KUNG FU KICKING
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Yet another incarnation—but at least an authorized one—of Lee Ying Arn's classic Kung Fu breakthrough book, "Secrets of Chinese Leg Maneuvers". This book has indeed had a strange life. First Lee published it and it became something of a bestseller being one of the first Kung Fu books ever published in English. Then its Hawaiian publisher actually ripped off their own author and released an unauthorized edition. Now here is a Hong Kong edition from Yin Mei with the photos from the original cut out and pasted up for "clarity", with supplementary information and exercises added. Plum is/was/tries to be one of the last places you can find the original hard bound editions which have been scooped up by collectors. Here, if you just want the information, is a soft bound, less expensive edition which - in accordance with this book's unique lineage - might in itself become a collector's piece. Stranger things have happened in the world of Kung Fu.
This book demonstrates true Northern leg actions with almost no hand manuevers whatsoever. Lee was long-legged and elegant in his movements. Some of this is retained in this edition. Plus you get an en face Chinese/English text.
it's not the first time a publisher has undermined an author.
This is the "Advanced" (read: pilfered) edition of Lee
Ying-Arn's classic "Secrets of Chinese Leg Maneuvers".
Why McLisa, the publisher, chose to use the French spelling of
"Manoeuvres" is probably just as logical as why they
would simultaneously publish and compete with their own author,
Mr. Lee. Posed with cut-out photos by a particularly untalented
model. Much of this material duplicates the hard-to-find original
hard back edition of Lee's book and the inexpensive and more text
available we have at Plum. However, if you are awild-eyed completist
you may, as they said in the old corn flake commercials, "Want
to collect the whole set."
in Hong Kong this en face book explains in both English and Chinese
leg attack of the Shaolin School. This particular branch is known
as the JinGang-Chan school thusclaiming its lineage to Vajra Buddhist
warriors. All of these methods contribute to the famous 108 legs
attacks with the preceding book "64 Leg Attacks" and
a still- uncompleted 32 Ground Spinning leg attacks.