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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).
Lost Track Kung Fu WeaponsRevealed Records (Spearplay Techniques)- A615
by Qing, Wu Tan (Wu Pan), Xu Jinyin
$15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
123 Pages Softbound -Illustrations.

This book presents a series of ancient essays focusing on Spear Work, and contains some famous illustrations, mostly with the long spear but also with long staves, which were commonly substituted for practice. Each original breakdown is augmented by extensive footnotes with great details, including references to other books. Theoretical concerns, such as the "Theory of straight force and horizontal force," are posed.

If you try your hand at translating, you will find something interesting about the character "Qiang," which has two different meanings: as the english word, "spear," as well as the english word "gun." Andrea Falk writes, in her ever-helpful Martial Dictionary: "The spear is often called a red-tasseled spear, to differentiate between a spear and a gun."



Lost Track Kung Fu WeaponsSan Cai (3 Powers) Sword- A616
by Xu Yi Qian 胥以謙
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
184 Pages Softbound - Photographs.

Most two person forms concentrate on striking. The opponent may evade, counter, block or parry, but the center of action is the striker even if that role shifts moment to moment.

The San Cai sword is embedded in Chinese Kung Fu training because its movements are essentially true to form. It can be practiced individually, for performance or play and with a partner for training and timing. But this duet play adds another layer of authenticity; when an attack is launched that proves less than perfect it is expected that the attacking hand will neutralize itself and withdraw to a different position. In other words, pulling out of the nosedive is a special attribute of the San Cai sword and its ability to change its mind and alter its attack.


Lost Track Kung Fu WeaponsWu Dang Sword   - TC 144  
by Chen Xiang Ling
$10.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
150 pages, softbound, 140 photograph.

This is the traditional character version of our Sc104, the same book. There are a number of sword forms, almost legendary, having stood the tests of time and taste. We have the treasures named: San Cai, Kun Wu, Green Duckweed and, of course, the Wu Dang sword. Renovated somewhat by the master swordsman, Li Jing Ling, this was considered one of the finest sword plays of the last century. Many masters studied with Li and this version is well represented by a strong, limber and exact presentation through the photographs.

Lost Track Kung Fu WeaponsShaolin Three Road Five Word Boxing   - TC 521 
By Ding Xiao Se
$10.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
176 pages, illustrations, softbound, 263 drawings.

This set originates in the Shaolin Temple. It is Three Road Five Word Boxing. It was created in the Ming dynasty. At that time Shaolin had five famous monks. From here, through the efforts of a Shaolin master teacher it was eventually spread to ShanDong, HeBai, and outside the temple. This is a fairly complex set shown in good line drawings. The set does not start until figure #86 because there is a lot of discussion on structure such as the five words, the proper movement, stances, etc.; also internal training. Usually these lower priced book look a little thrown together but this seems to be a serious effort to show organized information.


New Book of Effective Disciplines - TC 523
by Qi JiGuang
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
340 pages, many old illustrations, softbound.

This is one of the most FAMOUS books in all of Chinese Martial Arts history. This text by the hero Qi Ji Guang tells of methods Wushu practice that influenced such arts as Tai Chi Chuan, military maneuvers, tactics and methods. Click here to find out about its legendary author.


Shaolin White Eyebrow Boxing - TC 507
by Ye Yu Ting
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
130 pages, illustrated, softbound.

Shaolin Bai Mei Quan Shu. This is one of the few books on the Short Arm style known as White Eyebrow. There is one interesting aspect here, if you are familiar with the legends about White Eyebrow, that this book purports to be "Shaolin" White Eyebrow. But this is Er-Mei (O Mei) White Eyebrow and takes its lineage from the Shaolin Temple in the Emei area (one of the ten Shaolin temples in China at one time). The short set is the "Straight Step Boxing." Exercises and applications are shown. Illustrations are obviously tracings from photos. Calligraphy is hand written.
Some background on Pak Mei Boxing.


Shaolin Six Harmony Boxing - TC 503
by Ding Shao Sz
$7.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
96 Pages Softbound - illustrations.

This little text, by the same author of the other Shaolin book TC 411, gives a short Liu He set with resemblance to the Long Arm of Tan Tui. This is a hand written text with some front notes before the instruction on the rather short form.


Lost Track Kung Fu WeaponsChuo Jiao - TC 501
by Shi Chin Song
$24.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
514 Pages Hardbound - illustrations, NOTE: Newer editions are softcover, same price.

Here is a huge book on the core of Chuo Jiao style boxing, the famous kicking style. Chuo Jiao goes way back. It’s name can be translated as Intercepting Foot. Among its attributes it has a famous back kick like a sweeping scythe. This text covers hand positions, steps, stances and kicks. Then we get a first set of nine different roads introducing the style and its flavor. These are back and forth forms somewhat like Tan Tui, challenging in themselves and each of them emphasizing the famous Chuo Jiao back kick. At the end the official salutation is shown. The final dozen plus pages outline some of the key principles and concepts of the style. 514 pages with hundreds of illos, it offers a comprehensive view of the Chuo Jiao system. Besides starting with basic stances and movements this book has nine complete forms from the system with names such as 18 Kicks, 9 Knights. There are many actions showing the distinctive Chuo Jiao back kicks. As far as Chuo Jiao this book is a lifetime’s compendium of forms.

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FuJian Crane Boxing Classified - TC 512
by Li Zai Luan
$11.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
137 pages, old photographs, softbound.

FuJian He Quan Mi Yao. This is a famous and classic book on FuJian Crane boxing. The photographs approach the funky with Li Zai Luan resembling a fugitive from Silicon Valley then posing in short pants and flexing his muscles. But there is a wonderful truthfulness to the shots of different adult students posing with weapons and performing the tight, Short Fist applications of the Crane Boxing. Full page pictures, group shots and Crane boxing exercises highlight this great reprint.


Chin Na Kung Fu
Sun Lu Tang's Collected Writings - TC 528
$22.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
illustrations and photographs, softbound

Here is a compilation of the five books that helped make Sun Lu Tang one of the most famous Martial Artists of the 20th century. Included are his books on Bagua, Xing Yi, Tai Chi, Bagua Sword and general martial studies. This somewhat replaces the earlier edition from Lion Books which also carried all five volumes. A definite collector's item (at least in some form) for anyone assoaciated with the Chinese Martial Arts. Also available in an edition with Simplified Chinese characters