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Spear Hand (Praying Mantis Kung-Fu Series, Vol 1) Hardcover – June, 1985


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Product Details

  • Series: Praying Mantis Kung-Fu Series, Vol 1
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Carroll St Pr (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918869013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918869012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Hardman on May 14, 2001
Paul Eng introduces the art of Praying Mantis Kung Fu in this, the first of a four volume series on Mantis forms. Introductions are provided by Chan, Pui (Wah Lum), Wai Hong (Fu Jow Pai), and Kam Yuen among others. A section on Mantis Kung Fu history, and then Eng demonstrates the Spear Hand form in 48 sections, including separate photos which show the correct application of the techniques. An excellent introduction to the art of praying mantis. Text is in Chinese and English, instructions are precise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herminio on June 9, 2001
The form demonstrated in this book is G-R-E-A-T!!! After you learn the form, try doing it back-to-back a couple of times for a great full-body workout. It'll strengthen your arms, legs, waist, back, chest, and lungs.
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By Michael Noga on July 25, 2012
This book is the first in a series written by Sifu Paul Eng. It provides a brief overview of Mantis training and then settles down to specifically examine the Mantis Spear Hand. It does this fairly well, using many smallish but clear photos and adequate written explanations. The pictures allow you to see the postures of a recognized Praying Mantis master. For those of you who can read Chinese there are reproductions of Chinese text.

The author, Sifu Paul Eng, has studied Chinese Martial Arts for over 35 years and is obviously comfortable showing and discussing the forms in this book. It's mostly pictures of postures followed by brief explanations with little on the history or philosophy of Praying Mantis Kung Fu. However, for what it is it's well done and it's obvious that the author is a sincere and dedicated student of Chinese Martial Arts. This book lacks depth but as just one part of an intended series (I don't know if any other in the series were published) it can't be faulted for that. As a matter of fact, with about 150 pages devoted almost entirely to one technique (Spear Hand) you could say the focus is actually pretty deep but very narrow. This is however, what I believe the author intended.
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By Matthew on February 20, 2014
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Love the training manuals by Paul Eng.

By far some of the coolest and best books that i own regarding martial arts.

They have always shipped very quickly and arrived quickly as well.

I would still highly recommend anyone who is interested to order all the training manuals you can by Paul Eng. You will not be disappointed.
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