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A Brief History of the Martial Arts: East Asian Fighting Styles, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu Paperback – 13 Dec 2016

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; 1 edition (13 December 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472136462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472136466
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A detailed study of the interaction between folklore, nationalism, religion and politics in the east Asian martial arts . . . refreshingly frank. - NEO magazine

I defy anyone to come away from this book without a deeper knowledge of all martial arts. - http://blog.alltheanime.com/books-a-brief-history-of-the-martial-arts/

[Clements'] final conclusions surprise . . . leaving the reader satisfied as well as educated. - MyM magazine

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From Shaolin warrior monks to the movies of Bruce Lee, a new history of the evolution of East Asian styles of unarmed combat, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu.

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