Author: Peter LewisPublisher: RupaYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 192ISBN/UPC (if available): 1853752061
Everything you need to know about the martial arts from Aikido to Zen. In this indispensable and encyclopedic introduction to the world's martial arts, the author lifts the shrouds of mystery and tradition to reveal how and way they developed, their ways and laws, founding myths and heroes. Fighting is as old as man himself. The martial arts we know today developed from ancient and bloody war skills. In time, man's search for deeper meaning led to the development of a higher philosophy of fighting and ultimately the old martial ways became a path to self-knowledge.
IntroductionKARATEOrigins of KarateWhat is KarateMajor Schools and Styles of KarateKUNG FUOrigins of Kung FuExternal or Hard Schools of Kung FuInternal or Soft Schools of Kung FuLegends of the MastersThe Poser pf ChiThe Influence of ReligionJIU-JITSU ò JUDO ò AIKIDOJis-JitsuJudoAikidoOTHER FORMS OF JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTSSumo : The Indigenous Art of JapanKyudo : The Way of the Bow 97The Naginata : Women's Weapon of Self-DefenceIai-do : The Skill of the Quick Draw SwordShorinji KempoKendoNinja : Clans of DeathTHE MARTIAL ARTS OF KOREATaekwon-doHapkidoTang Soo DoHwarang-doMARTIAL ARTS OF THE WORLDMuay ThaiThe Burmese Art of BandoThe Indonesian Art of Pentjak-silatMalaysian BersilatCapoiera : The Slave Art of BrazilFilipino KaliThe Martial Arts of IndiaWEAPONS OF THE MARTIAL ARTISTThe SaiThe NunchakuThe TonfaThe KamaThe KusarigamaThe Kwan DoThe Samurai SwordChinese Sword and Other WeaponsConclusionGlossaryIndex