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NOTE: Please be aware that we only have one or two copies of some of these. Many aren't even in print any more. Even if it is listed here it may already be out of stock (we'll try to keep it updated but they may go fast).


ZiRan Kung FuZiRan Men, Natural Boxing - SC 735
by Lin Hui
$29.95 Simplified Chinese Characters Only

266 Pages, Softbound. Photographs, Over sized.

Here is a nice edition of a relatively rare (now) style. This branch of ZiRan Men (Natural Fighting) is descended from the innovative teacher, Wan Lai Sheng. The photos from this select group of students shows a dedication and number of skills not often spotted in formal practice. Horse stance on tip toe, a girl student walking the rim of a woven basket, a man balancing his entire body on a single brick. The text is clear and well designed. Solid basics like hand strikes are covered.

ZiRan has been described as something like training long and hard with the Tan Tui, then switching over to natural movement and spontaneous counters. This seems to be one of the key elements. For instance, the style rests itself squarely on another system, namely Liu He Quan or Six Harmonies Boxing (itself sometimes considered a form of training as much as a style). Even the name ZiRan Men is of note. Normally the word "Men" which means "door" is also a good substitute for "style." In ZiRan the goal is "naturalness," sensing the revelations of combined intention and practice.



Tai Tzu style  Kung Fu Tai Tzu Quan Fa - SC 734
by Wang Ding
$12.95 Simplified Chinese Characters Only;
339 Pages, Softbound. Photographs.

Great Ancestor Boxing Method. When you have a tremendously old style like this you also have a lot of claimants to the throne (or should we say thrown). And, of course, there will be variance on just how good some practitioners are, regardless of their heritage. This is a book in a series of "applications only" texts, meaning to show how each style looks in action. In its 340 pages there must be more than 200 applications shown in respectable photos and text.

The only problem with a book like this is that the decided majority of pictured examples looks not unlike a combination from ring combat. Side kick, groin kicks and head shots are followed up by or precede punches and elbows. Some grappling techniques pop up as well as a section on Tai Tzu Qigong. We can't vouch for the authenticity of the presentation but it aso contains a few words on meditation, some hand striking mini-forms, and more.


Fujian Ground style Kung Fu

FuJian Ground Arts- SC 707
by Wang Yin Kun
$11.95 Simplified Chinese Characters Only;
122 Pages, Softbound. Drawings.

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The other style Fu Jian is famous for is known as Dog Boxing, that is a form of Kung Fu that spends a lot of time on the ground flipping, kicking and grappling. Really Dog is an abbreviation for the multiple goals of the style encapsulated in the expression, "Great Spirit dog eyes, advancing Dragon retreating Tiger, Tortoise shoulders with Monkey arms, Shrimp back folding bones, Dragon waist like boat hull, internally like cotton, externally like iron." This book contains two forms, one an individual ground form and the other a two person fighting form that incorporates much ground work.



Mei Hua style  Kung Fu Shan Sheng Mei Hua Boxing - SC 705
by Wang Ding
$10.95 Simplified Chinese Characters Only;
125 Pages, Softbound. Photographs.

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By Shan Sheng (Shang Cheng) we mean Great Conveyance or, in other words, Mahayana Buddhism. By Mei Hua we mean of course that which is normally translated as Plum Blossom, the national flower of China. Very popular in Fu Zhou (Fu Chou) Among its theories are "Five Unities, Three Urgings" such as the idea of the four limbs all moving at once. This representative form seems to draw on one of Mei Hua's influences, namely Xing Yi. It is a strong, punch oriented form with a direct and forceful series. This is one aspect of Mei Hua people often disassociate with a style named after a flower but it is part of the art.


Southern Fish style  Kung Fu  Southern Shaolin Fish Boxing- SC 704
by Hu Jin Huan et al.
$8.95 Simplified Chinese Characters Only;
72 Pages, Softbound. Illustrated.

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Yes, you read that right. FISH boxing is a branch, a small one, of Southern Shaolin. The introduction tell us that one of Fish Boxing's special attributes is that the movements which work for self defense also work for health. By this they don't mean overall but each move can be useful in both ways. This is from the Tai Chi like actions of the forms. Applications are not shown .



Fujian Shaolin  Kung Fu FuJian Shaolin Boxing- SC 703
by Hu Jin Huan et al.
$10.25 Simplified Chinese Characters Only;
129 Pages, Softbound. Illustrated.

Fu Jian is famous as the home of White Crane style. It also has a Shaolin tradition of its own with the standard five animals then a number of others such as chicken and monkey, horse and duck. How important in the Shaolin story is Fu Jian. There were many Shaolin Temples in China but the one at Song Shan is known as the Northern Temple and the Fu Jian one was known as the Southern Shaolin Temple. Like most Southern Shaolin there is distinctly more emphasis on the hands and, most notably, the open horse stance and double flapping moves associated with Fu Jian White Crane Boxing. This book shows 32 manner, 8 linked step Boxing, 46 manner Mei Hua Boxing, and Cha Dian.




More about "Departed Warriors"

The public has always been in a fog about the martial arts. Mr. Li Zhong Xian deals directly with this through the exemplary type of work that originally appeared in Wu Hun (Martial Spirit) magazine. Now this popular book gives a comprehensive account of his dedicated martial studies and the times where China was, in part, regaining her self-confidence through her martial past.

After the end of the Qing Dynasty many major political leaders, such as Sun Yat Sen and Feng Yu Xiang, encouraged the strengthening of China through its wushu heritage. This was a boom time for the military academies, particularly for styles like Xing Yi with its well respected combat heritage.

Mr. Li Zhong Xian was there during this period. And from major Xing Yi masters he gained an insight into what true Kung Fu looked like. Li was lucky enough to gain instruction from a student of Li Cun Yi, the great Shang Yun Xiang a contemporary and equal of Sun Lu Tang.

Lin recollects, with the help of Hao Shu Feng, details of a lifetime of training and the personalities who were his models. This book uses the detailed, insider information of technical details about Bagua and Xing Yi to demonstrate the martial mind and methodology. It shows insights into people whose whole lives have revolved around the martial.

Sample Chapter Titles

Li Zhong Xian autobiography
Teacher is a Plain Talking Man
Calling the Arm a Landscape
I Am Frightened
Skill Becomes Useless
Kill People like Cutting Grass
A Great Road like a Clear Sky
Long Sword Hung on an Empty Wall
The sun and the moon and I are one
God-shaped opening
10,000-words Not Worth a Cup of Water



from Baji Boxing Cultural Notes

Baji Xiao Jia, Small Frame, has the most fixed mode of performing. It is also Baji's fundamental form.
A Baji songs states-, "The 10 toes grab the earth, the head firmly supports heaven: arms like holding a baby, elbows like a mountain peak."
It is suggested that both shoulders sink, the Qi is carried in the Dan Tian, the chest is "swallowed" but the back is raised, the knees and crotch form a circle, the coccyx is straight. Don't slant or lean, both eyes look straight ahead, breathing is natural.
During practice of fa jing pay attention to the Liu He (Six Harmonies):, namely; hand and foot unified, elbow and knee unified, shoulder and hip, unified, these act as the Three External Unities: eyes unify with heart, heart unifies with intent, intent unifies with qi, qi unifies with strength: forming the Three Internal Unities.
You want to use Intent to move qi, qi promotes power, raising and lowering are in mutual interplay, internal and external act together, body and mind witness one another. There is "swallow and spit", there is relax and release.
When using elbow or hand actions,internal-external, rise and fall completely integrate, energy is unified.
To issue jing you must move qi, then qi impels strength, the feet are the root, issuances comes from the legs,control from the waist, everything arriving at the four limbs.
If strength and qi go together, one movement is echoed in a hundred variations.
It is also said that there are three "hurry's": fast feet, fast body and fast hands.
The shape may stop but the powers continue advancing, the jing may break but the intent does not, the form may be disjointed but the spirit is continuous.When practicing fist and elbow striking the upper body remains erect, the lower body must bend. With open hand or fist use power, the advancing strike is like piling into a mountain; the retreating hand like pulling a tiger's tail. Therefore all movement contains stillness, and stillness has movement at its core; in essence halting seems like moving and moving resembles halting. Never be stagnant or diffused; never tardy or disjointed.
Issuance must be urgent, changes must come quick, when fixed you must be steady, issue with explosive power, move like a dragon, act like a tiger; your footwork should resemble the actions of a monkey, mixing the substantial and the shadowy, appearing quickly like a wild goose.
You must understand the five elements and preserve eight intentions. The Five Elements are: actions from the heart come like a wildfire, liver gives the movement of a flying sword, lungs add the sound of thunder, spleen and kidney are tightly interdependent. The five elements work in unison, then the power of qi can penetrate heaven. The Eight Intentions are: alarming, frantic, ruthless, poisonous, fierce, violent, spirited and urgent.




The Five Ancestors:

2. FANG DA HONG of FU JIAN White Crane
3. MA CHAO XING of DA SHENG QUAN Monkey Boxing.
4. HU DE DI of LO HAN QUAN Buddha's Disciple Boxing
5. LI SHE KAI of TA MO«s (Boddhidharma's) Iron Body Methods