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Choy Li Fut [Paperback]

Ddoc Wong
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks detail and explanation March 11 2002
By A Customer
This is an OK book on choy li fut gung fu by the grandmaster of this style. Yes, its impossible to become a gung fu master without a teacher, training and effort. However I expected far more from this book than what it delivers. Its so so on basics and concepts but lacks critical details on how to do footwork, punches and kicks as well as no form or technique instruction on the huge arsenal of choy li fut weapons such as the plum blosson spear and kwan do. For a better gung fu book, check out Bruce Lee's books on JKD as well as the Hung Gar Kung Fu books by Bucksam Kong. The photos in this Choy Li Fut book are difficult at best to follow. I just hope that grandmaster Doc Fai-Wong rewrites and updates this book to make it worthy.
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Unless you have former training in Kung Fu, nothing much but frustration would be gained from reading this book. It's basically a collection of fancy poses labeled in Chinese with not much description on how these movements are executed. So since you you rely solely on the b&w photographs to learn the art, you run into confustion because some of them are unclear, especially in the hand attacks. Sure, there's an interesting history of the art of Choy Li Fut at the beginning of the book, but as far as actually learning the art, it would be safe to say you'd be a far cry cry from a dark sash any time soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good, but short book. Oct. 24 1998
By A Customer
This Choy Li Fut book is a pretty good introductory book on the Choy Li Fut system. I've heard of lots of tales about the systems origins, but this has it. Well, don't be fooled by the cover where it says step-by-step guide to the fighting secrets of Southern China's....There's only 2 forms: Five Wheel Stance and Fist. In some points, I'd have to agree with the first comment on this page. It doesn't even describe the movement of the forms. The pictures aren't pretty clear. At least it's more genuine than the Choy Lay Fut book by Lee Koon Hung.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of photos, little substance Oct. 19 2003
This is one of the few books I've been able to find on CLF, and found it incredably lacking. If it weren't for two forms presented inside the book, it would be little more than a pamphlet. The reader gets an introduction into Choy Li Fut, but not enough to really learn anything. Liniage is presented, weapons used are named, and you get to see a couple of poorly-shot photos of finnished techniques. I don't really recomend that anyone get this book, unless you want to learn CLF's first two forms and have no teacher.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a boring book Nov. 22 1998
By A Customer
This book is really boring. The author does not describe what form is (At first, I thought it were the patterns in this style). It probably looks like that the author didn't put much effort into this book's content. The pictures weren't pretty clear. It didn't describe all the hand forms, but only the close fist forms. I had to learn them from my past experience in Shaolin Kungfu. The author didn't put good describing words in either. Not reccommended.
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