//Monthly book giveaway — June

Monthly book giveaway — June

This month we’re giving away three copies of Wing Chun Warrior by Ken Ing. The book has just been reviewed by Kent Ewing at Asia Times Online, who says:

The story of Duncan Leung — childhood friend of Bruce Lee and disciple of Wing Chun master Yip Man — is valuable not only for the insights it offers into Chinese martial arts but also for its portrayal of the lost Hong Kong of the 1950s and 1960s. Reading Ken Ing’s Wing Chun Warrior, which chronicles Leung’s Kung Fu escapades, will be a jarring revelation to anyone familiar with the manic but orderly and largely peaceful city of seven million people that is Hong Kong today. The city described by Ing is a place where Kung Fu practitioners wielded eight-chop knives in the streets and literally battled their way from one martial arts studio to another to prove their fighting prowess.

… As Ing tells the story, Lee may have been Yip Man’s most famous pupil, but Leung underwent more intensive training with the great man — four years of daily private lessons that started in 1955, when Leung was 13. During this time, Leung virtually forgot about regular schooling and devoted himself to learning Wing Chun from the master, training six hours a day, seven days a week.

… Soon the eager student began applying his lessons on the streets and in the Kung Fu studios of Hong Kong, and this is where Ing’s book is hard to put down. At one point, a young Leung comes across two triads (underworld figures) raining blows on a defenseless old man outside the long-defunct London Theater in Kowloon. His Wing Chun principles and reflexes immediately kick in, and the two toughs are quickly dispatched.

To win a free copy of the book, just tell us this:

Who is credited with inventing the Wing Chun form of martial arts?

Answers to pete(at)blacksmithbooks.com, Asian postal addresses only. Good luck!

2016-11-24T01:14:45+00:00 June 14th, 2009|book giveaway|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Syk from Canada June 24, 2009 at 3:51 am - Reply

    I am an outdated Wing Chun practitioner. LOL.
    I must admit, I could not fight, I only learnt Wing Chun for health reasons.
    I find this book a fascinating reference to our Overseas Chinese Heritage youth.
    I like that, in each chapter it begins with a quoted proverb from the Chinese Literatures being used as the moral of the story. The insertions of comics in the book are also entertaining.

    The historical background of Duncan Leung’s stories somehow reminded our youths of their Ethic origins, which is quite an eye opener in contrast to their present affluent western life styles they are in. Some of our youths are spoon fed; liberated, yet lacking directions and survival stamina.

    The readers will learn about the valued experience of a true Martial Artist, his hardships, and devotion submitted to the attainment of status and self-respect.

    I would recommend this book as a good ‘ kick on the bud ’ spirited stimulant to any youth.

  2. Pete June 30, 2009 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Thanks Syk. You are not outdated! It seems Wing Chun has had more attention recently thanks to the Ip Man film. Maybe more young people will take it up?

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