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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).

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

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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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 Me 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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