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).
Wu Dang Sword - TC 144
by Chen Xiang Ling $10.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, softbound, 140 photograph.
This is the traditional character version of our Sc104, the same book. There are a number of sword forms, almost legendary, having stood the tests of time and taste. We have the treasures named: San Cai, Kun Wu, Green Duckweed and, of course, the Wu Dang sword. Renovated somewhat by the master swordsman, Li Jing Ling, this was considered one of the finest sword plays of the last century. Many masters studied with Li and this version is well represented by a strong, limber and exact presentation through the photographs.
Shaolin Three Road Five Word Boxing - TC 521
By Ding Xiao Se $10.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, illustrations, softbound, 263 drawings.
This set originates in the Shaolin Temple. It is Three Road Five Word Boxing. It was created in the Ming dynasty. At that time Shaolin had five famous monks. From here, through the efforts of a Shaolin master teacher it was eventually spread to ShanDong, HeBai, and outside the temple. This is a fairly complex set shown in good line drawings. The set does not start until figure #86 because there is a lot of discussion on structure such as the five words, the proper movement, stances, etc.; also internal training. Usually these lower priced book look a little thrown together but this seems to be a serious effort to show organized information.
Green Dragon Single Sword - TC 526
by Shi Jian Qing 石劍青 $8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, illustrations, softbound.
A nice, graceful sword in this modest hand written-style text series. The movements breakdown here for straight sword is: Pi 劈 , Ce 刺, Gua 掛，Liao 撩，Dian 點，Beng 崩，Yun 雲，Ma 抹，Zhan 斬，Jie 截，Chuan 穿，Jia 架，Ji 擊，Ge 格，Xue 削，Sao 掃 etc.. Handwritten style text and small double illustrations at the page bottom show the twists and turns of this form.
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Pre-Heaven Tai Chi Ruler
先天氣功太極尺功法圖解 - TC 524
by Chen Hong Zhen 陳洪鎮 $15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, photographs, softbound.
HuaLian ChuBanShe, 1985 reprint.
The Tai Chi Ruler was only shown to the public in the early years of the Twentieth Century. From there it has fascinated many and also spawned a legion of imitations and interpretations of varying levels of quality. If nothing else this is a very intriguing book with many exercises including the Ruler, the Ball, Two person Ruler and more. One of the front pieces lays claim, with a photograph, to Zhao Zhong Tao with dates of 1844 to 1962. Yes, you read that right...
New Book of Effective Disciplines - TC 523
by Qi JiGuang $17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, many old illustrations, softbound.
is one of the most FAMOUS books in all of Chinese Martial Arts history. This text by the hero Qi Ji Guang tells of methods Wushu practice that influenced such arts as Tai Chi Chuan, military maneuvers, tactics and methods. Click here to find out about its legendary author.
Hand 20 Methods - TC 520
Zi Ping 8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, over 150 illustrations, softbound.
is a general form shown both singly and in partner format.
The movements are Long Fist looking like Cha or Hong. This
is a hand written Chinese text with many small but very clear
illustrations of a female demonstrator.
Dang 8 Drunken Immortals Boxing - TC 519
Yue Jian $9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, over 120 illustrations, softbound.
Eight Drunken Immortals are of course members of the Chinese
pantheon. Each of them started as a mortal who realized his
or her immortality through Taoism. This book gives a little
history in Chinese of the Wu Dang style including some of its
famous influences such as Cheng San Feng and Ba Gua Palms. It
shows a medium sized form based on drunken boxing movements
many of them unlike those of Contemporary Wu Shu. The line drawings
show not only the form but basic stretches and skills of Drunken
Shaolin Dog Boxing - TC 515
Zhi Fan $15.75 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, photographs, softbound.
Jian Shaolin Gou Quan. Here is a book on FuJian Dog Boxing.
It is similar to that by Ding Xiao Se but definitely another
book. This one shows, in fairly clear photographs, the basics
of Dog Boxing including back bends. As always this style highly
emphasizes ground work and floor techniques. It shows what appears
to be the standard FuJian Two Person set which, in this style,
shows the essential usage of the style. There is also a section
of a form and another section on applications for fighting techniques.
Cat & Crane Mixed Boxing - TC 513
Yun Shan $10.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, illustrations, softbound.
She Mao He Hun Xing Quan. This is a reissue of an older book
with photographs. This Southern Shaolin set combines some of
the lesser known animals of Kung Fu: the Snake, the Cat and
the Crane. Though the illustrations are not as good as the original
photographs they do give some feeling for this form. Then what
is interesting in this book is that the form only takes up about
half of the text. The rest of the Chinese is commentary on the
art of Tai Chi. Why? You decide.
Shaolin Dog Style Boxing Manual - TC 509
Xiao Se $13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, illustrated, softbound.
Shaolin Gou Quan Tu Shuo. This is the one of the few books we
have ever seen on the relatively rare style of Shaolin Dog Boxing.
Dog Boxing always refers to styles that fall to the ground as
one of their defenses. This book starts with the basics and
adds a partial form as an example of the style. Some of the
forms demonstrated include Double Bat form, 36 Moves, Three
Battles, Attack and Defense Partner Practice. Learn
more about Dog Boxing.
White Eyebrow Boxing - TC 507
Yu Ting $12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, illustrated, softbound.
Shaolin Bai Mei Quan Shu. This is one of the few books on the
Short Arm style known as White Eyebrow. There is one interesting
aspect here, if you are familiar with the legends about White
Eyebrow, that this book purports to be "Shaolin" White Eyebrow.
But this is Er-Mei (O Mei) White Eyebrow and takes its lineage
from the Shaolin Temple in the Emei area (one of the ten Shaolin
temples in China at one time). The short set is the "Straight
Step Boxing." Exercises and applications are shown. Illustrations
are obviously tracings from photos. Calligraphy is hand written. Some background
on Pak Mei Boxing.
Six Harmony Boxing - TC 503
Shao Sz $7.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
96 Pages Softbound - illustrations.
This little text, by the same author of the other Shaolin book
TC 411, gives a short Liu He set with resemblance to the Long
Arm of Tan Tui. This is a hand written text with some front
notes before the instruction on the rather short form.
Jiao - TC 501
by Shi Chin Song $24.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
514 Pages Hardbound - illustrations, NOTE: Newer editions are softcover, same price.
Here is a huge book on the core of Chuo Jiao style boxing, the famous kicking style. Chuo Jiao goes way back. It’s name can be translated as Intercepting Foot. Among its attributes it has a famous back kick like a sweeping scythe. This text covers hand positions, steps, stances and kicks. Then we get a first set of nine different roads introducing the style and its flavor. These are back and forth forms somewhat like Tan Tui, challenging in themselves and each of them emphasizing the famous Chuo Jiao back kick. At the end the official salutation is shown. The final dozen plus pages outline some of the key principles and concepts of the style. 514 pages with hundreds of illos, it
offers a comprehensive view of the Chuo Jiao system. Besides starting
with basic stances and movements this book has nine complete
forms from the system with names such as 18 Kicks, 9 Knights.
There are many actions showing the distinctive Chuo Jiao back
kicks. As far as Chuo Jiao this book is a lifetime’s compendium of forms.
Crane Boxing Classified - TC 512
Zai Luan $11.25 Traditional Chinese Characters;
pages, old photographs, softbound.
FuJian He Quan Mi Yao. This is a famous and classic book on
FuJian Crane boxing. The photographs approach the funky with
Li Zai Luan resembling a fugitive from Silicon Valley then posing
in short pants and flexing his muscles. But there is a wonderful
truthfulness to the shots of different adult students posing
with weapons and performing the tight, Short Fist applications
of the Crane Boxing. Full page pictures, group shots and Crane
boxing exercises highlight this great reprint.
Sun Lu Tang's Collected Writings - TC 528 $22.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
illustrations and photographs, softbound
Here is a compilation of the five books that helped make Sun Lu Tang one of the most famous Martial Artists of the 20th century. Included are his books on Bagua, Xing Yi, Tai Chi, Bagua Sword and general martial studies. This somewhat replaces the earlier edition from Lion Books which also carried all five volumes. A definite collector's item (at least in some form) for anyone assoaciated with the Chinese Martial Arts. Also available in an edition with Simplified Chinese characters