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Martial Arts and the Mirror Image: Improve Your Form, Build Strength, and Increase Flexibility with Psychology and Qigong Principles

Author: Phillip Starr  

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A unique body-focused approach to self-improvement in martial arts, combining psychology and Qigong principles. Current psychological research has proven that the body and mind are intimately linked, each mirroring the other. Effective adjustments to the way we think can only occur with concurrent changes in the way we move--since the body is the visible portion of the mind. In Martial Arts and the Mirror Image , martial arts practitioner and longtime teacher Phillip Starr draws on psychology, Qigong principles, and years of martial arts training to show readers body-focused self-help exercises that increase confidence, self-awareness, and personal growth. Unlike many self-help books where the focus is on changing and improving your mental state, the Mirror Image Technique starts with cognitive transformation in the body. Starr has created a set of training exercises, which teaches how to become more confident and successful in life by adjusting your posture, gait, and other small physical changes, with increases in confidence and personal development to follow. Starr takes readers through a series of exercises, illustrative examples, and instructive photographs that are intended to enhance personal growth, leading to a renewal of confidence and enthusiasm for one's particular practice. Over years of teaching this workshop to martial arts practitioners and longtime teachers, Starr has refined this unique set of exercises so that it can be applied to any martial art tradition as well as one's personal life. This book is an invaluable guide to practitioners of all martial art traditions, whether they are advanced practitioners or beginners.

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About the Author

Sifu PHILLIP "PETE" STARR began his training in the martial arts in 1956, beginning with judo. Within a year, he received instruction in traditional kung fu in the basement of a small Chinese grocery store. He continued his training, also earning black-belt grades in two styles of Japanese karate (third dan in Kyokushin, first dan in Shito-ryu). His primary kung fu teacher was W. C. Chen, a direct disciple of one of China's best-known masters, Zhang Zhaodong. From Master Chen, Starr learned taijiquan (tai-chi chuan), xingyiquan, baguazhang, and a form of shaolinquan. He began teaching Chinese martial arts in 1967 at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. After spending several years in law enforcement, he opened his first full-time martial arts school in Ottumwa, Iowa. He entered competitions and earned the title of U.S. National Champion five times, the last time when he was sixty-three years old. He was named to the National Rules Committee of the United States Karate Association and became the kung fu chairman. Later, he was named to the list of the Rocky Mountain top ten competitors. Starr has gone on to train in Arnis, becoming a certified instructor under Tuhon Leo Gaje and Jeet Kune Do.

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Publisher
North Atlantic Books,U.S. | Blue Snake Books
Published
16th November 2021
Pages
200
ISBN
9781623176440
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