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Jul
8
2019

Sifu Hamby’s 4th Gathering: Expertise & Camaraderie, Side by Side

Once again, Sifu Don Hamby has indeed “gathered the masters” in the 4th exhibition of long-studied and highly trained lovers of Chinese martial arts. Watching the skills displayed we are reminded of the power and beauty in this vast art. This well-attended showcase in Monterey Park (Los Angeles), sponsored by the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts […]

Jun
27
2019

4th Annual Gathering of the Masters

Heading down to LA this weekend to attend Sifu Donald Hamby’s 4th Annual Gathering of the Masters, hosted by the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Federation. For those in the area, we highly recommend stopping by; we attended last year’s event and were pleased and delighted, not only by the great performances, but even more so […]

Oct
21
2018

Bak Sil Lum Sash Event

Today there are nine new Black sashes in the martial art of Bak Sil Lum (Northern Shaolin) style. At an event hosted by Sifu Scott Jensen a contingent of his senior students were awarded black sashes, a solid rank requiring years of training. Each candidate demonstrated skills, starting with a set from the empty-handed division […]

Jun
27
2018

A Gathering Indeed

Friday, we drove south, over 350 miles to Monterey Park, in Los Angeles, in answer to Sifu Don Hamby’s invitation to attend his 3rd Annual Kung Fu Gathering of the Masters. Despite expectations based on decades of tournaments and events, we could not have anticipated what we encountered once the drumming started. Sifu Hamby, widely […]

May
22
2018

Sunday, After the Tournament

Packing up over a hundred books and DVDs, we departed the Convention Center Sunday, about noon. The two-day spread of the TC Media Kung Fu tournament had allowed us to schmooze with a lot of teachers, students and fans. We felt like we’d been talking continually for two days, but then again, conversations spin off […]

May
16
2018

Family Resemblance

I’ve been asked to judge at the annual Tiger Claw tournament this coming weekend. One of the things unique at this event is that it will feature, in its traditional column, not one, but TWO, Shaolin divisions. This is particularly significant because, for the first time, these two competitions will offer double examples of true […]

May
13
2018

Coming Events

Plum will be travelling in May and June to a couple of kung fu tournaments: 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Kung Fu Magazine Championship, May 19-20, 2018, San Jose, California This year’s 2 day event will feature a NEW EXTERNAL DIVISION dedicated exclusively to Songshan Shaolin — the Kung Fu directly from Shaolin Temple alongside […]

Feb
5
2018

206 B.C.E.: THE DANCING ASSASSIN

Just a short excerpt from Professor Kang Ge-Wu’s martial history, The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts. If you are interested in the broader view of Chinese Kung Fu, this is a must have. It is the first–and only– book issued in English on the 5000 year history of Chinese Martial Arts, and Plum’s first […]

Jul
1
2016

Thinking in Circles? Try Bagua!

Already wondering what you are going to do with those lazy days of summer? For those in our area (Santa Cruz, California) how about joining us for 4 classes on Bagua Zhang (Saturday, July 9 – 30, 11:00 – 12:30)? This course will focus on the core movements, routines, and principles of this great and […]

May
29
2016

Adam Hsu Linking Form in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California Start the summer off with this new/traditional Kung Fu Linking Form. PLUM is sponsoring a 6 class seminar at our sister school, the Academy of Martial & Internal Arts. You’ll learn the first Linking Form created by world-famous instructor Adam Hsu. He developed this Kung Fu form almost 50 years ago, and […]

Feb
9
2016

Martial Qigong: Just What the Sifu Ordered

An announcement from our school in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are in the area and would like to attend, we would LOVE to see you! Qigong is gaining in popularity, especially with martial enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, martial practitioners are often in the vanguard when exploring this ancient study. Unfortunately Qigong, randomly […]

May
7
2015

New Seminars at our School in Santa Cruz

We’re happy to announce some new seminars and classes, for May, June and July, at our studio in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are interested and in the area, please click any of the pics below to take you to our school site. We’d love to see you!

Feb
22
2015

A Daoist Roadmap for Nourishing Life

Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) Master Chen, comes from a 700 year old unbroken line of Wu Dang teachers. He is a 14th generation Zhang Sanfeng lineage holder and a 25th generation Longmen Daoist Priest. At a young age he was chosen to train on Wu Dang Mountain by Master Li Chengyu, […]

Jan
22
2015

Qigong, Kung Fu and Xing Yi in Santa Cruz

Some new entries in our seminar series taking place in Santa Cruz at our martial arts Academy. For those in the area, we’d love to see you! A Martial Arts Qigong for Health: Eight Brocades Qigong (Ba Duan Jin) The most well-known of the more than 1000 Qigong routines, Ba Duan Jin is simple to […]

Apr
10
2014

Bagua Workshop in Santa Cruz

A quick note for those in our greater area (Santa Cruz, California): On April 20, we’re offering our 2 hour workshop, An Introduction to Bagua Zhang. Starting with the basics of stepping and walking, you will learn fundamental movements, postures and exercises that make up this distinctive practice. Ted Mancuso is teaching this class at […]

Feb
8
2014

New Workshops in Santa Cruz

For those of you who are or will be in our area (Santa Cruz, California), we invite you to check out our new list of seminars and workshops offered at our studio. We’ve had the great privilege of getting to meet some Plum people in the past, and always look forward to meeting more. This […]

Nov
17
2013

Upcoming Seminars in Santa Cruz (December and January)

We like to keep you updated on seminars and special classes we offer at our school in Santa Cruz, California, especially, those of you living in or visiting the greater Bay Area. We’ve met a few Plum people over the years, and taken great delight in being able to ‘touch hands’ with those who we […]

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 […]

Jul
20
2013

Tai Chi For Health: Core Movements Workshop (2 Opportunities!)

Always pleased to let those of you in our area (Santa Cruz, CA) know about the local seminars we host at our Academy. Although this ‘Tai Chi box’ is something Ted teaches to his beginning Tai Chi students, it is coming from the martial perspective, and maintains the structure of Tai Chi Chuan, so it […]

Apr
11
2013

Seminar in Santa Cruz: Blossoms in the Spring Qigong

For those of you in the greater Santa Cruz area, we are once again hosting a seminar on Blossoms in the Spring Qigong, a simple, meditative Qigong practice for healing and rejuvenation. This ancient Taoist Qigong is easy to learn but profound in its effects. It is suitable for all levels of experience and can […]