Amid the chaos of trying to deal with floods, closed businesses and being cut off from many resources and connections I made to help build my business (now lost in the floods). Amid trying to get the Black Dragon Ninjitsu Home Study Course available to the public &, getting behind on projected goals but still trying to move forward. I have the distinct pleasure of publishing Chris Friedman's book Kung-Fu: Throws, Locks & Anti-Locking. Now available for sale at Shadow Warrior Publishing.
This book was a pleasure to read, not only has Chris been living in China and studying at the Shaolin Temple for nearly a decade but, he has starred in documentaries and even went so far as to written articles for Kung-Fu/Tai Chi Magazine. Chris does an excellent job comparing grappling methods of previously styles of martial arts he has studied such Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo, Tand Soo Do and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu to the Chinese arts of Bagua Zhang, Shuai Jiao and Shaolin Kung Fu. As well as, demonstrating the throws and grappling techniques hidden in Kung-fu forms. Something learned by very few training in The Skill, today.
More so, Chris having lived and trained in China has lived to truth that the Shaolin, and other Chinese martial artists do not focus on a single style (this is often a claim used by "traditionalists" to keep money coming back to them as they do not want students cross-training and spending their money elsewhere) but, instead cross train in different systems to be more complete martial artists. As well as, various stories about the author's own experiences using martial arts for self-defense in America and abroad.
I suggest this book not only to Kung-fu stylists but anyone interested in martial arts and self-defense. Training with Chris Friedman and in China can be achieved by visiting Shaolinwithchris.com to study the real thing in China, as well...