Kung fu books

Discussion in 'Kung Fu Resources' started by Su lin, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    We all know you can't learn kung fu from books, but just thinking it might be interesting to get a list/discussion about good/bad kung fu books people have read.I'm looking for some at the moment,so recommendations will be useful.
  2. TinTin_57

    TinTin_57 'Hate's New Year!'

    I've picked up a few books along the way. I agree it would be very hard to learn from the books really but that doesn't mean I've anything negative to say about them.

    I have:-

    Shaolin Long Fist by Yang Jwing-Ming
    Drunken Monkey Kung Fu by Dr Leung Ting (this style would be more difficult than most to learn from a book!!)
    Bruce Lees Fighting method series (more about practical attack and defence, I like these)

    I'm always on the lookout for new books on different styles just out of a general interest really.
  3. Banditshaw

    Banditshaw El Bandido

    Books are a great reference to a style you already do. Also a good book will give you a glimpse of a styles particular flavor.

    A few Kung Fu books that I have on the shelf .....

    1. Tao Of Jeet Kune Do- Bruce Lee
    2. Hung Gar Kung Fu- Buck Sam Kong
    3. Dynamic art of Choy Li Fut- Lee Koon Hung
    4. Kung Fu: History, Philosophy and Technique- David Chow
    5. Seven Star Praying Mantis- Lee Kam Wing

    I have more at home but these were the first I could think of.
  4. nready

    nready Verifying DMI pool....

    I have a few books I reference all the time! This is one thought i have about on computer books they just do not allow as much interaction!

    Let me see well!
    I at one time had each of those mentioned above!
  5. TinTin_57

    TinTin_57 'Hate's New Year!'

    There are some others I forgot to mention I have....

    The art of expressing the human body - Bruce Lee
    The tao of gung fu - Bruce Lee
    Letters of the dragon - Bruce Lee

    I've also a couple of travel type books that aren't instructional,

    American Shaolin - Matt Polly (good book, see books area of forum)
    Bruce Lee & Me - Brian Preston (too much UFC in this one for me, I'm not a big fan of it)
  6. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    I DID have the Expressing the Body one by Lee, but I lent it to my sifu and haven't got it back yet! :D

    Just having a look on Amazon and there is some decent stuff around, may have to invest in some more :D
  7. Sandy

    Sandy Valued Member

  8. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Chinese Fast Wrestling for Fighting is REALLY good.
    The Sword Polisher's record by Adam Hsu is interesting.
  9. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Ah ha! Nearly bought the Chinese Fast Wrestling book in Borders today! Will have to look on Amazon marketplace for it now :D
  10. Qasim

    Qasim Valued Member

    I used to have The Tao of Jeet Kune Do and Chow's book on Kung Fu. They didn't make it in the move to the new apartment back in 2003. I'll be repurchasing Chow's book, but not the Bruce Lee book (I am so not into him anymore).

    I have:

    Chen Style Taijiquan - The Source fo Taiji Boxing by Sim & Gaffney.
    Tai Chi Chuan Principal and Practice by C.K. Chiu
    . (Autographed by him personally when I was his student for a month. Work schedule and travel time prevented me from continuing).
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2007
  11. nready

    nready Verifying DMI pool....

    I use to think that way about Bruce to cause of how he treated people. Than i let it go you know, I started to see God in everything. Excuse the religious reference, I in no way meant to sound like a bible thumper. Just I realized to each there own regardless of there own over self aggrandizement.

    I also got rid of all of Bruce's stuff to. The odd thing is I do like what Dan Insanto(SP?) has out, especially in Kali and Escrime.

    If i listed all my books it would take for ever.

    Pakua by Jerry Allen Johnson and Joseph Crandell
    well that was as far as my memory goes right now.

    Qasim I agree on Bruce.
  12. Ular Sawa

    Ular Sawa Valued Member

    The Pa Kua book referenced above is a good one. I also have "Hsing I" by James McNeil. It's good reference material.
  13. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Some interesting books.

    And this isn't a "Bruce Lee discussion" thread ;)
  14. Banditshaw

    Banditshaw El Bandido

  15. nready

    nready Verifying DMI pool....

    That actually is one of the cheap books that is worth it. Banditshaw
  16. Banditshaw

    Banditshaw El Bandido

    In a practical sense it's very very useful. It has an almost military feel in it's usage.
  17. KenpoDavid

    KenpoDavid Working Title

    KenpoDavid Please don't advertise here. Please go through the proper MAP channels. You have been warned about this several times before. Su Lin
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  18. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Noone's advertising :confused:
    Ah, OK, I missed Su Lin's edit.
  19. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

  20. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    I just got the Fast Wrestling book, looking forward to reading it! The bf is reading it first so he may have new "tricks" to try out on me!

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