Authentic Iron Palm


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A comprehensive guide to "Iron Palm" -- a martial arts training protocol for developing a strong striking hand and delivering powerful blows.

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Phillip Starr began training in the martial arts in 1956, beginning with judo, and going on to earn black belt grades in two styles of Japanese karate (3rd dan in Kyokushin, 1st dan in Shito-ryu). His primary kung-fu teacher was W. C. Chen, a direct disciple of one of China's best-known masters, Zhang Zhaodong. From Master Chen, he learned taijiquan (tai-chi chuan), xingyiquan, baguazhang, and a form of shaolinquan. He eventually earned the title of U.S. National Champion 5 times (the first time in 1976, and the last time at 63 years old in 2011). Starr was named to the National Rules Committee of the United States Karate Association and became the Kung-Fu Chairman. Later, he was named to the list of the Rocky Mountain Top Ten competitors. He went on to train in Arnis (becoming a certified instructor under Tuhon Leo Gaje) and Jeet Kune Do. In 1980, he founded the Iowa Martial Arts Association. And, in 1991, he became the National Chairman for the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Chinese Martial Arts Division and built it into the largest Chinese Martial Arts organization in the U.S. Starr was also named to the Kung-Fu Hall of Fame by Inside Kung-Fu Magazine. He has authored six books on the Chinese Martial Arts. He lived and taught in southern China for 3 years and now lives in Omaha, Nebraska where he continues to teach.


"Any serious student of Chinese Martial Arts should engage in the practice of Iron Palm, a frequently neglected, widely misunderstood, and often mysticized practice. Sifu Phillip Starr's incredible lifetime commitment to Chinese martial arts combined with his rare knowledge and teaching ability has perfectly positioned him to write this book. I wholeheartedly recommend it!"
-Chris Lomas, Chinese martial arts teacher and 2019 Champion of Catch Wrestling World Championship Super Heavyweight

"Shifu Phillip Starr's no-nonsense approach of conversational language coupled with his experience of Iron Palm gives us a text that is informed, motivating, and accessible. Authentic Iron Palm is an excellent primer for the beginning student and a quality reference for the advanced practitioner."
-Damon Honeycutt, MFA, Chinese martial arts instructor and transdisciplinary performer

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