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Wing Chun Kung-Fu Paperback – Illustrated, 1972
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Still considered one of the finest introductions to Wing Chun, James Lee teaches Hong Kong's no-nonsense brand of boxing learned from his friend, Bruce Lee. As with all traditional Chinese Gung Fu schools, not every practitioner demonstrates the form precisely like every other practitioner, so no matter your school of Wing Chun (or Ving Tsun, Wing Tsun, etc), you will probably see SOME variation in form.
While it may not be possible for the novice to learn precise movements from a book alone, the skilled martial artist may at least gain a better understanding of Wing Chun's patterns of movement. This book covers the basics of the art, including no-nonsense explanations for the theory of facing, and economy of movement. As usual, numerous crisp sequence photos from this publisher do not disappoint. Front and side views of the complete first form of Wing Chun, Sil Lum Tao (little idea form). This is the form Bruce Lee taught before he began to consider discontinue the use of static forms in training. A classic worth considering.
It goes over each hand movement, one by one, with pictures. I have seen videos which show how to do this that don't explain it as well.
While it is nice to have a more visual aid, you can read at your own pace to pick up the 1st form.
It also includes stances and a few other items, but mainly focuses on the Sil Lim Tao, which is good in my opinion for a beginner.
I would recommend getting a video to complement this, such as Wing Chun: The Science of In-Fighting.
Remember, no single book or video can possibly show it all, and not everyone will like the format or layout the same, but this book is layed out quite simply for the beginner.
Don't expect to learn it overnight, but with enough practice, I believe a dedicated person could learn Wing Chun basics.
A school would teach you faster, and you would know you have it down absolutely correctly, but the nice thing about Wing Chun, is that it is adaptable in degrees to the person practicing it. Use what is effective.
Illustrated is the Sil Lim Tao form, in which, the practitioner can learn many, of the fundamentals of Wing Chun (elbow position, protection of the centerline, foot positioning).
The area of the book, in which I spent the most time was "simultaneous attack and defense." From which, one gets the feel of why "Wing Chun" is structurally fast, logical, and its components easily integratable, to one existing fighting techniques. Great Book to add to your Martial Art Library.
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Awesome book! Shows sil lim tao and moves step by step by step! Front views and side views with instructions.Published 10 months ago by SaltyDog
This book is a classic. Teaches and clearly goes over the basics of a Yip Man lineage of Wing Chun. Bruce Lee is very involved with this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Larry G Jamieson
Nice book. Interessting for all kung fu and martial arts practitioner...Published 17 months ago by Matthias Klenk
Bought for my brother-in-law. He seemed to be happy that it was edited by Bruce Lee and that it had pictures from which to learn.Published 19 months ago by kjomac