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Scott Shaw is one of the preeminent Martial Arts Masters of the Western world. He began his study of the martial arts as a young boy and today has become one of the most prolific proponents of these ancient systems of self defense.

Shaw is at the forefront of integrating spirituality in the Martial Arts. During his youth he became deeply involved with Eastern Mysticism.  He has studied with some of the leading teachers of our time and has been initiated into Yogic and Buddhist sects.

Today, Scott Shaw is an author and filmmaker. He continually returns to Asia to document obscure aspects of Asian culture in words and on film. He is frequently featured in the various Martial Arts journals and is the author of numerous books on the Martial Arts, Chi Science, Zen, and Meditation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738704199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704197
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Shaw, Ph.D. is a prolific author, composer, and filmmaker. He was born and spent his formative years in Hollywood, California. Since his late teens, Shaw has traveled the globe. His particular focus has been on Asia, where he continually returns, documenting obscure aspects of Asian culture in words and on film.

During his youth, Shaw was drawn to two factors that have come to define much of his life; namely: Eastern Meditative Thought and the Martial Arts. These inclinations led him to study in both the West and Asia. Shaw is an initiate of Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi sects. He has been a certified instructor of both Yoga and Meditation since the age of eighteen.

Shaw began studying the martial arts at six years old. He has emerged as one of the leading modern proponents of integrating spirituality into the martial arts. He was the first non-Korean ever to be awarded the seventh degree black belt by the prestigious Korea Hapkido Federation and has since been promoted to eighth degree black belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo. He also has been certified seventh degree black belt in Aikijutsu and Kumdo.

As an author, Scott Shaw's writings were initially published by literary journals in the 1970s. He continued forward to have several works of poetry and literature published in book form. By the 1980s, Shaw's writings came to be embraced in Spiritual and Martial Art circles. From this, he has authored numerous articles and a number of books on Zen Buddhism, Yoga, Ki Science, and the Martial Arts.

In addition to writing, Shaw has an active career as an actor and filmmaker. In 1991, he developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled, Zen Filmmaking (TM). The primary premise behind Zen Filmmaking is that no screenplay should be used in the creation of a film. According to Shaw, "In Zen Filmmaking there are no rules and no definitions. Instead, the spontaneous creative energy of the filmmaker is the only defining factor. This allows for a spiritually pure source of immediate inspiration to be the only guide in the filmmaking process."

As a university professor, Shaw has taught seminars and courses on Asian Studies and Filmmaking at such institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles, the University of Oxford, Silpakorn University, and the Korea National University of the Arts.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Chi energy, the universal energy that permeates the universe, can be accessed for health, physical energy, and spiritual energy by anyone willing to regularly perform a few simple exercises. This is the basis for the book "Chi Kung for Beginners". Chi Kung is the Chinese science of how to access and use this energy. Instead of lacking physical and mental energy you will learn to access boundless energy almost effortlessly. Besides the details of several specific techniques, the book also has an appendix that covers the most important figures in the history of Chi Kung as well as various theoretical foundations. For the beginner to Chi Kung this provides a sound basic understanding without a lot of fluff or diversions to other unrelated topics that is common in so many books of this type. "Chi Kung for Beginners" is a recommended read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gman X on June 25, 2005
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If you want to know about Chi and how to use it, then this book is for you. I have read quite a few books on the subject. Some are very good, some are not. This is one of the very good reference books. It provides the reader with a lot of essential information on how to develope and utilize Chi. Plus, it presents a great overview of the history and development of Chi understanding. This book is an imporant resource in anyone's library who wants to learn about Chi.
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A good read, I would recommend it to others. Any one can write about a subject, and make it sound good, but only those who actually put into practice what they are writing about can give true insight, and details into the various styles of the many different cultures that practice the this subject. I found that it is easier to read through the first of the exercises, stop reading and actually do them, then after a few days of practice, pick up and start reading again. Pausing after a chapter or two to take a few days to carryout the last reading.
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