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Chinese Martial Arts

The historic philosophical foundation for Chinese martial arts mostly lies in Chan Buddhism, Taoism, Legalism and Confucianism. Moral codes from the Shaolin Temple and the world of Jiang Hu also have been heavily influenced by Chinese martial arts philosophy.

The Shaolin philosophy, which you can find in martial arts across the globe, focuses on healing rather than hurting. By understanding combat, you can avoid it. If you hurt someone, you must know how to heal him. Sadly, these ideals have been rapidly disappearing over the past 20 years.

The Jiang Hu world (“rivers and lakes”) was an alternative society of beggars, outcasts, martial heroes and villains. While they coexisted with normal society, they had their own laws, brotherhood and values, such as righteousness, loyalty, chivalry and gallantry. Honor came before everything else, and it was the duty of a hero to help those who couldn’t defend themselves.

Chinese martial arts schools are set up like families. The sifu (teacher/father) and his wife, the shimu (teacher/mother), instruct the students, who are called older or younger brothers and sisters. Although the father’s word is final, there’s always room for discussion.

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  1. The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

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    This new edition of the landmark book gives martial arts enthusiasts and collectors exactly what they want: more Bruce Lee.

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  8. Wing Chun Street Fighting DVD 1 Preview

    Wing Chun Street Fighting DVD 1 Preview

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  9. Wing Chun Street Fighting DVD 2 Preview

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