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York Perform 210 Treadmill - White
York Perform 210 Treadmill - White

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 9 Jun. 2015
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Utterly useless. Broke within 1 week (electronics shut down) and York no longer run a help line. Amazon have offered full refund. DONT BUY YORK. There is no way to get help if you experience difficulties.


Sensei Mentor Teacher Coach: Powerful Leadership for Leaderless Times
Sensei Mentor Teacher Coach: Powerful Leadership for Leaderless Times
by Kris Wilder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book, 8 May 2014
“A superb book that covers all aspects of leadership in a simple, structured and accessible way. This book provides a great resource for all leaders, regardless of whether your leadership role is that of middle manager, small business owner, sports coach, or any other position where you are responsible for the organization, success and wellbeing of others. The underlying principles of leadership are covered brilliantly and the innovative “Task of the Week” sections give the reader the opportunity to put these principles into practice immediately. The complete package!” – Iain Abernethy, Author, Martial Arts Instructor, and Small Business Owner


Ramblings from a Ten Foot Square Hut: Reflections After 50 Years in the Martial Arts
Ramblings from a Ten Foot Square Hut: Reflections After 50 Years in the Martial Arts
by Christopher M. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.64

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and informative read!, 29 Aug. 2013
In the interests of full disclosure: The author was kind enough to send me a copy of this book. I have, however, never communicated with the author at the time of writing this. I've never met Christopher Clarke and I was sent a copy because my own work is critiqued in the book. Obviously, I was keen to see what was written about me, so I dived straight in. I got nothing else done that day! The author's knowledge and passion for bunkai makes this book an enjoyable and informative page-turner.

What I really liked about the book is that it draws together many sources from the past and present. Unlike any book I've read on kata application before, this book not only brings together information from the past, it also looks at many of the contemporary approaches to bunkai and their proponents. I was honoured to feature in this, and just in case you think this is a bit of "mutual back slapping", let me assure you the author's critique of my work is not without criticism. The reason I've written this review is because it's a great book which has much to add to the modern conversation around bunkai.

The book is concise without being shallow; a difficult thing to pull off. Every page has valuable information and the author does a great job of guiding the reader through it all. The author also manages to strike the balance between giving his own views on the source material, and yet never letting his views obscure the nature of that material.

It truly is a superb read which is very information rich. This is a book that all karateka with an interest in kata application need to read. In a word: Excellent!


The Way of Knockdown
The Way of Knockdown
by Gary Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 5 July 2013
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This review is from: The Way of Knockdown (Paperback)
Loved this book! A true page-turner that all karateka will gain insight and inspiration from. A modern classic that everyone should read.


Precision Solar Powered Radio Controlled 2 Tone Watch
Precision Solar Powered Radio Controlled 2 Tone Watch

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watch for the lazy but punctual :-), 6 Jun. 2012
I love this watch! It is solid and hardwearing. It looks and feel good. And best of all it takes care of itself. The fact it is solar powered means is never needs a battery and when fully charged the battery will run for months even if kept in the dark. The watch looks like a good quality dress watch and you'd never know the solar panels were behind the nice looking white face. The watch also syncs itself with "atomic clock time" at 3am each night (or anytime you press the button and ask it to). It suggests that the watch is put on a widow sill at night to help get a good signal, but I just tend to put it next to the bed and I've never yet had it fail to pick up the signal here or abroad (scrolling through the "date window" will tell you if it picked up the signal the night before or not). The legend of "1 second in 16 million years" is a little misleading as that refers to the atomic clock giving out the signals and not the watch itself. Typically, I've found that the watch will lose around 1 second over 24 hours (before correcting itself at the next update). The accuracy of the watch therefore varies from 100% to 99.9988%; which is incredibly accurate whichever way you look at it. It will also always show the right date and will auto adjust for summer and winter time. A great watch and highly recommended for all those who want to put on the watch, do nothing ever, and know it will always give the right time.


Respecting The Old, Creating The New
Respecting The Old, Creating The New
by Chris Denwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 1 July 2011
"I love reading books that not only give you interesting information, but get you thinking too. It's for that reason that I've enjoyed reading this book by Chris Denwood. He's a great writer who communicates his points clearly and in a way that will provide all karateka with plenty of food for thought. Highly recommended!" - Iain Abernethy


The Kissaki Method [DVD]
The Kissaki Method [DVD]
Dvd ~ Don Came
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Just what karate should be!, 14 May 2011
This review is from: The Kissaki Method [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is superb! Great production values, superb presentation and solid no-nonsense content. When so much of modern karate is practised in an unrealistic manner from an unrealistic range, it's always heartening to karate presented as it should be! The DVD shows a great number of close-range flow drills that make use of the key principles of the Kissaki-Kai method (that can be utilised by practitioners of all styles) and methods found within the traditional kata. Don Came 6th dan explains and demonstrates these drills in a clear and authoritative way which makes for a very "information dense" DVD. Close-range, practical and exactly what karate was and should be. As I say, superb! A must for all pragmatically minded karateka - Iain Abernethy 6th Dan BCA, BKA, EKF


Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins
Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins
by Bruce D. Clayton
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite martial arts books of recent times!, 6 July 2010
I love books that make you think and include fascinating, new ways of looking at the old. Shotokan's Secret is definitely one of those books! It's also an incredibly well written book that is a true "page turner". I really liked the original edition and this new expanded edition has a lot of new material and is also a must read; even for those who have the original. Whether you agree with the ultimate conclusion of the book or not, what is beyond doubt is that Bruce Clayton presents his case is a very engaging way, the book will really get you thinking about your kata, and reading it will definitely add a new dimension to your understanding of kata, bunkai and the development of karate. One of my favourite martial arts books of recent times!


A Sudden Dawn: A Martial Arts Novel: 1
A Sudden Dawn: A Martial Arts Novel: 1
by Goran Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous modern interpretation of an ancient legend!, 26 Jun. 2010
A marvellous modern interpretation of an ancient legend! Reading this book opens a gateway to the mythical origins of the martial arts. Groan Powell's vivid writing style then takes you through this gateway and fully immerses you in Bodhidharma's world. A Sudden Dawn skilfully weaves fact and fiction to produce a powerhouse of a page turner!


Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul - Real Applications to the ITF Patterns: Vol 1
Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul - Real Applications to the ITF Patterns: Vol 1
by Stuart Paul Anslow
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in the library of all practitioners of ITF Taekwondo, 5 Jun. 2009
Reading through the pages of this book makes it abundantly clear just how much thought, time and effort Stuart Anslow has put into examining the ITF patterns. Not only does this book detail applications for the motions within these patterns, it also explores the background to each form and, perhaps most importantly, it also details the thought process that gave rise to the applications shown. Stuart has a clear and engaging writing style and the book is beautifully presented. I feel certain that this book will have Taekwondo practitioners looking at their patterns from a new angle and with renewed enthusiasm. Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo Hae Sul should be in the library of all practitioners of ITF Taekwondo - Iain Abernethy


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