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... read more
Budo is the spiritual way of the martial arts that all practitioners must follow if they are to be true martial artists. In this book, Masaaki Hatsumi explores the very essence of Budo, and demonstrates an array of important techniques relating to this essence, explaining how the concept of Budo transcends any one combat tech... read more
Well-known Tai Chi Chuan teachers Toyo and Petra Kobayashi present the art of classic Tai Chi Chuan in this highly informative introduction to the ancient Chinese Taoist system of exercise. Ideally suited for both beginners and advanced practitioners, "Tai Chi Chuan" is the definitive work on the subject, remarkable for its e... read more
A systematic presentation of the "empty hand" art of karate. An easy-to-follow manual illustrated with over 1,000 photographs, it gives step-by-step explanations and analysis of all the basic movements and techniques of karate.
The martial arts, among today's most exciting exercise regimes, have become some of the most popular ways to keep fit and stay in shape. Judo, which involves both groundwork and grappling methods, is both a fun sport and a formidable fighting art, and has been an Olympic discipline since the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Jud... read more
|Author:||Thomas Cleary (illus Oscar Ratti)|
A new translation of the four-hundred year-old classic of the tenets of Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior. Bushido has played a major role in shaping modern Japanese society and the modern martial arts in Japan and internationally. First published 1999.
It's a classic, with over 750,000 copies sold! The world's greatest karate master, and the founder of modern day karate, Mas Oyama, reveals his philosophy and technique for practicing one of the world's greatest martial arts. With more than 1,300 photos that break down each movement and exercise, the Master describes every im... read more
The Tai Chi bible in Shambhala Classics format - Previous editions of T'ai Chi Classics sold over 53,000 copies worldwide - From the author of The Essence of T'ai Chi - over 4,500 UK copies sold and 56,000 copies sold worldwide - Describes the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements illustrated by hundreds of Master Liao's own ... read more
Vital beginners' basics and more advanced combat techniques are depicted in specially commissioned, high-quality, full-colour step-by-step sequences. Close-up details and illustrations focus on key elements of technique. Separate chapters focus on the important elementary principles of judo, such as falling, throwing and gr... read more
The sequel to Dynamic Aikido, this book expands on the fundamental principles in finer detail. It covers the basic postures and movements, placing special emphasis on perfecting the key techniques for achieving maxumum effect with minimum effort. It is aimed at beginners and advanced students.
Hagakure ('In the Shadow of Leaves') is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction-in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understa... read more
Offers readers a history and evolution of Ju-jitsu. This book contains a description of the various theories and strategies behind training and competing. It features instruction accompanied by photographs and on how to combine various techniques. It also features a section on techniques best suited for practical application.
Muay Thai is one of the most popular combat arts in the world. Thai boxers climb into the ring to do battle in nearly every country on the globe, entertaining millions with their lightning-fast kicks, fierce elbow strikes, and ruthless knees. But when it comes to awe-inspiring matches and masterful technique, there is no plac... read more
Aiki-Jujutsu: Mixed Martial Art of the Samurai is essential reading for practitioners and instructors of mixed martial arts, the traditional Asian martial arts and those who seek to learn more about the techniques, philosophy and history of the fighting arts of the Samurai.
Forthcoming, May 2013
Karate: Technique and Spirit teaches a unique integrated training of the body, mind, and spirit that points you toward the true essence of karate-do. The book covers both the techniques of Seido (sincere way) karate, including warm-ups; basic punches, kicks, and blocks; and weapons (Bo, Jo, Sai), and the schoolAEs history and philosophy.