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This book does a great job showing the reader the theories, concepts, and principles that actually make this art work correctly. This is accomplisted using very dynamic photos with line drawings and explinations about each movement.
This book also describes Bak Mei's 3 external sets and it's 5 internal sets. It demonstrates the most essential training set of the entire Bak Mei system the: Jik Bo Kuen form. It also includes two person applications on how to apply the Jik Bo Kuen form in practical fighting drills.
This book is a descriptive and organized summary of the Bak Mei system. It is mostly a glossary of the Bak Mei system. It is great for reference and to learn more about the Bak Mei discipline.
This book is not for directly teaching you the Bak Mei system. This is not a manual in any way, its for the Bak Mei practitioner who wants to study what the art itself. It is a great choice to go along with a more manual-like Bak Mei book to give the practitioner a better idea of the over all picture of the art itself.
This book is the first book in a series. The book addresses Bak Mei with the attempt to widen the knowledge of the system. The key principles such as swallow, spit, and wrap are also touched on in this book.
This book reveals information about various Bak Mei masters and how the system came to be. It reveals alot of information from Thomas Chengs perspective about what it was like to learn this system. This book includes all the applications and form movements for the 18 Rubbing Bridges (Sap Bat Mor Kiu) form.
Bak Mei's style range is very short and its strikes are explosive and fast. It is heavily influenced by Hung-gar elements. It takes the fury of the tiger style, and the percision of the leopard style, along with various other elements from the snake, crane and dragon styles. Fighting consists of alot of deadly close range strikes primarily using the Phoenix-eye Fist technique. Like most short styles there is alot of focus on trapping your opponent's attacks while striking at the same time. Various claw techniques and joint locks are also employed consistently.
Bak Mei's style comes from Pak Mei (also known as Bak Mei). He is believed to be one of the Five Elders Of Shaolin. He is said to have survived the slaughter of the monks and a great fire at Shaolin's main temple at Henan. There are 2 stories about Pak Mei. The first is he was a spy for Shaolin against Qing and the other is that he betray Shaolin to serve the Qing. Either way it is said after he survived the burning of the temple, Pak Mei traveled to Mount Emei.There he would teach his style to Zen master Gwong Wai, who in turn would teach it to Juk Faat Wan. After that, the style was passed down secretly until it was revealed in the 19th century by three masters; Pak Ree Wong, So Qyin Chaun and Lee Fat Chan.