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The History and Philosophy of Kung Fu: an Introduction

The History and Philosophy of Kung Fu: an Introduction [Kindle Edition]

Danil Mikhailov
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3910 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Philosophers' Circle (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!! 5 Feb 2013
By Jeremy
This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in Martial arts or Chinese Philosophy. It is clear and very easy to read, and provides great insight into the practice of Kung Fu. I really enjoyed it and recommended it to everyone in my club.
I liked the academic approach to the topic as well, it is extremely well research, and yet expressed in the language of a true practitioner.
One of my top martial arts book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good four STAR BOOK 3 Jan 2014
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I have not read this book. I bought as a Xmas present. My son, the receipient, told me
he enjoyed it and thought it was very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating 31 Mar 2013
By Ashley
and inspiring reading. Absolutely jam-packed with information and very easy to read. A must read for all martial artists, anyone interested in China, its history and philosophy, and indeed anyone who is interested in the 'art of living' not just the 'art of fighting'. A great place to start exploring...
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