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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).

Qing Ping Kung FU SwordJiao Men (Islamic) Tan Tui Spring Leg - TC 236   
by Wu Zhi Qing
$12.95
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
141 Pages. Old photographs, softbound, 2013

It is generally accepted that the Tan Tui of the Muslim people is the original. And, to put more of an edge on it, the say goes "Hui hui Tan Tui" which means the Hui (Muslim) Tan Tui is the (Hui) best .This book shows classic photos (probably the firsty ever taken of this version of the form) of the Ten Road Tan Tui taken probably in the 1930's.

 

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Eagle Claw Chin Na Conditioning - TC 235   
by Chang Jia Jie
$17.95
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
174 Pages. Slightly cartoony Illustrations.

Dynamic tension, pot lifting, even a special Eagle Claw Qigong, show the conditioning techniques practiced for centuries by martial Chin Na experts. If you have ever worked with someone who has trained this way you will remember the initial feeling of being caught by a dog's bite. For many years people said that you could not increase tendon strength but these exercises take the opposite position. Many types of push ups, two finger hand stands, knock yourself out (not literally).

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Mei Hua Kung Fu

TC 822 Health Building
and Disease Removing Small Exercises 
By Wang Pei Sheng
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
176 pages, 107 illustrations

One of the most famous Tai Chi teachers in China—also an expert in Qigong, Tongbei and spear arts—shows his version of staying fit. This is the book with the type of answers should you meet a Kung Fu instructor in a park and ask if he has one simple exercise to use for staying fit. Each of these is a little gem, most of them simply a single or dual action. Martial artists will recognize many of these moves in forms, just as they should because many ideas have been extracted by Wang from forms and simplified for the general public.

Another nice point is that every exercise is set up with a Q & A. “I often sit for a long time without rising, I then have to place both hands on my waist to rise and that's with a great effort. Then I have to bend my waist. finally I can stand up. The joints in my legs burn. What's a good practice for this?”

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LuoHan Shaolin Buddha Disciple Boxing - A223
Edited Zhang Shi Bo,
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
147 pages, softbound, photos, oversized

"LuoHan boxing is the most famous branch of Shaolin Wushu. It is one of Shaolin's Open Door forms of boxing, with foundational and progressive skills. The hand art of short striking is this branch's principle relationship to Shaolin, (Yi Jin Jing) respiratory qigong and forms with martial techniques integrated into the circle of a boxing form. At the time, this balanced approach was creative and innovative, thereby contributing a major influence . Nowadays many Shaolin masters have noted the strong influence on the art of Shaolin Kung Fu."

This is a well presented version of a famous branch of Shaolin boxing, indeed to some people the oldest branch. The female demonstrator, her hair whipping from side to side even in the still shots, gives a forthright and strong interpretation of this famous old style which is known in Taiwan and in GuangZhou.

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A613 Old Masters Xing Yi (36 Sword Manual)
New Translation By Liu Jing Yao

$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
Over 145+ pages, Illustrations and drawings

This is a hybrid. The front section of the book shows nicely done photographs of the 36 Posture Sword set. This is followed by the empty hand Xing Yi set known as the Thirteen Powers. Then HunYuan standing, the equivalent of Xing Yi QiGong. All this is a “new” translation which is simply a new transcription of the moves. All this is followed by the original version of this book from the 30’s with old line drawings and hand written instructions. All of this information comes from the teachings of Li Cun Yi that master of Xing Yi and Bagua.

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Chun Yang Sword - TC 206
by Yuan Chu Tsai
$7.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
About 50 Pages. Photographs.

These are collector's items for all those who used to hand around the Chinese bookstores collecting little editions of Kung Fu books. Yuan created a number of books like this one which has gone through so many additions it's definitely starting to look broken down. The traditional, hand written characters are still legible and the photos are still some of the first taken of a Kung Fu practitioner. Strong stances and classical poses. A library addition. See more of him above.

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Dragon Fist Rubbing Bridge - TC 203
Lung Ying Mor Kiu
by Chow Fook & C S Tang
$27.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, Hardbound; 255 Pages

This is a rare book on the Southern Style of Dragon Style Fist. Some of this is in ENGLISH, most notably the instructions accompanying the form, and an incomplete introduction to Chow Fook. Among other sections those in Chinese cover: lineage, history of the Dragon Style, Key points and characteristics of the style, Details of the form Lung Ying Mor Kiu and information on the Founder and Lam Yiu Kwai, famous boxer.
Note: Dragon Fist is also considered to be one of the foundational forms of the White Eyebrow system.

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Entering Chinese Boxing- TC 201
by Matsuda Ryuchi
$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound; 222 pages

A chock full volume compiled by one of Liu Yun-Chiao's Japanese students. It contains a lot of Wu Tan curriculum such as San Tsai Sword (Three Powers Sword, Partner Set and Single), Five Tiger Staff and Small Tiger Swallow Mantis form with applications. Pretty clear photos. Sensei Ryuchi was a student of Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao. Matsuda Ryuchi is considered a major compiler and researcher into Chinese martial arts.

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Lion Books #A302X
Wing Chun Kung Fu
by Huang Jian Bo
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
192 pages, photographs, oversized book

This is a rare Taiwanese book on the art of Wing Chun Pai. It covers all the basic concepts especially revolving around the standing fist and shows teacher and students performing Little Idea, Searching for the Bridge, Dart Fingers and the lesser known form Four Gates. The background information states that though many learn the art few known how to really apply it. According to the author, many parts previously unexplained are examined here.

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Sword Technique Illustrated - TC228
by Song Geng Ping
$11.50 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
Over 130 pages, Illustrations

This little book is unusual in that it delves into sword usage with more than just a form. It has everything from exercises to warm you up, to the basic sword movements, to mini-forms for practice, then to more esoteric exercises and, finally, partner work.

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