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Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong: Crane and Bear Exercises Paperback – May 6, 2005


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (May 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411627768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411627765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,659,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin has been teaching martial arts and energy practices since 1993. He also has a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 2005 Franklin founded Shen Long Publishing (www.shenlongpub.com) with the mission to promote, research, and preserve Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, Qi Gong, Healing, and Taoism.

"In addition to the obvious benefits of traditional training such as self preservation, self defense, and health maintenance it is my belief that these ancient practices are still very much relevant in today's modern society as a means getting in touch with and staying in touch with the inner workings of the body, as a means of exploring the relationship and interaction of the mind and body, and as a way to explore and understand the natural world and our place in it."

www.ShenLongPub.com

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The book contains the Crane and Bear techniques for "Five Animals Play". The author knows his stuff; but, the material should probably not be presented without the other animals (deer, monkey and tiger). Hopfully he (the author) will be producing the followup edition with the complete set.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Hendee on June 27, 2006
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For those who don't know the depth and breadth of Qigong as field of endeavor (not a singular art) with very diverse practices, this is a taste-tester's manual on the topic concerning one of the oldest Qigong systems on record. The problem is ...

(1) it only covers two of the five animals from the ancient sage physician Hua Tou. Which means one's practice is incomplete and out of balance for this particular system.

(2) that no modern scholars are truly certain of how these exercises were conducted, since we have only the sage physician's written descriptions (and not extensive ones) mixed with some cave drawings, and

(3) there are better works that attempt to address not only their own speculations on how these exercises were conducted but also attempt to support such with scholarship and reasoning, drawing on comparative arts inside and outside of the Qigong field, and stepping well beyond mere two sentence sketchy definitions of romanized Chinese terms... as is the case in this book.

If you would like a simple and short manual with direct instructions for soft exercises that might not do enough for you, then maybe this is for you. Or if you're another new ager looking for your next step on a path likely leading nowhere, then this is for you. If you want to explore the range of speculations on this ancient Qigong system, then you might also consider buying it... but only after you've acquired other more comprehensive works on the topic.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Jue on July 25, 2005
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I had learned the Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong seveal years ago in the traditional manner - orally, follow-what-I-do (which was not always the same from week to week!), etc.

Not being the best student, I do not remember everything that I was taught, which is oftentimes different from what I actually learned and what I practice today.

What Franklin Fick's book offers to me for the Crane and Bear exercises is an excellent reference book that allows me to practice these two sets in a consistent manner.

The book answers the questions:

"How does that part go now?"

"Is this how I do it?"

"What do I really remember?"

"What did he actually teach?"

In summary, an excellent reference book!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mao on June 9, 2005
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I am a beginner in Qi Gong and have been searching forever for a book that is both great and easy to practice. This is the one. The book is concise and easy to follow.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gordon Elder on February 14, 2009
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He does a very good job of explaining the Bear and the Crane frolics. He does not address the other three.
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