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Debbie Shayne

who has written 54 posts for KaiMen.

Apr
14
2017

Kung Fu Saber: The Tiger Leaps

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Plum pre-announced our newest book/DVD package by Ted Mancuso on the Kung Fu Saber. Needless to say, it took us just a bit longer to produce these than we expected, but we are thrilled to say, THE SABER IS HERE! This is the third in […]

Nov
4
2015

Why the Saber?

Ted Mancuso’s next book for Plum, adds the third to his four-book sequence on Kung Fu’s primary weapons. Saber can explode your understanding of the more advanced weapons. A firm grounding in the “4-S” (spear, sword, staff and saber) actually helps in your empty hand practice. Even more than some of his earlier books, Ted […]

Jun
18
2015

Wu 武

I grew up in Los Angeles during the Civil Rights era. My parents—white, Jewish—brought along their three young daughters to marches and rallies in support of integrated housing (unbelievably, segregated housing was still legal in the early 60’s.) These marches led to later ones, against the Vietnam War, for Women’s rights, etc. These were as […]

Jun
3
2015

Training and Training: Practice with Adam Hsu

There’s training and then there’s training. In Kung Fu there is a kind of training that so challenges the way of thinking AND the body that people successfully ignore it for years and even decades. So begins Shifu Mancuso’s newest article, printed on our sister site, adamhsukungfu.com. Click the picture to continue reading. We are […]

May
25
2015

Ted Mancuso’s New Kung Fu Spear Book & Dvd

Despite Carthage’s sleepy reception of Plum’s NEW book and DVD, we are excited to announce that “Kung Fu Spear: King of Weapons” is now available. The books have arrived, the DVDs are spindled, everything is complete…except we’re in Taiwan for another two weeks*. Coincidentally, on the day the books landed at Plum, I did get […]

May
7
2015

New Seminars at our School in Santa Cruz

We’re happy to announce some new seminars and classes, for May, June and July, at our studio in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are interested and in the area, please click any of the pics below to take you to our school site. We’d love to see you!

Nov
26
2014

Chop Chop

At Plum, we never give up on books, even if we are told they have gone out of print. And sometimes we are rewarded by the return of a classic; in this case, it’s Yin Yu Zhang’s slim volume on the famous Chopper Knife. We now, once again, have a few copies available.  Click image […]

Oct
1
2014

Restock: Chuo Jiao Compendium

Just a quick note that we have restocked the Chinese language edition of the Chuo Jiao Compendium. This one is hard to get, so we only have two copies! This 500 page survey is quite thorough, with clear photos. Click image to go to page.  

Sep
29
2014

Restock: The Eagle (Claw) Has Landed

More great news on our restocks from the Chin Woo publishers in Hong Kong. These two Eagle Claw manuals—Wu Hao Bao and Babu—are some of our most popular texts in this under-represented style. Click each picture to go to the site for more information.

Jul
31
2014

From My Perch

I am sitting on the stairs of our studio, watching my husband, Ted Mancuso, teach his Bagua class. I have been sitting on these steps—not continuously, of course—for more than 20 years, and before that, in fold-out chairs; on warm or damp grass; on a hard wooden bench in a community hall; on an ugly […]

May
15
2014

Bagua Book Circles Back

After a long while, we once again have copies, in Chinese, of  Sun Hsi Kun’s (Sun Xi Kun’s) Bagua Fist Authentic Teachings. We also represent this book among Joseph Crandall’s extensive Bagua translations. These Lionbook reprints are so beautifully presented, with the clearest photos available, on good paper, nicely put together. Anyway, for those wanting […]

May
12
2014

A Glimpse of Xing Yi

We continue to be excited about the new Adam Hsu DVDs coming from Taiwan. The word ‘thorough’, though possibly over-used by this writer, is an apt description of the instruction found in this series. So, for a little glimpse of Xing Yi, here are a couple of clips taken from the several hours on Xing […]

Apr
10
2014

Bagua Workshop in Santa Cruz

A quick note for those in our greater area (Santa Cruz, California): On April 20, we’re offering our 2 hour workshop, An Introduction to Bagua Zhang. Starting with the basics of stepping and walking, you will learn fundamental movements, postures and exercises that make up this distinctive practice. Ted Mancuso is teaching this class at […]

Dec
14
2013

Hung Kuen book is back

The thing about the post office—and not just the USPS but international ones too—is that they are full of mystery when it comes to delivery times. And sometimes that even works in all of our favor! We just got fresh copies of Hung Kuen, back in stock from Hong Kong. The last order took 4 […]

Nov
17
2013

Upcoming Seminars in Santa Cruz (December and January)

We like to keep you updated on seminars and special classes we offer at our school in Santa Cruz, California, especially, those of you living in or visiting the greater Bay Area. We’ve met a few Plum people over the years, and taken great delight in being able to ‘touch hands’ with those who we […]

Oct
29
2013

Tim Cartmell’s Practical Chin Na DVDs…YES!

This season, as promised, has been especially bountiful here at Plum. In the last couple of months we have added so many great books and DVDs (not to mention articles and tutorials…) Here are just a few: Sun Zhi Jun’s FIRST book in English: a monumental manual on 6 Bagua Zhang forms, plus accompanying DVD; […]

Oct
18
2013

Staff: Kung Fu Weapon of Skill…Our new Book/DVD package is here!

Despite last week’s hiccup, we are very proud to announce the arrival of Plum’s newest publication, “Staff: Kung Fu Weapon of Skill.” Sometimes I think the most difficult part of every project is the one I am engaged in right at this minute: writing the announcement post about the project. We don’t like to brag […]

Oct
8
2013

Guess Who’s Back (Hint: think “Combat Throws”)

One of our favorite DVDs is back: Tim Cartmell’s Effortless Combat Throws, that masterful companion to the highly recommended book of the same name. It is no secret that we at Plum admire Cartmell’s work, and we have been more than a little disappointed that this valuable DVD has been out of print for such […]

Oct
5
2013

The Kung Fu Staff

This is all you get to see of Plum’s newest book and DVD arriving (next?) Thursday. You have heard us say before that every book and dvd we produce at Plum is a labor of love; the word “labor” is particularly pertinent to this set, in that it took us much longer than we had […]

Sep
28
2013

A Fine Martial Hand

A few weeks ago, we were in San Francisco and stopped at one of our favorite shops, Brendan Lai Supply Co. Brendan, sadly, has been gone for several years, but the shop continues to operate under the experienced and expert guidance of his wife, Esther, and son, Al. A single post does not offer the […]