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Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-Yun
Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal
The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-Yun
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819456
Master Li Ching-yun is reliably chronicled to have lived more than 250 years, during which he practiced the Eight Brocades on a daily basis. His longevity and personal endorsements attest to the Eight Brocades as the quintessence of qigong practice.
Taekwondo: Complete Wtf Forms
Taekwondo
Complete Wtf Forms
Hardcover      ISBN: 0834805448
This unique text is the first to offer a detailed, comprehensive presentation of Taekwondo's three most widely practiced forms systems, including those sanctioned by Taekwondo's largest governing organization, the World Taekwondo Federation. More than 5,000 photographs and 1,200 drawings spanning 512 pages document 25 individual forms that make up the P'algwae, T'aeguk, and WTF Black Belt forms systems. Detailed introductory chapters provide a brief overview of Taekwondo's structure, review the historical origins of forms, outline general principles of execution and interpretation, and thoroughly describe the underlying philosophical concepts and meanings associated with each individual form and form system. In subsequent chapters, each of the 25 forms begins with summary pages for quick reference, followed by a detailed breakdown of each movement, which includes larger photos, descriptive text, alternate views, closeups of complex actions, Korean nomenclature, precise footwork drawings, pattern diagrams on every page for constant reference, and examples of select movements applied to practical self-defense. Since forms training is intended to be a reflection of actual combat, descriptive text also outlines the combative purpose behind each movement, as well as common alternate interpretations. While many books on forms have been produced over the years, none offer the level of detail, accuracy, and technical description provided by this text.
Spirit of Shaolin
Spirit of Shaolin
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804817510
Carradine shares the knowledge he has obtained through his years of practicing kung fu, and offers advice on healing, nutrition, stance training, stretching, class, self-defense, meditation, and philosophy
Iron and Silk
Iron and Silk
Paperback      ISBN: 0394755111
The author recounts his experiences in China, as the sole private pupil to Pan Quingfu, China's foremost martial artist, discusses his relationships with the diverse Chinese people he came to know
The Overlook Martial Arts Reader: Classic Writings on Philosophy and Technique
The Overlook Martial Arts Reader
Classic Writings on Philosophy and Technique
Paperback      ISBN: 0879514590
Best Karate: Heian, Tekki
Best Karate
Heian, Tekki
Paperback      ISBN: 0870113798
The techniques of bassai and kanku kata are fully described and pictured in sequence, underscoring the important points of the dynamics of strength, changing direction, and jumping to ground
Chi Nei Tsang: Chi Massage for the Vital Organs
Chi Nei Tsang
Chi Massage for the Vital Organs
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771057
An ancient Taoist system for detoxifying and rejuvenating the internal organs • Presents techniques to clear blockages in the body's energy flow • Includes illustrated exercises to relieve common ailments, revitalize the organs, and enable readers to take charge of their own health and well-being • Focuses on the navel center, where negative emotions, stress, and illness accumulate The techniques of Chi Nei Tsang evolved in Asia during an era when few physicians were available and people had to know how to heal themselves. Many people today have symptoms that modern medicine is not able to cure because a physical source for the problem is not easily found. The energies of negative emotions, stress, and tension--all common in modern life--and the weight of past illness accumulate in the abdominal center, causing energy blockages and congestion. When this occurs, all vital functions stagnate and myriad problems arise. By practicing the techniques of Chi Nei Tsang, this stagnation is removed and the vital organs surrounding the navel center are detoxified and rejuvenated. Master Chia teaches readers how to avoid absorbing negative energies from others and take full charge of their health through the self-healing techniques of Chi Nei Tsang. He offers fully illustrated exercises that show how to detoxify the internal organs and clear the energy (chi) channels throughout the body. He also presents methods for balancing emotions, managing stress, and observing the body in order to recognize, ameliorate, and prevent maladies before they become a problem.
Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of Kototama
Aikido and Words of Power
The Sacred Sounds of Kototama
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772452
For the first time in English, the secrets of the sacred sounds that unlock the principles and spiritual strength of aikido • Explains the nature of the five vowels that govern the physical manifestations of universal consciousness • Uses more than 300 photographs to demonstrate a unique approach to aikido techniques that supports advanced spiritual practice • Author is a 6th dan aikido instructor Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei described the discipline as one spirit, four souls, three origins, and eight powers. One spirit and four souls are the five vowel dimensions of infinite space, the source of the sacred sounds of Kototama. Now, for the first time in English, William Gleason explains how to use the sounds of Kototama in the practice of aikido. Aikido is often approached as a purely physical discipline, but it is a truly profound spiritual vehicle for those who approach it with sincerity of purpose. The five vowels represent various dimensions and stages of awareness, whose different powers are revealed through aikido practice. Using more than 300 photographs, Gleason sensei presents physical routines that provide an introduction into the Kanagi, Sugaso, and Futonorito levels of spiritual development. Understanding the sacred sounds related to each of these dimensions, the adept gains not only the ability to realize the stages inherent in spiritual mastery but also the ability to maintain health and balance in his or her own life. “When fish move through water, there is no end to the water; when birds fly, there is no end to the sky.” Similarly, humans swim and fly in an ocean of sounds. Understanding Kototama allows human beings to view the world without distortion and allows the creative powers of the mind to flourish.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting
Paperback      ISBN: 1592576559
Co-author Jon Merz and the current UFC Middleweight Champ and star of Spike TV's reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter," provide an introduction to the world of mixed martial arts, covering history, rules, scoring, training, nutrition, and basic techniques.
Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate
Tai Chi
The Supreme Ultimate
Paperback      ISBN: 0877284970
A comprehensive text that includes a study of the origins and history of Tai Chi/ a detailed analysis of its relationship to Western philosophy, the I Ching, Tao te Ching, yoga, and Zen. The author also ties its use to esoteric systems, and discusses health and Chinese medicine in relation to Tai Chi. Includes several hundred detailed photographs showing application of the positions.