As captain of the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise, James T. Kirk engaged in his share of fisticuffs, besting opponents with a slick combination of moves and guile that remains unmatched. Is there anyone you’d rather have watching your back as you take on Klingons, alien gladiators, genetically engineered supermen, and even the occasional giant walking reptile?
Kirk Fu is a series of unarmed combat techniques developed by one of Starfleet’s most celebrated starship captains over several years of exploring deep space. A blend of various fighting styles, Kirk Fu incorporates elements of several Earth-based martial arts forms as well as cruder methods employed in bars and back alleys on planets throughout the galaxy. It is as unorthodox in practice as it is unbelievable to behold. Including excerpts from Kirk’s own notes and personal logs, Star Trek: Kirk Fu Manual is the perfect training guide for surviving the depths of space. With proper training and practice, every Starfleet cadet can become one with Kirk Fu.
Yes, I’m fully aware just how silly this book might appear to the casual observer, the casual Star Trek fan, or even the most diehard Trekkie. That’s precisely the point. Kirk Fu is meant to be a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun; a quirky flex in the world of Star Trek publishing. I confess to having a soft spot for such off-kilter efforts and as I’ve said before: If anybody was going to do something like this, I wanted it to be me.
It took a few years for this to go from pitch to finished book, but my editors and publishers at Insight Editions have been all-in every step of the way. I’ve already explained the rather circuitous route this book traveled on the path to publication, but all that’s behind us and the book is finally here.
As much fun as I had writing this, for my money it’s Christian Cornia‘s illustrations that really sell the joke. My text is the straight man in our little comedy duo, playing the premise completely serious while leaving Christian free to pull out all the stops with his full-page color spreads as well as the black-and-white “instructional drawings” that describe each glorious Captain Kirk fighting move.
And just to lay any doubts to rest, the book is not in any way intended as snark. Captain Kirk has been my guy for as long as I can remember, and that ain’t changing any time soon. Indeed, my current Bucket List item is to have a copy autographed and personalized by The Man himself:
Star Trek: Kirk Fu Manual is available in a 7″x7″ hardcover gift book format at all online and brick-n-mortar book retailers. Feel free to ask your local independent bookseller to order you a copy if they don’t already have one on the shelf. You can find ordering links at Insight’s page for the book:
Just be careful with this stuff. I don’t need you pulling a groin muscle or something while you’re trying to take out a Space Nazi or a Gorn.