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!Read Epub ⛈ Research of Martial Arts Æ Jonathan Bluestein s Research of Martial Arts is a book about the true essence of martial arts It includes neither instruction on deadly killing techniques, nor mystical tales of so called super human masters Rather, it is a vast compilation of seriously thought out observations made on the subject by the author, as well as many other martial artists and scientists, with a slight touch of history and humourThe goal of this project had from the start been to surpass the current standard in the martial arts literary market, and offer readers worldwide something which they have never seen before In essence, a book in which are found countless answers for martial arts practitioners which cannot be read elsewhere, addressing commonly discussed martially related topics with breadth and depth unparalleled in other works to this day in any language It holds among its pages no less than , words, containing knowledge which would be coveted by manyThe aim of this book is to present the reader a coherent, clear cut, and in depth view of some of the most perplexing and controversial subjects in the world of martial arts, as well as providing a healthy dose of philosophical outlook on these subjects from various individuals At its core is the author s aspiration to build a stronger theoretical foundation for the discussion of martial arts, while addressing matters in innovative ways, which he had come to believe, would help people to better grasp the nature of these arts There are books by authors who will tell you that some aspects of the martial arts are too complex for concrete, coherent and defined explanations Others have used ambiguous terminology to explain what they could not pronounce otherwise This is no such book This book was written to provide you with the solid, applicable answers and ideas that you could actually understand, and take away with youThis book is chiefly comprised of three parts Part I From the Inside Out External and Internal Gong Fu This is essentially mostly a very long thorough discussion of martial arts theory and practice Traditional and modern concepts and methods are discussed through the mediums of Physiology, Biology, Anatomy, Psychology, Philosophy Western and Oriental alike , sports science, and the author s personal experiences The Internal Martial Arts of China receive a special, lengthier treatment in this part of the book Part II Contemplations on Controlled Violence This one is of a Philosophical and Psychological nature, and contains the author s thoughts on the martial arts and their manifestation in our daily lives, with guest articles by various martial arts teachers Part III The Wisdom of Martial Spirits Teachers, and the Things They Hold Dear This part includes various interesting and comprehensive interviews with distinguished martial arts masters, spanning dozens of pages each Every one of the interviewees is a person whose views and ideas are thought provoking and well worth reading The teachers interviewed in this book are Master Chen Zhonghua Chen Taiji Quan Master Yang Hai Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Chen Taiji Quan Shifu Strider Clark Tongbei Quan, Wu style Taiji, Shuai Jiao and Shifu Neil Ripski Traditional Drunken Fist and many others Sifu James Cama Buddha Hand Wing Chun and Southern Praying Mantis Itzik Cohen Sensei Shito ryu Karate No matter the age, rank, status or experience this book was written for everyone who see themselves part of the martial arts community It is my sincere hope that any person who reads this book will benefit from the time he or she had spent doing so May this work encourage others to continue intelligent writing and research in the field, as I was pushed forth and built upon the knowledge others have shared before meMay you have a pleasant reading experience A well written book My Bluestein has done his research, and done it well As a practitioner of Ryukyu Kempo Karate, the contents of the book are not directly related to my studies, but the information contained within allows a reader to make connections between movements, principles and concepts they are familiar with and those described.I have, and will continue to recommend this book to all my students as both a good source of reference material, and a good introduction to thecomplex to A well written book My Bluestein has done his research, and done it well As a practitioner of Ryukyu Kempo Karate, the contents of the book are not directly related to my studies, but the information contained within allows a reader to make connections between movements, principles and concepts they are familiar with and those described.I have, and will continue to recommend this book to all my students as both a good source of reference material, and a good introduction to thecomplex topics within higher martial study.My compliments to Mr Bluestien for completing a work to be proud of I love reading martial arts books Over the course of my career, I have probably read hundreds of them There are currently a dozen oron my book shelf I had to get rid of some that I no longer read to make space for the ones I constantly go back and refer to over and over again Unfortunately, in recent years martial arts books have become boring and predictable They have little real content and lots of pictures of techniques that don t really mean anything unless you are taught them in I love reading martial arts books Over the course of my career, I have probably read hundreds of them There are currently a dozen oron my book shelf I had to get rid of some that I no longer read to make space for the ones I constantly go back and refer to over and over again Unfortunately, in recent years martial arts books have become boring and predictable They have little real content and lots of pictures of techniques that don t really mean anything unless you are taught them in person I literally cannot remember the last martial arts book I read in the past few years that was worth talking about Until now A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary copy of Jonathan Bluestein s new book, Research of Martial Arts I am very happy to say that this book is outstanding I have not yet read the book in its entirety, but have perused it several times, each time stopping and reading snippets from each of the 3 main sections Each time I stop to read just a short piece, I end up readingPart 1 From the Inside Out External and Internal Gong FuThis section is the longest in the book It is also the most detailed and well presented contrast of external vs internal martial arts that I have seen in print to date Jonathan has taken an incredibly difficult and highly contested topic and broken it down into a cogent, detailed analysis of both I was extremely happy to read his thoughts on fascia as well as his treatment of biotensegrity and how it relates to creating an omni directional structure, or the Chinese concept pf Peng The section on dantian is also extremely well put together and worth reading Part II Contemplations on Controlled ViolencePart 2 is a series of essays by Jonathan and several guest articles by other martial arts teachers Some of the teachers who contributed articles are, Allen Pittman, Nitzan Oren Jonathan s teacher , Steve Rowe, and others These interesting philosophical and psychological looks into the world of martial arts.Part III The Wisdom of the Martial Spirits Teachers, and the Things They Hold DearThis section contains interviews with contemporary teachers of various martial arts The interviews are a fascinating look into not only the art s represented but also the men, the history, and the culture surrounding them My 2 favorite interviews were with Chen Zhonghua and Yang Hai.This book is super easy to recommend buy it I forsee a permanent place on my bookshelf for this particular book on martial arts I have to thank Jonathan Bluestein for reaching out to me and generously sending over a copy of this wonderful book And, in case I wasn t clear if you have any interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the workings of both external and internal martial arts, I highly recommend you pick up Research of Martial Arts.Jon Haaswww.WarriorFitness.org Research of Martial Arts is a much needed breath of fresh air in the otherwise stale world of martial arts literature It is a solidly researched work that attempts to take on one of the most hotly debated topics in martial arts namely, the difference between Internal and External martial arts and, in my opinion, provides one of the most reasonable and thought out arguments on the subject I have ever read The second section of the book is comprised of a number of the author s personal Research of Martial Arts is a much needed breath of fresh air in the otherwise stale world of martial arts literature It is a solidly researched work that attempts to take on one of the most hotly debated topics in martial arts namely, the difference between Internal and External martial arts and, in my opinion, provides one of the most reasonable and thought out arguments on the subject I have ever read The second section of the book is comprised of a number of the author s personal reflections and thoughts on martial arts After reading his essays, one can see a littleclearly how his theories in the first section of the book developed The final section of the book is a real gem, however In it, the author skillfully interviews a number of very respected martial arts teachers, among them people like Chen Zhonghua and the late James Cama, and gets them to reveal a treasure trove of valuable information.The book s only downside is that it could have used another run through by a skilled editor There are many typos throughout the book and black and white graphs are referred to as if they were in color While it does not make the information inaccessible by any means, it does take away from the overall professional image of the work.All in all, if you were to only read one book on martial arts this year, Research of Martial Arts would be an excellent choice There is something in there for practitioners of all martial arts styles and it will give you a lot to think about as you continue your practice Martial arts involvement among the youth has been described in controversial terms Studies regarding the effects of martial arts practise on youth show contrasting images While some refer to enhanced personal and social opportunities for those that participate, others warn against increased levels of aggressiveness and antisocial behavior among its participants The aim of the present review is to provide, firstly, an overview of the major findings of studies concerning the social psychologica Martial arts involvement among the youth has been described in controversial terms Studies regarding the effects of martial arts practise on youth show contrasting images While some refer to enhanced personal and social opportunities for those that participate, others warn against increased levels of aggressiveness and antisocial behavior among its participants The aim of the present review is to provide, firstly, an overview of the major findings of studies concerning the social psychological outcomes of martial arts practise Secondly, the limitations of those studies are discussed Fromthan 350 papers, collected during a two year lasting literature study, 27 papers met all criteria to be included in this study This review revealed that even though a considerable amount of research on social psychological outcomes of martial arts practise has been conducted over the years, to date, it has not brought clarity in the existing duality regarding the possible effects of martial arts involvement It is proposed that a better understanding can be provided if specific influential factors are taken into account in future research i.e., participants characteristics, type of guidance, social context and structural qualities of the sport