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The Power of Internal Martial Arts: Combat Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I Paperback – 31 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (31 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556432534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432538
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm not quite sure where the other reviewers are getting technical information out of this book. It is great for history or people that want to learn about his travels to the East. He hints at a lot of "secrets". People that have done any kind of research all ready know these things.
He does a good job of describing the difference between the "internal" martial arts. People wanting to learn more about internal martial arts will find it to be quite well written. Maybe his other book has more techniques that could be applied.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 1999
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I found this book to be an excellent source of information on the internal martial arts of china. All of the things he says check out with other sources I've seen on the martial arts. After I read it I lent it to my Bagua Zhang instructer to read. He also liked it. In the authers next book I would appreciate it if he included more training applications.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2003
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I bought this book about three years ago, and have read it through a number of times, and I can honestly say that it has been of good value to me within my own tai chi journey and training.
Kumar's personal journey as he dips and fully immerses himself into different arts with different teachers is both entertaining and fascinating, and for my money more accessible than Robert Smith's book. The difficulty inherant within it is that whilst Kumar goes into great detail - none of it is specific enough to be of immediate use to anyone who has less than years of study and practice with good teachers behind them. That said, I have frequently and spontaneously remembered many snippets of principles and guidance from this book during training that have helped me develop in a balanced way.
Not surprisingly the author has his share of worshipers and detractors within the field, and for my part I do not feel qualified to judge. All said and done however, there are very few accessible books on the internal martial arts, and this is as good as any I have read. Without its inspiration and guidance I would not be studying with my current teacher, and for that alone I am very thankful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvenhaze on 12 Sept. 2009
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There seem to be a few negative reviews about this book- I am surprised at this. I bought the older version - smaller content etc - still a bumper read at over 300 large format pages. I am fairly new to internal martial arts, but I found MANY suggestions on how to develop internal power in here, some of which I am already successfully incorporating into my daily routine. The thing is, they're not 'quick fixes' and require long, hard practice - eg standing qi gong (I can only manage a few minutes of this so far but it really gets things going). Admittedly I am now looking to purchase the author's book on opening the energy gates - at some point - which is briefly mentioned, but I don't think much more could have been fitted in this volume and I'll be quite happy to buy another book for the info.
The book covers a huge range of martial arts, several of which are internal/external and would be useful for Bagua/Hsing i/Tai Chi people to look into. The author also details his own personal odyssey through various arts and masters including Wang Shu Jin and Chen Pan Ling. I did NOT find his style at all boastful or conceited as another reviewer stated, but quite the opposite- humble and factual. I have just finished the book after about three weeks and expect to re-read and dip into it many more times in years to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 1998
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This book contains so much information that although I have read it cover to cover more than forty times I'm still learning new things from it.The personal history of the author and the masters he trained with alone is worth purchasing it.The technical detail of the 16 part neigung system(pages 62-63)has revolutionized my personal practice.The detail,incredible.The instructions clear and usable.Put this book alongside his 'Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body' and you have two books that will someday be classics.I have studied and read martial arts and books for over a decade and there is just no comparing his material.I have trained with Master Kumar and can honestly say I'm nearly done rebuilding my spine with his Spinal Regeneration techniques.His books are a must for any level of pratitioner be they a meditator,healer or fighter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 1998
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Although pretty light on training specifics, this book is an excellent introduction to the most common three internal arts of taiji, xingyi, and bagua. I particularly like his critique of the Japanese arts and their shortcomings. Kumar's books are interesting because he actually trained in Asia and his "been there, done that" approach is very inspirational.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2002
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I feel that many of the insights offered in this book would only be available to those who have alrady done a substantial amount of training in the 'internal' arts. Beginners may be skeptical but keep up the training and many of the experiences described in this book could become your own. I found a host of useful data for my own training and the encouragment to persevere further. Many thanks Mr Frantzis.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2004
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For anyone looking to learn more about the internal arts then this is the best place to start. Frantzis' experiences are well documented here and his style of writing serves to further increase the reader's interest. Not a bad thing! While some people would prefer step by step instructions on the internal arts I feel this would almost certaily spoil the book and would be better off elsewhere. As an interesting read in its own right as well as an informative guide as to the benefits of various internal systems such as hsing-i and ba-gua, this book is excellent. A must read for any martial arts and health and fitness enthusiasts.
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