Kung fu is an ancient Chinese martial art that incorporates internal cultivation practices of breathing exercises, meditation and gymnastics into an even older indigenous system of fighting skills. This book traces the evidence of its origins all the way back to the Warring States and early Han Dynasty period, covering the 4th to 2nd centuries BC. It then tells the story of kung fu's development through each successive dynasty all the way to the 20th century, and lastly considers the philosophical side of kung fu, looking at how it has been influenced by the three great religions of China: Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
About the Author
Danil Mikhailov is an alumni of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has spent the last fifteen years travelling to different parts of China, carrying out research and interviewing masters of different styles of kung fu for the Wushu Scholar online magazine. Danil is a practitioner and teacher of Fujian White Crane kung fu, running his own club in North London.