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Weapons Work

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, […]

May
16
2017

Appreciation: Double Swords, Flying Blades

There is at least one weapon in Kung Fu practice that is generally taught only to women. In fact, I have never—that I recall—taught this to a male practitioner. Leaving aside the irony of a male teaching a “female only” weapon (I’ll discuss how THAT works at the end of this article), I think it […]

Apr
14
2017

Kung Fu Saber: The Tiger Leaps

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Plum pre-announced our newest book/DVD package by Ted Mancuso on the Kung Fu Saber. Needless to say, it took us just a bit longer to produce these than we expected, but we are thrilled to say, THE SABER IS HERE! This is the third in […]

Aug
26
2016

Expand Yourself

Just in the final stages of the book I’m writing on Kung Fu Saber. I had an insight about why I’m fascinated by weapon’s work. Below is a rounding out of some of these thoughts. I’ve mentioned a few times that I have a slightly different idea about the relation of weapons play to martial […]

Feb
26
2016

Second Look: Quick Whip Stick

In re-reviewing a DVD from one of our favorite teachers (Deng Fu Ming) we noticed something we had missed the first time around: his DVD on  Sun Taiji Partner Practice contains an added clip at the end, a beautiful and somewhat sophisticated whip stick form. It is a complete demonstration, but without instruction. This is […]

Nov
27
2015

Introducing Sifu Porf Jou

On our last trip to Taiwan, Sifu Adam Hsu introduced us to Sifu Porf Jou, martial arts teacher. We had long been interested in him, since we saw both teachers sharing some pages on YouTube. Now we are happy to announce that we are adding Sifu Jou to our list of top teachers. Like George […]

Nov
4
2015

Why the Saber?

Ted Mancuso’s next book for Plum, adds the third to his four-book sequence on Kung Fu’s primary weapons. Saber can explode your understanding of the more advanced weapons. A firm grounding in the “4-S” (spear, sword, staff and saber) actually helps in your empty hand practice. Even more than some of his earlier books, Ted […]

Nov
2
2015

“Why The Saber?” Video

Oct
14
2015

Adam Hsu Interview, Part 2

Learning “true basics” is at the core of Kung Fu. In this session, Part 2 of our interview, Adam Hsu talks about communicating and the practice of Kung Fu Weaponry. Want to watch All (Parts 1-8) on youtube? Want to watch Part 1 on this site? Want to watch Part 3 on this site? Want […]

Jun
28
2015

Our NEW Kung Fu Spear Book & Dvd Training Manual

Why is it sometimes less difficult to write a book than to write the post announcing the publication of that book? Well, for one thing, we spend years gaining the information and experience to put together a volume on—let’s say—the Kung Fu Spear. But we don’t (hopefully) spend even a fraction of that time putting […]

Apr
19
2015

Treasures of the Sword

Adam Hsu, the only person every voted Instructor of the Year by both Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu, is once again tackling the gargantuan challenge of setting the art of Kung Fu aright. To aid in this, he is producing a whole new line of books and dvds. Without a doubt, one of the […]

Jan
26
2015

Two More from Jack Yan: Whip Stick and Sword

Aside from his good work in bringing so much material on Chen Zheng Lei’s work in Chen style Taiji, it is no wonder that teacher Jack Yan’s recent contributions have gained so much popularity. First fact, he holds a Ph. D. in Chinese Martial Arts. He also holds a Master’s degree in English. He has […]

Nov
26
2014

Chop Chop

At Plum, we never give up on books, even if we are told they have gone out of print. And sometimes we are rewarded by the return of a classic; in this case, it’s Yin Yu Zhang’s slim volume on the famous Chopper Knife. We now, once again, have a few copies available.  Click image […]

Apr
12
2014

Restocked: Chinese/English Books with VCDs

Back in stock: We (and many customers) have been enjoying this new series out of China: nicely photographed books of various routines in both Chinese and English, with accompanying VCDs in Chinese with English subtitles. An excellent price for these well designed packages…click each to go to page to view and order.

Mar
18
2014

My Experience with the San Cai Sword (and How it Failed Me)

I can’t tell you how delighted I am to see that the San Cai Sword is available in this new set of DVDs by Adam Hsu. It is truly a great sword set and worth the time to master it. First, of course, is the fact that the single person performance set is almost exactly […]

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 […]

Nov
21
2013

WeaponsSpace Part 2

Each pair of weapons creates a middle zone or, if you will, qi space, that can be thrilling for spectators and downright frightening for participants…

Nov
16
2013

WeaponsSpace Part 1

There is a resurgence of interest in weapons training, at least in some martial arts schools. For anyone wanting to really understand the nature of the martial arts, I think this is nothing but good. Weapons have for many centuries been a part of martial training and, I think they should remain so. After all, […]

Oct
9
2013

The Straight Sword, Magical and Upright

Some weapons are more than just weapons. The katana or Samurai Sword (originally the Chinese Miao Dao) is known as the “soul” of the samurai. The English long bow is a symbol of the common soldier’s rise to power. The American six shooter is the symbol of the West and its rowdy history. The Chinese […]

Oct
5
2013

The Kung Fu Staff

This is all you get to see of Plum’s newest book and DVD arriving (next?) Thursday. You have heard us say before that every book and dvd we produce at Plum is a labor of love; the word “labor” is particularly pertinent to this set, in that it took us much longer than we had […]