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“Wushu”

Jan
14
2013

The Other Side of the Martial Story

There is another side of martial practice, a very good and important side, which might be called the “Yin” portion.

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
25
2012

Martial Arts: How Good Can You Get?

Of course children rarely wonder. When you are nine just about anything is possible…

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 […]

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…

Dec
11
2011

You Could Look It Up!

One of our favorite martial references has returned to Plum: a bilingual Wushu Dictionary containing hundreds of entries in Chinese (both pinyin and simplified characters) as well as English. But this dictionary offers even more: it is profusely illustrated, with pictures of the techniques, for example, that it is referencing. It is well-organized into 12 […]

Dec
5
2011

50 Ways to do Things Wrong, One Right Way

There’s an old saying, “Learn from your mistakes.” And of course I see the sense of this. But some students have the slightly mistifying habit of wanting to back track for everything.

Nov
11
2011

An “Essential” Wushu Book

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

Aug
17
2011

The Bandit in the House: Plum’s Newest Publication

In this 210 page book, illustrated with over 100 photos, Ted teaches the Shaolin Bandit Knife. This weapon that is rarely demonstrated, much fun to play, and—with such movements as “body spin under knife”—also makes a traditional and beautiful performance set. Plus, for the first time, an extensive usage section tests the Knife against its worthy opponent, the Spear.

Apr
4
2011

The Return of Kang

Several years ago, we took tremendous pride in being the first (and only) representatives to offer …

Mar
21
2011

MA Library on the Cheap

We’ve just added five new (old) titles…50% off and that’s not for used but for hurt, a different animal…

Feb
21
2011

“Tai Chi” is a Chinese Way of Thinking

Through natural processes this way of thinking became so profound and penetrating that it spread throughout the Chinese culture, influencing and appearing throughout martial culture…

Feb
16
2011

Bagua Kicks, Hidden and Otherwise…

These very well-illustrated and easy-to-understand texts clearly demonstrate what is often a mystery to new Bagua students…

Feb
7
2011

The Shaolin Eagle Flies

Here is the newest, the Shaoliin Eagle Claw by a top performer…

Jan
29
2011

Practice: A Suggestion

Practice. How do you do it? Year in and year out. It’s a task and a pleasure and a promise that, though broken now and then, still endures the years and the tears.  Even though friends and lovers come and go there is that stubborn loyalty to something without a name (isn’t the greatest loyalty […]

Jan
6
2011

Discovery: Make Your Tai Chi

Martial artists who don’t do Tai Chi often say that, “Hey, I can do my form slow, too.” Martial artists who only do Tai Chi are generally unaware that the Tai Chi practice method is not exclusive to Tai Chi.

Aug
29
2010

Shaolin and Eagles and Dragons and Tigers, Oh my!

Great news! Just got a nice delivery of Chinese books back into stock. Some of these have been gone a while, so dust off your want lists and dive in. Of particular note are the following (and we’ll do some further updating in later posts):

Aug
24
2010

Complete Jianshu: The Review

My first impression upon cracking open “The Complete Jianshu” was that this was professionally done…

Jul
28
2010

Clicking

When it happens to you, you know it. That electric dusk-sensitive porch light clicks on…

Jul
5
2010

The Sash

Recently my teacher announced that he would be issuing a lineage certificate and black sash to one of his students…