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Kungfu Basics

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Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to training and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It's everything you need to get started in kung fu!

Are you eager to learn kung fu, but don't know where to begin? Are you intimidated by the unfamiliar terms or the variety of styles? With Kungfu Basics you'll become an expert in this Chinese martial art in no time!

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Overview

Get your training off to a great start—from basic kicks to training and tournaments—this book is a perfect introduction to kung fu for beginners. It's everything you need to get started in kung fu!

Are you eager to learn kung fu, but don't know where to begin? Are you intimidated by the unfamiliar terms or the variety of styles? With Kungfu Basics you'll become an expert in this Chinese martial art in no time!

Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you've already started, Kungfu 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 really 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
  • Effective ways to improve your kung fu technique—traditional teaching advice of Chinese masters
  • Resources—help further develop your knowledge and understanding of kung fu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804834940
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Series: Tuttle Martial Arts Basics Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 940,747
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Hong Kong in 1941, Paul Eng began studying Kungfu at age 6 and has been teaching it since 1960. He has studied a range of Kungfu systems, specializing in Seven Star Praying Mantis. He has taught in New York, in Vietnam, while serving in the US Army, and in California, where he currently has a Kungfu school.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Preface 9
Part 1 Introduction 11
Chapter 1 History of Kungfu 12
Chapter 2 Philosophy 20
Chapter 3 Styles 25
Part 2 Getting Started 31
Chapter 4 Choosing the Right School 32
Chapter 5 What to Wear 41
Chapter 6 Etiquette 45
Chapter 7 Your First Class 51
Part 3 Elements 55
Chapter 8 Stances 56
Chapter 9 Footwork 68
Chapter 10 Kicks 75
Chapter 11 Hand Techniques 88
Part 4 Practice 103
Chapter 12 Warming Up 104
Chapter 13 Participating in a Workout 116
Chapter 14 Drills and Conditioning Exercises 122
Chapter 15 Forms 132
Chapter 16 Internal Training 142
Chapter 17 Safety 148
Part 5 Making Progress 157
Chapter 18 Your Training Program 158
Chapter 19 Gauging Progress 170
Chapter 20 Competitions and Demonstrations 175
Resources 185
About the Author 189
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