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The Wing Chun Compendium, Volume Two

Written by Wayne Belonoha


Format: eBook, 472 pages
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $34.99

Wing Chun, also called Ving Tsun, is a popular system of kung fu designed centuries ago by a Buddhist nun and Shaolin master. Together, the two volumes of The Wing Chun Compendium offer a complete guide to the discipline, from theory and philosophy to drills and forms. In this volume, author... Read more >
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Issai Chozanshi, Illustrated by Michiru Morikawa, Translated by William Scott Wilson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781611800210
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
A Graphic Novel
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Issai Chozanshi
Illustrated by Michiru Morikawa
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $14.95

A graphic novel version of this classic collection of martial arts parables, written by Issai Chozanshi, an 18-century samurai, brings these tales alive in a captivating and immediately accessible way.  The stories, which feature demons, insects, birds, cats, and numerous other creatures, may seem whimsical, but they contain essential teachings that... Read more >
The Lone Samurai
The Lone Samurai
Written by William Scott Wilson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590309872
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The Lone Samurai
The Life of Miyamoto Musashi
Written by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $16.95

Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers... Read more >
The Spirit of the Sword
The Spirit of the Sword
Written by Nakamura Taisaburo, Contribution by John Maki Evans, Translated by Gavin J. Poffley, Foreword by Tomoko Nakamura
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583945421
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The Spirit of the Sword
Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword
Written by Nakamura Taisaburo
Contribution by John Maki Evans
Translated by Gavin J. Poffley
Foreword by Tomoko Nakamura


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $24.95

Nakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura sensei is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice of tameshigiri (test cutting)... Read more >
Earth Qi Gong for Women
Awaken Your Inner Healing Power
Written by Tina Chunna Zhang
Foreword by Earl Morgan M.D. and Chen Xiu Qin M.D.
Introduction by Michael Milburn


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $14.95

The special medical Qi Gong described in this book was developed and perfected over the course of 1,700 years by Taoists, traditional Chinese medical doctors, and Qi Gong experts in China to meet the needs of a woman’s unique anatomy. Author Tina Zhang leads readers through a variety of pleasurable postures... Read more >
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The Life-Giving Sword
The Life-Giving Sword
Written by Yagyu Munenori, Translated by William Scott Wilson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590309902
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The Life-Giving Sword
Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun
Written by Yagyu Munenori
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $17.95

The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his... Read more >
Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan

Written by Fu Zhongwen
Translated by Louis Swaim


Format: eBook, 264 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $13.95

Fu Zhongwen's classic guide offers the best documentation available of the Yang style of taijiquan. The superbly detailed form instructions and historic line art drawings are based on Fu’s many years as a disciple of Yang Chengfu, taijiquan’s legendary founder. Also included are concise descriptions of fixed-step, moving-step, and da lu... Read more >
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Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two
Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two
Written by Mestre Ricardo Cachorro
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583942345
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Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two
A History of the Brazilian Martial Art
Written by Mestre Ricardo Cachorro


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $24.95

Capoeira’s unique blend of martial art, dance, and thrilling sport has made it an increasingly popular activity worldwide. But its origins have been shrouded in mystery and its complex history not well understood. For volume two of his Unknown Capoeira series, Mestre Ricardo Cachorro has done extensive archival research to shed...

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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi
Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls
Edited by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami
Translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami


Format: eBook, 216 pages
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $12.95

The shinobi, or ninja, is one of the most widely recognized figures in the world of espionage—and also one of the most misrepresented. What do we really know about the historical shinobi, his tactics, and his role in medieval Japanese society? In Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, these questions—and many more—are... Read more >
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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi
The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi
Edited by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami, Translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583944356
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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi
Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls
Edited by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami
Translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $18.95

The shinobi, or ninja, is one of the most widely recognized figures in the world of espionage—and also one of the most misrepresented. What do we really know about the historical shinobi, his tactics, and his role in medieval Japanese society? In Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, these questions—and many more—are... Read more >
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The Book of Five Rings
The Book of Five Rings
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Miyamoto Musashi, Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada, Translated by William Scott Wilson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781611800128
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The Book of Five Rings
A Graphic Novel
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Miyamoto Musashi
Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $14.95

This graphic novel version of The Book of Five Rings, the iconic book of confrontation and victory by the famed seventeenth-century duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, illuminates this brilliant manifesto, which has long inspired martial artists and anyone interested in cultivating a strategic mind. With evocative drawings and a distilled... Read more >
The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Written by Stuart Alve Olson


Format: eBook, 184 pages
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $14.95

Developed by Wang Lang over 300 years ago, Praying Mantis Kung Fu is the only martial art based on the fighting skills of an insect. This fascinating system utilizes swift, methodical movements for defense and offense, and is well respected as an art that helps practitioners develop great strength and perseverance... Read more >
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
Written by William Scott Wilson and Issai Chozanshi
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590309896
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
And Other Tales
Written by William Scott Wilson and Issai Chozanshi


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.95

This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the... Read more >
Muay Thai Basics
Introductory Thai Boxing Techniques
Written by Christoph Delp


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $18.95

Muay Thai, also referred to as Thai boxing, combines fitness training, self-defense, and competitive sport. In this hands-on guide, renowned trainer Christoph Delp presents the sport’s history, development, rules, and equipment. In the techniques section, he first details basic skills such as the correct starting position and footwork. Next he offers... Read more >
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Sonny Umpad's Eskrima
Sonny Umpad's Eskrima
Written by George M. Yore
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583945025
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Sonny Umpad's Eskrima
The Life and Teachings of a Filipino Martial Arts Master
Written by George M. Yore


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $18.95

Sonny Umpad's Eskrima provides insight on Maestro Santiago “Sonny” Umpad's life, philosophy, and teaching methods, as well as the structural underpinnings of his system. Born with the soul of a warrior, the intellect of a scholar, and a zealot's devotion to his art, Maestro Santiago "Sonny" Umpad forged an enduring contribution to... Read more >
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Sonny Umpad's Eskrima
The Life and Teachings of a Filipino Martial Arts Master
Written by George M. Yore


Format: eBook, 240 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $12.95

Sonny Umpad's Eskrima provides insight on Maestro Santiago “Sonny” Umpad's life, philosophy, and teaching methods, as well as the structural underpinnings of his system. Born with the soul of a warrior, the intellect of a scholar, and a zealot's devotion to his art, Maestro Santiago "Sonny" Umpad forged an enduring contribution to... Read more >
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Capoeira Conditioning
How to Build Strength, Agility, and Cardiovascular Fitness Using Capoeira Movements
Written by Gerard Taylor
Photographed by Anders Kjaergaard


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $12.95

The popularity of capoeira continues to rise as more people discover how useful—and fun—it can be for increasing agility and flexibility, as well as strength and endurance. Capoeira Conditioning is an illustrated guide to whole-body training based on this increasingly popular Brazilian martial art. Designed for all ages and all levels... Read more >
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The Wing Chun Compendium, Volume One

Written by Wayne Belonoha


Format: eBook, 528 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $37.95

The Wing Chun Compendium explains the theory of wing chun from a technical, lifestyle, and philosophical perspective. Written by Wayne Belonoha—a certified Ving Tsun Instructor and National Certified Coach, 7th Level, Master Degree—the compendium offers hundreds of tips and techniques specifically designed to help readers advance to the next stage. The... Read more >
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Capoeira 100
An Illustrated Guide to the Essential Movements and Techniques
Written by Gerard Taylor
Photographed by Anders Kjaergaard and Sue Parkhill


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $22.95

Capoeira 100 is an illustrated guide to 100 essential techniques used in the art of capoeira. Each movement is accompanied by a series of color photographs that show how it is done, as well as helpful pointers and tips on how to apply the technique in the game of capoeira. The... Read more >
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Capoeira
Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game
Written by Nestor Capoeira


Format: eBook, 376 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $15.95

Capoeira is simultaneously a dance, a fight, and a game. Created by the Africans brought to Brazil as slaves beginning in 1500, capoeira was forbidden by law but survived underground. When open practice was allowed in the 1930s it soon became very popular. Capoeira came to America around 1975, and has... Read more >
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The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

Written by Yang Chengfu
Translated by Louis Swaim


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $14.95

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... Read more >
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Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume Two
Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume Two
Written by Zhang Jie, Contribution by Randy Chung, Richard Shapiro, Mark Wigzell and William Baller
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583944653
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Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Volume Two
South District Beijing's Strongly Rooted Style
Written by Zhang Jie
Contribution by Randy Chung, Richard Shapiro, Mark Wigzell and William Baller


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $22.95

In volume 2 of Liu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang, Professor Zhang Jie documents the style of Bagua Zhang developed by Liu Bin, one of Cheng Ting Hua's top students. Professor Zhang became a disciple in this tradition in 1979, apprenticing under the well-known expert Liu Xing Han in Beijing. He was...

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The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands
The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands
Written by Robert Tangora, Foreword by Michael J. Gelb
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583944486
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The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands
A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice
Written by Robert Tangora
Foreword by Michael J. Gelb


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands offers readers an in-depth look into the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan via the practice of Cloud Hands, a foundational exercise common to all schools of this popular martial art. Part theoretical treatise, part training manual, this book facilitates a deeper understanding of "internal" movement... Read more >
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The Unfettered Mind
The Unfettered Mind
Written by Takuan Soho, Translated by William Scott Wilson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590309865
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The Unfettered Mind
Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
Written by Takuan Soho
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $18.95

This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as... Read more >
The Book of Five Rings
The Book of Five Rings
Written by Miyamoto Musashi, Illustrated by Shiro Tsujimura, Translated by William Scott Wilson
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590309841
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The Book of Five Rings

Written by Miyamoto Musashi
Illustrated by Shiro Tsujimura
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $19.95

When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come... Read more >
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