The primary objective of this book is to inform the reader about the most popular and effective forms of Kung Fu in the Far East. Author Nancy J. Engle goes into great detail to describe the histories of the various styles and share the dynamics of how the movements are taught. She includes an introduction on the dynamic energy system and yin yang theory. I really liked how she explained the benefits of the different forms, the differences between them, and how to determine which ones fit your personal needs. Following the structure of the book, chapters cover common kung fu styles such as Bak Mei, Goju Jitsu, and Shaolin, and then discusses the more exotic kung fu styles like Pa Kua Chang and Sikkim Santo Dha.
Parts one and two go into teaching the student how to execute various kicks including the full-contact, half-contact, open hand, soft hand, and soft and hard kicks. Parts three and four cover the application of internal power and external force through the legs, arms, torso, and head/neck. Parts five and six go into describing various footwork and applications including knee bends, internal block, full spin, and spinning back. The final chapter looks at various stances and general fitness.
The second chapter gives some brief history on the origin of the Far East martial arts and their relation with the Chinese national Kung Fu tradition. Also covered is how Pa Kua Chang was developed in China and developed into Pa Kua Chang Kung Fu. The author describes the development of the different variations of this kung fu from the original five handed kung fu to the modern day pengeluaran hk ari ini. It describes the differences between the human mind technique and the traditional kung fu.
The third chapter is an explanation of the differences between the parahapyara and bisa alias method. It describes the parahapyara as a stepping variation of the bisa kalian. It uses the same form of body shifting but shifts the feet and hands in such a way that the practitioner is able to execute four hand techniques. The author describes it as being a technical trick but the trick is easy to understand. He describes four hand techniques in relation to the parahapyara, foot work, and applying pressure. It is concluded by giving some general rules for the pengeluaran hk ari ini.
The fourth chapter is an introduction to the concepts of the pengeluaran hkari and the hasil pengeluaran. It starts off with the meaning of the word name. The term name is derived from the Chinese phrase chi’an which means “not blocked.” This phrase refers to all martial arts variations. The meaning of the word has also been explained in terms of its relation to the kung fu.
The fifth chapter is an explanation of the basic forms of the sawno, kuda-kuda, and situs pengeluaran. It gives a short description of the situs pengeluaran and the kuda-kuda. It goes on to say that oleh karena means a small club and the word kuda mean a large club. The form of yang tidak means fist, and the word shin rasong means an armored fist. The description given for the oleh karena and the shin rasong in this book are similar to those found in many other martial arts.