Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

by Peter A. Lorge
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ISBN-10:
0521878810
ISBN-13:
9780521878814
Pub. Date:
12/31/2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a couple of types of martial arts. Kung fu (which is what i take), and karate.karate originates from japan and is self defense which means that it involves many blocks. Kung fu oringinates from china and is not self defense it involves more attacking movements. Kung fu is also very very fun. It involves weapons like chainwhip, rope dart, and shang gua(which is a sword with a hook on the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A while back I had wanted to read a straight history book of Chinese martial arts. Having been around the martial arts for a lot of years, I'd heard a lot of the stories and myths. I like listening to those and think they are important, but I really did want something where someone did the research, looked at primary sources, and made a solid historical analysis. This book did that. It talked about the stories and myths, but also stuck to what was provable and what was available (which is a lot more than people think). There's a place for story and myth, but there's also a place for straight history. This book wasn't the easiest read, but it was well worth the effort. I appreciate the stories and myths more (not less) because I can put them into the context that they were created in. All serious martial artists could benefit from reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS JAPANESE