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“shuai jiao”

Oct
20
2017

Martial Meets the Road

Screeech! It’s been just a few days, and we’re still shaking a bit. A week ago, Debbie and I were struck by the same automobile while walking home from the market. The car took a sudden jump from a quick turn. Immediately, the driver started too fast on the new street. Nothing looked to stop […]

Jan
3
2016

Practical Qin Na: An Expanded Version of Zhao’s Reputable Text

Here at Plum we hold a special place in our hearts for Chin Na (Qin Na) and its exceptional methods of practical usage that can be applied in any style. Although there are several worthy texts on the subject, the one we have always recommended above all others is Tim Cartmell’s translation of Practical Chin […]

May
25
2014

Some Favorite Styles…

Sometimes readers ask me for suggestions without specifying any certain style. They leave that open. In essence, their exacting and sometimes highly technical queries often boil down to ”what styles do you like?” Of course the real answer is “a lot of them” since I am a lover of Chinese martial arts. Strangely enough, many […]

Dec
27
2013

Glance: Are there really Effortless Combat Throws?

Here’s a quick look-see and video review of Tim Cartmell’s book, “Effortless Combat Throws,” an excellent companion to his DVD of the same name. We hope people are enjoying these quick, informal reviews and getting a chance to look inside and become more familiar with these books. ECT is a fine example of a teaching […]

Nov
26
2013

Fun Stuff: Borrowing from the West

There is even a small—very small—contingent of people who believe that Kung Fu started in and around Greece …

Oct
29
2013

Tim Cartmell’s Practical Chin Na DVDs…YES!

This season, as promised, has been especially bountiful here at Plum. In the last couple of months we have added so many great books and DVDs (not to mention articles and tutorials…) Here are just a few: Sun Zhi Jun’s FIRST book in English: a monumental manual on 6 Bagua Zhang forms, plus accompanying DVD; […]

Oct
8
2013

Guess Who’s Back (Hint: think “Combat Throws”)

One of our favorite DVDs is back: Tim Cartmell’s Effortless Combat Throws, that masterful companion to the highly recommended book of the same name. It is no secret that we at Plum admire Cartmell’s work, and we have been more than a little disappointed that this valuable DVD has been out of print for such […]

Sep
16
2013

Effortless Thrills and Spills

On top of that Tim takes the title of the book seriously showing only those types of throws that require a minimum of effort…

Nov
20
2012

Yang’s Improved Chin Na

We now offer a new title on Chin Na by Yang Jwing Ming. We feel this is a considerable improvement over his earlier Chin Na series…

Sep
11
2011

The Many Faces of Chin Na

Chin Na is not a style with a single face. Over centuries of necessity, it has actually developed many different profiles. Because there are only so many ways to bend joints wrong the differences in styles such as Japanese versus Chinese is actually less significant than the different ways in which Chin Na is used. Let’s look at these differences.

Aug
2
2011

Wrestling Tai Chi

This book has been unavailable for a LONG time…

Jul
2
2011

Chang Dong Sheng: Wrestler Extraordinary

Chang Dong Sheng (1905-1986 ) commanded great respect for his Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) in the 20th century.

Jan
20
2011

Tripping the Mantis Fantastic

practitioners compare this to Seven Star as essentially the same often citing TC Mantis as being “a little bit softer”

Jul
22
2010

The Facets of Chin Na

Two young boys engaged in grabbing one another, trying to gain a momentary upper hand, catching and locking each others joints must go back to the time before the pyramids.

Apr
20
2010

Chinese Delights (back in stock)

Oh, you have no idea how hard we work, sometimes, to get these Chinese books back into stock! And then when we do, often there are only a few copies before we have to go back and re-insert our ‘want tag’… But RIGHT NOW…FOR THE MOMENT…here are a few gems that are on our shelves. […]