December 25: We get to present
a huge, oversize edition on the Green Dragon Crescent Knife by
William Chueng of the Heaven Mountain Sword (books-Kung Fu).
December 24: Complete Iron
Palm Training returns (books -Kung Fu).
December 22: Added to traditional
Chinese book section a text we've been trying to get for quite
a while: Geroge Xu's LiuHe XinYi with photographs of the syle
and excellent full page photos of his teachers. Also added new
book on BaJi. Many new titles in both VCDS and Chinese books coming
December 13: Placed the
third of Sha Guo Zheng's Xing Yi vcds (VCD- Xing Yi General).
2004, December 12: Li Ya
Hsuan was one of Yang Cheng Fu's top students. In Taiwan his work
is considered a martial treasure. We've just added two more books
- his Yang style Sword and his Push Hands text with rare photos
December 10: Finished adding
the rest of Fu Han style a Shaolin branch that has only been out
of the Temple about 140 years. Fu Han has an interesting system
of 24 duet sets with Chin Na applications (now in VCDs Shaolin
page 11). Took the "want" off A211 BaJi grappling among
our Lion Books since we have it in stock again. New Lion Books
December 9: Two new Chen
Tai Chi videos both with the talented George Xu. One of Tai Chi
Chin Na and one on the Cannon Fist (Tapes - Tai Chi).
December 7: We've created
an entire new section: Audio with a few cassettes we have for
discount prices. Listen to the words of Lao Tsu, the Buddha and
others read by people like Dr. Jacob Needleman.
December 2: Put up the rest
of Chuo Jiao sets (vcd-Chuo Jiao) always an interesting style,
particularly if you are looking for good kicks. People who like
Chuo Jiao should see our Chinese book on the subject, some wild
leg actions! Also set up Spirit Dragon Tai Chi, a three disk series
with Double Rings as the weapon (vcd-Tai Chi various). Also a
new Wing Chun vcd with a little different interpretation of the
hands in Sil Lim Tao.
December 1: New!! It's been
a long time since we've had a new vcd on the Southern style of
Mok Gar but here it is (VCD-Southern Styles). Also a new Shaolin
set of VCDs on Buddha Style which at first looks somewhat like
White Eyebrow but then has a number of intense two person sets
with leg locks and dives and Chin Na (VCD-Shaolin #10). Also the
extremely popular VCDs of Sun Zhi Jun are back in stock and complete
for the whole series. We have a lot but they go fast.
November 29: New Xing Yi
vcd by Joanna Zorya showing applications of classic Xing Yi performed
with a Lancashire background.
November 28: Embarrassed
to admit that we've had--for several months now--these very few
editions of the boxed, hardbound and beautifully photographed
Tian Shan (Heaven Mountain) Straight Sword book for an incredible
price (Books Kung Fu). Figure at this rate it will only take about
six months to post the Tian Shan saber.
November 27: Added another
installment of The Instructor's Notebook. This installment on
November 24: Fujian White
Crane Kung Fu is a system all too rare. Very popular in Taiwan,
it is a facinating and complex form of fighting. Much historical
evidence connects it with the origins of Okinawan Karate. We now
have the first major English language book in quite a while (ever?)
on the system (Books: Kung Fu).
November 22: Finally, a
tape on Jow Gar (Chow Ka) with Ron Wheeler showing his stuff on
the Iron Arrow Form.
November 21: Two new videos
on 7 Star mantis (Videos: Kung Fu). Added a BaJi VCD where Zhang
Lung teaches Da BaJi to two really cute kids. Nice set with evocative
photography. Also we've added another book in Chinese in the famous
Lum Sai Wing series. This one (in traditional Chinese pages TC404)
is on the Iron Thread Form.
November 20: New VCD series
about a style we've never even heard of Xiao Yao which refers
to a phrase attributed to the philosopher Chuang Tzu and conneting
"light and carefree." Older artist with some real skill.
Soon to come in VCD part of the garden: more BaJi, 18 weapons
lecture from China and a number of other styles.
November 18: So much new
stuff! VCDs, videos and books. Plus there's a couple of new articles
and what else? Scored another stock of Praying Mantis books (all
scattered through the "traditonal Chinese" section).
And even got another two from the series. We're creating a forms
list on the Mantis info page that will list over 90 7 Star form
so people can use it as a check list.
November 18: Reading a fine
new book on White Crane Kung Fu by Lorne Bernard: a real labor
of love. Will post soon.
November 15: We have new
and more extensive notes on J. Crandall's BaGua translations explaining
what is in each text including his newest on the Hacking Knife
of BaGua (Books: BaGua: Crandall). Also we've added more traditional
Chinese texts such as the wonderful HardSoft training exercises
books and Sun Lu Tang's BaGua sword (traditonal page1). We've
got a new VCD on Fu style BaGua (VCDs: Bagua: various) We watched
it yesterday and it is very nicely done and gives some real flavor
of the style. Another Wan Lai Shen VCD this time on usage of the
Liu He staff (VCD:Wan Lai Sheng).
November 14: More traditional
books! Praying Mantis including Flying Goose Palm, Monkey Steals
Peach, Zhai Yao #1 through #3 (first time for this) and more.
Also Luo Han 18 Hands, Heroic Fist (with famous teacher of Eagle
Claw Lau Fat Mang), and Dragon Form BaGua.
Only trouble is that the supplies are really limited ( in some
cases just one copy!).
November 12: A new DVD of
Chen Straight Sword from Zhang ZhiJun with nice quality demonstration.
Most exciting, yet another batch of the scarce old traditional
texts. We've already re-stocked a number of mantis books and Muslim
books from disappearing stores that will not be around much longer.
Also, many "new" titles (for us) of old and rare finds
which we will post in the next week. (Examples: more mantis fists
and some Luo Han).
November 06 : We now have
some new videos (VHS) from Shihfu Jiang JianYe. These include
Yang LuChan's "Wisdom Fist", Tai Yi Loose Palms (both
in Tai Chi tapes), Eagle Boxing
(Kung Fu tapes), Dragon Chi Kung (Chi Kung tapes) and a very good
tour tape of Wu Dang and Qing Dao with the entire LiuHeBaFa set
demonstrated by instructor Zhuo YongFu (BaGua tapes).
November 04 : Restocked
one of our more popular Chinese language books on Xing Yi, (Dai
Style Xin Yi Quan: Real Meaning - SC 415 by Ma Lin-Zhang ).
October 31: Just finished,
whew!, our VCD Applications List with over 100 titles that gives
some usage and applied techniques - an answer to one of the most
common questions we receive.
October 26: VCD#801 BaGua
with Sun Zhi Zhun is out of stock but we've posted a "want
list" for those who wish to order in advance. Posted Gary
Shapiro's newest article on Tai Chi and balance with a perspective
on falling and discussion of the body mechanics involved.
October 25: We just posted
a new edition of Sun Lu-Tang's "Xing Yi Studies". For
the first time we've had copies of that old fun classic "Ancient
Chinese Hidden Weapons" compiled by Douglas Hsieh. This one
used to be in everyone's library.
Finished reviewing the Wong Fei Hung group. Very interesting.
We put up our newest and hard-to-get Wing Chun book yesterday
and have already sold half the stock!
Added new book, Wing Chun Warrior, jam packed with tales of Wing
Chun SiFu and fighter, Duncan Leung, one of the very first private
students of Yip Man.