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Martial Arts Nutrition: A Precision Guide to Fueling Your Fighting Edge
Martial Arts Nutrition
A Precision Guide to Fueling Your Fighting Edge
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 080483931x
Learn nutrition secrets from Teri Tom, dietitian to popular fighters such as boxing's Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, and MMA's Andrei Arlovski

In the martial arts and combat sports, it's important--and sometimes a matter of life and death--not to have any weak links in your fighting arsenal. The same principle applies to your approach to nutrition and fitness. Train and fuel yourself methodically, and you can't miss, as registered dietitian and trainer Teri Tom details here.

Your conditioning, your training regimen, and your body are in a constant state of change...and your nutrition approach must vary according to give you exactly what you need, when you need it. Whether your goal is weight loss, to build muscle, or break through a plateau, here are the nutrition techniques to prepare you for any scenario.

Teri Tom, MS, RD, a registered dietician, strength and conditioning coach, and leading authority on Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, explains exactly how the nutrients you consume impact your martial arts performance--and sometimes in ways you might not expect. No stranger to the challenges of competition, she guides you in choosing the best nutrition techniques to achieve your martial arts goals.

Martial Arts Nutrition: A Precision Guide to Fueling Your Fighting Edge features:
  • Nutrition profiles, photos, and detailed training notes on some of Tom's high-profiles clients including Andrei Arlovski, Amir Khan, and Manny Pacquiao.
  • Case studies offer examples of the book's methods and info in action, to help you not only learn but use the nutrition approached to make a difference in your performance.
  • In-depth interviews with famed trainer Freddie Roach and Sensei Peter Freedman.

Here is the precise, practical guidance that you need to enhance your martial art conditioning.
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.
T'Ai Chi Ch'uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and Self-Defense
T'Ai Chi Ch'uan
A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and Self-Defense
Paperback      ISBN: 0913028851

This is the original classic about Short Form, the most popular and widespread form of T'ai Chi in the West. T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a must-read for every serious T'ai Chi student. This book is not meant to "teach" T'ai Chi Ch'uan, but meant to expound upon its meaning to the earnest practitioner; to offer the layperson a glimpse into this ancient art; and to communicate the author's unique perceptions and experiences that only a lifetime of practice can cultivate. Taken in this context, this is a most valuable book.

The Anatomy of Change: A Way to Move Through Life's Transitions Second Edition
The Anatomy of Change
A Way to Move Through Life's Transitions Second Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 1556431473

The body's innate capacity for feeling, intuition, and compassion can enable us to heal our physical and emotional wounds. In The Anatomy of Change, Richard Heckler draws on Aikido and Lomi Body Work to demonstrate how a set of practices can bring new awareness and choice into our daily life.

Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings: Th
Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 0804830207

The only edition of this classic text written specifically for the martial artist.

The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensai
The Way of Aikido
Life Lessons from an American Sensai
Hardcover      ISBN: 0525944133

In the bestselling tradition of classics such as Zen and the Art of Archery and Peace Is Every Step, The Way of Aikido translates the teachings of an intricate Eastern philosophy into life lessons for American readers. For three decades, George Leonard has taught more than 50,000 people a unique form of Aikido, in which life's unanticipated blows become gifts, attacks lead to reconciliation, discord is transformed into harmony, and pain is reborn as vital energy. The Way of Aikido is the culmination of these teachings, designed not only for students of the martial arts, but also for all who seek to improve themselves.

Beginning t'Ai Chi
Beginning t'Ai Chi
Paperback      ISBN: 0804820015
A perfect introduction to Tai Chi for beginners

More than a martial art, T'ai Chi is a holistic method of self-healing, a form of moving meditation and a philosophical way of life. Health, relaxation, and self-defense are but a few of the many reasons cited for practicing this traditional exercise, which was created by a Taoist sage eight centuries ago. Now a recreational activity practiced by millions of people worldwide, T'ai Chi, with its physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits widely recognized and praised, is one of the fastest-growing Chinese martial arts in the world today.

In this handy tai chi book, Master Tri Thong Dang, who has been in instructor of the Chen, Yang, Zhao, and T'ai-Mantis systems of T'ai Chi Ch'uan for over three decades, describes the "Simplified Tai Chi" form, a set of movements specifically designed for beginners by China's Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports. Master Tri's concise by lucid descriptions highlight the spiritual essence of the form and at the same time display its graceful simplicity. With over 160 clear, easy-to-understand illustrations, this excellent volume is the ultimate introduction to the world of T'ai Chi.

Contents include:
  • Why Tai Chi?
  • A Glimpse into the History of Tai Chi
  • The Basic Movements
  • Tai Chi Forms; including: Part the Horses's Mane, White Crane Spreads Its Wings, Hands Strum the Lute, Wingle Whip, Kick with the Right Heel, Needle at the Bottom of the Sea, Cross Hands, and more
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.
Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror: Martial Arts in Women's Lives
Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror
Martial Arts in Women's Lives
Paperback      ISBN: 0892816627

- Twenty-four women martial artists discuss the physical and spiritual challenges of martial arts training and how it helps bring meaning and purpose to their lives

- Women aged 12 to 83 are interviewed on the importance and meaning of martial arts in their lives.

- Explores in-depth why many women are dedicating themselves to the martial arts.

- An inspiration for anyone concerned with enhancing the physical, spiritual, and social dimensions of life, and for those interested in women's self-defense and safety.

Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror explores in depth how, why, and to what effect considerable numbers of women are dedicating themselves to the martial arts. The twenty-four women interviewed here discuss the physical and spiritual challenges of martial arts training and how it helps to bring meaning and purpose to their lives. Their disciplines include T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, Capoeira, Wing Chun, Judo, Kajukenbo, Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu, and their backgrounds are equally diverse. Some were accomplished athletes before beginning, while others had never been comfortable with their physical bodies until discovering the martial arts. All have received deep spiritual nourishment through their practice, integrating and healing their bodies and minds as well as enriching community bonds. Those interested in women's studies will find a wonderful sample of contemporary American women who speak articulately about the forces that have shaped their lives.