In 1999, after a series of wildly adventurous jobs around the world, Sam Sheridan found himself in Australia, loaded with cash and intent on not working until he'd spent it all. It occurred to him that, without distractions, he could finally indulge a long-dormant obsession: fighting. Within a year, he was in Bangkok training with the greatest fighter in muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) history and stepping through the ropes for a professional bout. That one fight wasn't enough. Sheridan set out to test himself on an epic journey into how and why we fight, facing Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and Ultimate Fighting champions. Along the way, Sheridan delivers an insightful look at violence as a career and a spectator sport, a behind-the-pageantry glimpse of athletes at the top of their terrifying game. An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, A Fighter's Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it's like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit--and be hit.
A master illuminates the spiritual foundations of martial artspractice in this fully illustrated guide.- Presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of the martial arts. - Takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques that utilize Ki energy. - An essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice. The Warrior Is Silent presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of martial arts practice in the East and its intimate connection with the perfection of the art itself. In addition, the author, an accomplished martial artist, takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques that utilize Ki energy. Establishing a balance between the spiritual and physical aspects of the martial arts, The Warrior Is Silent is an essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice.
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.
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 techniques
- how to develop physical strength, technical strength and strength of character
- how to discipline your mind to really focus and be in the present moment
Explains how the initiatory practices of the Ninja can be used to achieve self-mastery- Uses the five human archetypes of lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic - Shows how to access kuji-kiri, the positive energy of the Ninja Godai, to dispel fear, disempowerment, and soul fatigue The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they knew the mind and will of God. Regarded with awe as masters of invisibility and "warriors of the shadow-self," their legendary skills include the ability to command the elements and transform themselves into Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Void--the nothingness from which all things stem. In this book Ross Heaven reveals the training exercises and mental discipline used by the Ninja to develop these extraordinary physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual skills. Central to Ninja philosophy is the understanding that there is no higher power than the actualized human being. The Ninja believe there are four gates to freedom, and to pass through them we must overcome four initiatory ordeals. Succeeding at these enables us to combat fear, find true power, clarify our vision, and overcome the soul fatigue that is at the root of our personal and social problems in order to embrace our positive energies and realize our talents. Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the energy of the lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic as well as dealing with their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructive habits of the past and create a bushido, a personal code to live by. Without initiation, we cannot access and channel our energies; they remain uncontrolled or even work against us. Ross Heaven provides the key that allows us to turn these elemental forces into allies.
- 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
Crushing your enemies, driving them before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women? It doesn't get any better than this." -Eugene Robinson, ripping off John Milius
That's the sentiment that surges just below the surface of Eugene Robinson's Fight - an engrossing, intimate look into the all-absorbing world of fighting. Robinson - a former body-builder, one-time bouncer, and lifelong fight connoisseur - takes readers on a no-holds-barred plunge into what fighting is all about, and what fighters live for. If George Plimpton had muscles and had been choked out one too many times--this is the book he could have written.
When Robinson and his fellow fighters mix it up, they live completely for the moment: absorbed in the feel of muscles slippery with sweat; the metallic tang of blood mingling with saliva in the mouth; the sweet, firm thud of taped knuckles impacting flesh. They fight because it feels good. They fight because they want to win. And even if they get their asses kicked, they fight because they love fighting.
Fight is part encyclopedia, part panegyric to fighting in all its forms and glory. Robinson's narrative - told in his trademark tough-guy, stream-of-consciousness noir voice - punctuates this explanatory compendium of the fighting world. From wrestling, jiu-jitsu, boxing and muay thai to bar fighting, hand-to-hand combat, prison fighting and hockey fights, from the greatest movie fight scenes to how to throw the perfect left hook, Fight is a scene-by-scene tour of the bloody but beautiful underworld that is the art of fighting.
With his aficionado's enthusiasm and fast-paced, addictive voice, Robinson's Fight combines compelling text with beautiful photographs to create an illustrated book as edgy and interesting as it is gorgeous.