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The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu: Harness the Speed and Devastating Force of Southern Shaolin Jow Ga Kung Fu Paperback – 30 Jan 2012

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In the 1600 years since the arrival of Indian Buddhism in China, Buddhist monks and scholars integrated the essence of Zen Buddhist thought with the classic forms of Chinese literature to create over 30,000 simple, lively poems of deep moral significance. These Zen poems are beloved by students of Zen and the layperson alike. In The Power of Enlightenment, Prof. Wu Yansheng selected 66 classic poems by 54 historical scholars or monks. These poems represent the highest achievement of Zen poetry, with extraordinary depth of feeling and understanding. Each poem is a delight to the senses and presents a garden of peace that brings restlessness to an end.

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ron Wheeler is a two time National Champion and three time regional Champion in the United States of America Wu Shu/Kung Fu Federation sanctioned competitions. He is a former Male Competitor of the Year for the United States Chinese Kuoshu Federation and a former member of the United States Traditional Wu Shu Team. He is a faculty member of the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University.

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HASH(0x9a94a834) out of 5 stars The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu 21 Jan. 2012
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'The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu' is an extremely comprehensive book, centered on the study of Jow Ga Kung Fu specifically and comes at the reader at many angles. The author, Ron Wheeler, begins by providing a history and ideology on this specific type of Kung Fu, and then provides not only exercise tips, but an actual detailed workout that one can attempt. This book, like his classes, is great for both beginners and advanced martial artists, as there are a variety of techniques and exercises that are well explained via pictures and even a dvd of him performing them.

Its strongest asset, in my opinion, is its emphasis on the application of said techniques--real life application for each technique, both in the ring and outside, is explained and described through pictures and video. It is almost as if you are receiving a personal training session with Ron Wheeler, in which he is trying to make you the best martial artist that you can be.

After training with Ron Wheeler on a regular basis, I have come to know that he has always conducted himself by the mantra that anyone can be a fighter, but few truly become `martial artists'. Technique is key, and when mixed with conditioning and a desire to succeed, the possibilities are endless. This book was clearly made in the hopes of teaching `martial arts' to those that choose to learn. So if you're an advanced martial artist looking to hone a new type of skill, a beginner looking to learn, or even simply interested in Kung Fu, check out `The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu'!
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HASH(0x9a509ac8) out of 5 stars The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu 12 Jan. 2012
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Re: The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu
By Ron Wheeler
Tuttle Publishing, 2011

I do not know much about martial arts, but I have read The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu and I know the author, Ron Wheeler. While Ron was writing this book, he came to our house Monday mornings for almost a year to give individual personal training to my wife and me. He was a wonderful trainer, and Ron would tell us about the book he was writing.
Ron is the real deal when it comes to his craft: he is totally dedicated to what he does; he is extremely talented, knowledgeable and accomplished. He poured his heart and soul into this book.
And it is a very good book, I think. It is both a very well illustrated "how to" book, with Ron himself demonstrating all the moves, and a very interesting story about the origin and history of his particular style of martial arts (Jow Ga) and the philosophy behind it (not to be violent, but to prevent violence), as well as the culture, meaning and significance of martial arts in general and Jow Ga in particular. It is clear and well written.
For anyone interested in the topic -- and even for those of you, like me, who aren't so much -- this is an interesting and useful read. (And it comes with a CD to boot!).

Steve Urbanczyk
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HASH(0x9a504654) out of 5 stars Book serve more of an intro to the art 13 Sept. 2012
By Donlee55 - Published on
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This is a good book. I really like it. It is very detailed and really gave me more of an insight to the mindset of southern martial arts specifically the southern Shaolin Jow Ga Kung fu style. The book has a wonderful dvd attached to it but I feel that all of the material in the book is not covered. The book seems more like it wants to be a guide to one who is actually being taught the style by an actual master.(This is fine by me..If only I could find one in Missouri)all in all I could not help but be a little disappointed in how the book presented itself and what it actually delivered but it makes an interesting read none the less.
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HASH(0x9a50909c) out of 5 stars Finally a book about Jow Ga! 7 Feb. 2013
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As a former Hoy K. Lee student in Hampton Roads, Virginia, this book is detailed and is a great start in the family system Jow Ga Kung Fu.

1.The book is written well and has your typical layout of a martial arts book: history, exercise & warm-up, hand techniques, etc.
2.The book breaks down hand strikes/blocks and footwork for this system.
3.The form "Small Controlling Tiger Fist" is broken down step-by-step.
4.Additional information includes a brief explanation on external/internal principles of martial arts and a chapter that shows what weapons are in Jow Ga.
5.Every chapter has large and clear pictures that are accompanied with a text to help explain further the technique.

**The DVD demonstrates the form Small Controlling Tiger Fist (or Subduing Small Tiger) at normal speed and then slowed down to offer closer detail. The book breaks down the sections to the form and the DVD helps putting it all together. **

I only studied Jow Ga Kung-Fu for 2.5 years but everything I learned is in this book plus more! Mr. Wheeler explains that there exist variations of the "Heart of Jow Ga" for Small Controlling Small Tiger Fist. The version I learned has about 3-4 minor differences but is the same series of sequences. This form is applicable and great for building strength and flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. The book is a good starting point in learning Chinese martial arts and if have the opportunity to study Jow Ga Kung-Fu in the US. The footwork, hand striking and application can be used to broaden any practitioners' skills in the martial arts.

Mr. Wheeler gives an important message at the concluding chapters of his book. He provides a humble and modest message that reflects what martial arts truly represents. Mr. Wheeler has provided the martial arts community/library with a valuable piece of knowledge to a not well-known kung-fu system. Jow Ga is not a widely known kung-fu system but is highly effective in its entirety. Hands down a great book!
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HASH(0x9a52339c) out of 5 stars A great introduction and path to learning for starters and advanced alike 1 July 2012
By Chris D Henderson - Published on
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Ronald wheelers book "The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu " is an excellent introduction and history
To the Jow Ga system.. I would recommend a copy to anyone interested in learning traditional martial arts.
My name is Chris Henderson and I have been a practitioner, teacher and nationally ranked competitor in open and traditional tournaments
specializing in Jow Ga Kung Fu training since 1976 and I support Ronald Wheeler in his endeavor to enlighten and inform
the world about Jow Ga.. I also especially like his plea in chapter 13 to unite the kung fu
promoters past ego to a more unified success... Good job Ron keep up the hard work...
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