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The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett's groundbreaking English translation of Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original work. This piece of writing by famed samurai Musashi (1584-1645) is the single-most influential work on samurai swordsmanship, offering insights into samurai history, the Zen Buddhist state of "no-mind" that enables warriors to triumph and the philosophical meaning of Bushido-"the way of the warrior." Until now, English translations of The Book of Five Rings have been based on inaccurate copies of Musashi's long-lost original manuscript. Bennett's translation is the first to be based on a careful reconstruction of the original text by Japan's foremost Musashi scholar. By identifying discrepancies among the existing copies, adding missing texts and correcting over 150 incorrect characters, this source is the closest representation of Musashi's original work possible. Utilizing this new source, Bennett captures the subtle nuance of the classic Japanese text, resulting in the most accurate English translation of The Book of Five Rings available. This book also includes translations of five other known works by Musashi-three of them translated for the first time. The texts are richly annotated by Bennett, who includes an extensive introduction on Musashi's life and legacy. The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works will be widely read by those interested in Japanese culture, Samurai history and martial arts-setting a new standard against which all other translations will be measured.
Krav Maga, developed by Grandmaster Imi Sde-Or (Imre Lichtenfeld)
in the 1930s, was once a method of hand-to-hand combat strictly
confined to security agents, members of Mossad and the Israel
Defense Forces. The method has been adapted so that civilians of
any age, sex, or physical ability can utilize it. Based on natural
reactions of the human body, the discipline is easy to learn and
perform and practical to use.
The World War II Secret Operations Handbook lets you in on the skills and tricks used by the British SOE (Special Operations Executive), the US OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the French Maquis, and other special forces in combat in Europe, Africa and Asia between 1939 and 1945. Learn how to rig up a makeshift radio, how to pass undetected in enemy territory, how to live off the land and make shelter, and how to work as a sniper. Learn how operatives blow up bridges, roads, railways and arms depots and how they work with the local resistance. Presented in a handy pocket-size format, the World War II Secret Operations Handbook takes the reader from arrival in enemy territory through survival, accomplishing a mission and finally ensuring sound exit strategies. The book also includes a number of sidebars on real life secret operations from World War II. With more than 120 black-&-white artworks and with easy-to-follow text, the World War II Secret Operations Handbook is an excellent guide to the techniques and skills used by the men and women of the special forces, techniques that are as relevant today as they were in 1945.
Enter the minds of some of the martial arts world's most respected fighters and trainers. The Fighter Within is an inspirational book for Mixed Martial Arts fans which brings insider stories, heartfelt moments and the human element to what's perceived as a savage sport. It reveals thoughtful, encouraging and even lighthearted insights into the minds and souls of true champions. It describes the attributes that lead to success in a sport that demands dedication, forethought and intellect--traits which are applicable to all of life's challenges. A foreword by Bas Rutten--UFC Heavyweight Champion and three-time King of Pancrase World Champion--sets the tone for this book, which features an impressive array of interviews with a veritable who's-who of elite MMA fighters and martial artists: Fedor Emelianenko (Former MMA Heavyweight Champion and FIAS World Combat Sambo Heavyweight Champion) Rashad Evans (Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2/Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion) Rich Franklin (Former UFC Middleweight Champion) Rory MacDonald (Former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion) Sean Sherk (Former UFC Lightweight Champion) Tomasz Adamek (Boxing Champion) Firas Zahabi (Tri-Star Elite Coach) Bruno Fernandes (Founder of Gracie Barra Montreal BJJ school/President of GB Wear) John Danaher (BJJ Black Belt Elite Coach) Ajarn Phil Nurse (Muay Thai Champion/Elite Coach) Alain Moussi (Actor/Stuntman) Rafal Chwalek (Polish Kickboxing and Savate Champion) Scott Ramsdell (API Head Instructor) Matthew Olson (API Head Instructor) **Winner of the Canada Book Award** **Winner of the Readers' Favorite Gold Award for Non-Fiction Sports**
"Warrior Kids" is a pioneering programme that over the past 17 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the programme draws upon Maori concepts of the warrior and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instil confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives. This book features the complete ten sessions of the in-school programme in a format that instructors can apply to their own work with young people.
One of the few real self-protection guides on the market today, this book will teach you first and foremost how to avoid violent situations. But should you find yourself in one, it will also show you how to control yourself and your emotions so you can function on a physical level to defend yourself.
Finally Frank has brought his unique style of training unto the screen! A brief description of the contents of this epic training DVD is: Body Tone & Stretching; Blocking & Applications; Punching & Applications; Kicking & Applications; Knife Attack & applications; Grappling; Breathing & Meditation; and, Road Rage - Cashpoint Machines - Car Parks! Extra Features include History of Karate-Do / Interviews with students / Deleted Scenes! The perfect viewing - The Complete Guide! Approximate running time: 180 minutes.
With the aid of superb line artworks, Unarmed Combat demonstrates to the reader how special forces soldiers are taught to excel in hand-to-hand fighting: how they maximise bodyweight, and the use of various strikes, throws, locks and constrictions to defeat opponents. It explains how different martial arts have been combined by military units to create hand-to-hand combat systems for defence against multiple assailants, for fighting on the ground, for dealing with edged and impact weapons, what works against attackers with firearms and - more importantly - what doesn't. With tips and techniques from unarmed combat experts, the book is divided into two main sections. The first covers the mental preparation needed to be ready to defend yourself. The second covers the physical techniques needed to defend yourself, and if necessary, strike back to temporarily incapacitate your attacker and escape. With more than 300 easy-to-follow artworks and handy pull-out lists of key information, Unarmed Combat is the definitive guide for anyone wanting to be ready for anything - it could save your life.
Written by a former Survival Instructor of the SAS, The SAS and Special Forces Self-Defence Handbook provides easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions on coping with all kinds of threatening situations, from muggings to knife attacks. The author teaches you strategies for both avoiding conflict and getting out of a dangerous situation quickly and safely. Learn how mental attitude, body language, assertiveness, and the ability to overcome fear can prevent you from becoming a prime target for criminals. Learn which parts of the body are the most effective weapons in fending off an attacker, and which are the most likely targets for attack. Defend yourself from sudden grabs, strangles, weapons, and road rage. And find out how to deliver the SAS five-second knockout, a defence previously available only to British SAS Special Forces soldiers. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and instructive artworks and including expert advice throughout, The SAS and Special Forces Self-Defence Handbook is a comprehensive guide to self-defence for both men and women.
Written by one of the one of the greatest warriors in history, The Book of 5 Rings is about the Way of Strategy, using certain techniques to take down the enemy. The Book of 5 Rings is separated into five parts, representing Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and lastly Void.The principles, written over three and a half centuries ago, are still applicable to today. Musashi analyses the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. This book makes us prepared like a warrior to address all the challenges of life.
"This book will save lives." -Dick Conger. An all-encompassing manual that addresses safety, equipment, tactics, and the best practices for all shooters, here is an all-encompassing book of use to every gun owner. A result of twelve years of research, The Modern Day Gunslinger was written to meet the needs of the gun owner, the experienced shooter, those who own a weapon strictly for home and self-defense, and for the military member who wants to become a better shooter in defense of our country. It's also for the law enforcement officer who risks his or her life going against the thugs of our society and for anyone interested in learning the defensive and tactical training techniques from some of the best and most experienced shooters in the world. This comprehensive training manual includes chapters on: Weapons and Range Safety Dry Fire Use of Force Living in a Battlefield Combat Mindset Shooting Competence Handguns Defensive Handgun Ammunition Marksmanship Stance Basic Kneeling Positions Ready Positions The Draw Strokes Grip and Trigger Control Visual Techniques and Sight Alignment Multiple Shots Follow-Through and Scan Loading, Reloading, and Unloading Malfunctions Low- and No-Light Shooting Concealed Carry and Holsters Learning Styles Training Fundamentals Shooting Drills The shooting skills taught in this book carry broad application in civilian, law enforcement, and military contexts. Common criminals, terrorists, assailants-the enemy and threat-all will find themselves outgunned in the face of a properly armed and trained gunslinger. Members of the armed services, government and law enforcement agencies, as well as civilians, will find that the close-range shooting methods addressed in this book can provide a decisive advantage.
Krav Maga is a modern and proven self-defence system. Easy to learn because it is based on natural reflexes, it is extremely efficient to use against one or more attackers. There is only one goal: to survive violent conflicts as unscathed as possible. Developed by the Israeli army and formerly an insider tip in military training, this close combat system is booming worldwide. Krav Maga is not a traditional or competitive martial art but pure self-defence. It's all about survival. Its techniques are constantly developed and adapted to current threat situations. In his book Krav Maga: Effective Techniques for Self-Defense, his second on this self-defence method, the author methodically explains more than 100 Krav Maga techniques for self-defence-including more than 300 detailed photos-by using the principles that make this system so successful. It includes information on both well-founded basics as well as advanced techniques, depending on the distance to the attacker. The effective techniques for self-defence in this book help to demonstrate what Krav Maga is all about, gives exercise tips for more successful and safe execution, and provides information to help the reader further develop the learned techniques, making this the official book about Krav Maga training.
Originally developed as an elite fighting tactic for the Israel Defence Forces, today Krav Maga has become a popular self-defence method, appealing to government units, martial artists, and even the average person. This innovative Krav Maga book depicts cutting-edge techniques and training methods, covering the core topics that are applicable in a variety of professional and personal situations-in particular the combat mindset and fighting stress. This book gives the reader techniques to perform under all stressful conditions. Originally tailored for law enforcement and military personnel, its methods can also be used by all martial artists, combative sports athletes, and anyone learning self-defence techniques. Written by Master Eyal Yanilov, the successor of Krav Maga's founder, Imi Sde-Or, this book covers all the core topics of Krav Maga that have been proven to be successful in professional and personal situations.
"[This] book explores a wide spectrum of violent situations and teaches you how to effectively assess them and how to act accordingly"--P.  of cover.
Master Wen Mei Yu always knew about the healing effects of Liangong, but it took a car accident to show her just how powerful it could be. When other methods failed, Liangong worked wonders on an ailing back and neck that caused constant pain. Amazed with the results, Master Yu began exploring the many benefits of this modern health exercise which was developed from ancient medical movement techniques from China's past. An International Champion in China, Master Yu has broken down the Liangong system into two parts: Series One systematically works down the body from head to toe as it strengthens, stretches, and increases the range of motion of specific areas; Series Two works the whole body while focusing on joints, tendons, or internal organs. And best of all, the exercises can be performed in the comfort of your home or office in as little as 20 minutes.
The ultimate who, what, where and why reference book for parents in search of a martial arts school and a positive experience for their children. The authors answer dozens of questions about choosing a martial arts school and understanding what's going on once lessons begin including: evaluating an instructor's credentials; understanding contracts and membership agreements; spotting unsafe facilities/exercises; preventing injuries; purchasing the right safety gear; and, helping your child get the most from his or her martial arts lessons. This title is an invaluable resource for parents. It includes check list and evaluation sheet for objectively comparing schools and instructors. It helps you to know which questions you should be asking and what answers signal a potentially positive experience for you and your child.
As featured in Men's Fitness and on Fox News Defend yourself with salad tongs, hairbrushes--and even a dirty diaper! A sidewalk thief tries to steal your wallet, but you are unarmed. What do you do? With A Guide to Improvised Weaponry, you'll know how to protect yourself--even if all you have are your car keys and a candy bar. Written by Green Beret and combat expert Terry Schappert, this book teaches you how to turn your lipstick, your wristwatch--even the shoes on your feet--into strategic self-defense tools. Traditional weapons can be expensive, dangerous, and in the blur of an attack, easily turned against you, but with his life-saving advice, you can avoid these risks and defend yourself by deploying the hidden tactical uses of 100 ordinary items. Whether you're out grocery shopping, riding in an elevator, or enjoying a stroll through the park, A Guide to Improvised Weaponry shows you how to control your environment and become your own bodyguard--ready and able to act when you need to.
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