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“Chinese martial arts”

Jan
13
2013

Book Go Round

Another quick post about a few Chinese books that have temporarily returned; we always say “temporary” because, for the most part, every time we get these in we don’t know if it’s their last time ’round. While there is certainly a growth in the quantity of literature on Kung Fu, a lot of the classics […]

Dec
6
2012

Q & A: Feng Shui and Martial Arts

Question: Is there a relation between Bagua Zhang and Feng Shui?

Sep
2
2012

Sun LuTang’s Xing Yi Quan Xue: Alive and Well

I don’t think that we will ever get tired of announcing the returns of important works to martial artists, like today’s Xing Yi Xuan Xue: The Study of Form-Mind Boxing, which is now in stock at Plum. When we first started Plum, a lot of our quest to ‘bring to light’ these works involved rummaging through […]

Jul
13
2012

Ooops!

Oy vay…one of our faithful customers just reported that the ‘Chinese Books links’ on our books page had disappeared. Don’t worry! What we lack in web vigilance we more than make up for in great, rare, interesting, astonishing and downright wonderful books in Traditional and Simplified Chinese on the martial arts. So, just to say…they’re […]

Sep
2
2011

INB #24: Modes of Locomotion

The problem isn’t going through the first grade, the problem is being stuck in the first grade forever.

Sep
29
2010

Basics

This basic book on Basic Chinese boxing is one of those old-style texts,with Chinese on one page and the English translation on the other. Contains a neat 12 Road Tan Tui PLUS a Gung Li Chuan form. They don’t make them like this anymore! We have been out of stock for awhile, but just got […]

Jan
5
2010

Product: Background on the Shaolin Temple

This DVD is actually from a series on the “Famous Temples and Monasteries in China”.

Oct
27
2009

Tournament: The Sad State of Southern

Third day of the tournament. We’ve seen divisions now in staff, spear, woman’s straight sword, San Shou and Southern Boxing

Sep
9
2009

INB #20: On Becoming a Teacher

I’ve heard it said that most people get into the Martial Arts not simply to become Martial Arts practitioners but to become Martial Arts “Masters” …

Aug
15
2009

INB #19: What to teach?

A kung fu teacher’s ruminations on the nature of students and content.

Jul
10
2009

Secrets

Some martial artists say there are secrets, some say there are none.

Jun
13
2009

What is your Intention? Part Two

I once walked with my brother through the middle of a gang of twenty-one skinheads who would seriously have quite happily attacked either one of us …

Jun
8
2009

A Lesson from Cousin Push

It was during one of those conversations that pepper a good workout that Robert Nakashima, Eddie Fong and I found ourselves agreeing that there were all sorts of problems to Taiji’s famous Push Hands, especially regarding the clarity—or lack of it—to students of Taiji.

May
25
2009

Who, What, Where, When , How and Why?

Although it almost sounds too vague to be useful, comprehensive martial training should concern itself with 6 essential questions…

Mar
6
2009

Be Chain

Here I am pondering the personality of an ox…

Jan
8
2009

It Gets Better

Unlike my toothbrush, my Kung Fu is always packed and ready to go.

Oct
9
2008

Holding Together

A bank for the poor seemed so ridiculous. And now look at the towers toppling and “their” banking system crumbling. Perhaps Grameen will float them a loan after the dust settles.

May
30
2008

INB #17: Assistance on Assistants

Your classes are well enough attended for you to need some assistance. . .

Apr
19
2008

Anthony Hopkins Plays the Guitar

People have asked me, throughout my teaching life, about my inspirations. How did I develop my instructional technique?

Apr
18
2008

Age and Kung Fu

For instance, let’s take the martial aspects. I teach people in their sixties to do the martial part. Why? To enliven them.