Discover Chinese wushu with this concise and easy-to-read primer. Wushu, also known as kung fu, has the art of attack and defence at its centre and is an umbrella term for the Chinese martial arts. With accurate and defined illustrations, this book covers all the basics of wushu, including: - Origins of wushu - Key principles and etiquette - Wushu schools - Wushu in film, art and culture - Health benefits - Tips for practice and 'becoming Bruce Lee'. With an accompanying instructional DVD that demonstrates a key practice, it is the perfect introduction for newcomers to Chinese martial arts, as well as anyone interested in martial traditions more generally. It also provides key practice tips and cultural insights for seasoned wushu practitioners.
Zhou Qingjie is Associate Professor of Physical Education Teaching and Research at Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, and has an MA in Sports Humanistic Sociology. He has been practicing martial arts, including Taijiquan, Qigong, Sanda (Chinese boxing) and other forms of Wushu with weapons since his childhood. He has taught Wushu as both compulsory and optional subjects at the Foreign Affairs University, and has been invited to teach Wushu and Taijiquan at Peking University and Beijing Normal University. Due to his achievements in the bilingual teaching of Taijiquan and his theoretical research in physical education, he received the award of 'Top Beijing Innovator for Education' in 2005.
1. What is Chinese Wushu? 2. What Else besides Bruce Lee Should You Know? 3. Wushu: From Stone-Age Battles to Modern Fantasies. 4. Key Words - To Open the Door to Wushu. 5. The Family Tree of Wushu. 6. Chinese Wushu and Health. 7. Beginning to Become Bruce Lee.
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