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Oct
4
2015

Second Look: The Science of Internal Strength Boxing

This is an extraordinary book and should live on the library shelf for martial practice. It is not too far from right to say that I missed the point on my first reading. On the other hand, this is not an easy read. This book argues for the advantages of internal training. But rather than […]

Aug
31
2015

Second Look: A Big Book on a Misunderstood Art

I often jokingly called YiQuan “the old martial artist’s pasture” because it seemed that only people who wanted minimal practice, yet expected super-human powers, ever ordered any related products. I have to admit that at this point I never really “got” YiQuan. Even though I’ve been in the field for a long time, this seemingly […]

Jun
15
2015

XingYi Quan – The Five Elements: Shifu Adam Hsu

Admittedly, the prospect of sitting down to three DVDs about Hebei XingYi Quan is intimidating at best. Yet, almost immediately, you are taken into a story of practice, of history and, most importantly, Shifu Hsu’s absolute command of his topic. His enthusiasm and dedication become contagious even through the subtitles. And always there is his […]

Jan
7
2014

Sun Lu Tang Writes

The study of WuJi in Xing Yi (excerpt from Xing Quan Xue: The Study of Form-Mind Boxing) p. 68 Sun Lu Tang is considered by many to be one of the primary sources for the basis and practice of the so-called Internal Boxing Arts such as Tai Chi Chuan, Xing Yi and Bagua Zhang. Besides […]

Dec
27
2013

Glance: Are there really Effortless Combat Throws?

Here’s a quick look-see and video review of Tim Cartmell’s book, “Effortless Combat Throws,” an excellent companion to his DVD of the same name. We hope people are enjoying these quick, informal reviews and getting a chance to look inside and become more familiar with these books. ECT is a fine example of a teaching […]

Dec
13
2013

Glance: Four-Star Bagua Book/DVD

When we have a moment we record these mini-video reviews to give you an inside look at the new arrivals and products on display. Browse for a minute. It’s like taking a book off the shelf…     Reviews: Sun Zhi Jun’s You Shen (Swimming Body) Bagua Zhang Book/DVD    

Mar
25
2013

Taiji, Xingyi, and Baguaquan Throwing

He compares many movements and their execution, seeking principles and general concepts which can be used by any practitioner …

Dec
13
2012

Books: Secrets and Chinese Meditation

Luk’s book is good for one obvious reason: it was written before meditation had become a commodity.

Jun
2
2012

You and Standing Practice

Standing practice is very personal, obviously. It is the purest expression of the Taoist principle that, “Everyone finds his own way.”

May
29
2012

Learning Bagua Zhang Book Reviews

Now that people have had a chance to receive and dive into Plum’s newest Learning Bagua Zhang: The Martial Art of Change, we’re getting some nice reviews, which can be checked out HERE (and, for a treat, listen to the first one all the way through!)

Apr
13
2012

The Way of Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton

Chuang Tzu , living almost 2500 years ago, was what we might today term a monk. He was certainly an iconoclast. Thomas Merton was not only a monk but…

Nov
9
2011

On Joseph Crandall’s Work

It was certainly not a foregone conclusion, when we started this web site, that Bagua would be as popular as it has become.  We thought it would happen. Adam Hsu thought it would happen.

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 […]

Nov
2
2009

Review: Blossoms in the Spring

The book presents a straightforward but beautiful qigong routine that can be done seated, standing or reclining…

Sep
22
2009

Review: Chinese Medicinal Teas

In “Chinese Medicinal Teas,” the authors have given us a compendium of folk formulas that can be made by lay people as well as Chinese medical practitioners.

Sep
7
2009

Review: New York Zen

This book, a pastiche really, records the attitudes, assumptions, even obsessions, and most certainly passions required to catch the ghost of that elusive understanding people call Kung Fu.

Apr
15
2009

Tim Cartmell’s Standing Grappling

It is the bane of self defense techniques that they may look real fine in the book, look real good in the magazine or work like a charm when demonstrated by the teacher against a helpful crash test dummy, but in the clutch they do not work at all.

Feb
26
2009

Demystifying Tai Chi

This wasn’t the first time he had tried to get to the core of the Internal Styles and Tai Chi in particular…

Sep
11
2008

PLUM’S Tai Chi Short Set

You might wonder what possible use a new Tai Chi set could be, given the myriad of excellent styles and sets already being taught today. But whether you are a curious beginner just entering this ancient art, or a seasoned professional with many students, the new short set recently developed by master teacher Ted Mancuso […]

Feb
25
2008

Anatomy of Yang Family Tai Chi

In every book where an experienced practitioner “tells it like it is” you have the potential for real benefits and, at the same time, some real confusion. “Anatomy of Yang Family Tai Chi” by Steffan de Graffenried is a perfect example of how hard it is to do the one without the other.