Martial Arts of the World: A-Q

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Thomas A. Green
ABC-CLIO, 2001 - 894 páginas

Carefully crafted entries on the history, philosophy, and evolution of the martial arts worldwide, including contemporary practice.

The martial arts have developed in nearly every culture, notes anthropologist Thomas A. Green, but in an astonishing variety of forms--throwing and grappling styles, striking styles, and both armed and unarmed fighting styles. In essays by academic experts who also practice the martial arts, readers can explore the physical principles and training concepts behind the world's major martial arts systems. They'll learn how the practitioners of African traditions rehearse combat moves through dance, how Japanese aikido artists search for a way to blend with--rather than oppose--the aggressor, and how the practitioners of the Chinese art of bagua walk circles of various sizes while rehearsing certain moves.

The martial arts are not simply about physical conditioning for combat. From the Japanese samurai, to the medieval knight, to the American frontier gunslinger, martial artists have sought to combine the physical disciplines of combat with philosophy, tradition, and strict codes of honor.

* Nearly 100 A-Z signed entries, each followed by a bibliography

* Contributions from experts who are both scholars and practitioners of the martial arts

* Entries on fighting systems from around the world--their history, training methods, weapons, and much more

* A rich suite of illustrations including archival and contemporary photographs, drawings, and prints

* A detailed timeline of the development of the martial arts worldwide from 30,000 B.C. to the end of the 20th century

 

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Índice

AQ
1
Aikidô
12
Archery Japanese
18
Boxing Chinese
26
Boxing Chinese Shaolin Styles
32
Boxing European
44
Brazilian JiuJitsu
52
Capoeira
61
Okinawa
363
Pacific Islands
403
Pankration
410
Performing Arts
417
Political Conflict and
435
Britain
vi
A Note on Romanization ix
ix
Sambo
507

Chivalry
72
Military
83
Europe
109
External vs Internal Chinese
119
FormXingKataPattern Practice
135
Gladiators
141
Gunfighters
149
Hapkidô
157
Iaidô
169
Japan
179
Kajukenbo
219
Kalarippayattu
225
Karate Japanese
232
Karate Okinawan
240
Kendô
249
Kenpô
255
Knights
263
Kobudô Okinawan
286
Korean Martial Arts Chinese
298
Krav Maga
306
Kung FuGungfuGongfu
313
Medicine Traditional Chinese
327
Meditation
335
Mongolia
344
Muay Thai
350
Samurai
514
Silat
524
Social Uses of the Martial
532
Southeast Asia
538
Stage Combat
551
Sword Japanese
564
Swordsmanship European
570
Swordsmanship Japanese
588
Swordsmanship KoreanHankuk
597
Taekwondo
608
Taijiquan Tai Chi Chuan
617
Thaing
629
ThangTa
637
Training Area
643
VovinamViet Vo Dao
651
Warrior Monks JapaneseSôhei
660
China
705
India
719
AQ
839
Capoeira 61
845
Europe 109
851
Iaidô 169
857
About the Author
895
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Sobre el autor (2001)

Thomas A. Green is associate professor of anthropology at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

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