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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cosmos Publishing, Inc (26 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974995851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974995854
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An essential guide to the increasingly popular fitness technique of Chi Kung --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wong Kiew Kit has practised and taught Chi Kung and meditation for more than 30 years and has over 2,000 students. He is the fourth generation successor of Monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Kung Fu and Chi Kung Institute. He is the author of several books on oriental wisdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald Polson on 6 Nov 2001
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This is a very good introduction to this ancient and elusively guarded internal (soft) system. The author explains the philosphy of Chi Kung (qi gong) aware that he is writing to a western audience - as some of the claims in the book may be scorned by an incredulous reader - therefore he stresses the importance of readers finding out through their own experiences. This same approach is taken when he discusses the central religious philosophies of Chi Kung - these are discussed but not forced on the reader. The author discusses how Chi Kung can be used for physical, mental and spirtual health as well as improving your martial arts if you practise. A number of practical really beneficial exercises are contained that a beginner on their own can follow. Experienced students may quibble about the lack of more exercises/advanced exercises. A personal observation is that, for a beginner, this book is really for dipping into relevant sections rather than trying to read from cover to cover.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 19 July 2002
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Wong Kiew Kit stands out as a master of not only Chi Kung and Zen Arts but also of communication. The Art of Chi Kung was the first of many books I have bought on this subject area and it stands out as the best easy to read and use introduction to the subject, which appears now to be out in a new edition along with the 'Health & Vitality' title he recently released. Working with his simple but powerful Chi Kung exercises and meditations led me to join one of his weekend classes. Once again he was very practical and uncomplicated face to face. While demanding due respect of his status, he puts his class at ease.
Along with the excellent exercises and meditations, Sifu also injects interesting anecdotal material, some history as well as descriptions of some of the more unusual practices associated with Chi Kung.
Please read this book and 'Chi King for Health and Vitality' for your personal well being and that of family and friends. I regularly send this book through Amazon to family and friends who I feel would benefit.
Thank you Sifu for making ChiKung so accessible!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. James on 13 May 2006
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I bought this book from amazon and practised the exercises and felt chi within a few weeks. I then learnt from Wong Kiew Kit on a regional course he held in London. Two and a half years later my eyesite has improved so much I`ve had to throw away my glasses becuase they became to strong and my hayfever has dissapeared. Stress and problems seem to have dissapeared and life is great compared to before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2003
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a very accessible read, and pretty inspiring stuff, with a few practical techniques to be getting on with. highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 2001
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This book is a an amazing introduction to something which has been around for hundreds of years, but is only now finding it's way into our culture. The book explains the nature of Chi Kung, and the Philosophy behind it. It is very detailed, but you may have to re-read some of the text to fully grasp it's meaning. Another "bad" point is that, while this book is very good for beginners to Chi Kung, for someone who has studied its Art for some time, it will not be very substantial. Try to look for something more advanced if you are familiar with the subject. But overall, a good book. I recommend getting it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 2004
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I thought that this book got off to a good start, as it explains all the basic ideas behind chi kung, how you should practise and the benefits etc. However, the further into it you get, the more it turns into a sales pitch for chi kung, promising things that I would think are unlikely to be realised by most readers.
There are a fair number of exercises, but this is by no means an encyclopedia. Wong refers to Lifting the Ski once too often for my liking; it would have made more sense to dedicate a chapter to this, explain how it should be done, the sensations you should encounter, and the benefits you shoud receive.
I am only a beginner at chi kung, but from my experiences in my kung fu group, I know that it is a very personal experience that cannot really be conveyed in print, and I feel that this book does little to emphasise this. If you do not have a chi kung instructor, I fail to see how this book will help you (perhaps Wong is hoping you will join one of his classes!)
I don't want to dwell on the negative. I just thought I should add some balance to the reviews. The book does contain a lot of interesting writing on the philosophy of chi kung, discussions of the meridians, pathways of circulating chi, elemental processes etc. This is all worth reading, but it is not what the book sells itself on.
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I have been practicing Tai Chi for almost 6 months now and this book was very informative. Wong Kiew Kit really goes into detail on explaining meridians, Chi and Cosmic Force. I originally borrowed this book from my Tai Chi teacher and had to get it so I have one to refer to for the meditations and exercises included in the book.
Almost every chapter has something very good worth looking into after reading the book. Here are some of them that I really enjoyed:
Lifting the Sky - Chapter 1, Carrying the Moon - Chapter 2, Standing Meditation and Golden Pearl - Chapter 3, Induced Chi Flow - Chapter 4, Abdominal Breathing - Chapter 6, Thousand Steps - Chapter 8, Submerged Breathing - Chapter 9, Nourishing the Kidneys - Chapter 10, Sinew Metamorphosis, Horse Riding Stance & Golden Bridge - Chapter 14, and Art of Wisdom - Chapter 19.
These are just some of my favorites. Some you may not like and others that I didn't note may be more to your liking. But this book really has a lot to offer!
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