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Empty Force: The Ultimate Martial Art: The Power of Chi for Self-Defense and Energy Healing Paperback – April 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852307838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852307837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
I became acquainted with martial arts and qigong some years ago. I was introduced to "Empty Force" through an on-line chat room friend who recommended the book to me. At first I found it hard to believe that such an ability was possible, let alone existed. I was particularly taken with the chapter portion written by Rich Mooney. I contacted Master Mooney and had him come to my school for a seminar. Paul Dong must be an excellent teacher, because even though I was skeptical of the material, I found out in short order that the ability of Ling Kong Jing was very real. While the instructions given in the book are in some places not very clear, Master Mooney was able to place them all into a clear and concise perspective. The seminar he taught, from the teachings of his Master, revealed to me and other students present, that there is more to this method than meets the eye.
I had several long time martial arts people present at the seminar, some with over 20 years of training behind them. Fully 90% of them had read the book, and thought that it was a scam of some type. After the seminar and demonstrations were concluded, they all had gained respect for the method, and the teachers of the method: Master Paul Dong, and his Senior Student, Master Richard Mooney. The ones who have posted the comments that the book is dumb, or that the method is fantasy have obviously never tried to train in the method, been taught the method by anyone competent in the method, or are so shaken by the implications presented in the manual, that they go into intellectual shutdown.
In closing I wish to thank Master Paul Dong for revealing the training method presented in his book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
I recently purchased this book after having attended a seminar by one of the book's co-authors, Master Richard M. Mooney (Pages 36, 113-116). The Power in Powerful Empty Force is quite real and valid. I was a skeptic until I almost threw up when projected onto by this Empty Force Master. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the basics of this fascinating martial arts method. Some other have complained that this book contains no info on limbering up and meridians and such. Well, there are many other books that do, and I am glad this manual did not have a bunch of peripheral information NOT related to the subject at hand.
Another writer said the method is useless on about 60% of attackers; to that I ask what method is 100% effective all the time? None Are! So, if you are interested in just sitting on your duff and not doing the exercises, but are instead waiting for some peer reviewed material, too bad.
If you are a true visionary and have an open and exploring mind, and want to see and do for yourself, then this is the book for you.
Best Wishes;
N. Duarte
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mo Hao-Liang on December 16, 1999
I came across the book "Empty Force" from a student of mine. I found it to be very interesting for when I was much younger I saw a demonstration of Empty Force skills. I was very surprised at what I saw, but never found a person who could move me without touching me. I have tried the exercises in the book and have had some success in moving students and friends without touching.
I feel the book is a good purchase, as the method is detailed enough to follow along. One of the other reviewers mentioned several styles like small san shou, and dragon prawn boxing. I know the instructor of those methods, and the reviewer, his student is merely parroting his teacher, who has never done the training for Empty Force.
I have advice for those such as he. Before you would castigate a method as unreal, perhaps you should at least do some training in the method. Explore the possibilities of the human mind before making an unfounded and prejudicial statement.
Oh, and by the way, I am 50 years old, and have been doing martial arts since 1957.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Empty Force is a manual on Standing Meditation concerning the practice as it applies to martial arts and healing arts. As a participant in the book, I feel a duty to review my teacher's work.
The abilities described are valid, and replicable under a wide range of circumstances. For such a small book there is a lot of information presented,and I feel that the author or the editor should have gone into greater detail about the subtle body alignments that take place when you sink down into a good rooted posture.
If you're looking for a good basic book otherwise, this is the one for you. It will give the reader a firm basic grounding in the art of standing meditation. If the directions in the book are followed, and if competent skilled instruction in this method can be found at least once during the training period, then great results can and will follow.
many of the things you will learn and discover will come through as your practice matures and lengthens. the pr! ! actice of standing meditation is also beneficial for the muscles, especially the legs. It increases stamina, endurance, discipline and determination. It is quite a demanding exercise both physically and mentally.
I want to take this time to personally and publically thank Master Paul Dong and Mr. Thomas Raffill for their efforts, and the positive changes that have resulted in my life as a direct result of my practice of Zhan Zhuang (Standing Meditation).
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