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“Wing Chun”

Mar
27
2019

Framed!

What is “frame?” If the answer doesn’t come immediately, don’t worry—this is a concept that confuses a good segment of the martial student body. At first glance, it simply consists of standing a certain way and holding your limbs in an agreed upon configuration. Of course, people assume different shapes—but sometimes what they think of […]

Feb
7
2019

More from the Kong Han Goh Cho Kun Archives

Five Ancestors Fist is a famous and powerful style combining major techniques from the system. This second volume from Sifu Kun, Kong Han Goh Cho Kun continues archiving the important aspects of its no-nonsense training. Representative forms include Open Hands (Three Battle Cross), Short Dagger and Sai. In both cases of the weapons there are […]

Dec
14
2018

How Legends Grow

After 5000 years, an ocean of rumor and a mountain range of myth still proscribe the land of Kung Fu. And the stories that most attach themselves are often related to the origins of weapons. Not every weapon has a backstory and a legend. But the folk stories that accompany weapons—believable or not—range from the […]

Oct
15
2018

More on the “Hard” Wing Chun

Here is a DVD on the Wing Chun “Upper Arm” set which we believe correlates to “Searching for the the Bridge” in the Yip Man tradition. This is a “harder” form of Wing Chun, and related to Hung Gar. It is not the only Hard version, but one of the better known. This DVD offers […]

May
29
2018

Jeet Kune Do & Wing Chun: Inexpensive Intro to Bruce Lee’s art

We’ve just added to our hurt books division one of the best explanations of Jeet Kune Do, its working and goals, that we’ve ever seen—Basics of Jeet Kune Do. This is one of the special series on Basics (we also have one by Sifu Paul Eng of Praying Mantis style) relying more on detailed explanations […]

Feb
13
2018

Randy’s Back and Plum Has Got Him

For many years, Plum has represented the entire line of Randy Williams DVDs. But over the last year, some titles became scarce or went out of print. Good news! We are once again stocked on the ever-effervescent Sifu Williams and his valuable commentary and instruction on Wing Chun. We have glowed over the years about […]

Dec
22
2017

Come To The Party

Right before the end of the year, we welcome back a few old friends, Chinese Kung Fu books that are always welcome at Plum. We’ve got a lot of new material coming, too, in the next little while, so keep an eye on this spot. (Click each book to get more info, and to purchase). […]

Nov
20
2017

Evolution of Wing Chun Kicking Techniques

Happy to announce the arrival of an important new text in the Wing Chun canon: The Evolution of Wing Chun Kung Fu Kicking Techniques.  Osmond Lam’s beautiful book not only shows us some of the principles behind Wing Chun’s special and only sporadically known kicking methods, but adds a good portion of background technique on […]

Feb
10
2017

Coloring in the Picture: Bubishi and Hakka styles

The Colorful Bubishi… We now carry both the Bubishi and the new Lion Books, General Tian’s Wubeizhi, with painted figures. This special copy is unlike all other copies presently known. In an amazing confluence of facts, we just happened to read the following footnote in Patrick McCarthy’s Book on Bubishi: … According to Mr. Yoza […]

Nov
29
2016

You Are Hired: Bodyguard Kung Fu

 Put yourself in the thick of it. What would you do? Your world is split into two—principals and enemies in a constant power struggle. Many hidden factions promote ninja-type fighting skills. You must protect your principal at all costs, yet not every situation requires deadly force so you have to be an expert at making […]

May
8
2016

Li Tianji’s Xing Yi Legacy; Andrea Falk’s Dictionary

Plum is adding another text by Andrea Falk, a translation of significance to Xing Yi practitioners: Li TianJi’s The Skills of XingYiQuan;  311 pages, with hundreds of illustrations. This is a thorough text on the style handed down to Li Tianji from his father, Li Yulin. It’s very well laid out with sections covering basic […]

Jun
2
2015

Meeting C. S. Tang

Those even slightly familiar with our site,  might note the name C. S. Tang. Sifu Tang is a familiar figure in Chinese martial arts (CMA) and also the co-author with Liu Jing Ru, of a popular Bagua Zhang book, “Dragon Stretches its Claws”. We went by his school and were warmly greeted by Sifu Tang. […]

Mar
27
2015

How to Work the Dummy

It’s solid teak, something that your hand will not let you forget if it happens to meet the wooden body straight on. This reminds us that the first requirement in working with a dummy is that we not injure ourselves so badly that we have no choice but to stop working with the dummy. Also, […]

Sep
23
2014

When Speed and Power Tangle…

Mastering the right mix of speed and power is the type of fine adjustment a martial artist will make the length of his or her career…

Jun
28
2014

Devilishly Clever Training Devices

Tyler Rea, martial artist and graphic designer, has come out with a new book focusing on the building and usage of inexpensive, DIY training equipment. This newest effort presents many types of equipment, much of which you can build. Two of Rea’s teachers were Sifu Edmund Kwai and his brother-in-law Sifu Lee Bing Choi; a […]

Mar
18
2014

New book! Wing Chun Wooden Dummy

Each book on the Wooden Dummy seems to contain a little more information than the last. Here is a new entry by Sifu Sam Chan, a practitioner of both Wing Chun and Jow Gar. (Have you noticed how must cross-training there is in the Southern style Kung Fu? Similarity of moves and theories?) It has […]

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.

Nov
4
2013

Don’t Block that Block

Sometimes people tell me there is no blocking in their martial styles and I feel a little sad for them. No doubt they feel that not blocking is a more evolved level of martial prowess.

Jan
1
2013

Randy Williams Complete in 28 Volumes (special sale!)

The prolific Randy Williams issued, over the years, a 28 volume set of DVDs that encompasses a detailed view of Wing Chun. With wit, intensity, and a thorough approach to his subject, he covers Wing Chun Basics, Training Methods Lop Sau and Chee Sau, Combat Drills and Techniques, Wooden Dummy training, PLUS the three hand […]

Dec
21
2012

An Inch of Power

a skill we would all like to have: the ability to knock someone across the room with only an inch or two of motion on our punch…