Me Chi And Bruce Lee: Adventures In Martial Arts by Brian PrestonMe Chi And Bruce Lee: Adventures In Martial Arts by Brian Preston

Me Chi And Bruce Lee: Adventures In Martial Arts

byBrian Preston

Paperback | June 5, 2007

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Lifelong wimp Brian Preston spends a year immersed in the world of martial arts. But can this ancient knowledge turn a pencil-necked pacifist into a Kung Fu killer?

Committed conflict-avoider and “spineless wuss” Brian Preston sets out on a personal odyssey through the global phenomenon of martial arts. Along the way he traces its history from its birthplace in the Shaolin Temple where Zen Buddhist principles were the order of the day to Bruce Lee, whose singular talent and “no-style” style brought Kung Fu to a worldwide audience, to the joint-ripping submission locks of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the theatrics of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas.

Embracing the challenges of self-transformation, Preston gives himself up to broken ribs and the submission pins of middle-aged women, all in an effort to gain the enlightenment and fearlessness of the ancient masters. But the real meat of his story is in reflective detours on such subjects as the nature of violence, fatherhood, the Tao, and modern China, sprinkled with humorous and surprising insights into the modern male psyche.

BRIAN PRESTON lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, child, and in-laws. He has been writing for a living for sixteen years, mostly for Canadian and American magazines. The New Yorker called his first book, Pot Planet, gimlet-eyed and often hilarious. For a long time he thought by gimlet they meant the alcoholic beverage, but then he...
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Title:Me Chi And Bruce Lee: Adventures In Martial ArtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.24 × 5.29 × 0.72 inPublished:June 5, 2007Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780143054221

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I bought this and read it a couple of months ago, and I found it funny and interesting. I liked how he approached the whole aspect of martial arts and it kind of allowed me to see it through his eyes in a way to test drive the idea of what kind of martial arts I would be interested in pursuing if I were to attempt one. without having to try them all. this author should do more books like this. he doesn't really seem to have a large list of books. maybe a sequel to this. or a book trying out different forms of adventure. that are high risk. like going in a shark cage, or free diving or something. I just found that by the end of the book I didn't want it to end. but also that at some point I too wanted to go on my own personal journey of inner discovery. maybe he could do a book about different religions and finding inner peace. anyway I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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"One seriously funny book. Part travelogue, part journey of discovery, part aeiiiiiiiya! chop suey adventure: What’s not to like?"
—Will Ferguson