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Filipino Martial Culture

Widely practiced but not always understood, the Filipino martial arts have a rich history and distinctive character that have not fully been documented until now. Written in the context of Philippine history and culture, Filipino Martial Culture uncovers the esoteric components of the Filipino martial arts and the life histories of the men who perpetuate them. Included are: the history of turbulence and war in the Philippines from pr...

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Kalarippayat: The Structure and Essence of an Indian Martial Art

Although most of India's martial arts have been lost, the southwestern state of Kerala maintains a rich martial tradition in the ancient art of Kalarippayat, a complete system that incorporates empty-handed fighting, weaponcraft and a sophisticated method of massage and healing. After 10 years of intensive study, D.H. Luijendijk is one of a handful of Westerners to reach the instructor level in this obscure art. In this book, he reve...

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Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang: Eight Diagram Palm

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 1 What is Ba Gua Zhang? 1 History of Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua 2 About the Chief Instructor 3 Lineage And Teachers 4 Student Guidelines 5 Advice For Training in the Chinese Martial Arts 7 The Ba Gua Zhang Curriculum 9 LEVEL 1: FOUNDATIONAL LEVEL 11 Introduction to the Beginner Level 12 Tips for Practice 19 LEVEL 2: CORE PATTERNS & MOVEMENTS 20 Introduction to Level 2 21 Tips for Practice 30 LEVEL 3: INTE...

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Kurash: Uzbek-Bukhara wrestling style

Basic Techniques Manual with Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions. Kurash is a traditional Uzbek wrestling style dating back to 1500 BC, a truly speedy, dynamic and exciting sport to watch and participate. The book gives a concise description of grips and throws practiced in this wrestling style, and proposes the new wrestlers’ rating approach to be discussed. Contents: Acknowledgements. Preface. History. Age and weight categories o...

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The Complete Book Of Jiu Jitsu

This is the Complete Book of Jiu Jitsu Techniques for beginners through Masters. You will learn throws, chokes, hold downs, submissions, escapes, wrist locks. Everything you need to be a Jiu Jitsu Master

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Manual of Instruction In Locks and Holds And Self-Defence and Unarmed Combat

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee per...

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Taiji Jian 32 Posture Sword Form

The Sword Form is an important aspect of the popular Chinese martial art, Tàijíquan. The 32-Posture Sword Form, from the point of view of the physical movements only, is not complex, but there is a significant amount of other information, relating to the applications, that is open to interpretation. Written by an experienced teacher of Tàijíquan, this book provides a detailed description of the Jian (the sword), its parts and how it ...

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Beyond Kung Fu: Breaking an Opponent's Power Through Relaxed Tension

Instead of facing an opponent while physically tense and adrenaline-pumped, this book teaches how to use the subtle power of nonresistance to break an opponent. Featuring detailed, step-by-step photo sequences that juxtapose relaxed-tension techniques with those used in a street fight or competition, this guide to using nonresistant force illustrates and defines the concepts used in traditional kung fu and details the similarities an...

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Budo. Teachings of the Founder of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba is rightly known as one of the world's greatest martial artists for his creation of aikido, the synthesis of his superb technique and his profound spiritual insight into the nature of the universe. Aikido is much more than just another fighting style, it is a holistic approach to life that Morihei described as "a divine path inspired by the gods that leads to truth, goodness, and beauty." Sadly, Morihei left few writi...