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Beautifully illustrated throughout, this indispensable guide to Tai Chi provides a complete introduction to this meditative art. Often practiced for health and longevity, the simplicity and effectiveness of Tai Chi has meant that it has emerged as a popular and accessible way to cope with the pressures and strains of modern living worldwide. Containing a complete introduction to the principles and practices of Tai Chi, and accompanied by clear and instructive photography throughout, Angus Clark gives beginners and amateurs all of the support they need as they start to practice. Including sections on the basic principles of movement and the body, how Tai Chi can help to heal, life energies, meridians and the seven major chakras, as well as step-by-step guides to the complete movement sequence, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tai Chi will help to improve mind, movement and focus for anyone seeking a more meditative approach to life.
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In this poignant, deeply moving book, Muhammad Ali shares the beliefs he has come to live by and which he has passed on to his children. Some of the wisdom is his own; some comes from the teachings of true Islam, from his spiritual studies, and from people he has met in the course of his extraordinary life. Here, as he recalls his relatively impoverished early days as a young warrior in Louisville, Kentucky, and his meteoric rise to fame as Heavyweight Champion of the World, a title he won three times, he tells of the many battles he won and lost, both inside and outside the ring, his conversion to Islam in the 1960s and the many life lessons he learned along the way. Now, working tirelessly as a worldwide ambassador for peace, he talks of the damage caused when religion is used to tear people apart, the essential need for unity in this troubled world, and how his faith sustains him on this, the most important journey of his life - the journey to forgiveness and peace. Together with his daughter Hana, in this timely spiritual memoir (which includes a selection of exclusive photographs) All draws upon his rich reserve of notes, tapes and journals, and writes with compassion, warmth and, of course, humour on how we can liberate mind, body and spirit when we pursue and embrace the one essential truth - love. As he says, 'It is after I retired from boxing that my true work began. I have embarked on a journey to love.'
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One of the most talked-about and bestselling books of last year, this is the no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting legend driven to the brink of self-destruction The bestseller that has everyone talking. In this, his first, autobiography, 'Iron' Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career. Co-written with Larry Sloman, author of Antony Keidis's best-selling memoir 'Scar Tissue', this is a visceral, and unputdown-able story of a man born and raised to brutality, who reached the heights of stardom before falling to crime, substance abuse and infamy. Full of all the controversy and complexity that you would expect from a man who delighted as much as he shocked, this is a book that will surprise and reveals a fascinating character beneath the exterior of violence. If you think you know all about Mike Tyson, read this book and think again.
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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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Get up close and personal with WWE's Attitude Era, includes exclusive Stone Cold Steve Austin skull bottle opener. You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about one of wrestling's most controversial and iconic periods - WWE Attitude Era. From Stone Cold Steve Austin to Kurt Angle discover the moments and moves that catapulted these wrestlers to stardom and created one of WWE's most exciting eras. Relive the Attitude era with the exclusive Stone Cold Steve Austin skull bottle opener that comes with every book, a unique momento for any WWE fan.
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The ultimate self-defence book which helps you to deal confidently with any violent or threatening confrontation. The guide takes you through all the possible stages of a confrontation in a easy-to-follow style. Modern Self Defence and Conflict Management is your family's personal security guide. It has been developed to provide survivability on today's city streets. The author, Tremaine Kent, is a pioneer within the self-defence industry, with over 18 years martial arts teaching experience and 15 years active military service within our elite special forces. He has created the RAID system (Rapid Action Initiated Defence) - a new system described within this book which is a complete modern self defence guide for personal protection and security. The delivery of RAID is taught through the following five easy-to-follow modules: Deter: Develop more confidence through learning specialist skills which will create a non-victim mentality and provide you with a safer way of living. Detect: Through awareness and visual observation you will be able to foresee potential situations before they arise. Defuse: By following the book's conflict management process, you will be able to defuse the problem while preparing the mind and body to escape or defend if necessary. Defend: The book teaches you defence strategies that work on the body's natural reflexes. These combined with illustrated defence techniques make it easy to learn and easy to remember when in a confrontational situation. Desensitize: After a violent confrontation you may suffer fromDerrick.Fernandes@rbwm.gov.uk denial or mental stress. Learn the tools and techniques to enable quick recovery. Fully illustrated, with expert advice and emphasis on confidence, awareness, conflict management, defence and dealing with the aftermath of potential conflict, this is more than just a self defence book and will be a protection bible for people worried about living in a world of increasing violence.
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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest middleweight boxer of all time, he held the world title for 12 defences, including bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran which entered fistic folklore. From his wild early fights in the boxing wilderness of Brockton, Massachusetts, Brian and Damian Hughes trace the blazing trail of Hagler's career: the controversial defeats subsequently avenged, a riot-scarred title win in London, and his unification of the middleweight crown. Hagler became a huge favourite, taking on all comers while never taking a step back. And so to The Ring magazine's "greatest round of all time" against Hearns, his ferocious battle with Duran, and the still-controversial loss to his nemesis Leonard. Marvelous tells the story of Hagler's extraordinary life for the first time, separating truth from myth to get right to the heart of a complex and charismatic man.
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A LION'S TALE documented Chris Jericho's journey from small-time dreamer to big-time superstar, from Winnipeg, Canada, to undisputed WWE heavyweight champion of the world. But UNDISPUTED kicks off just as the fantasy begins to unravel. Faced with endless internal politics on his rise to the top of the WWE company ladder, Jericho has to draw on the super-human resources that got him there in the first place. There are bruising encounters aplenty both inside and outside the ring. He reveals why he temporarily left WWE, includes the inside story of his time in Hollywood, and opens the can of worms that is life on the road with the rock band Fozzy. He also revisits the premature birth of his twins and the pain of his mother's death, as well as the shock of Eddy Guerrero's and the Benoit family deaths. As upfront and outspoken as A LION'S TALE, this sequel is as direct as the man himself.
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"To be legendary you got to have heart...Ray's heart was bigger than all the rest". (Muhammad Ali). Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the greatest boxers ever. An artist and a showman he was always willing to take the difficult fight: his gruelling encounters with Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler have become legendary. Ray's autobiography takes you into the ring - with the mind games, brutality and euphroia. But, outside of the ring, Ray's biggest opponent was himself. From early domestic violence and sexual abuse to a blur of fame, sex, greed, drink and drug addiction at the height of his career that cost him so much, "The Big Fight" is a remarkable portrait of the rise, fall and final redeption of a true fighter in every sense.
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See WWE Superstars like you've never seen them before! The Ultimate Superstars Guide by BradyGames is an illustrated compedium of all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.
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UFC: A Visual History is a comprehensive look at the history, individuals, and events that made the UFC the premier organization it is today. Filled with impressive visuals and in-depth text, this striking hardcover book is a must have for any fan.
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Boxing On This Day revisits the sport's most magical moments, from title tear-ups, shocks and famous knockouts to bizarre dramas. Here are hundreds of ring highlights, all mixed in with a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable boxing diary - with an entry for every day of the year. It's not just the stunning punches and smart one-liners that makes the history of the fight game so absorbing. Boxing is never far from controversy or hyperbole, surviving fixes and numerous scandals while producing some of sport's most famous names from Dempsey to Louis, from Ali to Tyson, from Lennox Lewis to Floyd Mayweather Jr. As well as recalling heroic, controversial, funny, tragic and surreal events, Boxing On This Day benefits from brilliant research, gathering together many original stories in a concise history of boxing from the 19th century to 2015.
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Is this the right book for me? This is the perfect introduction for beginners who want to learn the essential principles behind Tai Chi without overcomplicated instructions or confusing detail. You will learn the basic ideas and get into the Tai Chi way of thinking before picking up the 'form' and exercises through a series of simple illustrations designed for all abilities, leaving you with the perfect antidote to the stresses of 21st-century life. Find Peace with Tai Chi includes: Chapter 1: Background What does 'tai chi' mean? The tai chi form Origins of tai chi How long does it take to learn? What are the benefits? The nature of ch'i Atmospheric ch'i Chapter 2: Gently does it How fast? How slow? Breathing made visible Practice Getting started Chapter 3: Tips and suggestions Dos and don'ts Posture Basic stances Getting about Chapter 4: The form - part one Step-by-step instructions Chapter 5: The form - part two Step-by-step instructions Chapter 6: In depth Additional notes on the movement Test your knowledge Chapter 7: Tai chi and health Circulation Breathing Lymph Nerves, sensations and thoughts Food and how to deal with it Bones Muscles Glands Urinary and reproductive systems Sex Staying healthy Chapter 8: Tai chi - the learning experience Questions in class Letters and correspondence Chapter 9: Body, mind and spirit Finding a teacher Between heaven and earth Ch'i kung The five elements: pathways between body and mind Taoism ...Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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This is a beautifully illustrated guide to the history, philosophy, practice and etiquette of this Japanese martial art, and the physical and spiritual benefits it can bring. It is a complete aikido course from beginner to advanced level, containing suitable exercises for men, women and children of all fitness levels. You can learn how to harmonize with and neutralize an opponent's attack, using their own force against them. It features illustrated step-by-step sequences that demonstrate postures, movements, pins, falls and throws, showing both solo and paired exercises. It includes over 500 photographs that show every stage of each movement in easy-to-follow stages, demonstrated by qualified experts. Aikido is a martial art developed by Japanese master Morihei Ueshiba in the early part of the 20th century. It is based on natural movements and the unity of mind and body, which combine to harmonize with the actions of an opponent and to restrain or throw them by utilizing the power of their own energy. The practice of aikido is associated with many physical and spiritual benefits; as well as controlling an opponent, it is an excellent way to develop strength, suppleness, stamina and mental and emotional harmony. This clearly presented and accessible book is a fully illustrated guide to the development, philosophy and techniques of an extraordinary art. With over 500 photographs, together with comprehensive text from one of the most respected teachers working today, this is a perfect guide for anyone beginning aikido, or for experienced practitioners who want to go further.
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Boxing is well-known for its training regime, which produces some of the strongest, fittest athletes in the world. 'Boxing fitness', a recent development in personal fitness, has adapted elements of this training into a safe, enjoyable and effective workout. A non-contact discipline, it's fun and suitable for everyone. In essence, it's a great cardiovascular workout that also helps develop strength, speed, co-ordination, balance and flexibility. In this book, two experts describe the techniques involved - a circuit that includes shadow boxing, skipping, punch bag and focus-pad work - and explain how a regime can be tailored to address each individual's fitness goals, whether it be weight loss, general toning, increased stamina or improved strength. The unique structure of a boxing fitness session evokes the traditional boxing experience, adding an authentic touch to a modern exercise regime that's suitable for men and women, young and old. Whether you're a cross-training athlete or simply want to enjoy a great workout, this clear and well-illustrated guide will help you reach the top of your game.
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Norman Mailer's, "The Fight" focuses on the 1975 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Kinshasa, Zaire. Muhammad Ali met George Foreman in the ring. Foreman's genius employed silence, serenity and cunning. He had never been defeated. His hands were his instrument, and 'he kept them in his pockets the way a hunter lays his rifle back into its velvet case'. Together the two men made boxing history in an explosive meeting of two great minds, two iron wills and monumental egos.
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In The Complete Ninja, Masaaki Hatsumi, the world's most renowned ninja grandmaster and top budo master, creates a companion volume to his bestselling The Way of the Ninja. Like the earlier work, it features hundreds of historical illustrations, documents, and photos (including many of the author demonstrating techniques) to explore the essence and wisdom of ninjutsu and reveal its hidden truths. This invaluable book will help readers deepen their understanding of ninjitsu as the very backbone of the martial arts and the spiritual clarity it provides.
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In his comprehensive autobiography, legendary Aikido grandmaster Gozo Shioda tells of his exciting life. Born in Tokyo in 1915, Shioda excelled as a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of modern Aikido. In 1954, Shioda entered the All Japan Martial Arts Exhibition, and won first prize. Holder of the ninth-rank black belt, he founded Yoshinkan Aikido. In 1988, he was awarded the title of Aikido Meijin (Grand Master) by the International Martial Arts Federation. He was also chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self-de-fence Force, the Japanese National Railways, and Sophia, Meiji Gakuin, and Takushoku Universities. In "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey", Shioda relates moving, personal anecdotes about Ueshiba and imparts what he learned from his mentor. He also offers a concise overview of the key elements of Aikido, including breath power, focused power, and the power of the centre line. About 20 rare photos of the author, chronicling his life in Aikido, are also included. Gozo Shioda died in 1994.
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From Jack London to Joyce Carol Oates, The Hurt Business is the ultimate boxing book covering a century of the greatest fighter and the writers who have followed 'the sweet science'. Beginning with Jack London's account of the 1910 championship bout between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries (for which the Call of the Wildman called for and coined the term "The Great White Hope"), and ending with Carlo Rotella's 2002 homage to Larry Holmes ("Champion at Twilight"), The Hurt Business is a near century's worth of rip-roaring reveal. Some of it comes ringside, like Norman Mailer et; some of it comes from the gym, like Pete Hamill's "Up the Stairs with Cus D'Amato"; and some of it comes from so far behind the scenes you feel as if you've been eavesdropping - Thomas Hauser's excerpt from The Black Lights. For fans of Norman Mailer's The Fight or George Kimball's Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing, The Hurt Business belongs on the shelves of any fan of boxing or sublime sports writing.
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Tai Chi Chuan is one of the more popular health activities practiced today. According to the NCCAM div. of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between 2.3 - 3 million people practice tai chi in the United States. Recommended by healthcare professionals, practiced for pleasure, fitness, or martial arts; by young and old alike, tai chi creates a vast community of people practicing for many different reasons. Many students expand their practice to include the Tai Chi Sword. It's fun, builds strength, and develops concentration and focus. Tai chi sword is integral to the long-term study of tai chi and qigong. This revised edition of our classic book on Tai Chi Sword includes a new modern, easy-to-follow layout; each movement is presented in 4-6 large photographs with lucid instructions on how to perform them; shows martial applications to help get the angles correct. Other sections offer a brief history of Tai Chi Sword, fundamental training routines, and qigong exercises to connect your Tai Chi Sword practice to your internal health.
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With an introduction by Salman Rushdie With a new afterword by the author It was the night of February 25, 1964. A cloud of cigar smoke drifted through the ring lights. Cassius Clay threw punches into the gray floating haze and waited for the bell. When Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene in the 1950s, he broke the mould. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself: from his early fights as Cassius Clay, the young, wiry man from Louisville, unwilling to play the noble and grateful warrior in a white world, to becoming Muhammad Ali, the voice of black America and the most recognised face on the planet. King of the World is the story of an incredible rise to power, a book of battles fought inside the ring and out. With grace and power, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Remnick tells of a transcendent athlete and entertainer, a rapper before rap was born. Ali was a mirror of his era, a dynamic figure in the racial and cultural clashes of his time and King of the World is a classic piece of non-fiction and a book worthy of America's most dynamic modern hero.
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'Bouts of Mania is gripping and intelligent, perhaps the best book about boxing since David Remnick's King of the World. It puts Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman in the context of their bloody, turbulent times, and reveals how The Rumble in the Jungle and The Thrilla in Manila were backlit by the conflagrations of Vietnam and Watergate, Harlem and Watts. At last, the golden age of boxing has the book it has always deserved.' Tony Parsons It was a blip, really. It lasted not even five years, from the spring of 1971 to the autumn of 1975. But if you were in the middle of it - The Fight of the Century, The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thrilla in Manila - the hysteria might have seemed unending. It was a sustained, screeching period of tumult - more than even a single country could contain. Call it an accident of history: these three men - Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman - converging in a single space, their five fights giving us an irreproducible pandemonium. Some of these fights still resonate in ways that go beyond any appreciation of sport. Each stands for a kind of defiance or maybe foolishness that still make sense today. You still hear it now: It was good, but no Ali-Frazier. But the serendipity of their riotous occupation, three of the most compelling sports personalities ever, is nothing compared to its luck of timing, and Bouts of Mania is as much about when as about what. Their fights so perfectly bookended a particular disintegration of the American psyche that it seems more a cosmic counterpoint than coincidence. This, after all, was the era of Watergate, Vietnam, Nixon and the humiliation of America. Just as David Remnick's King of the World gave us a portrait of Ali and the hope of 1960's America, Richard Hoffer's Bouts of Mania shows how these three fighters provided a moral compass during one of America's worst patches ever. This golden age of boxing gave reassurance to a shattered country that such fundamental if sometimes elusive qualities of courage and determination still mattered. And when it was all over neither they, nor the rest of the world would ever be the same again.
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From the arenas of ancient Rome to modern-day bouts, a boxer's success has been measured by their balance, strength and recovery. One of the things that The Classic Guide to Boxing teaches us is that boxing is not just a sport, but a science. Judging distance, position, arm movement and fist shape all contribute to a boxer's overall performance in the ring, and are spread out in informative chapters for improving amateurs. This handy guidebook also teaches its readers the art of performance, detailing how to trick one's opponent into being caught off guard, so that they can deliver the winning blow. Penned as the ultimate 'Manly Art of Self Defence', the history of boxing is presented in vivid detail, with essential notes on defence tactics and cross-counter moves such as the 'Famous Solar Plexus Knockout' or the 'McCoy "Corkscrew"' that any enthusiast will appreciate. This volume also recounts notable matches between boxers including Les Darcy, Jimmy Clabby and George Chip, with step-by-step accounts of their moves for readers to learn from, ultimately showcasing the sport in its early glory days.
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When Carl Froch defeated George Groves in their Wembley Stadium re-match in front of 80,000 fans, it went down as the biggest fight in British boxing history, cementing Carl's place as our greatest boxer - a pure warrior who has never accepted the easy way. Carl grew up a tough kid on a Nottingham estate, where boxing helped to keep him out of trouble. His incredible natural ability soon led to a world amateur medal before he turned pro and embarked on a long journey with his mentor and corner man Rob McCracken. Carl's career has always been defined by taking on the odds with blisteringly tough fights. He was never scared to fight in someone else's backyard and always faced the hardest opponents to prove himself - Jean Pascal, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward, Lucien Bute and his incredible last round knock-out of Jermain Taylor. But of course he will always be remembered for his showdowns with the great Dane Mikkel Kessler and then George Groves, avenging his initial points defeat by Kessler and finishing Groves for a second time with one of the greatest punches in British boxing history. Froch was first a local and now a national hero and here he tells the story of how he fought his way through sheer guts and determination to the summit of the boxing world. It was previously published as the cobra - Now fulyy revised and updated.
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