was the world in which Martial Arts was born? How did it grow and
change and turn from simple fighting and combat to a network of concepts,
exercises and explorations that have fascinated peopl for 5000 years.
As Truman said, "The only thing new is the history you don't
know about." And this is even more important for the future of
martial arts. Where will it go in the next century? Essays and history,
from the present and the past we cook the future.
KJ003 Jing Wu
The School that Transformed Kung Fu
At last! The story of the first and most influential Kung Fu Association of all time, the famous Jing Wu.
"Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo have produced a fascinating and thorough work on the real Jingwu Association, providing heretofore unprecendented access to the foundation, training, and culture of this very important and interesting time and place in the history of Chinese martial arts.".
"A spectacular contribution to filling the gap in the early twentieth-century Chinese martial arts and cultural history."
- Tim Cartmell, translator of A Study of Taijiwaun by Sun Lu Tang and other books and DVDs on the martial arts
-Stanley Henning, Chinese martial arts historian
Spring and Autumn
of Chinese Martial Arts -
by Professor Kang Ge-Wu
The first ! A complete historical reference for Chinese Martial
Arts. This book is written by one of the world's leading experts
on Wushu. Professor Kang Gewu of the Wushu Research Institute
in Beijing has personally traveled throughout China gathering
archeological data and oral histories on this valuable cultural
treasure that is Martial Arts.
book is a vital text for anyone interested in the origins of
such diverse styles as T'ai Ch'i, Shaolin, ancient wrestling
and Qi Gong. It offers a time-line that covers thousands of
years of significant developments in the long history of Martial
Arts. Styles and masters are included by the dozen. The product
of years of research and study. Not to be missed!
KK004 Kodo: Ancient Ways
(Sadly, this book is out of print.)
For a few years there were two columns in the martial magazines which were must reads. In many ways they marked the apex of interest in martial practices up to the present. This book, and the one immediately following, are compilations from these two exemplars. The late but remembered Daniel Furuya: abbot, Aikido instructor, Iaido expert was a friendly, profound and dedicated man. This book displays his talent for essay and discusses, from the Japanese standpoint, some of the heartflet mysteries and goals of martial studies. Chapters include:
- Training Beyond Limitations
- Make Mistakes Correctly
- True Learning is Incomplete
- The Mystery of Training
- Bend the Bamboo, Not the Wind
and many more. An inspirational and thoughtful text which springs from intimate knowledge of not only his subject but, much rarer, his whole subject.
KL010 Lone Sword Against the Cold Cold Sky
Without a doubt one of the finest series of writing ever to appear in English on the art and practice of Kung Fu. These essays and articles will become a permanent part of your reading and thinking about this complex, beautiful and highly effective art. Adam Hsu expresses opinions and displays research that challenges and re-thinks the common cliches. At the same time he offers real solutions for the "Kung Fu mess", and methods for people even without proper instruction to improve and deepen their arts. These writings span almost two decades and are the cream of the work that helped to make Adam Hsu an internationally recognized and respected teacher.
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Sword Polisher's Record
a monthly column that appeared for fifteen years in several Kung-Fu magazines,
the Record is now collected, updated and expanded. It is loaded with important
concepts, tips on training and philosophical insights into the practice
of true Kung Fu. A major book by one of Kung
Fu's most significant thinkers. This is a book that discusses what so
few people in the martial arts talk
of: the meaning and soul of the art. Enjoy!
scholar and a great teacher, Adam Hsu, is outspoken and thoughtful. Of
late he has almost become controversial but that could not be avoided.
Mr. Hsu has a impeccable background. College professor in Taiwan in Chinese
Classical literature he is a third generation Kung Fu practitioners. In
addition his status as one of the primary disciples of Liu Yun-Chiao and
the editor of Wu Tang magazine lend his voice authority. His opinions
are strong, but informed. We have heard many criticize but never substantially
disprove any of his views. You, too, may disagree but Adam Hsu's straightforward
honesty contributes just as much as it debunks. Definitely a book that
will make you think.
and Reality of Kung Fu styles
Role of form in Kung Fu
Internal Training, is it necessary?
Kung Fu Mind, Multi-dimensional Mind
Counterfeit Kung Fu
Adapting Western Methods to Kung Fu Take
me to a review of this book
Martial Arts Teaching Tales
by Pascal Fauliot
the back cover:"True
martial arts should never be confused with simple combat techniques.
Rather, martial arts area a way than an individual, after a long and
difficult apprenticeship, can gain a profound understanding of the true
nature or reality and one's place in it. Over time the apprentice discovers
the laws governing subtle forces of life and realizes that their mastery
is only possible after one has mastered oneself. "He who has mastered
the Art doesn't use his sword: he compels his adversary to kill himself."
This quote from renowned sword master Tajima no Kami perfectly expresses
the paradoxical nature of martial arts teaching in China and Japan.
teaching stories are moral fables; in fact, they have nothing to prove.
Their purpose is actually to inspire questions and insights that will
aid the student to achieve self-realization.Most of the stories in this
book are based on actual events in the lives or martial teachers who
have achieved legendary status. The almost superhuman abilities of some
of the masters described here are evidence of the secret powers that
can be wielded by those whose martial arts training is not simply the
learning of physical techniques but involves mastering subtle energies
of mind and body. Master of the art of archery Kenzo Awa could hit the
center of a target even when shooting in total darkness. Assailants
of T'ai Chi master Yang Lu Chan found their blows did more damage to
themselves than to their would-be victim. By reading - and comprehending
- the tales in this book, we can acquire the same essential knowledge
that these masters had - that extraordinary forces are within the grasp
of those who have achieved inner peace and self-mastery."
Chang Nai Zhou's Theory of Internal Martial
and the Evolution of Tai Chi
Translated with Commentary by Marnix Wells
is our belief that every one interested in the history of
Tai Chi Chuan, and really the history of Kung Fu in general,
should be familiar with the writings of Chang Nai Zhou.
It will not change significantly anyone's practice but it
will show a key point - one we often make along with other
instructor's - and one that may indeed change one's attitutdes
substantially. This key point is that Tai Chi, for instance,
is in no way divorced from the general history of the Chinese
Martial Arts. It is simply another branch of that history.
Nai Zhou was a scholar who worked around 1750. He not only
practiced martial arts but left key writings on the subject.
In this book Mr. Wells, a highly educated and knowledgeable
writer, has translated Chang's work and added commentary.
Many of Chang's writings are so similar - and predate -
the Tai Chi Classics that there are those who believe Chang's
work may have been the forerunner for Tai Chi's acknowledged
Bible. Contained within this text we have:
Towards a martial philosophy
Chang's writings: Nourishing Central Energy
Chang's writings: Martial Defense
24 Word theoy
Rising and Springing Explained
addition the original illustrations, charming and basic,
are reproduced along with pictures of living members of
the Chang family performing and some other correlative historical
works. Overall a major volume on a crucial part of Chinese
martial history. Marnix Wells has done a fine job. If he
had not, some other translation of this text would necessarily
be in our libraries. Chang's work is that important to grasping
the general schema of Wushu.
the movements of the actual Chang
Martial ArtsTraining Manuals
A Historical Survey
Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
see a list of original sources from this book available through PLUM
DYNASTY GENERALS WROTE THEM, Qing Dynasty soldiers studied
them, Republican-era warlords pondered them, Shaolin monks
consulted them, bodyguards and sports coaches took lessons
from them - and they still line shelves in bookshops across
China. They are training manuals, the do-it-yourself guides
to Chinese martial arts.
martial arts masters of the past created special training
manuals with text and images, sometimes themselves appearing
in the illustrations. These manuals now provide an invaluable
glimpse into how various martial arts were practiced in
the period spanning the mid-seventeeth through the mid-twentieth
centuries. Along with biographical portraits of thirty of
the most influential masters, Kennedy and Guo provide contextualizing
information on the history of martial artists and martial
arts, how Chinese martial artists made a living, the Imperial
exams, and the place of the Shaolin Temple in Chinese martial
arts history. Beautifully designed, and illustrated with
hundreds of photographs and drawings, this book presents
a multifaceted portrait of Chinese martial arts and their
place in Chinese culture."
Brian Kennedy, an attorney, has practiced Chinese martial
arts since 1976. His previous books, published in Chinese,
include Witness Examination Skills and American Legal Ethics.
This is his first martial arts book.
Elizabeth Nai-Jia Guo is a professional translator and
practitioner of qi gong and hatha yoga. She has translated
a wide range of books into Chinese, including titles on
church architecture, the history of science, and criminal
law. Together, Guo and Kennedy write a regular column for
the magazine Classical Fighting Arts.
- The Truth of Chinese Martial Arts
Wang Xuan Jie
little volume (around
5 1/4 X 7 1/4) is
the "other" book in English by Wang Xuan Jie, and much
more difficult to find. Wang is the "youngest" and favored
disciple of Wang Xiang Zhai: the creator of Da Cheng or Great Achievement
boxing. Wang Xiang Zhai, was himself a student of the famous Xing
Yi boxer, Guo Yun Shen. He definitely had a mission in life. He
wanted to revivify Chinese martial arts which had taken many blows
to the ego from Japanese and Western opponents. He cut right to
the core of the problem by criticizing many "outmoded"
training methods, especially the practice of forms. He also wrote
a number of scathing editorials critiquing numerous aspects of
WuShu. He tried to simplify the art but keep the Chinese character
with its strong emphasis on internal training. Da Cheng was developed
which later became Yi Quan, a very popular style at the moment.
is a bit of concern in the Wu Shu community that the many victories
claimed by the Da Cheng group are somewhat exaggerated since there
are said to be records of open matches with Da Cheng teachers losing
in, for instance, Shang Hai. (We're hinting at research projects
here more than criticizing styles. Anyone who doesn't known about
the exaggeration rampant in Chinese martial arts is, indeed, new
to the scene.) Be that as it may, many of the DaCheng criticisms
are well-founded and interesting. If you think forms, set techniques,
and many other aspects of Chinese martial arts have never come
under the critical light that people like Bruce Lee shone, you
don't know the history of the art. This book is illustrated not
by line drawings but photographs of Wang himself demonstrating
the methods of practice for the art. Wang was designated by the
Founder to be capable of passing on this art.