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“kung fu”

Aug
14
2015

Legwork

Years ago I wrote an article focusing on some aspects of this undiscovered treasure.

Aug
6
2015

Learn Shaolin Kung Fu … and Chinese

We have just re-stocked a popular en face (English/Chinese) series of books all on Shaolin Kung Fu. While all are both in English and Chinese, some have traditional and some simplified characters. Uncommon branches of Shaolin, including Shaolin Mantis, Kan Jia (Secret) and classic Shaolin are covered. A perfect way to pick up Chinese martial […]

Jul
27
2015

The Water Styles

The class is warming up, you can hear the uniforms snapping, the floor jumping; but you are in the office with a potential student. He called your studio, set up an appointment. Now he sits across from you hoping you will answer his burning question: which style should he start with? I sit back, think […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dec
22
2014

Traditions that Could Go Away

Yet if I were captured and tortured by Ninjas I would have to admit that I harbor doubts about certain things

Oct
1
2014

Restock: Chuo Jiao Compendium

Just a quick note that we have restocked the Chinese language edition of the Chuo Jiao Compendium. This one is hard to get, so we only have two copies! This 500 page survey is quite thorough, with clear photos. Click image to go to page.  

Sep
23
2014

When Speed and Power Tangle…

Mastering the right mix of speed and power is the type of fine adjustment a martial artist will make the length of his or her career…

Sep
9
2014

D24375: Kung Fu Body Conditioning Part Two

Just when you thought the soreness would go away. Here is the second DVD in the series of traditional training methods. (To be honest we did not even realize it had a second part.) This is a faithful and in-depth exploration and representation of some of the hundreds of special Kung Fu exercises that have […]

Jul
22
2014

True Martial Spirit

Our Canadian Kung Fu brother and friend, Robert Cory del Medico, shared this video of himself performing Hua Shan Qigong Breathing and Loong Ying Mor Que (Lung Ying Mor Kiu—Dragon Fist Rubbing Bridge ) at last week’s Chinatown Festival in Toronto. The subject line of his email was: “just over a year post op.” What […]

Jun
16
2014

The Spear Mightier than the Pen?

On starting a new book, or why would anyone read this? I’ve been working on a new book for the last little while. It explores the spear in Kung Fu history and practice, definitely not a best seller candidate. Like some inherited task it comes down to not so much why you would write this […]

May
30
2014

Finding Freedom Everywhere

A good question to ask once in a while, knowing that the answer may be different this week from last week, is “What makes me feel free?” This varies a lot from person to person. It also varies a lot, if you stick with the martial arts for a long time, with your personal evolution […]

Apr
29
2014

Fun Stuff: Brendan Lai Presents… 1984

Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d kick and punch forever and a day…   Here they are, thirty years ago; a great rostrum of performers and masters: Left Column:      Cliff Lok     Shek Kin     Mok Poi-On      Lee Koon Hung     Y. C. Wong         Lai Hung     Cheuk Fung     Doc-Fai Wong Right Column:      […]

Mar
2
2014

About Adam Hsu

Rarely has an instructor in a field like Chinese Martial Arts (CMA) had such a wide influence. Adam Hsu, within the first year of coming to the West, was singularly honored by being voted Instructor fo the Year simultaneously in the two major martial magazines, competitors at that, Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu. This […]

Mar
2
2014

Exclusive Interview: Adam Hsu

Interview with Shifu Adam Hsu on his book: Lone Sword Against a Cold Cold Sky   Q: How do you see the place of reading in the study of Kung Fu? A: Reading is important, as in any other body of discipline. Initially you can go to a lot of different sources: study directly from […]

Feb
10
2014

Instructor’s Notebook (INB) #27: Nine Points on Assisting a Martial Class

Congratulations and Felicitations. You’ve become an assistant instructor! Big things coming; but right now all you’ve done is stand in the back of the studio making stunted jerks and twitches. Well, you would like to help. Start with what the instructor has deemed useful behavior. But, in anticipation of the day when you and he […]

Dec
16
2013

Shaolin Six Harmony Partner Boxing & Eagle Claw

Click each book to see more… On the left: (Traditional Chinese): Dynamic tension, pot lifting, a cartoony, fun book of what you might never wish to do… all in Chinese but simplistically clear  (except the Eagle Claw Qigong). On the right: (Chinese/English+VCD) One of the special partner sets of Shaolin: arm conditioning, simple movements, balanced actions, […]

Nov
22
2013

What About You?

Well, I am starting a new book. It’s on Tai Chi and it will be Plum’s first eBook. Keeping to our style of doing things with a bit of a twist;  we are creating not be so much a book of instruction as a series of essays and insights mainly to convince the newer Tai […]

Nov
21
2013

WeaponsSpace Part 2

Each pair of weapons creates a middle zone or, if you will, qi space, that can be thrilling for spectators and downright frightening for participants…

Oct
25
2013

Got Baji?

…there is the added attraction of hundreds of photos of his teacher—Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao, considered one of the greatest of Baji Practitioners…