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Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets: Chinese Classics, Translations, Commentary Paperback – 19 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center; 1 edition (19 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969728
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Paul Dillion's Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets examines the origins of water boxing, presenting a history which covers both techniques and evolution of a method which was one of the last to be taught outside of China. From breathing methods to methods of preparation for battle, this is packed with insights." Library Bookwatch

About the Author

Paul Dillon was born in Montgomery, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, majoring in Printing Management. His Chinese studies were at The College of Far Eastern Languages / Yale University.

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Interesting - I spent time in China in March 2014 learning Liu He Ba Fa and the book is useful in filling in some background ideas about the martial art... It's not a great book but for anyone learning Liu He Ba Fa Kung Fu, it's worth a read.
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good background
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of an irony 16 Aug. 2005
By R. Directo - Published on Amazon.com
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The five character secrets should definitely be reserved for those who practice advanced internal martial arts, therefore, this book is perfect in branching one's understanding of the deeper intricacies of living as a martial artist as well as being a practitioner. Paul Dillon admits that this information is usually only passed down from the master to his most advanced students and only a little at a time, so it is more easily digested. Yet how many people have obtained this advanced level that the five character secrets should be easily obtainable through a bookstore for anyone? Most people are not ready for this. For a guy like me, I love it. Dillon provides word for word, literal, and interpretive translations including commentary. One translation is usually easier to ponder than the other and Dillion says to take a realistic fortnight to digest each secret: Very Doable. This book reminds me of "Liang Zhen Pu Eight Diagram Palm" which provides intricate information through written song and poetry; too advanced in thought for most people, yet definitely for the advanced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liuhebafa, an unknown art with high quality knowledge. 21 Nov. 2013
By Alek - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting and motivational book for to study on depth the internal martial arts. This is a precious guide that teach you how to appreciate better internal arts and how they can positively influence in your daily life. Reading this book made my study of martial arts more complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definative work on the subject 5 Aug. 2013
By clark w gray - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in this style this is your bible. Not an easy read but very complete for years of study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little more insite 28 Oct. 2013
By Don Corn - Published on Amazon.com
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Books like this just add to your working knowledge and help you with mental part of a martial art that's needed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly powerful wisdom 31 Oct. 2009
By Robert Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought Paul Dillon's book on a whim. In the bookstore I thought the same thing as the three star reviewer Ronin noted in his review, especially about photos of Paul in a dopey sweater. Despite those misgivings I still bought the book. I can't say exactly why other than I felt compelled to have it at the time; but, it was an unripe ambition and I remained uninspired to read it for a time. It just sat on my shelf for a couple years.

After that period I finally met Paul at his workshop in Idaho through other influences (I hadn't realized until just before meeting him that it was his book I bought years before and never read). After his introduction and my instruction, I can vouch that Paul's book has served me very well as a student of Liu He Ba Fa from the beginning. I later shared my initial misgivings about his book with Paul, and commented about his dopey sweater and "goofy white guy in street clothes" look. He said it was intentional. We both smiled.

Will this book work for you? It depends on what you want of yourself and if you are seeking practical wisdom to use or theoretical knowledge to talk about.

My personal and direct experience is that I've found this book to be highly useful and applicable as an almost literal, daily road map for my practice. I constantly refer to it for specific insights and seeds of wisdom that I can make come alive in my own progress. I am on my second copy.

I can say there are true riches in this book without hyperbole in anticipation of being discounted as one of Paul's periodic students from afar: I keep notes on my daily progress in my journals over the years and parts of this book are in my journals often, and usually verbatim. It is a learning aid as well as a wonderful reference for the internal arts practitioner.

Can beginners pick up Paul's book and get value from it--yes, but it will be different value than a more dedicated practitioner can discern and animate. If you feel this book speaks to you on any level, I heartily recommend you buy it. Perhaps you'll be off to the races immediately. It might also slowly germinate around you until one day you find you've become deliberate, methodical and focused... working with a jewel of a teacher like Paul, or even with deeper parts of yourself.
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