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Complete Wing Chun (Tuttle Martial Arts) Paperback – 25 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original ed. edition (25 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804831416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804831413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Chu has been involved in martial arts since 1972, and is a practitioner of the Yip Man, Gu Lao, Yuen Kay-San Wing Chun styles. Mr. Chu's articles have appeared in "Martial Arts Legends," "Inside Kung-Fu," "Wing Chun Viewpoint," and "Wing Chun Today." His monthly column appears in "Martial Arts Illustrated." Mr. Chu resides in California
Rene Ritchie has been studying Yuen Kay-San style of Wing Chun since 1990. His articles have appeared in "Martial Arts Masters," and "Wing Chun Today." He created and maintains the www.wingchunkuen.com website from his home in Eastern Canada.
Y. Wu has been involved in Wing Chun since 1984. He is a practitioner of the Nanyang and Yip Man Wing Chun styles. Mr. Wu is the author or "The Nanyang Wing Chun Primer Vol. 1," and resides in Singapore.


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There are a number of books on the market that claim to cover Wing Chun in such a way that one could learn from the book, or at least supplement your studies from the book (usually Yip Man Wing Chun, I find); some are good, some are bad. This is not one of them. This is essentially a well written presentation of research, detailing the contents of several major forms of Wing Chun; it covers their histories, development, forms, training techniques, concepts and key principles. It also contains a comprehnsive glossary of Wing Chun terms, and people and organisations involved with the history of Wing Chun. Illustrations are liberally placed throughout the book, illustrating the many diversities in movement and style between the different types of Wing Chun. This book is a worthy addition to any martial artists library, and students of Wing Chun will be fascinated to compare their own branch with the others discussed in the book. Note that this is a reference book rather than a novel; it's not a light read except for the most dedicated of students.
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This book gives the facts on all major schools of Wing Chun from Yip Man to Yan Kay Sat. It describes the forms, drills, weapons, principles and gives an overview of the system. It has some amazing revelations in the way other schools train i.e. some dont use chi sao, some dont use 1,2,3rd forms etc... at the back of the book if the wing chun lineage family tree and a conclusion by the writers about how they 'Believe' the system came to be (there may be some arguments here) all in all a very well researched book.
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This book is a detailed and pretty comprehensive guide to the history of wing chun and its various styles. It is both well written and tries to avoid bias to any favoured style of the writers (though they obviously show somewhat more knowledge in these styles). Thankfully it also avoids the typical "Yip Man is the definitive/ultimate wing chun style" outcome that so many other people fall for.

A highly recommended read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of wing chun from a variety of perspectives, offering a far more realistic/rounded approach than is usually offered from the instructors of any one style.

DISCLAIMER: Read the full title of the book! Do NOT expect it to be a guide to forms/applications etc. If that is what you are looking for, you will need to find something else!
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This was not what I expected - I misinterpreted the "Complete" part of the title. This book is merely a summary of the different styles of Wing Chun - their origins, beliefs etc. It is handy for the history buffs or anyone interested in exploring the different styles around. I have read it once and not likely to read it again.
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