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Mar
29
2015

Matching Minds

This is a fun quiz. See if you can match the western expression to its Chinese counter part.  For instance, instead of “casting pearls before swine” a Chinese person might end up  “playing music to oxen.” See how you do on matching the rest… 1. Biting off more than you can chew. 2. The truth […]

Mar
27
2015

Minds Matched

Here’s the answers to our “adage quiz.” If you got more than 12 write, “You may leave the temple, grasshopper.” and spread the light of Kung Fu over the word. 1. Biting off more than you can chew. K. Rising a tiger then finding it hard to dismount. 2. The truth will out. O. Paper […]

Jul
22
2014

True Martial Spirit

Our Canadian Kung Fu brother and friend, Robert Cory del Medico, shared this video of himself performing Hua Shan Qigong Breathing and Loong Ying Mor Que (Lung Ying Mor Kiu—Dragon Fist Rubbing Bridge ) at last week’s Chinatown Festival in Toronto. The subject line of his email was: “just over a year post op.” What […]

Apr
29
2014

Fun Stuff: Brendan Lai Presents… 1984

Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d kick and punch forever and a day…   Here they are, thirty years ago; a great rostrum of performers and masters: Left Column:      Cliff Lok     Shek Kin     Mok Poi-On      Lee Koon Hung     Y. C. Wong         Lai Hung     Cheuk Fung     Doc-Fai Wong Right Column:      […]

Mar
16
2014

Kung Fu Theater: Adam Hsu Shows Weapons

Here’s another memorable entry from that great period on TV when Tat Mau Wong hosted Kung Fu Theater? Sifu would interview a different guest each week and then the teacher would go out on the floor and demonstrate his specialty. If you do remember, here it is. And if you don’t you are in for […]

Dec
20
2013

Kung Fu Theater: Wing Lam

Here’s another entry from that great period on TV when Tat Mau Wong hosted Kung Fu Theater? Sifu would interview a different guest each week and then the teacher would go out on the floor and demonstrate his specialty. If you do remember, here it is. And if you don’t you are in for a […]

Nov
26
2013

Fun Stuff: Borrowing from the West

There is even a small—very small—contingent of people who believe that Kung Fu started in and around Greece …

May
27
2013

Fun Stuff: The Golden Age of Kung Fu Theater

Anyone remember that great period on TV when Tat Mau Wong hosted Kung Fu Theater?

Nov
25
2012

Martial Arts … and Crafts

For thousands of years the Chinese character has celebrated those arts known as martial. Hundreds of thousands have studied it, written martial novels, performed martial routines in opera, sung brave songs dealing with bandits and heroes, wrote drunken poems about the joys of swordplay, painted contests in open matches and dreamt heroic dreams. A combination […]

Feb
12
2012

Qi Droppings #2: Use Your Qi for Good, Not Evil

Well, Shaolin Grandma was SUCH a success that we are moving on to the next choice video found by Intrepid Video Hunter, Gary Shapiro. This Japanese game show pits QI against Qi, and who comes out the winner is anyone’s guess… Want to share with a friend? embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt   Luckily, Gary […]

Jan
26
2012

Dragon Cards, of course

We rarely sell anything but martial arts videos and book but we were so charmed by Diana’s cards..

Jan
23
2012

Qi Droppings: All the Film That’s Fit to View #1

Plum’s intrepid correspondent, Gary Shapiro, scours the web, finding gems and treasures for our mutual entertainment. After receiving numerous links to these fine films, we finally decided we needed to share these with you, and offered to give him his own occasional column. These may not ever make it to a theatre near you, but […]

Nov
15
2011

Fun Stuff: Kung Fu Learns a Few Tricks

The Chinese got some hard lessons in the latter half of the 19th century.

Aug
7
2011

The Pooh of Tao 道

“There were giants among us in those days.” The Twenties and Thirties of our last, rapidly devaluing, century were indeed days of giants. It was a time when a hardy America began finding it’s distinct artistic and spiritual tones. And there was a need for someone with a steely eye and a fair heart to […]

Jul
25
2011

Rules for Martial Humans

1. You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

Nov
6
2010

Fun Stuff: The First Bruce

Bruce Tegner, one of the first Kung Fu men…?

Sep
28
2010

Halloween Comes Early at Plum

OK, we admit it: sometimes amid the stacks of books to catalogue or translate, the folder of emails to answer, the DVDs and VCDs to review, the new projects to film or write or edit, the back-end machinations to upgrade and improve the site…we just play hooky! But playing hooky when you own a camera […]

May
3
2010

The Other Job

Anyone who has studied martial arts knows that, even if you like it a lot, you should keep your day job.

Nov
27
2009

Kung Feud?

Not among the most forgiving: that can only be stated about martial artists. After all, art is long and life is short

Aug
9
2009

Swords of Silence !

The story of the role of Secret Socities in everything from revoution to tableware…