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“Baguazhang”

Aug
24
2021

Forthcoming, and Then Some

A brief pause in our cataloguing work to tell you about a few items coming up that would be here sooner if we didn’t keep pausing to tell you about them…well, you get the picture. Anyway, a little while back we added a gorgeous new Chinese book from Sifu Adam Hsu on Tan Tui, this […]

Aug
10
2021

Kent Howard’s Essentials of Bagua Zhang

Thrilled to announce Sifu Kent Howard’s newest book and companion DVD, Introduction to Baguazhang: From Circle Walking to Advanced Practice. Sifu Howard includes the essentials of any Bagua practice, generously teaching routines while also emphasizing Basics and other lesser addressed topics such as response time in stress situations. His clear instruction already makes him a […]

May
8
2021

A Brief Lesson on Reeling Silk Energy in Bagua Zhang

In this short response to a video sent to us by Steven, a Bagua student, Ted Mancuso briefly describes one of the most—if not THE MOST—important elements of Bagua Zhang: reeling silk energy, or Chan Ssu Jin. Reeling silk energy is in the DNA of all of the traditional Chinese martial arts, but is particularly […]

Apr
27
2021

Master Cai Haikang’s Leg Techniques of Bagua Zhang

Quick announcement: For those awaiting the return of Master Cai Haikang’s Leg Techniques of Bagua Zhang, it is back! And, at this time, we appear to have the last copies available; the publisher is trying to decide whether or not to reprint, so the stack at Plum is limited. More good stuff coming soon (hint: […]

Jul
11
2020

Wang ShuJin’s Swimming Body DVD

Some things take a long time to materialize, but when they finally show up, they are worth the wait. Such is the case with Kent Howard’s Bagua Swimming Body Palms DVD, companion to his excellent and popular book of the same title. Howard’s style is clear and clean, and one realizes that he sincerely intends […]

Jun
19
2020

Three Clean Quarters

We have three new books for you, all in Chinese and well presented. The first book, Wu Jin, starts us off with an historical and cultural text so old we have no knowledge of its author. Among unnumbered pages is presented authentic military strategy, along with close hand combat. This is a general’s text with […]

May
29
2020

Restocks!

Happy to report the return of three unlikely roommates today. Click each image for more information and to purchase.

Jun
7
2019

Slices: Running Horses

Every style has a story. We like to give  readers a glimpse, a scene, a taste of the classical fighters and teachers who gambled in a deadly game of skill and courage. In the 1920’s, houses in Beijing were heated with coal, which came from the mountains to the west. One day, a coal seller […]

Jun
6
2019

Back in Stock: Sun Zhi Jun

We know you are supposed to love all your children books equally, but some you just love a little more. And Cheng Bagua stylist Sun Zhi Jun’s masterpiece, “You Shen Ba Gua Lian Huan Zhang” (Swimming Body Bagua Linked Fist) is one of those. What’s not to love? It is a complete illustrated English language […]

May
4
2019

Liang Zhen Pu, Together Again

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we are in the process of republishing several out of print titles, and the first one has arrived: Liang Zhen Pu Eight Diagram Palm, by Li Zi Ming, compiled by Vince Black. This authoratative book was written by Li, the last living representative of the third generation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Jul
12
2013

Nine Palaces Down Under

This wonderful photo and note arrived in our inbox from one of our favorite Australian correspondents: (the Plum method of water-container-holds-pole works…) “…like a charm!… as we speak i’m training, watching Ted’s vol. 1 (Bagua DVD) and fine tuning the first 3 palm changes….. paradise!… got the idea for the water bottle from the dvd…(and)…the […]

Sep
20
2012

Bagua Zhang on the Inside: Tom Bisio’s Newest Book

Not that many years ago, there were hardly more than a couple of books in english on Bagua Zhang: texts by Robert Smith, Lee Ying Arn, maybe one or two others. 40 or more years later, the list is still relatively short, but a few names start to emerge as important and original contributors (as […]

Jan
11
2012

The Clever Hands of Luo De Xiu

Oh boy! Here is an announcement we have been looking forward to making for quite a long time: Luo De Xiu’s DVDs are returning to Plum and even, we’re hoping, a little improved from their previous incarnation. We have remastered the original series—Clever Hands (parts 1 & 2) and Subtle Skills (parts 1 & 2); […]

Dec
17
2011

Merry Restock!

Restocking those hard to find books is like a holiday around here: the boxes come, all wrapped up nicely, and we tear into them, with little regard for the wrappings and the stuffings, tossing that all to the side until…oh boy! Ma Hong again! Chen Style Pao Chui–JUST what I was hoping for! Chuo Jiao…how […]

Nov
10
2011

QA: Jiang Style Bagua Palms

Hi there., I recently bought the DVD,  Bagua: Art of Change from you and am most happy with the quality of instructions.  I understand it is Jiang Baguazhang covered in the DVD.  I am wondering if there might a set of static arm postures (whilst walking the circle) associated with Jiang Baguazhang. 

Sep
4
2011

The Book-Go-Round

Here at Plum, we sometimes get as excited when books return, as when we get new ones; the great ones tend to disappear quickly so it is always a happy time for us when we can restock some favorites. Our newest batch is scattered all over the map, but if you click on the pictures […]