Wang FengTing was not only a practitioner of Kung Fu, but in his time he was a powerful wrestler, bringing the two together in his book on Shuai Jiao, plus these two new ones on Kung Fu practice. His background is not well-documented, but my eye tells me that not a few of his postures are pure Shaolin.
Below are three of his famous books.
New! TC170 Practice Kung Fu
Wang Fengting 王鳳亭
Traditional Characters, 210 pages, many photos $17.95
I've had this book in my Kung Fu library for over fifty years. As a matter of fact, it was one of the first books I bought when I began picking up classic kung fu texts in Chinatown. Its wonderful photos show a strong and clear technique.
Wang reverses the normal progression, first showing the application on his partner, followed by a pose in the form. All of his applications are forceful, clearly demonstrated, and show the strength of working with a partner.
Curiously, the movements are actually similar to Ba Duan Jin postures, with many stationary Qigong. Others bear an obvious attachment to Shuai Jiao.
This special book shows posture and pose side by side. The moves themselves include solid grappling: arm bars, throws, hard punching, escapes, and strong stances backing devastating strikes. No need for much text, the actions speak for themselves. This is the teacher in his undershirt, in the alley behind the restaurant: a life's practice at the beginning of the twentieth century.
How to practice kung fu boxing
The origin of kung fu boxing
Qingong probing claws
Stepping to the side of the foot
Guarding the enemy style
Lifting a thousand pounds
Overlord lifting a tripod
Neck with a golden
Phoenix double wings
Close the door to restore
New! TC171 Practice Kung Fu Leg Standing
Wang Fengting 王鳳亭
Traditional Characters, 210 pages, many photos $15.95
This book, also written by Wang FengTing, continues his demonstration of keen technique with his foundation of strong posture. In this text, Wang Sifu continues to shine as a powerful practitioner with solid, clear moves and intent. Shaolin at his heart, Wang's posture and stances have been with me for over half a century.
This text concentrates on stances and leg checks, emphasizing opponent control. A wonderful book.
Some topics include:
Practice of the “power frame”
Songs for the power frame
The use of the power frame training method
The Ten Commandments of Shaolin Temple
Modern Shaolin martial artist
Types of leg braces
The practice and usage of the leg brace.
Jiao Wrestling Practice - TC602
Wang Feng Ting
Traditional Chinese Characters;
$14.95, 108 Pages, photographs and illustrations, softbound
book isn't just about Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) it is by
a wrestler. Our only criticism of this little gem is that everything
is too small, the Chinese type setting and the wonderful pictures
demonstrating wrestling training methods and some techniques.
These are old photos set in montage style showing throws and
entrances. By the way, for those interested in history; this
is SONG style Shuai Jiao.
Update! This too small book has been reprinted and is now more readable and accessible (it also has a different cover). In re-reviewing it we cannot believe that we left out one of its finest moments: pictures and illustrations of various wrestling costumes, including how to put it on.