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SIMPLY WING CHUN KUNG FU by [Rawcliffe, Sifu Shaun]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12778 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YWJLJM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
The book contains no pictures to 'sell' Sifu Rawcliffe but is full of diagrams to help explain the text, which is in-depth and his knowledge is obviously overflowing and extremly deep. The book gives check lists for each position and why things work. It is a book for the novice as well as the seasoned practitioner, it's a good read and will help further your understanding of Wing Chun. The book itself seems to promote Wing Chun without promoting Sifu Rawcliffe which is a breath of fresh air.A great book which will not teach you Wing Chun as no book can take the place of a real Sifu but it will help your knowledge grow, I recommend this book to anyone interested in the MA and all Wing Chun practitioners, top notch.
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Simply Wing Chun is a truely excellent book that adhears to Wing Chun's principles of simplicity and directness. The diagrams are all clear and the text is well written. As usual, you need to be a Wing Chun student in order to 'learn' anything from this book but if you are one, this book will greatly improve your understanding no matter what your level.
All the main principles of the forms and the system are explained really well with clear, easy to follow diagrams. Each topic is well summarised at the end of the discussion / chapter to highlight the main concepts.
I use this book for a reference when I travel and sometimes at home but usually I use the set of Randy Williams books I was lucky enough to get hold of.
This really is a fantastic book that no Wing Chun student or Sifu should be without.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I would agree wholeheartedly with another reviewer that so many martial arts books promote the person rather than the actual art itself.
This seeks to redress that balance...and my oh my what a SUPERB book. If you are a wing chun practitioner you have to have this. The checklists are worth the money alone, the diagrams are easy to follow and instead of photos you actually get TEXT explaining so many of the concepts and why it works.
Sifu Rawcliffe is clearly an expert....and I would say an expert author now as well, fantastic stuff.
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As a student at the Siu Num Tao level of Wing Chun I am by no means a veteran of the system, however, to me this book seems very in depth and answers lots of questions. I was intrigued by the explanations (from doctors and surgeons) of positions, chi and how the brain works during wing chun practise and development. The diagrams are clear and simple, they do the job well. The book provides a checklist for each position in each form and explains it in detail, this will be great for learners of that form as it means they can refer to it when not in class. Wing Chun cant be learnt from a book alone. There are quotes and maxims, some from Sifu Rawcliffe himself, placed at relevant points throughout which really help make the points stick in the mind. If you have many other wing chun books, this is probably the book you've been waiting for. It deserves five starts because it is a definitive source of knowledge from a very skilled and interesting sifu.
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I have been studying Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) in Hong Kong for over 30 years and this is the first book in English that has managed to explain the essence of Ving Tsun. My Si-Fu, even my Si-Kung, Ip Man, would have been proud that Ving Tsun is being taught and explained so well around the world. This book embodies the teachings of my Si-Fu and his Ving Tsun To Dai (Kung Fu Brothers), probably due to Rawcliffe Sifu's studies in Hong Kong and incompasses the simple complexity that is Ving Tsun Kuen.
Understanding the structure to Ving Tsun is key to understanding how Ving Tsun works so effectively and efficiently and a book like this was long over due.
Including the Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit elevates the book even further by embracing the philosophy of all that is Ving Tsun.
Leo T K Wong. Hong Kong 2003.
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A great 1st Wing Chun book to have in your collection. Complements classes/training very well as it will help you to understand the mechanics and rationale behind the positions and techniques shown to you in class. As well as being a great technical book, it also appreciates the background of Wing Chun and explains the philosophies and wisdom (Wing Chun Kuen Kuit) behind the art. A very well-rounded book overall.
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From a beginner's point of view, Simply Wing Chun really does help your comprehension of what you practice in the style. It goes from being a case of repeating a movement, to learning to understand how and why something works. This is where the book really helps.
As we often don't quite understand a concept things are accepted on blind faith, but potentially there's scepticism or at least difficulty in accepting. You're told that the techniques you learn in Wing Chun are effective when correctly formed, but you may not be sure why and find it harder to get right.
Simply Wing Chun attempts very well to provide you with in-depth explaination on how a technique works. You really do find yourself practicing with more confidence, as you are able to gauge what you're supposed to be doing against a better understanding.
The author Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe has a strong reputation and he's written a book that this Wing Chun student certainly thinks reflects this. It really helps to boost your knowledge and understanding as you train under your sifu, and serves as a great reference.
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