• Combat sports & self-defence
      June 2010

      Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches

      by Oliver Hurley

      There’s nothing else in the world of sport or pantomime to compare with the manic mat mayhem of pro wrestling, which amalgamates high-flying stunts with melodrama, spandex, bodybuilding and blood – and sometimes it gets really weird. Wrestling’s 101 Strangest Matches scours 100 years of history to reveal bouts that bordered on the unbelievable. Take the grappler who lost his foot in the middle of a match, the bout that took place in an exploding swimming pool, or the baroque carnage of ultraviolent deathmatches – and then sprinkle liberally with double-crosses, drunkenness, riots, time travel, broken rings and broken bones. Boasting an impressive breadth of coverage which takes in old-school British wrestling and present-day WWE, the bill features Hulk Hogan, Kendo Nagasaki, Muhammad Ali, a wrestling robot and a monkey. Many of the stars and bizarre attractions submit to revealing interviews in a celebration of the grap game at its very strangest.

    • Boxing
      October 2013

      Marvelous

      The Marvin Hagler Story

      by Brian and Damian Hughes

      Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest middleweight boxer of all time, he held the world title for 12 defences, including bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran which entered fistic folklore. From his wild early fights in the boxing wilderness of Brockton, Massachusetts, Brian and Damian Hughes trace the blazing trail of Hagler's career: the controversial defeats subsequently avenged, a riot-scarred title win in London, and his unification of the middleweight crown. Hagler became a huge favourite, taking on all comers while never taking a step back. And so to The Ring magazine's "greatest round of all time" against Hearns, his ferocious battle with Duran, and the still-controversial loss to his nemesis Leonard. Marvelous tells the story of Hagler's extraordinary life for the first time, separating truth from myth to get right to the heart of a complex and charismatic man.

    • Boxing
      September 2014

      Road to Nowhere, The

      A Journey Through Boxing's Wastelands

      by Tris Dixon

      In the era of boxing's pay-per-view superstars, Tris Dixon invested in a Greyhound bus pass and spent several months traversing America on a shoestring budget, tracking down fighters from yesteryear who had vanished from the limelight. Venturing from New York to Las Vegas and from Toronto to Miami, the young writer - himself a former amateur boxer - sought out coulda-beencontenders and cult heroes from the 1950s to the 2000s, all now faded from popular memory. He visited old people's homes, gyms and too many prisons, discovering that life after boxing can be a cruel place when the ropes are no longer in place to keep fighters safe from the outside world. Dixon meets men who shaped boxing history, fighting the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. He shares their memories and weaves together their forgotten tales over the course of a remarkable American journey.

    • Boxing
      April 2015

      Ali Files, The

      His Fights, His Foes, His Fees, His Feats, His Fate

      by Norman Giller

      This book is for all Ali fans. It's more than thirty years since Muhammad Ali last threw a punch, yet he remains unquestionably the best-known sportsman of all time. A whole generation now only know the legend of The Greatest, never saw him fight, and yet are in awe of the man and his fantastic fistic feats. The Ali Files gives the facts behind the fable. Author Norman Giller became friends with Ali when he worked as his European publicist, and he has gathered many other intimate eyewitnesses - opponents, referees, trainers, sparring partners, celebrity fans and ringside reporters - to Ali's astonishing adventures in and out of the ring. Millions of words have been written about ringmaster Ali, but few books have concentrated on the 61 professional contests that turned him into a sporting legend. The Ali Files will give you a ringside seat to the greatest boxing career of all time.

    • Boxing
      July 2015

      Dempsey and the Wild Bull

      The Four Minute Fight of the Century

      by John Jarrett

      They still call it the most sensational fight ever for the world heavyweight championship, between champion Jack Dempsey and his hammer-fisted Argentine challenger, Luis Angel Firpo. Back in the Roaring Twenties, 85,000 packed into New York's Polo Grounds to see all three minutes fifty-seven seconds of it. Nobody asked for their money back. In the first round Firpo was floored seven times, but got up to deck the champion, then knocked him clean into the press section. Pushed back into the ring as the count reached nine, the champion survived the round, thinking he had been knocked out. In round two, Dempsey knocked Firpo out in fifty-seven seconds. The four-minute Fight of the Century was over! 'The Wild Bull of the Pampas' became Argentina's most famous citizen, after the infamous Perons. Dempsey, half a million dollars richer, rested and rusted for three years before losing his title to Gene Tunney.

    • Folk art
      December 1998

      A Guide to Chinese Martial Arts

      Correspondence Between Lu Xun and Xu Guangping

      by Li Tianji / Du Xilian

      Wushu or Chinese martial arts, with a long history and various styles, is beneficial for health as well as for self defence. The book is divided into 3 chapters. The first chapter is about the origin, development and present situation of wushu; the second introduces different styles of wushu and the last chapter explains the main wushu styles. Fully illustrated.

    • Exercise & workout books
      January 2008

      Tai Ji for Health

      by Zhenglei Chen

      This book introduces to all people interested in Taiji, Chen Style Taijiquan for health, the Taiji skills of internal energy and the 18 Short Forms of Chen Style Taijiquan. In this way, everyone can begin to understand and realize the physical health and mental benefits to be gained from regular practice of Taijiquan.

    • Combat sports & self-defence
      January 2001

      Taiji Quan: 48 Forms

      by The Chinese Wushu Association

      The 48 forms of taiji quan each exhibit special features of their heritage - the spirit of relaxation, softness, smoothness, circularity and continuity. Practice calls for a quiet mind, a relaxed body, consciousness-guided movements, and a combination of hardness and softness. The 48 forms mostly derive from Yang style taijiquan, but also borrow from strong points and techniques of other styles. These exercises are good for beginners, for those who have already learned some taiji quan, and for those intent on improving physical fitness and prolonging life.

    • Biography: sport

      A Welshman in the Bronx

      Tommy Farr Vs Joe Louis

      by Graeme. Kent

    • Bodybuilding
      August 2015

      Traditional Chinese Exercises

      by Author(s): Jianmei Qu, Xinqing Wang

      Traditional Chinese Exercises offers detailed insights into practical ways of rebuilding one’s physique and keeping physically fit through well-matched illustrations. In addition to exploring such “regular exercises” as Qi-Gong and Taiji, it also investigates a number of traditionally practiced “minor exercises” that, without being too time-consuming, can easily be incorporated into one’s daily routine. Furthermore, the book also provides valuable insights into the Chinese philosophies of life and behavior that are embodied in these exercises.

    • History of Art / Art & Design Styles
      September 2013

      The Shaping of Persian Art

      Collections and Interpretations of the Art of Islamic Iran and Central Asia

      by Editor(s): Yuka Kadoi, Iván Szántó

      While the impact of the Persian style is undeniably reflected in most aspects of the art and architecture of Islamic Central Asia, this Perso-Central Asian connection was chiefly formed and articulated by the Euro-American movement of collecting and interpreting the art and material culture of the Persian Islamic world in modern times. This had an enormous impact on the formation of scholarship and connoisseurship in Persian art, for instance, with an attempt to define the characteristics of how the Islamic art of Iran and Central Asia should be viewed and displayed at museums, and how these subjects should be researched in academia. This important historical fact, which has attracted scholarly interest only in recent years, should be treated as a serious subject of research, accepting that the abstract image of Persian art was not a pure creation of Persian civilization, but that it can be the manifestation of particular historical times and charismatic individuals. Attention should therefore be given to various factors that resulted in the shaping of “Persian” imagery across the globe, not only in terms of national ideologies, but also within the context of several protagonists, such as scholars, collectors and dealers, as well as of the objects themselves.This volume brings together Islamic Iranian and Central Asian art experts from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds, and intends to offer a novel insight into what is collectively known as Persian art.

    • History of Art / Art & Design Styles
      September 2013

      The Shaping of Persian Art

      Collections and Interpretations of the Art of Islamic Iran and Central Asia

      by Editor(s): Yuka Kadoi, Iván Szántó

      While the impact of the Persian style is undeniably reflected in most aspects of the art and architecture of Islamic Central Asia, this Perso-Central Asian connection was chiefly formed and articulated by the Euro-American movement of collecting and interpreting the art and material culture of the Persian Islamic world in modern times. This had an enormous impact on the formation of scholarship and connoisseurship in Persian art, for instance, with an attempt to define the characteristics of how the Islamic art of Iran and Central Asia should be viewed and displayed at museums, and how these subjects should be researched in academia. This important historical fact, which has attracted scholarly interest only in recent years, should be treated as a serious subject of research, accepting that the abstract image of Persian art was not a pure creation of Persian civilization, but that it can be the manifestation of particular historical times and charismatic individuals. Attention should therefore be given to various factors that resulted in the shaping of “Persian” imagery across the globe, not only in terms of national ideologies, but also within the context of several protagonists, such as scholars, collectors and dealers, as well as of the objects themselves.This volume brings together Islamic Iranian and Central Asian art experts from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds, and intends to offer a novel insight into what is collectively known as Persian art.

    • Bodybuilding
      August 2015

      Traditional Chinese Exercises

      by Author(s): Jianmei Qu, Xinqing Wang

      Traditional Chinese Exercises offers detailed insights into practical ways of rebuilding one’s physique and keeping physically fit through well-matched illustrations. In addition to exploring such “regular exercises” as Qi-Gong and Taiji, it also investigates a number of traditionally practiced “minor exercises” that, without being too time-consuming, can easily be incorporated into one’s daily routine. Furthermore, the book also provides valuable insights into the Chinese philosophies of life and behavior that are embodied in these exercises.

    • Health & Personal Development
      March 2012

      T'Ai CHI Step by Step

      A fully illustrated teaching plan, shown in over 250 photographs

      by Andrew Popovic

      The ancient art of t'ai chi has long-recognized benefits, which range from improved muscular strength to promoting health and longevity. Respected for centuries in China, it has established itself in the West as a simple and accessible aid to coping with the pressures of modern living. This book illustrates the popular, accessible Wu style, giving instructions on how to perform the short form with clear, step-by-step photographs. It explains the Taoist philosophy behind t'ai chi, and how to use energy flow and physical balance to improve practice, and includes additional sections on working with others, rooting techniques to improve balance, and relaxing and releasing exercises.With help on how to get the most from your practice, this book covers all aspects of the art, from its philosophical background, through to its many practical uses. A photographic guide to performing t'ai chi for health and peace of mind Includes advice on preparation, warm up, when and how to practise, and how to integrate regular t'ai chi into your lifestyle Contains a visual breakdown of the entire Wu form, with easy-to-follow instructions, and illustrations for every part of each movement For the more advanced practitioner there is also instruction on working with a partner, push hands exercises, and fighting without anger Takes t'ai chi into other aspects of life, with information on meditation, healthy eating and Chinese medicine CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Oriental martial arts
      November 2015

      KARATE AIKIDO, JU-JITSO AND JUDO

      A step-by-step practical guide

      by Fay Goodman

      The popularity of martial arts has grown tremendously in recent years as its many benefits have become apparent. As well as increasing physical fitness, they also serve to emphasize the importance of a balance between body and mind - and help encourage a sense of harmony and wellbeing. There is a wide range of disciplines to choose from and this book will introduce you to some of the most popular forms. The history and philosophy of each art is explained, followed by photographic step-by-step instructions that clearly illustrate the key techniques. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, this guide will help you develop your skills at every stage. KARATE AIKIDO, JU-JITSO AND JUDO A step-by-step practical guide Fay Goodman CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Oriental martial arts
      December 2015

      KUNG FU: TAE KWONDO, TAI CHI, KENDO, AIADO, SHINTO RYU

      A step-by-step practical guide

      by Fay Goodman

      Martial arts have grown in popularity in recent years as we have begun to discover the many benefits that each one can offer. While they can help to improve physical fitness, they also teach the importance of balance between body and mind, and this makes them particularly appealing. There is a wide range of disciplines to choose from and this book will introduce you to some of the most popular forms. The history and philosophy of each art is explained, followed by photographic step-by-step instructions that clearly illustrate the key techniques. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, this guide will help you develop your skills at every stage. A clear and comprehensive guide to popular martial arts disciplines for beginners and experienced practitioners alike Step-by-step techniques combine with specialist advice, clearly explained by prizewinning qualified experts Over 350 photographs demonstrate exercises and movements from each discipline The philosophy of each martial art is explored, to help you to choose the one best suited to your needs CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Complementary therapies, healing & health
      May 2015

      HOME REMEDIES & NATURAL THERAPIES

      medicinal herbs ÔøΩ yoga ÔøΩ healing ÔøΩ massage

      by Mark Evans

      This practical guide to natural health-promoting treatments and techniques brings together the very best of traditional therapies for reducing stress, gaining vitality and inducing relaxation. The first half of the book looks at common ailments and how to treat them with aromatherapy oils, herbs, homeopathic medicine or dietary changes. The second half of the book explores a wide range of alternative therapies, giving the reader a thorough understanding of each one. Extended sections on aromatherapy, massage and yoga give detailed instruction on how to improve health and wellbeing by adopting these ancient disciplines into your lifestyle. THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOME REMEDIES & NATURAL THERAPIES medicinal herbs yoga healing massage Mark Evans CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      January 2018

      Meishan Wushu

      Chinese Martial Arts

      by Yan Xizheng

      Meishan Wushu is the national intangible cultural heritage in China. This book focusing on Meishan Wushu is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 is general introduction. Chpater 2 introduces 3 kinds of Meishan Wushu. Chapter 3 shows Meishan martial arts tactics in detail. Chapter 4 presents wushu routines in an all-round way. Chapter 5 tells martial arts lovers how to learn Meishan Wushu on their own. The author, Yan Xizheng, has studied Meishan Wushu for more than 50 years and spent 10 years writing this book, which promotes China's traditional culture and shows the essence of Chinese martial arts Meishan Wushu.

    • Oriental martial arts
      December 2016

      Victim-Proof

      The Definitive Empty-Handed Guide to Prevailing in a Clinch or While Being Attacked

      by Simon Samaniego III

      Victim-Proof provides laypersons the background and physical tools to prevail in an unexpected attack. While preparing anyone of any age and skill level to perfect these tools, the author also recognizes that in today's world, the use of lethal force can have worse consequences for a person being attacked than for the attacker. So all of the movements described in the book, and shown visually through video clips that can be accessed online, are designed so that one can disable an attacker and regain safety, but without the overuse of force.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2018

      Ali

      The Fight America Didn't Want

      by Russell Routledge

      Has everything been said about Muhammad Ali, once the most famous man in the world? No. There is one special bout that has, over time, been largely overlooked, where both the fight and shenanigans surrounding it have never been fully examined. In early 1970, a fight involving Ali was avoided by just about every city in America – until Atlanta in Georgia decided to take a chance. They proposed an Ali fight with ‘Great White Hope’ Jerry Quarry. The comparison of Ali’s comeback bout with that of ‘Great White Hope’ Jim Jeffries and his return against Jack Johnson in 1910 was unavoidable. Atlanta, once fertile soil for the racism, was inundated with objections when a prize fight involving Ali, a black Muslim draft evader facing a possible five-year prison sentence, was planned. When the ‘Black Mecca’ of the South eventually put on the fight it attracted not only Ali’s legion of die-hard fans but also every echelon of African American society. They came together to witness the return of their fighting hero, but for some unlucky ringside spectators the party spirit was soon replaced by anger, empty pockets and rumours of deadly retribution. An after-party became the scene of perhaps one of the biggest and most brazen armed robberies in Atlanta’s history. Ali’s life would be forever linked to the city that reintroduced him to the ring. Twenty-six years later, the same city and same fighter would come together in one of the most memorable moments in sporting history, when Ali lit the Olympic flame in front of the whole world.

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