Developing Jin

Silk-Reeling Power in Tai Chi and the Internal Martial Arts

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Developing Jin provides a complete and progressive training regimen for increasing and refining chansi-jin, also known as silk-reeling power or coiling power--the true power of the internal martial arts. With step-by-step instructions and photographs, experienced teacher Philip Starr walks readers through a variety of techniques designed to help practitioners feel and...

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Volume 2

Qi Cultivation Principles and Exercises

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $23.95
North Atlantic Books

This 1,500-year-old self-healing exercise strengthens the immune system, mitigates chronic illness, prevents and heals cancer, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves focus and well-being. Dragon and Tiger medical qigong is based on Chinese medicine's acupuncture wellness model. The practice consists of seven movements which regulate and strengthen all of the acupuncture...

Muay Thai Training Exercises

The Ultimate Guide to Fitness, Strength, and Fight Preparation

Written by Christoph Delp
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

Effective martial arts training, especially for a demanding sport like Muay Thai, requires a prudent training plan. In Muay Thai Training Techniques, professional trainer Christoph Delp shows amateur as well as advanced fighters how to best utilize their training time, whether at home or in the gym, alone or with a...

Journey to the Heart of Aikido

The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei

Written by Linda Holiday, Contribution by Motomichi Anno
Price: $21.95
Blue Snake Books

Journey to the Heart of Aikido presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei, one of the few remaining direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido. After a lifetime of practice and teaching in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Anno Sensei conveys through his teachings Aikido's essential spirit...

The Cheng School Gao Style Baguazhang Manual

Gao Yisheng's Bagua Twisting-Body Connected Palm

Written by Gao Yisheng, Edited by Liu Fengcai, Translated by John Groschwitz, Foreword by Vincent Black
Price: $29.95
Blue Snake Books

In its first English-language edition, this detailed training manual is a complete guide to Gao baguazhang, as preserved through the lineage of Liu Fengcai. The youngest of the major bagua lineages, Gao bagua shows the influence of taiji quan, xingyi quan, and shuai jiao. It incorporates traditional bagua weapons, pre-heaven palms...

Aikido Ground Fighting

Grappling and Submission Techniques

Written by Walther G. Von Krenner, Damon Apodaca and Ken Jeremiah, Foreword by Carl Long
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

Aikido Ground Fighting presents effective ground techniques that remain true to aikido founder Morehei Ueshiba's teachings while addressing a potential weakness in the system: while aikido is renowned for its submission and compliance techniques as well as grappling from a standing position, it is not known for its effectiveness when it...

Muay Thai Counter Techniques

Competitive Skills and Tactics for Success

Written by Christoph Delp
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

This thoroughly revised edition of Muay Thai: Advanced Thai Boxing Techniques teaches intermediate Muay Thai fighters how to counter a wide range of opponents' attacks. Author Christoph Delp explains the rules and ceremonial procedures unique to Muay Thai competition, demonstrates historical and modern techniques, provides training tips, and details the benefits of training...

The Spirit of the Sword

Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

Written by Nakamura Taisaburo, Contribution by John Maki Evans, Translated by Gavin J. Poffley, Foreword by Tomoko Nakamura
Price: $24.95
Blue Snake Books

Nakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura sensei is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice of tameshigiri (test cutting)...

Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two

A History of the Brazilian Martial Art

Written by Mestre Ricardo Cachorro
Price: $24.95
Blue Snake Books

Capoeira’s unique blend of martial art, dance, and thrilling sport has made it an increasingly popular activity worldwide. But its origins have been shrouded in mystery and its complex history not well understood. For volume two of his Unknown Capoeira series, Mestre Ricardo Cachorro has done extensive archival research to shed...

The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi

Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls

Edited by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami, Translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

The shinobi, or ninja, is one of the most widely recognized figures in the world of espionage—and also one of the most misrepresented. What do we really know about the historical shinobi, his tactics, and his role in medieval Japanese society? In Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, these questions—and many more—are...

Sonny Umpad's Eskrima

The Life and Teachings of a Filipino Martial Arts Master

Written by George M. Yore
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Sonny Umpad's Eskrima provides insight on Maestro Santiago “Sonny” Umpad's life, philosophy, and teaching methods, as well as the structural underpinnings of his system. Born with the soul of a warrior, the intellect of a scholar, and a zealot's devotion to his art, Maestro Santiago "Sonny" Umpad forged an enduring contribution to...

Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume Two

South District Beijing's Strongly Rooted Style

Written by Zhang Jie, Contribution by Randy Chung, Richard Shapiro, Mark Wigzell and William Baller
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

In volume 2 of Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Professor Zhang Jie documents the style of Bagua Zhang developed by Liu Bin, one of Cheng Ting Hua's top students. Professor Zhang became a disciple in this tradition in 1979, apprenticing under the well-known expert Liu Xing Han in Beijing. He was...

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands

A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice

Written by Robert Tangora, Foreword by Michael J. Gelb
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands offers readers an in-depth look into the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan via the practice of Cloud Hands, a foundational exercise common to all schools of this popular martial art. Part theoretical treatise, part training manual, this book facilitates a deeper understanding of "internal" movement...

Bagua and Tai Chi

Exploring the Potential of Chi, Martial Arts, Meditation and the I Ching

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

In Bagua and Tai Chi, noted teacher Bruce Frantzis demonstrates through these two important practices what is required to develop and embody high levels of chi flow. Inside the slow-motion movements of tai chi is a sophisticated mind/body/spirit practice. Derived from the I Ching (Book of Changes), bagua is unique in...

Bagua Swimming Body Palms

Written by Wang Shujin, Translated by Kent Howard and Chen Hsiao-Yen
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Bagua Swimming Body Palms is the second book written by Wang Shujin, one of the world’s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts and a renowned expert of Bagua Zhang. This volume continues the process of bringing Master Wang’s important art to Western readers. More intricate than the Linked Palms form...

Cultivating Qi

An Introduction to Chinese Body-Mind Energetics

Written by Jun Wang, Ph.D., C.M.D.
Price: $16.95
North Atlantic Books

While Chinese acupuncture and herbalism enjoy widespread popularity in the West, traditional Chinese exercise techniques—with the exception of qi gong—have rarely been taught outside China. This book is designed to change that. Written by Jun Wang, a doctor of Chinese medicine, Cultivating Qi draws on classic Chinese texts to introduce these...

Natural Chi Movement

Accessing the World of the Miraculous

Written by Tienko Ting, Foreword by William Spear
Price: $18.95
North Atlantic Books

The modern world is largely focused on the physical—on the appetites and senses, on doing and having—which can blind us to the spiritual realm. In Natural Chi Movement, Tienko Ting articulates a theory of life that unites the physical and spiritual worlds. He suggests there is nothing to learn or master...

Higher Judo

Groundwork

Written by Moshe Feldenkrais, Edited by Elizabeth Beringer, Foreword by Dennis Leri, Michael Brousse and Moti Nativ
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais is best known for pioneering the somatic therapy that bears his name. Less well known is that he was also one of the earliest European practitioners of the martial art of judo and wrote a number of influential texts on the subject. Primary among these is Higher Judo...

Kurikara

The Sword and the Serpent

Written by John Maki Evans, Foreword by Natanaga Zhander
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

In Mikkyo—Japanese esoteric Buddhism—the dragon Kurikara symbolizes the internal energy developed through sword practice. Kurikara is a manifestation of the fierce bodhisattva Fudo Myo O, the patron of ascetics and warriors in Japan, who uses his sword to destroy delusions and sever attachments. Fudo’s sword represents the gaining of discriminative power...

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Volume 1

Develop Health and Energy in 7 Simple Movements

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $23.95
North Atlantic Books

Practiced by millions in China to release stress and maintain robust health, Dragon and Tiger qigong is also used to help prevent and heal cancer and to mitigate the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Frantzis chose Dragon and Tiger from among several hundred sets he researched because its seven simple movements...

Hidden Hands

Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

The solo forms or sets of a martial art may appear to be merely flashy performances or rote exercises for conditioning, and because of this many students disregard this aspect of their training. True martial arts masters, however, know that the forms of a system actually contain all of the techniques...

Ki in Aikido, Second Edition

A Sampler of Ki Exercises

Written by C.M. Shifflett
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

Ki represents the life force behind the Japanese martial art of aikido. To aikidoists ki is the universal spirit present in all things, and it can also be compared to the Hebrew Ruach and the Greek Pneuma, meaning "smoke," "wind," or "spirit."

The book includes extensively illustrated step-by-step instructions of ki exercises...

Jingwu

The School that Transformed Kung Fu

Written by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

In 1909, because of their ties with the failed Boxer Rebellion and the rise of modern weaponry, Chinese martial arts were in serious danger of extinction. The Jingwu Association was formed to keep these ancient arts alive. Jingwu: The School That Transformed Kung Fu tells the story of this seminal institution...

Taekwondo

A Technical Manual

Written by Gilles R. Savoie, Foreword by Chungwon Choue and Grandmaster Kee S. Ha
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

In Taekwondo: A Technical Manual, renowned Master Gilles Savoie presents the art and science of the popular martial art, showing practitioners how to optimize both body and spirit. While other taekwondo books simply document traditional forms andexercises, this one goes further, providing an in-depth look at the body mechanics and physics...

The Major Methods of Wudang Sword

Written by Huang Yuan Xiou, Commentaries by Master Chang Wu Na, Translated by Dr. Lu Mei-hui
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Originally published in Chinese in 1930, The Major Methods of Wudang Sword has become a contemporary classic in the field of traditional Chinese martial arts. Written by Huang Yuan Xiou, the disciple of Li Jing-Lin—China’s most celebrated sword practitioner—this edition now introduces English readers to the fascinating world of traditional Chinese...

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