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Bajiquan

Baji Xinfa: Traditional Bajiquan, Modern Training Method

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by Adam Hsu
Simplified Chinese Characters
$34.95, Plum Price: $34.95, 180 pages Softbound.
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Another book from the great teacher, Adam Hsu. This is the first text from Hsu Sifu that deals entirely with the Bajiquan (with a nod to Pigua Zhang) for which he is deservedly well-known. Sifu Hsu was a senior student of Master Liu Yunqiao, and has been instrumental in carrying forward the bodyguard art of Bajiquan.

But there is something else: For a long while, Sifu Hsu has promoted the idea of 'The Great Experiment,' that is, modernizing the traditional martial arts to suit contemporary conditions, while preserving the foundational aspects of the traditional. This book is a step in that direction, a set of teaching methods that educates people without limiting them. It is a bold attempt, and it is by no means a final draft; it is a report in the middle of an experiment that is not finalized, still lively and full of vitality. Sifu Hsu hopes that a more complete manuscript or report will be completed in two, three, or several generations by those who love and practice Bajiquan and Kung Fu. In this, he puts forward a small example for reference, criticism and, hopefully, inspiration.

Just a note on the title: "xinfa," or "heart/mind method" comes from Buddhism and is often translated as "teaching without scriptures" or even "teaching by sharing the teacher's thoughts with his pupils." As anyone who has ever studied with Sifu Hsu can attest, this suits his method well.

An incomplete sampling from the Table of Contents:

中國武術的昨日、今日與明日
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of Chinese Wushu
 
透視武術的套路
Examining Martial Arts Routines

用武術改造自己
Transform Yourself With Martial Arts

脫胎換骨百日功
A Hundred Days of Rebirth
 
解碼與加工
Decoding and Processing

為什麼你家寶寶該練武
Why Your Baby Should Practice Martial Arts

八極溯源
Tracing the Source of Baji

八極拳法述略
A Brief Introduction to Bajiquan

李公書文先師碑記
Inscription on the Monument of Li Gongshu Wen Xianshi

劉公雲樵先生小傳
Biography of Mr. Liu Yunqiao

雲樵先師與我入門受教的回憶
Memories of Mr. Yunqiao and Me Getting Started

理法功架
Li Fa Gong Frame

傳統八極拳的現代教學法
Modern Teaching Method of Traditional Bajiquan

八極、劈掛
Baji, Pigua

劈掛掌法述略
A Brief Introduction to Pigua Zhang

八極“三高”不可攀
The "three highs" of the Baji are unattainable

八極“八疾”不可犯
Baji "eight diseases" must not be committed

沒有貼山靠就沒有八極拳
There is no Bajiquan without "sticking to the mountain"

實戰技擊
Actual martial arts

中國武術的實戰技術
Practical techniques of Chinese martial arts

“猛虎爬山”不是夢
"Tiger climbing the mountain" is not a dream

三面“魔鏡”——武術精純度的自我檢測法
Three "magic mirrors" - self-testing method for the purity of martial arts

學習對打的無上價值
The unrivaled value of learning sparring


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BaQuan SC341
by Yang Dingguo / Chen Zhonghua
Simplified Chinese Characters
$15.95, 155 pages Softbound. Photographs, Illustrations


Ba Quan (eight fists) is a system of offensive techniques. Its profile shows it to be fast, fierce, flexible and simple. Its execution tends to the use of full-strength for each attack. And, true to its name, Ba Quan tactics revolve around fist methods.

This book is neatly designed, with lots of open space, floating photos (no background), and a very clear and legible typeface. One interesting feature is that many of the photos are matched on the page with ancient drawings, showing a clear consistency of boxing through the centuries.

The author Yang Dingguo is one of its top teachers, and is the current president of Baquan Branch of the Hunan Martial Arts Association. His teachers were Wang Runsheng and Liu Tiyi. There are two branches of the art: one emphasizing offensive technique and the other relying on tactics and theory; a derivation from Taoist philosophy.
 
In order to further promote Baquan, Yang Dingguo led his disciples to create the Baquan Exercise for students, which has been promoted since 2015, and practiced by more than 3,000 students every day.


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Mei Hua Chuan Tong Yi SC636
by Yang Yan Ming
Simplified Chinese Characters
$31.95, 468 pages Softbound. Photographs, Charts, Illustrations

This book—really, a massive archive—details a relatively lesser known yet important martial style, Mei Hua Quan, or Plum Blossom Fist. With small print and pint-sized photos, this text presents as an exhaustive compendium of illustrations, charts, history, and postures…in other words, a joy to any researcher.

Essentially coming from a peasant culture, Mei Hua Quan holds tightly to its strong martial past, deriving from one of the truest areas of traditional practice in all of China. This style crossed paths with the rural revolt of the Tai Ping Rebellion, a revolutionary movement larger than the American Civil War. The TP Rebellion advocated sweeping changes in the Chinese world such as suffrage for women, standardization of money, care for the poor, a wider platform of justice, and other features that could beat the oppressed heart of a foreign-ruling Manchu class.

Mei Hua Quan comes from the associated “Five Petal Blossom” boxing, the ‘Five Petals’ referring to the five elements. Its most iconic images show people fighting on poles.

Here is a tiny sampling from the Table of Contents:
~The technical characteristics of the fifth Chang Neihuang Plum Blossom
~The morality at the core of Confucian thinking
~Meihuaquan culture
~North Henan Plum Blossoms
~The multi-disciplinary talents from the origin of the first Plum Blossom fist
~Basic Skills of the Third Order of Plum Blossom Boxing

This book is not for the mildly interested, and is not instructional in the sense of offering routines or usage. But for any working to build an understanding of traditional Chinese martial history, it will provide a treasure of information.


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Mei Hua Zhuang (Plum Blossoms Poles) Boxing Basics - SC 155


by Li Pei Ji
Simplified Chinese Characters;
$16.95, 238 pages Softbound. Photographs

This is the largest text we have had so far on the rather small style known as Mei Hua Zhuang Quan or Plum Blossom Pole Boxing. It contains a good sized photo section of Mei Hua practitioners. Front pages on theory, key points. Instructional sections on MHZQ's 13 Leg Maneuvers, Small MH Boxing Form, The bigger MH Boxing form, MH longevity exercises, MH beginning Road form and a pictorial breakdown of the more advanced MH Road form. This style of MeiHua Zhuang is not the only Mei Hua style in existence.  However most of the books we have been able to locate are on this branch of Kung Fu, even this one in English.

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SC836  Authentic Chinese Wushu Complete - 
By Kang Ge Wu 康戈武
772 pages, $39.95


 This by the eminent Chinese martial historian, Professor Kang Ge Wu. This is one of the first and best encyclopedic surveys of Chinese martial arts. It is a reference used by just about everyone. Styles, basic movements, stances, basic weapons, exercises, basic principles, historical perspective and famous adages are all covered. This huge text has clear illustrations and a wealth of knowledge. A perfect companion to the book we published with Kang, The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts — 5000 Years.  


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Southern Shaolin: Secrets of Gong Li Quan Boxing - SC 138

by 高翔 Gao Xiang
Simplified Chinese Characters;
$12.95, 377 pages Softbound. Photographs


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A claimant to the Southern Shaolin style and one of those few styles in which the major form is also the name of the system. Like Tan Tui, Gong Li (this one) and Drilling Palm (later charged to Bagua) the essence of the system is in the title. The Gong Li form is considered one of the really well-constructed forms especially for beginner’s level, as well known in its time as the equivalent to Tan Tui? In earlier years it was one of the introductory forms for the Jing Wu Institute, gaining reputation as part of its special training. There was even a time when all the Kung Fu schools around San Francisco tried to unify and teach the same basics form—this Gong Li Quan— throughout all the schools preventing school skipping. It did not work out but it’s still a good idea. 



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SC131 Hua Tuo’s Five Animal Play
89 Pages, good photos with color front shots
$8.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

Let’s be honest, the only evidence of the great physician, Hua Tuo and his five animal exercises is a set of wood blocks created many years after his death. The five poses we have could, within the manipulation of a decent martial artist, be transformed into just about any set of movements. This particular version of the postures is nicely done with good and readable photos despite the book’s small size. After these postures and the basic hand positions are presented, an entire extra layer of movements, each one corresponding to one of the animals, is added to the basic five. Along with the text and color photos, is a small, color collection of shots of the great doctor’s home town.

A nice, martially inspired version of the 1500 years health enhancement.

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The Cang Zhou Martial Arts Record
664 pages, hardback, photographs, color plates, three color maps
$44.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

This is a major piece of research, probably the first one ever compiled. It concentrates on the history, styles and achievements of Cang County residents and their outstanding contribution to the Chinese Martial Arts. Home of Baji Quan, and Li Shu Wen, and Pi Kua Zhang and other top notch practitioners; Cang County is one of the poorest venues in China. For hundreds of years its main “export” has been martial artists acting in such roles as teachers and body guards and even darker occupations. The section on forms carries a description of each style along with some photos of a top practitioner. Just a sample of these would include… Yin Hand Spear Style, Tai Tzu, Liu He, Baji, Tan Tui, Tang Shou, Pi Gua, Gong Li, Yan Qing, Di Tang, Tang Lang, Ba Fan, Chuo Jiao, White Ape TongBei, Sha Jiao, Duan Quan, On Condition: These may be the only available copies in the Western world. They are in good but not perfect condition having sat in storage for a number of years. Pages need cutting and there may be a bit of foxing. We consider this a major reference and have used it many times for our own articles and fact-finding methods. Definitely not for the beginner. We have about twenty copies, period. It took us years to locate these and probably will be the last. We hope they can be of some help in research projects.

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SC136 Southern Shaolin Five Ancestors Boxing
By Chen Huo Yu,
$12.95, 127 pages Softbound. Photographs

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Some nice color plates in the beginning open this book.
Guangzhou is considered the homeland of Southern Shaolin with traces dating back to the Tang and both Song dynasties (especially since the founder of the Song dynasty was one of the “ancestors.”)

This book shows a lot of the flavor that distinguishes this core style of Southern Kung Fu. Introductory sections offer information on the origins and essential practices of FAB. Basic arts like footwork are discussed and movements based on the Five Ancestors principle, “Shake the Body, Skillful Shoulder Blade.” The first form shown is the key set called “Three Battles Boxing,” which could indeed be the origin of Sanchin Kata. After that are some pages devoted to applications. A little bonus is the final section on the Five Ancestors Trident form.

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