Below is a collection of books of many descriptions: self defense, forms, exercise, practice: all showing more faces of this fascinating art.
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KG003The Green Dragon Four Images/Four Directions Form Volume 1:
by Jonty Kershaw $24.95, 144 pages, softbound,
Teacher Jonty Kershaw has produced one of the first books in English with a set from the Kun Lun system. Though rare outside of China, Kun Lun is a large system like Shaolin, with many branches. Kershaw teaches from a Taoist perspective and this form, which he learned from Jason Baaht, is a short and relatively simple introduction to the Kun Lun curriculum. It makes use of a lot of sweep blocks, as befitting the dragon arts. The pictures are a bit small but give enough for instruction. Every page has a “footwork box” for stance and weight distribution. There are no applications because Kerhsaw states that he did not want to encourage that one dimensional idea that every move in a form is representative of limited, specific technique.
Science of Internal Strength by Zhang
Translated by Marcus Brinkman $24.95, 72 pages
is a translation of a book originally published in 1933. It
is a thin but very interesting volume: essentially an essay
on the practice of internal arts. Most books in the martial
field are instructional but there are a few such as Adam Hsu's
and Daniel Furuya's which are reflective, based on an self-awareness
of the nature of practice. This book is one of the best we've
seen attempting to explain the rationale of standing practice,
relaxation, internal studies etc. It originally garnered some
ire from that other outspoken group, the Yi Quan members. But
many of the ideas have been adopted since its initial publication.
Still, there is much fresh and honest material here.
"In fact, the so called dan tian is neither a point of concentration
or a point of tension. Disciples of the Tung Shan sect, while
in sitting meditation concentrate upon the area between the
eyes, therefore their dan tian is between the eyes. For others
who practice cultivating qi and internal
strength boxers who concentrate upon the tension of the abdomen,
it is therefore located below the navel...."
KF002 Five Ganzhi Meihuazhang Techniques (Plum Blossom Fist)
Wang Zhi-Zhong $12.00, 209 pages, softbound
Printed in Hong Kong this neat little book is EN FACE, that
is, both Chinese and English versions are represented. Not
only a nice set with clear illustrations but a good book
for those wanting to improve their martial translation skills.
"Ganzhi Meihuazhuang (Plum Blossom Pile Boxing) is
one of Chian's ancient boxing schools. It had its own unique
style and attack-defence art. According to senior wushu
masters, previously Meihuazhuang was practiced on stumps.
In line with routines, several hundred stumps, each for
one step, were planted on a rectangular ground. Stumps were
heightened as practitioners improved their skills."
among Chinese MUSLIMS
by China Sports Editorial Board
pages, softbound, illustrated $10.95
is probably the first book translated into English on the
Jiao Men (Cha) group of Kung Fu branches. The books starts
with a short introduction to the history of Muslim versions
of Kung Fu. Next is a section on Wang ZiPing then on Zhang
WenGuang. This is followed by three sets and an exercise
section illustrated. The first, simply titled Zha (Cha)
boxing is in reality a version of Road #4. The next is a
10 road Tan Tui (Spring leg). Third follows a 20 exercise
section developed by Wang ZiPing himself. Finally there
ZhanQuan of "Boxing for the Brave" which is composed
of kicks, strikes and grabs and has some simple applications
thrown in for good measure.
FanZi Quan Kung Fu
(Cuffed Hang Tumbling Fist)
Wen JingMing $15.95, 215 pages, Illustrated, Soft bound
First of all Fan Zi
or Ba Fan Shan is an old and respected school of Kung Fu. It
is also "well married" in that it has been teamed to other significant
styles through the ages. Two of these would be Chuo Jiao (Penetrating
Foot) and Ying Jiao (Eagle Claw) both of which have added Fan
Zi to become hybrids. This particular form of Fan Zi goes back
in one form or another to Qi JiGuang the famous general who
was a martial arts connoisseur. The hands are held together
as though manacled for most of the set. This book also discusses
the "flavor" of Fan Zi and then, for the final section, gives
many forms of usage especially emphasizing the cuffed hand position.
A good clear text with a learnable well organized set and many
applications. See the Chinese version of this text.
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has long been one of the favorite characters out of the Chinese
Heroic novel: Water Margin (also known as "Outlaws of the
Marsh" and "All Men are Brothers"). WuSong is escorted
by official guards but, even though manacled, defeats his opponents
and escapes. He is also famous in the novel for fighting a tiger.
WuSong Breaks Manacles is a single person form. There are well
known and popular multiple opponent versions where the player
has to fend off attacks by armed assailants. Much of this form
is demonstrated with one hand grasping the other wrist as though
the hands are cuffed. As a figure from Water Margin WuSong actions
might relate to Liang Shan style or MiZong, though the author
of this book was a specialist in Hua Boxing. Clear illustrations
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