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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Books (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933901268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933901268
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Creature Feature on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Written with the express purpose of preserving the teachings of the late great Grandmaster Ip Man, Grandmaster Samuel Kwok has set down a lifetime's exhaustive study into Wing Chun with this work. He thoroughly photographs, details, and explains the finer applications of all 3 hand forms - perfect for the rank beginner to the experienced student needing to smooth his techniques.
Probably the best stand-in when attending a class is impossible, and a faultess first step for a complete novice interested in learning -but confused by the vast choice- of which martial art to study. Wing Chun is not about competing in tournaments or push-ups on knuckles, it's pure and practical self-protection jealously guarded for centuries, preserved and taught by modern masters like Samuel Kwok.
This is not all the book contains, though. History of the art and authentic lineage coupled with the teaching coda outlined by Ip Man begin this large book, with the wooden dummy, weapons, chi sao training, conditioning the human weapon, and a photo album. Here are luminaries in the art past and present, Grandmaster Kwok working with the sons of Ip Man passing on their father's art, and demonstrations in Futshan, the cultural home of Wing Chun, add a richness to this huge volume.
With forthcoming volumes on the dummy, pole and swords, do not miss the chance to begin building your definitive library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Those of you looking for a definitive guide to WIng Chun or a back-up to your own study and practice will not be disappointed by this book. Grand Master Kwok does not hide or hold anything back in his lessons and it is the same with his writings. Clear concise explanations accompanied by well photographed demonstrations means you can consign all those other books you may have bought containing funny drawings of people in various poses firmly in the bin. This book contains step by step instruction for each of the three handforms with a full explanation for each. There are also drills and techniques for you to practice along with a glossary of terminology and history of Yip Man Wing Chun. I'll be using this book for a long long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By koko on 11 Nov. 2010
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As a long time practitioner of Wing Chun and read many books on the subject and watched many videos I salute Samuel Kwok for opening the inner secrets of learning this martial art. Wing Chun is simple and functional. Unfortunately, to execute its effectiveness one has to know the tricks of the trade to achieve its simpleness and its practicality. Samuel Kwok has been generous with what he described as 'keys' to unlock the obstacles many students encounter in attaining the performance of their skills. Wing Chun has everything one needs and Samuel Kwok has shown the path to reach the goal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paddy on 4 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent step by step guide for anyone who is, or wants
to study wing chun kung fu.
As well as clear easy to follow photographs, there is a wealth of other
relevant knowledge. I wont go on too much as there are other reveiws here.
I have met master kwok on two different occasions at our class, and he is a
excellent down to earth teacher who hides nothing. mastering wing chun is a must have, for ip mans two sons ip chun and ip ching to endorse this book only strenthens how good it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Murphy on 21 Mar. 2010
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A well written and easy to follow guide to the advanced techniques of Kung Fu. Good focus on a short introduction followed by a detailed explanation of all the forms. Personally, more detail on the basics and a "dictionary" of blocks and movements would have been helpful but I guess that would be a more introductory book.
A good buy all round. Easy to follow pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. GNANASEKARAM on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
A very good book - I feel that a dvd is always better as it is harder to visualise moves etc via a book. Saying that however, if you are going to use a book then you could do a lot worse than this one.

Very clear and simple, a good aid for the slightly more advanced Wing Chun practioner. I would recommend purchasing a dvd for basic students.
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Mastering Wing Chun Having waited 15 years for a book by Master Kwok of this detail and quality, I am very pleased with it. I was a little surprised to find such a complete explanation of the Wing Chun system in print, including the Bui Jee form, however, descriptions on energy use and reasons for building a strong foundation are emphasised to great effect and explained fully. This book has already helped me to refine my forms and encourage me to train with renewed enthusiasm. There is also extensive history on the origin of Wing Chun, its masters (past and present), as well as excellent explanations on how to apply the various applications and footwork in a real situation. Having had the privilege of briefly training with Master Kwok at several seminars in the past, this book is presented very much in his style of teaching precision and accuracy of techniques and his strong emphasis on the centreline theory in conjunction with good energy use. If you want to gain a true understanding of this branch of Kung Fu, Master Kwoks reputation is well deserved and not to be underestimated. I couldn't recommend this book more highly, a must for practitioners of all levels.
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