Wing Chun is the most popular form of Chinese Kung Fu in the world today, with over four million practitioners. The art as it is presently understood has been handed down from teacher to student for more than three hundred years.
Until now, no one has ever stepped back and taken a critical look at why this art’s techniques are presented and performed the way they are. This book, by Wing Chun master Danny Xuan and martial-arts authority John Little, is the first to decipher these techniques that until now have been encrypted within this art.
Xuan and Little reveal how Wing Chun was designed holistically, based on the laws of physics, human nature, and biomechanics. It was also designed with economy, efficiency, and productivity in mind. Unlike other martial arts, Wing Chun doesn’t focus on making a person larger, more rugged, acrobatic or animal-like; rather, it focuses on making optimal use of one’s own bodily structure and power potential by applying the sciences of biomechanics and physics. Thus, it is possible for males and females of all ages and sizes to excel in this art.
The Tao of Wing Chun provides a readable, authoritative means of cultivating personal protection skills, enhanced flexibility, improved coordination, greater stamina, and physical and mental fitness while simultaneously cultivating humility, focus, determination, self-confidence, character, camaraderie, and deep inner strength. Foremost, this book offers the reader the means by which to apply Wing Chun principles in daily life.
Enhanced by forty-eight full-color illustrations, The Tao of Wing Chun will fascinate, educate, and entertain a wide range of readers?from beginner to master.
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John Little is a martial artist who has studied both Wing Chun (under Danny Xuan) and Jeet Kune Do (under Bruce Lee's last private student Ted Wong) and is also an inductee into the American Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is an award-winning filmmaker ("Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey") and the author of over forty books on subjects ranging from physical fitness and health to martial arts, history and philosophy.
Danny Xuan has been a Wing Chun practitioner for over forty years. He travels internationally to instruct and has been featured in documentaries on the art produced by studios such as Warner Bros. Danny writes an instructional column for Wing Chun Illustrated magazine.