Essentials of Chinese Wushu

 by Wu Bin, 1995 | 
Wu Bin is a wushu coach who has produced more wushu champions than any other coach in China. Among his students are Jet Li, Li Jinheng, Cao Yue, Zhang Guifeng, Zhang Hongmei, Hao Zhihua, Huang Qiuyan, Wang Ying, Sun Qibo, Tang Laiwei, Kenny Perez (his first American Wushu student and representative), and Wang Fang.
Wu began his career after graduating from the Beijing Physical Culture University Wushu Department in 1963 by becoming a coach of the famous Beijing Wushu Team.
From 1986 to 1992, Wu Bin also held a position as Chairman of the Technical Department of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute. Presently, Wu Bin is the president of the Beijing Wushu Institute, the director of the Beijing Wushu Team, as well as holding top positions in the Chinese Wushu Association, Asian Wushu Federation, International Wushu Federation, and the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF). He has also written 18 books, and is one of only 19 9th-level Duan masters in China.
Wu Bin has teamed up with American Bonnie Hood and held Young Champions summer camps to teach young students basic wushu. Following these summer camps Wu Bin invited a select few students to train in China with his athletes. Now, some of his athletes reside in the US and continue to train students in wushu and Tai Chi including shi fu Wang Fang otherwise known as coach Kelly in Michigan’s Oriental Martial Arts Centre.






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A History of Chinese Martial Arts

edited by Fuhua Huang and Fan Hong, 2020 | 

Chinese martial arts have a long, meaningful history and deep cultural roots. They blend the physical components of combat with strategy, philosophy and tradition, distinguishing them from Western sports.
A History of Chinese Martial Arts is the most authoritative study ever written on this topic, featuring contributions from leading Chinese scholars and practitioners. The book provides a comprehensive overview of all types of Chinese martial arts, from the Pre-Qin Period (before 222 BC) right up to the present day in the People’s Republic of China, with each chapter covering a different period in Chinese history. Including numerous illustrations of artefacts, weaponry and historical drawings and documents, this book offers unparalleled insight into the origins, development and contemporary significance of martial arts in China.
This is a fascinating read for researchers and students working in sports history, Chinese sport and Chinese Studies.

From the review by Gabe Logan (Northern Michigan University):

This work examines the entwinement of martial arts and China. It begins with prehistoric Sinanthropus’s fight for survival, details the continual evolution of fighting systems through each of China’s major dynasties, and concludes with its place and purpose in the People’s Republic of China. It explores individual fighting styles, military strategies, martial skills used in theater and opera, mass performances, and current sporting roles…
… China’s Ministry of Sport first published this work in 1994. In the nearly twenty-five years since its current translation, its research remains valid. Martial arts maintained a central role in China’s history. The military depended on fighters, the population used it for health and recreations, and performers entertained the populace with their skilled fighting acrobatics. However, the recent global dissemination of Chinese fighting needs elaboration. Following the collapse of the Nationalists, many skilled practitioners left China. For example, the famous martial artist Ip Mann fled to Hong Kong. One of his top students, Bruce Lee, arguably introduced Chinese martial arts to an international audience via his
acting career and impressive skills. A chapter that accounts for this globalization of Chinese martial arts should be included.
This work will appeal to several academic driplines including military science, history, social anthropology, and sport studies. It demonstrates the evolution of armed and unarmed fighting skills as both a social constant and sport.



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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

 by Peter M. Wayne, PhD, with Mark L. Fuerst, 2013 | 

A long-time teacher and Harvard researcher presents the latest science on the benefits of T’ai Chi as well as a practical daily program for practitioners of all ages

Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigour and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.
Dr Peter M. Wayne, a long-time Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. This book includes:
• The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs
• Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities
• An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi
• Up-to-date summaries of the research on the health benefits of Tai Chi
• How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance
• And much more

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My Pocket Tai Chi: Improve Focus. Reduce Stress. Find Balance.

 by Adams Media, 2018 | 
This essential take-anywhere guide explains the numerous mindfulness benefits of tai chi and shows how to use this ancient martial art to reduce stress and improve overall wellness.
Often called “moving mediation,” tai chi is an ancient practice with numerous health benefits our modern, over-stressed society needs. Not only is tai chi a proven stress reliever, it’s also been shown to increase balance, flexibility, and strength, and improve muscle tone, sleep, mood, and overall sense of well-being.
This book teaches readers the essential principles and techniques of tai chi while showing you how to use tai chi as an effective mindfulness technique to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve your state of mind. With more than 60 illustrations to help you understand and master essential tai chi moves, this handy, portable package makes My Pocket Tai Chi a perfect companion for practicing tai chi in your own backyard and beyond.

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