Mastering Kung Fu: Featuring Shaolin Wing Chun

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Human Kinetics, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 222 pages
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Mastering Kung Fuprovides you with a path for taking your kung fu training and combat skills to the next level. Based on Wing Chun kung fu, this book will give you insight into the most advanced combat theories, skills, and tactics—as well as the history and evolution of traditional kung fu—that will give you the edge with your opponent.

Mastering Kung Fuintroduces these advanced theories that show you how science plays as much a role in kung fu as art:

-Centerline theory

-Two lines of offense and defense

-Three reference points

-Five line (dimensional) theory

-Five phases of combat

-Six gates concept

-Kiu sau (bridge arm) employment concepts

-Chi sau (sticking hand) concepts

By understanding these principles, you will see how space and time factor into successful, tactical maneuvers. Then, by combining these principles with detailed instruction on the subtleties of advanced techniques, you will be able to add the concepts to your own arsenal to improve your combat skills—even if you are an established black belt. You will also find clear, concise flow charts that detail various combat situations, showing you different tactical options as well as the potential outcomes of executing those options.

In addition, you will discover the ancient combat secrets of the monks by tracing the evolution of Shaolin kung fu from the Northern Temples to the Southern Temples. Learn how the Chan Buddhist philosophy of universal harmony has influenced the advancement of Wing Chun kung fu, and how it contributes to the way in which kung fu is performed today.

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This book introduces Shaolin wing chun, also called hung fa yi wing chun, which the authors trace to the South Shaolin temple more than 300 years ago. Contrary to the widely accepted origin, they ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Grandmaster Garrett Geecomes from a distinguished line of philosophers and martial and military teachers. He is the direct descendant in a family that has consistently studied and taught martial art disciplines for centuries to professional military officers and royal family members of China's greatest dynasties.

Gee began his martial arts training at age five under his father, Grandmaster Peter Kim Ho Chu, and later received full training in Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Kuen in China. He was the first disciple outside of the founding family to learn this martial science. Now the eighth-generation successor of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, he is the first to open the system outside of China or to the public. Gee has been teaching since his move to the United States in 1975.

In January 2001, Gee was inducted into Action Martial Arts Publications Hall of Fame as Martial Artist of the Year in Chinese Martial Arts.

An internationally renowned Wing Chun martial artist, instructor, and researcher, Benny Menghas devoted his life to martial arts. He has been featured by national news and major martial arts publications as one of the world's best martial artists.

Meng has had the privilege of training under some of the great grandmasters in the world for judo, taekwondo, and various styles of Wing Chun kung fu. He began his Wing Chun training in 1982 and officially started teaching it in 1987. Since then, he has instructed many of this generation's top instructors and tournament grand champions—including Jeremy Roadruck, three-time United States Wushu-Kungfu Federation national champion and the 2002 and 2003 Arnold Battle of Columbus Wing Chun grand champion; Mike Mathews, four-time United States Wushu-Kungfu Federation national champion and 2001 Arnold Battle of Columbus Wing Chun grand champion; and Chango Noaks, two-time United States Wushu-Kungfu Federation national champion and the 1998 Second Pan-American kung fu champion.

As curator of the Ving Tsun Museum, Meng is one of the only people to have formally trained directly with the grand masters from the earliest form of Wing Chun to the cutting-edge Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun to today's modern Wing Chun families. His school, Meng's Martial Arts, is one of the first schools in the world to offer the martial science of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, and it was chosen for the prestigious Top 200 Schools of North America award out of more than 15,000 contenders in 1994.

A respected military strategist, tactician, leader, and teacher, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Richard Loewenhagenhas dedicated more than 30 years to the study and practice of martial arts. While a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, he taught Wing Chun kung fu and Shaolin Kam Na to combat and security personnel. He is the founder of Meng's Martial Arts of Arizona, an official Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun school, which was also chosen for the prestigious Top 200 Schools of North America award from more than 19,000 contenders in 2000.

Loewenhagen serves as the Ving Tsun Museum's director of west coast affairs and as western regional director of the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Federation. He is also an inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame with special recognition as Martial Arts Writer of the Year.

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