The Effortless Power of Kung Fu: An introduction to the background, training and tactics of Chinese martial arts.

The Effortless Power of Kung Fu: An introduction to the background, training and tactics of Chinese martial arts.

by Paul Chapman


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If you are serious about learning kung fu or just interested in what kung fu really is then buy this book.

This is an excellent introduction to the extraordinary World Of Kung Fu. This book guides you through everything you need to know from the roles of forms and sparring, through the fascinating history of kung fu to how to find a good teacher. It goes on to give an excellent grounding in stances, effective punches, kicks, throws and so on. Finally, it gives tactics in how to deal both physically and mentally with real street violence. This includes how to deal with kick boxer type attacks, grapplers and even multiple attackers. Countering the effects of fear and anger are very important and are dealt with as well. We live in a world where kung fu is increasingly being seen as not offering realistic combat skills. This book, the first in a series, shows that this is not the case. Kung fu, when it is taught and trained properly, still has an awful lot to offer.

The Effortless Power of Kung Fu has as much to interest the seasoned martial artist as it does the beginner. There are principles, skills and tactics here that are rarely seen in most kung fu schools.

• Discover the fascinating history and background of kung fu

• Understand the keys to maximising your power

• Learn physical exercises to prepare your body

• Train effective blocks, strikes, kicks, throws and more

• Learn realistic tactics for self-defence

• Prepare yourself physically and mentally for whatever life can throw at you

This is the first in a series of books, each of which delves deeper into a traditional and comprehensive kung fu system.

"I have never met or trained with Paul Chapman before, but upon reading this book I see many similarities in the way we teach and train, so I hope we will cross paths soon. I find the book very informative and down to earth, it's a really good look at what is Kung Fu and why should we do it”

Eli Montaigue - Head of the World Taiji Boxing Association and named successor to the Erle Montaigue System.

"A labor of love. Mr. Chapman explains the concepts behind Chinese martial arts techniques in scientific terms that enables the reader to grasp the theories and techniques that he explains."

Michael Quebec - Fremont, CA Unified School District, Physical Education

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992708115
Publisher: Fairwater Press
Publication date: 07/06/2017
Series: Effortless Power , #1
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents



Chapter One – What is Kung Fu?

Four levels

Weapons Training

The yin and yang of kung fu

How kung fu differs from other martial arts

Chapter Two – Functionality in Forms

Why adaptability is so important

Forms as a learning aid

Where did the function go?

From forms to formlessness

Chapter Three – Sparring and Effectiveness

Is sparring proof of effectiveness?

Combat variables

Technique sparring

From forms to sparring

Chapter Four – The Rise and Fall of Kung Fu

Chapter Five – The Erosion of Kung Fu

The lack of experimentation

The rise of acrobatics

Legends and lineages

Chapter Six – Why Learn Kung Fu?

Chapter Seven – Finding a School

Traditional martial arts vs combat sports

Belts and gradings

What to look for in a teacher

Kung fu titles

The true kung fu Master

Chapter Eight – The Basics of Training

The kung fu body

Chapter Nine – Stance Training

Horse Stance

Dragon Stance

Tiger Stance

Cat Stance

Crane Stance

Chapter Ten – Bodyweight Exercises


Push Ups

Pull Ups

Leg Raises

The Flying Crane

Chapter Eleven – Flexibility and Mobility

Why flexibility is king

Hard and soft tension

The Hip and Shoulder Opener

The Clock

Circular Training

Chapter Twelve – Moving with Power

Dragon Step

Half Dragon Step

Half Tiger Step

Cat Step

Chapter Thirteen – Guarding and Blocking

The extended guard

Yin And Yang Blocks

Chapter Fourteen – Whole-Body Punching

The mechanics of punching

The dangers of hand conditioning

Iron palm training

Weapons training

Dragon Punch

Tiger Punch

Chain Punch

Chapter Fifteen – Kicking in Real Life

Don’t kick high

Front Kick

Back Kick

Chapter Sixteen – Effortless Throwing

The groundfighting myth

The three parts to a throw

Dragon Throw

Forward Horse Throw

Backward Horse Throw

Chapter Seventeen – Connected Power in Kung Fu

The two power movements

Practice one movement

Chapter Eighteen – Gaining Control

The rising tide of panic

The three types of attacker

The three types of martial arts

Connect and Control

The common types of assault

Chapter Nineteen – Defences Against Grabs

The yin block defence

Eagle raises its wings

Wrist pull down

Defences against grabs from behind

Chapter Twenty – Defences Against Strikes

Chapter Twenty-One – Defences Against Kicks

Chapter Twenty-Two – Defences Against Grapplers

Chapter Twenty-Three – Defences Against Multiple Opponents

Afterword - The 8 animal styles

Tiger style

Crane style

Leopard style

Monkey style

Eagle style

Snake style

Mantis style

Dragon style

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