- Sep 21, 2005
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- San Francisco
This is a pretty good book that talks about the development of martial arts in China over the centuries and millennia. It is worth reading. It is not so much about the development of individual styles, although there is a little bit about that. Rather, it is more about the larger trends related to military actions and how that affected martial development as battlefield methods, that later became empty-hand methods as the socio-political climate changed along with technology.I do not find it reasonable to think that the MA taught and practiced in a temple by monks was NOT infused with some degree of their beliefs. There is a close connection to mind, body and spirit and all three do affect execution of technique.
Anyway, whether some of TMA's mythology is true, partly true or just made up and passed on as fact is actually irrelevant. The fact is that it was largely embraced and acted upon by those who played a part in the evolution of kung fu and karate. As such, these ideas did enter the TMA realm and played a part in its development. This is the power of mythology.