Martial Arts Training Manual
Paperback, 314 Pages
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Book Review by Paul Caswell This text is a rich and essential tool for anyone wanting to learn Old Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua Chang and Wu Tang Shan Nei Jia Chuan. Each component of the three systems is covered in simple yet thorough detail. As a former student of Paul’s in the late 90’s I only wish that I had this manual available to me as a student. It fills in many gaps, answers many questions and acts as both a reminder for learning that has taken place, and a signpost for future learning paths. In many ways, this text reflects Paul’s characteristics both as a teacher, a healer and a man. He is epitomizes the Yin Yang symbol. He (and thus the text) is a vast font of internal martial and healing art knowledge. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in the Chinese Martial Arts. Paul Caswell 2009
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Jul 22, 2019Foreword 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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- CCMA Press
- July 9, 2019
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.48 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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