Synopses & Reviews
While words and theory are not a substitute for the physical and mental training required to polish one's kung-fu, they are an essential part of the learning process, allowing the mind to process commands and concepts that help the body move in a special, kung-fu way.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The meaning of words, however, can be bent and distorted to have a detrimental effect on kung-fu. In fact, today kung fu is like a sword of incomparable value that has lost its shine and sharpness because of the many misconceptions spawned from the words and images in books and movies and the errant teachings of unqualified instructors.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Sword Polisher's Recordandlt;/iandgt;, originally a monthly column that appeared for more than a decade in three magazines, including Kungfu magazine and Black Belt magazine, became a way of polishing the kung-fu sword, clearing up the misconceptions that are causing it to become dull and rusty.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Highlighted with over 60 illustrations, andlt;iandgt;The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung-Fuandlt;/iandgt;, an anthology of the monthly column, is organized into eight inter-connected sections, each examining a different aspect of kung-fu including its foundations, theories, important concepts and principles related to kung-fu styles and forms, usage, and training, and discussions on the future of kung-fu and it's place in our lives.
This collection of essays clears up the common misconceptions about the art of kung-fu.
These writings by Kung Fu master Adam Hsu were originally monthly magazine columns that aimed to correct the many misconceptions about Kung Fu in films, books, and in the words of errant teachers.
About the Author
Adam Hsu spent twenty-five years living in Taiwan where he studied several northern kung-fu styles under the most respected kung-fu masters, including Sifu Han Ching Tan and the late Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao. When he moved to the united States in 1978, he taught traditional kung-fu throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1990 he founded the non-profit Traditional Wushu Association, dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perfection of traditional kung-fu. He has been featured on the cover of over a dozen martial arts magazines throughout the world, and his monthly columns have appeared in andlt;iandgt;Black Beltandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;MA Trainingandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Wu Shu Kung-Fuandlt;/iandgt; magazines.