We all love a good Kung Fu movie but it seems like it’s almost impossible to find a good Kung Fu/Taijiquan story in a book! Here’s to rectifying that!!!!
Around 29 years ago I was suprised to find that there were almost no Kung Fu fiction books out there in English. (I have asked on the Forum if you know of any. Please share with us all if you do!!) So, I began to write my own. Only for my own benefit but, long story short, I have put 2 of these stories up online this week for anyone who may want to read them. I was blown away with the immediate response (140 reads in 24 hours) so added a further 2,000 words of each story and will be adding new sections each week (see the stories for the upcoming dates).
Anyway, the reason I’m mentioning this here is that it seems clear from the response that I’m not the only one who could really enjoy a good Kung Fu story right about now! Not in the “he punches the badguy” type way but in a detailed and entertaining story. If you would also enjoy a good Kung Fu read, check out kungfustories.webs.com The first story, “Mark Of The Shaolin”, tells of a young boy’s journey through the Shaolin Temple to become a Warrior Monk. While he is far from the most talented of his “class”, he has the heart to see his journey through to the end, facing the Hall of Wooden Men. Yet should he survive where others have failed and paid with their lives, he wil then have to choose between following the Way of the Shaolin that he has dedicated his life to or avenge his family from a great evil brought upon them by his elder brother.
The second story, “Zhaoyuan – A Taijiquan Story”, is a fictionalized account of He Zhaoyuan’s life, the creator of He-Style Taijiquan. This story is based on real life events but I have had to take small liberties here and there. Basically, we can not know the name of every bandit he fought and “Bandit Number 7” just doesn’t have a good ring to it! That said, I really want to reinforce this great man (who’s legends are still told of in Zhaobao Town to this day) did indeed do the majority of the things detailed in this story. In keeping this story as accurate as possible, I have kept it at roughly 35,000 words rather than write a “complete” story of 60,000 that needed a little more from my own imagination.
Take a look, enjoy, but most of all, if you know of good Kung Fu stories, tell everyone about them! Share and let us all enjoy the goodness!!
About the author:
Steve Gilshenen is an Australian teaching English language and Chinese martial arts in Japan.
He is the author of the novel, “Mark of the Shaolin,” the first in the “Tigers of Wulin” series, due for release in 2014.
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