Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense

Originally published in 1967, Pa Kua was the West’s first look into the esoteric Chinese martial arts. It has been a valued and sought after text ever since. It was put out of print in the 1970’s, but since that time interest in the martial arts have continued to skyrocket. Pa Kua gives an introduction to the little known mystical martial art from China, Pa Kua Chang (also known as Ba Gua Zhang), translated as "Eight Trigram Boxing"....

Cases • Pixels : Une histoire de la BD numérique en France by Baudry, Julien

La bande dessinée numérique n'a qu'une vingtaine d’années d'existence, et elle réinvente le 9ème Art. Peut-elle s’envisager comme un objet culturel historique? Un objet en apparence aussi contemporain ne naît pas de nulle part et possède ces racines propres, pas forcément liées à la seule bande dessinée papier. Julien Baudry, au travers d'une exposition des expériences aussi multiples qu'éphémères, propose un parcours esthétique de l...

Wrestling - The Making of a Champion: The Takedown

A world-championship wrestler and outstanding teacher gives a move-by-move guide to the takedown, the most crucial maneuver in wrestling. The book includes nearly a thousand action sequences - photographs that contrast a black wrestler with a white wrestler against a measured horizontal and vertical grid designed by the author. These photographs show clearly the relative position of the wrestlers in each move, enabling novice and exp...

Shaolin Mantis White Ape Offers Fruit

This dual language Chinese/English edition is beautifully designed. This series has an introductory calligraphic introduction by Yang Zhao Ting, the former president of the National Chinese WuShu Association. The writer of the series, Geng Jun, studied under SuXi, SuFa and Li ZhuanYuan. There are general notes and demonstrations of the Shaolin stances for the entire series. There's also a nice short color section on students and Geng...

Théâtre de Dumas père, entre héritage et renouvellement by Collectif

Ce livre part d'un constat : malgré une abondante production, étalée sur près de cinquante ans, le théâtre de Dumas subit aujourd'hui une indéniable éclipse. Or, son auteur a joué un rôle de premier plan dans la "bataille" romantique ; il a continué sans interruption d'écrire pour la scène jusqu'à sa mort ; refusant l'exclusive, il a pratiqué tous les genres. Il laisse un corpus officiel de soixante-six pièces, en réalité plus de cen...

Traditional Wooden Dummy: Ip Man's Wing Chun System

The Wing Chun wooden training dummy is a training device designed to correct technique and structure as well as increase power, speed, accuracy, and conditioning. Learn the true Original Ip Man’s Wing Chun Wooden Dummy form from Grandmaster Samuel Kwok. This book is a complete step-by-step guide to the Wooden Dummy hands techniques, legs application, and footwork. All the original sections are demonstrated clearly from start to finis...

Sabaki Method: Karate in the Inner Circle

Ninomiya Kancho lays out the ground work for sabaki in extraordinary detail. From the very basics (beginners kihon), which almost all karate styles share in common, to Enshin waza and Sabaki, to training combinations for heavy bag and pads and even some kata (Shiro obi no kata & Midori obi no kata) and tameshiwari, all sprinkled with some karate philosophy. The book may not be mind-blowing for someone training in Ashihara or Ensh...

Gyokko Ryû: Taijutsu no Kata (Bujinkan Budô Densho)

For a Bujinkan practitioner it should be understood that no pictures or words can convey the feeling of the movements. With that in mind, these pictures provide excellent reference for someone well versed in Bujinkan training, especially those working with a qualified instructor to assist with interpretation and application. I have been practicing Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for more than 18 years, and i have found that this is simply one...

Death Touch: The Science Behind the Legend of Dim-Mak

This is an excellent book with an unfortunate title. "Death Touch" is a bit of a spectacular phrase but once you start reading the book, you realize that it's a text book based in science and dealing with vital points from a modern medical perspective, explaining how the nerve endings that are listed work in the body's nervous system. Whether you're an active practitioner of kyusho or just interested in learning more, this is an exce...