The Death of WCW
Paperback ISBN: 1770411755
In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. It seemed the company could do no wrong. But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company ? having lost a whopping 95% of its audience ? was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest. What went wrong? This expanded and updated version of the bestselling Death of WCW takes readers through a detailed dissection of WCW’s downfall, including even more commentary from the men who were there and serves as an object lesson ? and dire warning ? as WWE and TNA hurtle toward the 15th anniversary of WCW’s demise.
The Death of WCW
WrestleCrap and Figure Four Weekly Present
Paperback ISBN: 1550226614
This detailed tell-all of the demise of the former top pro wrestling company World Championship Wrestling explores the colorful personalities and flawed business decisions behind how WCW went from being the highest-rated show on cable television in 1997 to a laughable series that lost 95 percent of its paying audience by 2001. Behind-the-scenes exclusive interviews, rare photographs, and probing questions illustrate with humor and candor how greed, egotism, and bad business shattered the thriving enterprise. Wrestling fans will devour the true story of this fallen empire, which in its heyday spawned superstars such as Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order.
Filipino Martial Art
Paperback ISBN: 1847971520
The history, evolution, and essential principles and concepts of the Filipino martial art Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali, is the indigenous martial art of the Philippine Islands and this fascinating book explains why Eskrima uses training weapons, such as rattan sticks and daggers, from the earliest stages, alongside unarmed techniques. Dynamic and flexible, with a wide range of training methods, the technique can be practiced by students of all ages and levels of fitness. Well-known and respected as a highly practical weapons-based system, Eskrima is practiced worldwide by civilians, law enforcement personnel, and special units within the military. These training methods have been found particularly effective at increasing coordination and reflexes, providing a fast track to developing the qualities needed for practical self-defense. The instructional section of the book illustrates how the Eskrima martial artist is able to succeed in a wide range of combat situaions involving fighting with both weapons and open hands. Techniques, two person flow drills, self-defense applications, training with specialized equipment, and the philosophy of the art are all covered in depth.
The Essential Karate Book
For White Belts, Black Belts and All Levels in Between [Online Companion Video Included]
Paperback ISBN: 480531494x
The Essential Karate Book is an illustrated, informative guide to the techniques, philosophy and practice of karate. With 20 chapters covering practically every aspect of karate, this in-depth reference will assist students and instructors as they plot their course through karate instruction, benefiting those at all levels. The Essential Karate Book contains 200 diagrams mapping out moves with 300 step-by-step photographs and companion videos, making it a comprehensive general karate reference for Western audiences. Readers of this karate guide will learn about: - The origins and history of karate - Required behavior, clothing and etiquette, as well as the fundamentals of karate and the different styles that share them - Stances, blocks, strikes and kicks - Preparing your body through warm-ups, stretching, and conditioning through karate-specific exercises - Kata grading and fighting (kumite) techniques and competition rules - Martial arts weapons (kobudo), and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) applications The Essential Karate Book is a must-have for any martial arts enthusiast, from beginners to black belts!
A Fighter's Heart
One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting
Paperback ISBN: 0802143431
Recounts the personal story and international travels of a professional fighter, from his initial discovery of his passion for fighting upon his arrival in Australia, to his training at Bangkok's legendary Fairtex gym, to his research throughout the world in search of historical and contemporary fighting disciplines. Reprint.
Four Days to Glory
Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland
Paperback ISBN: 0060823194
Traces the tumultuous senior-year season shared by Iowa wrestlers Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere, who struggled through grueling workout schedules, social isolation, and starvation diets in their parallel quests to become four-time state champions. Reprint.
The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John Du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold
Paperback ISBN: 014751648x
"The riveting true story-soon to be a high-profile film-of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty. On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself inhis home for two days before he was finally captured. Foxcatcher is gold medal winner Mark Schultz's memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champion and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms. It's a vivid portrait of the complex relationship heand his brother had with du Pont, a man whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy. No one knows the inside story of what went on behind the scenes at Foxcatcher Farms-and inside John du Pont's head-better than Mark Schultz. A movie based on Mark's memoir, also titled Foxcatcher and directed by Bennett Miller of Moneyball and Capote fame-starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo-is scheduled to release nationally Fall 2014. The incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be making headlines this fall, and Mark's memoir will reveal the true inside story"--