This is a book review about the latest martial arts book I've read. The book is titled, "American Shaolin," by Matthew Polly. It's based on a true story about the author, Matthew Polly, experiences of coming from America as a college student to a foreign land far east, China. This was his first time ever going to China and his mission was to find and train under a Shaolin monk at the Shaolin temple. Matthew, like many Americans who have an interest in martial arts and watched many Kungfu films growing up, who wanted to one day travel to China and be taught by the shaolin monks they admired so much on TV. Well, his wish came true. Going against his family and friends who thought it was a bad idea to go to China because they thought it was stupid and a waste of time; he was reluctant at first but he went out to achieve his dream anyways.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying to find themselves, spiritually. This book didn't have too much combat aspects of the martial arts, but more of someone who tried to find his place in the world. He did what most people are afraid to do, travel and get away from the norm-the same routine day after day that makes everyone afraid to take risks and follow their dreams. I don't want to give too much information because it will spoil the book. So, if you're looking to break tradition and follow your own path in life, discover who you are by doing things on your own and going against what your friends and family want for you to do with your life, then this book is for you. Maybe his experiences can motivate you to follow your heart even if it sounds stupid and illogical to others. I give this book a 5/5.
Best of wishes to all of the brothers and sisters of the FMK community. -Mike