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NOTE: Please be aware that we only have one or two copies of some of these. Many aren't even in print any more. Even if it is listed here it may already be out of stock (we'll try to keep it updated but they may go fast).

Xing YiC087 Bagua Sword Studies
by Sun Lu Tang
60 pages, many photos of Sun Lu Tang himself
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, Published 1927

This may be one of the first Bagua swords developed. Sun Lu Tang was an acknowledged expert in Xing Yi and later added Bagua and Tai Chi to his accomplishments. The straight sword is a weapon dependent on footwork even to a higher degree than most weapons. The sword of Bagua is a “one step, one sword movement” form of training.

The photographs certainly aren’t perfect, but they clearly show Sun Lu Tang’s postures and actions. His vision of Bagua sword emphasizes change over everything else. There is a good translation into English of Joseph Crandall’s very popular text of this form complete with Sun’s Bagua Palm. Here is a facsimile of the original published work, a hallmark in martial history.

 

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Two New Books on the Ma Gui branch of Bagua Zhang

baguaA528 Ma Gui Style Bagua Zhang
by Tu Xing Jian
468 pages, BW photographs including student groups
$34.95 Traditional Chinese Characters
(see discount in yellow box below)

Other than some good work by Andrea Falk, very few people are doing much to bring the work of Ma Gui onto the Bagua scene. Those who have tried the style have much praise, but it is still, unfortunately, relatively little known in the overall field. This book by Tu Xing Jian offers a big presentation of this branch.

Topics covered are the Dragon Shaped Palm, which is the first form presented photographically in the book. Next comes coverage of the “remaining palmsn” including the Moon position, Yin Yang Fish, Lion, Single Hook and more, with some applications shown.

The middle bulk of the book is Chinese text without pictures. However, the Linked Palms section contains good breakdowns, including partnered Push Hands-like actions with a few single training exercises. Following that are representative photographs on Bagua Saber and the Elk Horn Knives specific to this style.

The MaGui style particularly emphasizes Bear energy, which is evident throughout and from the patterns taught in the book. Like Beng energy in the Yang Tai Chi, the Bear energy is basically everywhere in Ma Gui movements.

A worthy entry and addition to the Bagua Zhang canon.

(See Tu's martial resume.)

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baguaTC154 Ma Style Bagua Zhang
by Tu Xing Jian
444 pages, slick photographic paper, color photos
$45.95 Traditional Chinese Characters (see discount in yellow box below)

Having mentioned above that there are few books on the Ma Gui branch of Bagua, another one arrives! This, also by Tu Xing Jian, is a high quality production on heavy coated matte paper, so that the book is actually heavy for its size.

Overall, this is a nicely done, expensive production. It does not duplicate the information of the other book and even promises to be volume 1 of a series. In this text, there is more concentration on the fundamentals and basics. The color photographs show instructor modeling for form, some pushing practice and, of course, many historical shots, some of them rare.

If you don’t read much Chinese this book is text heavy, but if you are collecting or are particularly interested in this little-known Bagua style, the color photographs are not miserly and the book overall is a handsome presentation. The text relates to the photos, showing important exercises even from “up river” styles like Cheng Pai Bagua Zhang.

Both of these texts, we believe, have historical importance for students immersed in a bit more advanced Bagua study.

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Special offer: Buy both of these big books and save about 20%. Instead of a combined price of $80.90 the PLUM price is $64.95; Discount will show in the shopping cart. (This will be a heavy package.)

Round Body Bagua ZhangSC534 Round Body Bagua
Gao MingXing
94 pages plus VCD, softbound
$18.95 Simplified Chinese Characters.

A surprisingly strong performance of a mixed set of Bagua by a national champion. This medium sized set is a solid compilation of many aspects of Bagua besides the Palm Changes. It also blends the Bagua Animals as well as some Old Palms positions. Additionally kicking methods are shown within the form and capturing the flavor of the style. A good performance set for about intermediate level and one that is clean enough that whichever style you might practice can be displayed here. Though often less than 100 pages, these books offer both simplified Chinese and English face to face. In addition, they include a VCD with the form in question demonstrated, often by top performers. The narration in both the Chinese and English are minimal leaving it pretty much up to you to figure out how to move but the photographys is quite clear and the English helpful. If you are interested in the form, it is a good price.

 

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TC622 Li Zi Ming’s Liang style Authentic Bagua 64 San Shou Palm
Zhang Jin Liang
170 Pages, photographs, softbound
$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

Mr. Zhang, one of our most popular Bagua demonstrators, studied under the famous Li Zi Ming who himself studied under Liang Zhen Pu, practicing and promoting the Liang style of the Bagua Zhang. This makes Mr. Zhang the third generation inheritor of the Liang mantle. This book concentrates on tight, strong applications. There is not a lot of whirling around or trying to “sneak around” the opponent but Zhang’s structure is strong and clear. Almost every application ends as a throw even if some of the projectile appearance of his assistant’s body looks like there might be a little assist happening. Normally applications texts are relatively self-explanatory but, without some knowledge of power issuance, these rather unusual angles of counter attack might not be that easy to duplicate.

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TC732 Bagua 64 San Shou Palms
Wang Pei Sheng
236 Pages, photographs,
$16.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

Here is exactly what is advertised, 64 self defense variations built on the Bagua of Wang Pei Sheng. This is a nicely done text. The photos are clear and in every case Wang Sifu shows the "form" version before applying it in fighting. This is handy because the fighting version is not always that similar to the form. Relatively direct applications but not stupid ones. An introductory section on philosophy and principles, a long end section on the names involved in all of Wang's Bagua. Wang learned his art from Gao Ke Xing, a student of Li De Kuan, who developed these 64 linear applications.

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C128X Wuji Bagua Lian Huang Zhang
Liu De Kuan
$23.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
147 Pages, illustrations.

Bagua Continuous Changing Palm by Liu De Kuan, yes, Liu De Kuan. An early book on Bagua by a famous instructor. These illustrations are what we often call “charming” but in this case they approach the surreal. We wouldn't suggest you try to learn from them unless you have the body of Gumby. On the other hand this is a must for any collector of Chinese Martial Arts. Besides discussions on Bagua footwork and hand arts there are notes on the changing palms.

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Bagua's Way

The Way of Bagua - A523X
By Li Yun Zhong
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
152 pages, photographs, softbound.

NOTE:This one has been going fast! We also may have some hurts at a discount...

This is a book from a grand student of the famous teacher, Cheng Ting Hua. Besides some good photos of the turns in this style there are interesting text sections of Li's teacher, Lu Xue Xi and grand teacher Cheng. (see translation below)

Other features include:

Pictures of Lu Xue Xi

Photographs of Single Change Palm, Double Change Palm, Comfortable Change Palm, Turn Body Change Palm, Rotate Body Change Palm, Twirling Change Palm,Fist Spinning Palm, Spinning Change Palm

Comments on Bagua Patterns Three Threads Palm, Millstone Palm

Free forms: Even Holding Palm, Round Ball Palm, Holding Ball Palm, Holding Palm, Penetrate the Forest Palm, Horizontal Opening Palm, Driving Stake Palm, Double Flapping Palm, Searching Palm, Slanting Palm

About Cheng Ting Hua

Li Ren Ping also talks about Wushu's origins and Bagua's Dao

1.First get a master who understands the principles whether you start early or late.
2. Unify the breath and you have bagua.
3. Unified breath becomes 8 trigrams, 4 shapes, twin powers (yin and yang)
4. From Yin and Yang through Bagua to Non-Duality.
5. Then the 64 transformations and the 72 hidden steps are mutually useful.
6. Structure is use, use comes from structure, usage is the origin, movement is the way. and numerous other topics.

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Wang Shu Jin doing Bagua

Bagua Linked Palms 八卦連環掌 - TC 810
By Wang Shu Jin 王樹金$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
102 pages, photographs, softbound.

Very little has to be said about this famous instructor, who is still respected at his grave site twice a year in Taiwan. This is a nicely reproduced text with pictures of Wang himself demonstrating the title form. A good addition to a martial library as Wang was very famous indeed and is still well known.

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Bagua Swimming Body by Wang Shu Jin

BaGua Swimming Body - TC 701
By Wang Shu Jin 王樹金
$15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
87 Pages, photographs, softbound.

Here is a very famous book in the Ba Gua Zhang world. This is the first text written on the "Swimming Body" Ba Gua. It was produced by the well known instructor Wang Shu Jin. These old photos show Wang himself . Wang was considered by some to be one of the best fighters in Asia. His BaGua was extremely powerful and is recorded by a number of martial artists, Asian and Western. Here is an edition of his book with photographs of Wang himself posing for the postures.

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Bagua SaberBa Gua Broadsword - TC 607
by Ding Jing Yun
$7.50 Traditional Chinese Characters;
72 pages, illustrated, softbound

In this handwritten text the Cheng Style Ba Gua Saber is shown with illustrations and explanatory notes. The illustrations, though they are small, are very clear and show a lucid indication of the sword angles. The last page of the book is a typical foot pattern chart. This is Ba Gua though so any help is useful.

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Bagua Ba Pan Zhang

Yin Yang BA PAN ZHANG-TC 311
by Ren Zhi Cheng
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

Published first in 1937, Ba Pan refers to "eight flat things"and can translated as levels. This lineage claims Yin Fu. Whatever the exact lineage, this is one of the most flavorful representations of BaGua you'll see. The twist are extreme and exciting. The spirit of the BaGua completely realized with tremendous monkey-like actions. Just for the photographs, a treasure. Contents include: Explanation of practice, Big BaGua, Ba Pan holds, Ba Pan Saber, Ba Pan Spear, practice drills, four generations of Ba Pan. Special items mentioned are Monkey and Chuan Lin (Forest Penetrating) movements. We have the same thing in our LION Books reprint (LBRP-C034) —elsewhere on this page— format which is larger and has notes but this is a neatly done edition with a beautiful
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Dragon Form Bagua

Dragon Form Bagua Dragon Form Bagua Palm- C120
by Wang Bai-Nien
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
58 Pages Paperbound. Photographs.

This book has been reprinted many times. It is one of the first ever published on the art of BaGua. What's unusual about this thin by very nicely done edition is that, unlike so many of the others, this one contains the original PHOTOGRAPHS not the line drawings taken from them. And what's even better is that some of the photos are not even bad. This text is by Wang Bai Nien student of Li Cun Yi, a famous second generation student of Dong Hai Chuan.

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Wu Dang Bagua

WuDang Bagua Palm- TC 204
by Yuan Chu Tsai
$10.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
56 Pages Softbound. Photographs.

These are collector's items for all those who used to hang around the Chinese bookstores collecting little editions of Kung Fu books. Yuan created a number of books like this on BaGua which have gone through countless editions. His most notable attribute is a horse stance that looks like two trees growing out of the soil. The photos are old, sometimes barely distinguishable but these little books take you back to early in the 20th century and the first attempts to really establish a popular library for students.

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Lion Books of Taiwan

Classic Reprint: LBRP-C002

BaGua Fist Authentic Teachings
by
Sun Hsi Kun
$13.95, 149 pages.

This is a wonderful early BaGua text by Mr. Sun a student of Cheng YouLong the son of Cheng Ting Hua. This book shows the 8 classic Palm changes, then has sections on Standing, two person work, BaGua knives, BaGua sword, BaGua Big Knife, BaGua FangTian and more. Photographed in front of a hypnotic spiral design this is a famous text from the very early days of BaGua publishing.

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Plum also sells a translation of this text...

Cheng Style Bagua

A522X Cheng Branch Gao Style Bagua Palm
by Liu Shu Xing, Ge Guo Liang and Li Xue Yi
$21.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
Illustrations/photos, around 239 pages oversized around 7 1/2 X 10.

Master Liu Feng Cai was a direct student of Gao Yi Sheng. He did a wonderfully organic and non-commercial Bagua. This is compiled of students of that style and is one of the major books on the Gao Branch of the larger Cheng style Bagua. This oversized edition is mostly line illustrations of the Pre Heaven Eight Circling Palms and the Post Heaven 64 "linear" Palms for which the Gao style is known. There are discussions of the style, lineage, fundamentals, weapons (not illustrated), notes on the "animal" palms, internal training and famous personages in the Bagua history. A nicely down book with front photos in color.

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Bagua with Yin Fu's son

Classic Reprint: C007X BaGua Palm Concise Course
by Yin Yu Zhang
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
Unpaginated, around 65 pages.

This 1932 edition was reprinted in 2002. If you are a BaGua enthusiast, this is an essential text for your shelf, as it contains photographs of Yin Fu's son performing BaGua. Classic photographs illustrate positions from the Eight Palm Changes. Circular diagrams with red annotation show corresponding stepping patterns. Textual notes include many key points about footwork. A thinner than usual book for this price, but Lion went to great effort to add the complementary text and diagrams mentioned above. Just a classic.

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Bagua famous usage book

Lion Books #B302 (Bagua Fighting) ( Break the wall)
by Yen Te Hua
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;

ShaoLin Po P'i. A famous text nicely reprinted. Though described in the title as "Shaolin Insights" this has for decades been considered one of the first illustrated manual of BaGua usage. The techniques here were reproduced in such well-known books as Li Ying-Arng's PaKua. A unique point: the explanation for each technique in its entirety is repeated completely at each step. Wonderful old fashioned illustrations and some rather trippy techniques...

go to an English translation of this book

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Swimming Body Bagua

#B304 Swimming Body Continuous BaGua Palms
(Yu Shen Lien Huan BaGua Chang)
by Tu Chao T'ang
$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

A reprint of a 1936 text on BaGua. Eight changing palms are presented and then a number of secondary exercises with concentrations such as BaGua kicking and elbow work. Written by a student of Gao Yi Sheng the illustrations are primitive but delightful. This is an early text in BaGua history and one of the primary examples of the Gao influence ...

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Bagua Spear true writings

Classic Reprint: C028X True Writings on the BaGua ChiMen Spear
by Sun Hsi Kun
$9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters; 76 pages.

This is a wonderful early BaGua text by Mr. Sun a student of Cheng You-Long the son of Cheng Ting-Hua. The spear technique here is classic and well illustrated with these great old photographs. Originally published in 1930, this book shows solid technique. Movements with the staff correspond to aspects of the trigrams with actions of defense, attack, and sealing shown.

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Rare Bagua Ba Pan Zhang reprintClassic Reprint: C034X Yin Yang Ba Pan Zhang
by Ren Zhi Cheng
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

Originally published in February, 1937: Tian Jin. Ba Pan refers to "eight flat things" like eight pans and thereby translates as 8 levels. This lineage claims to come from another origin than Tung Hai Chuan and is somewhat an item of controversy which has even created correspondence with our friend, the esteemed martial historian, Professor Kang Ge Wu of BeiJing. Whatever the exact lineage, this is one of the most flavorful representations of BaGua you'll see. The twist are extreme and exciting. The spirit of the BaGua a completely realized with tremendous monkey-like actions. Just for the photographs, a treasure. Contents include: Explanation of practice, Big BaGua, Ba Pan holds, Ba Pan Saber, Ba Pan Spear, practice drills, four generations of Ba Pan. Special items mentioned are Monkey and Chuan Lin (Forest Penetrating) movements. There are a number of reasons for the "Ba Pan" designation which you will encounter if you study BaGua long enough. One explanation is that the Ba Pan are the parts of the body. Another is that the Pan are the essential 8 coiling actions. Lineage: Ren Zhi Cheng learned from Li Zhen Qing who was supposedly a co-student of Dong Hai Chuan under Dong Meng Lin.

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Martial Resume for Tu Xing Jian

1953—practiced Tiger Crane Double Fist Hung Gar.
1955—studied Yang style TCC from Dong YingJie.
1958—1963 In Tainan (Taiwan) Mr. Zhang Shi Rong studied Xing Yi, Bagua and Tai Chi, Weaponry and more...
From Chen Yong Lin he studied 3 Point Mei Hua Spear and Staff.From fellow student, Huang Gui Fu, he studied Shaolin Boxing, 6 Harmony Spear and more.
1966—1979 Following teacher Han Xing Yuan he learned Bagua, Xing Yi spear and Da Cheng Chuan and more...
1985—1987 Near Beijing,Following teachers Zhao Dao Xin, Wang Yu Fang,Yu Yong Nian,Li Jian Yu, he researched much information on Wushu.
From 1988—to the present,Following "elder brother" Liu Wan Chuan, and Yu Zhi Ming he studied Ma Gui style Bagua, Qigong and more...

 

The author has been involved with Chinese Martial Arts for over 50 years. He has spent more than a dozen years learning about Ma style Bagua and its qualities.
Using new concepts and scientific ideas, he has employed these to find Chinese Martial Arts (CMA')s essence, clarifying Wushu's mysterious doctrines, contentless concepts, and concealing words. He sought the truth from facts, and was willing to leave home to seek a new home, and investigate the special features of each approach. His finding are in these books.

 
















 

 

 

 

 



from The Way of Bagua

Cheng Ting Hua speaks with a profound meaning. According to his own report his many years study of wushu was a torturous experience, but a rich one. In Cheng's particular case, he bowed to Dong Hai Chuan; staying at his knee like a child to succeed in obtaining the true instruction of Bagua's straight path, an outpouring from the bottom of his heart. Cheng Ting Hua, became Bagua Zhang's second generation inheritor. He is accepted as having taken the torch from founder Dong Hai Chuan to become the second generation disciple. Whether or not he was accepted by Dong Hai Chuan as an full and authentic Bagua Zhang "teacher" is not a great problem; it is not one of those fundamental issues. Dong Hai Chuan instructed Cheng's Bagua Zhang from the beginning to the end. Therefore Cheng Ting Hua's Bagua Zhang is not just standard issue. Dong Hai Chuan then Cheng Ting Hua took Bagua Zhang through the process of passing on instruction, finally to accomplish,"the acme" of being "a teacher".