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The Essence of Shaolin White Crane--Martial Power and Qigong Paperback – July 2, 1996
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About the Author
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.
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Unfortunately for me, I was expecting the book to be something else. From the title, I expected more on the influence of White Crane on karate, which is the art that I practice. There isn't much of this, and the historical information on White Crane itself is a little sketchy. Also, I was expecting more of the forms for comparison versus karate kata, but this was not included in any detail.
This does not negatively impact the book. While the book wasn't what I expected, it was something that was extremely well done and useful to me.
The descriptions of the flow of energy and where the energy is generated and how it passes various joins and limbs is excellent. Never have I seen such detail describing movement and stances as well as execution. I can't say enough about Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming's writing style and inclusion of well organized detail.
All of his scientific speculation is well backed up with many references, not only to martial arts magazines and books, but to scientific papers and reports. The thoroughness of the list of references astonishes me every time I look it over.
This isn't the kind of book that you can just glance over and absorb, it is the kind of book that you need to dedicate a lot of time to in order to understand. Good luck and have fun, I know that I have.
There are a number of crane and white crane styles, such as southern white crane, northern black crane, eastern Tibetan white crane, and at least four styles of southern white crane are known. All have their own unique stylistic qualities but share with the others a common core of crane techniques and an emphasis on both hard and soft aspects. The feeding crane is a form rather than a style, and the "vibrating crane" is a fa-jing or explosive chi energy technique. (I don't propose to get into a discussion of chi principles here or their validity, I just mention this for factual purposes).
I should mention right off that despite the title, most of this book is actually about white crane chi gung principles and practice. In fact, 178 pages of the book are devoted to it. There are separate chapters on stationary soft, moving soft, stationary hard, and moving hard chi gung, and a related chapter covers Jin, or energy and power production. Only the last 55 or so pages are actually devoted to the martial applications, so if you're primarily interested in those, perhaps this book isn't for you. However, the photos showing the martial applications are very clear and of value also.
One interesting thing I noticed was how combat realistic the hard, moving chi gung was. Just from the photos, it wasn't easily distinguishable from a real white crane kung fu form. Oddly enough, one of the chi gung postures resembled one from Indonesian Panca Indra Suci Pentjak Silat, an interesting coincidence.Read more ›
One of the book's first sections is a historical exposition of Chinese martial arts. It is quite good. From there the author charts a clear path to developing both external and internal power. If you are a martial artist looking for ways to extend and deepen your training this book is not to be missed.
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If only all authors were this generous. Remarkable and important.Published 9 months ago by Russ, Anaheim, CA
I would recommend this to anyone who is into either sport, meditation or health in general, but I would insist towards martial arts practitioners are it clearly defines what was to... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Day Night
What this book need is a dvd of the form and maybe, a dvd of the application of the movements in the form. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Albierte
So far I'm very impressed! The knowledge of the author brought light above many issues. I recommend this book to any true martial art practioner!Published on March 19, 2013 by Norma Aymerich
Contained way more information then expected! The actual patterns, forms, and applications left a little to be desired I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know... Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Caesar Theron Christian
this is a very comprehensive book. containing alot of good info,especially on traditioanl training,both external and internal. i reccomend this to any martial artist.Published on December 28, 2010 by Jennifer M. Morgan
This book is well written. It is clear and descibes each subject in a way that doesnt leave you confused. I found it hard to put down the book.Published on September 18, 2010 by joek2011
The book is a definitive reference for white crane kung fu students, at an intermediate or advanced levels. Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Heri