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External Martial Arts Books Published by YMAA

Alphabetical List of all External Martial Arts Books

Advancing in Tae Kwon DoAdvancing in Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun, Ph.D.
Originally published in 1983, this authoritative work has been the guide for thousands of Taekwondo Black Belts as they advanced in their training. Whether for self-defense, forms competition, or for preparation for Olympic games, this revised edition provides beginner & advanced training...

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Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na 1st EditionAnalysis of Shaolin Chin Na 1st Edition by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
First edition of this best selling Chin Na book. 80 Chin Na Techniques. Excellent companion to the DVD of the same title.

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Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na—Instructor's Manual for all Martial Styles 2nd ed.Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na—Instructor's Manual for all Martial Styles 2nd ed. by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Chin Na is one of the four major fighting categories in all Chinese martial styles and is effective against grabbing attacks, wrestling and strikes. Chin Na has been known as the root of the Japanese arts of Jujitsu and Aikido. This book presents theory, fundamental training and over one hundred and fifty Chin Na techniques.

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Ancient Chinese Weapons—A Martial Artist's GuideAncient Chinese Weapons—A Martial Artist's Guide by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artists Guide is an easy reference guide. Profusely illustrated, easy to navigate, and conveniently broken down into four main classifications: Long Weapons, Short Weapons, Soft Weapons, and Projectile / Thrown Weapons.

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Cardio Kickboxing Elite—For Sport, For Fitness, For Self DefenseCardio Kickboxing Elite—For Sport, For Fitness, For Self Defense by Frank Thiboutot
Acquire real kickboxing and self-defense skills while getting into the cardiovascular shape of your life! In Cardio Kickboxing Elite, you’ll learn what impact resistance and hitting moving targets are all about, along with safe, authentic and effective ways to punch, block and kick, using real equipment and real bag work.

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Chin Na in Ground Fighting—Principles, Theory and Submission HoldsChin Na in Ground Fighting—Principles, Theory and Submission Holds by Al Arsenault, Joeseph Faulise
Explains the use of joint locks, pressure points, and bone displacement techniques for fighting encounters on the ground. Holding Techniques for immobilizing an opponent, principles and theory of these holds, identification and use of pressure points for offensive and defensive purposes.

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Chinese Fast Wrestling for Fighting—The Art of San Shou Kuai JiaoChinese Fast Wrestling for Fighting—The Art of San Shou Kuai Jiao by Liang, Shou-Yu, Tai Ngo
San Shou Kuai Jiao (Fast wrestling for fighting) is the Chinese martial art of throws and takedowns. This book presents seventy-five throws and takedowns against punches, kicks, and grabs, and demonstrates basic training methods such as stances, footwork, and strength training.

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Complete CardioKickboxing—A Safe & Effective Approach to High Performance LivingComplete CardioKickboxing—A Safe & Effective Approach to High Performance Living by Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.
Finally, Tom Seabourne, the trainer to the trainers, teaches you how to stay INJURY FREE no matter what cardio program you enjoy! Discover the safest, most effective approach to CardioKickboxing! Increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility, plus burn fat, with safe non-impact workouts.

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Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na—Practical defense of Chinese Seizing Arts for All Martial StylesComprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na—Practical defense of Chinese Seizing Arts for All Martial Styles by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Presents Chin Na techniques in actual fighting scenarios. For example, applications of Chin Na when your opponent punches you, grabs your wrists, or even attacks you with a knife. Effective application of Chin Na requires speedy execution of a block or yield, a set up, and then a proper technique. Over 375 techniques presented.

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Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police WarriorDefensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior by Loren W. Christensen
Whether you’re a law enforcement office wanting to improve your edge or a martial artist wanting to expand your knowledge of street proven techniques, you will find Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest and Control Techniques for Today’s Police Warrior is filled with invaluable information

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Fight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-Defense that WorksFight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-Defense that Works by Loren W. Christensen, Lisa A. Place
If you’re ready to learn to fight back, Loren and Lisa know exactly what you need ot survive an attack in your home or on the street.

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Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial ArtsFight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts by Jason Thalken PhD
An in-depth look into the physics behind martial arts. For experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book gives you an “unfair advantage” by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work.

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Fighter's Fact Book 2, 2nd ed: Street Fighting EssentialsFighter's Fact Book 2, 2nd ed: Street Fighting Essentials by Loren W. Christensen
The authors will show you how to make your street techniques fast and explosive, and how to prepare yourself mentally to use extreme force. These skills are not for the faint of heart. They are hardcore techniques intended to save your life or the life of a loved one.

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Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting EssentialsFighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials by Loren W. Christensen
You will fight how you train. This is the theme of Fighter’s Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials and when you’ve mastered the skills taught in the book, you will truly be ready to defend yourself in some of the most desperate situations imaginable.

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Fighter's Fact Book: Over 400 Concepts, Principles & Drills To Make You A Better FighterFighter's Fact Book: Over 400 Concepts, Principles & Drills To Make You A Better Fighter by Loren W. Christensen
With over 35 years experience in the ring, on the mat and in the street, Loren Christensen understands the daily challenges faced by martial artists. In Fighter’s Fact book he has put together a collection of over 400 tips, drills, principles, concepts and exercises to give you the edge no matter what style of martial art you practice.

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Fighter's Fact Book: Principles and Drills to Make You a Better FighterFighter's Fact Book: Principles and Drills to Make You a Better Fighter by Loren W. Christensen
Fighter’s Fact Book includes hundreds of training methods drawn from the author’s vast experience, research, and interviews with top instructors from around the country. This is an essential reference for every martial arts student and instructor.

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First Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self-ProtectionFirst Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self-Protection by David Hopkins
Anxiety happens whether you like it or not. It's your body's way of telling you "something is wrong here." Learning how to use anxiety as a personal weapon for self-defense is the best way you can achieve awareness and avoidance, which are the first two steps learned in self-defense preparedness training.

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Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge—In Traditional Martial ArtsKata and the Transmission of Knowledge—In Traditional Martial Arts by Michael Rosenbaum
It is the transmission of martial knowledge, through kata and other forms of communication that this book explores. The author reveals that prearranged fighting techniques were used by ancient Greeks, Egyptian, Asian, and European societies. Impressive sourcing and end-notes.

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Krav Maga: Professional TacticsKrav Maga: Professional Tactics by David Kahn
This book is designed for security-conscious civilians, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and security professionals alike who want to improve their chances of not just surviving an armed attack, but increase the odds of prevailing without serious injury. Responsible people seek krav maga training as a shield against violence.

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Krav Maga—Weapon DefensesKrav Maga—Weapon Defenses by David Kahn
Israeli Krav Maga is the Israel Defense Force’s official self-defense system. The system is simple, instinctive, adaptable, and if necessary, brutally effective to thwart a life threatening assault. This book presents the most up-to-date and effective techniques to prevail against armed threats and attacks.

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Mind/Body Fitness—Focus, Preparation, PerformanceMind/Body Fitness—Focus, Preparation, Performance by Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.
This book offers sound advice on how to add Mind/Body methods to your sport/fitness training, and reap the physical and mental benefits that modern research is now finding Mind/Body can achieve. Relaxation, meditation, focus, confidence, diet, goal setting, and time management.

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Mugai Ryu—The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the SwordMugai Ryu—The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the Sword by Darrell Craig
In this book, the author takes us on a tour of the Samurai code of Bushido. He talks of his encounters with the descendants of famous samurai' of the past. The author instructs us on the use of the sword with over twenty traditional sword drawing techniques and sparring routines.

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Northern Shaolin Sword—Forms, Techniques & ApplicationsNorthern Shaolin Sword—Forms, Techniques & Applications by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Jeffrey Bolt
Sword training is one of the highest accomplishments in Chinese Martial Arts. Sword training improves your perception, timing, and reactions. This book presents in-depth history, fundamentals and three complete sword sequences, including a rare Matching Set. Two person routines, martial applications & sword fighting strategies included.

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Okinawa's Complete Karate System—Isshin RyuOkinawa's Complete Karate System—Isshin Ryu by Michael Rosenbaum
Okinawa’s Complete Karate System offers you a comprehensive history of Isshin Ryu as well as a thorough investigation of its founder’s life and philosophy with in-depth system’s lineages, internal and external aspects of the art, and multiple interpretations of all Isshin Ryu kata.

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Power Body—Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Sports Performance EnhancementPower Body—Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Sports Performance Enhancement by Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.
To attain the ultimate body, you must understand your body. In this book, you’ll learn the safest, most effective state-of-the-art warmups, stretches and workouts. Sections include: Balanced training, body mechanics, strength training, injuries, fitness, and personal strength/plyometric programs.

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Quiet Teacher - A Xenon Pearl Martial Arts Thriller - Hardcover EditionQuiet Teacher - A Xenon Pearl Martial Arts Thriller - Hardcover Edition by Arthur Rosenfeld
For the six months following his fiery showdown with South Florida’s Russian mob boss, Dr. Xenon Pearl has kept his avenging sword sheathed and his dark secret hidden. With a renewed sense of purpose, he sets out to find out more about the teachings that made him what he is by seeking a new teacher.

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Redemption—A Street Fighter's Path to PeaceRedemption—A Street Fighter's Path to Peace by Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke was a street fighter, an angry kid. He grew up in the late sixties in Manchester, England, and lived in a rough neighborhood where, he writes, “Prostitutes worked the pavement opposite my home, illegal bookmakers took bets in back alley cellars, and street brawls were commonplace.” Then he entered a karate dojo and his life changed forever.

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Shihan Te—The Bunkai of KataShihan Te—The Bunkai of Kata by Darrell Craig
Kata is often called the mother of Karate. Bunkai is a kind of analysis (meaning, 'to disassemble') - a much neglected form of study within Karate. In Shihan Te: The Bunkai of Kata, these 'secrets” are revealed.

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Shin Gi Tai—Karate Training for Body, Mind, and SpiritShin Gi Tai—Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Michael Clarke
Within these pages, you will discover traditional karate; along the way, perhaps many of your own beliefs about karate will be confronted. You might have a body capable of mastering karate’s physical techniques, but do you have a mind with a level of awareness that is able to grasp the true spirit of karate?

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Solo Training 2, 2nd ed: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the CoreSolo Training 2, 2nd ed: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core by Loren W. Christensen
If you’re looking to get more out of training, Solo Training 2 represents your next evolution in fighting techniques and concepts

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Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling, Kicking an PunchingSolo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling, Kicking an Punching by Loren W. Christensen
In his follow up to the phenomenally popular Solo Training, Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym.

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Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Home Training GuideSolo Training: The Martial Artist's Home Training Guide by Loren W. Christensen
Not only will you learn enough new training strategies and methods to keep you busy for years, but Loren W. Christensen’s no-nonsense writing style will get you up and moving, even on the days you’d rather skip your solo workout. This book is packed with insight, technique, and motivation. It will become your favorite training

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Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, & TacticsSumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, & Tactics by Andrew Zerling
This innovative book demonstrates how the study of sumo wrestling techniques can benefit practitioners of modern mixed martial arts (MMA), as well as other grappling arts. Sumo, Japan's ancient martial art, has its own particular variations of MMA-style body locks, throws, and trips, among other techniques.

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Surviving Armed Assaults—A Martial Artists Guide to Weapons, Street Violence, & Countervailing ForceSurviving Armed Assaults—A Martial Artists Guide to Weapons, Street Violence, & Countervailing Force by Lawrence A. Kane
This book teaches proven survival skills that will keep you safe on the street. Everyone, including experienced martial artists, security and law enforcement professionals, and concerned citizens will benefit from this vital information.

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Tae Kwon Do—The Korean Martial ArtTae Kwon Do—The Korean Martial Art by Richard Chun, Ph.D.
Originally published in 1976, this authoritative work has been the guide for thousands of Taekwondo practitioners as they advance in their training.

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Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo By Richard Chun and Doug CookTaekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo By Richard Chun and Doug Cook by Richard Chun, Ph.D., Doug Cook
Every level 1 black belt student is required to learn Poomsae Koryo. Yet, few are familiar with the ancestral form known as the ‘Original Koryo’.

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Taekwondo Spirit and Practice—Beyond Self DefenseTaekwondo Spirit and Practice—Beyond Self Defense by Richard Chun, Ph.D.
Master Richard Chun takes us on a first hand account of his life story and his dedication to the art of Taekwondo. We begin in Korea just before the Korean war and learn why Taekwondo is a noble and positive recreation for children, offering them challenges and lessons that they will reflect upon for their entire lives.

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Taekwondo—A Path to ExcellenceTaekwondo—A Path to Excellence by Doug Cook
This book, in seven parts, offers you the opportunity to visit the garden that is Taekwondo. Discover what it means to be a steadfast practitioner, understand Taekwondo’s honorable past, and prosper in the confidence and purpose that Taekwondo offers to all that participate.

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Taekwondo—Ancient Wisdom For the Modern WarriorTaekwondo—Ancient Wisdom For the Modern Warrior by Doug Cook
Learn how principles such as honor, perseverance, and dedication will enhance your daily life, how the philosophical and physical tenets combine to form not only a way of living, but a solid system of self-defense, and why these concepts are not just quaint ideals, but more important than ever in today's age.

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Taekwondo—Defense Against WeaponsTaekwondo—Defense Against Weapons by Kim, Bok Man
This book provides defense techniques taught to military, law enforcement officials, and black belts. Beginners will have a chance to see the application of their training in actual weapon defenses. Advanced students will learn techniques and fundamental training that has been ‘field’ tested since the inception of the art in the 1950s.

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The Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional GuideThe Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide by Joe Varady
This book stands apart from other staff training manuals. While most titles focus on forms and twirling, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting emphasizes the dynamics of combat. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions.

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The Art of Hojo Undo—Power Training for Traditional KarateThe Art of Hojo Undo—Power Training for Traditional Karate by Michael Clarke
Hojo Undo means ‘supplemental training’, and using these tools is the key for developing the devastating power of karate techniques. Without Hojo Undo, a practitioner cannot reach the profound strength levels required for a lifetime of karate training.

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The Essence of Shaolin White Crane—Martial Power and QigongThe Essence of Shaolin White Crane—Martial Power and Qigong by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
This comprehensive martial arts training guide explores White Crane Kung Fu (Gongfu), one of the most famous martial styles developed in China. Martial Arts Qigong is integral to White Crane kung Fu and is a proven way to build explosive fighting power, known as Jin.

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The Fighter's Body: The Martial Artist's Solution to Diet, Strength, and HealthThe Fighter's Body: The Martial Artist's Solution to Diet, Strength, and Health by Loren W. Christensen, Wim Demeere
You have an owner’s manual for your car, your stereo, and even your blender, so why not your body? The Fighter’s Body is exactly that—an owner’s manual for your most complex piece of equipment.

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The Fighting Arts—Their Evolution from Secret Societies to Modern TimesThe Fighting Arts—Their Evolution from Secret Societies to Modern Times by Michael Rosenbaum
This book traces the evolution of the martial arts from the ‘old worlds’ through today’s modern times. Expounds on cultural influences, differences between civilian and military warfare, myths and legends, segmentation of the arts in modern cultures and a discussion of the realities of terrorism.

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The Fox Borrows the Tiger's Awe—Children's StoriesThe Fox Borrows the Tiger's Awe—Children's Stories by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
These four illustrated stories are based upon the oral folktales of China that Dr. Yang heard while growing up. For children 7 -12.

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The Martial Arts Athlete—Mental and Physical Conditioning for Peak PerformanceThe Martial Arts Athlete—Mental and Physical Conditioning for Peak Performance by Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.
Answers questions that today's competitors must know to succeed. Learn how to train for peak performance, create incredible physical conditioning programs, manage pain, and get answers to a host of nutrition and strength training questions.

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The Martial Way and its Virtues—Tao De GungThe Martial Way and its Virtues—Tao De Gung by F. J. Chu
The martial arts revolve around the way of personal combat and to live in accordance with a warrior code of conduct and honor. The Martial Way promises a long and arduous journey. In the end, this higher ideal is what separates the warrior from the predator.

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The Mask of the King—Children's StoriesThe Mask of the King—Children's Stories by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
These four illustrated stories are based upon the oral folktales of China that Dr. Yang heard while growing up. For ages 7 - 12.

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The Way of Kata—A Comprehensive Guide to Deciphering Martial ApplicationsThe Way of Kata—A Comprehensive Guide to Deciphering Martial Applications by Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder
This groundbreaking book unveils methods, not only teaching you how to analyze your kata to understand what it is trying to tell you, but also helping you to utilize your fighting techniques more effectively—both in self-defense and in tournament applications.

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The Way of Kendo and Kenjitsu—Soul of the SamuraiThe Way of Kendo and Kenjitsu—Soul of the Samurai by Darrell Craig
This book addresses advance level Kendo skills including equipment, exercises, wazas and the last three katas of the All Japan Kendo Federation, which uses the short sword (Wakizashi).

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The Way of Sanchin Kata—The Application of PowerThe Way of Sanchin Kata—The Application of Power by Kris Wilder
Many believe that Sanchin Kata holds the key to mastering traditional martial arts. Those who understand its teachings find that it facilitates enormous quickness and power in any martial application. The challenge lies in gaining that understanding...

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The Way to Black Belt—A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid ResultsThe Way to Black Belt—A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results by Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder
Packed with actionable information, The Way to Black Belt will teach you how to set goals, find a good instructor, monitor your progress, overcome plateaus in your training, take advantage of learning opportunities, and work through the inevitable injuries that come with rigorous martial arts training.

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Timing in the Fighting Arts: How to Win a Fight with Speed, Power, and TechniqueTiming in the Fighting Arts: How to Win a Fight with Speed, Power, and Technique by Loren W. Christensen, Wim Demeere

You will find drills and practice scenarios to help you develop every one of these concepts. Go beyond theory and put your new knowledge to work in the ring or on the street, where you need it most.

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Traditional Taekwondo—Core Techniques, History and PhilosophyTraditional Taekwondo—Core Techniques, History and Philosophy by Doug Cook
The history and evolution of Taekwondo from its ancient roots to modern day applications. Also included are exercises in "Ki" or internal energy development, meditation practice, and practical self-defense strategies. More focused on the traditional aspects of Taekwondo rather than on its sportive component.

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Wisdom's Way—101 Tales of Chinese Wit Wisdom's Way—101 Tales of Chinese Wit by Walton Lee
Wisdom's Way is a collection of true stories from ancient China. Filled with palace intrigue, ambitious warlords, greedy swindlers, and justice-seeking wise men, each story evokes the legendary wisdom of the Far East.

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