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The History and Philosophy of Kung Fu: an Introduction
Kung fu is an ancient Chinese martial art that incorporates internal cultivation practices of breathing exercises, meditation and gymnastics into an even older indigenous system of fighting skills. This book traces the evidence of its origins all the way back to the Warring States and early Han Dynasty period, covering the 4th to 2nd centuries BC. It then tells the story ...more
Paperback, 1, 224 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Philosophers' Circle
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Sep 27, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a very well-written, and quite thorough, history of the Kung Fu martial art. It focuses very strongly on the connection between the philosophical underpinnings of Kung Fu and the martial art itself, and traces the history from ancient shamanism and fighting techniques to the present day. Unlike Lorge (History of Chinese Martial Arts), who claims there is no direct evidence for philosophical Kung Fu until a few hundred years ago, Mikhailov asserts that the philosophical aspect has been in ...more