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Scott Shaw is an American actor, author, film director, film producer, journalist, martial artist, musician, photographer, and professor.
Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense
Hapkido, "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power," is one of the three major Korean martial arts. Founded in 1963 by Master Choi Young-Sul, it is a complete system of self-defense, encompassing striking, kicking, and grappling techniques. Conceptually, Hapkido techniques more closely parallel those of Aikido than Taekwondo. In fact, as the author describes, there is a parental link between the arts.
Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense
, Scott Shaw presents a precise description of the techniques, concepts, and applications of this Korean martial art of self-defense.
Profusely illustrated with 220 clear photographs, this instructional hapkido book describes and depicts self-defense techniques against a variety of punches, holds, and kicks. Hapkido has been utilized by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, but until now little has been written on it. This hapkido guide is one of the few in English to present the essential techniques of this fascinating Korean martial art. Chapters include:
The History and Development of Korean Martial Arts
The Evolution of Hapkido
Danjon: The Center of Ki
Hapkido Self-Defense Techniques
Taekwondo Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Taekwondo - from Basic Kicks to Training and Competition
teaches you all the fundamentals of this Korean martial art form in a clear and easy-to-understand manner!
This basic introductory survey contains the following vital information:
The origins, philosophy, and history of Taekwondo
How to find a teacher and a class that are right for you
Getting ready for your first class—what actually happens in a Taekwondo class?
The essential elements—stances, blocks, hand and arm strikes, and kicks
How to complement your Taekwondo training with other conditioning exercises, such as running and biking
Powerful ways to improve your technique through target training, partner training, competitive training, free-sparring, and more
Resources that can help you further develop your Taekwondo practice
Whether you're just getting started, or you've already been training for a year or two,
offers an easy to read, yet comprehensive, introduction to the sport.
The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy
Learn how to call up extra energy on demand! Shaw shows you how to strengthen the Ki you were born with, so you can harness the Ki around you to help you through the many periods of stress in daily life. He gives suggestions for changingyour diet to improve Ki flow, and discusses how to actively focus Ki into specific regions of the body or into your mental functioning. Includes breathing, concentration, and relaxation exercises.
The Little Book of Yoga Breathing: Pranayama Made Easy...
The Little Book of Yoga Breathing
is a great little package that offers a lot. Pranayama, the practice of breath control, is detailed here in an easy-to-understand and even easier-to-practice format. Professional yoga instructor, Scott Shaw introduces 16 breathing exercises and how to get the best benefit from each of the forms by training, refining, and witnessing your breath. This book is for yoga practitioners and those who only consider themselves yoga admirers. Having trouble falling asleep? Try one of the calming breaths, Nadi Sudi, or the Nerve Purifying Breath. Have a long day ahead with no breaks until after dinner? Allow Ujjayi or the Hissing Breath to work its miracles. Also learn the Pranayama term in Sanskrit, how to pronounce it, what it means in English, and how to properly execute the breath to get the best results. And learn how to breathe while moving, standing, and leaning, and how each of these variations can affect your breathing practice.
The Tao of Self-Defense
This complete guide to "street smart" self-defense covers a wide range of subjects including: rapid assessment of potentially dangerous situations, fast and simple response to an attack, continuous flow of defensive techniques, vital strike points, first strike advantage, fighting techniques and body weapons, specific attack responses, grappling and ground fighting, defending against weapons, and home training exercises. 185 photographs. Introduction. Index.
Taekwondo is defined as a hard-style system of the martial arts— with penetrating kicks and punches, and forceful linear attacks. Dedicated practitioners know that advanced training means not only striving to master techniques, but also developing a deeper understanding of the history, philosophy, and concepts at the core of this martial art.
, Scott Shaw presents an in-depth look at the complete art of Taekwondo—from the underlying philosophies that drive the techniques and strategies to advice on mastering basic and advanced techniques fundamental to the art. Chapters include:
An in-depth look at the origins and philosophies of Taekwondo
Discussion and tips on mastering essential techniques
Illustrated poomse sequences, including the Taeguek forms and Black Belt forms
With over 400 illustrations and detailed instruction from a leading teacher in the field, even the most experienced black belts can benefit from the lessons in this book. Scott Shaw is one of the world's most prolific proponents of the Korean martial arts. He began training in hapkido and taekwondo as a young boy and today holds master instructor certification in both. He is a frequently published contributor to martial arts magazines and has authored a number of books, including
Hapkido: Korean Art of Self–Defense
In this book, Shaw draws upon his knowledge of Asian culture and years of study in the martial arts to show us how we, too, can achieve higher understanding through the tenets of Zen Buddhism. Iado - the meditative way of the sword becomes a path to enlightenment. The first step is to learn to control the physical body; once physical senses are honed, the thinking mind can be silenced and can join with the body to become a unified force. Illustrated. Index.
Nirvana in a Nutshell: 157 Zen Meditations
Meditations to help you stop seeking inner peace—and start experiencing it instead.
Nirvana is not to be found in the fulfillment of endless desires, the analysis of profound thoughts, or even hours, days, or years of meditative contemplation. In fact, it is the very act of seeking to obtain happiness, peace, and enlightenment that keeps them out of reach.
Nirvana in a Nutshell
offers 157 Zen meditations to help you discover what you might be doing (or not doing) in your life to sabotage your goal of reaching inner peace, your own personal paradise. But, as Scott Shaw explains, a desire for Nirvana is like any other desire—a cause of suffering. Let go of the quest and become that which you truly seek and you will find your own Nirvana.
The Warrior Is Silent: Martial Arts and the Spiritual Path
A master illuminates the spiritual foundations of martial artspractice in this fully illustrated guide.
• Presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of the martial arts.
• Takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques that utilize Ki energy.
• An essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice.
The Warrior Is Silent
presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of martial arts practice in the East and its intimate connection with the perfection of the art itself. In addition, the author, an accomplished martial artist, takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques that utilize
energy. Establishing a balance between the spiritual and physical aspects of the martial arts,
The Warrior Is Silent
is an essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice.
About Peace: 108 Ways to Be at Peace When Things Are Out of Control
Zen meditations for modern times can help you find calm amid chaos.
Conflict is a part of life. Zen Buddhism was even founded in conflict. No one can give anyone else peace: It comes to those who seek it—in the moment and for the moment only.
But even as the pace accelerates and problems escalate, it’s possible to gain inner peace. The past is gone and the future is unknown—so there’s no time like the present to use these 108 meditations. They offer a very contemporary respite from internal and external conflict, well suited to the breakneck pace of life today. Their number and their form, however, is steeped in tradition. One hundred and eight is a sacred number in Buddhism, in which there is also the tradition of meditating with malas, strung beads which come in multiples of nine—27, 56, or 108. Their form follows Buddhist tradition as well: They are modern koans, or riddles to ponder, and dharma stories.
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