Book: The Essence of Shaolin White Crane by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
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Release Date: December 1, 1996
The secrets of internal power are revealed in this expert guide to Internal and External martial Qigong. This comprehensive martial arts training guide explores White Crane Kung Fu (Gongfu), one of the most famous martial styles developed in China. Martial Arts Qigong is integral to White Crane kung Fu and is a proven way to build explosive fighting power, known as Jin.
In addition to fighting power, martial Qigong builds robust health and longevity. By focusing on the spine and torso, Shaolin White Crane develops and maintains a strong, supple upper body. Flexibility and strength of the spine are notable results of this training.
It is commonly recognized that Shaolin White Crane is the root of Okinawan Karate, and has heavily influenced Japanese martial arts. From this book, a Karate practitioner will be able to trace this root back, and gain profound comprehension of empty-hand styles.
- Long time hidden secrets of White Crane revealed.
- A comprehensive analysis of Internal and External martial Qigong.
- Complete sets of White Crane Hard and Soft Qigong training.
- A thorough examination of martial power (Jin).
- Presents more than 60 White Crane Jin patterns.
- Learn mental and physical training for explosive fighting power.
- Over four hundred action photographs and illustrations.
Great Reference for White Crane Qigong, Heri "martial artist" (Amazon reviewer) March, 2010
The book is a definitive reference for white crane kung fu students, at an intermediate or advanced levels.Yang Jwing-Ming Adds Depth to Training Methods, Daniel Wilkewitz (Amazon reviewer) February, 1998
While I do not study Yang Ming's white crane style (I do flying white crane), the explanations are long, detailed, and extensive to understand his teachings. The photos demonstrating qigong exercices are also very helpful. I didn't really get qigong previously, but having tried the basic exercices in the middle of the book, I can't wait to try out the advanced ones.
It's definitely one of the best kung-fu book i've had so far, one I'll read and re-read for the upcoming months.
This is a remarkable book, the likes of which I have been searching for for some time. While most books on martial arts focus on specific techniques for defense, this work is concerned with the development of the power which enables techniques-both from an internal and external perspective. The book is quite in depth and, in my opinion, would be best reserved until a solid foundation in one's own art is attained. One of the book's first sections is a historical exposition of Chinese martial arts. It is quite good. From there the author charts a clear path to developing both external and internal power. If you are a martial artist looking for ways to extend and deepen your training this book is not to be missed.