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May
5
2015

Adam Hsu Article: Black Tiger Steals the Heart

A Straight Talk about the Straight Punch: Technique, Principles & Usage You may not have realized it (how could you?) but PLUM has a brother we never told you about. This new addition is a site devoted to the works and writings of Adam Hsu. We have been feeding this site with much of PLUM’s […]

Apr
19
2015

Treasures of the Sword

Adam Hsu, the only person every voted Instructor of the Year by both Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu, is once again tackling the gargantuan challenge of setting the art of Kung Fu aright. To aid in this, he is producing a whole new line of books and dvds. Without a doubt, one of the […]

Jan
23
2015

The Bowman and the Tiger: excerpt

The following story is told in China: A hunter in ancient times was out on a moonlit night when he saw a tiger seated some ten meters away. Frightened, he tensed his bow and with all his intent he let loose his arrow, because if he did not kill the tiger fast, the tiger would […]

Mar
23
2014

Come to the Dance

Qigong is like a community dance. If only three people show up from the area, it is still a community dance. But as the music plays, revs up, more locals stroll in and join the fun. Eventually, every member of the community is involved, all joining the celebration and acting as a happy crowd. As […]

Mar
10
2014

On Bagua’s Mysterious Origins

Celebrating our new Adam Hsu section we offer the following “alternative history” from his book, “Lone Sword Against a Cold Cold Sky.” Here Adam Hsu discusses one of the very few real alternatives to the mysterious origins of Bagua Zhang.

Aug
6
2013

Pakua Journal excerpt: Too Many Teachers?

It came out twenty years ago and is still a minor miracle in the publishing of Bagua material. I remeber being surprised and delighted that just down the road from where I lived someone, Dan Miller, was producing a journal devoted entirely to Bagua with great photos, in-depth information, little politics and excellent translations and […]

Feb
26
2013

Excerpts from our Favorites

The Japanese challenger said, “I am going to use hard strength to take your arm in a lock and break it. Let’s see if you can use your soft energy to overcome that!”

Nov
23
2012

Excerpt: Bagua in Beijing

This from the new second volume of “Liu Bin’s Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang” book: …Wei Wen Da’s son, Wei De Sung, was called crazy because he was quite talkative and didn’t always follow the social rules of the times; he was a free spirit. He was born in 1913 and died in 2002 at age […]

Feb
7
2010

Excerpt: Hara, The Vital Center of Man

A good story starts In the middle. Karlfried Graf. Durckheim, a German, spent 8 years in Japan before WWII. Years later he wrote a book entitled, HARA:…

Jan
19
2010

Excerpt: Don’t Compare Yourself…

It’s difficult to find realy good books on the basics of Kung Fu…

Dec
19
2009

Excerpt: Kung Fu Morals – Wude

Wushu morals (Wude) are the criteria for words and actions commonly believed to be valuable by both Wushu enthusiasts and society as a whole.