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28 Aug 2011

13 Responses to “Book Review of Chambers – & Interview with Author Sarah Gerdes”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    I had not heard of this book, John! I was never a fan of the many early chaotic Chinese martial arts movies, but I loved the deeper stories of the TV show Kung Fu and more recently, The Matrix. Over the past year, I have discovered Zatoichi, and several other earlier Japanese martial arts movies and enjoy them.

    The Chamber sounds like a worthy effort! I very much enjoyed your interesting interview with Sarah Gerdes. I am not sure what style of martial arts she is studying, but it sounded like a kung fu system. I’m ambivalent about her teacher’s not answering her question because of her not earning one as if a parent felt that way about a child I would question that approach to upbringing.
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  2. Dr. J Says:

    I looked up Bagwa Chung and see that it is a Korean style. Actually, before begining Kenpo, I studied Chung do Kwon, Chee do Kwon, and Moo do Kwon depending on which school I practiced at. The instructors all were friends :-)
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  3. Self Defense Lessons Says:

    Like you I haven’t read a martial arts book for a while.

    I just read through Bruce Lee’s striking thoughts which I think is a MUST for any one interested in the man or just general martial arts.

    I’ll surely pick a copy of Chambers, and check it out.
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  4. Sarah Gerdes Says:

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for your comments. Very astute–exactly what I expect from readers of this blog. Oom Yung Doe is Korean, and the Grandmaster “Iron” Kim is at the head of the line. The philosophy is definitely interesting, and not for everyone. I’ve chosen to take the approach of focusing on the positive/introspective side and not get wound up over the philosophical differences. I’ve got to spend more time making sure I can walk the day after:- Sarah

  5. Dr. J Says:


    I found Striking Thoughts on Google Books and wanted to say thanks!
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  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Dr J!

    I’ve always enjoyed a good story. My critique of most martial arts movies (I get the roku kung fu channel) is the “masters” seem to have most of their fights in the clouds… or are jumping over building like crouching tiger… The thing that struck me about this book is it was a good story that happened to have kung fu in it… it is a real adventure so if you like the genre… :)

    I remember taking Okinawan karate in junior high-school for a while. They used to have me doing these breathing exercises focusing on my isometric hand movements from a low-horse stance. It is easy for me to envision the more Eastern formal styles getting in to meta-physical stuff.

    I remember that you were trained over there in the service Dr. J!

    STL – Thanks for the tip!

    Sarah! It is kind of funny but each master like everything else in life has something to offer. I like you choose to focus on what works and what I like.

    I love how you weaved all aspects of the martial arts into the story. I’m looking forward to the next book. :)

  7. Matt Klein Says:

    We all need an escape from time to time. This book might be the ticket. Very cool graphics!

    Especially like her quote “Writing is like that. One can become a writer starting with a single sentence a day. That sentence becomes a paragraph, then a page, a chapter, and ultimately a book.” It gets easier and easier once it becomes a habit.
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  8. alison Says:

    I just read through Bruce Lee’s striking thoughts which I think is a MUST for any one interested in the man or just general martial arts.
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  9. Matt Says:

    Great review, I’m looking to check this book out myself.

  10. Stephan Hilson Says:

    I could relate to this book since I love Conan the Barbarian cartoon, Martial Arts films, Kung Fu Panda film and other martial arts films and cartoons. Chambers is interesting martial arts book to read. It is nice that you interviewed the author of the book, which includes description of character and other stuff. Thanks for sharing the interesting interview and book review of Chambers.
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  11. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Matt Klien,

    The book is a great escape! Funny but the writing comments are helpful to me too as I’d like to pen a book someday.

    Thanks Alison.

    Hey Matt – ikigaiway.com,

    It is a good read – I’m waiting for the next one!

    Hi Stephan Hilson,

    We have similar tastes in literature. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. la dad Says:

    Should I say spoiler alert? lol, Maybe I should wait for this movie to be release in theater.
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  13. Chris Says:

    Just wanted to say that I’m glad you posted so much info about the book. I’ve seen it pop up here and there but I wasn’t certain it was something I was interested in. After reading more about it, I definitely intend to look into it. Thanks!