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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)
Decca Heggie 1
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'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.

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
R305 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R69 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

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.

Strength and Conditioning for Combat Sports (Paperback): Darren Yas Parr Strength and Conditioning for Combat Sports (Paperback)
Darren Yas Parr 1
R518 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R105 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The role of the strength and conditioning coach for a combat athlete is to perform a needs analysis in which both the fighter as an individual and the sport itself are assessed in order to develop a high-performance programme. This might include plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability, strength training and nutrition as just some of the pieces of this complex jigsaw. The aim is to increase strength, speed, power, endurance, agility and flexibility. Strength and Conditioning for Combat Sports aims to help the coach and athlete bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping the athlete to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury-free.

The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai: Slip-Cased Edition (Hardcover): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai: Slip-Cased Edition (Hardcover)
Miyamoto Musashi; Translated by Victor Harris
R358 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R86 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Notorious - The Life and Fights of Conor McGregor (Paperback): Jack Slack Notorious - The Life and Fights of Conor McGregor (Paperback)
Jack Slack 1
R212 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R43 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the fight game. The Dubliner has achieved more in three years with the Ultimate Fighting Championship than anyone in the twenty year history of the organization. From an unknown prospect in 2013 to the first man to hold two world titles simultaneously, McGregor's knockout-filled march through the featherweight and then lightweight rankings sent shockwaves through the world. But as effortless as McGregor's heroics have seemed, his journey was far from smooth and his destiny anything but certain. Just another teenager trading martial arts techniques with his friends in a shed, the seemingly delusional boy packed in his plumbing gig - to the massive anxiety of his parents - to chase a pipe dream with little promise of reward. No one could have guessed he would go on to become the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the world. As a technician and tactician inside the cage, McGregor was something special. Outside of the cage McGregor could draw thousands of screaming fans to press events with his wit and presence. And away from the cameras, McGregor's life was built around a love of treating his friends and a loyalty to his teammates and his hometown. This is not another tale about an athlete who was born exceptional and groomed for success. It is about how one young man, through bloody-minded determination and indomitable spirit, came to change the whole game. Fully updated to put his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather under the microscope, Notorious: The Life and Fights of Conor McGregor explores not just how the fight game changed Conor McGregor, but how Conor McGregor revolutionized the fight game.

Survival Knives - How to Choose and Use the Right Blade (Paperback): James Morgan Ayres Survival Knives - How to Choose and Use the Right Blade (Paperback)
James Morgan Ayres
R337 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R75 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Some survival guides explain the basics of how to make primitive tools. But do you know how to actually successful hunt with spear, throwing stick, bola, or primitive bow? Making tools that you do not know how to hunt with will not get you to meat. If you're hunting with primitive weapons, especially crude survival weapons you've made in the field under actual survival conditions, you must adapt your strategy to the weapons available or go hungry. Author James M. Ayres grew up in the Midwest hunting squirrels, rabbits, and other small game with bows, spears, atlatls, and bolas he made myself. He has hunted with bow, spear, net, and other primitive weapons with the Lacandon in Yucat n, the Igorots in the Philippines, the K'iche' in Guatemala, the Sasak in Indonesia, and others. In Survival Knives, he shares his knowledge so you, too, can survive using such tools and weapons. It's not enough to have a knife and know how to make basic hunting weapons. That's craftsmanship--not survival. Nor is it enough simply to have a knife when trapped in an emergency situation, like a collapsed building. You need to know how to conserve your knife and use it properly to escape so that it will not break and you are not injured. Learn how to use survival knives, and how to use the tools and weapons you can make with the knife--not only in wilderness, but also in urban areas, foreign countries, and disaster zones such as earthquakes, floods, fires, and civil insurrections.

Krav Maga - How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault (Paperback, New Ed): Imi Sde-Or (Litchenfeld), Eyal Yanilov Krav Maga - How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault (Paperback, New Ed)
Imi Sde-Or (Litchenfeld), Eyal Yanilov
R357 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R128 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

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.
Written by Imi Sde-Or and his senior disciple and follower Eyal Yanilov, "Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Physical" "Attack "presents key principles and training methods for unarmed combat. Laid out in an accessible, step-by-step format, the book covers the basics--from safety in training, warm-up, stretching, and flexibility to principles of attacks, stances, and starting positions. The authors offer strategies for every imaginable scenario: defending punches and kicks, choke escapes, headlocks, throws, and more. Emphasizing the psychological underpinnings of the discipline, the book expands its usefulness with sections on mental training, vulnerable points, multiple attackers, and women's self-defense.

Let Go - Conquer Your Fear Without Quitting (Paperback): Torben Rif Let Go - Conquer Your Fear Without Quitting (Paperback)
Torben Rif
R265 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R64 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
501 Unarmed Self-Defence Skills - Deflections, Locks, Holds, Throws, Punches and Kicks (Hardcover): Chris McNab 501 Unarmed Self-Defence Skills - Deflections, Locks, Holds, Throws, Punches and Kicks (Hardcover)
Chris McNab
R465 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R114 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days
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
R357 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R79 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Book of Five Rings (Paperback, New Ed): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings (Paperback, New Ed)
Miyamoto Musashi 2
R182 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R56 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

"The Book of Five Rings " is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.
"The Book of Five Rings " was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, "The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War " by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.

Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide - An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen... Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide - An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen (Paperback)
A. Bennett
R320 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R88 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider, holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book, he shares his vast personal experience and knowledge with readers seeking to undertake their own personal quest in the Japanese martial arts. Bennett outlines the history of Bushido and the Japanese Samurai from early times up until the present. Then, as only someone steeped in this world can, he surveys the contemporary martial arts scene and provides the essential knowledge young foreigners need to find a teacher and learn a martial art successfully in Japan. Unlike any other book on this subject, Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide is written by a Japanese speaker who has studied and taught martial arts in Japan for many decades. Chapters include: The Real Samurai The Concept of Bushido Development of the Japanese Martial Arts Martial Arts Masters You Should Know About Budo in Japan Today Key Martial Arts Concepts Life in a Japanese Dojo A Japan Survival GuideWritten in a down-to-earth and easy-to-read style, this book will captivate anyone interested in Japan as well as martial arts teachers and practitioners around the world.

Silat for the Street - Using the Ancient Martial Art for Self-Defense in the 21st Century (Paperback): Burton Richardson Silat for the Street - Using the Ancient Martial Art for Self-Defense in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Burton Richardson
R357 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R85 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Unknown Capoeira, Volume I - Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art (Paperback): Mestre Ricardo Unknown Capoeira, Volume I - Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art (Paperback)
Mestre Ricardo
R470 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R173 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days
History of Karate and the Masters Who Made It - Development, Lineages, and Philosophies of Traditional Okinawan and Japanese... History of Karate and the Masters Who Made It - Development, Lineages, and Philosophies of Traditional Okinawan and Japanese Karatedo (Paperback)
Mark I Cramer
R373 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R111 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Warrior Within - The Philosophies of Bruce Lee (Hardcover): John Little The Warrior Within - The Philosophies of Bruce Lee (Hardcover)
John Little; Foreword by Linda Lee Cadwell
R279 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R51 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days
How to Be Your Own Bodyguard - Self Defense for Men & Women from a Lifetime of Protecting Clients in Hostile Environments.... How to Be Your Own Bodyguard - Self Defense for Men & Women from a Lifetime of Protecting Clients in Hostile Environments. (Paperback)
Nick Hughes; Preface by Marcus Wynne
R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Within 7 - 15 working days
Tao of Jeet Kune Do (Paperback, Expanded ed.): Bruce Lee Tao of Jeet Kune Do (Paperback, Expanded ed.)
Bruce Lee; Edited by Linda Lee Caldwell, Gil Johnson, Kris Storti, Sarah Dzida; Translated by …
R563 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R117 (21%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Compiled from Bruce Lee's notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself--jeet kune do--is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee's own illustrations. With the collaboration of Lee's daughter, Shannon, and Bruce Lee Enterprises, this new edition is expanded, updated, and remastered, covering topics such as Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. Featuring an introduction by Linda Lee, this is essential reading for any practitioner, offering a brief glimpse into the mind of one of the world's greatest martial artists.

Three Second Fighter - Sniper Option (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Geoff Thompson Three Second Fighter - Sniper Option (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Geoff Thompson
R232 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R46 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The majority of attacks/fights last less than three seconds and are preceded by aggressive or disarming behaviour. This book trains you to read the body language and ritual of attack and 'stop' your attacker in his tracks by using a physical and psychological 'fence' or a cripple-shooting attack. The book also covers 'ambush attacks' and 'match fighting'.

Aikido Off the Mat - A Woman's Journey Using the Principles of a Modern Martial Art (Paperback): Kathy Park Aikido Off the Mat - A Woman's Journey Using the Principles of a Modern Martial Art (Paperback)
Kathy Park
R374 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R111 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Taekwondo Basics - Everything You Need to Get Started in Taekwondo - from Basic Kicks to Training and Competition (Paperback):... Taekwondo Basics - Everything You Need to Get Started in Taekwondo - from Basic Kicks to Training and Competition (Paperback)
Scott Shaw
R192 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R41 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Taekwondo Basics teaches you all the fundamentals of this martial art form in a clear and easy-to-understand manner! This basic introductory survey contains the following vital information: The origins of Taekwondo its philosophy, history, and different skills; How to find a teacher and a class that are right for you; Getting ready for your first class what happens in a Taekwondo class?; The essential elements stances, blocks, hand and arm strikes and kicks; How to complement your Taekwondo training with other conditioning exercises, such as running and biking; Powerful ways to improve your technique through target training, partner training, competitive training, free-sparring, and more; Resources that can help you further develop your Taekwondo training. Whether you're just getting started, or you've already been training for a year or two, Taekwondo Basics offers an easy to read, and yet comprehensive introduction to the sport.

Mma (Paperback): Jim Whiting Mma (Paperback)
Jim Whiting
R272 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R63 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan - A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles & Practice (Paperback): Wong Kiew Kit Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan - A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles & Practice (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kit
R578 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R222 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Martial Structure - How to Maximize Your Martial Arts Skills through Body Alignment, Movement, and Breathing (Paperback):... Martial Structure - How to Maximize Your Martial Arts Skills through Body Alignment, Movement, and Breathing (Paperback)
Phillip Starr
R278 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R83 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days
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