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I've found that it's best read on a device with a high resolution screen because of the photos. The format is good and I havn't found any mistakes. As with all martial arts you need to practice in a class and get tuition if you are beginner. The photo representation of the different stages are well done but it's obvious that for it to be usefull you would have to practice until the moves became second nature. Having said that I do enjoy reading the book and it's easy to follow so I would say that it's been well done because of that fact.
I am a jiujutsu instrutor and have been one for 13 years and Yang Jwing-Ming can come into my dojo any day if this is what he teaches. This book is packed with knowledge and entries. And the videos that go along with this book show the master Yang is one of the smoothest lock men I have ever seen. His entries are minimalist and effortless compare to the protracted robotic dance of most martial art locking system. A book for all arts envoveled in locking.
The pictures sometimes don't follow the quality of the wisdom that is tried to be passed, but overall the book is excellent, depicting fine techniques that represents the true ancient chinese knowledge.
Top Inhalt zu einem fairen Preis. Ausführlich Beschreibung der Anwendungen. Die Qualität der Fotos könnte besser sein. Man merkt ,dass das ein Nachdruck ist. Die erste Auflage ist aus 1995. Egal...kaufen !
If you're a martial artist exploring new techniques and other types of martial arts, I highly recommend this book to you. I've been practicing martial arts for a few years and I have found this book to be very useful in broadening my knowledge base of different techniques, principles, and methodologies. I originally had this book a few years ago and I had to reorder it because when I moved I didn't bring it with me. I found it very helpful back then, I find it very helpful now.
Other than that, the book is full of pictures in black and white. They aren't high definition Kodak pictures, but this isn't a picture book. The pictures have arrows and specific explanations that make the techniques repeatable by at least someone who's had experience. If you're not very talented or have had a lot of experience with different techniques this may not be the book for you, because you may not be able to replicate these techniques as, say, someone who has the flexibility to do so because of their experience in techniques, not the art itself, but these type of techniques in particular. However, if you're new BUT very committed to learning these techniques you'll find a way to replicate them and improvise to fit you.
The book also has explanations about which tendons are being pulled and what parts of the body are being stressed. There are about 1,000 techniques that you can learn from this book and each technique's name is given in English and in Chinese.
Overall, this is a very comprehensive book of the applications of Shaolin Chin Na and I recommend it to anyone who wants to explore different disciplines, regardless of their ability to replicate the techniques in the pictures and explanations.
This book is really great for explaining to you what is happening and what to do with the move, under comments called "theory," but which actually tell you physical details and moves that typically follow. I really appreciate this because most books don't do this for martial arts moves. Since these moves are common throughout many martial arts, I think it would inform any martial artist about the internal effects and useful subsequent moves for what they are doing. it's also a pretty fat book, with a lot of pictures.
Building on the techniqual foundation laid down in the authors "Chin Na analyses" this publication moves on showing the practical aplication in a variety of different scenarios from wrist graps to knife attacks. The material may not seem Reality Based - and it is made perfectly clear in the text - that Chin Na is intended to be used in situations where it IS possible to use less than leathal force (like strikes and kicks) to subdue an attacker. Therefor i regard Chin Na to be a higher level of skill than traditional striking. This is much like the way I teach self defense to my students.... Initialy, escape and survival is of course the number one objective, but when someone has aquired a high level of competance in the survival aspect of any self persevation art, I belive it to be only natural to take into acount situations (practically and ethically) where one should alsoe atempt to reduce the amount of injuri sustained by your opponent. This may especially hold true if you work close to people to whom you have a special responsibility for like minors, mentally ill persons, the elderly, etc..... but also to the highly skilled and trained individual martial artist.
I've been studying Chinese martial arts, particularly Taijiquan and a little bit of White Crane Gongfu for about 20 years now. I've been teaching Taiji for about half that time. My first Taijiquan teacher was a student of Master Yang (Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming the author of this book) and during that time I had several opportunities to meet and train with Master Yang.
I've always been impressed with his knowledge and his ability to explain very complicated concepts very simply. If you are training in a martial art that emphasizes grappling techniques, there is not other book more comprehensive. Every method of twisting joints and bones is explored in detail. I highly recommend this as a resource for both teachers and students alike, as grappling should be a part of any successful martial arts system.
If you like this book and want more, I also highly recommend the Chin Na In Depth DVD series, also by this author. It will dynamically illustrate what you see in the pictures of this book. Both in slow-motion and in real-time. He also shows the movement with the camera zoomed in for detail work.