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“Liu He”

Aug
31
2015

Second Look: A Big Book on a Misunderstood Art

I often jokingly called YiQuan “the old martial artist’s pasture” because it seemed that only people who wanted minimal practice, yet expected super-human powers, ever ordered any related products. I have to admit that at this point I never really “got” YiQuan. Even though I’ve been in the field for a long time, this seemingly […]

Dec
1
2014

A Detective Story and the Origin of Forms

There is an ongoing debate about the place of forms in martial arts. What seems natural and logical to some people, especially in the context of certain cultural values, seems a low level form of insanity to others. Basics we all claim to understand and admire. Sparring is a no-brainer, especially if you are hit […]

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.

Dec
8
2013

Kung Fu in the Next Century

The problem with Shaolin is not that it will disappear but that the name will become so common as to signify nothing.

May
5
2013

Two China Masters Camps: La Honda

Master Qian performs the rare Fighting form from the 6 harmony/ 10 animal xinyi system. This is only the second and last time this form was performed in North America. ..

Jul
3
2012

Spear Tutorial #2: Three Circles

Continuing our tutorial series on how to practice the basics of the Kung Fu spear. This time we take on the techniques of circling and thrusting.

Nov
11
2011

An “Essential” Wushu Book

Here is a book that surveys the whole field of Chinese Martial Arts all in one volume.

Jun
28
2011

Sifu Interview: Liu He Mantis and Practice

Linda Darrigo is a Sifu. But, more importantly, she is a long time student of Chinese Martial Arts with a highly invested background of time spent perfecting her art. For more than thirty years she has been practicing hard to develop a deep understanding of the art from the point of view of someone who […]

Aug
11
2007

Review: Praying Mantis DVD

I recently obtained a copy of Gao Jian’s first public DVD, “Six Harmonies Praying Mantis Boxing” from Plumpub.com, and decided to write this review of one of the first English language DVD, produced on this rare system of Northern Praying Mantis.