Crandall, translator, is a Ba Gua practitioner who has taken onto
himself the heroic task of translating and making available many
key works of WuShu. NOTE: Some of these are translations,
bound workbook style, of Chinese
texts, mostly illustrated with line drawings. As Crandall writes
in his introduction; "I have been waiting for someone more
qualified to come along and do a better job at these translations
than I do. I know that there are many out there who could do it."
What Crandall doesn't mention is the dedication and knowledge
he has brought to the worthy fundamental project.
If you notice a lapse in the number sequence this may be due to
Mr. Crandall coming out with a later edition of the same book and
a new number.
NEW ! KCB019 Bagua San Shou Zhang
This is a translation of a text by Zhang Yao Zhong. Mr. Zhang was a student of the famous teacher Wang Pei Sheng. He studied a number of Wu Dang styles of Kung Fu from him. He is also the author of more than eight books on the arts as well as an advisor to many organizations. This book starts with an intriguing, though complex, section on the relation of the Bagua philosophy to the human body and specifically this art. Next comes a detailed instuction of the 64 lines of Liu De Kuan, the famous student of Dong Hai Chuan and Yang Lu Chan, among others. This major section is followed by an explanation of Bagua standing practice particularly related to the eight trigrams from which the style derives its name. Finally there is a chapter showing a short linking series developed by Wang himself and based on the five elements and their relation to the style. Throw in a few legends and stories mixed with the instructional text and a thorough section linking form and philosophy.
KCB018 OrthodoxBaguazhang by Lin Sui $36.00 237 pages
KCB017 Bagua Seven Star Staff $25.00,
This books records three routines from Guo Gu Min and two from Liu Xing Han. Guo's were published in 1998. This special weapon of Bagua is generally made from "bitter bamboo" and filled with mercury to create an effect like a blackjack. This text shows lines of staff movement most of which is relatively easy to learn. The latter section of drawings is particularly clear.
KCB016 Long Xing Baguazhang
by Huang Bo Nian $20.00, softbound,
This was a famous book which came out in the thirties. It shows the postures of "Dragon" Bagua by a student of Li Cun Yi's: Huang Bo Nian. The photographs are very dated and difficult to see clearly as to exact details of movement but Huang's Bagua postures is evident. There are applications notes and some partner photos as well as a number of interesting introductions by different scholars including Jiang Rong Jiao. Though even Crandall himself says that the actual content of the book is disappointing it is, nonetheless, one of the first books on Bagua ever to be published and an important addition to a good Bagua library. Some intersting essays on fighting and practing, and general concepts in Bagua.
Zhuan Jian (BaGua Turning Sword)
Liu Xing Han & Huang Xin
Translated and compiled by Joseph Crandall $25.00, softbound, 84 pages,
is a combination of two versions of the same Ba Gua sword set. The
first is very close to a version Joseph Crandall learned from Zhang
Jie one of Liu Xing Han's students. The second, by Huang Xin, a
grand-student of Liu Xing Han,is from a series of articles in Wu
Hun magazine. Each set runs, of course, to 64 moves. In this case,
though the reproduction on the photographs is not great, there is
in the photographic second section of the text than in the illustrated
first section. The names of the moves are correlated so the illos
and photos aid one another .
Yu Zhang's BaGua Zhang
Yin Yu Zhang
Translated by Joseph Crandall $20.00, softbound, 69 pages,
is a translation of Yin Yuzhang's two books, Ba Gua Zhang Jian Lun
(A Simple Book on Ba
and Kan Dao Shu Lian Xi Fa (Practice Method of the Chopping Saber
Art). Both of these books were published by the Qingdao Martial
Arts School in the 1930's. Yin Yu Zhang is the son of the famous Bagua master Yin Fu. Photos
are of Yin himself.
INCLUDES: Descriptions of 8 palms from the Yin Fu system; Kan Dao Shu
Lianxi Fa contains descriptions of two routines for practicing the
two hand saber; (this type of saber saw widespread use by the Chinese
soldiers in World War II).
KCB013 (formerly #6) Sun
Style BaGua Zhang
including BaGua Sword
Sun Lu Tang
Translated by Joseph Crandall $30.00, softbound, 107 pages,
Mr. Crandall notes in his introduction, Sun LuTang - though very
famous- left only difficult writings on martial arts. This book
was the first made available to the public on the art of BaGua.
Mr. Crandall admits to having made some running starts : now he
has finally come out with a translation which he feels can give
the non-Chinese reader a "taste" of one of the most famous
of BaGua stylists. Also included is Sun's "BaGua Straight Sword".
This is an essential text for the collector as well as the practitioner.
Though Sun is probably less revered in Asia than we are often led
to believe, his work is nonetheless seminal. This book is one of
the keystones of that work.
Sun's sword section includes: Ten Forms of Usage of Bagua's
Sword; Essential Text about Bagua Sword; 8-Character Sword Practice;
and complete 8 part sword form.
BaGua LianHuan Yue
(Elk Horn Knives)
Translated by Joseph Crandall $20.00, softbound, 69 pages,
is a straight translation of a fairly involved Elk Horn knife set
from the WuDang school of BaGua. 64 postures with multiple illustrated
figures of the movements. Definitely
for those who have that ability to learn formal movements through
the written word. Overall the instruction is clear and fairly detailed.
This can be done with a little hard work.
We have here a 64 movement form that also represents the animals:
lion, snake, bear, dragon, phoenix, chicken, unicorn, monkey. Though
not originally or exclusively a BaGua weapon it nonetheless shows
a perfect correspondence to the art itself. More
about the elk horns?
Yang Ba Pan BaGua
by Ren Zhi Cheng.
Translated & edited by Joseph Crandall $20.00, softbound,
has been put to rest, according to our belief, that Dong Hai Chuan
was indeed the inventor of Ba Gua Zhang. Kang Ge Wu's work on this
is phenomenal and extensive. However, if there is a contestant in
the running for an alternative theory this style would be it. Developed
in the area of Dong's birthplace this branch of "Eight Levels"
or "Eight Circles" is shown with old, but very neat photos.
A truly twisty system where the main difference from what we know
of as BaGua lies in "mud stepping"not being emphasized.
A classic book with some great postures. If you want to see a little
better version as far as the photos - not to mention an reprint
of the original Chinese - see our Lion Books section. Eight palms, fighting applications, weapons and special training.
Also incorporates short hacking saber set.
Style Dragon Shaped BaGua (Fu Shi) LONG XING BAGUAZHANG
by Fu Yong Hui & Lai Zhong Hong
Translated by Joseph Crandall $25.00, softbound, 76 pages,
ZhenSong (1881), the creator of Fu style BaGua, was a formidable
and admired martial artist.Friend of Yang Chen Fu, Sun Lu Tang and
others. He was a popular and influential teacher at some of the
key points in the "modernization" of martial arts starting
long before the Republic. Fu style itself is a respected member
of the BaGua family with tight turns and sure footwork. Written
by Fu YongHui who studied not only under his father but explored
BaJi with Li Shu-Wen and BaGua with Sun Lu Tang and who, in turn,
taught Bao Chan Mai (Bow Sim Mark): this is a nice introduction with pictures and well
as illustrations. Fu
Yong Hui himself poses for the photos.
Warm ups; 8 Changing Palms; 64 Dragon Form BaGua: a higher level
Ba Gua Push Hands, with some prearranged movements; also supplementary
Shih LianHuan Zhang
(Yin Style Eight Trigrams Continuous Palms)
Translated by Joseph Crandall $28.00, softbound, 127 pages,
According to translator Joseph Crandall this is an even better
introduction to Yin style of Ba Gua than his earlier, larger book
by Zhang Lie. As always, Mr. Crandall's translation is clear and
easy to understand, his books executed with detailed concern about
the material and useful additions to a Ba Gua practitioners library.
Having translated some of this material ourselves we can attest
to the essential accuracy and tremendous savings in time and effort
to have this useful body of work done with concerted
very interesting approach. This book is composed of 32 "transitions"
on the circle, very short direction changes. It then goes on with
corresponding applications for self-defense. Also has a section
on 12 Linked Leg Moves and 8 Standing postures. Admittedly some
of the applications are hard to catch but it does serve as a basis
for the understanding of Ba Gua's flavor.This
compilation stems from a series of articles published in ZhongGuo
WuShu ZaZhi (Chinese Martial Arts Magazine).
KCB008 Swimming Body Linked
(YU SHEN LIANHUAN BAGUAZHANG)
by Wen Zhong Shi
Translated by Joseph Crandall $30.00, softbound,
very interesting system of Ba Gua attributed originally to Gao Yi-Sheng.
It incorportates both Pre-natal (the first 8 trigrams) and Post-Natal
(64 changes) movements. It originates from Cang country in China,
one of the most famous areas in all of China for martial practice.
Each of the 64 Post-Natal forms is accompanied
by a short, clear self-defense explanation.
section on Prenatal Bagua; then Postnatal 64 Palms (this part concentrates
more on the fighting technique); Bagua San Shou (more free hand
applications to fighting).
Ba Gua Transmission
Translated by Joseph Crandall $25.00 softbound, 50 pages,
great old Ba Gua text with wonderful funky photographs. Truly a
classic of early Ba Gua literature. A very famous BaGua text and
one of the earliest.
on lineage and history; martial arts priniciples; move breakdown
with pictures of Sun himself; sections on weapons of BaGua such
as the Elk Horns, Spring Autumn Knife, straight sword; and spear. Click to see Table of Contents.
by Zhang Lie
Translated by Joseph Crandall
was $50.00 perfect bound Plum price now only 35.00
, 250 pages,
extensive explanation of one of the longest and most involved Ba
Gua Palm sets. Originally said to be derived from Yin Fu's method
through "Cao" style, this is a long and quite thorough
set incorporating, to our eyes, elements of LuoHan (Shaolin) Boxing
and an unusual amount of kicking resembling the even more rare Jiao
Men style. Interesting notes by writer Zhang Lie on applications
relating to the separate circles.
INCLUDES: Writings about Yin style theory and principles with some correlations
on the I Ching, posture and movement; pixtures and explanations
on the key Yin form with 64 ( 8 sets of 8 one for each animal) Palm
actions!; four subsets each of upper body and lower body movement;
a 9 section tendon stretching walking form.
KCB004 WuDang BaGua
YinTao & Fei YuLiang
Translated by Joseph Crandall $25.00, softbound, 85 pages,
Wu Dang is a famous area for Taoist practitioners in
China. A mountainous region with many temples it has developed a very
distinct blend of martial arts with many systems. WuDang movements
are often done with very fluid, soft and graceful movements. BaGua
is particularly popular there with its obvious relations to the I
Ching (Book of Changes) and Taoism. Here is one of the only instructional
texts in English on this expressive version of
the 8 Trigrams Palm.
INCLUDES: Sections on studying on your own; teaching BaGua; posture; basics;
the entire form breared by Fei Yin Tao.
KCB003 BaGua Saber
by Guo Zhen Ya
by Joseph Crandall $18.00, 40 pages,
clear and well illustrated explanation of the BaGua broadsword.
Step by step instruction highlighted with very clear figures; not
to mention a neat set.
detailed explanation of this set, one of the few in English. (By
the way one can always use a "normal" sized broadsword
to practice. Many people are unaware of the fact that the large
sized broadsword is not because it's BaGua but because ALL practitioners
of that area near BeiJing employ oversized sabers for forms. More
about BaGua Saber?
Family BaGua Palms
by Ma You Qing & Liu Jing-Ru
Translated by Joseph Crandall $25.00, 88 pages,
to translator Joseph Crandall this book, while showing a simple
approach, also gives some insights into theory. Cheng style is the
other major branch, along with Yin Style, of BaGua studies and this
book should be a welcome addition to any enthusiast's library. Having
translated some of this material ourselves we can attest to the
essential accuracy and tremendous savings in time and effort to
have this useful body of work done with concerted
style's 'Eight Big Palm Changes"; the 8 mother palms Chi Kung
walking; a 24 movement duet form; text on Cheng style key points;
practicing with a post; info on internal practice; BaGua masters
biographies, more text on principles and BaGua "songs."
by Jiang Rong Qiao
Translated by Joseph Crandall $25.00 , 97 pages,
is one of the best introductory BaGua Eight Changing Palms available.
A standard for much BaGua instruction in China, the so called "New"
BaGua palms are clear, simple and yet disctinctly BaGua. Shihfu
Mancuso, Professor Kang GeWu and many others teach this series as
a foundational form. Beautifully illustrated by famous martial "artist"
INCLUDES: Posture, general principles,
the eight palm shapes, the entire 8 changing palms of the "new"
or "original" style, and comments.