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Book of Ki : Co-Ordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life
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Book of Ki : Co-Ordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life

By Koichi Tohei

Tokyo: Japan Publications, Inc.. Near Fine. 1989. Tenth Printing. Softcover. 0870403796 . 1989 reprint. Very nice condition. Pages clean and unmarked, light age tanning to page edges. Cover has slight corner/edge wear and old price sticker on rear. The principles of Ki lie in bringing to light man's natural strength and his (her) hidden natural abilities. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; Review: "A Good Introduction to Ki ...... Book of Ki is a good basic introduction to the use of energy and how your mind and body work. It contains many useful and instructional photographs and does a good job of explaining what ki is and how it works. It stays away from a lot of the more mystical aspects and is pretty basic. Koichi Tohei states that "To extend Ki you must believe that you are doing so. In other words, you must use your mind positively." Many books lead you to believe that Ki is some mystical force that only comes from special training, but this book explains that it has a lot to do with your mind and your intention, and then goes on to give you basic instructions to begin to develop the use of this energy which we all have access to. A good introduction and worth reading if you have any interest in this part of the martial arts." (315os,0514) .

$17.50

THE TIGER'S EYE, THE BIRD'S FIST A Beginner's Guide to the Martial Arts
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THE TIGER'S EYE, THE BIRD'S FIST A Beginner's Guide to the Martial Arts

By Rafkin, Louise

Little, Brown & Company. Very Good. 1997. Softcover. 0316734640 . Ex-library book, but still in very good condition - laminated cover and usual ex-lib type markings. Internal pages unmarked. Cover has very light edgewear and a little scuffing. There are 3 small stains to outer edge of pages which appear to be something like grape juice (fairly minor). Illustrated. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; "Although this book covers martial arts basics such as stances, self-defense, sparring, and belt ranks, its strong point is its exploration of the philosophy and history of these fighting styles. Rafkin offers background material on the origins of major styles from around the world. She uses anecdotes to illustrate the skills of ancient masters and highlights the talents of modern "warriors. " There's information here on everyone from the Shaolin Temple monks to Bruce Lee, including women and young people..." [511]. .

$10.65

THE WARRIOR'S PATH Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters
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THE WARRIOR'S PATH Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters

By Sidney, James (editor)

Shambhala. Fine. 2003. First Edition. Softcover. 1590300742 . Excellent condition - clean, tight and unmarked. Very light corner wear, a little scuffing to cover. Illustrated. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; "Be gentle, kind and beautiful, yet firm and strong both mentally and physically. KEIKO FUKUDA, JUDO MASTER The Warriors Path is a collection of distilled wisdom from the worlds most revered living Japanese martial arts masters. James Sidney pays tribute to and records the words of a scattered generation, now in their 80s or 90s. They came to their art at a turning point in martial arts: as the Second World War came to an end, they were able to globalize their techniques and philosophy. As they confront their own mortality, The Warriors Path captures their poignant reflections on the development of their art and the underlying concepts that have guided them throughout their lives. Stories of intense hardship and discrimination are balanced with tales of the thrills of technical mastery and the joy of passing on knowledge...." [632] .

$12.50

KARATE TECHNIQUES & TACTICS Skills for Sparring and Self-Defense
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KARATE TECHNIQUES & TACTICS Skills for Sparring and Self-Defense

By Hickey, Patrick M.

IL: Human Kinetics. Very Good. 1997. First Edition. Softcover. 0880115947 . Clean, tight condition. Ex-library book with sturdy laminated cover and usual ex-lib type markings. Light edgewear to laminate, a little soiling to one outer edge. Internal pages are clean and tight. B/w photos. 204 pages. "Whether you’re a novice or an experienced karate-ka, you can learn new skills in Karate Techniques & Tactics. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Let one of the highest-ranking karate instructors teach you the best form for stances, blocks, punches, and kicks. You’ll master the fundamental techniques and develop tactics based on your personal strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to adapt these skills and strategies for effective self-defense where the rules of the dojo don’t apply. Conditioning drills will give you more speed and power, and the secrets of successful international competitors will help you to perform your best in matches. " (*lower shipping avail to some locations, 300-osl) .

$5.50

THE MARTIAL ARTIST'S WAY Achieve Your Peak Performance
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THE MARTIAL ARTIST'S WAY Achieve Your Peak Performance

By Doyle, Sifu Glen

Harper Collins. Good+. 1999. First Edition. Softcover. 0006385834 . Ex-library with sturdy laminated cover & usual type markings, light staining outer edge of pages, light edgewear. Internal pages are clean with a few earmarks & occasional light wrinkling. B/w photos. "... Martial arts are not simply the domain of those interested in self defense or physical fitness, but are important tools in creating true harmony between mind and body. The discipline and self-knowledge gained in martial arts training translate easily into many aspects of our lives... Sifu Glenn Doyle, who is three-time Canadian Kung-Fu champion and the personal martial arts instructor to figure skating champion Elvis Stojko, knows and understands the power of martial arts. The Martial Artist’s Way is Glen’s blend of practical teaching, thoughtful insight and inspired motivation-including the secrets of his training success..." (os) ; 8vo .

$7.00

ANTI-RAPE AND TOTAL SELF-DEFENSE
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ANTI-RAPE AND TOTAL SELF-DEFENSE

By Simon, O. E., Grand Master

WA: Golden Bell. Very Good. 1990. First Edition. Softcover. 1550560433 . Signed and inscribed on title page: "Best wishes to ____, a fine student of mine, Sept 30/94, O. E. Simon". Also has previous owner's name written inside front cover. Cover has some scuffing and light wear to edges and corners. Pages clean and intact, numerous b/w photos. The author proposes that women protect themselves from rape and physical assault through vigorous self-defense. His first line of defense is knowledge mixed with an ounce of basic suspicion. He covers many physical conditions and locations of potential attacks, including car, elevator and bike to name but three.... An excellent resource. (230os) ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 157 pages; Signed by Author .

$18.95

BUSHIDO, THE SOUL OF JAPAN
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BUSHIDO, THE SOUL OF JAPAN

By Nitobe, Inazo

Tuttle Publishing. Very Good. 2001. Softcover. 080483413X . Ex-library book, but still in very nice condition - sturdy laminated cover & usual ex-lib type markings. Interior pages clean and tight, a little soiling touter edge of pages. Cover has light wear at corners. 203 pages. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; "Bushido is a charming description of the chivalric code of honour and morality of the samurai. Nitobe, a Japanese philosopher writing in eloquent English, explains the origin and sources of bushido, or the way of the knight. Originally published in 1905 and in its 33rd printing, Bushido is a classic work on the "samurai code. " (*lower shipping avail to Cdn & overseas locations) [285-osl] .

$4.50