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Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee: Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship [NOOK Book]

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What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking journey through the world of modern martial arts.

Author Brian Preston’s trek takes him from a kung fu school in ...
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Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee: Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship

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Overview

What happens when a self-styled wuss sets out to earn a black belt? Why have Eastern martial arts become so popular worldwide? Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship a beautiful fusion of East-meets-West martial technique, or shameless commercialization? These questions and more find answers in Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee, a rollicking journey through the world of modern martial arts.

Author Brian Preston’s trek takes him from a kung fu school in his hometown of Victoria, Canada, to the storied Shaolin Temple in China, back to Canada to meet Brazilian Jujitsu legend Royce Gracie, and on to Vegas and the thrills of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Along the way, Preston discovers a vast array of martial arts practices, theories, and controversies—when he’s not too busy getting a beat-down from a 60-year-old woman. Sprinkled with reflective detours into serious subjects like the nature of violence and the state of modern China, Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee expertly blends a lively travelogue, a droll riff on the “innocent abroad” theme, and an informative introduction to global martial arts.
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"Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee is a rollicking fun book, a great read that both takes us around the world and allows us to explore our own inner martial journey."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556438530
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Preston is a freelance journalist who lives with his family on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He has written articles for a variety of Canadian publications, as well as Vogue, Details, and Rolling Stone. He has won numerous magazine awards in Canada and teaches media and communications at University Canada West. His first book, Pot Planet, is an odyssey into cannabis culture around the globe, and was called "gimlet-eyed and often hilarious" by The New Yorker.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Surprisingly Good

    First things first, this kind of memoir can grate on my nerves. Someone who starts martial arts and writes about the first year or so usually leads to some shallow understanding of what's really going on, and at first, I thought this was going that way. But it didn't, and I'm really impressed. Brian Preston really went on a journey where he saw people's strengths and people's BS. I found after a while that I really couldn't put the book down. This really was a hidden gem.

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