World Martial Arts

Developing Jin

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

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $18.95
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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...

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
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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...

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
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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)...

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
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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
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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
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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...

Bagua and Tai Chi

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

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $19.95
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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
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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...

Higher Judo

Groundwork

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

Jingwu

The School that Transformed Kung Fu

Written by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
Price: $17.95
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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...

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
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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...

Fu Zhen Song's Dragon Bagua Zhang

Written by Lin Chao Zhen, Edited by Wei Ran Lin and Rick Wing
Price: $17.95
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The Dragon Bagua Zhang system of third-generation master Fu Zhen Song was one of the most powerful martial arts styles to emerge from 1920s China. Fu Zhen Song had a reputation as a skilled fighter and uncompromising teacher, and his Dragon Bagua style was renowned for its extensive catalog of whirling...

The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Written by Stuart Alve Olson
Price: $17.95
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Developed by Wang Lang over 300 years ago, Praying Mantis Kung Fu is the only martial art based on the fighting skills of an insect. This fascinating system utilizes swift, methodical movements for defense and offense, and is well respected as an art that helps practitioners develop great strength and perseverance...

The 64 Hands of Bagua Zhang

Fighting Techniques of Liu Dekuan

Written by Gao Jiwu and Nigel Sutton
Price: $16.95
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The art of Bagua Zhang is best known for its circular forms, yet linear fighting techniques have been incorporated into Bagua practice by many renowned masters. Liu Dekuan, a student of Dong Haichuan (the founder of Bagua Zhang), was one such master, devising a set of 64 techniques performed in straight...

The Wing Chun Compendium, Volume Two

Written by Wayne Belonoha
Price: $39.95
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Wing Chun, also called Ving Tsun, is a popular system of kung fu designed centuries ago by a Buddhist nun and Shaolin master. Together, the two volumes of The Wing Chun Compendium offer a complete guide to the discipline, from theory and philosophy to drills and forms. In this volume, author...

Bagua Linked Palms

Written by Wang Shujin, Translated by Kent Howard and Chen Hsiao-Yen
Price: $16.95
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Master Wang Shujin (1904—1981) was one of the world’s foremost exponents of Chinese internal martial arts, with legendary expertise in the disciplines of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, and Xingyi Quan. This book offers a lucid translation of Master Wang’s seminal work on Bagua Zhang and includes expanded instruction by co-translator and...

The Classical Three-Section Staff

Written by Rick Wing
Price: $18.95
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The San Jie Gun, or three-section staff, is a traditional Chinese weapon consisting of three short wooden or metal rods linked by chain. Versatile and difficult, it can be flexible or rigid, long or short, and an instrument of finesse or brutality. To wield it requires athletic prowess, courage, and tenacity...

The Xingyi Quan of the Chinese Army

Huang Bo Nien's Xingyi Fist and Weapon Instruction

Written by Dennis Rovere
Price: $16.95
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Huang Bo Nien’s Xingyi Fist and Weapon Instruction was the first manual to systematically adapt a traditional Chinese martial art for modern military training. When it was first published in Chinese in 1928, it was heralded as an exciting new approach to martial arts; today, it remains an important work for...

Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume One

South District Beijing's Strongly Rooted Style

Written by Zhang Jie, Contribution by Richard Shapiro
Price: $22.95
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One of the three major orthodox internal styles of Chinese martial arts (along with Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan), Bagua Zhang (or Ba Gua Zhang) is also one of the most ancient and revered. The first volume in a series of two on the form, Liu Bin’s Zhuang...

Walking the I Ching

The Linear Ba Gua of Gao Yi Sheng

Written by Allen Pittman
Price: $17.95
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Ba gua is one of the internal styles of the Chinese martial arts, a "circular" walking technique that helps train the mind and body to recognize and accept change. Characterized by its spinning movements and extremely evasive footwork, ba gua is often used as a means to protect others, much like...

Flashing Steel, Second Edition

Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship

Written by Masayuki Shimabukuro and Leonard Pellman
Price: $22.95
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Flashing Steel, the best-selling and highly acclaimed book on iaijutsu (alternatively called iaido), is as much about bringing life into focus as it is about techniques of swordsmanship. Iaijutsu was the martial art of the samurai of feudal Japan who remain the most enduring of warrior icons, equally popular in the...

Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals

A Historical Survey

Edited by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
Price: $21.95
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Secret training manuals, magic swords, and flying kung fu masters—these are staples of Chinese martial arts movies and novels, but only secret manuals have a basis in reality. Chinese martial arts masters of the past did indeed write such works, along with manuals for the general public. This collection introduces Western...

Nei Jia Quan, Second Edition

Internal Martial Arts

Written by Jess O'Brien
Price: $21.95
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In this illuminating book, prominent masters offer an informed, inside view of the Chinese internal martial arts known collectively as “nei jia quan”–those practices that emphasize awareness of the spirit, mind, qi (breath, or energy flow), and the use of relaxed leverage rather than brute force. Drawing from enduring traditions practiced...

The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi

Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $27.95
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Originally published in 1998, this book has become a martial arts classic. It provides detailed descriptions of the three main internal martial arts—tai chi (taiji), hsing-i (xingyi) and ba gua (pakua)—and their sub-styles, as well as how they differ from each other and from such external arts as karate, tae kwon...

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