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Baji Xinfa: Traditional Bajiquan, Modern Training MethodSC908 by Adam Hsu Simplified Chinese Characters $34.95, Plum Price: $34.95, 180
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Another book from the great teacher, Adam Hsu. This is the first text from Hsu Sifu that deals entirely with the Bajiquan (with a nod to Pigua Zhang) for which he is deservedly well-known. Sifu Hsu was a senior student of Master Liu Yunqiao, and has been instrumental in carrying forward the bodyguard art of Bajiquan.
But there is something else: For a long while, Sifu Hsu has promoted the idea of 'The Great Experiment,' that is, modernizing the traditional martial arts to suit contemporary conditions, while preserving the foundational aspects of the traditional. This book is a step in that direction, a set of teaching methods that educates people without limiting them. It is a bold attempt, and it is by no means a final draft; it is a report in the middle of an experiment that is not finalized, still lively and full of vitality. Sifu Hsu hopes that a more complete manuscript or report will be completed in two, three, or several generations by those who love and practice Bajiquan and Kung Fu. In this, he puts forward a small example for reference, criticism and, hopefully, inspiration.
Just a note on the title: "xinfa," or "heart/mind method" comes from Buddhism and is often translated as "teaching without scriptures" or even "teaching by sharing the teacher's thoughts with his pupils." As anyone who has ever studied with Sifu Hsu can attest, this suits his method well.
An incomplete sampling from the Table of Contents:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of Chinese Wushu
Examining Martial Arts Routines
Transform Yourself With Martial Arts
A Hundred Days of Rebirth
Decoding and Processing
Why Your Baby Should Practice Martial Arts
Tracing the Source of Baji
A Brief Introduction to Bajiquan
Inscription on the Monument of Li Gongshu Wen Xianshi
Biography of Mr. Liu Yunqiao
Memories of Mr. Yunqiao and Me Getting Started
Li Fa Gong Frame
Modern Teaching Method of Traditional Bajiquan
A Brief Introduction to Pigua Zhang
The "three highs" of the Baji are unattainable
Baji "eight diseases" must not be committed
There is no Bajiquan without "sticking to the mountain"
Actual martial arts
Practical techniques of Chinese martial arts
"Tiger climbing the mountain" is not a dream
Three "magic mirrors" - self-testing method for the purity of martial arts
The unrivaled value of learning sparring
New! Baji Collection- TC834 by An Zai Feng $21.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
520 pages, Softbound, Illustrated (300+ small but clear illos)
Author An Zai Feng was born in 1957. He has been engaged with martial arts since then. He is proficient in Chinese medicine with more than 300 literary and technical pieces in any of many magazines, essays, articles, publication and more. He has won a number of awards nationally. He has also written a collection of therapies on topics such as Common Disease Moxibustion Therapy, Common Disease Pointer Therapy, and more.
This is one of those books you can study or, better yet, reach up when you have a curiosity itch, and use it as a reference.
Some Chin Na applications.
Some sections from the book.
BaJiQuan intermediate work
BaJi partner work
Practical Usage, Baji opening moves, Q & A
Elbow usage, difficult Q & A
New! Tong Bei 24 Powers- TC238 by Guo Rui Xing $15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
297 pages, Softbound, photos
Is Tong Bei more famous as a style (Tong Bei Quan) or as one of the foundational principles of Kung Fu training, namely, that the back and spine should be trained to treat both arms as one structure unifying the upper limbs?
This book addresses the style itself, detailing one of its major forms—24 Powers; completely centered around that routine it cannot help also revealing the fundamental basics for both the set and style, detailing applications with a taste specific to Tong Bei. Unusual in Kung Fu instruction, this text breaks down each application as a solo action first, then in use against an opponent. Good photography and larger sized photographs.
New! Shan Xi Hong Dong Tong Bei Boxing- TC442 by Li GuoSuo $19.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
173 pages, Softbound, photos PLUS DVD
Here’s a book on the Hong Dong (branch) of Tong Bei Boxing. The style itself is considered by some to be one of the oldest Kung Fu branches. Basics, exercises, forms, the over view is strong if not complete. The volume also shows applications which retain the Tong Bei character. The photos are good and the layout clean. A professional performance. One of the forms particularly stands to its name: 36 Elbows Boxing. Some of the smaller, shorter routines are excellent, straight forward routines such as 24 Kicks, Single Saber vs. Spear, 24 Hand skills, enhancing and filling out the style.
5 Element Tong Bi Quan: Practice & Usage- TC734
by Zheng Chao Xuan $23.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
428 pages, Softbound, photos PLUS DVD
WuXing TongBi: Practice and Applications
This TongBi is very organized. The TOC shows :
In the book, only: 5 Elements Tong Bi origins
Present in both the book and the DVD:
~12 Standing postures combined warm ups and basics, clear motions
~48 Moving foot techniques arm strikes powered by unique stepping
~Single/Double practice A looped exercise with an unusual basic exchange
~Destroying (Pulling Apart) Fist Complete form (with slowmo)
~Five Horses Race Through the Grove Complete form (with slowmo)
~Five Horses TongBi Saber Complete form
~Five Horses TongBi Spear Complete form
The book and DVD are quite extensive. One of the few drawbacks in the book is that a good deal of the pictures are taken from video and therefore a little dodgy.
New! 5 Element Tong Bi Quan- TC538
By Li Yun Zhi $19.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
281 pgs. Illustrations, softbound, PLUS DVD about 43+ minutes
In this book and DVD, TongBi done in a very relaxed manner with teachers and students playing around and discussing their skills and moves. The all-important TongBi basics are shown. There is a distinctive flavor so that even familiar basic such are back arm circles are performed in a “TongBi” way. Everything , even the straight punch, is angled according to hidden and obvious circles. Tong Bi leg swinging is also given. Due to the structure of TongBi (as well as Pigua) basic movements and warm ups and basic applications are all rolled together in one package.
Dai Sifu Lin demonstrates, too, showing key form for classic strikes such as
~Zha Ding – Pound a Nail
~Quan Zhang – Threading Palm
In the last third, combat applications are shown at regular and slow speed. Dai SiFu also takes part in this friendly group practicing strikes and counters. NOTE: There is no sound track for this DVD other than music. Information is all visual.
New! 5 Element TongBi - TC829
By Li Yun Zhi, Zhang Zhi branch $19.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
281 pgs. Photographs, soft bound
Performing Destroying Fist. Pictures are large and good. The Chai Quan form is shown, loosely translated as "Pulling Apart" or "Rending Boxing."
This book shows three roads of the linked actions which constitute TongBi’s most foundational form. Only one picture per movement but worth the price for the clarity and the details of this form. This one has an “old style” feel, except for the leisure suit.
Tong Bi Quan - TC 703
Zhang Zhi Tong $12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
81 pages, old photographs, softbound.
early days of Chinese Kung Fu publishing for the masses was
also a time of turbulence in Chinese history. There was much
doubt and concern about the status of China as a nation and
people trying to leap into modern times. Some writers, such
as Jin Yi Ming, attempted to show that traditional exercises
and methods could contribute to strengthening China as a nation.
Jin was a forerunner because he wrote for young people with
a "do it yourself" attitude.THIS book shows a Shaolin
style set show in line drawing of a young man in a military
The arrows showing movement look like a ballistics test. Truly
little book is pricey. But it is one of the few early texts
on the Wu Xing Tong Bi Quan (Five
Element Through-the-Arm Boxing).
New! The Essence of Baji Boxing - TC535
By Li Yun Zhi $13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
126 pgs. Illustrations, softbound
When kids copy drawings from other artists and then slightly or hugely change them, this is called swiping. As the title suggests, these are the essentials of Baji style, coming as they did from other books and sources. Nonetheless this little book has a Baji form followed by the Baji Partner Form. Then there is a “new” structure form and finally applications. All of these are hand drawn illustrations but the fact they came from diffent books and wear different clothes puts this book pretty close to the “bookleg” category.
Complete BaJi QuanIntroduction - A226
by Chin Li Yen $51.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
530 Pages, Video (link) of Xiao Baji, photos & illos, softbound, oversized, large color section in the front.
This 530 page book offers training in Bajiquan and PiGua Zhang, passed down from Liu Yun Chiao, the great Baji master of Taiwan. The incomparable Grandmaster Liu was, among other things, a direct student himself of Li Shu Wen, the “God of the Spear,” and one of the greatest of Baji masters.
Jin Li Yen, the author of this book, was one of Liu’s students (who also number well-known martial artists such as Adam Hsu, Su Yu Chang, Tony Yang and Jason Tsou.) This huge volume starts with 22 pages of color pictures of Liu and his students; then proceeds with over 1000 photos of GM Liu training, as well as Jin demonstrating a breakdown of a wide selection, not only of Baji Quan forms, but also of its “sister” style PiGua Zhang.
Four former editions from Lion—now out of print for a long while, and which retailed for a total of 45.00—are ALL included in this new volume, in addition to NEW information. The forms demonstrated in this book include:
Small BaJi Quan: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
Large BaJi Quan: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
Six Big Openings: pictorial sequence of GM Liu, breakdown and applications by Jin
Major Piqua moves: sequence of GM Liu, applications by Jin
Linked Set: Liu photo sequence, breakdown and applications by Jin
As if that weren’t enough, the package comes with a link to a great video containing performances and applications from the first three forms listed above PLUS footage of GM Liu and his students performing. A big introduction to the art of BaJi Quan and PiGua Zhang.
Back in Stock! Grappling BAJI Boxing "Small BaJi" - TC530
by Zheng Chao Xuan $18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
271 pages, Softbound, photos.
This is a re-issue of Lion Book A-211 below but with a smaller but thicker format (271 versus 111 pages, etc). This is the first of Lion Books extensive series on Baji as a fighting form. Like the following books, it show applications easily understood from the photos and, of interest, photos of other famous Baji instructors performing the set (though not as much as later volumes—see LB 214 above). A solid addition to a BaJi library.
Baji Quan Heritage - TC132
By Wang Shi Quan who worked under Wu Bin $17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
412 pages, hundreds of photographs, softbound
This is a big book on Baji containing Da Jia, Xiao Baji, Da Baji, Pi Gua, Dui Lian, Ba Da Zhao, Liu Da Kai and more such as 6 Harmony Big Spear, Shake the Mountain Staff, Big Six Unions Saber, QingPing sword, and more also combined Baji/Pigua and some Fa Jin training exercises. Decent photographs and a lot of information. As far as selection of information this is the largest single volume presentation we have seen so far. Almost a survey of at least one branch of the Baji style.
Baji Quan Illustrated - TC601
by Liu Yun Chiao $15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
87 Pages, photographs, softbound
Here is a collector's prize. Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao -the top student of one of BaJi's greatest fighters, Li Shu Wen - demonstrating his art with the aid of a very young Jason Tsou . The BaJi Structure or Small BaJi as it is called, is first demonstrated by Liang Ji Tzu, one of Liu's oldest students and the man, as we recall, responsible for teaching Chiang Kai Shek's bodyguards in that period. Another set, Linked BaJi is shown by Zhou Ming Yong. Then GM Liu demonstrates usage on Jason Tsou. The photos are not great (click picture to see an example) but more than adequate. The book is a must, non negotiable, for BaJi collectors.
Grappling BAJI Boxing "Da Kai" A212X
by Zheng Chao Xuan $13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
125 pages, Softbound, oversized (7 1/8 X 10 1/4), photos.
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This complete text is divided into a number of sections. First is the complete Big Openings series: not a set per se but rather a a series of exercises which, in the BaJi world, are considered major movements. Then the entire series is shown in application. After this is a section of notes on BaJi generally and Da Kai specifically from a seminar by Zheng Chao Xuan.
Applied BAJI Boxing "Lian Huan" A213X
by Zheng Chao Xuan $13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
125 pages, Softbound, oversized (7 1/8 X 10 1/4), photos.
This complete Linked Boxing is divided into a number of sections. First is the complete set. This is followed by a breakdown of the moves with applications. Then there are many examples of postures represented by a number of other practitioners including Su Yu Chang and Liu Yun Chiao. This is meant to be almost a scientific text with Grandmaster's famous BaJi drawings, photographs divided by planes to show equilibrium, explanations of the function of the moves. A workbook.
BaJi Quan Form Descriptions
Xiao BaJi is an absolutely essential set for grasping BaJi's "structure" and is sometimes called BaJi Jia (BaJi Structure) for that reason. While a short set every move and nuance shows the fundamentals in keeping with BaJi's particular manifestation of the Bear and Tiger energies. Stomping is introduced along with the powerful but elegant moves that make BaJi one of the most respected of all Kung Fu styles. Basic form is shown along with BaJi.
"Big" BaJi is the core set of the entire BaJi system and is therefore duly famous. It combines a wider range of movements including sweeps, spin and drops. But like Small BaJi it is completely consistent with the famous loose yet explosive power of the BaJi style. This set show why BaJi is so respected throughout the world and known as the "Bodyguard" style. Basic form is shown along with BaJi applications.
Here is a beautiful and fundamental set of the famous PiQua style. PiQua is an important form of Kung Fu in its own right but is also a perfect compliment to BaJi training. Known for its open, wide, loose movements and unusual "whipping" power, PiQua is truly beautiful to watch and a joy to practice. Applications as well as form are shown.
This intermediate form of BaJi (8 Ultimates) Fist is about 34 moves and lies between Shao and Da BaJi. Lien Huan concentrates on linking BaJi movements together to achieve fluidity along with BaJi's famous explosive power. Demonstrations of BaJi applications is shown. This is a relatively rarer fist of the BaJi system.
BaJi Quan Form Descriptions
From Xiao BaJi Quan
Baji Xiao Jia, Small Frame, has the most fixed mode of performing. It is also Baji's fundamental form.
A Baji songs states-, "The 10 toes grab the earth, the head firmly supports heaven: arms like holding a baby, elbows like a mountain peak."
It is suggested that both shoulders sink, the Qi is carried in the Dan Tian, the chest is "swallowed" but the back is raised, the knees and crotch form a circle, the coccyx is straight. Don't slant or lean, both eyes look straight ahead, breathing is natural.
During practice of fa jing pay attention to the Liu He (Six Harmonies), namely: hand and foot unified; elbow and knee unified; shoulder and hip unified; these act as the Three External Unities. Eyes unify with heart; heart unifies with intent; intent unifies with qi; qi unifies with strength: forming the Three Internal Unities.
You want to use intent to move qi, qi promotes power, raising and lowering are in mutual interplay, internal and external act together, body and mind witness one another. There is "swallow and spit", there is relax and release.
From Da BaJi Quan
During those years Grand teacher, "Weapons God Li", was appointed the Imperial Palace martial arts Chief Military Instructor, drilling the community of Manchu Imperial attendants and eunuchs. For the next number of years, [Li's student] my instructor Liu Yun Qiao, also accepted a security job in the Royal Palace, passing his skills of Baji Quan Kung Fu on to the security staff. Thereafter, Liu Yun Qiao taught the personal staff together with the Imperial Treasury personnel, all of whom concentrated on learning Baji Quan. This form of Baji became known as "Ta Nei: Imperial Baji Quan" entering the category of personal protection: "making oneself a weapon", "shielding with the body"; all of which offered the tribute of dying a martyr's death with a clear spirit. To this extent the author's inheritance of Baji Quan was transformed from the art of "self-defense" to "sacrificing oneself". This distinction is not clear to the outside world
From Da BaJi Linking
The human body contains five Zang organs and six Fu organs. The external is composed of four limbs and a skeleton. The internal organs are built of essence, qi, and shen spirit; the outside is constructed of , bone and flesh: all this together constituting the entire body.
The five Zang organs are the masters of the tendons and bones; the tendons and bones are masters of the muscles; the muscles additionally move the blood.
The entire range of body movement: up and down, side to side all support life through the movement of qi. This is therefore the aim of Kung Fu practice: the internal work trains qi and blood, the external part trains muscles and bones.
This is known as, "inner unifies breath with qi, outer trains muscles, bones and skin."