Martial Secrets: Books & DVDs

The Little Black Book of ViolenceThe Little Black Book of Violence will arm you with the knowledge and good sense to make informed choices in hazardous situations. While some yahoo spewing insults about your favorite sports team is worlds apart from a drug-crazed lunatic lunging at you with a sharp knife in his hands and bloodlust in his eyes, there is a large gray area in between these two extremes where hard and fast rules do not always apply. This is where wisdom, oftentimes hard-earned wisdom, makes the difference between good decisions and bad ones.
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Every time you engage in violence, no matter how small or trivial it may appear to be at the time, it has the potential of escalating into something extraordinarily serious. What is really worth fighting for when you might find yourself spending the rest of your life behind bars, confined to a wheelchair, or trying to dig yourself out of bankruptcy from beneath the crushing weight of a civil lawsuit? It is important to ask yourself, “Is this really worth fighting over?” While in some instances the response could legitimately be “Yes,” more often than not it ought to be “No.”

More than mere techniques, this book fills in crucial information about street survival that most martial arts instructors don’t teach or even know. You will learn how to use awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation to help stave off violence. Despite the best intentions, however, you may still find yourself in situations where you have no choice but to fight and others where it is prudent to do so. Consequently you will also learn smart things you might want to try and dumb things you should attempt to avoid during a physical confrontation.

In addition to learning strategies and techniques for defending yourself on the street you will also learn how to manage the aftermath of violence, including performing first aid, interacting with law enforcement, managing witnesses, finding a good attorney, navigating the legal system, dealing with the press, and overcoming psychological trauma.

Men, who commit about 80 percent of all violent crimes, are twice as likely to become victims of aggressive behavior as women. While written primarily for this at-risk demographic, this comprehensive tome is essential reading for anyone who regularly deals with violence, thinks they may encounter a hostile situation, or who simply wants to increase their ability to survive a dangerous encounter.

The Way to Black BeltCut to the very core of what it means to be successful in the martial arts.

Earning a black belt can be the most rewarding experience of a lifetime, but getting there takes considerable planning. Whether your interests are in the classical styles of Asia or in today’s Mixed Martial Arts, this book prepares you to meet every challenge. Whatever your age, whatever your gender, you will benefit from the wisdom of master martial artists around the globe, who share more than 300 years of combined training experience. Benefit from their guidance during your development into a first-class black belt:

Iain Abernethy • Dan Anderson • Loren Christensen • Jeff Cooper • Wim Demeere • Aaron Fields • Lawrence Kane • Rory Miller • Martina Sprague • Phillip Starr • Jeff Stevens • Kris Wilder…and many more.

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.

Putting your skills to the test at each developmental stage of your training requires a certain mental `clarity.’ The authors examine what this means, how to find it, and how to make sure that when the time comes you are 100% prepared.

If you are serious about your martial arts training, The Way to Black Belt will arm you with the information you need to swiftly become a highly skilled, well-qualified black belt.

The Way of KataThe ancient masters developed kata, or “formal exercises,” as fault-tolerant methods to preserve their unique, combat-proven fighting systems. Unfortunately, they deployed a two-track system of instruction where an ‘outer circle’ of students unknowingly received modified forms with critical details or important principles omitted. Only the select ‘inner circle’ that had gained a master’s trust and respect would be taught okuden waza, the powerful hidden applications of kata.

The theory of deciphering kata applications (kaisai no genri) was once a great mystery revealed only to trusted disciples of the ancient masters in order to protect the secrets of their systems. Even today, while the basic movements of kata are widely known, advanced practical applications and sophisticated techniques frequently remain hidden from the casual observer. The principles and rules for understanding kata are largely unknown.

This groundbreaking book unveils these 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.

• Fifteen general principles to identify effective techniques • Twelve discrete rules for deciphering martial applications • Comprehensive insights into kata history, strategy and tactics • Vital physiological considerations • Well organized materials for easy reference and comprehensive understanding

Surviving Armed AssaultsFair Fight? Not likely. Least of all from a criminal who is looking to make a quick profit at your expense. A sad fact is that weapon-wielding thugs victimize 1,773,000 citizens every year in the United States alone. Even martial artists are not immune from this deadly threat. Consequently, self-defense training that does not consider the very real possibility of an armed attack is dangerously incomplete.

Whether you live in the city or countryside, you should be both mentally and physically prepared to deal with an unprovoked armed assault at any time. Preparation must be comprehensive enough to account for the plethora of pointy objects, blunt instruments, explosive devices, and deadly projectiles that someday could be used against you.

This extensive book teaches proven survival skills that can keep you safe on the street. A multitude of real-life scenarios and case studies analyzing violent encounters will help you to internalize this crucial knowledge. Contents include:

* Awareness
* Avoidance
* De-escalation
* Countervailing force
* Armed conflict
* Managing the aftermath of violence
* Weapon features and functions

If you are serious about self-defense this book is for you. Everyone, including experienced martial artists, security and law enforcement professionals, and concerned citizens will benefit from this vital information.

The Way of Sanchin KataWhen Karate, or Ti, was first developed in Okinawa, it was about using technique and extraordinary power to end a fight instantly. These old ways of generating remarkable power are still accessible, but they are purposefully hidden in Sanchin Kata for the truly dedicated to find. This book takes the practitioner to new depths of practice by breaking down the form piece-by-piece, body part by body part, so that the very foundation of the kata is revealed.

Test It. Every chapter, concept, and application is accompanied by a Test It section, designed for you to explore and verify the kata for yourself. Sanchin Kata really comes alive, when you can feel the thrill of having those hidden teachings speak to you through your body across the ages. No other document, or video, available today provides such depth and exploration of Sanchin Kata. Simply put, once you read this book and test what you have learned, your Karate will never be the same.

The Way of Martial Arts for Kids

The Way of Martial Arts for KidsBased on centuries of traditions, martial arts is a positive experience for kids. The Way of Martial Arts for Kids helps you and your child get the most out of class. With 78 tips on focus, school work,  and responsibility.  The Way of Martial Arts for Kids illustrates the benefits of the martial arts in terms that quickly make sense to kids.

Martial Arts InstructionWhile the old adage, “those who can’t do, teach” is not entirely true, all too often “those who can do” cannot teach effectively. This book is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to teaching martial arts; incorporating elements of educational theory and communication techniques typically overlooked in budo.

Teachers will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, while students interested in the martial arts will develop a better understanding of what instructional methods best suit their needs.

The author’s approach balances the reality that martial arts instructors are responsible for ensuring the safety of practitioners who learn potentially deadly techniques with the truism that if their classes are not enjoyable and productive, no one will participate in them.

Lessons from the Dojo Floor

Lessons from the Dojo FloorA thought provoking collection of short vignettes that entertains while it educates. Sections range from profound to insightful to just plain amusing. Straightforward, easy and quick to read. Anyone with an affinity for martial arts can benefit from this material. If you enjoy Dave Lowry (e.g., Traditions, Moving Toward Stillness, Autumn Lightning), you should like this one as well.

121 Killer Appz!You know the kata, now it is time for the applications. Karate instructor and author Kris Wilder demonstrates one fighting application after another in this DVD presentation to supplement the katas learned in Goju-Ryu Karate. Wilder does not teach the katas, but rather provides the applications found within the forms for each student to learn, practice, and then build on to fully understand the katas they practice.

Gekisai (Dai Ni), Saifa, Seiyunchin, Seipai, Kururunfa, Suparinpei, Sanseiru, Shisochin, and Seisan Kata are covered. If you ever wondered what purpose a move from a Goju-Ryu Kata was for, wonder no longer. For this DVD contains no kata performed from multiple angels, and no discussion. Just a no-nonsense approach to one application after another. It is sure to provide deeper understanding to your Kata practice and stimulate thought on determining your own applications to the Goju-Ryu Karate forms. Easy access menus. Running length approx: 47 minutes.

Sanchin Kata dvdTraditional Training Methods for Karate Power The Sanchin Kata, or ‘Three Battles Sequence’, is an ancient form that can be traced back to the roots of karate. Some consider it the missing link between Chinese kung fu and Okinawan karate. Sanchin Kata is known to develop extraordinary quickness and generate remarkable power. This program breaks down the form piece by piece, body part by body part, so that the hidden details of the kata are revealed. Regular practice of Sanchin Kata conditions the body, trains correct alignment, and teaches the essential structure needed for generating power within all of your karate movements. Many karate practitioners believe that Sanchin Kata holds the key to mastering the traditional martial arts. Though it can be one of the simplest forms to learn, it is one of the most difficult to perfect. Goju-Ryu 5th-dan Kris Wilder offers in-depth exploration of Sanchin Kata, with detailed instruction of the essential posture, linking the spine, generating power, and demonstration of the complete Sanchin Kata. Simply put, your Karate will never be the same. YMAA PRODUCTION – KRIS WILDER – SANCHIN KATA – WRITTEN BY KRIS WILDER – PERFORMED BY KRIS WILDER WITH KEN CRAGGS – EDITING AND DVD PRODUCTION BY OCEAN SILVER – PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER

How to Win a FightTwo veteran martial arts instructors and a renowned comic book illustrator deliver the ultimate course in self-defense

More than three million Americans are involved in a violent physical encounter every year. In these situations, knowledge is power, and few teachers are better equipped to deliver that knowledge than Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder. Veteran martial arts instructors and masters in their field, Kane and Wilder have teamed up with DC Comics artist Matt Haley to produce a step-by-step guide revealing the secrets of surviving-and preventing-violent encounters.

The defense begins by scanning the environment for dangerous situations and using verbal de-escalation to defuse tense situations. If a fight is unavoidable, the authors offer clear guidance for being the victor, along with advice on legal implications, including how to handle a police interview after the attack.

Blinded by the Night

Blinded by the LightRichard Hayes is a Seattle cop. After 25 years with the PD he thinks he knows everything there is to know about predators. The dregs of society like rapists, murderers, gang bangers, and child molesters are just another day at the office. Commonplace criminals become the least of his problems when he goes hunting for a serial killer and runs into a real monster. The creature not only attacks him, but merely gets pissed off when he shoots it. In the head. Twice! Surviving that fight is only the beginning. Richard discovers that the vampire he destroyed was the ruler of an eldritch realm he never dreamed existed. By some archaic rule, having defeated the monster’s sovereign in battle, Richard becomes their new king. Now he is responsible for a host of horrors who stalk the night, howl at the moon, and shamble through the darkness. But, why would these creatures willingly obey a human? When it comes to human predators, Richard is a seasoned veteran, yet with paranormal ones he is but a rookie. He must navigate a web of intrigue and survive long enough to discover how a regular guy can tangle with supernatural creatures and prevail. One mistake and things surely won’t end well…

Reseña: El kata sanchin forma el núcleo desde el que irradian todos los demás katas. Su práctica lo guiará en el kata tal como fue concebido originariamente y descubrirá que es muy diferente de la forma moderna de kárate que hoy se suele practicar. El kata sanchin fracciona los movimientos según unos principios de progresividad cuya comprensión resulta imprescindible si se quieren adquirir las habilidades necesarias para dominar el arte de la mano vacía.

Cada capítulo, concepto y aplicación se acompaña con una sección de “poniéndonos a prueba”, diseñada para que el lector explore y verifique el kata por sí mismo. 
Los contenidos principales que se desarrollan en el libro son: movimiento no visto, la columna vertebral, la estructura energética, la camisa de hierro, la mente, la proporción 5:7, el kata tradicional íntegro en movimiento paso a paso, el paso de media luna, huesos-tendones-músculos, la estructura mecánica, el enraizamiento, el sanchin de diez minutos, entre otros.

“¡Este libro se ha necesitado amargamente durante generaciones!… todo karateka serio tiene que comprarlo sin dudar.”

“Después de 26 años en goju, estoy deseando estudiar y practicar este kata… dirección y guía sólidas…”

Kris Wilder ha entrenado con maestros como Kenji Yamada; el shihan John Roseberry, alumno de Seikishi Toguchi; y Hiroo Ito, alumno del shihan Kori Hisatake, el fundador del kárate kenkokan shorinji-ryu. Es autor de varios libros y colaborador del Traditional Karate Magazine.