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May
22
2018

Sunday, After the Tournament

Packing up over a hundred books and DVDs, we departed the Convention Center Sunday, about noon. The two-day spread of the TC Media Kung Fu tournament had allowed us to schmooze with a lot of teachers, students and fans. We felt like we’d been talking continually for two days, but then again, conversations spin off […]

May
13
2018

Coming Events

Plum will be travelling in May and June to a couple of kung fu tournaments: 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Kung Fu Magazine Championship, May 19-20, 2018, San Jose, California This year’s 2 day event will feature a NEW EXTERNAL DIVISION dedicated exclusively to Songshan Shaolin – the Kung Fu directly from Shaolin Temple alongside […]

May
7
2018

The Gift of a Teacher

Yesterday we attended the memorial for Wing Lam, my teacher for a number of years. Over a hundred students and family gathered in the chapel to pay last respects. Many people crowded the middle aisle, most of them dressed in black or white, as per the formal instructions for a Daoist ceremony. The middle aisle […]

Apr
15
2018

Daoism, Sleeping Meditation & Beyond the Battleground

Tom Bisio, Founder of Internal Arts International, offers us two texts dedicated to the study of two extreme opposites, both seen through the eyes of Daoism. A Daoist Nap: The first, Chen Tuan’s Daoist Sleeping Meditation,  is concerned with the relatively unknown practice combining meditation with sleep. Battleground: The book on principles of warfare, Beyond […]

Apr
3
2018

Spring Into Summer with New Classes in Santa Cruz

Just a quick announcement for those in the Santa Cruz area: New 6 week and 13 week classes starting at our Academy in April and May. Here is a great opportunity to train with Narrye Caldwell in Tai Chi Chuan, and Ted Mancuso in Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, and Adam Hsu’s Kung Fu Linking […]

Mar
27
2018

Tutorial: Steps to Tai Chi Stepping

If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes at Plum, you know how highly we prize basics as the foundation of good movement. ‘Stepping’ in Tai Chi, is one of those fundamentals that you might learn on the first day of class, and which you might be refining well into your advanced practice. We prepared a […]

Mar
14
2018

LiuHe Tanglang: The Short Strike Form

We’ve added a new DVD to our collection: LiuHe Duan Chui, the second installment from Teacher Jian Gao, exhibiting one of the rarer styles of Praying Mantis—Six Harmony Praying Mantis—or what some might call a mantis variation of Liu He Quan (Six Harmonies Boxing). This style incorporates key points from many others, such as Monkey, […]

Mar
9
2018

The Yi Bone’s Connected to the Qi Bone

Q: I started reading a book which examines the 5 major Tai Chi styles and uses quotes from the classics to show what they all have in common, and what is unique to each style. Anyway, lots of repetition of “yi leads the chi” and “chi leads the body”. I kind of always thought that, […]

Mar
5
2018

What’s Old is New: 3 Traditional DVDs

Despite the fact that Plum has built a catalogue containing almost 4000 books, dvds and vcds (!) we are actually quite picky about our products. We review a lot of material, choosing only what we believe will add to the martial conversation. So imagine how pleased we are when we are able to offer three […]

Feb
23
2018

C.S.Tang Tells the Story of XingYiQuan

Plum has worked with CS Tang for a long while. And after meeting and spending time with him a few years ago, our admiration deepened when we found that his breadth of information was made that much better by the thoughtful depth he brought to his subjects. His recent and new-to-Plum book, “The Mysterious Power […]

Feb
22
2018

Some Long-Awaited Restocks

It’s been a few months since we have been fully stocked on our “En Face Books” (the books in this series have English text ‘facing’ Chinese text). They are among our customer favorites, because they have so much to offer: A book and accompanying VCD showing complete routines in both Chinese and English. What more […]

Feb
13
2018

Randy’s Back and Plum Has Got Him

For many years, Plum has represented the entire line of Randy Williams DVDs. But over the last year, some titles became scarce or went out of print. Good news! We are once again stocked on the ever-effervescent Sifu Williams and his valuable commentary and instruction on Wing Chun. We have glowed over the years about […]

Feb
5
2018

206 B.C.E.: THE DANCING ASSASSIN

Just a short excerpt from Professor Kang Ge-Wu’s martial history, The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts. If you are interested in the broader view of Chinese Kung Fu, this is a must have. It is the first—and only— book issued in English on the 5000 year history of Chinese Martial Arts, and Plum’s first […]

Jan
31
2018

Verses & Thoughts

Geometry The shortest distance between heaven and earth is a straight spine – Peter Thelin                    Swordtip   Sticking simply to the point, the sharpened sense which in us moves, that subtle probing of the blade might flick aside this dunce’s crown – Simon Cowper

Jan
28
2018

Review: Essence of Lien Bu Chuan

We want to congratulate Artie Aviles, James Man Chin and Nelson Tsou on two excellent reviews they have received for their book “The Essence of Lien Bu Chuan.” We are especially grateful to both Nick Scrima at The Journal of Chinese Martial Arts, and Nancy Fiano, from the Xinyi Dao Academy and the World Fighting […]

Jan
25
2018

Tony Yang & Bajiquan: A Repeat Appearance

Just a quick note to say we are now stocked, once again, on Sifu Tony Yang’s elusive 2 part DVD on Bajiquan. Yang Sifu studied Bajiquan in the Wutan tradition with Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao, in Taiwan, and has been teaching this for many years. If you’ve been waiting, get them while they are here! […]

Jan
22
2018

Play Ball! No, Really, It’s Good for Your Martial Practice

If I’ve learned anything in my martial career it is that knowledge never walks in a straight line; while wandering through a labryinth, things like to leap out from behind the next hedge. We just acquired a new text, Ball Playing for Health, Illustrated (Nongwan Chienshen Tushu), a partial inspiration for Caylor Adkins text on […]

Dec
31
2017

From Us to You

Happy New Year to all of our dear customers. We treasure and appreciate all of your correspondence, contributions, friendship and patronage. We would not be here without you. In this last year we have taken some major steps in reducing the price of international shipping. In the coming year, we have big plans to further […]

Dec
29
2017

Three Long Arm Styles: BGZ, MZY and LHTL

As the legend goes, one of the authors in our three new offerings is the only person to have come out on top when sparring with the famous Taiwanese instructor, Liu Yun Chiao. Do you know which one? First, we add a rare addition to the legacy of Praying Mantis texts by Zhang Xiang San […]

Dec
22
2017

Come To The Party

Right before the end of the year, we welcome back a few old friends, Chinese Kung Fu books that are always welcome at Plum. We’ve got a lot of new material coming, too, in the next little while, so keep an eye on this spot. (Click each book to get more info, and to purchase). […]