Okinawa Karate Kata. Eine Einführung in die Kunst, Kata zu verstehen

Aus heutiger Sicht betrachtet stellt das alte Karate scheinbar einen Anachronismus der Geschichte dar. Dies um so mehr, als der Friedensbegriff in der Gesellschaft immer zwingender und eindeutiger formuliert und artikuliert wird, ja werden muss. Zu keiner Zeit konnte in der Tat das alte Karate mit seiner auf feudalistischen Grundprinzipien beruhenden Definition des Begriffes Selbstverteidigung, in der ein Menschenleben nicht viel zäh...

Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: (14th-17th Centuries)

"Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books" offers insights into the cultural and historical transmission and practices of martial arts, based on the corpus of the Fight Books (Fechtbucher) in 14th- to 17th-century Europe. The first part of the book deals with methodological and specific issues for the studies of this emerging interdisciplinary field of research. The second section offers an overview of the corpus based on geographi...

Asayama Ichiden Ryu Taijutsu

This edition is a English translation reprint of Asayama Ichiden Ryu Taijutsu Densho originally published in Japanese and now out-of-print. Asayama Ichiden Ryu is a well-established school that was founded in the 16th century by Asayama Ichidensai Shigetatsu and became one of the main ryu-ha of the Mito-han during the Edo era. Later, this style would have a impact on modern arts as well... Takeda Sokaku apparently re-arranged the cur...

The Wrestling Drill Book (The Drill Book Series)

A wrestler's ability to execute his moves quickly and instinctively is often the difference between winning and losing a match. Drills are the most effective practice activities to use to ingrain the instinctive actions and reactions essential for wrestling success. The Wrestling Drill Book includes match-tested drills, carefully chosen by coaches who are experts in the specific techniques and tactics they cover. Each drill is descri...

The Straight Lead: The Core of Bruce Lee's Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do

"The straight punch is the core of Jeet Kune Do."—Bruce Lee The straight lead was a key element in Bruce Lee's development of his own personal style. It was designed to be uncomplicated, economical, and brutally effective but is not as simple as it might seem. Bruce Lee once described it the most difficult move in the Jeet Kune Do arsenal. Lee developed JKD as a response to the shortcomings he found in traditional martial arts, but i...

Unarmed Combat Course

Prepare for action. Flooring the attacker. Defence against: front holds, wrist holds, holds from the rear, front chokes, strangles from the rear, chokes & strangles on the ground, knife attack without weapons, a pistol attacker, attacker with a cosh. Controlling the attacker on the ground. Arm locks and wristlocks. Facing two attackers. Defence against: double arm and strangle holds, armed attackers. Going to the rescue.

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

This definitive, profusely illustrated manual covers the essential elements of the philosophy and practice of Aikido, the Japanese martial art that has been embraced by modern psychology and many Western bodywork therapies. Useful to the beginner and experienced practitioner alike, the book details the traditional methods and techniques of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a principal student. Noted for the precise execution o...