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  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781623176440
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $29.99

Martial Arts and the Mirror Image

Improve Your Form, Build Strength, and Increase Flexibility with Psychology and Qigong Principles



A groundbreaking approach to martial arts combining Self-Image Psychology and Qigong.

Martial arts teacher Phillip Starr draws on more than sixty years of experience to introduce the Mirror Image Technique--a method that recognizes the reinforcing nature of body and mind. Our self-image expresses in how we stand, move, and hold ourselves in the world; and in martial arts, the way we move reflects the way we think on the mat, in practice, and when sparring.

Here, Starr pulls from Self-Image Psychology and Qigong to offer readers a unique set of physical exercises that can be applied to any martial art tradition--as well as our personal lives. Like two mirrors facing each other, the physical body both reflects and changes the mind, and vice versa: our physical movements become more than just the consequence of our intentions or thoughts. As we adjust the way we move, we adjust the way we think: about ourselves, our lives, and our environments.

Unlike other self-help books that consider the mind as the sole gateway to change, the Mirror Image Technique shows that cognitive transformation starts with the body. Starr takes readers through:
• Demonstrating key principles of Qigong with exercises like The Unbreakable Arm and The Unliftable Body
• Improving your stance
• Increasing your strike force
• Insights into the mindset for breaking boards (tameshiwari).

Intended to enhance growth and personal development, the techniques in Martial Arts and the Mirror Image lead to a renewal of confidence and enthusiasm for one’s particular practice.

  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781623176440
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • RRP: $29.99

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