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The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World Hardcover – 15 Sep 2008


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Ill edition (15 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756639751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639754
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.7 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ultimate guide to over 300 different martial arts from around the world."
-- Greenock, 04 October 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Crudelli has brought his obsession for the Eastern arts to TV audiences worldwide with his successful BBC Three series' Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves, Kick Ass Miracles and Kick Ass in a Crisis, broadcast in over 120 countries. Chris also turns his hand to military, police, and security training and runs specialist Kung-Fu training courses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By HNN on 4 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought "The Way of the Warrior" because of a fascination and deep interest in martial arts and their history. What you actually get with "The Way of the Warrior" is one of the most in depth and informative encyclopaedia on any subject written. The sheer effort, energy and visually stunning nature of this book are evident from your first inevitable flick through as you try to comprehend the wealth of martial arts that exist. It is actually when you sit down and start to really read "The Way of the Warrior" that you realise that you have made a purchase that is going to both inform and entertain you as a martial arts fan or knowledge fanatic. Gone are the days of "this martial art is better" or "this is more deadly than that." Chris Crudelli (author) presents you with informed, unbiased truths about the codified fight systems that have existed for centuries. The history of martial arts is presented as a journey through the world not just the precious domain of the Far East. For the first time the passage of fighting systems and how countries pooled from each other is truly exposed giving the reader a genuine perspective into how we as humans have always learnt from each other regardless of colour or creed. The writing is clear, always informative and will appeal to martial artists and casual readers alike.
For me, what really takes this book to the highest level is the fact that every page is a visual feast. The photography is stunning. The book and its information leaps off the page because you are presented with such exciting imagery so descriptive in its nature you would be excused for thinking this book was a work of art. Every page is soaked in bold and artistic yet completely functional images.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's not often you find a coffee-table style book devoted to the martial arts but this really is a hefty, large format tome filled with lots of high quality colour photographs.

This could equally well have been titled, "The Dorling Kindersley Colour Encyclopedia of Martial Arts" since it IS really comprehensive. It covers everything from Zulu stick fighting to pro boxing to sumo, with each sport covered in almost an equal level of detail. However, its main selling point is the huge number of large, action photos in each section which capture the excitement (and danger) of fighting sports.

I don't usually like buying books with cover prices of £25 but due to the size and quality of this hardback I have to admit it does offer value for money. However, it's probably more suited to the shelves of a public library than the home of a practising martial artist or boxer or wrestler.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. hales on 8 Nov 2008
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If you have never experienced any martial art, this book is still worth buying. I am amazed at the photographic content and descriptions which show how well the author has researched this book.It is totally flickable and a great addition to any library! I am buying more than one copy for xmas this year!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Maley on 14 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book by Chris Crudelli (and the DK team) is a very good looking book about martial arts and fighting styles from around the world.
It covers nearly all of the globe and I have to say that I learned quite a lot about unknown (to me anyway) martial arts.
It has sections on Asia/India, China, Japan, Europe etc and does feature some excellent photographs to accompany the text.
As a southern Chinese kung fu practitioner I was surprised that quite a few styles were not included. Choy Li Fut was and also the Hung Sing branch of this style but not the Buk Sing branch. Also Hung Gar was mentioned as was my style (Lau Gar) but not other famous styles such as Mok Gar, Li Gar, the differnet types of Wing Chun (HK & Foshan for example), and the different Southern Praying Mantis styles (Chow Gar, Jook Lum, Iron Ox etc) and also Mainland Chinese Lau Gar and Lung Ying.
I think these should have been included and would have been happy if they took the place of the section about the kung fu disneyland or the Shaolin Temple as it is known. I personally found the Shaolin section to be a waste of space as the "modern" Temple is just a money making machine for the chinese government and does not teach "authentic" shaolin kung fu. It WAS derelict until the early 1980's!
Apart from that it is quite a good book overall but it could have been alot better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Burgess on 25 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have always liked the style of the DK books & I have a great interest in the martial arts, so this was a perfect pairing for me. I wasn't dissapointed when I got my hands on a copy, the photography is stunning & it is an enjoyable read.
As with most DK books, it doesn't delve deep into each of the hundreds of differing martial arts that it covers, but offers a small synopsis of each style, with the exception of a number of the most commonly practiced martial arts. For those readers who are searching for a deeper exploration of the history & philosophies of the martial arts, there are many other more relevant sources to be found elsewhere. But this book presents a lot of interesting information on the different styles, including some of the more uncommon martial arts. It is nicely laid out & like I mentioned before, the photography is beautiful & is worth the purchase alone.
This would make the perfect gift for a martial artist, or for anyone who wants an interesting 'coffee table' book.
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