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The Warrior Athlete: Body, Mind and Spirit - Self-Transformation Through Total Training
The Warrior Athlete: Body, Mind and Spirit - Self-Transformation Through Total Training
by Dan Millman
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 25 Oct 2012
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This was in the recommended reading list in one of Rory Miller's books so I got it as a gift for a friend but took the opportunity to read it before giving it away. Having been a practicing martial artist for around 20 years I found there was plenty in the book to help reinforce and refine my current training and, more importantly, to help my friend whose training is noticeably more athletic than mine. The overarching point that all physical improvement begins with relaxation was very well put and makes a great deal of sense given that Dan Millman's athletic career was in gymnastics. In some places the book shows its age but the bulk of the information imparted can be considered timeless in its direct relevance to the warrior/athlete path.


Black Kung Fu Wushu Shoes Feiyue/Top One (43)
Black Kung Fu Wushu Shoes Feiyue/Top One (43)
Offered by Martial Arts 2U
Price: 14.49

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for internal martial arts, 7 Feb 2011
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I'd previously tried the usual kung fu slippers for my training but their soles are too slippery to maintain a strong contact with the floor. In need of a good, grippy sole I resorted to the 'normal' trainers with the thinnest soles I could find but without spending ridiculous sums it was hard to find anything that didn't feel overly cushioned.

Also, having read various articles explaining the harmful potential of cushioned soles, I wanted something as close to barefoot as possible without actually having to worry about cold, dirt, etc. Cushioned soles desensitise the feet which means the brain doesn't get enough information to properly activate the shock-absorbing qualities of the muscles in the legs/back, which then increases the force (and therefore the potential damage casued by) of each foot-hits-floor impact. For internal martial arts that's not such a problem (the articles were aimed at runners) but excessive sole cushioning does make it much harder to feel the absorbance/generation of pressure during the movements/postures. Also, the muscles of the foot (especially the arch) need to be worked properly to maintain foot strength & integrity.

When I first put these on I'd just got home and removed my usual trainers so the feiyues felt thin, hard and cold in comparison. After an hour of wearing them around the house I'd forgotten I was wearing them - the sign of a good shoe. I've since worn them for all of my solo practice and for each of the regular 2.5-hour Taiji classes I attend. My feet still ache a little during the longer training sessions but that lessens each week so obviously they're strengthening up.

The broad design of the shoe allows for a variety of foot shapes (buy your usual European size for a good fit) and the clear rubber sole is both suitably grippy and non-marking, which is good for those who attend classes in church/sports halls with varnished wooden floors. Although the canvas upper would obviously soak up water like a sponge, making these impractical for everyday use during wet weather, they're light, comfortable and durable enough that I expect to buy at least one more pair of these so as to have a great shoe for the dry summer months.


Fin's Song
Fin's Song

5.0 out of 5 stars The prefect song for a child & therefore a children's charity., 19 Nov 2009
This review is from: Fin's Song (MP3 Download)
With lyrics like "Stand with all your strength though it may take some" and "No matter what they say, don't ever hide away" this song exemplifies the loving attitude given by all doting adults to their young children. Ellie's voice evokes such emotion it's difficult to keep your eyes dry while listening to this track. Given that the artists fees are all being donated to the NSPCC this will be the most worthwhile and beautiful song to download in time for the family- and community-oriented holiday that Christmas should always be.


Haunted
Haunted
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there..., 6 Dec 2005
This review is from: Haunted (Hardcover)
It may be that I'm particularly narrow-minded when it comes to Chuck's writing as I think nothing he has done so far has topped Fight Club. I will concede that I haven't yet read Lullaby (or Non Fiction) and that Survivor was an amazing book which only fell a millimetre below Fight Club in terms of inventiveness, style and Chuck's usual heavy smattering of incredibly entertaining and useful facts.
With Haunted you see the usual Palahnuik traits, all of which are welcome. You also see some excellent poetry, in which even the setting of the recital is described to add to the already fantastic visual impact. The only issue for me is that the individual stories are meant to be written by more than 12 different people, but they're all written in exactly the same style. It's incredibly difficult for a writer, especially one as distinctive as Chuck Palahnuik, to write in different styles, but to make this book work properly that is what should have been done.


French Introductory Course
French Introductory Course
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do people like this course?, 1 May 2003
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As the previous reviewer says: it de-mystifies French. The single most important thing you get from this course is the knowledge that English and French (and, by extension, most other Western European languages) are VERY similar. So, when you want to learn a new language, you're not learning a whole new language, just the little idiosyncrasies that make it different from your own. If you can already speak one Western European language, it won't take much work to be able to speak them all!


Fire in the Head: Shamanism And The Celtic Spirit
Fire in the Head: Shamanism And The Celtic Spirit
by Thomas Dale Cowan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual and physical together as they should always be., 17 April 2002
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I read this book because it was a source of inspiration for the brilliant Canadian trio The Tea Party when writing their amazing second album 'the edges of twilight'. The book provides fascinating insights into the worlds inhabited by the Shaman since the dawn of time and how shamanic ideology is woven into celtic culture. The Shaman is a truly mystical being whose forays into the spiritual realm gives him/her a profound understanding of the cyclical and many-layered nature of existence. The physical realm which we inhabit is but one part of the true universe and few of us ever transcend the purely physical before we make the transition into the purely spiritual. The Shaman's role is that of a traveller into the Otherworld, an explorer who uses the knowledge gained in the spiritual realm to help those who remain steadfastly in the physical world. The ambivalence of celtic thinking is elucidated by the Shaman's journeys into the Otherworld or 'nonordinary reality'. The understanding of the harmonious, interconnected nature of existence provides an explanation for the vacillations of life that 'modern' dualism cannot. Suddenly, life and death are intimately linked, the spiritual and physical worlds exist within each other, and the wise fool is a real person. The further you read, the further the doors of your perception widen - this work is truly enlightening...


Splendor Solis
Splendor Solis
Price: 17.93

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the beginning of a new way of life, 6 Oct 2001
This review is from: Splendor Solis (Audio CD)
Want to improve your life? Buy this CD. Then, when it's captured your soul, buy all the other Tea Party albums in correct chronological order (so you can follow their progression) and listen to them too. When I first heard this music, I fell in love. Anybody who has ever fallen in love recognises the sheer intensity of the emotions and that is exactly what this music evokes. When you hear JM singing 'In this time', you have enough love in your heart to heal the woes of the world. Just thinking about JM's voice is making me melt.... This is, quite simply, the most spiritual music ever produced.


Fight Club
Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Bridges the gap..., 8 May 2000
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For those who enjoy the philosophical undertones present in the books they read - this book creates an amazing link between the anti-materialistic 'emptiness' of Zen Buddhism and the brutal but ultimately positive self-destruction of Nietzsche.
For those who simply like to read entertaining books - this will keep you awake until it is finished.
For those of us who enjoy both - you know that within the first twenty pages you wanted to start your own Fight Club...


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