Authentic Iron Palm: The Complete Training Manual

Authentic Iron Palm: The Complete Training Manual

by Phillip Starr


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A comprehensive guide to Iron Palm—an advanced training course for developing a strong striking hand and delivering powerful blows

Iron Palm is a set of martial art conditioning skills—dating back to the Shaolin Temple of fifth-century China—whose purpose is to strengthen the hand while empowering the fighter to strike with force and precision. Training is focused and incremental, requiring the guidance of an experienced master. In Authentic Iron Palm, author, instructor, and five-time US National Chinese martial arts Champion Phillip Starr provides the definitive guide to Iron Palm. He meticulously outlines the three sequential steps of training: hardening limbs, developing technique, and engaging Qigong for coordinating breath and mind. The end result is a more powerful and precise strike that can impact the target's viscera (with no trace on the outer body). Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 images, this book is ideal for experienced practitioners of gong-fu, karate, and taekwondo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174347
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 777,350
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Phillip "Pete" Starr began his training in the martial arts in 1956, beginning with judo. Within a year, he received instruction in traditional kung fu in the basement of a small Chinese grocery store. He continued his training, also earning black-belt grades in two styles of Japanese karate (third dan in Kyokushin, first dan in Shito-ryu). His primary kung fu teacher was W. C. Chen, a direct disciple of one of China's best-known masters, Zhang Zhaodong. From Master Chen, Starr learned taijiquan (tai-chi chuan), xingyiquan, baguazhang, and a form of shaolinquan. He began teaching Chinese martial arts in 1967 at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. After spending several years in law enforcement, he opened his first full-time martial arts school in Ottumwa, Iowa. He entered competition and earned the title of U.S. National Champion five times, the last time when he was sixty-three years old. He was named to the National Rules Committee of the United States Karate Association and became the kung fu chairman. Later, he was named to the list of the Rocky Mountain top ten competitors. Starr went on to train in Arnis, becoming a certified instructor under Tuhon Leo Gaje and Jeet Kune Do.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part 1 A Beginning: The First Hundred Days

1 What Is the Iron Palm? 3

2 The First Hundred Days (Part One) 11

3 The First Hundred Days (Part Two) 19

4 Developing Slapping Power 25

5 Going Back to Your Roots 31

6 Basic Body Actions 35

7 Brewing Your Own Medicine 39

8 Basic Long-Breath Qigong Exercise 41

9 The Microcosmic Orbit Breathing Exercise 45

10 Standing Qigong Practice 53

Part 2 On the Path: The Second Hundred Days

11 The Second Hundred Days 59

12 Whip It 63

13 Preliminary Tests 67

14 The Macrocosmic Orbit Breath 73

Part 3 The Final Phase

15 The Final Frontier 81

16 Advanced Assessments 85

17 Myth Busting 89

18 Instructions for Building a Striking Post 91

Conclusion 95

About the Author 97

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