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The fascinating story of the Chinese monks of the Shaolin temple who developed a series of 18 unique movements to defend themselves against the threats posed by their enemies, while at the same time preserving the spiritual harmony that defined a life dedicated to Buddha.

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  • Actors: Secrets of the Warrior's Power
  • Directors: Jim Grapek
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OSLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2002
Format: DVD
For anyone who loves a well-crafted documentary, history, philosophy or the martial arts. Director Jim Grapek delivers a deceptively simple and powerful documentary on the development of ancient Chinese martial arts. His profiles of living masters are carefully lensed in a way that shows his contagious enthusiasm for martial arts as philosophy and mental/physical discipline. Significantly, he never forces his points with heavy narration or over-simplified extremist comments. He allows the masters to tell their stories, seamlessly weaving in support information that intrigues and convinces without the glitz or ridiculous claims of some martial arts shows.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
Format: DVD
Ancient Chinese martial arts are revealed in this important documentary that is always intriguing and never pandering. A well-conceived discussion with excellent commentary from noted scholar David Bannon, Ph.D. and interviews of some of the finest LEGITIMATE kung fu masters alive. A rare look into the real world of Kung fu from those who know it best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This video delves into the reasons that Chinese martial arts have survived and even florished for over 3000 years. With interviews and biographies of four modern day kung fu masters, this video is a must for anyone who loves kung fu. There is a certain myth and mystery to kung fu that those who don't know any better scoff at. For those who do know, this video is an affirmation of what one can accomplish with years of study and a true love for the art.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phan Rik on February 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This video is a documentary which introduces the viewer to the basic history and common knowledge of kung fu. For a martial artist, this video won't be very interesting because it is made for people who have no previous knowledge of kung fu, it intruduces them to the basic concepts of the art. In this video they discuss and explain chi, forms, weapons, the basic history of kung fu, different styles, etc.. There is lots of footage of people doing forms, and a few good clips of monks filmed at the Shaolin Temple. If you don't have any experience with kung fu, and you want to learn about it, or if you are just starting kung fu, I recommend this video. But if you already study kung fu and are familiar with it's basic concepts, this video will probably not be
very interesting to you.
I gave this video 4 stars because it was pretty informative and interesting, but some of the information was a little off.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By No more a fool on January 22, 2006
Format: DVD
The reason why I gave this 4 out of 5 stars is that it is deceived me. It states Grandmaster Pan practices a technique (Bodhidhrama called "linking energy" ) I flew in to Canada from South America to learn this from the master. He and his assistant Dianne (who wrote up these great stories about him in Kung Fu magazine) told me they would teach Chi kung. They asked that I bring a partner. So I did.

I walked into the class full of energy and life. I mentioned how grateful I was to meet him and learn this special chi kung skill that I flew form over seas and even brought my girlfriend to learn. The 4 hour class were spent on watching him show off his stretching ability (it is impressive but do I need to pay for this?), then listening to him tell stories of how great he is ( example, how Billy banks is scared of him) Then we did some basic kicks and punches that you learn from any half ass wannabe kung fu school. Then class was over. I asked about the chi kung that was on the video that it claimed he practiced and said he would teach me.. He "said" its garbage, don't worry about it" I asked about his students in the video. He said "I don't know them, the producers of the video brought them in and they pretended to be my students" I asked about the white guy with the pony tail on his head. Both of you looked like you had a special connection between student and teacher. He said "no, it was all staged".

I was asked about the next class. I mentioned I had no more money and that I spent it all to fly all the way to Canada form South America and to bring over my girlfriend because you requested a partner. Grand MAster Pan then said "the next class is starting soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This was an excellent overview of the history of Chinese Kung-Fu with an emphasis on the development of the Shaolin systems of Northern China. As a long-time student of history, and kung-fu practicioner, I highly recommend this video.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A complete documental of the history and development of Kung Fu. This video would be great for all ages, especially those who are interested in Martial Arts. It is VERY interesting and you will want to watch it more than once.
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