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Bruce Lee - A Life (Paperback): Matthew Polly Bruce Lee - A Life (Paperback)
Matthew Polly
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More than forty years after Bruce Lee's sudden death at age 32, journalist and author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee's life. It's also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee.

Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee's family, friends, business associates and even the mistress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. There are his early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father's struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery.

Polly breaks down the myth of Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with martial arts-not a great kung-fu master who just so happened to make a couple of movies. The book offers an honest look at an impressive yet flawed man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played on-screen.

My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback): Ronda Rousey My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback)
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R219 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R41 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

"I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me not to be, and I call it a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'. It's the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That's why I think it's hilarious when people say that my body looks masculine or something. Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f-cking millionaires, doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as f-ck because there isn't a single muscle on my body that doesn't have a purpose because I'm not a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'!."

When Ronda Rousey made this speech she inspired women everywhere. Beyonce even played a recording on-stage and it went viral. But Rousey has been inspiring others her whole career. The journey to the top for the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter in history has been filled with challenges. From a childhood marked by speech problems to the painful loss of her father, she grew up repeatedly pushing her mind and body to the limit in order to win. She battled prejudice to become the first female fighter in UFC. Now she is the biggest name in the sport, breaking attendance levels and re-writing the history books with her astonishing knockout victories, most in under a minute. She has also forged a successful Hollywood career as an actor. In this honest and inspiring book, Rousey relives her greatest fights and shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. She reveals how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities.

It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed): Mark Schultz, David Thomas Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed)
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This is the gripping true crime story that inspired the major new Oscar-nominated motion picture which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

The Foxcatcher estate, Pennsylvania, January 1996. Billionaire John du Pont fatally kills someone. After a two day siege at the ranch, du Pont is finally apprehended. It wasn't supposed to end that way. Du Pont had lured to his ranch America's top wrestlers, the brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, with the dream of building a world-class team. But as he grew paranoid and controlling, the brothers realised they were trapped. No one knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than Mark Schultz. This book is a searing portrait of the relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy.

Now a major motion picture, the incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be enjoyed by fans of Argo, Captain Phillips and American Hustle.

Wrestling For My Life - The Legend, The Reality And The Faith Of A WWE Superstar (Hardcover): Shawn Michaels Wrestling For My Life - The Legend, The Reality And The Faith Of A WWE Superstar (Hardcover)
Shawn Michaels; As told to David Thomas
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In Wrestling For My Life, WWE superstar Shawn Michaels shares from his heart about the highs and lows of his life inside the WWE.

Included are some never-before-shared stories and an intimate look into his career as well as stories of hunting, family, and faith. With millions of fans, Michaels had adulation and all the attention he could ask for, but he discovered there was something more. When he became a committed Christian during his years in the WWE it had to affect everything.

Michaels reveals what it is like to be a man of faith in this unusual world and shares insights for all of us.

Wwe: The World of the Rock (Hardcover): Steven Pantaleo Wwe: The World of the Rock (Hardcover)
Steven Pantaleo
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Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Paperback): Jonathan Eig Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Paperback)
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BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. WINNER OF THE PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING. THE TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man. `Ali: A Life is the business - 640 pages of patient scholarship and intelligent reassessment written in crackly prose' Giles Smith, The Times `[A] richly researched, sympathetic yet unsparing portrait ... Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography' Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times

Joshua (Paperback): John Dennen Joshua (Paperback)
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Over the last 8 years Anthony Joshua has pounded his way to the top of the boxing world. In April 2017 he faced the legendary Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, in the fight that commentators have labelled the heavyweight fight of the century. Sports fans were gripped as Joshua battled bravely through 11 gruelling rounds, recovering from a sixth round knockout to ultimately defeat Klitschko, setting up a stoppage with an uppercut that thundered around the world. When 18-year-old Anthony Joshua first stepped into a North London gym in 2008, nobody could have imagined the meteoric rise to superstardom. As an amateur he stunned all observers, claiming a silver medal in the World Championships in Azerbaijan. Then a spectacular victory in front of a home crowd at London 2012 saw him claim Olympic Gold. The professional ranks called, and Joshua has delivered. Now his first 19 fights: all wins, all by knockout. And so this young fighter has graduated to the top of the division. 90,000 fans saw his fight live in April 2017 which also broke box office records and is destined to be considered an all-time classic. This is an intimate biography of a champion, charting his journey to face Klitschko at Wembley. It is an account from a writer who has witnessed Joshua's development from the start, following him from his earliest amateur bouts to major title fights. He reveals a boxer with respect for his predecessors, a level head and an unwavering determination to succeed. The heavyweight division has been lit up by a refreshing new hero. His name is Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua: Portrait of a Boxing Hero (Hardcover): Iain Spragg Anthony Joshua: Portrait of a Boxing Hero (Hardcover)
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Anthony Joshua: Portrait of a Boxing Hero tells the story of one of the most talented British boxers ever to step into a ring. More than an Olympic gold medallist and a world heavyweight champion - something no British fighter has ever achieved (Lennox Lewis won gold for Canada) - AJ, as he is generally nicknamed is a genuinely nice guy. It hasn't been an easy journey for the youngster who grew up in Watford; he had his share of troubles and it was his dedication to boxing that turned him in the superstar he is today. This superbly illustrated biography follows AJ as he made his way in the boxing world, fighting for the Amateur World Championship, in the Olympic Games and then as a professional boxer. As well as Iain Spragg's insightful text, there are comments from those who knew him at every stage of his career. From Finchley Boxing Club - where it started - to the 90,000 crammed into Wembley Stadium when he TKOd Wladimir Klitschko as well as the packed house in Cardiff where he defended his heavyweight crown against Carlos Takam, this a story that will fascinate all boxing fans.

At Home with Muhammad Ali - A Memoir of Love, Loss and Forgiveness (Hardcover): Hana Yasmeen Ali At Home with Muhammad Ali - A Memoir of Love, Loss and Forgiveness (Hardcover)
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From the daughter of Muhammad Ali comes an intimate portrait of the heavyweight boxing champion and a final love letter from a daughter to her father. Through audio journals, love letters and cherished memories, Ali's daughter Hana tells the story of a very typical and yet fully-unique family, the rise and fall of her parent's marriage and the struggles they faced as a family surrounding Ali's loss to Larry Holmes in 1981. With the decline of Ali's voice, his recordings are important to history as they are to his personal legacy. At Home with Muhammad Ali offers a candid look at a man who was trying to find his purpose in the world as he realized he was coming to the end of his lucrative sporting career, all the while trying to balance fatherhood and his worldly and political obligations. Additionally, Hana tells of the everyday adventures that the family experienced around the house-with visitors like Michael Jackson and Clint Eastwood dropping by. And for the first time, Hana's mother Veronica will share her memories of the 12-year relationship with Muhammad. At Home with Muhammad Ali is a candid and revealing portrait of a legend, a man admired and respected as the greatest sporting icon of our age.

Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover): Matthew Polly Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover)
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'For anyone interested in Lee's legacy, this is a roundhouse kick of a biography' - The Sunday Times 'At last, Bruce Lee has the powerful biography he deserves... It will thrill Lee's fans and fascinate the unfamiliar' - Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig 'Meticulously researched' - Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography and Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green 'You won't find a better match for a biographer with his subject than Matthew Polly and Bruce Lee... A definitive biography, told with passion and punch' - Brian Jay Jones, author George Lucas: A Life and Jim Henson: The Biography. More than forty years after Bruce Lee's sudden death at age 32, journalist and author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee's life. It's also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee's family, friends, business associates and even the mistress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. There are his early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father's struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myth of Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with martial arts-not a great kung-fu master who just so happened to make a couple of movies. The book offers an honest look at an impressive yet flawed man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played on-screen. Praise for Matthew Polly 'Hypnotic...Tapped Out manages to humanize a sport once demonized as "human cockfighting" by deconstructing the stereotype of the martial-arts tough guy.' - The New York Times 'Tapped Out is a knockout for MMA fans, who will laugh at the intimate portraits Polly sketches of some of the sport's most famous personalities. But it also works for those not familiar with the sport...You won't be disappointed.' - OpposingViews.com 'A delight to read.' - TheFightNerd.com 'Polly's self-deprecation in the painful learning process stands out as much as the witty prose. His delivery is Plimpton-esque.' - ESPN.com 'Smoothly written . . . Polly has a good eye for characters.' - Publishers Weekly

I'm Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling (Hardcover): Jim Smallman I'm Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling (Hardcover)
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'Filled with passion, humour, and a little bit of welcome weirdness. A must-read for every die-hard wrestling fan' - Mick Foley For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. 'We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.' - Jim Smallman, 2016 Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro-wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century to the pop-culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today. Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi-sport means so much to so many people.

Prizefighter - The Searing Autobiography of Britain's Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion (Paperback): Decca Heggie Prizefighter - The Searing Autobiography of Britain's Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion (Paperback)
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'You can get a couple of years for beating the shit out of another bloke or a couple of grand. I chose to do the latter.' Decca's story is that of a bullied boy with an impossible dream. Of solvent abuse, violence, drug addiction, depression, boxing, bare-knuckle fighting but - ultimately - redemption. It begins on a council estate in Carlisle where, as the victim of cruel bullies, a young Decca anaesthetised himself from the pain and humiliation by sniffing solvents. In his mid-teens the fear fell away to be replaced by fury, as the bullies soon discovered to their cost. Memories of that frightened boy fuelled a rage that forged a fearsome street-fighter and future champion. Working on the doors attracted more trouble but further enhanced his growing reputation. At the age of nineteen, life was good until the love of his life left him. Depression set in and prevailed. For almost ten years, he fell prey to a rampant cocaine habit, which provoked his demons, making him unpredictable and dangerous to be around. Serious jail time seemed inevitable. Out of sheer desperation, his dad arranged Decca's first unlicensed boxing match. He won and became instantly hooked. Having gotten fit, hungry, and off the drugs, he was lured into the bloody arena of bare-knuckle fighting. Many brutal undefeated fights followed, as did two BKB heavyweight titles. A chance meeting with renowned boxing promoter, Ricky English led to Decca's shot at the iconic 'Guv'nor' title. The rest, as they say, is history.

Extreme Survival - The Krav Maga Solution to Active Shooter, Carjacking and Home Invasion Situations (Paperback): Gershon Ben... Extreme Survival - The Krav Maga Solution to Active Shooter, Carjacking and Home Invasion Situations (Paperback)
Gershon Ben Keren
R354 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R70 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Trained by the top Israeli Defense Forces instructors, Gershon Ben Keren is one of the foremost professionals on the martial art of Krav Maga. In his third book, Ben Keren explains how to survive life-threatening real-world offenses;active shooters, carjackers, home invaders;and demonstrates how Krav Maga can be employed to respond to them.The result of extensive research including an analysis of over 140 active shooter incidents, Extreme Survival provides an apolitical view of personal safety concentrating on practical methods to survive violent situations.Each section of Extreme Survival has detailed instructions alongside a series of photographs that show move-by-move how to defend yourself and others against: Attacks in workplaces, homes, and public places; Unarmed attackers Assailants armed with knives, handguns, long barrel firearms, explosives, and improvised weapons; One-on-one assaults and attacks on groups; Attacks in open areas as well as in cramped spaces, such as inside a car. A 2011 inductee into the Museum of Israeli Martial Arts, Ben Keren focuses on the psychology of violence to inform his self-defense training. His successful line of Krav Maga instructional books are the only guides on the market illustrated with full-colour photographs taken in real time and in real life settings. Emphasising an awareness of your surroundings combined with an aggressive response, Extreme Survival teaches practitioners to neutralise an assailant's advantage early, before the situation escalates.

WWE: The World of the Rock (Hardcover): Steven Pantaleo WWE: The World of the Rock (Hardcover)
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R365 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R75 (21%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Celebrate the impressive career of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with this comprehensive visual guide, which chronicles every step from his explosive WWE debut match to his full-blown Superstar status. Dubbed "The Great One," for more than 20 years The Rock has delighted millions of fans with his charisma, catchphrases and championship wins - all captured in this stunning book.

Discover The Rock's fascinating family history as the first third-generation WWE Superstar; his training and early years in the ring; his epic wins and greatest moments as The People's Champion; and his impressive movie career including his appearances in The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns and the Fast and Furious franchise. Stunning photography captures The Rock's career highlights: headlining WrestleMania events and reigning supreme in matches against sports entertainment greats such as John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H.

A must-have for any WWE fan, The World of The Rock reveals the whole story behind "The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment", both in and out of the ring.

The Aura of Boxing (Hardcover): Max Kandhola, David Scott The Aura of Boxing (Hardcover)
Max Kandhola, David Scott
R698 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R182 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

As well as looking at the training environment Kandhola focuses on three established figures in boxing: Julius Francis, a four-times British Heavyweight and Commonwealth champion, who Kandhola first photographed in 2000 just before his fight with Mike Tyson; Robert McCracken, who won the British Light Middleweight title in 1994 and the Commonwealth title in 1995 - currently McCracken is Performance Director for the British Olympic team, and personal coach to Carl Froch; and Howard 'Clakka' Clarke who fought at Madison Square Garden for the IBF Light Middleweight Title - he lost, after which his career took a significant nose-dive with him winning only one fight out of his next seventy. He retired in 2007.

A Ringside Affair - Boxing's Last Golden Age (Paperback): James Lawton A Ringside Affair - Boxing's Last Golden Age (Paperback)
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R234 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R49 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

For three decades at the end of the twentieth century - throughout boxing's most engrossing era - James Lawton was ringside, covering every significant bout, spending time with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hitman Hearns, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and many other great fighters. Lawton found himself captivated by the sport as he followed it around the world. From a big fight's initial announcement, through the fighters' punishing training regimes, the overblown press conferences and dramatic weigh-ins, up to the bout itself and its savage fall-out - Lawton observed and absorbed it all, grateful for the remarkable access he was afforded. He witnessed Ali screaming in pain for his dressing-room lights to be turned out after a fight; he was there to meet Tyson at the prison gates on his release in 1992; he listened as former champions wept while struggling to find their new place in the world. As part of a small, tight-knit group of sportswriters with the privilege of covering each fight in such intimate detail, Lawton formed lifelong friendships and found himself forever altered by being caught up in the whirlwind of a sport at its most spellbinding. A Ringside Affair brings that brilliant epoch back to life - and puts it in the perspective it deserves. It salutes the epic quality of boxing's last years of glory, retraces arguably the richest inheritance bequeathed to any sport, and speculates on the possibility that we will never see such fighting again. It is part celebration, part lament, but perhaps most of all it is a personal record of some of the most enthralling and challenging days produced by the world's oldest sport.

Unbeaten - The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rocky Marciano (Hardcover): Mike Stanton Unbeaten - The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rocky Marciano (Hardcover)
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'Unbeaten is one of the best sports books I've read in years' Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: he never lost a professional fight. When he retired in 1956, his record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the revelatory biography of one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Marciano rose from abject poverty and a life of petty crime to become heavyweight champion and one of the most famous faces of his era. He dominated boxing in the decade following the Second World War with a devastating punch, which he nicknamed the `Suzie Q'. But perfection came at a price. Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike Stanton tells the story of Marciano's pursuit of greatness through the era of guys and dolls, hustlers and gamblers, glamorous celebrities and notorious mobsters. But boxing had its dark side, particularly at a time when Mafia mob bosses like Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo wielded immense power behind the scenes. Marciano retired while still in his prime, weighed down by the mob's influence in the sport he loved. For the last decade of his life, he wandered America, disillusioned, untrusting, hiding his money, cheating on his wife, consorting with the mobsters he had loathed for corrupting his sport, until his death in a plane crash in 1969, the night before his 46th birthday. Unbeaten by Mike Stanton is the story of a remarkable champion, a sport that was rotten to its core, and a country that may have expected too much from its heroes.

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing (Hardcover, 9th ed.): Harry Mullan The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing (Hardcover, 9th ed.)
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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing is the world's most comprehensive single-volume illustrated work of boxing reference. As well as biographies of the greatest boxers of all time, from John L Sullivan and Jack Dempsey, through Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali to Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather Jr, there are reports from outstanding fights across the ages and, uniquely, a record of every world championship fight ever contested. It considers the prominent men behind the scenes such as promoters, trainers and managers as well as famous boxing venues, administrative bodies, rules, culture and ambience of the fight game. There is also a section celebrating boxing in the Olympic Games, recalling the outstanding feats of, amongst others, Joshua, Nicola Adams and James DeGale. The book concludes with a detailed timeline of boxing history. No serious student of boxing can afford to be without The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing on their shelves.

Amateur - A True Story About What Makes a Man (Hardcover, Main): Thomas Page McBee Amateur - A True Story About What Makes a Man (Hardcover, Main)
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Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction In this groundbreaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it. A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

The Lion and the Eagle (Paperback): Iain Manson The Lion and the Eagle (Paperback)
Iain Manson
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At Farnborough in Hampshire on 17th April 1860, Tom Sayers of England and John Heenan of the United States met in boxing's first world championship bout - it truly was the Lion and the Eagle. All England held its breath, and when news of the outcome of the fight reached New York, the city came to a standstill. The Lion and the Eagle tells the now-forgotten story of one of the greatest events in England's sporting history. The bare-knuckle prize ring, technically illegal and in decline for more than a generation, for one brief moment blazed brighter than ever. Newspapers which had ignored pugilism for decades, sent their best reporters. Charles Dickens was riveted, William Makepeace Thackeray wrote an epic poem, Prime Minister Palmerston ensured that police turned a blind eye. 'The Lion and the Eagle' tells how the fight was arranged, recounts the bloody and desperate battle itself, and details the extraordinary aftermath. But that is not all. It tells the story of England and America in an age of turmoil and transformation. The miseries of the industrial revolution, the wonders of the Crystal Palace and the transatlantic telegraph cable, the chaos of New York City, the glamour of the Pony Express, all are here. Victoria sat on the throne of England, the Light Brigade charged, Lucknow stood firm. In America, as the iron horse sealed the doom of the Indians, millions of slaves groaned under the lash and Abraham Lincoln set out on the journey which would take him to the White House. Through it all, Tom Sayers and Jack Heenan fought for their lives. The Lion and the Eagle is a must for those who are fascinated by the most visceral sport of all. But it is also a book for anyone who has ever wondered how our ancestors lived when America was young and England ruled the world.

Bruce Lee Artist of Life - Inspiration and Insights from the World's Greatest Martial Artist (Paperback): J. Little Bruce Lee Artist of Life - Inspiration and Insights from the World's Greatest Martial Artist (Paperback)
J. Little
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Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Greatest Men of the Century, Bruce Lee's impact and influence has only grown since his untimely death in 1973. Part of the seven-volume Bruce Lee Library, this installment of the famed martial artistAes private notebooks allows his legions of fans to learn more about the man whose groundbreaking action films sparked a worldwide interest in the Asian martial arts. Bruce Lee Artist of Life explores the development of Lee's thoughts about Gung Fu (Kung Fu), philosophy, psychology, poetry, Jeet Kune Do, acting, and self-knowledge. Edited by John Little, a leading authority on Lee's life and work, the book includes a selection of letters that eloquently demonstrate how Lee incorporated his thought into actions and advice to others. Although Lee rose to stardom through his physical prowess and practice of jeet kune do;the system of fighting he founded;Lee was also a voracious and engaged reader who wrote extensively, synthesizing Eastern and Western thought into a unique personal philosophy of self-discovery. Martial arts practitioners and fans alike eagerly anticipate each new volume of the Library and its trove of rare letters, essays, and poems for the light it sheds on this legendary figure.Bruce Lee was known as an amazing martial artist, but he was also a profound thinker. He left behind seven volumes of writing on everything from quantum physics to philosophy. ; John Blake, CNN

Chong Woo Kwan Wing Chun (Paperback): Joseph Cheng Chong Woo Kwan Wing Chun (Paperback)
Joseph Cheng
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SAS and Special Forces Self Defence Handbook - A Complete Guide to Unarmed Combat Techniques (Paperback): John "Lofty" Wiseman SAS and Special Forces Self Defence Handbook - A Complete Guide to Unarmed Combat Techniques (Paperback)
John "Lofty" Wiseman
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King of Strong Style - 1980-2014 (Hardcover): Shinsuke Nakamura King of Strong Style - 1980-2014 (Hardcover)
Shinsuke Nakamura; Translated by Jocelyne Allen
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The life of the internationally famous professional wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura, from his childhood to the International Wrestling Grand Prix championship, and beyond! Before he became a star of American professional wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura was Japan's "King of Strong Style." Follow his life and career from the amateur grappling ranks to the Nippon Budokon, thrill to his matches against such legends as Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, his reign as the youngest New Japan Pro-Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, and his success as a mixed martial artist.

Martial Arts Training Through The Teacher's Eyes - What he sees is what you get (Paperback): David Harrell Martial Arts Training Through The Teacher's Eyes - What he sees is what you get (Paperback)
David Harrell
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Embedded in the pages is the story of the making of a teacher of the martial arts and the methods he uses to teach martial arts to children and adults at the Traditional Martial Arts Institute based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The author, Grand Master David J. Harrell has dedicated most of his life to the study and practice of an ancient art of self defence, and to the development of those skills that would allow him to share his knowledge with the next generation. His book tells the story of his personal journey in martial arts and the lessons learned from fifty-three years of training. The book begins with the author's introduction to martial arts in his home town in Suffolk at a time when segregation usually led to the exclusion of black children and adults from these white-dominated activities. Even at this early stage GM Harrell had a strong desire to teach and he asked his first, and every subsequent teacher to teach him to teach the martial arts. He goes on to describe those things that he learned from each of his teachers about how to share knowledge and skill with students of all ages and ability levels. In addition he reveals numerous insights gained from his many years of teaching and training. The book explains how he makes use of modern teaching methods and resources to replicate and remain faithful to what has been handed down to him by his instructors, including the traditions and values of martial art training.

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