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TMA UnderGround >> "American Shaolin" by Matthew Polly


6/1/09 11:12 AM
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Ogami Itto
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Dudes, this is a great book, about an American who goes to Shaolin in the 1990s to train kung fu. It's not what he expects, of course - part monastery, part hard core training camp, part tourist trap, part third world village, part Communist propaganda center. But it really gets into the practical day to day of training kung fu and san shou in the land of its birth.

Long as we're throwing out book titles, I would also suggest Mark Salzman's "Iron and Silk," which came out in the 80s and was about teaching English and training kung fu in China, Salzman's "Lost in Place," which was about growing up in the 70s and training in these arts, and Jay McInerney's "Ransom," which is about training karate as an expat in 1980s Japan.
6/3/09 8:30 AM
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 I watched a movie called American Shaolin..loved it as a Kid in the 80's/early 90's.
6/3/09 9:43 AM
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I know it sounds like a bad Michael Dudikoff movie, don't it?
10/25/09 1:59 AM
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both books are great reads.

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