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Books: English

Nov
2
2015

Paul Eng’s Mantis Exits the Cave

You might ask, “What do you mean by ‘Paul Eng’s Mantis Exits the Cave’? He never published a book or video on that subject.” And you would be correct: Sifu Eng never did publish a sixth volume in his famous and important series of foundational books on the Mantis system. But he did write one, […]

Jul
31
2015

Dragon (re)Emerges from the Sea

PLUM revives one of the most popular Kung Fu books of the 80’s, during the Golden Era of Kung Fu movies and practice. Dragon Form Boxing is a short book displaying form and function. The moves are big and easy to learn. This was one of a series that look liked a paste-up directly from […]

Jul
3
2015

Xing Yi and Taijiquan: 2 New Items

There is such a diversity and quality of materials on all major Kung Fu styles, that we sometimes can’t keep up with the new postings. Here is a version of probably the most famous and popular of Xing Yi style two-person sets: An Shen Pao. Not only does it  pair up the two players from […]

Jun
28
2015

Our NEW Kung Fu Spear Book & Dvd Training Manual

Why is it sometimes less difficult to write a book than to write the post announcing the publication of that book? Well, for one thing, we spend years gaining the information and experience to put together a volume on—let’s say—the Kung Fu Spear. But we don’t (hopefully) spend even a fraction of that time putting […]

Jun
23
2015

First Book on Dai Style Xin Yi

We’ve been waiting for this, but did not really expect it for a long time: a book on Dai style Xin Yi. We’ve had many requests for DVDs and books on this subject but the pickings have been slim. This text details standing practice, elements and a special sequence of Eighty Trigram movements for flow. […]

Jun
6
2015

The Complete Book of Yiquan

As we mentioned in closing our last article on meeting C S Tang in Hong Kong, we have acquired his new book (along with a few others to come) on Yiquan. As a matter of fact its title, The Complete Book of Yiquan, is quite accurate: it is a comprehensive manual on this sometimes-controversial practice […]

May
25
2015

Ted Mancuso’s New Kung Fu Spear Book & Dvd

Despite Carthage’s sleepy reception of Plum’s NEW book and DVD, we are excited to announce that “Kung Fu Spear: King of Weapons” is now available. The books have arrived, the DVDs are spindled, everything is complete…except we’re in Taiwan for another two weeks*. Coincidentally, on the day the books landed at Plum, I did get […]

May
15
2015

A Push Hands Compendium

Push Hands may be the source of more frustration in the martial arts than anything else, including stubbed toes. My own feelings in teaching and also judging “Tui Shou Competitions” is that there is a carload of low level information and a paucity of high. One possible palliative might be this book, The Essence of […]

May
11
2015

FINALLY! Books from Hong Kong are here

Here’s the short version: Last year, we re-ordered these wonderful titles from Hong Kong Chin Woo. It took 3 months and they arrived…sort of—one of the boxes from the order went missing in the US Postal System (it actually navigated the oceans but got lost between New Jersey and California.) It took a while but […]

Feb
26
2015

Return of the Hurts

The problem with those closets you have filled and would like to forget, like the ones out back or under your staircase, is that they invariably contain treasures. I admit it, we’ve been neglectful with our Hurts books. And we even like this section! Things are no longer amiss, though, since we just finished putting […]

Feb
9
2015

Shang Style Xing Yi by Li Wen-Bin

This is a large name in Xing Yi studies. This translation of a book by top stylist of the Shang school of Xing Yi is one of the most in-depth discussions on the art that we have seen. Nicely translated it goes beyond simple instruction into topics of origins, who wrote what, what does it […]

Dec
15
2014

Traditional Kung Fu Trio: Through the Back Boxing, Whip and Sword

Whirling like a windmill then zipping past as straight as a sparrow hawk, Tong Bei style Kung Fu is as distinctive as a green fire engine. The very name of the style, Through the Back Boxing gives a big clue manifested as whipping, circling and hooking arms. This is set off against TBQ’s tight, straight […]

Dec
10
2014

Through the Back and Into the World

Later this week we’re going to add the first Tong Bei book and DVD set in English, authored by expert Jack Yan. Here’s some background information to familiarize you with the style. For some unknown reason, certain martial styles appear to capture a sudden, wider range of interest. In the case of Tong Bei, the […]

Nov
25
2014

The Second Special Lam Family Hung Kuen Book is Here!

Not to be missed if you are a Hung or related practitioner or you want to see a good example of “how Kung Fu ought to be” presented.

Nov
16
2014

Now You Can Look It Up

If you’ve been around in the Chinese martial arts field for a while and have tried your hand at translation, you probably will think the same thing I did on first seeing teacher Andrea Falk’s wushu dictionary: “Not only could I have written this, but I probably did…more than once.” The difference is that Sifu […]

Oct
27
2014

Two Bagua Classics in new translation

Dedicated Bagua teacher, Andrea Falk, offers up her translation of Jiang RongQiao’s Bagua Zhang Eight Palms form AND Yan Dehua’s Bagua Applications. Not only are these clear, accessible  translations, but the Jiang text has additional posture photos from teacher Cai YuHua.  Falk herself learned the Jiang style from sifu Huan Dahai, an apprentice of Jiang’s. […]

Oct
22
2014

Chi: Straight Up

This is a lively approach … to the topic of CHI.

Oct
16
2014

A Qigong sequence from Xing Yi

Xing Yi Quan: Tu Na Si Ba The Four Breathing Methods of Master Li Gui Chang Tom Bisio takes a little time off to present this book on the Xing Yi Qigong developed by Li Gui Chang (student of Dong Xiu Sheng.) His teacher Dong was the student of masters Geng Ji Shan, Li Cun […]

Oct
9
2014

Snake, Cat, Crane Combined Fist: Hung Style

Not only does it contain the entire form, but it gives some great historical information on the creation of this set and, in the wider picture, the creative process that was occurring with many other teachers…

Aug
19
2014

From Chen to Cheng

Two quick announcements: Long time student, teacher and enthusiast,  Nigel Sutton, has just published a very interesting book particularly if you are interested in the Cheng Man Ching style of Taiji. Though Cheng’s reputation has attracted its detractors in recent years, no one can deny the effect of his teachings in the United States, other […]