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Learn the secrets of Shaolin Temple boxing also known as Shaolin Kung Fu with this illustrated matrtial arts guide.

Shaolin Temple boxing is the father of all boxing forms in China and is a close ancestor of Japanese karate. Despite the widespread study of Shaolin kung fu, however, the true origins and history of this exciting martial art have been obscured by wildly fanciful myths and legends that have arisen over the centuries, leading martial-arts authority Robert W. Smith to remark, "There are no good books on Shaolin Temple boxing. There are only varying degrees of poor." In Taiwan, however, Smith had the good fortune to discover a short, anonymous work in Chinese that he believed revealed the essence of Shaolin.

This kung fu book is the English version of that text. Abundantly and attractively illustrated, it is a fascinating account of the history of an ancient martial art, as well as a concise martial arts manual explaining the fundamental philosophy and techniques of Shaolin Temple boxing.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2064 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (15 Mar. 1990)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QNTPW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on 6 January 2017
By Amazon Customer
easy to read

Four Stars

 on 9 December 2016
By Mr. Richard F.
As described, arrived swiftly. Thanks

A good book for the basics of shaolin boxing.

 on 4 June 2001
By tjosham_666@yahoo.co.uk
I would reccomend this book for people STARTING OUT in the chinese arts and not for someone that already has a good knowledge of kung fu and shaolin history! This is quite a small book which contains infomation on the origins of shaolin boxing and some of it’s basic styles and aplications. This book wouldnt be suitable for somone with a good knowledge of the creation of shaolin boxing as it would just recap what you have learnt! But then again, it is possible to learn from any book and this one may help you double check facts, names, etc that you may be unsure about! Some nice photos, this book remains good for somone looking to learn the basics of shaolin boxing.

Good summary of Shaolin’s history.

 on 29 June 1998
This book has some interesting diagrams. The author says his research came from “personal manuscripts” (???) I would like to see a book that discusses the actual diet that the monks lived on – was it just rice??? A great intro to shaolin.
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