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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).

Daoist Mudras

Daoist Abstruse Incantations and Hand Positions - SC 247
by Wu Sheng
$16.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
54 pages, English/Chinese text, illustrations and accompanying VCD showing exercises also with minimal English/Chinese narration.

This ancient practice is only supplementarily attached to martial studies but is fascinating anyway. The basic theory suggests that the body is completely integrated and all the channels run qi through the hands. Therefore subtle changes in hand positions and harmonics that directly affect the organs can be melded with meditative technique to rectify problems in health. Daoism is a belief where the longevity of the practitioner is the aim, Daoist belief that we need more time on earth to realize our true natures.

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Yan-Zhao Martial Arts - SC 133
By Ma Jian
$ 17.95 Simplified Chinese Characters
296 pages, soft bound, illustrations, DVD enclosed

Yan-Zhao has been a region in China for thousands of years. It is associated with Northern Hebei. It was listed as one of the “nine provinces” that were synonymous with ancient China as a nation. The arts practiced there are considered highly refined examples of Chinese culture. The examples shown here in the book and DVD are representative of YanZhao’s particular attributes which appear to be Long Fist, graceful, smooth and well-articulated movements. On the DVD we see a Lost Track Kung Fu Weaponssmall version of Yang Tai Chi, along with a 37 and an 88 posture version. Each of these is performed twice with the unusual technique of having the key points and name of each posture subtitled in Chinese at the bottom of the frame. Two other famous styles represented include a very fluid and relatively soft version of Xiao Baji from the style of the same name and a "Standing" Fanzi Boxing that very mobile and long movements punctuated with rapid short strike as in Wing Chun or Shaolin. The book contains brief sections on the many martial styles of this region including Chuo Jiao, Fan Zi, Tai Tzu, Tang Shou and more. The forms in the text include Yang style 85 Tai Chi, Baji Quan and Fan Zi Quan corresponding to the DVD.

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Wu Dang Sword - SC 633
by Zhu Lian Fang and Zhang Jin Pu: 朱廉方 & 张金普
$ 11.95 Simplified Chinese Characters
231 pages, soft bound, illustrations.

武当剑: 单练暨对剑
As the title announces this book is on the Wu Dang sword practice for individuals and partners. The entire 132 high level set is shown. This is followed by a partner version (this is the first book we've had demonstrating the partnered Wu Dang sword) that runs another 110 movements. Though mostly devoted to the instructions there are a number of nice additions including Ten Points for Swordplay; a section on one of the first sword teacher, a woman, YueNu; background on the Wu Dang sword; anatomy of the sword and the gripping thereof. The illusrations are simple, relatively large and clean. The Wu Dang, which was relatively unknown outside of China a few decades ago has increased in popularity because it is a large set with most sword skills, it is a beautiful set with the elegance of Tai Chi like movement and its association with that last generation of Chinese fighters who could really use the sword like Li Jing Lin, who is mentioned in the text.

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3 Star Canon

3 Star Canon Boxing - SC 614
by Zhang Han Wen
$18.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
567 Pages, Softbound. Photographs and illustrations.

We have darn few books on this traditional and old style of Wu Shu. But this one makes up for much of that by being so comprehensive. Probably over 1000 photograph and illustrations cover a large part of the system. Hand sets in numbered series, such as Road #4, three of the four basic weapons, stretches, hand and body conditioning, A pretty complete book.
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Eagle Hand Boxing

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Eagle Hand Boxing - SC 613
by Guo Xie He
$17.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
350 Pages, Softbound. Photographed.

Eagle Hand is also known as Eagle Claw and is related to Yue Family boxing by claiming, as many branches do, an inheritance from the famous general and martial hero,Yuen Fei. This is what one might call Ying Shou San Shou concentrating on the applications of the movements. Many pictures pretty clearly illustrate the separate actions then their usage. Eagle Claw always mixes striking and grappling actions in the best tradition of real Kung Fu. A nicely conceived and executed book.

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