Paul Brecher is the Founder and Chief Instructor of The College of Chinese Martial Arts. All his martial arts experience (he has been training since 1977) is contained in the Training Manual of The College of Chinese Martial Arts. Paul’s books have been translated into many different languages for the international market and since 1997 he has sold over 100,000 books worldwide, including in mainland China.
This book contains detailed information about the three Chinese Martial Arts Systems of:
Wutang Shan Nei Jia Chuan ( Wudang Shan Nejia Quan )
Tai Chi Chuan ( Taiji Quan )
Pa Kua Chang ( Bagua Zhang )
All students and instructors of The College of Chinese Martial Arts refer to this book for guidance and direction in their training. It contains the syllabus of the college and explains the history and philosophy of these Chinese Martial Arts and their forms, training methods, theories and principles. Ancient texts and modern explanations are used to explain the way of moving for healing and the fa jin explosive striking method for fighting. The location of the anatomical weak points that are targeted in both the empty hand and weapons sets are all revealed.
This book is now also available to the general public who have an interest in Chinese Martial Arts and would like access to this information.
The Training Manual of The College of Chinese Martial Arts costs 19.95 UK pounds. You can pay online with a credit card using Pay Pal or with your own Pay Pal account, just click on the ‘Add To Cart’ button to be taken to both methods of payment.
Book Review by Paul Caswell
This martial arts text is a huge piece of work, predominantly aimed at students of the College of Chinese Martial Arts; in essence it is a detailed reference manual, covering all aspects of training at the College. The theoretical, the historical and the technical. When I first received a copy in the post I was struck by the sheer size of it. Thankfully it is a rich and essential tool for anyone wanting to learn Old Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua Chang and Wutang Shan Nei Jia Chuan. Each component of the three systems is covered in simple yet thorough detail. In the past I have spent a small fortune on a wide variety of training manuals, only to be disappointed by the wasted images and flowery words used to fill the book. No such crime has been committed by Paul. There are no fancy stories, self-publicising images or unnecessary material. Just excellent quality teaching notes, written simply and easy to follow. Don’t be fooled in thinking that this is a how-to manual. It is a tool designed to build deeper learning and supplement good old fashioned hard work done in class and at home.
As a former student of Paul’s in the late 90’s I only wish that I had this manual available to me as a student. I remember trying to write my own detailed notes, it took me more time than necessary; it took me away from training and into writing about training. This text that Paul has produced now means that students do not need to waste time making unnecessary training notes. Everything in his system is in this text. It fills in many gaps, answers many questions and acts as both a reminder for learning that has taken place, and a signpost for future learning paths. This book has shown me how much I had learned in my time with Paul but also how much I had not learned.
This text reflects Paul’s characteristics both as a teacher, a healer and a man. He epitomizes the Yin Yang symbol. He (and thus the text) is a vast font of internal martial and healing art knowledge, but he does not want to hold onto this information and slowly give it to you like masters of old. This text should be likened to an encyclopaedia of all he teaches. But it is only a compliment to regular training with Paul.
This training manual demonstrates that Paul is tenacious and utterly committed to his training and thus developing his students. He smiles when he trains and does not take himself too seriously. This training manual is just that, a manual, not a doctrine to be worshiped. Paul is a formidable yet humble martial artist, he believes in what he does, what he teaches. More importantly, just like the material in this text, he can expertly and clearly demonstrate material in class. Paul is a writer second and a martial artist first. He can subtly evade your attacks, penetrate your defenses and make you wonder why you did not feel anything until his finger tips are millimetres from your eyes and throat whilst smiling as you realize what has just happened.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in the Chinese Martial Arts and those on the path learning Paul’s material, beginner or advanced. Note the emphasis on the word martial. This text, like Paul is a shining example of the chuan, the fist, the kung fu, the hard work being both an integral and primary aspect of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts.
Dim Mak for Martial Arts