Chinese Gong Fu

Toward a Body-Centered Understanding


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About the Author(s)

College writing instructor R.F. Gonzalez has been involved in the martial arts for several decades. He lives in Mesquite, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Ricardo Francisco Gonzalez
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6221-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3781-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “In this well-researched and finely written book on one of the most esoteric and mysterious aspects of Chinese culture, R.F. Gonzalez provides a captivating account of the core of Chinese martial arts that integrates cognitive science, Chinese thought, ethnographic fieldwork, and personal practice. His book should be read not only by martial arts practitioners but also by scholars of anthropology, ethnography, folklore, Eastern thought, and scientific approaches to human potentials.”—Ming Dong Gu, PhD, author, Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism
• “Kung fu is a blend of ritual, spiritual practice, animism, and martial arts that holds a unique place among the world’s cultural traditions. Gonzales brings much-needed insight into this complex and often misunderstood tradition. Chinese Gong Fu will become a cornerstone of kung fu studies.”—Thomas Riccio, professor of performance and aesthetic studies, University of Texas at Dallas
• “Chinese Gong Fu: Toward a Body-Centered Understanding is a fascinating look into both the what and the why of gong fu as well as the union of body, soul, and environment that helped the ancients bring balance to their lives and which still brings calm to gong fu practitioners today.”—Antonio Graceffo, PhD, author of The Monk from Brooklyn: An American at the Shaolin Temple