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The Art Of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for self-defence, health and enlightenment Paperback – 2 Aug 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (2 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091876591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091876593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The definitive introduction to kung fu from a fourth generation Grandmaster

Book Description

The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application.

This unique book, by a celebrated Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. You will learn the ancient art of the Shaolin monks from the famous Shaolin monastery. it will prove invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, chi kung, and meditation, showing how Kung Fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality, mental focus, and spiritual joy.

Chapters include:

  • What is Kung Fu?—Four Aspects of Kung Fu; The importance of Force Training; Application for Combat and Daily living; Kung Fu Philosophy for Deeper understanding; The benefits of Kung Fu
  • The Historical Development of Chinese Martial Arts—Kung Fu in Prehistoric and Ancient Times; The Glorious Han and Tang; The Modern Period
  • From Shaolin to Taijiquan—Shaolin Kung Fu; The Various Styles of Taijiquan; Soft and Hard, internal and External
  • A Comparative Study of Kung Fu—Contrasting Shaolin and Wudang Kung Fu; Xingyi Kung Fu and Taoist Concepts; Tanglangquan or Praying Mantis Kung Fu; The Spread of Southern Kung Fu
  • Defining Aims and Objectives—Setting Aims for Kung Fu Training; Personal Objectives; Course Objectives
  • The Foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu—inheritance from Past Masters; Various Shaolin Hand Forms; basic Shaolin Patterns
  • From Form to Combat Application—The Four Directions of Attack; The Principles of Effective Combat; Specific Techniques Against Kicks
  • Combat Sequences and Set Practice—Relieving injuries Sustained in Sparring; Composing Your Own Kung Fu Sets
  • Shaolin Five Animals—understanding Characteristics and Essence; The Five-Animal Set; The Names of the Five-Animal Patterns
  • Five-Animal Combination Set—How to improve Combat Efficiency; Spacing and Timing in Combat
  • The internal Force of Shaolin Kung Fu—The Relationship between Technique and Force; The Compassionate Art of Qin-Na; The internal Force of Tiger Claw
  • Tactics and Strategies—using Continuous Attack Effectively; A Tactic to Distract Your Opponent; Selecting Strategies to Suit Particular Situations
  • Classical Kung Fu Weapons—Staffs; Whips, Knives and Other Weapons; light and Heavy Weapons
  • understanding and Developing Chi—The Various Genres of Chi Kung; Lohan Embracing buddha; Abdominal breathing
  • Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen—Culitvating Heart, Nourishing Nature; bodhidharma and Taoism in Zen
  • The Shaolin Way to Enlightenment—Attaining a Focused Mind; Meditation to Train Awareness; Shaolin Kung Fu for Spiritual Development
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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.
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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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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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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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Wong Kiew Kit has really outdone himself!Although I am only 12, reading his book,
studing the forms and exercises.Then enrolling in a class really
helped me to understand kung fu an slowly master it!
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By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2002
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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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