The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior's Way
In his loft in New york City's Greenwich Village, Sifu Shi Yan Ming trains men and women of all ages, body types and backgrounds in the fundamentals of kung fu. A 34th generation Shaolin Warrior monk from China's Shaolin Temple--the birthplace of Chan Buddhism and the mecca of all martial arts--Yan Ming teaches the students at his USA Shaolin Temple that there is no better workout program than his brand of kung fu for getting the body and mind into warrior condition. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of four-color photographs, the warrior workout, distills a lifetime of Shaolin training and wisdom into a 28-day workout. This complete-unto-itself program of both fitness and spiritual lessons can be applied to every aspect of one's life: work, relationships, family.
Kung fu gives a superb aerobic workout at the same time that it dramatically increases flexibility, power, and speed.. The ultimate promise of the book is this: readers who stick to the plan for 28 days--for as little as 15 minutes a day--will be transformed inside and out. And the enormous sense of accomplishment that results will radiate through their life, allowing them to tackle the world with a warrior's confidence, calm, and poise.
The best book on basic martial arts on the market
By T. H. Davidsen "T. H." - May 16, 2008
This is, in short, the best book on the basics of martial arts I have ever come across. It is inspirational, well set up and the routines will work wonders for anyone, if they follow through with the books premise, which is to work with it every single day for 28 days. Continue with the program after the 28 days and the book may change your whole life.
Surprisingly, it seems quite a few people are giving this book very negative reviews - claiming that the excercises within are too basic and too simple ... that you can learn them in any martial arts class. I very much disagree with this.
I have over fifteen years of experience in the martial arts, and have taught several styles at various dojos throughout Scandinavia, Scotland, Japan and the US. During my career, I have trained with some of Japan's elite MMA fighters, British and European karate champions, fought and defeated grappling champions and have had the priviledge of studying under some of the most... read more
By John Clay Talley - June 8, 2006
Amituofo, For years I've self studied Yoga and Chan Quan (Kung Fu) from various books and dvd's, so I'm not the authority on either subject. To have a Sifu such as Shi Yan Ming is but a dream to someone like me. Where I'm from you're lucky if you can even find a gym to exercise in. I can't thank Shi Yan Ming and everyone else who worked on this book enough. Receiving even the smallest amount of training on Kung Fu and Chan Buddism for me is a gift of a life time. However, I don't consider the knowledge gained from this book to be small. If you seriously put this book into action and master all the sessions, its my opinion that you will not only transform your body and soul, but gain speed, power, and focus that you lacked before. I haven't made it all the way through, but the moves that look easy are hard and the moves that look hard are very hard. And I'm no slouch. I would say to anyone who is thinking of buying this book to not only read it and try a few stretches, but... read more
Excellent , practical quotes.
By Eric O. Odera "Audio programs for your fitnes... - June 13, 2006
Other than the book being filled by the author's pics, I think the book is still of value to anyone who wants to experience something different.I really liked the stretching exercises, which are a shift from the western method of stretching.In particular there was a hamstring stretch that had you stretch these muscles from a different angle.This is very admirable, in the sense that I clearly saw how these exercises would promote stability and strength.
The stretches are 3 dimensional in character-I couldn't help but to love them to death!
He has some motivational words peppered throughout the book, and they got my attention:
-You can't break bricks with just your mind, or just your hand.
-Confidence is the key to success.
-Paradise is inside you.
These words have a life, and they complimented my biblical studies.You don't have to be an aetheist, budhist or follower of any particular faith to find this book... read more
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