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“kung fu”

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…

Oct
8
2013

Guess Who’s Back (Hint: think “Combat Throws”)

One of our favorite DVDs is back: Tim Cartmell’s Effortless Combat Throws, that masterful companion to the highly recommended book of the same name. It is no secret that we at Plum admire Cartmell’s work, and we have been more than a little disappointed that this valuable DVD has been out of print for such […]

Sep
8
2013

Keys to Kung Fu

…if you teach long enough, you realize that special hints walk right through the studio every day, and many of them even leave muddy tracks.

Sep
5
2013

Hand Talk

For some reason the offerings today have to do with hands. We open our own hand with two en face bilingual editions in Chinese and English. Each of them is also accompanied by a VCD demonstrating the contents; not a bad bid. The first is a very popular VCD which is now explained in English: Wu […]

Aug
27
2013

Secrets

In the early days, some of the early students of the Jun Fan club started by Bruce Lee were required to sign non-disclosure statements before they were allowed to study…

Aug
3
2013

A Brain in the Belly

For many centuries, martial artists, monks and scholars have devoted special practice to concentrating not only their breathing but their intent on the area of the lower stomach. This section has influenced much of Asian culture, so that many expressions use the term “belly” as westerners might use the word “head.” And lo, we find […]

Jun
24
2013

Training: The Arrow Punch

This form of punching has many skills all wrapped up into one package.

Jun
19
2013

Information vs. Knowledge

The Chinese doctor of old was trained on a very different mode than we use in current medicine…

Jun
15
2013

More on Hong “Red” Boxing

A reminder that, as far as out VCD collection of Long Fist is concerned, we find Hong a particularly beautiful and strong style.

May
22
2013

Retreat

There are times when the only way to advance is to back up…