Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods

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North Atlantic Books, 1990 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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Distilling the martial art known in the West as kung fu, Robert Smith presents Chinese boxing (ch’uan shu) as an art “that combines the hardness of a wall and the softness of a butterfly’s wings.” His lively, pragmatic account conveys the discipline and insights acquired in ten years of study and travel in Asia. Smith describes his work with t’ai chi master Cheng Man-ch’ing, and connects ch’uan shu with the softer aspects and inner power of that popular practice. Fifty black and white photos illustrate this informative and personal account of the Chinese boxing tradition.

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Mr. Smith's memoirs of several years spent studying martial arts in Taiwan under a wide range of teachers. Very useful introduction for a beginner. Read full review

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A fun book. The author gives a straight forward description of the varied masters he met and trained with over 3 years living in Taiwan. Fortunately he is completely honest with no problem pointing out short comings. Makes for a fun read just to get a flavor of the variety of teachers at that period (if I remember right, early 60s). 


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Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on theses ancient fighting traditions. Smith is the author of Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense, also available from North Atlantic Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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