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Bruce Lee: A Life
The most authoritative biography—featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs—of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans.Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling 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 actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon.Polly explores Lee’s 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 James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a 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 myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts—not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.
Bruce Lee: A Life
The most authoritative biography - featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs - of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans.Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling 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 actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon.Polly explores Lee’s 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 James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a 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 myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts - not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.
The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan
The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu's book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu's direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu's classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author's frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text. The translator investigates and compares several early taijiquan books in order to help explain the roles played by two of Yang Chengfu's students, Dong Yingjie and Zheng Manqing, in bringing Yang Chengfu's words and teachings into print.Serious students of taijiquan, and those wishing to deepen their knowledge of taijiquan history and theory, will find this seminal work indispensable to their study and practice.
Ultimate Warrior Workouts (Training for Warriors): Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts
A world-renowned fitness instructor travels to the top martial arts designations around the globe to bring back the training secrets of the world's best fighters in Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Sambo, Judo, and more.
Out of the violent chaos of medieval Japan, a remarkable band of peasants rose to become the world's most feared warriors--trained to perfect the art of ninjutsu, the deadly union of martial arts and deception. Today, however, these real life ninjas are overshadowed by legend and pop culture caricatures. Could they fly? Climb walls? Make themselves invisible? Drawing on a wealth of historical texts, local Japanese sources, and his own comprehensive treks across Asia, acclaimed author John Man takes us back to the ninjas' origins in China, through to their heyday in the bloody civil wars that ended with the unification of Japan in 1600. Man also illuminates the twentieth-century reemergence of the Japanese tradition of shadow warfare through the Nakano Spy School--the elite military-intelligence academy that operated as an extensive spy network during World War II--and reveals one former Nakano soldier, Onoda Hiroo, who may be the last surviving ninja. Compelling and absorbing, Ninja reveals at last the fascinating true history behind one of the world's most enduring legends.
Zen in the Martial Arts
Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems - self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities.
Master the moves of krav maga - the international self-defense and fitness sensation. Increasingly popular around the world, krav maga is the renowned hand-to-hand defense system designed by the Israeli military forces. Swift, powerful, and simple, it is an effective method for fending off any kind of attacker - and it is also an amazing workout. Regardless of size, strength, and fitness level, anyone can master the essentials of krav maga - and reap the rewards of increased safety, confidence, and conditioning.
The Bruce Lee Way: Motivation, Wisdom and Life-Lessons from the Legend
In his too-brief time on Earth, Bruce Lee became one of the most beloved figures in martial arts history thanks to his performances in films like Enter the Dragon and The Way of the Dragon. But Bruce was more than just a fighter or an actor: He was also a philosopher who left behind his thoughts on life, technique, work, love and more in both his films and personal writings.In The Bruce Lee Way, Bruce's story is distilled through a series of lessons that will lead you on the path of what Bruce called "self-actualization." Featuring personal effect, handwritten letters, sketches and more, The Bruce Lee Way offers a unique window into the mind of the master, as well as empowering examples of how to channel his methods into your own life.
Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat
Got Fight? is the uproarious and out of control book from Forrest Griffin, one of the most outrageous personalities in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC). The former light heavyweight champ of the UFC, Forrest is one of the UFC's biggest stars in mixed martials arts, the fastest-growing sport in the world. Now in "Got Fight?", the man who's been called 'the most popular fighter in the UFC' offers personal stories from inside and outside the Octagon to give readers a glimpse into the mind of a mixed martial artist and illustrate his 50 principles of being a fighter, with topics ranging from mentally preparing before a professional fight to kicking it into high gear when your ring is the street. Mixing his fighting tips with his own booming personality and his trademark sense of humour, Forrest creates his own unique, self-deprecating version of self-help. In these pages, you will learn about true mental toughness - whether it's scraping it out in the Octagon or picking up chicks.
Weapons of Fitness: The Women's Ultimate Guide to Fitness, Self-Defense, and Empowerment
A groundbreaking self-defense and fitness book for women by a ballerina turned self-defense expert. Avital Zeisler was a ballerina in Canada when she was savagely attacked by a larger, stronger man. For months afterward she lived in fear, until finally, she decided to take matters into her own hands and began self-defense training with professionals from around the world. She studied with military personnel, martial arts experts, and security specialists, and even became the first international woman to graduate from the Israeli Krav Maga Association. However, she quickly realized none of these self-defense programs took into account the extra difficulties that women in particular can face when being attacked. As a woman, what should you do if your attacker is one hundred pounds heavier and much stronger than you, and is slow to react to pain due to drug or alcohol consumption? Zeisler realized women needed a program designed specifically for them. Using her personal experience as a driving force and the methods she'd studied as a base, she came up with a self-defense system tailored for women. She called it the Soteria Method, after the Greek goddess of safety. Women flocked to her classes to learn how to defend themselves in any situation by turning their own bodies into weapons. Often petite or concerned about being 'weak,' after Zeisler's class these women soon exulted in their ability to protect themselves. Now, Zeilser offers you her groundbreaking program. Unique and powerful, Weapons of Fitness provides you with: a six-week program to teach you moves with which to defend yourself in any situation - and get you into the best shape of your life an explanation of the principles and practice of street fighting an introduction to the tools that will raise your situational awareness without leaving you paranoid - so that you can live a confident, empowered life a new definition of self-defense As Zeisler learned, the smarter and more targeted her training, the stronger and more confident she became. Zeisler's system brings you her unique and exclusive method of self-defense, fitness, and empowerment, giving you a sense of comfort and power in any situation while also allowing you to let your guard down, both physically and emotionally.
Iceman: My Fighting Life
Chuck Liddell is the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and superstar of Mixed Martial Arts - the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998, he won his first Mixed Martial Arts fight, soon after joining the UFC to become the #1 ranked light-heavyweight contender in the world. He is a walking lethal weapon. Here, for the first time, is the story of Chuck Liddell inside and outside the Octagon - from his childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara to the bloodiest battles of his career, to balancing life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar. With never-before-seen photos - and an all-new chapter added for this edition - Iceman is the true, no-holds-barred story of Chuck Liddell’s fight to become a champion.
Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
A physical and philosophical mediation on why we are drawn to fight each other for sport, what happens to our bodies and brains when we do, and what it all means.Anyone with guts or madness in him can get hit by someone who knows how; it takes a different kind of madness, a more persistent kind, to stick around long enough to be one of the people who does the knowing.Josh Rosenblatt was thirty-three years old when he first realized he wanted to fight. A lifelong pacifist with a philosopher’s hatred of violence and a dandy’s aversion to exercise, he drank to excess, smoked passionately, ate indifferently, and mocked physical activity that didn’t involve nudity. But deep down inside there was always some part of him that was attracted to the idea of fighting. So, after studying Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and boxing, he decided, at age forty, that it was finally time to fight his first—and only—mixed martial arts match: all in the name of experience and transcending ancient fears.An insightful and moving rumination on the nature of fighting, Why We Fight takes us on his journey from the bleachers to the ring. Using his own training as an opportunity to understand how the sport illuminates basic human impulses, Rosenblatt weaves together cultural history, criticism, biology, and anthropology to understand what happens to the human body and mind when under attack, and to explore why he, a self-described “cowardly boy from the suburbs,” discovered so much meaning in putting his body, and others’, at risk.From the psychology of fear to the physiology of pain, from Ukrainian shtetls to Brooklyn boxing gyms, from Lord Byron to George Plimpton, Why We Fight is a fierce inquiry into the abiding appeal of our most conflicted and controversial fixation, interwoven with a firsthand account of what happens when a mild-mannered intellectual decides to step into the ring for his first real showdown.
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