“Kung-Fu: History, Philosophy and Technique”
“Kung-Fu: History, Philosophy and Technique” is a book written by David Chow and Richard Spangler. The first book I would like to blog about. If there were any book I would recommend on Kung Fu with its history and Philosophy it would be this book. I think it is a great book for people who are interested in Chinese martial arts to read. There is a really informative chapter on History and Philosophy. The book talks about Kung-Fu coming to the western world.
There is a chapter on external styles of Kung Fu. This chapter covers some of the well-known styles. Many of the popular styles in the west are mentioned such as Praying Mantis, Monkey, Dragon, White Crane, and more. There is another great section on different Chinese Disciplines with great photos. There is a technique section as well showing various Chin Na Fa techniques.
The book was first published in 1977 making it one of the first of its kind to give a detailed over view of the Chinese Martial arts in the west. I am not sure there is a better book to introduce people to Kung Fu. There are other great books out there. But this book is one of my personal favorites that to this day it still remains in my library. If I had to rate the book 1-5 stars, I would give it 5 stars. If interested you can grab a copy from my store while they are still available.
Today the term Kung-Fu is used to represent Chinese martial arts. The term WuShu today is commonly used to represent the martial exhibition and full-contact sport. While exhibition Wushu is derived from Traditional martial arts it focuses more on exhibition and usually appears to be very acrobatic. So lets look at what the words really mean.
Wu- martial arts
Shu- Technique or skill
Combined it means to be a disciplined person with technique or skill in martial arts. It is a term which represents all the martial arts styles in China. Martial arts have been practiced in China for thousands of years and Kung Fu consist of thousands of different external and internal styles. Commonly written as Kung Fu, it may also be written as Gung Fu, or gōngfu in pinyin.
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