Learn devastating mixed martial arts techniques from all over the world with this expert guide. Superb fighting skills are essential in all sorts of situations and can save your life if you are attacked. Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Techniques is a complete how-to manual for the modern fighter, presenting a detailed overview of all the best MMA fighting techniques and the various situations in which they can be used.Comprehensive and well laid-out, with hundreds of tips such as grappling your way into a dominant kesa-gatame position to force your adversary's submission or knowing when to fight «dirty» to attack your opponent's vulnerabilities, this manual will give you a leg-up for everything from a no-holds-barred street fight to the regimented rules of fighting in the ring. With over 700 color photos and downloadable instructional video that clearly demonstrate all the right moves, this book gives you the winning edge you need!Use Western boxing and Muay Thai techniques to move out of harm's way as you deliver a devastating array of attacksUse Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA techniques to escape holds and move into dominant positionsUse modern streetfighting techniquesUse Filipino knife-fighting techniquesAnd much more!
Master Japanese Aikido with this illustrated martial arts guide.Aikido, while uniquely beautiful among the martial arts, is also deceptively powerful, effective, and efficient. Dedicated practitioners know that advanced training means not only striving to master techniques, but also developing a deeper understanding of the history, philosophy and concepts at the core of this martial art.In Advanced Aikido, Phong Thong Dang and Lynn Seiser present an in-depth look at the complete art of Aikido, from the underlying theories that drive the techniques and strategies to advice on mastering the throws and locks fundamental to the art. Chapters in this Aikido book include:An in-depth look at the origins and philosophies of AikidoDiscussion on utilizing ki to improve effectivenessExamination of fundamental theories and concepts essential to understanding AikidoAdvanced techniques including throws and locks, counters and reversals, and combinationsEffective strategies and skills for self-defenseWith over 400 illustrations and detailed instructions from one of the leading teachers in the field, even the most experienced practitioners can benefit from the lessons in this book.
"Nathan Johnson has captured the essence of true karate-do." —Paul Clifton, Editor, Combat and Traditional KarateKata, the «present movements forming the backbone of all Karate styles», have been a source of endless confusion for the vast majority of karate students. Nathan Johnson, third degree black belt in Karate and fourth degree black belt in Kung fu, gives the reader an ultimate interpretation of how Kata is applied to those Karate forms in this readable martial arts guide.In Zen Shaolin Karate, Johnson explains and illustrates in precise detail every subtle movement of two of karate's most common Kata, and provides historical testimony for his explanations by integrating his findings with Zen philosophy. The author's unique interpretations of the Nai Fuan Chin and Saam Chin Kata will destroy the barriers separating Karate, Kung Fu, and Aikido, and will revolutionize how Kata are applied in all martial arts styles.
Take taekwondo beyond just kicking and punching—discover powerful grappling moves that build on the patterns you already know! Taekwondo is the most popular Korean martial art, with over 70 million practitioners in the world. Taekwondo Grappling Techniques presents the most effective grappling maneuvers ever developed for taekwondo. With this comprehensive taekwondo book as your guide, you'll confidently defend yourself against attacks and apply your own devastating grappling techniques to bring assailants into submission.This taekwondo guide contains 15 chapters with 89 different taekwondo techniques. Movements include:Low Double Knifehand Block to Circular BlockUpward Elbow Strike to Double Knifehand BlockSitting Stance Punch to Sitting Stance Punch to Outer Forearm BlockReverse Punch to Scooping BlockSquare Block to Inward Knifehand StrikeVertical Spearhand Strike to High Backfist StrikeReverse Inner Forearm Block to Reverse PunchDouble Knifehand Block to High PunchIncludes downloadable instructional video.
Master the Japanese art of shuriken throwing with this illustrated martial arts guide. Japanese Throwing Weapons: Mastering Shuriken Throwing Techniques is a detailed instruction manual for learning authentic shuriken throwing techniques as practiced in Japan, known as shuriken-jutsu. Daniel Fletcher studied under Japan's most notable shuriken sensei, Yasuyuki Otsuka, of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu and in this knife throwing book he reveals the secrets learned in his years of study and training.Fletcher explains the origins and purpose of the shuriken as a weapon and provides information on the various types of shuriken used by the historical samurai and ninjas. Fletcher's expert instructions, along with over 200 photographs and the enclosed DVD can help anyone become proficient with Japanese throwing techniques. Weapons instruction includes: Shaken Shuriken —The most familiar of the shuriken family, this sharp-edged, star-shaped weapon is the one typically seen in martial arts film. Bo Shuriken —Shaped like a spike, easy to manufacture, economical, and convenient to carry, this simple weapon is a staple in the arsenal of the Japanese warrior. Teppan Shuriken —A multi-purpose weapon made from iron plates, it can take a variety of shapes and is used both for throwing or hand-to-hand combat.
“The illustrations are clear and the instructions are simple, and a reasonably agile [practitioner] will not find it difficult to master these practical techniques… It really is a serious book.” — Mainichi Shimbun newspaperPractical Karate: Defense Against Armed Assailants is the fourth volume in the classic six-volume series by Masatoshi Nakayama and Donn Draeger.Written for those with an understanding of karate fundamentals, all methods described in this karate book are workable, easy-to-learn karate defense responses to an armed assailant. Comprising chapters on dealing with club and stick attacks, blade and sharp edged weapon attacks and multiple armed assailants, this volume presents a realistic approach to dealing with armed attackers for those with a full understanding of karate fundamentals and acquaintance with the basics of weapon usage.Mastery of the responses in this martial arts manual will not make the reader invincible in personal encounters, but will provide a ready repertoire of techniques and understanding of principles needed in dealing with a wide variety of attacks by armed assailants.
"The illustrations represent situations where attacks actually occur, rather than a gymnasium scene, which considerably enhances their realism…An excellent point is the emphasis on footwork, with diagrams similar to those used by dance teachers." —Black Belt magazinePractical Karate: Defense Against an Unarmed Assailant is the second volume in the classic six-volume series by Masatoshi Nakayama and Donn Draeger.Written for those with an understanding of karate techniques, all methods described in this martial arts book are workable, easy-to-learn karate defense responses to an unarmed assailant. Divided into chapters dealing with attacks from the front and from the rear, this book provides an uncomplicated approach to using fundamental karate skills for defense.Mastery of the responses in this text will not make the reader invincible in personal encounters, but will certainly better prepare the reader should defense of his life or those of others become necessary.
“The authors do not purport to turn out a legion of female karate experts. They have selected responses for the average woman and…are generous with advice and warning. They have worked out terse descriptions of the action in each instance so that it can be rapidly grasped.” — Mainichi Shimbun newspaperPractical Karate: Self-Defense for Women is the fifth volume in the classic six-volume series by Masatoshi Nakayama and Donn DraegerWritten primarily for women, the karate techniques in this volume are equally useful for men and children — anyone in a situation where the assailant possess a physical advantage. Included in this volume are chapters dealing with simple hand and wrist seizures, partial body seizures, and full embrace seizures.Although the methods set out in this martial arts manual do not require an extensive background in karate training, the authors recommend that the reader consult other volumes of the Practical Karate series, as well.
The timeless humor contained in this book first published in 1898, and its concern with the ever-rising popularity of golfing prompted its current reprinting. The distinctive signature of A.B. Frost on a cartoon or painting is the cause of much excitement at today's art exhibits and more so when it makes a rare appearance at an auction. Original works of this well-known artist are scarce and first editions of the 89 books he illustrated during his brilliant career are fast becoming collectors' items. Frost's biggest contribution to the world in giving visual realization to characters in a book is his unforgettable drawings of Bryer Rabbit and Uncle Remus (Uncle Remus and his Friends by Joel Chandler Harris).He has also illustrated the works of such notable authors as Charles Dickens (The Pickwick Papers), Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective and other Stories), former U.S . President Theodore Roosevelt (The Wilderness Hunter), and Lewis Carroll (Rhyme? And Reason?). Works by Frost have also appeared in Harpers, Scribners, Colliers, Century, and Puck magazines.A classic of American humor, this book will be sure to entertain modern readers as well.