Jan
19
2020

Second Look: Wisdom of the Taiji Masters

Wisdom of the Taiji MastersOur renewed look at Nigel Sutton’s “Wisdom of the Taiji Masters,” was inevitable. Like a good British murder mystery, there is more to the search and intuition than to the closet full of clues. Despite the wealth of time spent by professor Cheng’s and other Tai Chi students on the secrets and questions posed by his practice, the fun is in the continuing pursuit of solutions that claim to point in the right direction.

Cheng Man Ching’s legacy seems, at first glance, to be an indisputably positive assessment of Professor Cheng and his disciples, along with the specific fighting aspects and their relation to the seemingly huge network of practitioners. Opponents and players march a spectrum across the playing field. The book highlights players and teachers who good-heartedly receive their licks with no complaints, although it does not thoroughly reveal how some of the “magic” was performed. We sometimes get the feeling that there are hidden tricks and obscured prestidigitation.

This truly engaging profile of the art highlights the clear belief that, despite opposition from practitioners of some Chinese and non-Chinese styles alike—Tai Chi is not just another style, not just some conglomeration of whatever happens; that Tai Chi embraces a systematic approach to matters martial and exploratory. One of the things we most like about this book, is that we have never read so many descriptions of matches and defeats, such a wide variety of techniques and linked skills.

This book is a testament to that elongated journey, imbued with a deep martial sensitivity, which happens when a whole community—even a scattered community—works with one another to explore a core practice like Push Hands. Professor Cheng’s legacy may arguably lie in his emphasis on a Push Hands curriculum; however, while the many voices in this book speak to that issue, the chorus is not entirely resonant.

Jan
9
2020

Book Review: Adam Hsu’s “Life Is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu”

Adam Hsu kung fu bookTraditional Chinese Kung Fu is dying. When it dies it won’t be a homicide but a suicide. Shifus are peddling tricks to kids. Shifus that are preserving Kung Fu can’t find students to undergo the hardship of practice. Students that are willing to undergo the traditional training can’t find a Shifu to train them. Kung Fu has become the accumulation of forms without meaning. Basics and usage have been discarded in favor of Chinese gymnastics or western floor routines. Sadly, we all know this to be true.

Shifu Adam Hsu has put together a book of a handful of essays that traverse hundreds of aphorisms. It is at once a validating, invigorating and despairing read. Shifu Hsu is clearly distraught about the state of Kung Fu. His main argument for the demise of this cultural gem is the lack of understanding of both the essence of Kung Fu and the path to achieving that essence. We’ve all seen it: practioners and Shifus that have vast knowledge that rings dry since they do not put the time into daily practice. The knowledge is hollow.

And that is the essence: Practice. Shifu Hsu asks us to tear apart the forms, find the basics, understand the usage. Everyday. Twice a day preferably.

“Martial practice is an attitude of life.”

In this book Shifu Hsu lays out a clear path in how to approach both the learning and teaching of Kung Fu, with an emphasis on learning. It is a call for true practioners to continue the refinement of themselves and their art. He gives thoughtful direction on both the purpose of Kung Fu and how to walk its path. He gives detailed instructions on how to approach forms, how to extract basics from the forms and encourages one to figure out the usage. At its best, he delves into how martial practice is meant to better one’s self, to make you a better person.

“Martial technique is to train for better fighting skills. Martial Dao is to become a better person.”

One of the strongest themes in the book is how Kung Fu can solve both physical and mental issues. He calls for more study into using Kung Fu to address mental health issues while at the same time despairing at the state of a technological society that just may well be incapable of daily physical and mental practice. He calls for the modernization of Kung Fu yet doesn’t really seem to get his arms around how that might be done, from ranking systems to tailoring it to this modern society. These sections seem more to push and encourage further research.

I walked away from this book with a smile. It validated my path while giving me new ideas for my daily practice. I’m going to keep it around. There are days that I, like anyone, don’t really feel like standing or doing post work or working the giant spear or running the basics or working forms. It will be days like this when I will pick this book up and refer to some of the many aphorisms I’ve marked. It will give me that needed encouragement to continue on this path of practicing Kung Fu, of growing my inner-depth.

“The training of inner-depth consists of learning to let go of delusion and cultivate persistence. Nothing more.”

 
Travis Rath has been studying traditional Kung Fu for 25 years and, when conducting classes, can often be heard strongly suggesting to the students: “Basics, people! BASICS!”

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Jan
5
2020

Year of the Metal Rat–Jan. 25, 2020 to Feb. 11, 2021

Once again, we delight in posting Narrye Caldwell’s column on the upcoming year, seen through the perspective of Chinese Astrology. Narrye is a longtime practitioner and teacher of Tai Chi, as well as her other pursuits, and has published two books with Plum, “Blossoms in the Spring: A Perfect Method of Qigong” (co-authored with Ted Mancuso) and her latest from 2019, “Spirit of the Stars: Navigating Your Fate With Pole Star Astrology.”

year of the ratI almost didn’t write this year’s Chinese astrology column. In late December when it was time to buckle down and get to work, I determined that, finding our world in a state of despair and on the brink of apocalypse, there was just nothing to say that would be helpful. So, in true cowardly fashion, I retreated to my cave, dove under the covers and refused to be cajoled. Anyone brave enough to inquire about the state of my writing life risked losing a limb. Of course, it didn’t help that my winter read was a book about the plague years in the middle ages. I know, bad choice on my part. But I bet there are a few of you out there who can relate just a little bit.

Then something happened. I had a recurrence of some excruciating neck pain that I had thought was tamed long ago. That took me to my chiropractor. In the course of our check in she cheerily noted that my “doom bone” was misaligned and I must be feeling a bit gloomy and anxious. My doom bone? What? Well, apparently this particular cervical misalignment often causes people to go emotionally off the rails, feeling as if the world could end at any moment. With a few gentle expert moves, she nudged the errant bone back into place and bam, it felt like the sun had just come out. Upon returning home, I began to peek out of my cave and consider the possibility that what had looked to me like the apocalypse was actually, well, just winter. And I, who should know better, had made the crucial mistake of pushing myself too hard, when the qi of Winter insists that we retreat and rest. Lesson learned. So, with a bow to my chiropractor, let’s get on with it.

General outlook

On January 25, 2020 we welcome in the Chinese Year of the Metal Rat. The transition we can all look forward to, and must negotiate with care, is worth noting. 2019 was the Year of the Earth Pig. The Pig is the last of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. So, it’s been a year of endings, of things coming apart, the end of a 12-year cycle. From my current vantage point in the Ox month, which is the last month of the last year of a 12-year cycle, the unraveling looks complete, and the glimmer of light we all long for, that spark of yang qi that starts a new cycle, is not yet visible. Read more →

Jan
2
2020

Six Harmony Praying Mantis (Liu He Tang Lang)

Six Harmony Praying MantisSeveral months ago, Plum published Sifu Adam Hsu’s significant book, “Life Is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu,” in which he outlined some crucial methods to save traditional Wushu from extinction. He might have had Sifu Tsai Yong Huang’s new DVD on Liu He Tang Lang (Six Harmony Praying Mantis) in mind when he reiterated the dire need for more attention to basics; a ‘graduated’ curriculum; and a serious respect for traditional forms (but not to the exclusion of modernization). So it comes as no surprise that Sifu Hsu, in his lengthy introduction to this 3-disk set, recommends Tsai Sifu’s DVD and his approach to developing and teaching this lesser known soft mantis style.

In this remarkable DVD set, Sifu Tsai presents the six simplified forms he developed based on the traditional principles of Liu He Tang Lang incorporated in the original routines. These routines create step-by-step accessibility for students to bridge the basics of the system and the more advanced forms. He then demonstrates generous usage from each of the new forms, again, maintaining techniques specific to Liu He Tang Lang. Finally, Tsai Sifu honors the traditional by demonstrating the six original forms.

There are many uncommon aspects to this DVD set, not the least of which are the two meaty introductions by both Sifu Hsu and Sifu Tsai. One aspect of the introductions that particularly struck us was the emphasis by both Sifu Hsu and Sifu Tsai that this is an ongoing project—still in developing stages— and that both are actively seeking both contribution and criticism. This refreshing humility is rare these days, and encourages us even further to recommend this DVD.

Dec
27
2019

Everything Old Is New Again

“A guy who can stand for two hours is a guy you don’t want to fight.”
-Sifu Ted Mancuso

cheng man ching post standingTraditional Tai Chi training, back in the day, was markedly different from what is practiced today.  There was considerable emphasis on stance training. Before students were taught a form, they spent countless hours perfecting/holding postures.  It was only after they satisfied the master, that they went on to link the postures.  A story about Yang Cheng Fu is illustrative.  Yang would enter a class with one of his students.  The student assumed the ward off posture. Yang would take off his heavy coat and drape it over over the student’s extended arm.  The student was expected to remain immobile for the duration of the class.

Professor Cheng Man Ching often spoke of his training with Yang. The intense bouts of posture-holding left his legs so fatigued that, at the end of the day, he had to use his hands to lift his legs into bed.  Cheng was initially unsparing with his first student, Benjamin Lo—stance holding with no form training.  It was only when Madame Cheng took pity on Ben, did the Professor relent and start form training.

When Ben came to the U.S. and began to teach, he tried to maintain tradition (no burn, no earn), but realized that he had to adapt.  The stance training became more of a side bar, rather than a core practice. He would have his students pause at various points of the form and hold their positions while he made the rounds adjusting each individual’s posture. Holding time would depend upon the size of the class. 

Prof. Cheng placed little emphasis on posture holding.  Archival film footage shows his students briefly holding postures while his two class seniors, Tam Gibbs and Ed Young, provided the necessary adjustments.

After his death, Cheng was often criticized for holding back “secrets” from his caucasian students.  One might surmise that posture training was one of these secrets.  I tend to give the professor the benefit of the doubt.  Like Ben, the Professor knew his audience.  “Eating bitters” was not in the DNA of his students.

Cheng had to adjust to his new environment.  He considered Tai Chi a precious gift and wanted to share it with the West, and the best way to accomplish this would be to emphasize form training.

 

In his latest book, Life Is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu,  Sifu Adam Hsu laments the disappearance of true Chinese martial arts.  He states that a good deal of this is due to neglect of training in the basics.  Stance training is definitely part of this.

I recently came across some articles that might serve as a gateway to reviving this valuable practice. The Western mind wants to know why it’s important to hold a horse stance for 30 minutes and beyond.  Character building may not be sufficient a reason.  If it’s a matter of building leg strength, banging out some seated leg presses would make more sense (maybe).

The articles deal with a training method called “extreme isometrics.”  These are bodyweight exercises that involve holding a position, such as a pushup in various ranges, to the point of failure.  The core exercise is the extreme lunge, which is a 70-30 stance on steroids. To add to the agony the subject, while holding the stance, is supposed to isometrically  attempt to bring both legs together in a scissor like fashion.  An accompanying youtube video shows two subjects holding this position to the point of collapse—which is about five minutes.

The articles go on to give anecdotal reports from various athletes that attest to significant performance gains.  One of the conclusions drawn  is that this practice is a superior way to train the nervous system, “because a consistent signal is being sent through the body to hold with maximum intent an extreme position. Furthermore, if the nervous system is enhanced, and it is the body’s control system, doesn’t every other system rise up with it?” 

Perhaps this would be an acceptable rationale for reviving this basic practice.  Enhanced nervous system function might explain the reported superiority of the past masters.  Perhaps the old boys were on to something.

Dec
25
2019

Useful

wan lai sheng sanshouToday we offer just a single DVD,  but one that is packed with interest and—even more useful—Usage.

Although this DVD, Original Striking Taiji Sanshou, claims legitimate membership in the Tai Chi camp, it comes from Master Wan Lei Sheng’s lineage, and his specific approach adds techniques that fall outside of the Tai Chi curriculum. Instructor Wu SunXiong is determined for the student to discover the usage of the simplified 10-move routine. Something else we like: he brings out his arsenal of training tools, including heavy rings, conditioning rods, a ball and a gripping jar.

A solid, recommendable presentation for anyone interested in striking technique.

Dec
20
2019

1984

I’ve been going through some boxes, unearthing photos, notebooks, old patches, and all manner of things from my 50+ years in the arts. Here’s a poster from one of Brendan Lai’s famous expos. It was a time.

Kung Fu Masters

 

Among those present:

Cliff Look, Shek Kin, John Leong, Marc Singer, Mok Poi-On, Lee Koon-Hung, Ping Chow, Brendan Lai, WC Wong, Lai Hung, Adam Hsu, Bow-Sim Mark, Cheuk Fung, Doc-Fai Wong, George Xu, Kwong Wing Lam

 

(click poster to see it bigger!)

 

Dec
11
2019

Instructor’s Notebook: Tiger Hook Blades

INSTRUCTOR’S NOTEBOOK
The life and death of our art depends on the Quality of shared knowledge we maintain. Proper teaching informs the student while educating the teacher.  Confucius told us that “wherever a few are gathered, I have a teacher.” As we see, all faces of Kung Fu offer a deep well to draw from.

 

THE TIGER HOOKS

Just this side of an electrified lawn chair, the Tiger Hooks are frontrunners for strange weapons. And even centuries of usage (the fancy word for applying skill to fighting) there are few reliable clues to build any intelligible case with arrows and off ramps.

The Tiger Hooks are said to incorporate ten normal weapons, but we’ll do the counting later. The historically accurate “Hu Tou Gou”, or Tiger Head Hook, is said to represent the head-shape of the animal. At present we heft these to find them strangely front-weighted , a characteristic of this weapon’s design,  blades forward. In most cases you would normally compensate for this by hand/grip adjustments. But this special balance of the Hooks limits hand replacement, along with another restraint: every edge on the Hooks is sharp, with the exception of the cloth-wrapped handle. Read more →

Dec
7
2019

Fundamentals of Pakua Chang, Volume 2

fundamentals of pakua chang volume 2For several years, there has been a noticeable hole in Plumpub’s book catalogue, namely Park Bok Nam’s Fundamentals of Pakua Chang, Volume Two.

Although we reprinted Volume One a while back, the manuscript for Volume 2 was in an inaccessible format. Nonetheless, we persisted, and are happy to announce, right before this year’s end, that Volume Two is now available. For the first time in years, all 4 parts of Park Bok Nam’s influential series—2 books and 2 DVDs—are now in print and available on Plum.

We strive to continue to represent THE BEST of Chinese martial literature. Watch this spot for so much more to come.

Nov
29
2019

Iron Palm, Through the Back, To the Mind

Tong Bei Quan

ShanXi Hong Dong Tong Bei Quan

Iron Palm

Iron Sand Palm Secrets

Complete Chinese Martial Arts

Authentic Chinese Wushu Complete

We’ve been so busy that we’ve neglected the great stack of Chinese books we are slowly adding to our collection. Even though in modern format, many of these books detail early styles and histories of this ancient art.

Today’s entries include a book and DVD combination on ShanXi Tong Bei (through-the-back) boxing, a truly long-arm style that is a cousin to Pigua Zhang.

Next up is a curious compendium of material gathered from other books on Iron Palm training. Some collectible photos, although no awards for crystal clarity here. Still, an opportunity to see and compare perspectives from different teachers and masters. (Only get a few copies of this one in our last order, may go quickly).

Finally, we welcome back a tome that appears then disappears too quickly. We have represented at least three different versions of Professor Kang Ge Wu’s masterful compilation on all things Wushu, from ancient adages to basic training and stances. Just lifting this 770 page hardcover requires some strength training (most likely detailed inside)! This cloth-bound edition is one of the nicest versions we have seen so far.

As always, click the images for more information, and to purchase.

Nov
25
2019

Spear Learning

Some of my articles come directly from what is taught at my school that day. One of my favorite spear training exercises is “Ghost Shakes Body” (also called “Lan Na Zha”), and when I saw some students practicing this the other day, it reminded me of the extensive usage catalogue each weapon carries with it. Thus, these few words below.

 

kung fu weapons trainingAnyone who has trained extensively knows that there are two laws: repeated usage and lots of it. High reps don’t mean much without the bonus of understanding the proper form and usage of your body, your limbs, and your mind. People offer such sage advice as “no pain, no gain,” but in Kung Fu, we should amend this to “no brain, no gain.”

Although the above is true throughout traditional Kung Fu, it is even more meaningful when it comes to weapons, those ancestors of the Art which are so commonly misunderstood that one sometimes imagines all we know sits on a hill of ignorance. Read more →

Nov
21
2019

Plum Fruits on Facebook

Plum may cast a big shadow in the number of products we represent (almost 4000), the articles and tutorials we write (about 1500, and counting), the videos we produce and share here and on our youtube channel …But as many of you know, there are only really three people operating the lights: Ted Mancuso, Linda Darrigo and Debbie Shayne. That’s it. Which means that we are usually stretched (and not in a good way) when we want to incorporate things like out-facing expansions or structural changes (we’re working on a massive project to convert our site to something more searchable, for example).

This is one of the main reasons it took us so long to start a facebook page. Another thing to monitor?  Where would those hours come from, where would we find the time? Close friends nudged and nagged and made fun of us until we finally dipped our toes into the pond and found it to be…not so bad! Even, do-able.

So, drumroll, please: Plum now has a Facebook presence, and we would love to meet up with you there, as well as on Plum. Facebook  allows us to drop occasional coupons and discounts there, in addition to sharing material from others (and we are conscientious curators, so you don’t need to worry about seeing lots of junk). You’ll even be able to keep up with new postings to kaimen, youtube videos, etc.

We hope you’ll visit us on Facebook and, if you have a facebook account, we encourage you to like and follow us. And who knows? There might just be a coupon waiting for you already!

Nov
13
2019

Ferocity and Accuracy

Every Kung Fu style has its Yin and Yang attributes: open/close, light/heavy, soft and hard. But not all complementary pairs are oppositional. A good martial artist can also be both fierce and accurate—how is this accomplished?

Accuracy brings to mind a controlled, almost intellectual state of mind—that is, a state of mind, not of heart. It is cold, impersonal and, in martial arts, something to pursue.

On the other paw, ferocity is a hot emotional state, a single-minded juggernaut of determined destruction. Like that huge boulder rolling toward Indiana Jones, it starts at our source anger, far away from the target, but continues mindlessly, threatening our stable existence. Read more →

Nov
3
2019

Sitting—The New Smoking?

I’m an unabashed fan of old movies, good and bad. The time period between 1930and 1960 holds a particular fascination for me. I enjoy watching the cultural norms as compared to the present day. Men wore wide brimmed hats, married couples slept in separate beds, and cigarette smoking was rampant. Chain-smoking appeared to be the norm.

Thankfully, times have changed. The hats are gone, and married couples sleep together. Read more →

Oct
28
2019

An Interview with Hung Gar’s Sifu Donald Hamby

Here is a wonderful interview conducted by Sifu Pavel Macek, with our friend, Hung Gar Sifu Donald Hamby. Sifu Hamby talks about his roots and the LA Kung Fu scene back when he started in the 1970’s, and some of the qualities and applications of Hung Gar (with a short demo showing usage, at the end).

Click for more material from Sifu Hamby, as well as three books in his Hung Gar (Hung Kuen) lineage via Lam Chun Fai

Oct
22
2019

Life is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu

Adam Hsu book

Yes, it’s true! A new book in English by Adam Hsu.

If this were Hollywood, Sifu Adam Hsu’s new book, “Life Is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu,” would be the tell-all on everyone’s reading list; not because it is gossipy—he names no names—but because it fulfills its promise to reveal the good, the bad, the ugly, the disappointing, the heartbreaking, and the inspirational. It’s all here.

In over 300 pages of aphorisms accompanied by short essays, Hsu Sifu examines the current state of Kung Fu and, true to his nature, honestly discusses both the ongoing challenges facing Chinese martial arts as well as some well-considered solutions.  Just about anyone practicing traditional Kung Fu today has a sense that the body of Wushu is not as healthy as it once was. Sifu Hsu’s diagnosis is that of a thoughtful doctor with decades of experience, and an unwavering goal to bring the patient back to health.

We at Plum proudly announce this new publication; we are once again honored to produce and publish Hsu Sifu’s works. And for those in the know, this book is illustrated with 20 photos of Sifu Hsu demonstrating the rare Goose Feather Saber, as well as him practicing with the spear.

 

Order through November 15, and receive a 10% discount off of Plum’s regular price.

 

Oct
17
2019

Drunken Boxing, Chicken Boxing, Duck Boxing, and so on

After our recent article on Drunken Boxing, a friend sent us a Q & A he had synchronistically seen on the subject, from Sifu Mike Sigman. We were not only in agreement with Sifu Sigman, but were also impressed by the way he had handled the question concerning reeling silk in Drunken Boxing, so we contacted him, and he graciously gave us permission to reprint the exchange here.
 
From Sifu Sigman:
 
I had a p.m. from one of our forum brethren asking if Drunken Fist perhaps uses silkreeling. The answer is “no”. There is no such style as “Drunken Boxing”. It tends to be more of a show-style of form and there is no particular art that it comes from. Sort of like the chain-whip, Drunken boxing forms were invented/used by the martial-arts street-performers. Fun to watch, but a genuine martial-arts style has forms, technique, weapons-styles (as in the 18 weapons of a legitimate style), and so on.
 
I’m always reminded of a contemporary wushu guy I knew what was a great poseur. He would go to a tournament and with a noble face and flourishing movements would do a form called “Ta Mo Fist” … stalking haughtily off-stage when he finished, to the applause of the peanut gallery. One of my teachers from China watched this one time and leaned over to ask me if the guy was making a joke: “Ta Mo Fist” is a form that is taught to children.
 
So, silkreeling, no. Sometimes interesting to watch, but it’s mostly stage presentation.
 

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Oct
15
2019

Three Fighting Stars: Xin Yi, Chang and Gong Li Quan

martial arts applications

Xin Yi Liu He Boxing

martial arts applications

Chang’s Pugilistic Volume

martial arts applications

Southern Shaolin: Secrets of Gong Li Quan Boxing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three of these new Chinese texts—on Xin Yi Liu He, the ancient Chang family style, and Five Ancestors boxing—demonstrate applications that give a good sense, in each case,  showing them as pragmatic and functional.

The Gong Li Quan is one of the styles that comes under the mantle of “Southern Shaolin Boxing.”  Chang style is now well-noted for its contribution to Tai Chi. Finally, our Xin Yi agent demonstrates a rough version of the style.

Oct
6
2019

The Eye of Robert Smith

Robert SmithHere is a short and direct excerpt from one of the forefathers of western martial arts writings. Robert Smith was as much a story-teller as he was a reporter, bringing forth tales from the fringes of some styles, along with the hidden clashes between the masters of others.

 

“Simply observing the art without participating in it can be misleading. I once made the mistake of taking an American nidan in Okinawan Karate to meet Cheng. The American was singularly unimpressed by what he saw. He wanted a test. So Cheng signaled to a student, who then faced the karateka. He faked a high kick, the student’s arm started up; the foot flashed down and the student slapped it lightly while stepping inside and touching the American’s heart. Dead, he failed to realize it, for he went away scoffing at T’ai-chi. I apologized to Cheng later and he waved it aside: “One must be kind to a blind man.” The inevitable sequel: I took the lad to a Shaolin friend of mine and left him to his ministrations. A week later I saw him. He had discontinued. Why? “Damn it, those guys wanted to fight!” Unappreciative of the soft, afraid of the hard, this one doubtless is still thrilling them at cocktail parties with his dance. Fighting it is not.”

 

 From “Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods,” Robert Smith, 1974

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Oct
2
2019

Andrea Falk’s Masterful Martial Arts Dictionary: UPDATED, Hardcovers have arrived!

falk's martial arts dictionary10/2/19:
The Hardcover editions have arrived and they are big and beautiful.

Two good things: There is a price drop down to $80, AND we are extending the 10% discount for the hardcovers purchased through October 31. Discount code is DictHC

Limited supply at the moment, but we will get more.

Yeah! The Dictionaries have arrived and they are beautful. We have received the compact and the deluxe paperback editions; the hardcover is still to come.

Just a quick announcement: the revised edition of Andrea Falk’s Chinese-English Martial Arts Dictionary will be here soon! We have been anticipating this invaluable work for a long while. It is on its way (we expect it within the next two weeks).

“This Chinese-English Dictionary is massive, with countless words and phrases used by the internal and external martial arts of China to describe training, techniques, theory, forms, sparring, methods, wrestling and qinna. And words that always pop up when you are reading about martial arts, like TCM terms, anatomical terms, historical and literary names, dynasties – the list is endless. Most martial techniques and names cannot be found in a regular dictionary – and if the characters are there, they have a different meaning from that used in the martial arts. With three indices, ordered by the pinyin transliteration, radical index, and stroke order index, and a fair bit of cross referencing, you should be able to find what you need.”

Dictionary displays pinyin terms, Chinese characters and English definitions.