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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 […]

Jun
7
2019

Slices: Running Horses

Every style has a story. We like to give  readers a glimpse, a scene, a taste of the classical fighters and teachers who gambled in a deadly game of skill and courage. In the 1920’s, houses in Beijing were heated with coal, which came from the mountains to the west. One day, a coal seller […]

Apr
23
2019

Vince Black on Li Zi Ming’s Bagua Zhang

One of our favorite items at Plum is the Pa Kua Chang Journal CD, containing the entire 38-issue run of more than 1,000 pages. The original journal, published by Dan Miller, is a treasure for the martial and Bagua community. In many cases entire issues are devoted to a single topic, and contain interviews with […]

Dec
18
2018

The Dragon in Bagua Zhang

One of Plum’s longtime favorite and recommended books is Tom Bisio’s “Essentials of Bagua Zhang.” Below is an excerpt dealing with his view of the Dragon’s influence on one of China’s greatest masterworks in the world of martial arts. You get an actual ‘two-for-the-price-of-one’ in the passage below, in that Bisio himself quotes Francois Jullien […]

Oct
12
2018

Adam Hsu on Sparring

In my own teaching, I frequently apply lessons derived from Sifu Adam Hsu’s observations. Having trained with Hsu Sifu, I have had the experience, more than once, of “aha” moments. Sometimes the “aha” was not pleasant, but in every case the thinking was logical and truthful. So it is with great pleasure that I announce, […]

May
5
2015

Adam Hsu Article: Black Tiger Steals the Heart

A Straight Talk about the Straight Punch: Technique, Principles & Usage You may not have realized it (how could you?) but PLUM has a brother we never told you about. This new addition is a site devoted to the works and writings of Adam Hsu. We have been feeding this site with much of PLUM’s […]

Apr
19
2015

Treasures of the Sword

Adam Hsu, the only person every voted Instructor of the Year by both Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu, is once again tackling the gargantuan challenge of setting the art of Kung Fu aright. To aid in this, he is producing a whole new line of books and dvds. Without a doubt, one of the […]

Jan
23
2015

The Bowman and the Tiger: excerpt

The following story is told in China: A hunter in ancient times was out on a moonlit night when he saw a tiger seated some ten meters away. Frightened, he tensed his bow and with all his intent he let loose his arrow, because if he did not kill the tiger fast, the tiger would […]

Mar
23
2014

Come to the Dance

Qigong is like a community dance. If only three people show up from the area, it is still a community dance. But as the music plays, revs up, more locals stroll in and join the fun. Eventually, every member of the community is involved, all joining the celebration and acting as a happy crowd. As […]

Mar
10
2014

On Bagua’s Mysterious Origins

Celebrating our new Adam Hsu section we offer the following “alternative history” from his book, “Lone Sword Against a Cold Cold Sky.” Here Adam Hsu discusses one of the very few real alternatives to the mysterious origins of Bagua Zhang.

Aug
6
2013

Pakua Journal excerpt: Too Many Teachers?

It came out twenty years ago and is still a minor miracle in the publishing of Bagua material. I remeber being surprised and delighted that just down the road from where I lived someone, Dan Miller, was producing a journal devoted entirely to Bagua with great photos, in-depth information, little politics and excellent translations and […]

Aug
5
2013

A Thousand Years Ago: 1101 to 1125

excerpted from Professor Kang Ge-Wu’s martial history The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts-5000 Years 1101 to 1125 Towards the end of the Northern Sung Dynasty, Wushu had become the main content of various performances, and it had many stylized routines. Dong Jing Meng Hua Lu records that Emporer Hui Zong watched the performances […]

Feb
26
2013

Excerpts from our Favorites

The Japanese challenger said, “I am going to use hard strength to take your arm in a lock and break it. Let’s see if you can use your soft energy to overcome that!”

Nov
23
2012

Excerpt: Bagua in Beijing

This from the new second volume of “Liu Bin’s Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang” book: …Wei Wen Da’s son, Wei De Sung, was called crazy because he was quite talkative and didn’t always follow the social rules of the times; he was a free spirit. He was born in 1913 and died in 2002 at age […]

Feb
7
2010

Excerpt: Hara, The Vital Center of Man

A good story starts In the middle. Karlfried Graf. Durckheim, a German, spent 8 years in Japan before WWII. Years later he wrote a book entitled, HARA:…

Jan
19
2010

Excerpt: Don’t Compare Yourself…

It’s difficult to find realy good books on the basics of Kung Fu…

Dec
19
2009

Excerpt: Kung Fu Morals – Wude

Wushu morals (Wude) are the criteria for words and actions commonly believed to be valuable by both Wushu enthusiasts and society as a whole.