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The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health, and Enlightenment (Tuttle Martial Arts)
This unique book offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to kung fu and all the other aspects of Shaolin wisdom. An inspirational read, it shows how kung fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality, and spiritual joy. It includes many practical exercises and meditation techniques and provides a fascinating history of various styles of kung fu, how kung fu patterns and sets are constructed, and the strategies for victory developed. This is a seminal guide which will be invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, meditation, stress management, healing, and spiritual development.
Wonderful overview on Shaolin--essential but not sufficient
By Don Gunn
- October 7, 2004
Great book on Shaolin Kung Fu, period. If you are interested in a discipline of martial arts bent on personal growth, inner calm, heinous & effective self defense techniques, or even stress management and general health this may be just the ticket for you.
I started studying under Shaolin Master Chen about eight months ago, and quested out this book for more information about how what I was learning and practicing fit into the overall patchwork of Shaolin.
The book can be separated into three specific sections, Background & History, Applications & Forms, Chi Kung & Zen Training.
The history can be a little daunting for those unfamiliar with terms, but is pretty comprehensive and not hard to follow. I was pleasantly satisfied by this sections thoroughness. I feel like I understand much more about the history and lineage of this ancient art/way of life.
The applications & forms section would be very useful once an exponent has had some... read more
Wonderful Introduction to Shaolin Kung Fu
By Laura De Giorgio "hypnotherapist"
- October 29, 2004
The book guides you through the theory and some initial practices of Kung Fu.
At the beginning is the overview of historical development of kung fu and different kung-fu styles, then some suggestions and tips for getting more out of your practice in the shorter time.
Then begins the practical part of the book with the foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu. Here you learn about different hand forms, stances and basic patterns.
The sequence of different practice sets is accompanied by appropriate illustrations (hand-drawn, not pictures).
There is a small section dealing with internal martial arts as well as suggested practices for qin-na and Tiger Claw.
One section deals with classical kung fu weapons, and then you're guided through some additional chi-kung exercises and meditation practices.
All in all, a wonderful introductory book on Shaolin Kung Fu.
An Amazing book that can be used by begginer's to advanced
By A Customer
- November 14, 1998
The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu was a book that I bought, because I was very interested in martial arts, begginner meditation, chi, history of martial arts, self-defense, lots of things. All that is in this book, and I read it over and over and even did alot of the training techniques like I was told in the book. Just because he spells defence wrong, doesn't mean it's a bad book, just the editor thought how it was spelled(it's spelled like that throughtout the book) Ever heard the saying"Don't judge a book by it's cover"If you do buy this book I suggest you read it the whole way through, because it is so rich in kung fu history, weapons, self-defense, some very creative training techniques(they do help alot!) and alot of other stuff that keeps you reading.
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