical strengths of a woman. Real-life stories and examples are included to demonstrate what criminals look for in a victim. You will learn how to avoid being targeted and what to do in a confrontation.

Be prepared. Know the habits of safety to protect yourself and your loved ones.
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in Thene W China
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch
An Odyssey in Thene W China
Paperback      ISBN: 1592403379
The raucously funny story of one young American's quest to become the baddest dude on the planet (and possibly find inner peace along the way)

Growing up a ninety-eight-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series Kung Fu.

American Shaolin is the story of the two years Matthew spent in China living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks. The Chinese term for tough training is chi ku (eating bitter), and Matthew quickly learned to appreciate the phrase.

This is both the gripping story of Matthew's journey and an intimate portrait of the real lives of the Shaolin monks, who struggle to overcome rampant corruption and the restrictions of an authoritarian government. Laced with humor and illuminated by cultural insight, American Shaolin is an unforgettable coming-of- age story of one man's journey into the ancient art of kungfu--and a poignant portrait of a rapidly changing China.
Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters
Budo Secrets
Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters
Paperback      ISBN: 1570629153

In budo--which can be translated as "the way of brave and enlightened activity"--martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo's greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists--they're for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others.

John Stevens has gathered an eclectic and historically rich collection of teachings that include principles and practice guidelines from training manuals and transmission scrolls, excerpts of texts on budo philosophy, and instructional tales gathered from a number of sources. Since many of the martial arts masters were also fine painters and calligraphers and used brush and ink as a teaching medium, Stevens has included their artwork throughout with explanation and commentary.
Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship
Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship
Paperback      ISBN: 0834803399

To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both single and two-person drills are presented, some common to iaido and kenjutsu, others extracted from iaido forms by the author and used to teach his own students the proper ways of drawing, parrying, and cutting. Each drill is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students hone their techniques; together they provide a comprehensive system of general skills development for anyone interested in using the Japanese sword.

The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece: Modern Fighting Techniques from the Age of Alexander
The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece
Modern Fighting Techniques from the Age of Alexander
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771928

An in-depth guide to the modern practice of Greek martial arts and their beginnings in ancient Greece and Egypt

- Examines the correlation between ancient depictions of one-on-one combat and how martial arts are practiced today

- Explores the close relationship between Greek martial arts and spiritual practice

- Distinguishes between Pammachon (martial arts) and Pankration (combat sports)

The ancient friezes and decorative motifs of ancient Greece contain abundant scenes of combat, one-on-one and hand-to-hand. In The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece, the authors offer close inspection of these depictions to reveal that they exactly correlate to the grappling and combat arts as they are practiced today. They also show that these artifacts document the historical course of the development of both the weaponry of the warrior classes and the martial responses those weapons required when fighting hand-to-hand.

The depiction of each ancient technique is accompanied by sequenced step-by-step photos of modern practitioners performing the various stances of one-on-one combat. In addition, the authors explain how the development of Hellenic combat arts was tied at its heart to a spiritual practice. The centeredness, clear mind, and consequent courage that develops from a spiritual practice was considered a martial strength for a warrior, enabling him to be at his best, unobstructed inwardly by conflict or inertia. The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece provides a practical and comprehensive approach to the techniques and philosophy of the martial arts of the ancient Mediterranean that will be welcomed by modern fighters.
The Encyclopedia of Survival Tech
The Encyclopedia of Survival Tech
Paperback      ISBN: 1585740624

"The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques" gives you everything you need to know about staying alive in the wild. Learn where to find water in desert; how to build shelters from locally available materials that will keep out the elements but will also be well ventilated; which plants are safe to eat and which are deadly; and which animals are dangerous in survival situations.

Organized by climate and terrain (desert, sea, arctic climate, mountain, and jungle), "The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques" is packed with over two hundred line drawings that provide step-by-step guidance to mastering survival situations, from making tools and preserving food in the wild to finding your way back to civilization. Key topics include constructing shelters; building traps, tools, and rafts; wilderness first aid (from mending broken bones to emergency surgery); rope craft and knots; and how to survive natural disasters.

Whether trying to build a fire on a frozen mountainside or seeking drinking water in a barren desert, you won't want to be without "The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques" to survive all of nature's obstacles.

Fight Like a Girl...and Win: Defense Decisions for Women
Fight Like a Girl...and Win
Defense Decisions for Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0312357729

A kick-ass practical guide that packs a major punch ... without even throwing one Self-defense lecturer and no-nonsense blonde bombshell Lori Gervasi lays out simple actions and important decisions women must make BEFORE they find themselves in physical danger to eliminate surprise and panic.

It's an unfortunate reality that women are susceptible to random acts of aggression, from sexual harassment and stalking to physical assaults, domestic violence, date rape and worse. But women can learn how to protect and defend themselves -- with this groundbreaking guidebook. Let martial arts black belt and accomplished journalist Lori Hartman Gervasi walk you through easy-to-follow, everyday steps for taking charge of your personal safety, training your reflexes, and -- if and when the time comes -- using force. Her program consists of 26 potentially life-saving decisions that every woman must make, including:

DECIDE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR FIGHT - Battles are waged from the inside out. Your conscience, intelligence, and guts must be committed to the cause. You and those you love are the things worth fighting for.
DECIDE TO DEVISE A STRATEGY - Create a one-way ticket out of every imaginable circumstance, from back-door escape routes to getaways in public places. Think "what-if...?", plan for the unexpected, and be ready for anything
DECIDE TO RECOGNIZE THE THREAT OF THE INITIAL ATTACK - When practicing awareness, you can detect danger before it happens. The bad guy will take steps to get close to you. Watch carefully and identify these for what they are--the preludes to an attack.
DECIDE TO MOVE - If an attacker strikes, don't freeze--get moving Break through your fear with instant mobility. You have limitless options and any movement works as long as it leads to your safety.
DECIDE TO ACT ON YOUR INSTINCTS - Your intuition is your guide, but you must respond physically in order to be successful. When something isn't right, take action, change plans, redirect yourself, and control your destiny

...along with Defense Do's And Don'ts, inspiring "Power Points," and other survival tactics that can help you to be prepared, stay strong, and

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL...AND WIN

The Peaceful Way: A Children's Guide to the Traditions of the Martial Arts
The Peaceful Way
A Children's Guide to the Traditions of the Martial Arts
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819294

- The first book on the hows and whys of martial arts practice written especially for children.

- More than four million children study some form of martial arts in North America.

- Explains the respectful, nonviolent discipline fundamental to all martial arts.

- Shows young readers what to expect when they study a martial art--from beginner to Black Belt.

The Peaceful Way makes it clear that martial arts are not about fighting, rather they are about resolving conflict in life. The key word in the practice of martial arts is respect--for teachers, others, and self. By cultivating a positive attitude of humility, honesty, awareness, and discipline, the martial arts student gains both physical and mental focus.

In clear, simple language the authors lead young readers into the world of martial arts. From the leaving of shoes at the door of the dojo to the mastery of black-belt skills, they emphasize that a cooperative spirit is the key to success in any martial art. Each point is beautifully illustrated with graphics, sidebars, and anecdotes to hold the young reader's attention. Furthermore, its glossary and references for additional exploration make it the perfect educational tool for the young martial artist and a powerful resource for librarians, parents, teachers, and martial arts educators.