The 2020 Olympics may have been delayed... but that doesn't mean that you have to wait to let your sporting spirits soar. While we're all dismayed at this unfortunately unavoidable wait, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the world of sports from the comfort of your own home, garden, or even your favourite reading chair. Here are just a few vintage and classic reading picks for you to take a look at if you're feeling the itch to get stuck into a few fun and physical activities. From golf to karate, you don't need the Olympic games to enjoy a little sporty fun!
Know the Game
Kicking things off with Know the Game, it's hard to choose a single guide that best represents how useful these simple yet effective books can be. Know the Game has released many manuals elaborating on the rules and guidelines of countless sports and sports-like activities, and they serve as an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to try their hand in something they are yet unfamiliar with. Ranging from golf and badminton to the likes of card games and chess, Know the Game guides are not always so easy to get hold of nowadays - making them that much more useful when they're within your grasp!
Play Better Golf
Golf is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to try something new that A) isn't overly strenuous, and B) allows you to play and learn solo with no pressure or expectations from fellow players. Better Play Golf is a fantastic six-book golfing series that not only introduces you to the game of the golf, but also provides detailed and specific steps on each and every area of the game. From putting to power driving, you're really missing a trick if you don't use these vintage books to help you improve your swing!
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Karate Katas of Wadoryu
Wadō-ryū is one of the four major karate styles. Wa means peace and harmony, Do means way or path, and Ryu means style or school of, thus perfectly summarizing the art of learning this more peaceful manner of combat with its name. Created for combatants to move along with their opponents rather than move against them, there is a fine art to Wadō-ryū - as this book clearly demonstrates. There are few vintage martial arts books or karate books as intriguing as Karate Katas of Wadoryu, and we strongly recommend this to anyone interested in learning a sport or physical activity that branches out from typical Western choices.
English Sports and Pastimes
If you're not necessarily looking for anything specific, however, and are simply wanting to enjoy a bit of sporty entertainment without straining yourself, vintage sports books such as English Sports and Pastime can be all the fun without any of the risk! Including boxing, among many other sports, this vintage book is a great way to read up on popular English sports and culture without having to step into the ring and take a few punches yourself - which can only be a good thing, surely!
The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating
And finally, a book we could all do with from time to time... are you sick and tired of being beaten at games and sports by friends? Do you dread family game nights due to the inevitable gloating that will surely come with you, once again, being bested by your relatives? Then this book is for you. Applicable not only to sports, but to all manners of games, The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating is incredibly handy when it comes to getting a leg up on the playing field. And honestly, as much as we would love to elaborate further, doesn't the title tell you all you need to know?
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