SOUTHERN BOXING

Considering its popularity outside of China, there are far too few good books on the Southern family of boxing. These can include Hung Gar, Choy Lai Fut (each of which you can find under their separate categories), Crane Boxing, Dragon Boxing, Mok Gar and many others. These styles tend to be "short fist" although there are exceptions such as Choy Lai Fut. Stances are strong and internal and external exercises are often taught almost simultaneously.

Other Southern forms which might interest you...
Hung Gar, Wing Chun, Animal Boxing, Tiger Boxing

Pak Mei Kung FuNew! KH018 300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu
Hing Chao, Jeffrey Shaw & Sarah Kenderdine
regularly $42.95 Plum price $37.95, 243 pages, hardback, Chinese (traditional) /English

Pak Mei Kung FuThis is a special kind of book: a scholar's book, a collector's book, a lineage-holder's record. This is NOT a training text. It is also a catalogue of a special exhibition on 300 years of Hakka Kung Fu, held in Hong Kong. This beautifully bound hardback edition acquaints us with the Hakka people, "The nomads of China."

Taken for the record it is meant to be, this is an extraordinary compilation. The photos of the teachers are done with intensity; the stories of their martial associations cross all the borders—family, social, traditional. Most of these masters have 10 or fewer students at this point in time. And this scholarly work draws from each of them their tightly bound relation to lifelong practice. If you are not interested, or are completely unfamiliar with these styles, I urge you NOT to buy this book. But if you know something about Hakka boxing technique, and want to expose yourself to its stories, dreams and heritage coming from a people famous for mathematics, astrology and storytelling, this will be a text you will return to over and over.Pak Mei Kung Fu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pak Mei Kung FuNew! KK011 Kong Han Ngo Cho
Forms • Weapons• Fighting
Henry Lo and Daniel Kun
reg $34.95 Plum price: $31.95, 468 pages, English

Ngo Cho Kun, more commonly known as Five Ancestors Boxing (WuZu Kun,) is the official style of the Southern Shaolin Temple. This book thoroughly documents this famous style of Southern Fist. It includes empty hand techniques, internal organ Qigong, solo forms, partner forms, training sets, fighting applications, weapons forms and full-contact training.

If you are unfamiliar with Chinese history you may not know that the Southern region was radical and revolutionary. Clashes with the Manchu army, pirates, thieves and gangsters, all appear in a time and place where fighting—even empty-handed against guns—was not optional. This is a style that has been tested many times. It specializes in short, two-person mini-forms with a concentration in hands-on. practice. Fighting centers on building a technique vocabularly with interchangeable positions that can be recombined instantly. This book is a huge catalog of most of WuZu's foundational movements, especially those partner forms.

Henry Lo’s father was Grandmaster Dr. Lo King Hui, and his grandfather, Lo YanChiu was the founder of the Kong Han Martial Arts Club.. Looking in this text I find over 1300 photos, a complete training from white to black belt, and lots of the short usage patterns. These patterns are at the heart of this style and it shows this through the consistency of the moves. What you learn at level one is clear and concise and trains all the way up to the highest hand and weapons forms.

One of the most thorough collections of any style I have seen, all in one book. Without an instructor you might not catch every fine point but I have to elect this copious presentation as one of those books you can treat like an instructor. If you have little or no Kung Fu then southern styles like this are worth checking out.

Two versions of Five Ancestors Boxing

Giok-Beng’s Five are

Grand Ancestor: Taizu
Monkey King Boxing
Arhat Boxing
White Crane Fist
Bodhidharma Boxing

And Li ZunLin's version

Ming Ancestor Boxing
Monkey Boxing
Wing Chun style  (location) White Crane
Arhat Boxing
Bodhidharma Boxing

 

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Ngo Cho Kung Fu

KN006 Ngo Cho:
Southern Shaolin Five Ancestor Kung Fu
by Jose G. Paman

This new book adds valuable information to the knowledge we have of Five Ancestors style. As in the case of many great Southern styles the popularity of Ngo Cho is strong but highly concentrated. In the Philippines, for example, it is well known and highly respected as it is in some parts of Southern China. The combination of five styles is well surveyed by author Panam. Basics, which are essential in this system, are shown along with techniques and two important forms Three Battles and, for the first time, Double Banner Boxing. The author knows his stuff having taught this style for over thirty years. If you are interested in Five Ancestors or just Southern Kung Fu this is an important work. In addition it gives additional and strong information for the historical roots of Karate which now, it is apparent, was highly influenced by Fukien Kung Fu.

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$16.95, 181 pages, softbound,

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Pak Mei Kung FuBack again! KD016 Dragon Form Fist
Leo Chu & Francis Au
$14.95, 64 pages, Chinese (traditional) /English

A number of these great little books started to come out in the BLE (Bruce Lee Era).Then they became unavailable for a long time. Now PLUM is bringing them back. This form, possibly from a branch of Choy Li Fut, we called a Southern Style Dragon Fist but it is really more a "middle" boxing. This book has the following: 64 pages, Large photos of the Dragon form, small photos at the bottom of applications for the movements, Chinese and English facing text and a picture of the author playing with the famous Shek Kin at the back. Though it looks like a paste up job from a Kung Fu magazine article; this is one of those fun, learn-a-form-in-an-afternoon type books. But neat.

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Pak Mei Kung FuKW042 Wing Chun Kung Fu Bamboo and Iron  
Jook Wan Huen & Tin Heun Ring Method
by Tyler Rea
normally $19.95, PLUM price $17.95, 175 pages, softbound, illustrations, photographs,

I admit it: I love to design things, though my skill level at materializing my ideas is so deficient that being all thumbs would be a promotion. This exasperating limitation condemns masses of unrealized inventions to line the bottom of banker's boxes all over my garage. I feel an affinity for the guy who wanted to create a new soft drink but stopped at "6 Up."
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Tyler Rea's new book has lots and lots of things to build and then—after you have built them—you can go ahead and hit them (assuming, of course, you are a better builder than I.) He first presents Jongs (wooden men) constructed from relatively inexpensive PVC, most them anchored by bench press plates. He shows us a number of special variations, including one customized to stick-fighting. Then there is the weight pipe training device, very economical and simple, a short length of PVC with 2 caps glued on. Next comes an old favorite, the metal rings, which I think of as a superb training device. Following are instruments such as weight-clubs standing in as butterfly knives. Finally, there is a section on freehand fa jin exercises from the mantis style. The illustrations in this book are plentiful with the line drawings being crisp and clear, in contrast to the photos, many of which are muddy.


While construction plans are not highly detailed, most of these are so straightforward you should be able to assemble anything here easily.

Then, maybe, you could lend me a hand...

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Pak Mei Kung FuNEW! KB022 The Bible of Ngo Cho Kun
regular price $29.95, PLUM price $24.50, 244 pages, photographs, oversized

First published in 1917 by Yu Chiok Sam (a member of the Ten Ngo Tigers), this book has been the treasured keepsake of lineage holders for almost a century. Yu was a disciple of Chua Giok Beng, the founder of Five Ancestors. Originally produced with a limited print run, this text has been unavailable for over 90 years!

This is an obvious must-have for long-time practitioners. One special feature of this book, and many Southern styles, is that the movements are so precise and specific you can almost just list the actions and learn the sequence. For instance, 38 forms (Roads) are listed in this book, along with their respective 'home styles'. The fundamental movements of the system are first described and illustrated in Section 1, then compiled in each of the short sets themselves in Section 3. Many Ngo Cho branches have fewer sets than this book contains, so "the Bible" is the only book containing these missing sets. In that sense, it is more than a text, but a manual and historic record.

In addition to the Forms, there is a section of 48 "impromptu movement methods," with some good descriptions of ground fighting (although, note that there are no pictures on this section.) There are also numerous little sections on the history, personalities and special traits of Five Ancestors Boxing. The applications against opponents are described rather than shown; still this re-issued text is a collector's prize.

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Pak Mei Kung FuNEW! KN009 Ngo Cho Kun Kung-Fu
Beng Hong 15th Anniversary Publication
regular price $11.95, PLUM price $10.25, 79 pages, photographs, oversized

This publication commemorates the 15th year of the American Beng Hong Athletic Association of Orthodox Ngo Chu Kun. It reprints articles by Mark Wiley and Alexander Co, and lets us peep through the keyhole to get some idea of the real workings of this famous Southern form of boxing. Among other topics are comments by other instructors, a history of Ngo Cho Kun, a note about the banner, a 15 year retrospective, some of the officers of the Beng Hong, the Gwoon, a little about Di Da Jiu, and numerous article reprints from popular martial magazines. Further information includes the Ngo Cho Kun distance learning program and discussion of the style's future.

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NEW! KP029 Pak Mei Kuen Developed by Master Thomas Cheng
price $27.95, 125 pages, photographs, color plates, oversized

Thomas Cheng Wai Yu is a follower of Cheung Bing Fat. Sap Bat Mor Kiu This volume helps a lot in rounding out the Pak Mei story. Important information on the early history of the style and on top instructors in the lineage such as Cheung Lai Chuen, Cheung Bing Fat, Cheng Bing Lam and others. He also goes into his own experience with the style starting when he was a child beginning Kung Fu training. In this section he gives us a good account of his early training and also a description of each form he studied, in order, and its special attributes. Mr. Cheng’s idea is to give us insights and vignettes from his training with an emphasis on the total picture culturally of what it means to learn Kung Fu. He talks about his early equipment, about having tea with his instructor and more. The section on fundamental principles is interesting using exposition and martial poetry to exhibit the key points. The form in this book is the 18 Rubbing Bridges (Sap Bat Mor Kiu) followed by details of application. The photos are good quality and large enough to show details of the usage. Finally there is a longish section of photographs, Sifu Cheng getting a peace prize, pictures of his childhood days, the many members and friends of this organization.

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NEW! KP028 Pak Mei Kuen Developed by Master Sam Choi
price $21.95, 92 pages, photographs, oversized

Sam Choi, the author, studied under Cheung Bing Fat, 3rd son of Grandmaster Cheung Lai Chuen. He has practiced for over 40 years and founded the Shing Tak Tong organization in Toronto. This oversize book with big pictures tells a little about Cheung Lai Chuen’s background, then exhibits full page photographs from each of the main PM forms, both hands and weapons. There is a nice long discussion on the principles of Kung Fu with Sam Choi and a section by editor Liang Wei Ming (editor of Chinese Traditional Kung Fu Magazine) on the specific nature of PM. Next is a photo sequence of the Nine Step Push form with nice clear photos. Four or so techniques are then highlighted and explained in detail. Everything is followed by a photographic section showing Sam Choi’s circle of normal life.

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NEW! KM015 Master Sam Choi Pak Mei Kuen and Chinese Culture 
price $28.95, 123 pages, photographs

This follow-up text to KP028 concentrates on two very important aspects of PM and Kung Fu in general. As we have tried to emphasize at Plum, Chinese Kung Fu is more than a martial art. It is a synthesis of knowledge that captures the essence of Chinese culture. It is certainly not the only thing that does so, but its nature is that it makes a great vehicle for transmission. This is the theme of this book and, especially from Hong Kong and Taiwan, we are seeing the realization that what was invisible to the fish swimming in the water—that is to say the cultural core of their Kung Fu— is now becoming something worth pointing out. The second goal of this book is to widen the knowledge of PM specifically by discussing the Jins and the key principles of the style such as swallow, spit, wrap and other skills. Then two forms are photo-sequenced: “Sap Bat Mor Kiu” and “Mang Foo Chut Lam.” Finally there is a photo section on student practices and Sifu Choi’s organization.

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KW040 White Eyebrow Bak Mei Pai Kung Fu  
Applications and Training Details
by Tyler Rea
price $19.95, 146 pages, softbound, illustrations, photographs, tables

Bak Mei or “White Eyebrow” is one of the key southern Kung Fu styles but also one with very little written information available. For some people it is famous for its fast and serious hand moves. For others it is infamous for its involvement in the burning of a Shaolin Temple. The book we have here is most like a training manual or a transcript from a seminar session. It is crammed with information, key words and principles. Theory and applications are the emphasis here with no form and relatively little history covered. This book is essentially divisible into four categories: applications, key concepts, background information and illustrations. There are a number of martial maxims that, I believe, just about everyone likes to read and ponder. There are more than twenty pages of photos in application. This is a book for students of Southern Kung Fu with some familiarity of its flavor. There is also a section on Beggar style Kung Fu and some of its relation to Southern Boxing generally.

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KI005 Inch Punch Power
Details and Training Methods
by Tyler Rea
normally $24.95, PLUM price $21.95, 191 pages, softbound,

Here is a compilation of training methods, strategies and principles all revolving around a single subject: generating the famous "inch power" (Tsun Jin) so often associated with such signature styles as Wing Chun, Southern Mantis and White Eyebrow. Profusely illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Also a very large section on Kung Fu terms in Cantonese.

Table of Contents includes:
Details of Power
Four Energies (Sei Ging)
Mechanics of Inch Punch Power
The 12 Body Zones of Power: Body Drop, Round Back and Swallow Chest, Oblique Compression...
The Inch Power Exercises (Wing Chun, Southern Mantis, Crane, White Eyebrow and Six Elbows)
Martial Maxims
36 Stratagems
Device Training: Iron Ruler, Rolling Pole, Brass Rings, Chain
Southern Kung Fu terminology

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KP007 Phoenix-Eye Fist
A Shaolin Fighting art of Northern China
Tjoa Khek Kiong & Donn Draeger
$17.95,  152 pages,

 

The first book in English on the centuries-old Phoenix-Eye Fist style of Kung Fu. A short arm, independent system within Shaolin, Phoenix-Eye resembles White Eyebrow in its compactness and no-nonsense self defense approach. Developed by two sisters, Chu Gar (Chu being the family's name) is not only respected as a fighting art but often associated with royal families especially of the Hakka minority lineage. This volume provides a thorough introduction to every aspect of this fascinating art. Clearly written with nice layout, much background and cultural theory and more than 600 photos, this book is an invaluable manual for learning and understanding this remarkable fighting art.

This text, taken from an original native source, bears the stamp of Donn Draeger and Chambers work. Done with pride and concern for the material this is one of the first authentic books on Kung Fu ever written in English. Draeger deserves our respect as demonstrating a kind of genius for preserving the intent and the organic integrity of each martial art he tried to record. A good book. NOTE: There is another edition of this easily available but we don't think it is a better version, just different. NOTE #2: We know the subtitle claims it is a style from Northern China but its structure is so obviously Short Arm it has been considered as a Southern style for a long time.

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Ngo Cho Kung FuKC029 Choi (Tsai)-Mok boxing Southern Shaolin -
By Lau Biu
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$21.95 192 pages, photographs, softbound,

 

Choi Mok as derived from old sifu, Liu Shi Zhong (Lau Sze Chung), is a Southern Shaolin system. This book is a no nonsense exposition on the family hybrid styles, the cross between Choi and Mok (Mandarin: Cai & Mo). The majority of the book is devoted to APPLICATIONS. It's an excellent introduction to the style because it shows so many phases of person-to-person training. One of the early sections show quite a few different Bridge exercises (partners crossing their forearms against one another). The Southern blocking exercises and positions are strong and flavorful with the typical Southern "sunken bridge" predominating. The style utilizes many finger strikes and many of the movements look like Wing Chun or Southern mantis done with dynamic stances. Next are clawing movements, locking moves and the famous kicking motions associated with Mo style. There is even a section on the principles of the style applied to weapons such as staff and umbrella.

Monkey Strike Road Number One, a very short, very basic Choi Mok form is shown. To say our supply is limited is an understatement. Note: We were happy to offer this rare style in Chinese but now we have a supply of the same text in English.

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Shooting Star Hung Gar Kung Fu

KS025 The Shooting Star of Hung Family Fist
by Ho Lap Tim
$10.95, 179 pages, softbound, English/Chinese

Master Ho studied from Deng Fang a disciple of the famous Wong Fei Hung. From his deep study of Hung he has developed this version of the "Shooting Star Form" with correct and definite elements of the Tiger and the Crane arts. This is perfectly permissible within traditional lineage as SiFu Ho has created a beautiful and obviously completely classical form that retains Hung's "flavor" while giving a new emphasis to certain combinations. The entire form encompasses 86 postures and has key elements from not only the Tiger/Crane but the 5 Element and Ten Animal forms of Hung Family Fist. Once again proof that the traditional methods can be flexible, beautiful and creative.

The illustrations in this text are of Sifu Ho himself performing all postures for the "Shooting Star Fist".

 

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Shaolin Ten Animals Kung Fu

KS017 Shaolin 10 Animal Form
by Kwan Tak Hing & Leung Ting
$19.95, English, 208 pages, softbound,

Printed in Hong Kong this book shows the form and skills of the Southern Shaolin Ten Animals. This is shown by noted Kung Fu movie actor and martial enthusiast Kwan Tak Hing. Mr. Kwan is a famous movie actor from the longest series of Kung Fu films ever made, those devoted to Wong Fei Hong the master of the Tiger/Crane style. He initially received his training from Southern master, Sun Pak.

This is a well done book produced with the help of Leung Ting, noted Wing Chun teacher. The movements of this Southern Style form include ground rolling and many sophisticated hand actions. Each animal is shown with some application and introductory comments on the nature of the different style:

Dragon Tiger Snake Leopard Crane

Lion Elephant Horse Monkey Bear

Not as common as its Northern cousin, Southern Shaolin Fist is a key style in those styles of Kung Fu such as Fut Gar, Choy Lee Fut and Hung Fist. This is a good introduction to one of the best known forms.

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Southern Fist Kung Fu

KH004 Hung Gar: Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Ling Nam
by Kwong Wing Lam
$29.95, 240 pages, softbound, photographs

"Never before have the secret oral teachings of the Hung Gar style appeared in English. Sifu Wing Lam, who traces his Hung Gar lineage to the Southern Shaolin Temple of the 1700s, transforms "back room" teachings into clear and concise how-to instructions. This is the complete Hung Gar book that martial students have been waiting for:

  • Learn about the 300-year history of Hung Gar through recent findings and colorful stories about Hung Gar Masters and traditions.
  • Study the underlying principles of Hung Gar and their sets: The Twelve Bridges, The Five Animals and the Five Elements.
  • Explore the finer points of Hung Gar basics.
  • Acquire applications and techniques such as blocks, arm locks, take downs, chops, strikes and footwork.
  • Learn about traditional conditioning exercises and injury treatment.
  • Examine the details of Hung Gar hand and weapon sets.
  • Learn about Internal Training using the Iron Wire set.

Whether you are curious as to how Hung Gar differs from other styles, are a beginning Hung Gar student, or have practiced for many years, this book will add to your understanding of the Hung Gar style."

This is a catalogue of the Hung system. There is no form shown in its entirety. Rather, this is an overview of the entire system including some interesting notes on Kung Fu medicine. Also included are some good notes on Southern "Ling Nam" Kung Fu; many historical photographs and salient anecdotes about masters and grand masters.

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Dragon style Kung Fu Bridge Hand BoxingTC 203 Dragon Fist Rubbing Bridge
Lung Ying Mor Kiu
by Chow Fook & C S Tang
$27.95, Traditional Chinese Characters and English, 255 Pages Hardbound,

This is a rare book on the Southern Style of Dragon Style Fist. Some of this is in ENGLISH, most notably the instructions accompanying the form, and an incomplete introduction to Chow Fook. Among other sections those in Chinese cover: lineage, history of the Dragon Style, Key points and characteristics of the style, Details of the form Lung Ying Mor Kiu and information on the Founder and Lam Yiu Kwai, famous boxer. The co-author is C. S. Tang, a noted Bagua practitioner and student of Liu JingRu.

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