Valley of the Damned Epic Martial Arts/Allegorical Life Poem Close ranks and join in Battle Royal far beyond all human sensibilities with Valley of the Damned as the tenacious tome engages the worldwide Forces of Evil for all of humanities sake! Valley is an action-adventure martial-arts story and is designed as an interactive karate kata, a mirror, a Zen meditative rock garden, a mandala, a guide to the classical Underworld, a strategic soul-map and life-labrinth in which to see yourself and the "musing's upon" humanity of the great and awesome "Celestial Powers That Be." Pilgrim, if you're going to ride with those three killer-phantoms, best saddle up and strap in, because they are looking for you! Poem Info: For millennia, Epic poems have been some of the world's most powerful sources of inspiration, capturing the high essence of gods, heroes, romances, glories, tragedies and monsters. From Homer's Odyssey to The Aeneid, Arthur and Beowulf, and from Gilgamesh to The Mahbhrata and The Divine Comedy, these larger than life tales transcend time, revealing to humanity our innermost secrets, dreamsand nightmares. Conveying a deep sense of the mystical, Epics carry with them a sweeping sense of life in the fullest measure, as men and women of renown stand tall against the backdrop of history and destiny, our presentand futurebeing firmly rooted in the past . . . Valhalla! Norse gods, spirits o'war, shades, swordketeering pallorous ghost traces, soulpires, jowling grunting pigmen and slavering wolveweres, spectres, wraiths, banshees and other mind-lacerating night-haunting creatures of untold dread all come together in this Epic action-packed, martial arts adventure never before heard of tale on earthThe Valley of the Damned! In this, the "Forgotten tale that no one knows, except those who enter therein," all are invited to venture into the exotic, serrating, unseen Netherworld of the dead, where fragmented remnants of driven spirits contend with each other for power and control over kingdoms, unspeakable legions of fallen shades, and the most prized possession of allthe immortal human soul! Ride now with three killer-phantoms on their quest to pursue the vainglorious sneering karate movie superstar Mark Theman for his soulthe despised arrogant human whom all spirits desire to capture for their own sinister purposes! Trail the perpetual teenage Valkyrie Kari, mass-battle artist, known for her mesmerizing psychotically poetic-sword s'kills and who will confront "any and all never odd or even" risks to win. Shadowing her is the jackal-like Angel-Heart, amoral sword-slingin'duelist who always dogs her, never missing an opportunity to exploit and track with Dark Storm, merciless bounty huntress who will stop at nothing in order to seize the power that Theman possesseshis soulish living human aura! Based upon the works of cinematic masters such as Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai, 1954) and Italian director Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966), Valley is constructed as a movie. Words, sentences and stanzas function as camera shots for full lucid visual impact, pulling readers in and out of their own self-made focal mindset realizations of delight or horror that can only but belong to their own innermost soul-searching intertwined personal Netherscapes! From the mortal aspect, what is covered in the Epic is a survey of the modern American martial arts scene. A study of souls in action, readers may recognize that Valley is a social commentary, allowing insight into the deadly, bizarre, icy undercurrents and riptides of the unseen "Martial Art Deadlands"the Field of Marsthat many trod today, as must the bloody countless who are yet to come. Rich in visual and audio description and replete with scores of villainous and heroic spirits, Valley is an outrageous tale of valor and woe, bravery and cowardiceof damnation and redemptionplayed out on an immense spiritual killing field where spectral phantoms are tried and tested in the fires of their (and our) own passions. In Valley readers will: Enter the grotesque Market of the Soul where long-lost warriors screetch and claw in vain to recapture their former glory! Sit with the great Warlords of all climes, times and dimensions and listen to Motion-Effectrix Artifex St. Kari of the Blade, Val-kid extraswordinaire spin inspirangular tales of gallantry as Evil lurks about waiting to devour the unwaryand then follow her into glaringly-beyond hellishly lunacidal pitched battle Join with Mark Theman, the ruthless, scheming martial arts film star as he desperately attempts to retrieve his long-lost soul before it is hurled headlong into the deepest Abyss of Hell! Ensnare doomed pitiful souls with the implacable bounty hunting phasma-revenant Dark Storm in her bid for supreme power over millions and the coveted throne of Asgard! Follow the hell-hound packin' cold mercenary Angel-Heart as he, like a goodly razor-sharp Ginsu kitchen knife scrupulously cutting away as seen on eleven o'clock at night TV, slices and dices the damned on his way up to become the top blade in the grisly Mortuus! Valley is laced with myth/hist notes from the world over. (S)wordplay and inter-twistorted tales chorridor and pierce the Epic. Elusive mind-resonances, shadowy mental focal lengths, pale thought-illusions, intangible swhirling emotion-pools, insubstantial spring-loaded will-traps, graspless snaring barbed-wired realizations, sharp-cornered soul-fading mirages and spiritually bleak sucking quicksands nigh unto dimensions invisi'bled labrinth readers down into the inner sanctums of her lores; devilering them up to the uncanny, disturbing veiled Nether and the grim, macabre obliquitious secrets she brings to dark! Valley culminates in a superlative modern legend that will stir the imaginations of those hearts who desire a bold, soul-searching undertaking into the rhapsodic core of their own Heavenly stratums or the dankest helks of their own stark raving mad personal Hells! Good Luck Hunting!
Paul Bowman, Professor of Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK
The year’s best military SF, space opera, and adventure SF stories. The second of a new series featuring the best stories of the year from the top magazines and online venues with a military and adventure science fiction theme. The new Golden Age of short science fiction has arrived! Selected from the premier print and online markets in the field, here are stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories of future military men and women, space opera on a grand scale, and edge-of-your-seat adventure science fiction in the grand pulp tradition. The second volume in an on-going series, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction, features stories by giants of the genre and the hottest new voices. Plus, you be the judge! INTERACTIVE READER VOTING. One story from this anthology will be chosen via proctored online voting for The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader's Choice Award, presented at DragonCon in Summer 2016. For more information, go to Baen.com. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction 2015: “Baen’s fan-guided anthology series roars into its second year with a collection of stories just as eclectic as the first. . . . Afsharirad has put together a refreshing military and SF anthology that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) About The Year's Best Military SF and Space Opera Volume 1: “This intriguing anthology explores the human race’s violent potential [but] also bends toward exploration and the triumph of the human spirit, with brave tales [that] take the reader on a fascinating, thought-provoking, enjoyable journey . . . ”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[A] nice eclectic mix of magazines—hardcopy and digital—and original anthologies. Afsharirad seems to have cast his nets admirably wide. . . . The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing. . . . [The collection] should be welcome by raw recruits and veterans alike.”—Locus
The July/August 2015 issue of Uncanny Magazine. Featuring new fiction by Mary Robinette Kowal, E. Lily Yu, Shveta Thakrar, Charlie Jane Anders, Delilah S. Dawson, and Sarah Monette, classic fiction by Scott Lynch, essays by Natalie Luhrs, Sofia Samatar, Michael R. Underwood, and Caitlín Rosberg, poetry by C. S. E. Cooney, Bryan Thao Worra, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with E. Lily Yu and Delilah S. Dawson by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Antonio Caparo, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Sport sociology has a responsibility to engage critically with the accepted wisdom of those who govern and promote sport. This challenging collection of international research is a clear call for enacting the transformation of sport. The contributing authors argue that it is not enough to merely advocate for change. Rather, they insist that scholars need to take an active political stance when conducting research with the explicit purpose of attempting to transform the practices, structures, and the ways in which knowledge is produced about sport. By exposing and challenging the power relations which perpetuate discrimination and inequality within sport, it becomes possible to catalyse wider societal changes. Drawing on a diversity of topics including sport for development and peace, transnational feminism, disability sport, refugees and football activism, FIFA, the Olympics, sports journalism and digital sports media, this book makes a case for sport sociology as an agent of positive change in the hierarchies and institutional structures of contemporary sport. Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures provides valuable insights for all students and scholars interested in the sociology of sport and its transformative potential.
Binary Matrixing introduces the Martial Arts as a science. It is the single most important book in the history of the Martial Arts, as it opens the door to all martial arts, and moves the student directly towards the realization that all martial arts are one. The yin yang symbol, most people believe, is a mystical thing that you will someday understand, or if you buy into theories like 'sun and moon, ' or 'male and female, ' or any other number of mystical definitions, then it is simply a mysticism, a 'mystery, ' reserved for somebody smarter. But Binary Matrixing defines the yin yang in a definitive and scientific manner. This definition results in the Martial Arts being considered a science. Once somebody understands the yin yang, which is to say they understand the actual truth of the martial arts, they will be able to see how the martial arts 'grow, ' how they develop from one art into the next. The Martial Arts then become a simple technology requiring as much thought as 'one, two, three....' Finally, understanding the truth of the martial arts, and how they actually develop, one will be enlightened. Enlightenment is often thought of as a 'lightening stroke, ' a realization that changes the way one views life. And it can be that way. More important, however, are the thousand and one 'little things' that make sense out of life, that make life into a single, absorbable subject. As stated, this book is the most important book in the history of the martial arts. It will elevate the reader to an entirely different viewpoint. It is not, however, for everyone. If you believe the martial arts are mystical, if you think that people can't understand a body of knowledge without suffering for twenty years, if you believe that people must learn a foreign language to learn the martial arts, or any other long, laborious and intricate theory, then this book is not for you. This book was written in the belief that the truth is simple, and that studying the truth of the martial arts will make the arts easy to understand, easy to remember, and intuitive to do. About the author: Al Case walked into his first Martial Arts dojo in 1967. He has studied Kenpo, Karate, Wing Chun, Aikido, Ton Toi Northern Shaolin, Fut Ga Southern Shaolin, Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and more. He was a writer for the martial arts magazines and had his own column in Inside Karate. He is the originator of Matrixing Technology and Neutronic Philosophy.
This is the training manual for the original Monster Martial Art course! The Shaolin Butterfly is taken from Fut Ga Kung Fu, which many consider to be the original Kung fu of the Shaolin temple. The system has been matrixed, which means it has been made logical. Matrixing is the first and only science of the martial arts, which means the forms and techniques have been arranged in logical format, with all the fluff and repetition taken out. No more meandering through dozens of forms searching for the meaning of it all. Instead, the forms have been arranged so the concepts are easy to understand and easy to do. The real blessing is that this has made Kung Fu into a combat ready art. No searching through a catalogue of hundreds of techniques, many of which have been designed for specific weapons, or body armor, or different periods of time. Now the art becomes simple to learn, and therefore easy to use. Everything, simply everything, has a point, and intuition comes quickly. The author has nearly 50 years of experience in the martial arts. He was a writer for the magazines through the golden age of the martial arts, and therefore was able to tap into a wealth of martial arts. Further, he has over 600 pages of testimonials praising the Matrixing method. Guaranteed, once a student has experienced the intuitive science of matrixing, his whole art will be transformed, as well as his method and ability to learn. Nowhere is this more true than in The Shaolin Butterfly, one of the original Matrixing courses. There is a video portion to this course which will be available separately.
An English professor begins training in the sport of mixed martial arts and explores the science and history behind the violence of men When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge, and an opportunity. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified. Gottschall eventually works up his nerve, and starts training for a real cage fight. He’s fighting not only as a personal test but also to answer questions that have intrigued him for years: Why do men fight? And why do so many seemingly decent people like to watch? In The Professor in the Cage, Gottschall’s unlikely journey from the college classroom to the fighting cage drives an important new investigation into the science and history of violence. Mixed martial arts is a full-contact hybrid sport in which fighters punch, choke, and kick each other into submission. MMA requires intense strength, endurance, and skill; the fights are bloody, brutal, and dangerous. Yet throughout the last decade, cage fighting has evolved from a small-time fringe spectacle banned in many states to the fastest-growing spectator sport in America. But the surging popularity of MMA, far from being new, is just one more example of our species’ insatiable interest not just in violence but in the rituals that keep violence contained. From duels to football to the roughhousing of children, humans are masters of what Gottschall calls the monkey dance: a dizzying variety of rule-bound contests that establish hierarchies while minimizing risk and social disorder. In short, Gottschall entered the cage to learn about the violence in men, but learned instead how men keep violence in check. Gottschall endures extremes of pain, occasional humiliation, and the incredulity of his wife to take us into the heart of fighting culture—culminating, after almost two years of grueling training, in his own cage fight. Gottschall’s unsparing personal journey crystallizes in his epiphany, and ours, that taming male violence through ritualized combat has been a hidden key to the success of the human race. Without the restraining codes of the monkey dance, the world would be a much more chaotic and dangerous place.
Matrixing is the science of the martial arts. Matrix Kung Fu (Monkey Boxing) was one of the first matrixing courses. It was presented at MonsterMartialArts.com, and has proven to be a rock hard, best seller. This is because it presents the 'alphabet' of joint locks and stand up takedowns. Students of the martial arts are quite pleased when they 'take a gander' at this material. This is because it reduces the subject of joint locks and stand up takedowns to an easy and logical science, which facilitates learning greatly. Indeed, people who study this course become adept, and even expert, within a few months. The material presented here, in this book, is the original material of the video course of the same name. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the accompanying videos through MonsterMartialArts.com. About the Author: Al Case began martial arts in 1967. He has studied Kenpo, Karate, Wing chun Gung Fu, Aikido, Northern Shaolin Ton Toi Gung Fu, Southern Shaolin Fut Ga Gung Fu, Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and much more. He was a writer for the martial arts magazines in the 90s, and was asked to write his own column in Inside Karate (Case Histories). Currently, he teaches in Southern California. He can be reached through his website: MonsterMartialArts.com.
Martial arts are known as the 'way' or the 'do'. The way is available to you, you can choose to travel on it or choose another way, but the choice will lead you to very different destinations. Earl Nightingale once said that we are all self-made, but only the successful will admit that. Every person is where they are today as a result of the choices they have made. I wrote this book to demonstrate that martial arts is the 'way' to complete holistic wellness. I trained to excess when I started my journey - but the lessons I have learned, perhaps like Siddhartha 2,500 years before me, is that music can only be played if the strings are not too loose and not too tight. The purpose of martial arts is 'self defence' or 'defence of the self'. This is an important concept to grasp. I'm not talking about fighting the thug in the street and engaging in violence. I'm talking about protecting the body and mind in a pure, gentle and holistic way. The 'thugs' we encounter are negativity from others and threats to our bodies via disease and decay. We will all grow old but we don't need to become decrepit. Be kind to yourself. Most books I have read about martial arts are either too technical or pure fantasy. This book is designed with you as the reader in mind. I certainly don't have time to train as much as I did years ago. If I was to start martial arts today and saw what was out there, I probably would skip it and go to weekly spin classes. However, with the knowledge that much finer music can be played if the strings are tuned just right - it would be a different ball game. Incorporating martial arts principles intelligently and efficiently is the key to true wellness. This book is a result of my trial and error and I hope you will enjoy getting to know your own body and mind, moulding the art around your own lifestyle. - Master Ahsan Mustafa
Spare Rib remains one of the most iconic symbols of Second Wave Feminism, its influence far out-living the span of its publication (1972-1993). This collection examines various aspects of the magazine - based on the digitised publication by the British Library in 2015 – in order to explore the ways in which it has influenced society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as the lives of individual readers. By analysing several articles from a modern, post-feminist perspective, and using cross-generational interviews of Spare Rib readers and reflective accounts of reading the publication, the significance and endurance of the publication is demonstrated. Written by both academics, experienced researchers and independent scholars alike, the inter-disciplinary nature of the text results in a multi-dimensional reading of Spare Rib suitable for both an academic and general readership interested in cultural and media studies.
Considered by many to be the magazine of record for ancient mysteries, future science, and unexplained anomalies, Atlantis Rising® provides some of the most astounding reading to be found anywhere. Pulled from the pages of Atlantis Rising®, here is a collection of thirty concise and well-illustrated articles by world-class researchers like Philip Coppens, Robert Schoch, Frank Joseph, Steven Sora and many others who offer thought-provoking insights on some of today's most interesting, if least understood topics. Featuring: Ancient Keys to the Future by Walter Cruttenden The Legend of Markawasi by Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D. Mystery of the Montauk Monster by Steven Sora Close Encounters of the Ball Lightning Kind by Frank Joseph The Project Serpo Saga by Len Kasten Places of the Builder Gods by Freddy Silva "In the articles collected for this book, we hope to show that many of the beliefs of our supposedly advanced society are a long way from knowledge - particularly in the areas of modern science, ancient history, and today's conventional wisdom. If, in so doing, a few sacred paradigms are busted, we say, let the chips fall where they may!" - J. Douglas Kenyon, Editor & Publisher, Atlantis Rising
The History and Principles of China?s Most Explosive Martial Art
Author: John Little
Category: Sports & Recreation
Wing Chun is the most popular form of Chinese Kung Fu in the world today, with over four million practitioners. The art as it is presently understood has been handed down from teacher to student for more than three hundred years. Until now, no one has ever stepped back and taken a critical look at why this art’s techniques are presented and performed the way they are. This book, by Wing Chun master Danny Xuan and martial-arts authority John Little, is the first to decipher these techniques that until now have been encrypted within this art. Xuan and Little reveal how Wing Chun was designed holistically, based on the laws of physics, human nature, and biomechanics. It was also designed with economy, efficiency, and productivity in mind. Unlike other martial arts, Wing Chun doesn’t focus on making a person larger, more rugged, acrobatic or animal-like; rather, it focuses on making optimal use of one’s own bodily structure and power potential by applying the sciences of biomechanics and physics. Thus, it is possible for males and females of all ages and sizes to excel in this art. The Tao of Wing Chun provides a readable, authoritative means of cultivating personal protection skills, enhanced flexibility, improved coordination, greater stamina, and physical and mental fitness while simultaneously cultivating humility, focus, determination, self-confidence, character, camaraderie, and deep inner strength. Foremost, this book offers the reader the means by which to apply Wing Chun principles in daily life. Enhanced by forty-eight full-color illustrations, The Tao of Wing Chun will fascinate, educate, and entertain a wide range of readers—from beginner to master. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Reingruberischen Auseinandersetzung der gesetzlichen Theorie über den kleinen Zehent in Bayern, so wie des Aufsatzes in der Eos 5. St. Jahrgang 1827 über den kleinen und Repszehent in Bayern
Grimdark Magazine presents the darker, grittier side of fantasy and science fiction. Each quarterly issue features established and new authors to take you through their hard-bitten worlds alongside articles, reviews and interviews. Our stories are grim, our worlds are dark and our morally grey protagonists and anti-heroes light the way with bloody stories of war, betrayal and action.FICTION:The Knife of Many Hands Part 2 (The Second Apocalypse/Atrocity Tales) by R. Scott BakkerAll the Lovely Brides by Kelly SandovalA Recipe for Corpse Oil by Siobhan GallagherThe King Beneath the Waves by Peter FugazzottoExcerpt from Dark Run by Mike BrooksExcerpt from Sword of the North by Luke ScullNON-FICTION:An interview with R. Scott BakkerAn Interview with Luke ScullBook Review: Sword of the North by Luke ScullBook Review: Dirge by Tim MarquitzArticle: Grit in My Controller: Grimdark in Gaming by Layla Cummins and Jeremy Szal
A Reference Guide to 1,100 Films Produced by British Hong Kong Studios
Author: John Charles
Category: Performing Arts
Thanks to the successes of directors and actors like John Woo, Jackie Chan, and Chow Yun-Fat, the cinema of Hong Kong is wildly popular worldwide, and there is much more to this diverse film culture than most Western audiences realize. Beyond martial arts and comedy, Hong Kong films are a celebration of the grand diversity and pageantry of moviemaking—covering action, comedy, horror, eroticism, mythology, historical drama, modern romances, and experimental films. Information on 1,100 films produced in British Hong Kong from 1977 to 1997 is included here.