The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu

The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health, and Enlightenment

Author: Wong Kiew Kit

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9780804834391

Category: History

Page: 240

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This unique book offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to kung fu and all the other aspects of Shaolin wisdom. An inspirational read, it shows how kung fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality, and spiritual joy. It includes many practical exercises and meditation techniques and provides a fascinating history of various styles of kung fu, how kung fu patterns and sets are constructed, and the strategies for victory developed. This is a seminal guide which will be invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, meditation, stress management, healing, and spiritual development.

The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu

The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-defence, Health and Enlightenment

Author: Kiew Kit Wong

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780091876593

Category: Kung fu

Page: 215

View: 4601

This unique book offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to kung fu and all the other aspects of Shaolin wisdom. An inspirational read, it shows how kung fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality and spiritual joy. It includes practical exercises and meditation techniques and provides a fascinating history of various styles of kung fu, how kung fu patterns and sets are constructed and the strategies for victory developed. The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is a seminal guide which will be invaluable to everyone interested in martial arts, meditation, stress management, healing and spiritual development.

The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu

The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-defence, Health and Enlightenment

Author: Kiew Kit Wong

Publisher: Element Books Limited

ISBN: 9781852307899

Category: Philosophy

Page: 215

View: 366

This unique and vibrant book, by a celebrated Grandmaster, offers you a comprehensive and practical introduction to kung fu and all the other aspects of Shaolin wisdom. Entertaining and inspiring, it shows how kung fu and other Shaolin arts can bring you health, vitality and spiritual joy. This seminal guide will prove invaluable to everyone with an interest in martial art, chi kung, meditation, stress management, medicine and healing, modern physics and mysticism.

Kung Fu

History, Philosophy, and Technique

Author: David Chow,Richard Spangler

Publisher: Action Pursuit Group

ISBN: 9780865680111

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 228

View: 7341

The Year was 1972. President Nixon had just made his historic visit to China. The West was just beginning to discover such concepts as herbal medicine and acupuncture. And the television series, "Kung Fu" made its debut. Millions of viewers made this the number one rated show, and a worldwide Kung Fu craze resulted. The ripples are still being felt more than 30 years later. This influence has permeated almost every element of Western society. Today, almost everyone, regardless of national origin, has some martial arts knowledge. Men and women practice aerobic kickboxing at their local health spas to say in shape, Karate and Kung Fu studios abound, and the elderly can be seen going through their Tai Chi exercises in city parks every morning. Of the thousands of books on the subject, Kung Fu -- History, Philosophy and Technique stands alone as the "one that started it all." In an era where the Chinese martial art was considered some mystical practice, shrouded in secrecy, this book did more than any other to explode the myths and, at the same time, bring the truth about Kung Fu to the public. And, more than three decades later, it remains the definitive volume on the ancient martial art of China. Book jacket.

Power of Shaolin Kung Fu

Harness the Speed and Devastating Force of Southern Shaolin Jow Ga Kung Fu [Downloadable Material Included]

Author: Ronald Wheeler

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462915507

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 7706

The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu offers readers a comprehensive course in the fundamental movements that have been practiced and perfected by warrior monks for centuries. It includes instruction in the powerful striking techniques that so often lead to decisive victory in today's mixed martial arts bouts. The book includes 300 color photographs along with detailed textual instructions and training tips. Shaolin Kung Fu is an indispensible part of every martial artist's repertoire—a vital means to improve your movement, motion, and balance skills and the best way for a mixed martial arts fighter to improve and perfect striking skills. This informative kung fu book also shares the moral and ethical philosophies that underlie the Jow Ga system. Shaolin Jow Ga Kung Fu is a combination of southern and northern Shaolin techniques—making it by far the most effective in terms of combining blinding speed with devastatingly powerful strikes.

The Complete Book of Shaolin

Author: Kiew Kit, Wong

Publisher: Cosmos Internet (Publishing Division)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 366

View: 9017

Shaolin Kungfu has been considered by many as the best martial art in the world. But kungfu is just one of the three treasures of Shaolin, the other two being chi kung and Zen. For the first time ever, this inspiring book, written by an internationally acclaimed Shaolin Grandmaster, brings to you the crystallization of Shaolin wisdom and practice spanning many centuries. Its scope and depth is amazing, touching on, among many other things, poetry and enlightenment. Yet it is written in a language easy to understand. Profound concepts and difficult techniques are explained systematically with many illustrations. The book includes: * The background and scope of kungfu. * Form and combat applications. * Principles and methods of force training. * Energy training and mind training. * Secrets of the masters. * Traditional Chinese weapons. * Maintaining one’s health and vitality and the healing of so-called incurable diseases. * Interesting stories and legends of Shaolin. * Zen and spiritual development.

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications

Advanced Yang Style

Author: Jwing-Ming Yang

Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.

ISBN: 1594393044

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 392

View: 4201

DISCOVER THE MARTIAL ESSENCE OF TAI CHI CHUAN Here’s your chance to take the next step in your tai chi journey Martial applications found within tai chi chuan are a direct link to your tai chi as a form of self-defense. When you study the martial side of tai chi, you can become proficient in a variety of high-level skills, including sensing, neutralizing, yielding, striking, chin na, and even throwing. If you know a tai chi form, you are going to discover the essence of your movements by becoming aware of their martial applications. If you are practicing tai chi pushing hands, you will greatly improve your skills with this understanding of martial applications. If you are ready, you are going to love the amazing tai chi fighting set. This fully choreographed set (requires a partner) will combine all your tai chi skills into one 5-minute routine. This book includes • Martial applications for the Yang-style long form • Martial applications for Yang-style tai chi pushing hands • The complete Yang-style tai chi fighting set For any style of tai chi chuan, this book will be important for practitioners who wish to develop a deeper understanding and advanced skills. • Learn how to analyze the forms and defense applications in your tai chi, gaining higher-level knowledge of your style. • Discover the martial applications of Yang style. These insights will give you greater understanding of your own art. • Find inspiration. Master Yang, Jwing-Ming's writing will inspire you to investigate the martial applications of your tai chi style.

Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do

Author: Shoshin Nagamine

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462902480

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

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The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the teachings of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, founder of the Matsubayashi school of Shorin-ryu karate-do. Used for generations as a practical and pictorial guide, it contains over 1,000 photographs to document eighteen classic karate kata (preset forms) and seven yakusoku kumite (prearranged partner exercises), as well as basic techniques. This book is a precise and easily accessible pictorial guide to performance and perfection of traditional karate. The only book in English with photos of one of the great prewar masters demonstrating the proper execution of Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a bridge between karate's legendary past and the practitioners of today. This ingenious and imaginative text explains the historical landmarks in the development of style, vividly outlines its leading forms and techniques, and recalls noted Okinawan karate men of the past, including the author's teachers Ankichi Arakaki, Choki Motobu, and Chotoku Kyan.

Kung Fu Basics

Everything You Need to Get Started in Kung Fu - from Basic Kicks to Training and Tournaments

Author: Paul Eng

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462920187

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 2802

Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to practice and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It's everything you need to get started in kung fu! Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you've already started, Kung Fu Basics offers an easy, yet comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know to feel confident and be successful. You'll learn about: The origins of kung fu—philosophy, history and different styles What happens in a kung fu class—invaluable tips on choosing the right school, getting ready for your first class, and basic training methods The essential elements of the style—stances, footwork, kicks, and hand techniques, with tips on common mistakes and how to get the most power out of each move Drill and conditioning exercises—exercises to compliment your training Practical ways to improve your kung fu technique—traditional teaching advice of Chinese masters Resources—help further develop your knowledge and understanding of kung fu

The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Author: Stuart Alve Olson

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946926

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

View: 8374

Developed by Wang Lang over 300 years ago, Praying Mantis Kung Fu is the only martial art based on the fighting skills of an insect. This fascinating system utilizes swift, methodical movements for defense and offense, and is well respected as an art that helps practitioners develop great strength and perseverance. The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu provides an in-depth look at the history and practice of this remarkable martial art. Author Stuart Alve Olson, a student of T. T. Liang, draws on the lineages of Masters Feng Huan-I and Wang Han-Fon, but includes detailed description of all major schools, styles, and lineages. The first half of the book focuses on tactics and theory; the second half contains step-by-step descriptions of the fundamental Praying Mantis stances, exercises, footwork, and kicks, clearly illustrated by more than 200 photographs. What sets this book apart from other works on Praying Mantis is its philosophical depth; author Olson gives a clear account of the development of the art and the Taoist principles from which it arose. This book provides the basis for not only mastering the martial art of Praying Mantis Kung Fu but also mastering oneself—the true goal of all martial arts.

The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan

A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice

Author: Wong Kiew Kit

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9780804834407

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

View: 5537

Discusses the philosophy of tai chi chuan, teaches the basic set of movements, and explains the emotional, mental, and physical benefits of regular practice.

Shantung Black Tiger

A Shaolin Fighting Art of North China

Author: Khek Kiong Tjoa,Donn F. Draeger,Quintin Chambers

Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780834801226

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 149

View: 5195

Explains an ancient Chinese fighting art which is a leading example of the Shaolin style of hand-to-hand combat

Instant Health

The Shaolin Qigong Workout for Longevity

Author: Shifu Yan Lei

Publisher: Yan Lei

ISBN: 9780956310101

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 232

View: 4932

For the past 1500 years, the Qigong workout for longevity has been secretly passed from generation to generation at the Shaolin Temple of Zen in Henan Province, China. Now, for the first time, a 34th-generation fighting disciple from the temple shows how to optimize energy, alleviate stress, boost the immune system, and achieve optimum health. The complete workout is shown with easy-to-follow instructions and images, covering everything from stretches and stances to the Instant Health self-massage. This comprehensive guide provides detailed advice on adapting Shaolin Qigong to suit any life stage, and includes training tips, Zen wisdom, and a personalized mind-body workout created especially for the busy Western lifestyle.

Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu

Revised Edition

Author: Kiew Kit, Wong

Publisher: Cosmos Internet (Publishing Division)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 194

View: 1455

This is the first kungfu book by a Shaolin Grandmaster, Sifu Wong Kiew Kit, who has become a legend. It gives a comprehensive introduction to Shaolin Kungfu, including: - The philosophy and history of Shaolin Kungfu. - A basic Shaolin Kungfu set with many secrets revealed. - Combat application. - Internal force training. - Kungfu weapons. - General principles of kungfu. It is a book that any Shaolin Kungfu practitioner should have.

Hapkido

Korean Art of Self-Defense

Author: Scott Shaw

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462903444

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 96

View: 9540

Hapkido, "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power," is one of the three major Korean martial arts. Founded in 1963 by Master Choi Young-Sul, it is a complete system of self-defense, encompassing striking, kicking, and grappling techniques. Conceptually, Hapkido techniques more closely parallel those of Aikido than Taekwondo. In fact, as the author describes, there is a parental link between the arts. In Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense, Scott Shaw presents a precise description of the techniques, concepts, and applications of this Korean martial art of self-defense. Profusely illustrated with 220 clear photographs, this instructional hapkido book describes and depicts self-defense techniques against a variety of punches, holds, and kicks. Hapkido has been utilized by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, but until now little has been written on it. This hapkido guide is one of the few in English to present the essential techniques of this fascinating Korean martial art. Chapters include: The History and Development of Korean Martial Arts The Evolution of Hapkido Danjon: The Center of Ki Hapkido Fundamentals Hapkido Self-Defense Techniques

The Shaolin Monastery

History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

Author: Meir Shahar

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831101

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 8146

This meticulously researched and eminently readable study considers the economic, political, and religious factors that led Shaolin monks to disregard the Buddhist prohibition against violence and instead create fighting techniques that by the 21st century have spread throughout the world.

The Art of Sword Combat

A 1568 German Treatise on Swordmanship

Author: Joachim Meyer

Publisher:

ISBN: 147387677X

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 7879

Following the success of Jeffrey L. Forgeng’s translation of Joachim Meyer’s The Art of Sword Combat the author was alerted to an earlier recension of the work which was discovered in Lund University Library in Sweden. The manuscript, produced in Strassburg around 1568, is illustrated with thirty watercolour images and seven ink diagrams. The text covers combat with the longsword (hand-and-a-half sword), dusack (a one-handed practice weapon comparable to a sabre), and rapier. The manuscript’s theoretical discussion of guards is one of the most critical passages to understanding this key feature of the historical practice, not just in relation to Meyer but in relation to the medieval combat systems in general. The manuscript offers an extensive repertoire of training drills for both the dusack and the rapier, a feature largely lacking in treatises of the period as a whole but critical to modern reconstructions of the practice. The translation also includes a biography of Meyer, much of which has only recently come to light, as well as technical terminology, and other essential information for understanding and contextualizing the work.

Martial Arts of the World: A-Q

Author: Thomas A. Green

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576071502

Category: Martial arts

Page: 894

View: 6503

"Did you know that the martial arts include such former Western pursuits as dueling, gunfighting, and gladiatorial combat? Nearly 100 articles by scholars discuss specific martial arts, countries, and concepts such as religion and spiritual development common to martial arts traditions of the world. Definitions of unfamiliar terms and an index that notes the historical figures and classic texts dicussed within articles help to make this set a scholarly corrective in an area often informed by the movies."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.

The Shaolin Workout

28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior's Way

Author: Shi Yan Ming

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609616723

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 5118

In his loft in New york City's Greenwich Village, Sifu Shi Yan Ming trains men and women of all ages, body types and backgrounds in the fundamentals of kung fu. A 34th generation Shaolin Warrior monk from China's Shaolin Temple—the birthplace of Chan Buddhism and the mecca of all martial arts—Yan Ming teaches the students at his USA Shaolin Temple that there is no better workout program than his brand of kung fu for getting the body and mind into warrior condition. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of four-color photographs, the warrior workout, distills a lifetime of Shaolin training and wisdom into a 28-day workout. The Shaolin Workout is a complete-unto-itself program of both fitness and spiritual lessons can be applied to every aspect of one's life: work, relationships, family. Kung fu gives a superb aerobic workout at the same time that it dramatically increases flexibility, power, and speed. The ultimate promise of the book is this: stick to the plan for 28 days—for as little as 15 minutes a day—to be transformed inside and out. And the enormous sense of accomplishment that results will radiate through your life, allowing you to tackle the world with a warrior's confidence, calm, and poise.

Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts

Author: Lu Zhouxiang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351610031

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 244

View: 4167

Chinese martial arts is considered by many to symbolise the strength of the Chinese and their pride in their history, and has long been regarded as an important element of Chinese culture and national identity. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts comprehensively examines the development of Chinese martial arts in the context of history and politics, and highlights its role in nation building and identity construction over the past two centuries. ? This book explores how the development of Chinese martial arts was influenced by the ruling regimes’ political and military policies, as well as the social and economic environment. It also discusses the transformation of Chinese martial arts into its modern form as a competitive sport, a sport for all and a performing art, considering the effect of the rapid transformation of Chinese society in the 20th century and the influence of Western sports. The text concludes by examining the current prominence of Chinese martial arts on a global scale and the bright future of the sport as a unique cultural icon and national symbol of China in an era of globalisation. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts is important reading for researchers, students and scholars working in the areas of Chinese studies, Chinese history, political science and sports studies. It is also a valuable read for anyone with a special interest in Chinese martial arts.