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Kung Fu San Soo's Basic 45 Lessons Paperback – December 12, 1998

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This is the most detailed and easy to understand explanation of the "Basic 45 Lessons" taught by Grand Master Woo. Each lesson was designed to teach a specific action and once these techniques are mastered you have a strong basic foundation of self-defense skills. -- Master Barbara J. Wallace

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Master Ron Gatewood is the author of Kung Fu San Soo: Secret Art of the Fighting Monks and Editor of the San Soo Journal. He studied over twenty eight eyars with Grand Master Woo and is one of the Senior Masters in the Art.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Walgate Publishing (December 12, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0967528313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967528311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo (Lo Sifu Chin Siu Dek) was teaching in Southern California a variety of students recorded the lessons. Since Grandmaster Woo was the first to teach this martial art to anyone who wasn't Chinese, no one was sure about what was the best way to write out the techniques in English. So, those records vary greatly in the quality and clarity of what was written. Master Gatewood kept meticulous records, including many 8mm films and later video tapes. I have a number of copies of these lessons from varying sources and feel that Master Gatewood's book explains the lessons with particular clarity and stresses the priceless principals involved with each technique.
Some reviewers have complained about the book lacking enough photographs. That would be true if one were trying to learn Kung Fu San Soo from a book alone. You can't, there's too much to it. If you are an experienced martial artist, looking to gain a familiarity with Kung Fu San Soo, this book will be very informative about our basic techniques. (There are hundreds of Kung Fu San Soo techniques-- the Basic 45 are the foundation for the rest.) So, if you want to learn Kung Fu San Soo, you must learn it from a knowledgeable instructor. For anyone who is, this book is very well written and invaluable.
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i was a student of grand master woo from 1964 to 1966. this book is the best i have read on the basic 45. grand master woo gave us the first 22 lesson's already printed but no pictures and descriptions, the rest of the lesson's we wrote down as we went. this book is an accurate depiction of what grand master woo taught me.
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The care taken to convey the material as accurately as possible is evident. However, without step by step pictures it is still hard to follow. I was a little disappointed.
This should be remedied in future editions as it would add immensely to the value of the book. In its present form, this book is not worth the purchase price.
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This book nicely details out the Basic 45. There are some variations between the notes of all 1st generation but I thought Ron did a great job describing the lessons and not just passing on the lessons themselves. The reason for 4 star instead of 5 is insignificant enough that I'll not post it here, so as not to discourage anyone from picking up a copy.

I would recommend this for any green belt and up. It will make a good addition to your San Soo library. There is no way to learn San Soo from a book if one is uninitiated to the art, so don't expect to learn San Soo from this, but it makes for a good guide for those that have learned from an instructor.
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By A Customer on November 27, 2002
I agree without pictures it is very hard to visualize exactly how do to do the lessons that are presented. Someone should revise it an do it justice by adding pictures to it to make it more understandable.
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This book is a must read!! Whether your looking for a combat art to study or have been a kung-fu san soo exponent, there is alot of information in this book. Master Gatewood does a great job in detailing the techniques themselves(includes pictures) and explaines even further the lesson(concept, principle) being taught. Although he doesn't mention this in his book, he has had to defend himself numerous times using San Soo while working as a Peace Officer. Master Gatewood also shows the postures used in San Soo and explains their use. It is definately a must read.
Sincerely,
John Wheeler
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By A Customer on November 8, 2003
I have been out of the art for over 13 years for a variety of reasons and was lucky to find this book. Starting with lesson one, it all began to come back. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the art of Kung Fu San Soo.
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I recieved exactly what I ordered and in a timely manner. I was very happy with this purchase. Very informative about the martial art of San Soo. Remember, that when you're attacked, they don't care if they hurt you.
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