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  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 2nd Ed edition (31 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583941991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583941997
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've wanted to get my hands on this book for some time now, and I've dog-eared page after page with insights and instruction for future review. O'Brien visited scores of instructors and whittled his compilation down to 16 interviews that are solid gold for students of the Chinese Martial Arts."
--"Dojo Rat"

About the Author

The editor, Jess O'Brien, is a freelance martial arts researcher and editor in Oakland, California. The martial arts masters being profiled in the book are each well-known, respected, and sought-after teachers in their field.

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There are several books on the Chinese Internal Martial Arts that are destined for the status of classic, this is one. This collection of interviews with some of the world's top practitioners will stand alongside Robert Smith's Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods as a book that starts many people on their own search. Well written and illustrated, this isn't a "how to" cook book, but will serve as both a great introduction as well as a mine of information for the exisiting student.
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While the date of some of the interviews in this book are becoming old (10 years in some cases) and the location of the instructors is very US-centric - yes we do have martial arts experts in Europe too - this doesn't take away from what is a well put together book!

The demographic makeup of those interviewed is wide, from young to old, and black to white, and this makes for rich content from diverse perspectives.

This is not a how-to book, and contains no training techniques, but rather serves as a discourse on the life of a Martial Artist with particular focus on Nei Jia (Internal Styles).

I found this book intriguing, motivating and insightful.
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A very interesting reading for people involved in internal martial arts, but it's necessary to have some knowledge on the subject to understand all the informations that can be found in the book.The experience of the master interviewed can really help interested people in understanding many aspects of the complex world of the internal Chinese disciplines.
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For well trained, heavily experienced practitioners only.
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WTF!!
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