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The 72 Shaolin Arts are methods of preparing the body and the mind for action under extreme conditions (first of all, in conditions of real-life hand-to-hand combat). If you train only hand-to-hand techniques and do not pay attention to special training, you will never achieve the highest mastery and your movements will lack the real force. "The fists are like flowers, and the legs like embroidery needles", laugh the old masters at such "techniques". The 72 Arts of Shaolin are the foundation of the utmost mastery in all styles of Kung Fu.

72 types of the Shaolin Arts represent an example of personal experience of monks from the Shaolin Monastery in the Songshan Mountains. This experience was obtained by hard exercises in combat arts during many epochs. Many hundreds of monks gained outstanding results and brought fame to Martial Arts of Shaolin for ever. All of them attained such unusual abilities thanks to special secret practices traditionally called "72 Arts of Shaolin". They are the base and essence of the Shaolin Combat Training.

Chronicles of the Shaolin Monastery (Shaolin Si Zhi) preserved for us many names of monks-warriors from Shaolin who attained mystic heights of mastery and obtained superhuman abilities thanks to indefatigable training and diligent observance of true methods.

For instance, monk Hong Wen who lived in the XIII-th century sat into the stance MA, put a stone slab weighing 50 kg on his head, stood a man on each knee and stayed so until a huge incense candle, as high as a man, half burned off. His disciple Jue Yuan could dodge several spears thrown at him, broke stone slabs with his fist, knocked a hollow in a wall with his finger, ground pebbles into powder in his palms, handled all kinds of Shaolin weapons with skill.

Monk Zhi Yin who lived in the XV-th century came to Shaolin at the age of sixteen. He gained such a mastery that he could easily move a stone weighing 500 kg with a push of his leg, break trees with kick, drive piles into ground with his heel, knock down several people at once with a kick.

Monk Shu Ran who lived in the XVII-th century perfectly mastered the art of "Light Body" QING GONG, jumped out of one pit into another, could jump up a wall or a high pole, and for it he was nicknamed "Genuine Master of Gong Fu". His contemporary, monk Shu Qing mastered the art of "Diamond Finger" to perfection, with his finger he could pierce a wooden board as it were a straw mat and crush stones into sand with blows of his elbows.

The XIX-th century also knew a lot of true masters. Monk Ji Hui gained outstanding success in exercises for hardness YING GONG. He crushed huge stones with his elbow like with a diamond pestle and broke thick wooden beams with an arm blow. Besides, he was proficient in the art of "Golden Bell", blows of a big iron hammer did not hurt him at all.

Monk Hai Fa beat off arrows shot at him, was able of dodging spears pointed at him from a few sides. Besides, he mastered the method "A Leg Weighing 1000 Jins", he could crush a stone with a "trampling" blow and kill a man with the "Iron Fist".

Monk Zhen Yue ran up a sheer wall of three meters high and mastered the art of "Light Steps". His disciple Ru Bi achieved some success in "Hard Art" YING GONG and additionally he perceived the "Luohan's Art" LUOHAN GONG and could fight against several armed enemies in pitch darkness.

For the first time the book describes full training methods in all 72 Shaolin Arts. Being until recently for outsiders the most secret part of training of Shaolin monks, which made them invulnerable in fight, 72 Shaolin Arts at the present time become available to all who are ready to practice them persistently and with an open heart. Training methods described in the book allow to develop supernatural abilities, far beyond abilities of an ordinary man. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jin Jing Zhong (alias En Zhong) was born in 1904, had an unofficial name of Zhe Chen and a nickname of Fendian Ke ("Mad"). Engaged in traditional styles Kung Fu from his childhood. Learnt the style Tan Tui ("Kicking Legs") from master Zhu Guan Peng, the Shaolin style Liu He ("Six Harmonies") from master Yiang De Shan, the style Xing Gong Quan ("The Fist of Subconscious Mastership") from master Yin De Kui, then was a disciple of Miao Xing, the Head of the Shaolin Monastery, who taught him the style Luohan Quan ("Arhat's Fist"), 72 Shaolin Arts and ancient Shaolin Treatises on Pugilistic Arts. Later trained military police. In 1933 founded "Society for Studies of Fighting Techniques" and was the head of "Weekly Magazine of National Arts".
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Product Details

  • Series: Authentic Shaolin Heritage
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440474176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440474170
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James J. Bentley on August 17, 2008
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I loved this book! The exercises are (generally) things that you can actually do at home, and though I've only had it for a bit I've gotten some real benefit out of them.
Don't get this book if you're looking for a manual on self-defense and technique. This one's all about conditioning, so it's best if you already have a background in a martial art and use this to make you better at it!
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I bought this book when i was browsing around for different exercises to supliment with my martial arts training and out of all the books i bought this is one thats not hidden away in my book box

Weather you are looking for exercises or want to know more about the history and the way monks trained, this book is worth its weight in gold. Since i dont mind the history I'll just talk about the exercises

Basicaly the book is full of mostly isometric, body conditioning and yoga/tai chi/chi gung type exercises, but also has many weight and plyometric exercises, each one focused but not limited to the martial arts. If you are a martial artist it would be very hard for you to not get at least one exercise that you will fall in love with :)

Although you need to build stuff for some like someone sayed, only a few exercises you probably wont be able to do because of its complexity of aparatus, and a few like the groin conditioning exercise are purely for entertainment purposes but there are some gold nugets in this book that are more than worth it

Buy this book! :):):)
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this book has all the exercises,just as promised. The thing you have to remember is the time it was written in. So youre going to have to buy some things...a lot of things if you want to become good with the training. Another thing: dont buy this if you dont have patience. A lot of the exercises take a "warm up". The thing is tht it takes 100 days,then 10 more years to completely master. But dont let this stop you

good luck
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This book teaches all the exercizes it promises. However, some of them could be made clearer by adding pictures or further explanation. Anyone that buys this book should be aware that the great majority of these exercizes should only be done under the supervision of a qualified teacher. Besides, all of them require patient and constant (daily) effort during at least 6 months to have some results, and from 2 to 10 years to master. I advice this book for anyone seriously engaged with studying any chinese martial art system.
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Any martial arts whose serious about martial arts on a whole or specializing in shaolin martial arts,this book is an essential tool to have in there library. I live in the Caribbean and although they aren't many competent Shaolin practitioner here, this book helps to fill in some of the gaps of not having a competent practitioner. Although a book could never replace a competent practitioner, this book does a good job of get the training points across pretty good for the most part in regards to training the fundamentals of shaolin martial arts.
In all its one of the best training books I've come across so far and the price isn't bad for the wealth of knowledge in this book.
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Although this book attempts to translate directly Chinese to English from its source of historical reference, and does a good job at retaining the original text, it has not made much of an editorial effort in improving upon the material, whether literature or illustration wise. Hence, the reader is stuck with somewhat vague instructions for antiquated and useless training methods such as "one should train his finger daily on a wall or a tree trunk (...) It is necessary to strike with your forefinger at a wall or other objects (...) The skin tears off, muscles and sinews swell and hurt, but it is necessary to continue (...) The soft skin becomes hard. After three years of training the finger will become like a tree brunch (yes, they spelled it that way without editing)" or "After that, it is necessary to sit quietly with your crossed legs and tap on testicles with a palm. It is quite painful in the beginning. (...) Painful felling (yes, another misspelled word) Will disappear in the course of time" or "Tie small bags of coarse fabric with iron shot (treated in pig blood) to your arms and legs. (...) You have to run on the wall in the horizontal position every day."

The illustrations are probably even worse if there are any at all. Please have a look at the photos I've attached to this review. At this point, I'm really thinking of returning this book, save for the fact that it made me cry from laughing too hard.
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This book Reveals Secrets within Chinese Martial Art - Shaolin Gong Fu (Kung Fu) never published in the western world before...

The book was released and translated into English only 1934 due to a disastrous fire that burned 1000 years old documents in the main monastry of Shaolin - the book is an attempt to recreate the lost written knowledge from Old 'Masters' still alive - the result is a book that will take you on a lifelong journey to master Gong Fu (Kung Fu).

An unique book for any Martial artist. Unfortunately the quality of the translation from Chinese is not always the best and more pictures would be very helpful... Mats Fondelius - CEO from USA/SWEDEN
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