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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect appetizer into the wonderful realms of Kung Fu
Wong Kiew Kat provides the reader with a complete and full background into the depths of this wonderful art, clearly illustrating the fundamental differences between Kung Fu and other martial arts.
Those who are interested in learning a self-defence that does not concentrate purely on the physical and ‘external’ attributes but also on the mind, then Kung...
Published on 9 May 2003 by T Uttley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately Serious
This book has some quality information and pointers, however one should have in mind that it's a commercial book and its primary objective is to sell.

It is appropriate to experient practitioners who already have an understanding of the theoretical aspects of the art. For beginners they should, as the book continuously recommends, seek and instructor if they...
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by Huang He Hei Hu


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect appetizer into the wonderful realms of Kung Fu, 9 May 2003
This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kat provides the reader with a complete and full background into the depths of this wonderful art, clearly illustrating the fundamental differences between Kung Fu and other martial arts.
Those who are interested in learning a self-defence that does not concentrate purely on the physical and ‘external’ attributes but also on the mind, then Kung Fu along with this very book is the one for you. Kiew Kat elaborates the importance of attaining spiritual development from Chi techniques emphasising ‘Internal Force’ stressing that this is more important than knowing the sequence of moves.
For the student, Kiew Kat demonstrates how to continual improve self-development in Kung Fu and how to achieve skills quickly and effectively through objectives and aims also underlying the difference between the two. The book guides you through the many forms of Shaolin ‘hand’ shapes and stances that provide the foundations of Kung Fu. Combat sequences and combination sets along with vital illustrations create a more overall comprehensive guide into the physical self-defence and attack form. There is also a small section at the end on the various type of weapons used throughout the history of Kung Fu.
NEGATIVES.
The content of the book has much more value than the cost, but to be an excellent book it lacks grammatically. The author spends far too much time using Chinese references that I could not help thinking were irrelevant to the content and made difficult reading.
POSITIVES.
The book is full of abundant wisdom that would be useful even for the non Kung-Fu practitioner. The exercises to develop strength externally are vigorously hard, yet effective; and the internal ‘meditation’ exercises will make you feel and be very powerful and strong-minded.
This book would mainly suit the beginner and those who have been practising the art for many years but feel that something acute is missing. It also provides insight into why people who have studied Kung Fu for many years have never been good enough to become a master.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & concise., 10 Jan 2002
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This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kit has done an excellent job of explaining the basics of Shaolin kung fu.
The book is clearly layed out and is an easy read.
There are plenty of excerises to keep you busy, and the simplified 5 Animals form that he has described is both practical and relatively easy to learn.
For the beginner I don't think there is a better introduction available.
All in all in comparison to other similar publications this stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Fantastic!, 10 Jan 2002
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This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
This book is a detailed insight to the history and art of shaolin. Even newcomers to the martial arts will be inspired by the many wounderful stories and legends about the shaolin temple, also the many training methods that the shoalin practioners still use today. In this book it gives many detailed pictures of kung fu defence methods including the five animal set made up of the snake, crane, leopard, Tiger and the dragon. Each set is fully described as a set and how to apply each movement in self-defence. This book is easy to understand so appeals to both martial arts practioners and people who would just like to know more about chinese kung fu, this is a excellent book a MUST for people intrested in martial arts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Shaolin philosophy and basic techn, 6 Nov 2001
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This is an excelent introduction to Shaolin arts. Right from the start common misconceptions about the term 'Kung Fu' itself are dealt with. I particularly enjoyed how the author stresses the interdependence between 'hard' external arts and 'soft' internal arts. The central Shaolin religious philosophy is explained but never pushed; the author continually stressing the importance of finding out through one's own experience. The diagrams are clear though unless a person had practised martial arts before one would really need to have a teacher. My one gripe: I'd have liked much more on history and development of different styles but considering the scope of the subject material and at this price one can't really complain.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Martial Arts Books Around, 4 Aug 2003
This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
This book is the best of the best. Everything is well guided and shown cleary.
Thought, effort, and time has gone into this book unlike most of the other martail art books around which just use big names like Bruce Lee to raise profits. This is truly a book worth buying as it is written by some one who cares and respects the art rather than some one just trying to make a good profit.
The book explains thoroughly through differnt kung fu forms from Chen Style Tai Chi to Tanglangquan (praying mantis kung fu)
It explains how to get the most out of your traing, how to improve or biuld up you skills and even the use of weapons.
This book is the mother of all books and covers almost every thing from stretching, aims and objectives,tactics and strategies to the more important spiritual enlightenment.
A must buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive Insight..., 20 Dec 2002
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This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
The book is useful, you can learn some Kung Fu from it if you have a little experience with martial arts movements in general, if not a solid foundation to start from. It yields it's greatest rewards if you already have a competent teacher to guide you through.
Only drawback? Some exercise equpment is tough to gather for use eg. Big bowl of of hard beans, big milk like container with water/sand, punch bag with ball bearings in (not a standard factory variety you'll notice.) A nice read, useful and written for the love of the art. A damn sight cheaper here than anywhere else you can buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect appetizer into the wonderful realms of Kung Fu, 24 July 2003
This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
Wong Kiew Kat provides the reader with a complete and full background into the depths of this wonderful art, clearly illustrating the fundamental differences between Kung Fu and other martial arts. For those who are interested in learning a self-defence that does not concentrate purely on the physical and 'external' attributes but also on the mind, then Kung Fu along with this very book is the one for you. Kiew Kat elaborates the importance of attaining spiritual development from Chi techniques emphasising 'Internal Force' stressing that this is more important than knowing the sequence of moves.
For the student, Kiew Kat demonstrates how to continual improve self-development in Kung Fu and how to achieve skills quickly and effectively through objectives and aims also underlying the difference between the two. The book guides you through the many forms of Shaolin 'hand' shapes and stances that provide the foundations of Kung Fu. Combat sequences and combination sets along with vital illustrations create a more overall comprehensive guide into the physical self-defence and attack form. There is also a small section at the end on the various type of weapons used throughout the history of Kung Fu.
NEGATIVES.
The content of the book has much more value than the cost, but to be an excellent book it lacks grammatically. The author spends far too much time using Chinese references that I could not help thinking were irrelevant to the content and made difficult reading.
POSITIVES.
The book is full of abundant wisdom that would be useful even for the non Kung-Fu practitioner. The exercises to develop strength externally are vigorously hard, yet effective; and the internal 'meditation' exercises will make you feel and be very powerful and strong-minded.
This book would mainly suit the beginner and those who have been practising the art for many years but feel that something acute is missing. The book also provides insight into why people who have studied Kung Fu for many years have never been good enough to become a master.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all you shaolin kung fu trainers out there, 29 Sep 2003
I totally recommend this book to new shoalin kung fu users, after reading this book, i found myself having alot more interest in the history and philosophy of shoalin kung fu.each chapter covers a new aspect of the arts from stretching to the hands movements. a great read, easy to understand text with extremely useful diagrams
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative read., 7 Oct 2001
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This review is from: The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment (Paperback)
I would highly recommend this book to anyone - you cannot learn kung fu from it, but if you are learning kung fu it provides much useful information - such as training methods and chi building exercises, it is the most useful book on kung fu I have and would recommend it to anyone who is learning kung fu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no nonsense, 1 Feb 2000
The author does not give the reader anything flashy and does not make any idle promises. The comments he does make about the outstanding benefits that can be gained from Kung Fu are based solidly in making sure that the student understands that the responsibility lies with the individual. The message is that through knowing one's goals and by rigourous, consistant and persistant hard work of training the body and the mind, the student will achieve real effective results. Wong Kiew Kit makes this absolutely clear and then provides all of the material( along with advising a good teacher) to build a solid foundation for the practice of Kung Fu. If practised over years the student should not need another training manual for a long time. It will take an extended period to get through the material in this book.
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