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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).

Wan Lai Sheng's Real Combat

New! Secrets of Shaolin Acupuncture TC253  
by Chen YiMing
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound; 160 Pages. Handwritten text, some illustrations

Shaolin Acupuncture methods are the essence of Shaolin martial arts. This hand-written volume is a summary of the experience of the Shaolin monks after more than 1000 years of hard work, compiling information drawn from the secret volumes of acupuncture points collected by the monks of the past dynasties. It also collects the valuable experience of monks Yong Xiang and Xu Zhifa, plus others, into a book for readers reference.

As far as the content is concerned, it not clarifies hand acupuncture method, applications and treatment for injury (including charming running illustrations of monks fighting), traditional acupuncture charts, and Meridian Qi, blood and vascular acupoints.

This book will be especially useful in the library of someone already practicing Chinese medicine and points.


Wan Lai Sheng's Real Combat

New! Chen Family Martial Arts Experiences- A150  
by Chen YiMing
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound; 144 Pages. Profuse photos and illustrations, most in color

We don't see many of these books coming through with full-color photos so this is a nice surprise. In addition, modern technology has cast graphics over the figure in each and every example.

This book, among other things, takes a trigonometric approach to fighting positions. It basically takes one main fighting technique and shows its possibilities, emphasizing information on general posture, angle, approach. There is a great deal of emphasis on straight, vertical diagonal...not for the geometrically anxious, but definitely an interesting approach to fighting.

Some Chapter Examples:

~Understanding of 'Wu'
~The Relationship between Weapon Fighting and Unarmed Hand
~Constant Kung Fu: Relaxation
~Centerline System
~The Application of 'Circle' in Martial Arts
~The 'Triangle' in Martial Arts



Wan Lai Sheng's Real Combat

New! Traditional Southern Shaolin 5 Elements 8 Directions Stick- A618  
by Chen Liangjun
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound; 350 Pages. Great photos, some illustrations

We kind of love this book. It reminds us of the old style books found on dusty shelves, in that Chinatown bookstore you visit and, maybe, keep to yourself since the treasures are always limited. In this case though, the photos are clear, the paper is good, and the whole presentation is generous.

The Wu Xing Ba Gua staff set is clear as a bell, and probably gives off that much tone. The hands are used to coordinate not only the defense but specific and unusual attacks, in older training postures that are not often seen, such as crossed hands.

Much technique that is not immediately obvious is revealed through the form. For instance, Southern Shaolin promotes a skill with the middle of the weapon being directed from each side, almost as though the flipping, spinning, and dropping from this practice allows the player to master the weapon's two ends THROUGH the middle. The moves that come from this medium distance are akin to manipulating all parts of the forearms, hands and fingers.

The entire set is demonstrated, and each move's name is given.

As the saying goes: "The staff is a master (teacher)."




Wan Lai Sheng's Real Combat

Back Again! Wan Lai Sheng's Real Combat - TC733   

Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound; 206 Pages. Profuse photos and illustrations.

Was there a Bruce Lee before Bruce? Actually, almost every generation of Chinese style martial arts has birthed at least one person that called quits to useless moves and practices. For the generation at the beginning of the 20th century, Wan Lai Sheng was a worthy candidate for this post.

Even at a single glance you see a thin, almost skeletal figure. But then, watching ancient footage of his practice, you realize that he is following the adage of concentrating on the tendons and ligaments instead of muscles.  

WLS was known to have studied a number of martial systems, but is most frequently considered as a promoter of Liu He Quan and ZiRan Quan. This latter could almost connect with the attitudes of Jeet Kune Do, de-emphasizing forms and supporting practice. 

This book is an overview of Wang’s career, and is not always easy to find. Our last edition was in simplified characters, but this shipment returns to traditional characters.

This book of his methods and meanings make this a candidate for translation, including such topics as:
ZiRan style Qigong
Liu He (6 Harmony) Boxing and Zirang (Natural Boxing)
Shaolin Eight Manners
Basic Training
General Yue’s Family Eight Pieces of Brocade
Small Eight Pieces of Brocade
Qigong Quiet practice 

This volume follows in the ZiRan tradition concentrating on exercises, strikes, training equipment, stretches, partner practice and meditation. Wan is an old man here, but still a legend having outlived many of his contemporaries.

Note: In 1928 the Republic government of China established the famous Central Guo Shu Institute in Nan Jing. The Institute was headed by five chosen masters. Wan was one of these five along, with Gu RuZhang. He had also been a qualifying finalist, along with Gu RuZhang and Guo Cheng Yao, in the highly competitive tournament of that year. Wan was an expert in Northern Shaolin as well as 6 Harmony boxing and ZiRan (Natural style) Men; in fact he was Du Xin Wu's disciple. 

About Wan Lai Sheng

About ZiRan Style boxing 



Qing Ping Kung FU SwordWang Pei Sheng's "Small Health Method" - TC165   
by Wu Zhi Qing
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
141 Pages. Old photographs, softbound, 2013

These are Qi Gong which I believe Wang SiFu has derived from martial arts and also the normal, daily movements we engage in. At first glance they may look to be vaguely martial because that is what they are; life-inspired movements. The drawings illustrating these movements are simple and clear but, unfortunately, there is only one or two pictures for each exercise. Good class material.


Authentic Mi Zong (Lost Track) Boxing - C029  
by Jiang Rong Jiao
Traditional Chinese Characters, softbound;
174 Pages. Slightly cartoony Illustrations.

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Mizong, a big style with over a hundred forms, famous throughout Northern China, is based on Shaolin but has unique features such as indeterminacy, softness, misdirection and other worthwhile goals. The author, Jiang Rong Jiao, is famous for his attempts to re-awaken Chinese Martial Arts. His books are considered the corner stones of "modern" martial writing. This text addresses the background and theory of a favorite style of his, Mizong. Originating in Cang Zhou, the birthplace of the best Mizong, Jiang tried to preserve what he considered the true core of the system. He discusses the theory , gives some really interesting analogies, and critques—somewhat—the Huo Yun Jia branch of the family. He also demonstrates (not old but adequate photos) a key Mizong form. On einteresting side light is that Jiang believed that Mi Zong should have been the forth "internal art' on the same shelf as Tai Chi, Bagua and Xing Yi.

Resource: Joseph Crandall's translation of this book to English.


Qing Ping Kung FU SwordJiao Men (Islamic) Tan Tui Spring Leg - TC236   
by Wu Zhi Qing
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 - TC235   
by Chang Jia Jie
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).


Mei Hua Kung Fu

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.




Old Masters Xing Yi 36 Sword Manual A613
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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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.



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.