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The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application. This unique martial arts book, by a renowned Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. You will learn the ancient art of the Shaolin monks from the famous Shaolin monastery. It will prove invaluable to The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application. This unique martial arts book, by a renowned Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. You will learn the ancient art of the Shaolin monks from the famous Shaolin monastery. It will prove invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, chi kung, and meditation, showing how Kung Fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality, mental focus, and spiritual joy. Chapters include: What is Kung Fu?—Four Aspects of Kung Fu; The Importance of Force Training; Application for Combat and Daily Living; Kung Fu Philosophy for Deeper Understanding; The Benefits of Kung Fu The Historical Development of Chinese Martial Arts—Kung Fu in Prehistoric and Ancient Times; The Glorious Han and Tang; The Modern Period From Shaolin to Taijiquan—Shaolin Kung Fu; The Various Styles of Taijiquan; Soft and Hard, Internal and External A Comparative Study of Kung Fu—Contrasting Shaolin and Wudang Kung Fu; Xingyi Kung Fu and Taoist Concepts; Tanglangquan or Praying Mantis Kung Fu; The Spread of Southern Kung Fu Defining Aims and Objectives—Setting Aims for Kung Fu Training; Personal Objectives; Course Objectives The Foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu—Inheritance from Past Masters; Various Shaolin Hand Forms; Basic Shaolin Patterns From Form to Combat Application—The Four Directions of Attack; The Principles of Effective Combat; Specific Techniques Against Kicks Combat Sequences and Set Practice—Relieving Injuries Sustained in Sparring; Composing Your Own Kung Fu Sets Shaolin Five Animals—Understanding Characteristics and Essence; The Five-Animal Set; The Names of the Five-Animal Patterns Five-Animal Combination Set—How to Improve Combat Efficiency; Spacing and Timing in Combat The Internal Force of Shaolin Kung Fu—The Relationship Between Technique and Force; The Compassionate Art of Qin-Na; The Internal Force of Tiger Claw Tactics and Strategies—Using Continuous Attack Effectively; A Tactic to Distract Your Opponent; Selecting Strategies to Suit Particular Situations Classical Kung Fu Weapons—Staffs; Whips, Knives and Other Weapons; Light and Heavy Weapons Understanding and Developing Chi—The Various Genres of Chi Kung; Lohan Embracing Buddha; Abdominal Breathing Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen—Culitvating Heart, Nourishing Nature; Bodhidharma and Taoism in Zen The Shaolin Way to Enlightenment—Attaining a Focused Mind; Meditation to Train Awareness; Shaolin Kung Fu for Spiritual Development


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The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application. This unique martial arts book, by a renowned Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. You will learn the ancient art of the Shaolin monks from the famous Shaolin monastery. It will prove invaluable to The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application. This unique martial arts book, by a renowned Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. You will learn the ancient art of the Shaolin monks from the famous Shaolin monastery. It will prove invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, chi kung, and meditation, showing how Kung Fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality, mental focus, and spiritual joy. Chapters include: What is Kung Fu?—Four Aspects of Kung Fu; The Importance of Force Training; Application for Combat and Daily Living; Kung Fu Philosophy for Deeper Understanding; The Benefits of Kung Fu The Historical Development of Chinese Martial Arts—Kung Fu in Prehistoric and Ancient Times; The Glorious Han and Tang; The Modern Period From Shaolin to Taijiquan—Shaolin Kung Fu; The Various Styles of Taijiquan; Soft and Hard, Internal and External A Comparative Study of Kung Fu—Contrasting Shaolin and Wudang Kung Fu; Xingyi Kung Fu and Taoist Concepts; Tanglangquan or Praying Mantis Kung Fu; The Spread of Southern Kung Fu Defining Aims and Objectives—Setting Aims for Kung Fu Training; Personal Objectives; Course Objectives The Foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu—Inheritance from Past Masters; Various Shaolin Hand Forms; Basic Shaolin Patterns From Form to Combat Application—The Four Directions of Attack; The Principles of Effective Combat; Specific Techniques Against Kicks Combat Sequences and Set Practice—Relieving Injuries Sustained in Sparring; Composing Your Own Kung Fu Sets Shaolin Five Animals—Understanding Characteristics and Essence; The Five-Animal Set; The Names of the Five-Animal Patterns Five-Animal Combination Set—How to Improve Combat Efficiency; Spacing and Timing in Combat The Internal Force of Shaolin Kung Fu—The Relationship Between Technique and Force; The Compassionate Art of Qin-Na; The Internal Force of Tiger Claw Tactics and Strategies—Using Continuous Attack Effectively; A Tactic to Distract Your Opponent; Selecting Strategies to Suit Particular Situations Classical Kung Fu Weapons—Staffs; Whips, Knives and Other Weapons; Light and Heavy Weapons Understanding and Developing Chi—The Various Genres of Chi Kung; Lohan Embracing Buddha; Abdominal Breathing Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen—Culitvating Heart, Nourishing Nature; Bodhidharma and Taoism in Zen The Shaolin Way to Enlightenment—Attaining a Focused Mind; Meditation to Train Awareness; Shaolin Kung Fu for Spiritual Development

30 review for The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health, and Enlightenment

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Opalenik

    One of the best martial arts books I've ever read. I train in Shobayashi Ryu, which is closely related to Shaolin kung fu. This was a great bit of supplemental information. The concepts are explained directly without being overly basic. A beginner could read this and understand, and an experienced martial artist can still use this material to sharpen their skills. One great aspect of this book is that the author also provides the illustrations. This way nothing has been lost in translation between One of the best martial arts books I've ever read. I train in Shobayashi Ryu, which is closely related to Shaolin kung fu. This was a great bit of supplemental information. The concepts are explained directly without being overly basic. A beginner could read this and understand, and an experienced martial artist can still use this material to sharpen their skills. One great aspect of this book is that the author also provides the illustrations. This way nothing has been lost in translation between author and illustrator.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    madda_gaska gave me this book to read. I did enjoy it. I first got interested in China by watching kung fu movies and realising that I was too old and out of shape to try and learn kung fu I decided to study the history and language instead! This book gives a brief outline of all the important parts of Shaolin kung fu, it includes a history of martial arts in China, different patterns and exercises, tactics, weapons Buddhism and mediation. The author stressed the practical aspects of Shaolin kun madda_gaska gave me this book to read. I did enjoy it. I first got interested in China by watching kung fu movies and realising that I was too old and out of shape to try and learn kung fu I decided to study the history and language instead! This book gives a brief outline of all the important parts of Shaolin kung fu, it includes a history of martial arts in China, different patterns and exercises, tactics, weapons Buddhism and mediation. The author stressed the practical aspects of Shaolin kung fun, how it wasn't a demonstration or a dance but actually for fighting. And despite giving descriptions of how to do different sets, he did say it was impossible to learn without a good teacher. Even though the book had no Chinese character the author used mainly pinyin transliterations and took time to express the different meanings and good and bad translations of different Chinese words and concepts. One thing that struck me as particularly interesting was the inner kung fu, or qi gong was actually developed by a Taoist priest during the Song dynasty. This was when internal alchemy really developed and it seemed to make a great deal of sense that it was also developed into martial arts at this time. It was also interesting to read about much more modern Buddhist beliefs and see how different things are emphasised over time, "sudden enlightenment" is also now a very long process, and the anti-intellectual side seems to have been de-emphasised, and oddly he made no reference to desire or suffering, but emphasised the different heavens and ideas of modern physics. It was a very enjoyable book. Coming home on the tube on Friday I was reading it and got into a rather fun conversation with a middle aged chav, where we sat and discussed Kung fu films. (He was a big Bruce Lee fan, whereas I told him I preferred Jet Li). I don't think I'll ever learn Kung fu, I'm afraid I would be a bad knight, I am just too interested in drinking and sleeping with other people's wives...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Lehman

    I liked this much more than The Shaolin Arts: Master Answers Series: Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen. It's still a bit tautological (e.g., Shaolin kung fu includes all techniques ever known in martial arts ever, because Shaolin kung fu is the parent of all martial arts) and the claims that scientists are only recently discovering insights into matter/energy equivalence that Zen masters had as insights are unnecessary. The 2-person sets have some nice applications that reminded me of my I liked this much more than The Shaolin Arts: Master Answers Series: Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen. It's still a bit tautological (e.g., Shaolin kung fu includes all techniques ever known in martial arts ever, because Shaolin kung fu is the parent of all martial arts) and the claims that scientists are only recently discovering insights into matter/energy equivalence that Zen masters had as insights are unnecessary. The 2-person sets have some nice applications that reminded me of my training in Hung-gar and are worth exploring, especially if you have limited access to these arts locally.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.P. Harker

    I first read this book years ago and fun to have a re-look. I've practiced only a little kung-fu (most of my experience is in Japanese arts) and it's always interesting to see the differences and, at their core, the many similarities. I first read this book years ago and fun to have a re-look. I've practiced only a little kung-fu (most of my experience is in Japanese arts) and it's always interesting to see the differences and, at their core, the many similarities.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    interesting

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam Muldoon

    Brilliant Book Cataloging Shaolin History and Very Informative Insights into The Ancient Artform

  7. 4 out of 5

    david stenberg

    Fantastic!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Roustom

    Kung fu

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dyar

    good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    2009-07-15 -- Started reading this a couple days ago. This seems to be the most popular introductory / history work out there right now. 2009-08-11 -- Finished this a week or two ago. This is a well written book. The history is presented well, the techniques are presented well, and in particular the book gives great perspective to the multi-dimensional nature of learning Kung Fu.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Iron Body

    Many great chi gung exercises and rooting methods. Good health guide as the author is also a chiropractor. For that reason he also displays a good knowledge of skeletal mechanics and various methods to improve posture and alignment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Himalaya

    good

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larryponder

    fun reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Basit Rehman

    want to read this book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mf Tkr

    one of the greatest books I own

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    Iron fist technique

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This text is an excellent introduction the art of Shaolin Kung Fu. Naturally, one cannot progress without an experienced instructor, but this will get one started.

  18. 4 out of 5

    A Blane

    Has some good ideas on structuring a training/learning curriculum, not just for kung fu, but for any martial art.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Galarza

    K, so I got this going for me now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve Hanna

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vic Tor

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mik

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan O'Carroll

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jimmer Bimmer

  25. 5 out of 5

    ANITA Z.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt Campbell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mac

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  30. 5 out of 5

    Claudio Martinez

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