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

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The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application.

This unique book, by a celebrated Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. 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, ...

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Overview

The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu is the ultimate guide to Kung Fu, from theory to practical application.

This unique book, by a celebrated Grandmaster, is a complete and comprehensive introduction to Kung Fu and all other aspects of ancient Shaolin wisdom. 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. It includes:

  • A comparative history of the various forms of Kung Fu
  • An in-depth study of all important aspects of Shaolin Kung Fu, including the construction of Kung Fu patterns and sets, the training of internal force, traditional Kung Fu weapons, and strategies for victory
  • Practical exercises and meditation techniques
  • Stories of Shaolin wisdom and healing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804834391
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 230,440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Kiew Kit has practiced and taught Shaolin kung fu, chi kung, and meditation for more than 30 years and has over 2,000 students. He is the fourth generation successor of monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Kung Fu and Chi Kung Institute. He is the author of several books on Eastern wisdom, including The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan, also available from Tuttle Publishing.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Preface xv
1 What is Kung Fu? 1
Four Aspects of Kung Fu 1
The Visible Aspect of Form 2
The Importance of Force Training 3
Application for Combat and Daily Living 4
Kung Fu Philosophy for Deeper Understanding 4
The Benefits of Kung Fu 5
Mind Expansion and Spiritual Development 7
2 The Historical Development of Chinese Martial Arts 10
Kung Fu in Prehistoric and Ancient Times 10
The Glorious Han and Tang 12
The Song, the Yuan and the Ming 14
The Modern Period 16
3 From Shaolin to Taijiquan 18
Kung Fu and Quanshu 18
Shaolin Kung Fu 19
Changquan or Long Fists 21
Yan Qing, Deceptive Movements and the Monkey Style 24
The Various Styles of Taijiquan 25
Soft and Hard, Internal and External 28
4 A Comparative Study of Kung Fu 30
Contrasting Shaolin and Wudang Kung Fu 31
Internal Palm of Bagua Kung Fu 31
Xingyi Kung Fu and Taoist Concepts 33
The Philosophies of Wudang Kung Fu 34
Wuzuquan or Kung Fu of Five Ancestors 35
Tanglangquan or Praying Mantis Kung Fu 36
The Spread of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu 38
Major Southern Shaolin Styles 39
5 Defining Aims and Objectives 42
The Importance of Theoretical Knowledge 42
The Three Requirements for Attainment 43
Direction and Purpose 46
Setting Aims for Kung Fu Training 47
Personal Objectives 49
Course Objectives 51
6 The Foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu 54
Inheritance from Past Masters 54
The Significance of Form and Formlessness 55
Various Shaolin Hand Forms 56
Horseriding and Other Stances 60
Basic Shaolin Patterns 64
7 From Form to Combat Application 68
The Four Directions of Attack 68
An Imaginary Opponent in Skill Training 69
The Principles of Effective Combat 71
Specific Techniques Against Kicks 75
Felling and Holding Techniques 79
8 Combat Sequences and Set Practice 84
Linking Patterns to Form Sequences 84
Various Sequences for Practice 86
Relieving Injuries Sustained in Sparring 94
Linking Sequences to Form Sets 94
Composing Your Own Kung Fu Sets 99
9 Shaolin Five Animals 102
Understanding Characteristics and Essence 102
Some Preliminary Information 105
The Five-Animal Set 106
The Names of the Five-Animal Patterns 117
10 Five-Animal Combination Set 119
How to Improve Combat Efficiency 119
The Fascination of Kung Fu Application 120
Spacing and Timing in Combat 126
Advanced Techniques to Clinch Victory 132
11 The Internal Force of Shaolin Kung Fu 134
The Relationship Between Technique and Force 134
The Art of One-Finger Shooting Zen 136
Developing Forceful Punches 139
The Compassionate Art of Qin-Na 142
The Internal Force of Tiger Claw 143
12 Tactics and Strategies 149
Techniques, Tactics and Strategies 149
The Legacy of Past Masters 151
Using Continuous Attack Effectively 152
A Tactic to Distract Your Opponent 153
Selecting Strategies to Suit Particular Situations 154
13 Classical Kung Fu Weapons 157
Why are Classical Weapons Still Being Used? 157
Staffs 158
Whips, Knives and Other Weapons 160
The Spear Family 162
Light and Heavy Weapons 164
Common Implements as Weapons 166
14 Understanding and Developing Chi 168
From Combat Efficiency to Spiritual Development 168
The Various Genres of Chi Kung 169
The Three Elements of Chi Kung 171
Lifting the Sky 173
Lohan Embracing Buddha 175
Abdominal Breathing 177
15 Shaolin Kung Fu and Zen 179
Cultivating Heart, Nourishing Nature 179
Discipline and Wisdom 180
What is Ultimate Reality? 183
Bodhidharma and Taoism in Zen 186
16 The Shaolin Way to Enlightenment 189
Attaining a Focused Mind 189
Meditation to Train Awareness 191
Investigating Cosmic Reality? 193
The Zen of Bodhidharma and Hui Neng 194
Shaolin Kung Fu for Spiritual Development 197
Different Attainments for Different Needs 198
Notes 201
Further Reading 202
Useful Addresses 206
Index 208
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    The title alone says it all!

    The author's credentials alone are worth noting. His philosophy about Shaolin Kung fu and martial arts in general is right on. Wong Kiew Kit can express Kung Fu beyond the "Flowery Fists and Embroidery Kicks," that seems so prevelant and make them more meaningful with the real world. Well written, organized, and informative. A must read for any martial artist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Not all here.

    The author does explain in almost no confusion at all but I was looking for more. The name makes the book look like it should explain more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    Amazing!

    This guy has the ability to explain it all without confusion. I recomend this book to anyone interested in martial arts.

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