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Tai Chi

Mar
27
2018

Tutorial: Steps to Tai Chi Stepping

If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes at Plum, you know how highly we prize basics as the foundation of good movement. ‘Stepping’ in Tai Chi, is one of those fundamentals that you might learn on the first day of class, and which you might be refining well into your advanced practice. We prepared a […]

Mar
9
2018

The Yi Bone’s Connected to the Qi Bone

Q: I started reading a book which examines the 5 major Tai Chi styles and uses quotes from the classics to show what they all have in common, and what is unique to each style. Anyway, lots of repetition of “yi leads the chi” and “chi leads the body”. I kind of always thought that, […]

Jan
25
2018

Tony Yang & Bajiquan: A Repeat Appearance

Just a quick note to say we are now stocked, once again, on Sifu Tony Yang’s elusive 2 part DVD on Bajiquan. Yang Sifu studied Bajiquan in the Wutan tradition with Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao, in Taiwan, and has been teaching this for many years. If you’ve been waiting, get them while they are here! […]

Jan
7
2018

Gary Shapiro: Looking Back

In the past, I’ve written some articles for Plum detailing my Tai Chi adventures on cruise vacations. After nearly 40 years of work as a physical therapist, I decided that it was the right time to take a permanent vacation. On Aug 4, 2017, I made my last patient visit, went to the “big” office, […]

Nov
6
2017

A Little Bit of Hakka Boxing, A Few More Restocks

Hakka Unicorn Boxing DVD by Tyler R. Rea Hakka Boxing style Kei Lun Kune (Unicorn Boxing) is a famous form not only in Chinese Kung Fu, but also in boxing styles from other countries, such as Malaysia. This DVD offers a rare presentation of this form, aided by some innovative breakdowns and demonstrations. Every action […]

Oct
31
2017

George Xu: Pioneer

Normally we reserve these weblog spots for a quick teaser, and designate the product pages for fuller reviews. However, since the works of George Xu often attract our special attention, we thought that this time, with his new DVD on Reeling Silk Energy, we would post our more in-depth interview along with our usual product […]

Jun
7
2017

Liu Xiao Ling’s Presentation of Wu Tai Chi Sword

Pound for pound, Liu Xiao Ling is one of the most popular teachers on our site, especially considering the small number of DVDs he has produced from his wide range of styles and systems. The reasons are simple. His movements are accurate and simultaneously explicit. He contends himself with the “internal” arts such as Qigong, […]

Mar
19
2017

Random Circles—The Synergy of Taiji Quan

by Jason Tsou and Art Schonfeld By necessity, there are many levels of martial arts training. A person must develop foundational work before he can go on to more advanced work. One essential training method often overlooked today is that of Random Circle training. While this is not the highest level of training, it provides […]

Sep
5
2016

From Taiwan: An Old Frame and a Lost Track

There are a lot of well meaning martial practitioners out there that have probably never posed in front of a camera. They make honest, traditional and studied demonstrations of each particular style. Despite the special qualities of the style, the survey of their forms may be tepid and self-conscious. No disrespect to them, they did […]

Apr
4
2016

Li Deyin & 100 years of Taijiquan

Li Deyin shows his TaijiquanOne of the largest and most complete books on Yang style Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) to come out of mainland. Many teachers promote the “official” version of Taijiquan, but few with the consistent quality of Li DeYin. His movements are polished and clear. This book makes a distinction between personal practice […]

Jan
22
2016

The Basics

Jack Yan has emerged as one of our more favored writer/translators. His exhaustive series on the teacher Chen Zheng Lei has brought a lot of attention to this branch of the art, and his own series on Tong Bei is a welcome addition to what is otherwise a very under-represented field of texts and DVDs. […]

Jan
19
2016

Restock: A few favorites return

We are always adding new titles to our Chinese book section, but every once in a while we are happy to see some old friends cycle back through. Our most recent shipments have landed limited quantities of those below (and more to come!)   Bajiquan Illustrated: A gem of a book with photos of GM […]

Oct
20
2015

Feng Zhi Qiang is Back!

As you look through our products and articles you might find that some items have a big WANT LIST announcement meaning we are currently out of stock. But we keep those lists up anyway just because of things like the two items on this page. Both are by the highly-recognized Tai Chi/Xing Yi/Qigong teacher Feng […]

Sep
7
2015

George Xu on Power and such

  Three more DVDs from the latest workshop with George Xu, who seems an almost endless source of new ways to invigorate your study while nudging you gently toward higher skills. In this case the intriguing thing is that we have three levels of practice and George Xu is able to distinguish their complexity and […]

Jun
25
2015

A couple of classics return: Taijiquan and Baguazhang

It’s ALWAYS good news when we are able to announce the restocking of important texts. The Chinese books, especially, can be very difficult to keep and often it can be months or even years between having them available. So to get two at once is a real joy. The first is Wei ShuRen’s “True Description […]

Apr
4
2015

Wang Zi Ping

Wang Zi Ping (1880-1973) Hero and Master Wang was born in Cang Xian (Cang County) in Hebei, one of the prime martial arts areas in the world and a core location for the Hui (Chinese Muslim) population since the Song dynasty. The Hui were particularly drawn to martial practice not only as an extension of […]

Oct
31
2014

Face-to-face translations

What are “en face” editions?

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 […]

May
4
2014

The Ball

Yang Lu Chan was the creator of the Yang Family branch of Tai Chi. Initially, he brought more fame to this art with his extraordinary skill, than anyone had before him. In essence, his special talents raised a great but little-known style to a very high status. Though undefeated his entire career, and collaterally famous […]

Apr
28
2014

A Series of Lectures by a Famous Instructor

Well knownTai Chi  instructor, Zhu Tian Cai, adds his own hefty lecture series, just as Chen Zheng Lei had done some time back. Many topics are addressed, and those sections I’ve seen pull together pretty well. What is the purpose of a lecture series like this? I always ask these questions because Debbie and I […]