Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Books on Martial Arts

This is a list of some of the books that we carry on martial arts:
  • Yang Style Taijiquan: Old Style: Old Six Sets, Secrets Of Internal Power Revealed by Li Hesheng. This book by renowned Taijiquan expert Li Hesheng provides an in-depth look into the Yang Style Taijiquan, including the three levels of theories and methods of Taiji internal power. Li explains the concepts and theories of Taijiquan in detail, with accompanying photographs. Eighty-seven postures are shown and explained in detail. With accompanying CD.
  • Chi Gong: The Ancient Chinese Way To Health by Paul Dong and Aristide H. Esser. The practice of chi gong, exercises designed to stimulate and control the body's vital energy, has been used in China for thousands of years to promote health, vitality and longevity. In this book, chi gong instructor Paul Dong and pychiatrist Astride H. Esser bridge the divide between Chinese and Western systems of health care, scientific methods and spiritual practices. Combining information from scientific studies with personal insights from Paul Dong's practice, the authors explain in dpeth how the cultivation of chi can be used to strengthen one's own body as well as to treat illness in others. Part historical study, part scientific investigation, and part instruction manual, this book functions as a complete survey of this healing practice.
  • Pencak Silat In The Indonesian Archipelago by O'ong Maryono. O'ong Maryono devoted a good part of his life to the study and practice of the martial arts. For eight years starting in 1979, he was the undisputed Indonesian and international champion on pencak silat. He was also the national heavyweight tae kwon do champion in the 1980s. This book is the English translation of the revised 1998 integrated study of pencak silat, the martial art found in Indonesia and other Malay societies. Pencak silat seems to have evolved in the Riau Archipelago in the 7th century and its history is traced through to the national and international associations and forces, which practise the art today. Other aspects of the martial art are considered: performance, artistic and style conventions; the spiritual dimension; the place of masters or gurus; and pencak silat's role in contemporary society. An immense amount of cooperative work has been geared into this clearly-presented study.
  • Complete Wing Chun: The Definitive Guide To Wing Chun's History And Traditions by Robert Chu, Rene Ritchie and Y. Wu. Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art popularized by the fame of the late Bruce Lee. In particular the Wing Chun of the late master Yip Man became one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Many mistakenly assume that he was the sole inheritor of the style and that his Wing Chun was the lone version of the art. In fact, there are several different and distinct systems of Wing Chun. Illustrated with over 300 historical photographs, this book presents seldom seen information on a dozen branches of Wing Chun martial art.
  • Qigong - The Xinling Lotus Way by Wang Hong Yan. This book shares the philosophy behind Master Lin Meng Xian's Xinling Lotus school of qigong. Bilingual in English and Chinese.
  • Chi: Discovering Your Life Energy by Liao Waysun. Chi is the invisible energy of life that flows in and around us throughout the universe. Used skilfully, it can have a remarkable effect on health and vitality - to the degree that you'd be tempted to call it magical, if it weren't so completely natural. Here is a perfect introduction to chi that explains in a direct and simple way what it is and why it is essential to a healthy and vital life. It provides an easy-to-understand explanation of chi, and then helps readers recognize, develop, and strengthen their own chi through specific breathing techniques and basic exercises, all demonstrated by the author. There are many books on chi development through t'ai chi and qigong practice, but this one goes deeper to enable you to understand the fundamental principles as you cultivate it. This book is a reference for alternative health professionals such as acupuncturists and shiatsu therapists and their patients, as well as for anyone who practices t'ai chi, qigong, aikido, and other chi-based martial arts.

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