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“Bagua”

Aug
13
2017

Secrets of Bagua Zhang, Volume #3

Superlatives these days, like cliches, are a dime a dozen. Everything is AMAZING!! AWESOME!! ASTONISHING!! ASTOUNDING!! (and that’s only the A’s). So what are we to do if we actually offer something that deserves exclamation marks? Adam Hsu’s Secrets of Bagua Zhang, Volume #3, is just such a product. This 4 disk set, comprising over […]

Jul
14
2017

Major New Bagua book

I’ll be honest with you: I have not yet finished Andrea Falk’s new book, “A Shadow on Fallen Blossoms: The 36 and 48 Traditional Verses of Baguazhang,” but we were so excited about the book we wanted to announce it as soon as we received copies. I can’t imagine anyone interested in Bagua not wanting […]

Mar
12
2017

Mizong Jia: Shaolin Mizong Kung Fu style

Here’s a pop quiz (no cheating!) What style is the inspiration for the two films, “The Chinese Connection” (with Bruce Lee) and “Legend” (with Jet Lee)? Want a hint? This style is associated with Kung Fu Master Huo YuanJia, Head Instructor of the famous Ching Woo Association. Ok, so the title of this post gives […]

Nov
29
2016

You Are Hired: Bodyguard Kung Fu

 Put yourself in the thick of it. What would you do? Your world is split into two—principals and enemies in a constant power struggle. Many hidden factions promote ninja-type fighting skills. You must protect your principal at all costs, yet not every situation requires deadly force so you have to be an expert at making […]

Nov
8
2016

Adam Hsu’s Secret Files on Bagua Zhang

This, our third post on this new 2 Volume set of DVDs (6 dvds in all) on the art of Bagua, is to say that these outstanding DVDs are now available. If you want to read our earlier announcement, click here. If you would like to read more about the series, and to order, click […]

Sep
13
2016

Pa Kua Fundamentals, Circling Back to Plum

One of the most popular series of books on our “want” list Is Park Bok Nam’s 2 volume set, Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang. Both volumes have been out of print for several years. A while back, Plum reprinted the 2 disk set, and we are happy to announce that we now FINALLY have, back […]

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
8
2016

Li Tianji’s Xing Yi Legacy; Andrea Falk’s Dictionary

Plum is adding another text by Andrea Falk, a translation of significance to Xing Yi practitioners: Li TianJi’s The Skills of XingYiQuan;  311 pages, with hundreds of illustrations. This is a thorough text on the style handed down to Li Tianji from his father, Li Yulin. It’s very well laid out with sections covering basic […]

Feb
12
2016

Just a Handful of Books

We have SO many new texts in Chinese to offer that we are just picking some at random. Some are on rare material like Shi style Bagua, others are those classic collectibles taken at the beginning of the last century with dodgy photos and famous masters still young men. We picked a few subjects at […]

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 […]

Aug
25
2015

Edgy

I have to admit that I’ve spent many years standing around just… standing around. Standing practice entered my life in the late Sixties. I experimented from that point on with sessions of continued standing and then modifications. You should know that there was not a lot of information in English on the subject and it […]

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 […]

Oct
31
2014

Face-to-face translations

What are “en face” editions?

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. […]

May
7
2014

Cheng Style Gao Branch

I don’t generally post series which are Chinese Only DVDs but I am coming to the conclusion that the Gao style of Bagua is not only healthy and filled with information but a style that may eventually dominate the Bagua world. I am from the Yin Fu lineage and I really like a number of […]

Apr
15
2014

Squaring the Fours Away

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

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    

Nov
25
2013

Two Styles of Bagua

This Liang style book shows a well-grounded and solidly presented approach with most of the applications of the forms leaning toward Shuai Jiao…

Nov
17
2013

A New Big Bagua Book

Long time coming is this presentation, the first in English, of the Bagua writings of Liu Feng Cai. Liu was a practitoner of the Gao Yi Cheng branch of Cheng Style Bagua. He is known for some of the most dramatically and uniquely posed Bagua positions and movements ever photographed. Members of the Tang Shou […]

Nov
4
2013

Don’t Block that Block

Sometimes people tell me there is no blocking in their martial styles and I feel a little sad for them. No doubt they feel that not blocking is a more evolved level of martial prowess.