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The Secrets of Eagle Claw Kung-fu by Leung Shum
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May 18, 2011

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Solid Introduction to Eagle Claw Kung Fu

This book by Leung Shum (Shum is his surname) is a great introduction to the ideas, principles, and forms of eagle claw kung fu (yingzhaofanziquan). Shum talks about the history of the style, before he explains basic methods of training like hand techniques, kicks, and stances, as well as a quick look at the variety of weapons trained in the system. A basic 2-person form is shown as well, which is very nice, as it clearly demonstrates the principles and strategy of the eagle claw system (for example, claw-grab and strike). Finally, Shum gives readers a treat by explaining the first 30 of the famous 108 joint locks of eagle claw. The book is illustrated with high-quality black and white photographs, making it very easy to understand. I also personally enjoyed Shum's anecdotes, including experiences seeing very strange, but amazing, performances as a child in Hong Kong! A great book, especially valuable with the dearth of good books about eagle claw! I do wish that Chinese characters for movements were included in the book - and some more of the 108 joint locks, or perhaps a basic one-person form would have been nice!

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