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My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback): Ronda Rousey My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback)
Ronda Rousey 1
R265 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Boxing Fitness - A guide to get fighting fit (Paperback, Second revised edition): Ian Oliver Boxing Fitness - A guide to get fighting fit (Paperback, Second revised edition)
Ian Oliver 1
R288 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R56 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Shotokan Karate Handbook - Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback): Gursharan Sahota The Shotokan Karate Handbook - Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback)
Gursharan Sahota
R431 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R133 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There have been numerous books written on the subject of Karate, including many that claim to show an easy, step-by-step, way of becoming a black belt by the third chapter. In a martial art such as Karate, it is extremely rare to find a book that can help the student with the physical aspect of Karate to any great degree. However, every now and then a publication appears on the bookstands that can do just that. One such book is this one. The following pages contain a wealth of information on the Kihon, Kata, and Kumite aspects of Traditional Shotokan. Written in an easy to follow manner, and supplemented by an extremely comprehensive set of photographs, this handbook is easily one of the more superior publications available.

Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover): Matthew Polly Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover)
Matthew Polly 2
R725 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R259 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times Book of the Year 'For anyone interested in Lee's legacy, this is a roundhouse kick of a biography' - 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 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.' - 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

Meditations In A Crisis - A Practical Guide With 8 Meditation Exercises For Adults & Children (Paperback): Paul Kolberg Meditations In A Crisis - A Practical Guide With 8 Meditation Exercises For Adults & Children (Paperback)
Paul Kolberg
R193 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R19 (10%) In stock

The ability to stop overthinking and worrying is essential for our mental and physical health, but it takes at least some effort. Recognising the demands and pressures of life in a worldwide crisis, Paul has produced 8 different meditation exercises and guides you through them.

Each exercise is flexible to the time you choose, taking as little as 6 seconds, 60 seconds, 6 minutes or longer. The exercises can be done in isolation, anytime and anywhere. Paul has also provided adaptations so that children can participate, bringing the family together in times of crisis.

Marmalade Publishing and Paul Kolberg have agreed to donate fifty percent of royalties from the sale of this book to help fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your valued contribution will be used by registered charities and foundations to identify potential treatments and to accelerate their development.

Shotokan Karate Handbook - Advanced (Paperback): Gursharan Sahota Shotokan Karate Handbook - Advanced (Paperback)
Gursharan Sahota
R443 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R146 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the success of his first book, The Shotokan Karate Handbook -- Beginner to Black Belt, the author felt there was a need for a manual to assist the more experienced student. Therefore, he has concentrated on more advanced techniques such as Kihon lppon Kumite, Jiyu lppon Kumite sets 6 and 7, and all the remaining Katas in Shotokan Karate. It is important that Karate Ka are aware that time, effort and practice are still the main factors in working towards perfecting not only one's skills but also one's inner mind and attitudes towards the art. This book is meant as a guide to Karate Ka -- it cannot take the place of your Sensei (teacher).

Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback): Frank... Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback)
Frank Nezhadpournia
R372 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R126 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the latest book in the series teaching students "Basic Shotokan Karate". With a twist, explaining how, with what, and when an attack is likely to occur! Providing a definitive guide to Street Self Defence for the beginner, "The Shotokan Way" with the aid of over 500 photographs, A simple 20 Lesson Plan teaches "Attack Psychology" collated from victims, youth offenders, and military branches, and with the aid of his students Frank teaches: Basics (Kihon) Sparring (Kumite) and Formal Exercise (Kata). Showing a massive variety of punching, kicking and blocking techniques. Heian Kata's and Kumite techniques are explained in full. The book is to be used for the serious martial artist who wants to develop techniques not just for obtaining a Karate Belt! Frank shares a wealth of personal experience and the theme of Self Defence runs throughout the book with applications (Bunkai) to techniques everywhere! "Defending Against Attack" is the product of over 800 workshops completed with organisations that deal with violence on a daily basis, and a personal commitment to provide a comprehensive guide of the modern attacker empowering the reader to reduce their 'Attack Chances'.

Bruce Lee - A Life (Paperback): Matthew Polly Bruce Lee - A Life (Paperback)
Matthew Polly 1
R325 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R104 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times Book of the Year 'For anyone interested in Lee's legacy, this is a roundhouse kick of a biography' - 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 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.' - 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

A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. III (Paperback): Jin Yong A Snake Lies Waiting - Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. III (Paperback)
Jin Yong; Translated by Anna Holmwood, Gigi Chang
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

THE CHINESE "LORD OF THE RINGS" - NOW IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE SERIES EVERY CHINESE READER HAS BEEN ENJOYING FOR DECADES - 300 MILLION COPIES SOLD. "Jin Yong's work, in the Chinese-speaking world, has a cultural currency roughly equal to that of "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" combined" Nick Frisch, New Yorker "Like every fairy tale you're ever loved, imbued with jokes and epic grandeur. Prepare to be swept along." Jamie Buxton, Daily Mail China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang into boarding a unseaworthy barge, they will surely drown unless Lotus - who has overheard her father's plans - can find a way to save them. Yet even if they are to survive the voyage, great dangers lie in wait on the mainland. The Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie has gathered a band of unscrupulous warriors to aid him in his search for the lost writings of the Great Song patriot General Yue Fei. If he is successful, the Jin armies will gain the key to total victory over the Song Empire, condemning Guo Jing's countrymen to centuries of servitude. Translated from the Chinese by Anna Holmwood and Gigi Chang

Visualizing Flow - A Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Companion (Paperback): Arlene Pinpin Stevens Visualizing Flow - A Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Companion (Paperback)
Arlene Pinpin Stevens
R970 R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Save R232 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Healthy and Fit with Tai Chi - Perfect Your Posture, Balance, and Breathing (Paperback): Peter Newton Healthy and Fit with Tai Chi - Perfect Your Posture, Balance, and Breathing (Paperback)
Peter Newton; Illustrated by Jeff Cushing
R281 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R96 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most of us, if we were honest with ourselves, would admit we have little understanding of how to look after our physical body well. Breathing, bending, stretching, sitting, standing, walking and running seem to just happen naturally. Too often, however, we forget how to perform these functions properly and drift away from nature's guidance, which, in turn, damages our health. All our physical actions involve the subtle interaction of posture and body mechanics, and at the very heart of it all there lays the breath. Good breathing practice offers many benefits to our mind, body and spirit. Using simple Tai Chi exercises this book shows how to assimilate the powerful healing postures, smooth flow of movement and effective breathing methods of the ancient Chinese, to enable our body to operate again in perfect harmony with nature. Whether you are interested in improving your general wellbeing or are struggling with a long-term health condition, you will find guidance and easy exercises in this book. Additionally, because the author dissects the ancient Tai Chi and Qigong instruction manuals on posture and the mechanics of body-motion, he offers a new dimension for physiotherapists and other practitioners who have an interest in physical therapy. From the moment you pick up this book your journey to a healthier and more contented life begins.

Souls of the Samurai (Hardcover): Thomas Cleary Souls of the Samurai (Hardcover)
Thomas Cleary
R351 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In "Soul of the Samurai" respected author and translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of Bushido or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese sword master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho.
Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined Samurai culture--their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies.
These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the Samurai's success--being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as important to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.
The three works of Zen Bushido translated in "Soul of the Samurai" are: "The Book of the Sword" by Yagyu Munenori "The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom" by Takuan Soho "The Peerless Sword" by Takuan Soho

The Complete Book of Shaolin - Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Development (Paperback):... The Complete Book of Shaolin - Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Development (Paperback)
Kiew Kit , Wong
R708 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R260 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shaolin Kungfu has been considered by many as the best martial art in the world. But kungfu is just one of the three treasures of Shaolin, the other two being chi kung and Zen. For the first time ever, this inspiring book, written by an internationally acclaimed Shaolin Grandmaster, brings to you the crystallization of Shaolin wisdom and practice spanning many centuries. Its scope and depth is amazing, touching on, among many other things, poetry and enlightenment. Yet it is written in a language easy to understand. Profound concepts and difficult techniques are explained systematically with many illustrations. The book includes: - The background and scope of kungfu. - Form and combat applications. - Principles and methods of force training. - Energy training and mind training. - Secrets of the masters. - Traditional Chinese weapons. - Maintaining one's health and vitality and the healing of so-called incurable diseases. - Interesting stories and legends of Shaolin. - Zen and spiritual development.

Tai Chi Wu Style - Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy (Paperback, Original): Mantak Chia, Andrew Jan Tai Chi Wu Style - Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy (Paperback, Original)
Mantak Chia, Andrew Jan
R465 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R157 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

* Details the 8 core forms of Wu-Style Tai Chi with fully illustrated instructions * Ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities due to the "small frame" primary stance, slower and smaller movements and conservation of energy * Explains how Wu Style provides a natural introduction to martial arts boxing * Reveals how Wu Style eases stiffness, relieves back pain and reduces abdominal fat Wu-Style Tai Chi follows the flow of chi energy, rather than directing it as in traditional Tai Chi. Centred on a "small frame" stance-that is, feet closer together and arms closer to the body-and a slower progression of movements in solo practice, Wu Style offers a gentle Tai Chi form for beginners and, when practised with a partner, a grounding introduction to martial arts boxing and Fa Jin (the discharge of energy for self-defence). The more functional stance, smaller movements and conservation of internal energy make Wu-Style Tai Chi ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities. Condensing the 37 movements of Wu Style into 8 core forms, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan illustrate how to build a personal short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi practice. They explain how Wu-Style Tai Chi removes energetic blockages and helps to elongate the tendons, reducing stiffness and allowing the limbs to return to their natural length and full range of motion. Regular practice of Wu Style relieves back pain as well as reducing abdominal fat, the biggest hindrance to longevity. Exploring the martial arts applications of Wu Style, the authors trace its history beginning with founder Wu Chuan-Yu (1834-1902) as well as explain how to apply Wu Style to "Push Hands" (Tui Shou) and Fa Jin. Through mastering the short-form Wu Style detailed in this book, Tai Chi practitioners harness a broad range of health benefits as well as build a solid foundation for learning the complete long-form Wu Style.

The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai (Hardcover): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai (Hardcover)
Miyamoto Musashi; Translated by Victor Harris
R441 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R104 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Iron Shirt Chi Kung (Paperback, 2nd Edition, New Edition of <i> Iron Shirt Chi Kung 1</i>): Mantak Chia Iron Shirt Chi Kung (Paperback, 2nd Edition, New Edition of <i> Iron Shirt Chi Kung 1</i>)
Mantak Chia
R426 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R148 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

MARTIAL ARTS / HEALTHLong before the advent of firearms, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, a form of Kung Fu, built powerful bodies able to withstand hand-to-hand combat. Even then, however, martial use was only one aspect of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, and today its other aspects remain vitally significant for anyone seeking better health, a sound mind, and spiritual growth. In Iron Shirt Chi Kung Master Mantak Chia introduces this ancient practice that strengthens the internal organs, establishes roots to the earth's energy, and unifies physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through a unique system of breathing exercises, he demonstrates how to permanently pack concentrated air into the connective tissues (the fasciae) surrounding vital organs, making them nearly impervious to injuries--a great benefit to athletes and other performers. He shows readers how once they root themselves in the earth they can direct its gravitational and healing power throughout their bone structure. Additionally, Master Chia presents postural forms, muscle-tendon meridians, and guidelines for developing a daily practice routine. After becoming rooted and responsive, practitioners of Iron Shirt Chi Kung can then focus on higher spiritual work. A student of several Taoist masters, MANTAK CHIA founded the Healing Tao System in 1979. He has taught tens of thousands of students from all over the world and tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tao Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training center in northern Thailand and is the author of 25 books, including the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man.

The Shaolin Arts - Shaolin Taijiquan Qigong Zen (Paperback): Wong Kiew Kit The Shaolin Arts - Shaolin Taijiquan Qigong Zen (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kit
R556 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R202 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Shaolin Arts (Master Answers Series) is a selection of answers to questions written by various people all over the world to Sifu Wong, who is a celebrated Shaolin Grandmaster. The publication of these questions and answers will prove invaluable to everyone who is interested in the Shaolin arts. This book introduces Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen Buddhism, and the various styles in these respective arts and training methods. The book includes: Legends, history and personalities who were behind development of these arts. An in-depth study of these arts, including form and internal force training, energy management and healing, weapons, strategies, tactics, spiritual joy, and meditation to achieve Enlightenment, which is the ultimate prize. Case studies to prove that practitioners of these arts, especially qigong, can successfully overcome so-called incurable diseases, maintain their health and manage stress effectively. Stories on Satori or Awakening experienced by Sifu Wong's students and disciples.

Bushido and the Art of Living - An Inquiry into Samurai Values (Paperback): Alexander Bennett Bushido and the Art of Living - An Inquiry into Samurai Values (Paperback)
Alexander Bennett
R778 R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Save R146 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Defending Against Attack for Women - Teaching Self Protection to Women by Preparing the Mind & Body for Physical Conflict:... Defending Against Attack for Women - Teaching Self Protection to Women by Preparing the Mind & Body for Physical Conflict: Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Frank Nezhadpournia
R278 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R95 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the fully revised 2nd Edition of the popular book teaching how to Defend Against Attack. Based on over 1000 workshops completed and 25 years of experience in coaching students at all levels! With the aid of over 300 photographs showing attack reconstructions, Frank teaches with ease the safest forms of grappling, punching, kicking and blocking against individual, multiple and knife attacks. The manual will help to empower women to curb their fears. The techniques are explained simply and teach body mechanics and movement. Helping you achieve more confidence, alertness and overall fitness, whilst reducing stress and the fear of attack by preparing for it.

Winning Not Fighting - Why you need to rethink success and how you achieve it with the Ancient Art of Wing Tsun (Hardcover):... Winning Not Fighting - Why you need to rethink success and how you achieve it with the Ancient Art of Wing Tsun (Hardcover)
John Vincent, Julian Hitch 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

FT BOOK OF THE MONTH 'A wondrous book' - Alain de Botton 'A wholly new perspective to finding balance and success' - Nir Eyal 'I highly reccommend it' - Chief experience officer, Publicis Group and author of How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Digital Age Smash your targets * Annihilate the competition * Choose your battles Have you ever wondered why we use metaphors derived from war and conflict so often at work? What impact does that have on how we conduct business, our culture, our stress levels and ultimately our ability to succeed? For too long war has cast a spell on how we think about business, with negative implications for us, the companies we work in and on the planet. Drawing on the philosophy of Wing Tsun, an ancient Chinese martial art based on the idea that fighting is fundamentally bad, John Vincent and Julian Hitch challenge some of our deepest-held assumptions and show us how to unlearn many ideas and behaviours that are preventing our personal and professional growth. Instead of embracing force as the long accepted route to success, Winning Not Fighting offers as a transformational guide to work and life by inspiring positivity, simplicity and focus. "Unites business and martial arts in a realistic, practical and intelligent way. It's capitalism, but not as we know it." - Benjamin Zephaniah

The Fence - The Art of Protection (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Geoff Thompson The Fence - The Art of Protection (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Geoff Thompson
R279 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R63 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Clear and easy-to-follow steps to enable a reader to master the fence protection principle, one of the most innovative techniques to enter the field of protection for many years.

Tan Tien Chi Kung - Foundational Exercises for Empty Force and Perineum Power (Paperback, 2nd Edition, Revised Edition): Mantak... Tan Tien Chi Kung - Foundational Exercises for Empty Force and Perineum Power (Paperback, 2nd Edition, Revised Edition)
Mantak Chia
R426 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R84 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fundamental Taoist practice for enhancing and utilizing chi . Includes breathing and movement exercises to promote vitality and healing through the cultivation of chi in the tan tien and perineum areas. Presents the foundational exercises that are essential for more advanced practices such as Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing. Tan Tien Chi Kung is the art of cultivating and condensing chi in the lower abdomen, the tan tien, the fundamental power storehouse of the body. Known as the Ocean of Chi to the ancient Taoists, this lower abdominal area holds the key to opening the body and the mind for the free and continuous movement of chi. Tan Tien Chi Kung contains specific breathing and movement exercises that develop the power of the chi stored in the body to increase vitality, strengthen organs, and promote self-healing. Mantak Chia explains how these exercises also provide a safe and effective method for receiving earth energy, which allows the practitioner to achieve balance physically, mentally, and spiritually, all of which are essential for the more advanced practices of Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing.

It is our mind that directs and guides our chi, but if the mind and body are out of balance or under stress, the mind cannot perform this function. The tan tien actually contains a large quantity of neurotransmitters, making it a key source of body intelligence. It is for this reason the Taoists also referred to Tan Tien Chi Kung as Second Brain Chi Kung and created exercises that would allow practitioners to gain awareness of the tan tien's function to restore the mind-body balance that is essential for spiritual growth and optimal well-being.

The Laws of the Ring (Paperback): Urijah Faber, Tim Keown The Laws of the Ring (Paperback)
Urijah Faber, Tim Keown
R286 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thanks to a combination of physical prowess, indomitable will, and sharp and unconventional powers of observation, Urijah The California Kid Faber has risen to the top of the mixed martial arts food chain. In "The Laws of the Ring", he draws from these strengths, providing a unique and deeply personal look at life in and outside the cage - lessons fans can use to shape their own worlds. Part self-help book, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, "The Laws of the Ring" is filled with funny, provocative, and inspirational stories that provide a colorful glimpse into the rise of a young superstar and the philosophy behind his success. For Faber, fighting is a quest for self-awareness and an act of self-expression. The "Laws of the Ring" offers his reflections on success and failure through his 10 Laws of Power and his Five Laws of Weakness. He speaks frankly about personal role models like Randy Couture, as well as human barnacles such as Internet Steve, one of the many hangers - on who have given Faber a unique look at the dark side of fame. And he includes wisdom drawn from disparate realms including history, art, and sports that will guide readers on the path to getting, and living, the life they want. My way isn't for everyone, Faber says, but everyone can take something away from my experience.

Filipino Stick Fighting Techniques (Paperback): Mark V. Wiley, Darren Tibon Filipino Stick Fighting Techniques (Paperback)
Mark V. Wiley, Darren Tibon
R370 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R102 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Filipino Stick Fighting Techniques is the authoritative guide to Cabales Serrada Escrima a stick fighting art with its roots in Escrima, the national martial art of the Philippines. The popularity of these techniques has dramatically increased since they were used extensively by Matt Damon in action-packed fight scenes in the Jason Bourne films. Developed by Grandmaster Angel Cabales when he came to the U.S., Cabales Serrada Escrima is a distinct system emphasizing close-quarter combat using highly effective stick-fighting moves in unarmed as well as knife fighting situations. This book offers a clear presentation of the basic strikes, blocks, counters, and disarms unique to this style of martial art as well as explaining how and why the techniques work and when to use them. Angel Cabales was a pioneer in the Filipino Martial Arts and the first teacher of Escrima in the U.S. He trained and certified Mark V. Wiley, the author of this book. Darren G. Tibon, an Escrima Grandmaster, was also trained by Cabales and has contributed a new foreword to the book. This book contains: Personal accounts of Grandmaster Angel Cabales and how he developed his system The dynamics of body positioning, distance control, and both single-stick and empty-hand defensive methods A comprehensive set of training drills for practitioners at different levels. Extensively illustrated with over 300 photos and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book lays the foundation for not just learning the system of Cabales Serrada Escrima, but understanding the traditions and philosophy of the art.

The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja - Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom (Paperback, annotated edition): Ross Heaven The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja - Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom (Paperback, annotated edition)
Ross Heaven 1
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MARTIAL ARTS / SPIRITUALITY "Ross Heaven is a spiritual warrior. If you apply the lessons of this book to your life, you will find the freedom and happiness you seek." Howard G. Charing, Director of the Eagle's Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they know the mind and will of God. Regarded as masters of invisibility and "warriors of the shadow self," their legendary skills include the ability to command the elements and transform themselves into Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Void--the nothingness from which all things arise. In this book Ross Heaven reveals the training exercises and mental discipline used by the Ninja to develop these extraordinary physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual skills. Central to Ninja philosophy is the understanding that there is no higher power than the actualized human being. The Ninja believe there are four gates to freedom and to pass through them we must overcome four initiatory ordeals. Succeeding at these enables us to combat fear, find true power, clarify our vision, and overcome the soul fatigue that is at the root of our personal and social problems in order to embrace our inner positive energies (kuji-kuri) and realize our talents. Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the archetypal energy of the Lover, Seeker, Magus, Soul Warrior, and Mystic and their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructive habits of the past and create a bushido, a personal code to live by. Without initiation, we cannot access and channel our energies; they remain uncontrolled oreven work against us. Ross Heaven provides the key that allows us to turn these elemental forces into our allies. ROSS HEAVEN is a therapist and workshop leader in personal development and healing whose books include Vodou Shaman, Darkness Visible, Spirit in the City, and The Journey to You. He lives in England and teaches shamanic workshops internationally.

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