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Posted January 1, 2012
I'm really into martial arts and picked up this book in store and was gotta say amazed by the tone of this book. The author clearly knows his subjects and tells it to readers really straight, but I was struck about how he talks about all the personal stuff that led him into martial arts. It does not try and cover everything, but then John Hennessy doesn't pretend to do that.
You can tell he researched his stuff well, and I learned plenty from this - and I'm teaching martial arts since 1973!
It's all good, but best chapter -Basics, because he's right. So many of us forget what we were taught in class, paid our money and just forgot it as soon as we are out the door.
I wish this guy taught in the States, but he lives in Britain. This guy's status is going to build, an absolutely brilliant book.
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Posted January 1, 2012
Hands up, I bought the Nook version but went for the hardback and wasn't disappointed. Easy to read even though English is not my first language and I want to say that people really should buy this book if into martial arts. I've got loads of books on the subject but this really is the best of the best. Funny at times, serious at others, but always a good read, like a making sense of complexity. I'm a 5 year student of Kung Fu and Muay Thai, and but I got to say that I learned a lot from the ebook, but wanted the real copy too. It will be my view to say buy both in case you lose Nook version or damage you real copy of the book.
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Posted January 5, 2012
This book is the best of the best. Everything is well guided and shown cleary.
Thought, effort, and time has gone into this book unlike most of the other martail art books around which just use big names like Bruce Lee to raise profits. This is truly a book worth buying as it is written by some one who cares and respects the art rather than some one just trying to make a good profit.
The book explains thoroughly through differnt kung fu forms from Chen Style Tai Chi to Jeet Kune Do.
It explains how to get the most out of your traing, how to improve or biuld up you skills and even the use of weapons.
This book is the mother of all books and covers almost every thing from conditioning and stretching, aims and objectives,tactics and strategies to the more important spiritual enlightenment.
A must buy.
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Posted January 11, 2012
I bought this book on the strength of the See Inside that Barnes do, and I'm glad I did, because it is a super read, and I found myself picking it up again after I had finished it. It has become the sort of book I find myself picking up every day before a lesson. I read the section on Kung Fu and it slam dunked it for me, found a Wing Chun instructor here in MI and he is very good, I wonder just how good the writer is at Kung Fu - I bet real good. I was asking the Sifu about stuff in the book, driving him crazy I think but you know in the book John Hennessy says you should ask the instructor if you need to know something, so I did.
I did say the book has it's flaws, and if the author does write future books on martial arts I think it can help if he take a lot more time to edit because, I don't know, could be his writing style but I felt he would go third person and first person sometimes.
But I can see that it must have been hard to write this as an instructional guide to martial arts and then talk about personal experiences. I give the author real credit for that, as I doubt many other instructors would be so honest.
So yeah the book has its flaws, but I can't find anywhere any book else that he has written. So if it is a first book for him, it's first class.
Has its flaws like I said but it don't mean it's not brilliant. Buy. It.
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Posted February 19, 2012
With no local jeet kune do teacher on hand, and having absorbed Bruce Lee's books on the style, I thought this won't have anything to offer me.
How wrong I was. The whole book is brilliant, but the section of interest to me - Jeet Kune Do...explains the difficult concepts simply. So well in fact, the pictures form in your head of what you should be doing, unlike the other books that can show difficult stances and positions, and even then, you're not sure if you are doing it right. For the many that claim to understand JKD, I think it is limited to a handful of individuals in this world. I'm grateful to John Hennessy for explaining things so well in this book. As to the poster who thinks it is too short, I've bought and read the books with far to much to say, that say too little, in the end. I like the quote about 'striving for balance'. First book...all done and good in one take, I say.
Posted January 11, 2012
Great book, but a bit like taking someone to a Ferrari dealer and then saying "Okay now you go drive a Volvo" because the book teases you with so much stuff, but could've gone right down into more depth. Yeah yeah I know it's a small gripe but could have been 50 or 100 pages more and still been 'the essence'...which the author goes on two much about really. I like it. A lot. but it could have been so much more. One guy said it was a four star book that he was gonna give five...I say it's four star too, but got to give it three. If you are such an authority on martial arts which it's easy to know the writer is, write more, don't leave us like this!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.