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Possible Origins: A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion

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A New Book by Scott Park Phillips will be the first cultural history of Chinese martial arts. Every day, millions of people practice Chinese martial arts. Most of them would love to read a history that not only incorporates all the latest research, but also uses easily accessible language to connect history to the art they practice. Everyone wants to know where their marti ...more
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published June 25th 2016 by Angry Baby Books
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Kyle Fiske
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In Possible Origins: A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater, and Religion, author Scott Park Phillips takes on the daunting task of outlining the general history of Chinese martial arts from their early origins to the present day, and he has a rather unique take.

His main premise is that in the early 20th century, in the wake of the Boxer Rebellion, China drastically altered its own martial arts, intentionally stripping them of their religious and theatrical trappings and creating a
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Raymond Goss
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. I hadn't expected the insight and new information and perspective on Chinese arts. The author's unique experience with dance, theater, martial arts and daoist practices allows him to put a better understanding of the cultural context around the development and changes in the martial arts. As a Chen Taiji practitioner, I found the topic on the story built into the Taiji Chen form really enlightening. Although not possible to prove, I had a similar conclusion as the author about the ...more
Matthew
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It takes an atypical approach to analyzing the growth, dissemination and evolution of the Chinese martial arts in a way that it's lessons can be applied to any martial art. It may be difficult to swallow for some who have preconceived notions about the origins of their martial arts but the writing is easy to follow and to understand. A good number of photos, images and links to videos are used to illustrate points made by the author.

Well worth the read whether or not
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Stephen Blake
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The writing style makes it easy to absorb the information and arguments he is making. The links made between theater, martial arts, and religion are well thought out. I've learnt some things I did not previously know, and for that alone it was well worth the read. I recommend it to anyone who studies Chinese martial arts and is interested in their possible origins, of which there seems to be many.
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Scott Park Phillips has a reputation for making his students stronger, smarter, richer, funnier and better looking. He lives in Colorado, where he mixes martial arts with improvisational theater, dance ethnology, and Daoist studies.