Sugong : The Life of a Shaolin Grandmaster

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Nick Hurst was working in London when he threw in his job in advertising to train for four years in Malaysia and China with a kung fu grandmaster, Sugong. This is a mix of Nick's experiences in South-East Asia and the story of Sugong's extraordinary life. Initiated into kung fu by an opium-addicted master, Sugong was expelled from school, kidnapped and nearly killed in a family feud. All by the age of sixteen. His story spanned fascinating periods of history of four Asian countries, while the origins of Shaolin kung fu are explored in context.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 30mm | 439.98g
  • Sportsbooks Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1907524215
  • 9781907524219
  • 265,417

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24 ratings
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I found this book to be an excellent read. It depicts the trials and tribulations of a Kung Fu grand master and the author's experiences from training with him. Sugong has lived an incredible life, from run-ins with various shady parts of the underworld to setting up businesses, but most of all his dedication to his art. Nick interspices accounts of Sugong's life story with anecdotal stories of his own time training with him, which can be highly amusing. Well written and very interesting, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in martial arts, but I also think that anyone with an interest in the East and their culture over the ages would find this a good read as well. I finished the book in 3 days, it had me riveted!show more
by Rob Veling
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