Wing Chun: The Works Paperback – October 13, 2011
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You can't learn any martial art from a book, it is by its very nature a hands on endeavour. What you can do is gain a deeper understanding. This book is as others have said a compilation that has been amended to include new insights. Alan is one of the most respected and knowledgable Ving Tsun practitioners in the UK. This is a great way to get to spend some time with him, even if you can't train with him in person it lets you have some of his knowledge on the subject.
Gives you lots to think about.
Author has carried on learning even when at the top of his branch of Wing Chun he has looked elsewhere to learn more and is passing this knowledge on.Great book.
That is, this book will not teach you Wing Chun (no book will, for that matter), but it can help - a lot - to hone your skills.
Greatly appreciated, and highly recommended, independent of your Wing Chun / Ving Tsun / Wing Tjun lineage (and even if you are adept of other Martial Arts).
If you want to learn the empty hand forms of Wing Chun from a book, as a student of another art or a novice, I recommend Samuel Kwok's Mastering Wing Chun - I would recommend that you find a good instructor if you are serious about Wing Chun, but that is up to you. If you are already a practising student of Wing Chun, regardless of your lineage, and want to apply it for self protection, Alan Gibson's books are for you. This is the most complete of those books.
All I can say to you is this, I have many books on Wing Chun, but this is the only one that makes sense to someone who wants to learn. It is written by someone who has also struggled and overcome to get to their dream. It is written with honesty, vast knowledge and it inspires you!
Some people look at the sky and wish, but some get to fly.. which are you?
Even if you dont do Wing Chun, but are interested in a combat art, buy it, you wont be sorry. But be aware Wing Chun is not a destination, but a journey - a bit like life!