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Oct
28
2019

An Interview with Hung Gar’s Sifu Donald Hamby

Here is a wonderful interview conducted by Sifu Pavel Macek, with our friend, Hung Gar Sifu Donald Hamby. Sifu Hamby talks about his roots and the LA Kung Fu scene back when he started in the 1970’s, and some of the qualities and applications of Hung Gar (with a short demo showing usage, at the […]

Oct
22
2019

Life is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu

Yes, it’s true! A new book in English by Adam Hsu. If this were Hollywood, Sifu Adam Hsu’s new book, “Life Is Too Short For Bad Kung Fu,” would be the tell-all on everyone’s reading list; not because it is gossipy—he names no names—but because it fulfills its promise to reveal the good, the bad, […]

Oct
17
2019

Drunken Boxing, Chicken Boxing, Duck Boxing, and so on

After our recent article on Drunken Boxing, a friend sent us a Q & A he had synchronistically seen on the subject, from Sifu Mike Sigman. We were not only in agreement with Sifu Sigman, but were also impressed by the way he had handled the question concerning reeling silk in Drunken Boxing, so we […]

Oct
15
2019

Three Fighting Stars: Xin Yi, Chang and Gong Li Quan

                All three of these new Chinese texts—on Xin Yi Liu He, the ancient Chang family style, and Five Ancestors boxing—demonstrate applications that give a good sense, in each case,  showing them as pragmatic and functional. The Gong Li Quan is one of the styles that comes under […]

Oct
6
2019

The Eye of Robert Smith

Here is a short and direct excerpt from one of the forefathers of western martial arts writings. Robert Smith was as much a story-teller as he was a reporter, bringing forth tales from the fringes of some styles, along with the hidden clashes between the masters of others.   “Simply observing the art without participating […]

Oct
2
2019

Andrea Falk’s Masterful Martial Arts Dictionary: UPDATED, Hardcovers have arrived!

10/2/19: The Hardcover editions have arrived and they are big and beautiful. Two good things: There is a price drop down to $80, AND we are extending the 10% discount for the hardcovers purchased through October 31. Discount code is DictHC Limited supply at the moment, but we will get more. Yeah! The Dictionaries have […]

Sep
22
2019

A Transformative Art—Tom Bisio on Xing Yi

Teacher Tom Bisio’s newest book, Xing Yi Quan: Art of Inner Transformation, is a well-balanced read on the fundamental ideas and goals of Xing Yi (Shape of the Will Boxing). It is a basics manual written by someone who has intimately absorbed the basics in his own training—in other words, he did not just learn […]

Sep
16
2019

The Passing of Brian Kennedy

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Brian Kennedy, longtime practitioner and historian of the Chinese Martial Arts. Although we never met Brian or his wife and writing partner Elizabeth Guo, he was a good friend starting from our wayback days at Plum, when he still lived in Taiwan. May […]

Sep
5
2019

Excerpt from Falk’s Chinese Martial Arts Dictionary

In our excitement over the arrival of Andrea Falk’s Chinese Martial Arts dictionary, we neglected to post this generous sample from the text. These pages show, among other things, the thorough approach Ms Falk has taken in putting together this important resource. Order through September 30 to get a 10% discount on either the compact […]

Aug
27
2019

Rare Hao Style, Hong Style, and Bagua Leg Techniques—Available Now!

Delighted to announce the addition of five strong books into the Plum library. These gems from Hong Kong, all with boh Chinese and English text, are beautifully designed and laid out with large, easy to read photos, on subjects we just never see in English. KH020 Hao Style Tai Ji Quan Developed by Master Liu […]

Aug
17
2019

Southern Exposure: Pak Mei and 10 Animals

YIKES! Update! Wait! We were wrong about one of the Pak Mai books—instead of sending us 2 Sam Choi books, the publisher sent us one Sam Choi and one Thomas Cheng book on Pak Mei! This is the revised post. So sorry! Some great news: we have been (finally) able to restock three extremely popular […]

Aug
9
2019

More, and Then Some

Continuing our summer of great titles, here are three new classics, the last, Shaolin Luo Han, being dual language (Chinese and English) and accompanied by a dual language VCD. These “en face” (two languages, face-to-face ) titles are scattered all over our site, giving practitioners additional opportunities to pick up a few Chinese terms by […]

Jul
26
2019

Tai Chi Books: Wu (Hao), Hong, Chin Na, Essays Plus 5 Ancestors (for good measure)

Look what’s new!                   and look what’s back in stock!

Jul
22
2019

Spirit of Five Animals: Returned!

Great news: The Spirit of Five Animals, is now back in stock. Sifu Tak Wah Eng has licensed Plum to reprint this valuable text with a gorgeous new cover, and the copies have just landed. More to come!  

Jul
21
2019

New Chinese Books: Taijiquan and Chin Na Restraints

What a slew of great new books we have for yew you…                         In addition to those above, we have restocked the following previously out-of-stock titles:    

Jul
19
2019

Navigating Your Fate

We are thrilled to announce our newest publication, The Spirit of the Stars: Navigating your Fate with Pole Star Astrology, written by Plum’s resident astrologer, Narrye Caldwell, and published by Plum. There is much to say about Chinese Astrology, in general, and Pole Star, in particular—discover more about it in the longer description of the […]

Jul
8
2019

Sifu Hamby’s 4th Gathering: Expertise & Camaraderie, Side by Side

Once again, Sifu Don Hamby has indeed “gathered the masters” in the 4th exhibition of long-studied and highly trained lovers of Chinese martial arts. Watching the skills displayed we are reminded of the power and beauty in this vast art. This well-attended showcase in Monterey Park (Los Angeles), sponsored by the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts […]

Jun
27
2019

4th Annual Gathering of the Masters

Heading down to LA this weekend to attend Sifu Donald Hamby’s 4th Annual Gathering of the Masters, hosted by the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Federation. For those in the area, we highly recommend stopping by; we attended last year’s event and were pleased and delighted, not only by the great performances, but even more so […]

Jun
21
2019

Two Views of Sifu John Leong

At Plum, we are lucky to represent not one but two views of Hung Gar Kung Fu Sifu John Leong, in two new books added to our collection: Beginning Hung Gar Kung Fu, a classic text, and Living Kung Fu, a recently released photo collection of Sifu Leong’s martial journey. “Beginning Hung Gar Kung Fu” […]

Jun
16
2019

System, Not Style

We are pleased to offer this presentation—long overdue by us—of Di Guoyong on Xingyiquan, Sifu Di’s systematic explanation of that deeply loved and appreciated style, Xing Yi Quan. Contained in these three volumes is a full roster of forms along with comprehensive descriptions, from  basics all the way to weapons forms and partner practice. We […]