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Oct
28
2015

Tai Chi: Wu and Hong styles

Today, we add the last installment of our selection on the Chen Tai Chi exclusive branch named Hong style. Chen style has a well-known “short fist” version. And this style, developed by teacher Hong JunSheng, presents a smaller frame, demonstrating a soft, slow elegance. This last DVD shows many throws and takedowns with high emphasis […]

Oct
13
2015

Chen Pan Ling Tai Chi: 99 Movement Form in DVD

If you are going to hang around Chinese martial arts (CMA) for a while you should probably acquaint yourself with Chen Pan Ling. Well-respected and right there when the future shape of CMA was being hashed out, his work—interrupted too soon—would have sent the entire field in a different direction than it did go. Here, […]

Sep
7
2015

George Xu on Power and such

  Three more DVDs from the latest workshop with George Xu, who seems an almost endless source of new ways to invigorate your study while nudging you gently toward higher skills. In this case the intriguing thing is that we have three levels of practice and George Xu is able to distinguish their complexity and […]

Jul
17
2015

Tan Tui 3 Patterns

This new DVD by Sifu Adam Hsu takes a version of Tan Tui and shows three important ways of practicing, giving a new life to an old form. (Actually it could just as easily be performed with your particular version of Tan Tui; or any Chinese martial arts form for that matter.) This presentation discusses […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feb
16
2015

Adam Hsu Speaks Up

From a lifetime of teaching and writing about Martial arts, internationally known Adam Hsu has compiled many of his thoughts in this three+ hour discussion. Billed as a “debate” it would be more fitting to call this “debate points” like what you might rehearse with your own hometown debate team. His approach challenges many ideas […]

Jan
26
2015

Two More from Jack Yan: Whip Stick and Sword

Aside from his good work in bringing so much material on Chen Zheng Lei’s work in Chen style Taiji, it is no wonder that teacher Jack Yan’s recent contributions have gained so much popularity. First fact, he holds a Ph. D. in Chinese Martial Arts. He also holds a Master’s degree in English. He has […]

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 […]

Sep
19
2014

6 Harmonies 8 Methods, new

Liuhebafa seems to be growing in every direciton. This is the so-called “fourth internal style” and some people see it as having a more distinctly martial tone to its voice. We’re happy to add a nice representation to our already strong list. This is a peek directly into a lesson from a well skilled instructor […]

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 […]

Aug
4
2014

Following the Seven Stars

Well, yes, Seven Star Mantis. Some people find it the original and most representative branch of the style. Some see it as foundational training to initiate  further Mantis growth. For some unknown reasons we did not, till today, list the entire series of DVDs made by Jon Funk, Canadian Mantis practitioner and student of Al […]

Jul
4
2014

XinYi LiuHe

There is no other way to put it: there is always more happening at Plum than we have the time to talk about. And frankly, sometimes things just get away from us. For instance, this small series of DVDs on XinYi LiuHe. We added these a few months back and just realized we never announced […]

Jun
21
2014

The Best Qigong Package, At a Noble Discount

Without a doubt, Ken Cohen’s ESSENTIAL QIGONG TRAINING COURSE is one of the best Qigong series ever created. Balancing book,CDs and DVDs, it covers a huge swath of the Qigong territory (including a few things we might not let beginners practice) skillfully using different media to detail methods, diagnosis, diet, philosophy and more. Here, at […]

May
7
2014

Cheng Style Gao Branch

I don’t generally post series which are Chinese Only DVDs but I am coming to the conclusion that the Gao style of Bagua is not only healthy and filled with information but a style that may eventually dominate the Bagua world. I am from the Yin Fu lineage and I really like a number of […]

Apr
28
2014

A Series of Lectures by a Famous Instructor

Well knownTai Chi  instructor, Zhu Tian Cai, adds his own hefty lecture series, just as Chen Zheng Lei had done some time back. Many topics are addressed, and those sections I’ve seen pull together pretty well. What is the purpose of a lecture series like this? I always ask these questions because Debbie and I […]

Mar
18
2014

My Experience with the San Cai Sword (and How it Failed Me)

I can’t tell you how delighted I am to see that the San Cai Sword is available in this new set of DVDs by Adam Hsu. It is truly a great sword set and worth the time to master it. First, of course, is the fact that the single person performance set is almost exactly […]

Mar
16
2014

Kung Fu Theater: Adam Hsu Shows Weapons

Here’s another memorable entry from that great period on TV when Tat Mau Wong hosted Kung Fu Theater? Sifu would interview a different guest each week and then the teacher would go out on the floor and demonstrate his specialty. If you do remember, here it is. And if you don’t you are in for […]