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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: PHK (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985855703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985855703
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Patterson is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world on the art of Xingyiquan (hsingichuan). Shrfu Patterson is a career professional martial artist with over 44 years of Martial Arts experience at the time of this writing (2012), 34 years teaching the Internal Styles of Hsing I, Pa Kua, Tai Chi and Liou He Ba Fah. Mike Patterson was the All Taiwan Full Contact Martial Arts Champion in 1975-1976, an all inclusive contest open to all styles and all ranks. He was the youngest champion ever in the history of the event and retired undefeated. He has since trained Numerous World, International and National Full Contact Champions himself. he was Men’s Coach of the 1996 World Team U.S.A. Inside Kung Fu Magazine chose him as The 1997 Coach Of The Year, having trained so many successful Full Contact KuoShu Fighters for competition. He has trained a total of 37 World, International, National and Regional Chinese KuoShu Full Contact Champions between the years of 1981 and 2000. He retired from this venue of coaching at the end of the year 2000 to focus on teaching and dissemination of the internal martial arts. He served as the West Coast Regional Director of the United States Chinese KuoShu Federation from 1996 to 2001 and now serves as a special advisor for the same organization on the internal martial arts. He has also served as consultant for military, law enforcement and professional athletics programs throughout his martial career. His insights into training are based on what is real and he has consistently demonstrated his ability to communicate central and important tenets of internal martial training to all he associates with.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The book on Xingyiquan I've been looking for 8 Aug. 2012
By Frank R. Matz - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Pattersons' Xingyi: A Means to an End is an excellent reference for a Xingyiquan student.

It was a pleasure to read a well thought out and produced book on the theory and practice of Xingyiquan.

Besides going in depth on just what is taking place with each of the Five Elements and Twelve Animals sets, Mr Patterson describes his own system of how to teach his students to actually fight with what they've learned from Xingyiquan practice. Not just applications or examples, but a theoretical, systematic and practical bridge from the classical exercises to combat.

He also recounts the history of xingyiquan in general and the Tang Shou Tao school of xingyiquan in particular. I particularly enjoyed his storytelling and anecdotes.

The margins of my copy will soon be filled with notes. This is the Xingyiquan book I've been looking for.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Best! 20 Dec. 2012
By Michael Water - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been pursuing XingYiQuan for 12 years, the last 3.5 being directly under one of ShrFu Mike Patterson's contemporaries in Master Hsu Hung Chi's Tang Shou Tao System. I own 38 books on XingYiQuan, many of them Classic translations. "XingYi:A Means To An End" out-does them ALL. PERIOD. ShrFu Patterson elucidates the core of the time-tested XingYi Classics, Five Elements, Twelve Animals, Songs, Principles, and History via written illumination and pictography that is easy to understand and challenging, perfectly suiting beginner's and veterans alike. Seriously. This is the BEST XING YI QUAN BOOK I HAVE EVER SEEN. I speak the sincere truth. -A. Walter Johnson-
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You would be hard pressed to find anything better on Hsing I Ch'uan 8 Feb. 2013
By norskpole - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written book on the Hsing I Ch'uan of the Tang Shao Tao family, with good photo support. Lots of practical information that is the cornerstone of this family's teaching method. This book provides an excellent reference/refresher cache. Nothing can replace "hands on" instruction by a qualified instructor, but this does an great job of supplementing "live" training with the intellectual side of this fantastic internal art. Mr. Patterson knows his stuff, and his transmission is true and verifiable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best martial arts book ever written! 11 Nov. 2013
By David W. Sieckman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best martial arts book ever written! It should be in everyone's martial arts library. There is something in it for everyone; internal kung fu practitioners, traditional martial artists, self-defense enthusiasts, MMA fighters, qigong practitioners. It's clear and concise, every chapter/section is full of priceless information. My favorite part of the book (it was really hard to choose since the whole book is amazing!) is Shrfu's 24 stems and 5 roots. It's a masters answer to his students questions "What should I do when I fight? and How should I focus my training?"
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Xingyi Manual 17 Sept. 2012
By R. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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While no book can contain all of the information on Xingyi, the author Mike Patterson does an excellent job of at least attempting to provide an overview of the Xingyi taught by Hsu Hong Chi. I do not train in Mike Patterson's system, but under another of Hsu Hong Chi's students and it is a great manual to have since Xingyi has an exhaustive amount of material to learn and remember. I would have liked to see more information on the various body preparation exercises and on chi building exercises, but there are other books out there and this book is hefty even without that information. I will repeat as many have said before- "You can't learn martial arts from a book", but this book is an excellent reference on the various animal and five fist positions. I also enjoyed the various defense applications shown in the book and the straightforward presentation of this martial art by the author. The book is excellent and I feel that many of the principals described and shown in the book could be applied to other martial arts. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of the martial arts.
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