Among some of the well-known schools are:. Here we are not concerned with them. Every movement of Gung Fu has a flowing continuity without any dislocation. As soon as a movement is completed, it begins to flow into another one. Because of this, the readers will find the techniques of Gung Fu faster than the ordinary method. Gung Fu is a mind exercise.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Originally published in , this book includes personal testimonies regarding the author and his art from James Y. Lee, the legendary Ed Parker, and jujutsu icon Wally Jay.
Topics include basic gung fu stances, wa Originally published in , this book includes personal testimonies regarding the author and his art from James Y. Topics include basic gung fu stances, waist training, leg training, and the theory of yin and yang.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Black Belt Communications. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Chinese Gung Fu , please sign up. I want all the book? See 1 question about Chinese Gung Fu…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 09, Stewart rated it it was ok.
This is a bit of a strange one. This is one of the few books actually published while Bruce was still alive. It's very short with large print - combine this with the drawings and photographs and what you are left with is not much more than a pamphlet showing some of the basic moves of Chinese Gung Fu. Having read other 'Bruce Lee' books, in particular Tao of Jeet Kune Do, I have concluded that this Chinese Gung Fu book was nothing more than a precursor for Bruce, briefly examining form and techn This is a bit of a strange one.
Having read other 'Bruce Lee' books, in particular Tao of Jeet Kune Do, I have concluded that this Chinese Gung Fu book was nothing more than a precursor for Bruce, briefly examining form and technique and only touching on practicalities.
Some great pictures are included but considering most of these are already available in other more thorough studies of the man and the art, I would suggest that this is only for the devout Bruce Lee collector. Sep 13, Steve Scott rated it liked it Shelves: martial-arts , self-defense.
The copy I read had some flawed numbering of photos and incorrect descriptions of what was happening in them. I imagine a first edition would fetch a tidy sum. Mar 26, Khuram Shahzad rated it it was amazing. I really loved it. It reminded me the days of my elementary school when I was full of energy. We all were searching badly for this kind of book. And I had no internet access as I have today. But there were motivating and encouraging thoughts all around.
Still need such passion to work. Feb 19, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Excellent Primer for Gung Fu; includes great exercises and care must be taken for advanced exercises, but the nuggets of wisdom is worth keeping. Good Read. His excerpt on Taoism is insightful and practical in a day to day basis. Sep 07, David Miller rated it really liked it. Admittedly, I would have gotten much more out of this book if I were actually studying the martial arts.
But it remains very fascinating for the clear way in which Lee explains the basic principles of combat in the gung fu tradition. That's a pretty basic summary, but the particular details expressed in the example photographs bring those simple Admittedly, I would have gotten much more out of this book if I were actually studying the martial arts.
That's a pretty basic summary, but the particular details expressed in the example photographs bring those simple principles to life in a striking way. Perhaps not as animated as in Lee's films, they still depict much of his remarkable skill in the light of his gung fu philosophy. Unfortunately, at least in the edition of the book I have here, the photos are a little blurry and grainy, making it difficult to appreciate some of the more subtle movements and positions.
There are also a high number of typographical errors that can be distracting. But over all, the experience of this book is intriguing, even if you don't intend to throw any punches in the near future.
May 08, Martyn rated it really liked it Shelves: , non-fiction , philosophy , martial-arts. This is a great little book, probably more historically interesting because of its author than for content. Bruce Lee makes the point early on that you cannot learn Kung Fu from a book but the line drawings and explanations both, in the visual sense, fantastically out-dated , make more sense than anything else I've read in this field. His drawings have a kinetic energy to them that teases out understanding in the reader and the commentary is upbeat and direct.
Sure there are numerous typos and This is a great little book, probably more historically interesting because of its author than for content. Sure there are numerous typos and grammar issues but it's the ambience that carries this title through.
EDIT: Just in case I've misled anyone, the typos I refer to are there because this is bascially a facsimile of the original hand typed and hand drawn pamphlet - not because of some tardy modern day editor!
May 01, Mark Austin rated it liked it. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
The best of these change the way I look at the world and operate within it. Mar 02, Ryan Zielke rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. If somebody didn't know what Kung Fu would look like, I think this is a good primer.
I feel this is what you would learn in the a couple weeks of training in Kung Fu. In that time you would learn stances and could do some one-step attacks drills examples like portrayed in the book. This book focuses on basic core fundamentals and a quick preview of what the idea encompasses without the fluff. It is very short book, but on other side it is very interesting for me at least. At start there are few pages about training of waist and legs.
The pictures are good illustrated with lines and drawings how to turn and react in fighting situations. This is very practical book to show you some basic principles of Gung Fu, so if you want to learn fast basics of Gung Fu it is great choice. Apr 03, Peter rated it liked it. Bruce is always interesting but the conditioning exercises quickly put an end to an hopes of becoming like him. While drawings are authentic Bruce. Sep 13, Nguyen Chanh marked it as to-read. Feb 26, Vincent Harris rated it it was amazing.
Ah, Grasshopper, you have much to learn. I tell myself this everyday. Jul 22, Michelle Lodwick rated it liked it. Great reference material. Jan 26, Chris rated it it was ok. A good book, though rather short and underexplanatory. It fell short of expectations. Mar 21, Rajugardenliu is currently reading it Shelves: raj.
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