Chinese Language Martial Arts Books
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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).

Great Goose Kung FuMiao Dao Leaf Saber - SC334
Wang Zhi Hai
42 pages, English/Chinese text, illustrations and accompanying VCD showing form also with minimal English/Chinese narration.

It is well known, by this point, that the Japanese sword was modeled on the Chinese Miao Dao. It is also known that Japanese martial artists and pirates became so adept at it use that they caused a whirlwind of troubles for Chinese military who had forgotten its technique, definitely a case of being bitten by your own dog. This form, though defnitely not for beginners, is played by a champion, Wang ZhiHai, who won his division in tradition forms. If you look closely beside the huge whirling and spinning movements there are multiple edge and grip changes, and some use of hand-on-blade work. Another expressive and interesting set with this weapon returning to popularity.


Great Goose Kung FuLong Tasseled Paired Straight Swords - SC237
Edited by Lu SuLing
54 pages, English/Chinese text, illustrations and accompanying VCD showing form also with minimal English/Chinese narration.

The sword is said to take the most time to master in Kung Fu. Then of course there is the Paired or Double Sword. Add to that the very difficult to control long tassles and you have a formula for trouble. This 26 movement set gives a good introduction to the basics and requirements of this weapon. Double straight sword is often associated with women performers, because female practitioners generally demonstrate a greater control of symmetrical movement. In the case of the Long Tasseled Swords this idea of symmetry is expanded to include not only the two swords but the front and back of each sword which manifests in the control of the tassels. This weapon becomes the ultimate in graceful, controlled and fluid actions.


Great Goose Kung Fu

Drunken Sword - SC250
Compiled by Lu SuLing
86 pages, photographs, softbound
$16.95 Simplified Chinese/English with VCD

If you are interested in learing a drunken sword you could certainly do worse than this routne created by champion player Sun RongYi. This is a good representative because the basic structure of a decent sword set is in tact without having abandonned the basics. My advice for learning is to take it in three stages. Memorize the set without the rolls and ground work (these are, cleverly, always modular anyway so they can be removed without significantly altering the form). Then add the drunken "flavor." Then replace the ground work if wanted.


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Bagua Linked Legs Shi style

Shi style Bagua Linked Legs & Guiding Fist - SC830
by Shi Nai Jian and Wang Cheng Shan
272 pages, photographs , softbound
$14.95 Simplified Chinese;

Shi Ji Dong was the son in law of Dong Hai Chuan who taught him, as he indeed taught all his students, a customized format with special emphasis on the legs. This traditional practice from Li has passed down to Shi Nai Jian and Wang Cheng Shan. This book contains two rarely seen Bagua Fists: the Linked Leg set and the Guiding Fist. The Guiding Fist is composed of 64 movements. The Linked Legs, divided into eight sections, is composed of 118 movements not all of them kicks. A few styles, mostly derived from the Yin Fu branch, have Bagua leg sets. This is one of the longest. The book ends with a one page lineage chart.



Dragon Form Boxing

Dragon Form Boxing - SC825
by Wu Shi Jun
128 pages, photographs and a summary sequence at the end
$9.95 Simplified Chinese;

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Here is a text by a man who is becoming a major voice in the promulgation of tradition martial arts. Most of this drive seems to come from enthusiasm. Here he shows a nice form and practice comprised of traditional movements of the DRAGON. Wu claims the form passed from Zi ZI Xian to Song Shi Rong. The movements are expressive and fluent and those of the dragons should be.


Tai Chi Ruler

Tai Chi Ruler - SC807
by Zhang Guang De
76 pages, complete color photographs, VCD enclosed
$19.95 Simplified Chinese

Yang Sheng Taiji Bang. Health Promoting Taiji Ruler. This book is devoted entirely to the Taiji Ruler. The exercises are shown that take you through all the most basic motions of the art. The regiment progresses logically from easier to more difficult with more body rotation and coordination required. Some of the actions are one handed and almost use the Ruler like a sword-substitute. Very clear photography. The Ruler is a relatively new technique (as far as the public is concerned) but there are already many versions. These are straight forward yet progressive. Though completely in Chinese the VCD accompanying this book is quite good. You won't have seen the Ruler done with more precision than this often. The exercises are varied with some requiring a good deal of skill. A good production overall.

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NOTE: In this section the author deals with two lesser known characters made up from Qi (vapor) + Fire, and Fire (4 dot) beneath Wu or "not".For clarification we calls these Qi-Fire and Wu-Fire respectively though both are pronounced as Qi.

ZiRan Men Kung Fu is one expression of Taoist philosophy.It takes the practice of martial arts as it relates to human life — with gathering strength in the stomach as a central concept. This follows the great confucian concept: "from your surroundings, gather infinite changes". This is to say, take the local qi into the stomach to transform it into Qi-Fire congealed within the Tan Tian. This is the Way of ascetic practice as it copes with a million changes. Pack the energy from food (grains) refining the essence, turning it to Wu-fire which becomes condensed from Wu-fire to saliva that transforms saliva into Qi-fire; then acquiring the Qi-fire in the stomach which condensess Qi-fire to the elixer and eventually transforms Qi-fire to lively spirit. Spirit thus refined is returned to empiness. This asecetic practice delays the restrictions of our last days and develops the body's intrinsic potential. Using this methodology of studying one's own consummate perfection employs martial studies toward making a real contribution to human life. This is ZiRanMen's original and distinctive intention.