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Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods Paperback – January 26, 1993
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About the Author
Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on theses ancient fighting traditions. Smith is the author of Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness & Self-Defense, also available from North Atlantic Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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This book (Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods by Robert W. Smith, A First Edition 1974 hardcover book), focuses on the travels of the author to China and his search for masters of various Chinese martial arts. He also has written numerous books on the martial arts.
This book is organized into ten chapters. After the introduction the material covered is as follows: "The not so little elephant, the Monkey boxer, the guerrilla general, master of the five excellences, master of relaxation, a Policeman's Pa/Kua, bone/locker extraordinary, the wrestling champion, other teachers and teachers in Southern Taiwan.
In conclusion, from a historical viewpoint this book has a value for those studying one of the hundreds of Chinese martial art systems.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)
This extremely interesting book presents just what the title promises: it discusses the masters; it discusses the methods. (It helps clarify the use of some terms, too.) You also get, in numerous instances, the 'family tree' as it pertains to who was trained by this master, who was trained by that one, and so on. These martial artists are often so different from each other as well. You get the guy who looks like an athlete gone to seed, complete with booze and smokes, who hurts you even when he's pulling his punches along with the 120-pounder that you can't move when you are "pushing hands."
If you are interested in the subject, you will definitely like the book!
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A very informative and entertaining look at perhaps the first westerner to train with many of...Read more