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Books: English

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
15
2015

A Push Hands Compendium

Push Hands may be the source of more frustration in the martial arts than anything else, including stubbed toes. My own feelings in teaching and also judging “Tui Shou Competitions” is that there is a carload of low level information and a paucity of high. One possible palliative might be this book, The Essence of […]

May
11
2015

FINALLY! Books from Hong Kong are here

Here’s the short version: Last year, we re-ordered these wonderful titles from Hong Kong Chin Woo. It took 3 months and they arrived…sort of—one of the boxes from the order went missing in the US Postal System (it actually navigated the oceans but got lost between New Jersey and California.) It took a while but […]

Feb
26
2015

Return of the Hurts

The problem with those closets you have filled and would like to forget, like the ones out back or under your staircase, is that they invariably contain treasures. I admit it, we’ve been neglectful with our Hurts books. And we even like this section! Things are no longer amiss, though, since we just finished putting […]

Feb
9
2015

Shang Style Xing Yi by Li Wen-Bin

This is a large name in Xing Yi studies. This translation of a book by top stylist of the Shang school of Xing Yi is one of the most in-depth discussions on the art that we have seen. Nicely translated it goes beyond simple instruction into topics of origins, who wrote what, what does it […]

Dec
15
2014

Traditional Kung Fu Trio: Through the Back Boxing, Whip and Sword

Whirling like a windmill then zipping past as straight as a sparrow hawk, Tong Bei style Kung Fu is as distinctive as a green fire engine. The very name of the style, Through the Back Boxing gives a big clue manifested as whipping, circling and hooking arms. This is set off against TBQ’s tight, straight […]

Dec
10
2014

Through the Back and Into the World

Later this week we’re going to add the first Tong Bei book and DVD set in English, authored by expert Jack Yan. Here’s some background information to familiarize you with the style. For some unknown reason, certain martial styles appear to capture a sudden, wider range of interest. In the case of Tong Bei, the […]

Nov
25
2014

The Second Special Lam Family Hung Kuen Book is Here!

Not to be missed if you are a Hung or related practitioner or you want to see a good example of “how Kung Fu ought to be” presented.

Nov
16
2014

Now You Can Look It Up

If you’ve been around in the Chinese martial arts field for a while and have tried your hand at translation, you probably will think the same thing I did on first seeing teacher Andrea Falk’s wushu dictionary: “Not only could I have written this, but I probably did…more than once.” The difference is that Sifu […]

Oct
27
2014

Two Bagua Classics in new translation

Dedicated Bagua teacher, Andrea Falk, offers up her translation of Jiang RongQiao’s Bagua Zhang Eight Palms form AND Yan Dehua’s Bagua Applications. Not only are these clear, accessible  translations, but the Jiang text has additional posture photos from teacher Cai YuHua.  Falk herself learned the Jiang style from sifu Huan Dahai, an apprentice of Jiang’s. […]

Oct
22
2014

Chi: Straight Up

This is a lively approach … to the topic of CHI.

Oct
16
2014

A Qigong sequence from Xing Yi

Xing Yi Quan: Tu Na Si Ba The Four Breathing Methods of Master Li Gui Chang Tom Bisio takes a little time off to present this book on the Xing Yi Qigong developed by Li Gui Chang (student of Dong Xiu Sheng.) His teacher Dong was the student of masters Geng Ji Shan, Li Cun […]

Oct
9
2014

Snake, Cat, Crane Combined Fist: Hung Style

Not only does it contain the entire form, but it gives some great historical information on the creation of this set and, in the wider picture, the creative process that was occurring with many other teachers…

Aug
19
2014

From Chen to Cheng

Two quick announcements: Long time student, teacher and enthusiast,  Nigel Sutton, has just published a very interesting book particularly if you are interested in the Cheng Man Ching style of Taiji. Though Cheng’s reputation has attracted its detractors in recent years, no one can deny the effect of his teachings in the United States, other […]

Jul
26
2014

Stamp Your Feet for Bajiquan (Pachi Chuan)

As mentioned, we have a lot going on at Plum right now, and here is just the newest in our list of great events: the FIRST book in english on Bajiquan (Pachi Chuan.) Not only that, but it comes  from the renowned teacher, Su Yu Chang, whose lineage through GM Liu Yun Chiao adds to […]

Jul
7
2014

One, Three and, of course, Two

These are the announcements we love to make: YiQuan practitioner Jan Diepersloot has not only reprinted the scarce Volume One in his Warriors of Stillness series, but look! He has now also published the long-awaited Volume 3: Masters of Perception. Diepersloot studied under Fong Ha, Han Xing Yuan, Yu Pen Xi, Cai Song Fang and […]

Jun
28
2014

Devilishly Clever Training Devices

Tyler Rea, martial artist and graphic designer, has come out with a new book focusing on the building and usage of inexpensive, DIY training equipment. This newest effort presents many types of equipment, much of which you can build. Two of Rea’s teachers were Sifu Edmund Kwai and his brother-in-law Sifu Lee Bing Choi; a […]

Jun
21
2014

The Best Qigong Package, At a Noble Discount

Without a doubt, Ken Cohen’s ESSENTIAL QIGONG TRAINING COURSE is one of the best Qigong series ever created. Balancing book,CDs and DVDs, it covers a huge swath of the Qigong territory (including a few things we might not let beginners practice) skillfully using different media to detail methods, diagnosis, diet, philosophy and more. Here, at […]

May
16
2014

Two more “Facing” Books

We add two more entries in our “en face” collection. This is one of the most popular series, especially for learning one of its representative forms. After all, you get the text in Chinese AND in English, and then a self-contained VCD (in Chinese, with English subtitles) to watch the performance and check your own. […]

Apr
15
2014

Squaring the Fours Away

One of the things we like about the series is the extra comments