Barefoot Zen: The Shaolin Roots of Kung Fu and Karate
The author demonstrates that the traditional movements of both Kung Fu and Karate grew from the spiritual practices of the Shaolin order of Buddhist monks. Contrary to popular belief, they were not intended as a form of self defence, but used as a method of kinetic meditation to transcend fear.
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Provides a strong historical perspective to the Shaolin derrived arts and some of the foundations of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Some of the historical claims are not well referenced but the majority of the text is very well researched, if somewhat subjective in places.