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NOTE: Please be aware that we only have one or two copies of some of these. Many aren't even in print any more. Even if it is listed here it may already be out of stock (we'll try to keep it updated but they may go fast).

Mei Hua Kung Fu

Hong Style Yan Qing (Lost Track) Boxing - SC146   
Edited by SuLing,
$16.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
60 pages, sienna print photos, DVD enclosed, English/Chinese

As many people know, Yan Qing is another name for Lost Track (Mi Zong) style. This set, with English and Chinese instruction, shows not only the set but the basics and hand positions of Hong Quan. This is an intermediate length set with 40 postures. This particular Lost Track is in the style of Hong Boxing, a strong Northern Style often thought of as almost synonymous with Shaolin. DVD enclosed showing a demonstration by Dang JiangZhang. This is a wide open and graceful set with Pigua and Chuo Jiao type movements. This version, keeping faithful to Hong, has very open arm movements and light footwork. This set requires not only limber legs but loose shoulder joints as well.

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Eagle Claw Chin Na

Eagle Claw Chin Na - SC228  
by Zhang Xing Yi
$18.50 Simplified Chinese Characters;
307 pages, Soft bound, photographs.

This book is an introduction to one of the most famous skills of the Eagle Claw system, namely their Chin Na or joint locking practice. Zhang studied under Yao Jian Hua (姚健华 ). His Chin Nah variations are clear enough that if you are familiar with the basics you can figure them out from the illustrations. One unusual feature of the book is that it gives Chin Nah against classical weapons such as the saber, sword and spear and, finally, the gun. Our major complain is that though the photographs are good the printing is a bit light, a common problem with mainland editions.

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Mei Hua Kung Fu Mei Hua Boxing Theory - SC222
by Yan Zi Jie
$9.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
295 pages, Soft bound, illustrations.

This is a fairly unusual book. Ostensibly a martial book it is almost completely text. It goes into the philosophical basis of Mei Hua Quan (Plum Blossom Boxing) but with a decidedly Marxist 20th century slant. Envision: First Chapter: Civil and Military Fundamental Law and Martial Way; Mei Hua Pole's Literary and Scientific Arena; The essence of the world is "change": Only change can bring about new ideas and development.;: "To be free from excess and deficiency, this is perfect." is to grasp firmly the key to the universe's great mystery; Is Mei Hua Pole Principle a Sport? Is it a technique or skill? Is it still a seed of the culture? ; Civil and Military Great Road and Contemporary Scientific Knowledge; we think you get the idea. But that doesn't disallow this being an interesting book for martial studies: quite the opposite: NOTE: None of our copies of this 1998 text are in great condition. In fact we've never seen a pristine copy probably due to the fold-over binding and odd choice of cover colors. OTHERS in this series are SC211 and SC 715.

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ZIRAN Fist and applications - SC215
by Du Fei Hu
$18.75 Simplified Chinese Characters;

Du Hei Hu is the grandson of Du Xin Wu, one of the most famous ZiRan experts and the personal bodyguard of Dr. Sun Eaten. "TzuRan" is a term denoting "naturalness" and is a Taoist term. Read one of our info boxes to learn more about the style.

Also you may want to check out the VCD collection with the same teacher. But this book comes with ITS OWN VCD, an over view of the system with some applications. Tzu Ran (ZiRan) might be considered to be a move toward "realistic" Kung Fu even before Yi Quan came on the scene. The book itself contains stances, actions, weapons such as spear, Kuan and sword, and many applications along with a conceptual section.

 

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CHING WU forms and applications - SC213
by He Chun-Lin
$10.75 Simplified Chinese Characters;

As many know, the Ching Wu was a major school started where martial teachers came together in the 1930s. It is justly famous and still has branches through the world. Many styles were taught and this book shows a number of forms, with simple applications, from that varied curriculum. Representatives include: Wu Dang, Chuo Jiao, Drunken Boxing, Long Fist, and Lost Track. Line drawings show form interspersed with use age

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Mei Hua Kung Fu

Wan Lai Sheng's Six Harmony  Boxing - SC149     
by Han Guang Jiu (Hon Gwong Gau)
$28.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
523 pages, Soft bound, hundreds of photographs


It's not often that you get almost an entire style, or at least a healthy chunk of one, all within the confines of a single text. Wan Lai Sheng was a major proponent of the Liu He or Six Harmonies style (different from the Liu He Xin Yi style, though some people see a connection.) This book covers a wide swath in the style revealing such topics as LiuHe Quan's special characteristics • It's origin • The Entire Four Roads of Empty Hand • Application to fighting • Straight Sword • Double Straight Sword • Saber •Double Saber• Big Knife • Staff • Six Harmony Spear (2 sets) • Over 100 pages of LHQ applications and partner practice •Qigong and health building

Wan was a dedicated teacher attempting to take the classical and breath fire back into it. He always showed applications and encouraged a "hands-on" approach. His style is influential especially in certain areas such as Malaysia and France. Liu He, though not a famous style outside China, is a well respected and rationally constructed style that, particularly during the Qing dynasty, became a major recognized branch of Wushu. Wan was one of its greatest promoters seeing LHQ as a direct inheritor of the Shaolin lineage.

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Mei Hua Kung Fu

Green Dragon Boxing - SC147
Edited by SuLing,
$16.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
60 pages, sienna print photos, DVD enclosed, English/Chinese

According to records the Green Dragon was developed around the same time as PiGua Zhang style. In fact some people believe it is a part of the Pigua curriculum. This classic routine mimics a violent dragon coming out of the water and is said to attack upwards from the lower part of the body. This book shows not only the form, but basics and hand forms all in ENGLISH as well as Chinese. It has a sienna colored series of photos and comes with a demonstration DVD. The entire form runs 37 postures. Narration also in English.

Note: We have been successful in playing these VCDs using a few different programs—such as VLC and Quicktime—but no one specific app. They also have worked on our stand-alone DVD player.

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