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“Hsing I”

May
9
2020

Xingyi Sheltering

Practicing in isolation due to Shelter in Place orders has me reflecting on the time-honored tales of incarcerated Kung Fu masters. There is a story of when Xingyi Grandmaster Guo Yunshen (1829–1898 郭雲深) was imprisoned for accidentally killing an opponent in a duel. By some accounts, he was shackled in handcuffs and leg irons, limiting […]

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 […]

Mar
16
2015

A Better Book Returns

The Xing Yi Boxing Manual has skipped in and out of being available for a while now. But all is forgotten with the new edition—revised and expanded—of this important Xing Yi text. As it says in our page description, this is not only a major book of instruction on the five elemental fists, but the […]

Aug
18
2012

Sun LuTang Returns to Plum

Plum’s first mission statement included the words, “…to preserve and promote Traditional Chinese Martial Arts.” That was almost 20 years ago…

May
6
2012

Xin Yi Liu He: This Time, A Book

  A few days ago, we added a great series of Xin Yi Liu He DVDs. Now, we are happy to announce the return of one of our favorite books on the same subject.

Sep
8
2011

Butterfly Hands

The Butterfly Hands, often associated with a crossed-wrist position, comes up here and there in some styles of Kung Fu where you would least expect it. Hung Gar, for instance, has a nice Butterfly Set with fast, light hands and lots of body spinning. Here is a book on the Butterfly Technique of the Xin […]

Aug
24
2008

What is a Warrior?

We asked a question about the meaning of being a warrior, soliciting those reactions that martial artists have mulled over and over as they refined their searches for meaning. Here are a few personal responses to our question…  What is a warrior as it applies to martial arts? I’ve pondered this question in various ways […]