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.