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The Inner Structure of Tai Chi: Mastering the Classic Forms of Tai Chi Chi Kung
The Inner Structure of Tai Chi
Mastering the Classic Forms of Tai Chi Chi Kung
Paperback      ISBN: 1594770581

Explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi

- Reveals the Taoist principles that gave birth to the Yang-style tai chi forms

- Shows how tai chi can circulate powerful healing energies through the body

Taoist adepts developed tai chi as both a martial art and a way to cultivate their physical body, energy body, and spirit body. Like all Taoist exercises, its main purpose is to form a connection to the basic energy that is the foundation of all life: chi. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, tai chi was considered a secret practice that was passed down only within a closely knit structure of family and loyal disciples. Despite its widespread growth in popularity as a martial art and health exercise, many of its underlying internal practices remain unknown.

The Inner Structure of Tai Chi explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi. Designed for practitioners at every level, the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for mastering the 13 forms of early Yang-style tai chi, also known as Tai Chi Chi Kung. The authors demonstrate the relationship of the inner structure of tai chi to the absorption, transformation, and circulation of the three forces that animate all life--the Universal force, the Cosmic force, and the Earth force--revealing the principles and practices necessary to receive the full spectrum of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that tai chi can bring.
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.
Secrets of the Samurai: A Survey of the Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Secrets of the Samurai
A Survey of the Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785810730

Explains in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. An essential work for anyone with an interest in Japanese battle techniques or military traditions.

Tai-Chi Ch'Uan: The Chinese Way
Tai-Chi Ch'Uan
The Chinese Way
Paperback      ISBN: 0806968265

Take a deep breath, hold it, now let it out slowly -- makes you feel refreshed and relaxed. Double the effects of this breathing by adding flowing body movements and mental concentration.

Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai
Autumn Lightning
The Education of an American Samurai
Paperback      ISBN: 1570621152

Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai's arts, he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times. The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners. Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming-of-age story.

Iron & Silk
Iron & Silk
Paperback      ISBN: 0394755111

Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.

Leading from Within: Martial Arts Skills for Dynamic Business and Management
Leading from Within
Martial Arts Skills for Dynamic Business and Management
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817941

How to become a more effective leader by applying martial arts techniques to the demands of today's workplace.

- Learn the techniques taught to executives at Boeing, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, GTE, and other major corporations.

- Improve your concentration, self-control, intuitive judgment, and influence over others.

- Shows how to encourage dedication and improve focus in group members.

Self-discipline and leading effectively: these are the simple and practical principles behind many martial arts techniques that have been used for centuries in combat and in personal development. Those who have integrated these same techniques into their style have excelled in the business arena, many with the help of Robert Pater, a consultant to American Express, Boeing, Intel, and many other Fortune 500 companies. In Leading from Within 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.
The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways
The Essence of Budo
A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways
Paperback      ISBN: 1590308468

The study of budo, or Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward achieving perfect balance in body, mind, and spirit. Here, Dave Lowry, who has pursued that path for over forty years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, aikido, iaido and other Japanese martial arts--classical and modern--as their training develops, including:

- What students and teachers should expect from each other
- The meaning of rank
- The importance of cardiovascular fitness in the martial arts
- How to correctly and sensitively practice with someone less experienced than yourself
- How to practice as you age
- The responsibilities that come with seniority and increasing skill
- The importance of etiquette and decorum in budo
- How to train with children

Lowry also gives practical advice on improving structural integrity in posture and movement; focusing under stress; stances and preparatory actions before engaging with an opponent; and telling a good teacher from a bad one. Both beginning and advanced students of Japanese martial arts will appreciate Lowry's take on the real issues and experiences that they encounter in practice.
The Last Lama Warrior: The Secret Martial Art of Tibet
The Last Lama Warrior
The Secret Martial Art of Tibet
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772851

The first book in English to reveal the principles and techniques of the Tibetan martial art of Sengue Ngaro

- Written by the last holder of the Sengue Ngaro to receive this teaching from its last surviving master

- Reveals the postures, rules, and teachings of this martial art rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

Sengue Ngaro, which means "the lion's roar," is a traditional martial art that was born in the Kham region of Tibet and was secretly handed down by its lineage of warrior monks from the fifteenth century until 1956, when Chinese soldiers destroyed the monastery and massacred all the monks. The superior of the monastery, Lama Bui, survived and fled to the West where he taught it to Lama Tra, the teacher of the author of this book. Today Yogi Tchouzar Pa is the keeper and guardian of this almost vanished tradition.

Sengue Ngaro consists of a series of 86 movements and 10 techniques inspired by animal behavior. It offers both a formidable art of combat and, when combined with its advanced meditation on the ultimate nature of spirituality, a means of spiritual advancement. In The Last Lama Warrior, Yogi Tchouzar Pa provides for the first time in English a fully illustrated and detailed explanation of these postures and their purpose as well as the spiritual principles and traditions on which they are founded. As Yogi Tchouzar Pa explains, "it is only by practicing the physical forms that the depth of the spiritual principles can be understood."
Asian Martial Arts: Constructive Thoughts and Practical Applications
Asian Martial Arts
Constructive Thoughts and Practical Applications
Paperback      ISBN: 1893765040
Asian Martial Arts: Constructive Thoughts & Practical Applications represents an international gathering of friends who happen to be highly qualified martial art scholars and practitioners.

This martial arts book is a collection of articles from practitioners who have come together in celebration of the 20-plus years that Journal of Asian Martial Arts has inspired scholarship to higher academic standards while encouraging all aspects of responsible practice. Each article was written specifically for Asian Martial Arts, with topics representing the rich variety found in the Asian martial traditions.