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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312187769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312187767
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grandmaster Ip Chun is the eldest son of legendary Grandmaster Ip Man, who was responsible for bringing Wing Chun to the modern world. Ip Chun is now considered the world's leading expert on Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Michael Tse is Qigong and martial arts master. He is the author of Qigong for Health and Vitality. Both authors live in England.

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Customer Reviews

This book was thin but very well written.
WisdomThang
This is a very good book on the Siu Lim Tao form of Wing Chun. written by Michael Tse, student of Grandmaster Ip Chun.
Chin Wa Tsun
The pictures and self-defense applications of the form were all very simple to follow.
D-Lav

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By L. Nguyen on September 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
So much of martial arts is degraded in the Western approach-- it becomes all about physicality, muscle and machoness rather than being rooted in energy, personal improvement and spirituality/philosophy. Most martial arts books are titled "the deadly something or other". Maybe it is a marketing ploy to attract all these sweaty pubescent boys who like to pick fights (and those "adults" who still act like that), but they have missed the philosophical/spiritual roots of the martial arts. They have lost the tradition and the honor; so where then is their authenticity? I found this book to approach wing chun from a more traditional, balanced combination of philosophical/theoretical (energy work) and physical. Because wing chun is a combination of both internal and external styles it is essential to understand Qi if you want to improve. Ip Chun addresses that. His analogy as an eighty year grandmaster is that as a young person you can, if you like, focus on speed and brute strength, but where will you be when you are elderly? It is only energy work that will sustain your martial arts into your old age. The first one third of the book is history and background, the second third is sil lum tao with lots of photos, and the last third is one and two-handed chi sao (sticky hands techniques) and practical application of wing chun techniques in self-defense for men and women. And of course, if you want to talk about lineage, then you cannot go wrong with Ip Chun, son of Ip Man (Yip Man) himself. As a practioner of Wing Chun/JKD (taught by the late sifu Akko Nishimura trained by sigung Francis Fong [Yip Man school] and guru Dan Inosanto), I found this book to be invaluable. It is important to understand the traditional roots, even if your own practice is more synthetic.Read more ›
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John on July 12, 2006
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At first, I thought this book was kind of "basic". Having studied wing chun for a while under a competent sifu, I went back and the book has some really good stuff in it. First of all, it details the first form well. It also contains clear photos, and explanations from people who obviously have spent YEARS with this art (I can tell, because many of their insights can only be won after long study). I also liked the final section, which shows you the real "street fight" applications of the art, and of the techniques shown in the first form. I liked the discussion of Bruce Lee and his relationship with wing chun (to put it in a nutshell: Bruce never gave up on wing chun, and his Jeet Kune Do had wing chun as its core !). I liked the historical information on Yip Man in Hong Kong. This book really packs a lot into a short book. I really recommend it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian Popp on January 10, 2002
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This isn't the book that will take you all the way to full understanding of siu lim tao (first form), but it will do better than any other single book. Combine this with the video "Wing Chun - Science of In-Fighting," and you will have a complete intructional guide to the first form of wing chun. I agree that some steps seem to be skipped in the form pictures, but this is more than compensated by the additional information about wing chun and how to apply it. Get the video by Wong Shun Leung too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Arredondo Tovar on September 13, 2001
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Wing Chun is not speed and punch. The secret is in energy and sensitivity, Yin and Yang (Alfa & Omega). I found this book to be really helpful and valuable. Of course you must have practiced the Siu Lim Tao before, in order to correct mistakes and reach higher levels. Wing Chun is not only movements, but a philosophy, if you don't have the basics you can not reach higher levels. Thanks a lot to Yip Chun and Michael Tse for this wonderful book.
Have a great day!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dante on April 29, 2008
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This was my Very First Kung Fu Book. It was what made me fall in love with Wing Chun. This is a great book for the beginner student. There are other books that go well beyond this one as it pertains to Wing Chun. But this book has a soft quality about it that gives the reader a pathway of Wing Chun that other books do not. If you are exploring Marital arts and want a "Taste" of Wing Chun, this is a very, very Good start.

Suggested Books to read after this are:
Mastering Kung Fu, by Garrett Gee and Benny Ming (DVD's of a MAJOR help also).

Wing Chun Compendium by Wayne B.

And any book on Wing Chun By Randy Williams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adelle Schauer on April 21, 2011
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This is one of the most unique books on martial arts that I have ever seen, and the main "author" Ip Chun is an astonishing man to read, and to watch on video online. He teaches a method that anyone can learn, and that a small person can use to defend against a larger person. It is not an offensive tactic, only defensive, and the user becomes very difficult for an offender to strike, as they learn to become "soft" instead of a "hard target", and to block efficiently, and to use parts of the body differently that they haven't even thought about before. It is changing the way I thought about martial arts in general, though I will say I am not a full-time student of these things. I like the concept of becoming a soft target that "melts away" in front of an attacker, and that a person can use the attacker's own force against him. This is thinking in a new way.
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