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Tai Chi for Health
Tai Chi for Health
Paperback      ISBN: 0834804204

The classic text that introduced Tai Chi to an American audience a generation ago.

Dynamic Aikido
Dynamic Aikido
Paperback      ISBN: 0870113011

Aikido-a martial art deriving its effectiveness, like judo and karate, from the flow of ki

-- techniques that, when thoroughly mastered, enable the gentle to overcome the strong

-- exercise and sport for men and women of all ages, based on natural movements and harmony of mind and body

Ancient theory, modern practice: Dynamic Aikido brings together the whole spectrum of theoretical and applied aikido. Through it, one can become perfectly attuned to one's opponent, can sense his intentions and turn his movements to one's own advantage. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Dynamic Aikido presents the basic postures and stances, fundamental techniques and applications: how to cope with a frontal attack, how to avoid an attack from the rear, how to sense and thwart the pickpocket. An essential companion for every beginner, a vital reference for students of all levels.
KI and the Way of the Martial Arts
KI and the Way of the Martial Arts
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1570629986

While technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics of a martial artist, true mastery of the art comes by cultivating one's inner strength. Here, Kenji Tokitsu--an authority on Japanese and Chinese combat arts and a respected karate teacher--shows how cultivating ki (life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self-development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally and spiritually rewarding.

Tokitsu emphasizes the mental aspects of martial arts practice including:

- The importance of ki development
- Seme, or capturing your opponent's mind
- Understanding ma, the spatial relationship in combat

Studying these concepts, he explains, gives martial artists the tools to train for a lifetime and at the very highest level. Tokitsu also gives a historical and cultural survey of budo, and explains how the Western view of budo training is different than the Japanese--a perspective rarely available to Western martial artists.
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.
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.

A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung
A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung
Paperback      ISBN: 1570625433
Chi-gung, which literally means "energy work," is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based on the fundamental principles of Taoism and the laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in all living things to help rid the body of the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple, meditative movements, breathing exercises, and massage techniques that are the basis of chi-gung can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness.
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.
A Way To Victory: The Annotated Book Of Five Rings
A Way To Victory
The Annotated Book Of Five Rings
Paperback      ISBN: 1585676985

A new translation of the great Japanese treatise on strategy, combat, and the martial arts updates the three-hundred-year-old text for modern readers.

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.
T'Ai Chi Classics
T'Ai Chi Classics
Paperback      ISBN: 1570627495

According to Master Liao, the great power of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning. T'ai Chi Classics presents the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi, often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible." The texts are introduced by three chapters explaining how to increase inner energy (ch'i), transform it into inner power (jing), and project this inner power outward to repel an opponent without physical contact. Master Liao also provides a description of the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings.