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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center; 2nd Edition edition (March 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ancient Chinese Weapons will prove an invaluable, informative reference for students of the martial arts, Chinese studies, and Asian military histories." (Midwest Book Review)

"Mr. Yang has surely made a valuable contribution to the community by making Chinese material about ancient Chinese weapons accessible for western readers interested in the martial arts." (Christen Weinert Journal of Asian Martial Arts)

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Inside Kung Fu magazine, February 2008, named Dr. Yang as Man of the Year 2007. The article written by Dave Cater describes Dr. Yang as having been an industry leader for years and one of the 100 people who made the greatest impact in martial arts in the past 100 years. Dr. Yang was previously named Man of the Year in 1991 by Inside Kung Fu magazine, and Kung Fu Artist of the Year in 2003 by Black Belt magazine.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
...as in "inaccurate and of limited effectiveness". Though intended as an introduction to the subject, this book is so superficial and shoddily-written that it misleads more than it educates the reader. Although a table of Chinese characters is included, a non-Chinese reader will be confused and misinformed by the non-standard transliterations of terms used by the author. There are some weapons, such as dart-launching devices, which are found in kung fu movies and old fables. In several cases (such as seen under the entry for "halberd", the same name is applied to arms whose configurations are distinctly different, and which in old military texts such as the WUJING ZONGYAO and WUBEIZHI are described with different names. The author also seems unaware that a weapon he calls the "Guandao" is never called that in classic military books; the proper term is "Yinyuedao" (reclining moon knife). The classification of sabers (the author calls them "dau") is hopelessly inadequate. It does not cover the principal blade shapes nor does it address handle length. The author's implying that they are "wide bladed" is ludricous since this ignores the fact that most types of sabers used during the late Imperial period (the liuyedao, yanmaodao, piandao, zhanmadao, miaodao, and others) had relatively narrow blades which tapered to a point. [A far better introduction to Chinese sabers can be found in Philip Tom's "Some Notable Sabers of the Qing Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Metropolitan Museum JOURNAL., Vol. 36. For edged weapons of a much earlier period, try Yang Hong's WEAPONS IN ANCIENT CHINA, NY/Beijing: Science Press 1992]. These are just a few examples which hopefully will persuade potential buyers to pass on this turkey and keep their wallets in their pockets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 19, 2001
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Over the past five thousand years the Chinese have development a vast array of hand weapons. Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artist's Guide is an easy, "user friendly" reference guide enabling the student to locate any weapon within seconds. Illustrated throughout with 130 depictions, Ancient Chinese Weapons is broken down into four main classifications: Long Weapons, Short Weapons; Soft Weapons, Projectile/Thrown Weapons. Also included with weaponry descriptions are techniques and fighting strategy, a history and evolution of the weapons, translations of Chinese terminology. Ancient Chinese Weapons will prove an invaluable, informative reference for students of the martial arts, Chinese studies, and Asian military histories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on December 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artist's Guide," by Jwing-Ming Yang, is a survey of a large number of weapons. The book is full of drawings and informative text. Spears, sabers, tridents, shields, and other types of offensive and defensive devices are covered.
In addition to discussing more familiar types of weapons, the book depicts such bizarre looking devices as the Wolf Brush, the Iron Claw and the Flying Claw. There are also weapons with such evocative names as the Heaven-Earth Sun-Moon Saber and the Zi Wu Mandarin Duck Axe. Particularly interesting is the coverage of non-weapons that evolved into weapons, such as cymbals or chopsticks. The book is clearly written, logically organized, and visually appealing.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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Though popular with Martial Artists unfamiliar with Chinese History, this book is so full or errors that it should not be kept in print. The entire work seems to be based on little more than the folklore surrounding Chinese martial arts. The author did not consult primary Chinese langauge sources (even though he is Chinese) and has no bibliography AT ALL. For accuarte information concerning Chinese Arms and Swordsmanship see the Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship Forum at: [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gilad K. on June 17, 2003
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This book is essential for every martial artist or anyone interested in ancient weapons. True, this book does not supply the reader with any technique, but it covers the history and development of every weapon I can think of . It is written clearly, with large illustrations. What more, It gives you the English and Chinese name of the weapon, as well as the Chinese character. Dr. Yang certainly knows what he's talking about. All around, an excellent, comprehensible reference on ancient chinese weapons.
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