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January 2012

Jan
31
2012

Another Dragon Sighting…

..and this one has just landed. Our co-publishing venture with CS Tang has emerged, as Dragon Stretches Its Claws returns to our pages and the world stage, after a wait of more than 4 years (Today, searching for this book online, yielded prices of over $220! ). CS Tang and Plum Publications brings back this […]

Jan
28
2012

Gao Style’s Subtle Skills

A couple of weeks ago we announced the happy return of Luo De Xiu’s excellent 4-part (newly remastered) DVD series on Gao Style Bagua Zhang. The first 2 DVDs, Clever Hands volumes 1 and 2, became available in mid-January, and now the final two, Subtle Skills Volumes 1 and 2, are here. For those of […]

Jan
27
2012

George Xu’s Master Workout

Geroge is good enough to be a creative marial artist and is an idea machine for multiple approaches to the subtlties of practice…

Jan
26
2012

Dragon Cards, of course

We rarely sell anything but martial arts videos and book but we were so charmed by Diana’s cards..

Jan
25
2012

S147 Shaolin Green Dragon: Book & DVD

Another item for this year’s Dragon Collection! S147 SHAOLIN GREEN DRAGON FORM Green Dragon is said to be created around the time of the development of PiGua Palm. You can see the connection to Split/Deflect style  in Wang ZhiHai’s presentation; wide open wing actions with whipping arms, high kicks and fluid transitions. The only reason […]

Jan
24
2012

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Gong Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

Monday was the first of the ten day celebration of Asian New Year. With all the firecrackers, special dumplings, parades in the streets, tributes to the Kitchen Gods, visiting of the neighbors and family…it is too much to stuff into one day, so we get ten to enter in this year’s animal, The Water Dragon. […]

Jan
24
2012

Sonoluminescence: The Light at the End of the Tumble

We are filled with light, never forget that. But the metaphor of light used by so many is a weak substitute for the true light inside us. Some practices encourage this recognition. But too many half-heartedly pursued, improperly understood, lackadaisically researched impressions and clichés only dim the inner experience to weakly glowing embers.

Jan
23
2012

Qi Droppings: All the Film That’s Fit to View #1

Plum’s intrepid correspondent, Gary Shapiro, scours the web, finding gems and treasures for our mutual entertainment. After receiving numerous links to these fine films, we finally decided we needed to share these with you, and offered to give him his own occasional column. These may not ever make it to a theatre near you, but […]

Jan
21
2012

A Black Belt Story

I start teaching the next class but I’m really bothered; on the one hand, Dan might just be claiming what never happened; on the other hand, I guess I could have forgotten I attended a ceremony, or something like that.

Jan
19
2012

An Old and a New Xing Yi Book

This book is in the Li Cun Yi lineage and it combines (both in traditional Chinese) an old Xing Yi form text along with a newly photographed sword and 13 power fist set. Nice photos and, of course, neat old drawings of the 36 movement Xing Yi sword.

Jan
17
2012

The Speed of Thought

The point is not that they should try to hurry up their moves, but that they should abandon speed as something they can “control” or “will” into happening.

Jan
16
2012

Style: Feeding Crane Kung Fu

The Feeding Crane represented by the Liu family in Taiwan is an old style that originated in Fuchow province. The entire White Crane system is a form of progressive training that follows these steps…

Jan
15
2012

The Dragon (finally) Stretches Its Claws

The Year of the Dragon brings great gifts upon the back of the Qing Long (the Dragon’s Chinese name), and one we know that you’ll like is the long out-of-print book, Dragon Stretches Its Claws: An illustrated Training Manual of BaGua Zhang by Liu JingRu & C.S.Tang. This is one of the modern classics on […]

Jan
14
2012

Enter the Year of the Dragon

The Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, which arrives on January 23, 2012, promises transformation and good fortune.  Of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon is the only one that is not encountered in “real” life. It is a mythical creature, considered to be the ruler of Heaven, mists, and rain, and […]

Jan
13
2012

My Gripes About Push Hands

I remember Adam Hsu telling me that there had recently been a big Push Hands championship in China. Then, shaking his head, he said, “…and all the students beat the instructors.” This was hardly a surprise to me. I have officiated at Push Hands competitions and can see all the problems.