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  • By Uta Demontis
    Jul 22, 2019
    Foreword by David Leffman I’ve known Paul for almost thirty years, and I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t training hard to become a “martial arts hero”, as he once jokingly put it. Well, in my opinion he’s made it, despite the occasional rocky patch along the way. It’s easy to look at great martial artists and dismiss their talents as natural ability, and therefore beyond ordinary people. But Paul doesn’t have unusual natural ability. Paul’s skill comes from his dedication to training, his ability to judge his efforts truthfully and his determination to understand why and how things work. As a result, his martial arts display real “kung fu” – skill achieved through effort. Though he changes his mind and opinions over time, he’s one of the most truthful people I know; if you ask him a question he’ll tell you what he really thinks. This truthfulness comes from many, many real fight experiences, both in the ring and occasionally, in the street; something that forces you to honestly... More > assess your skills and failings. Perhaps that’s why this book sometimes seems to focus unnervingly on fighting and applications but, in the end, that is what martial arts are all about. Through them, we become more honest about ourselves; if we’re honest with ourselves, we can understand ourselves better and if we want to, use our understanding to lead better lives. So, two things I’ve learned from Paul are to train hard and to be honest about the results. But it helps if you don’t do either without thinking. A good deal of this book seems a bit esoteric, banging on about wu chi, yin and yang, the Tao, “nature” and obscure sayings by famous Chinese masters. But it’s strange how, as your training progresses, these things become so much more important and begin to make sense. A one-liner like “Make a noise to the east, attack to the west” starts off by being bafflingly vague but eventually gives you an insight into everything from battle tactics to internal energy flow. Finally “getting” core principles is always exciting, and these philosophical classics provide a real insight into the martial arts – though understanding them can take a while. Finally, this book is an invaluable reference for studying Paul’s material, but at its heart are some simple truths for all martial artists: train hard, be honest and think about what you’re doing. With that, you’ll become, not a version of Paul, but a better version of yourself.< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
CCMA Press
Published
July 9, 2019
Language
English
Pages
314
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.48 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
Product ID
24168557
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