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Shaolin Authentic Tiger Boxing - TC723
Edited by Zhu Shao Ji
64 pages,
$8.25 murky photographs

For a long time we were able to offer a slim volume of a young martial artist performing the Dragon Fist. This was in English/Chinese. Here is a companion volume, in Chinese only, of the Tiger Boxing form. The photos are a little dark but quite large with only one or two per page. The moves are neat and fun, with demonstrator thin and limber, the actions easy to learn. Also many Tiger hand applications are shown. A Tiger set that looks like a tiger set..

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Introduction to Southern Shaolin - C105
By Xu TaiHe, (1877-1938)
$11.95, 110 pages, old illustrations.

The illustrations in this book are pretty primitive and sort of charming. Don’t look for Frank Frazetta here: this character more resembles Mr. Magoo. This book discusses Southern boxing then launches in with 13 basic movements Walking Fist. This is followed by 12 basic defenses. Next comes an introductory form with some applications shown. Finally the well-known Big Dipper form, a recognizable and respected set from the Southern style is presented. Mr. Xu, hailing from Jiangsu, was a celebrated Wushu and physical education teacher. He was a member of the Min minority. In his youth he diligently studied the Shaolin Boxing. After assuming the duties of teaching physical education in Wu City he spent his free after class hours instructing people in Kung Fu. He developed a set of verbal commands that allowed students to progressively learn both physical education and Kung Fu movements. He worked at a number of sports schools directing changes in curriculum. In 1923 he was the WuXi city representative at a huge meet in Shanghai. H competed in Shaolin Boxing division with outstanding results. At that time he was made a deputy in the Guomingtang Third Army. Performing at a mass rally attended by Zhang Xue Liang, Xu's Shaolin performance gained much praise. He died in 1938 having left behind the volume above.

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Rambling Talks on Martial Weapons - TC 729
by Bai Jun Xiong
$8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
182 pages, NO illustrations, softbound.

This book is Chinese TEXT only. It is, indeed, a series of discussion (mostly about a page or two each) on the subject of Chinese Weapons. It starts with the so-called 18 weapons and becomes more specific as it advances. A free hand tpe is employed and may be difficult for some people to read. A cnadidate for research work?

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Gung Chi Fuk Fu - TC 716
by Lam Sai Wing
$9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
93 pages, great illustrations, softbound

Finally, the third book of one of the most famous series of martial arts books ever produced. Here is the Conquering the Tiger form from the Hung Gar system with the original hand drawings of Shifu Lam Sai Wing performing this essential and famous set. Really a beautiful piece of work that deserves to be in every martial arts library.

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Chinese Self Defense - TC 705
by Jin Yi Ming
$8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
100+ pages, old illustrations, softbound.

The early days of Chinese Kung Fu publishing for the masses was also a time of turbulence in Chinese history. There was much doubt and concern about the status of China as a nation and people trying to leap into modern times. Some writers, such as Jin Yi Ming, attempted to show that traditional exercises and methods could contribute to strengthening China as a nation. Jin was a forerunner because he wrote for young people with a "do it yourself" attitude.THIS particular volume is almost entirely TEXT. Jin takes on a number of topics here such as self defense, Five Important words, the orgins of Chuan Shu (Kenpo) some key topics from Tai Chi, Striking with the hands.

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Restocked! Chinese Boxing for Practical Fighting - TC 715
by Masuda Ryuchi
$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
223 pages, photographs, softbound.

The work of this Japanese chronicler of traditional Chinese martial arts is highly esteemed and sought after. Here is an edition of one of the harder to find titles. In this volume he introduces ground fighting techniques, Chin Nah arts, the Liu He Six Harmony Saber, the Saber vs. empty hands (be prepared to roll), applications of the Liu He with wooden swords, the I Chi Ching (Muscle Change Classic) and other interesting notes on practice and equipment. A student for a time of Liu Yn Chiao, Ryuchi's books have excellent photo coverage and are very nicely presented.

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Linked Kicking Strikes - TC 714
by Zhang Zhi Jiang
$9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
63 pages, old photographs, softbound

From that period of martial publishing when it was almost radical to appear in western dress. This time shorts! This is not a true form. It is a series of kicking exercises, though linked we haven't checked, and applications.The applications are often shown a bit on the stiff side but definitely a historical document. We should remember what it must have been like to create a book with this technology in those days: "Stand there, just five more minutes," "Oh, that one didn't come out," "Wrong angle" at this point photographer and Shihfu were probably cursing Western gizmos with justification.

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Yue Fei Boxing Illustrated - TC 710
by Yue Chun Zhen
$11.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
89 pages, photographs, softbound.

From that period of martial publishing when it was almost radical to appear in western dress. This time shorts! This is not a true form. It is a series of kicking exercises, though linked we haven't checked, and applications.The applications are often shown a bit on the stiff side but definitely a historical document. We should remember what it must have been like to create a book with this technology in those days: "Stand there, just five more minutes," "Oh, that one didn't come out," "Wrong angle" at this point photographer and Shihfu were probably cursing Western gizmos with justification.

This member of the Yue family bears the name "sincere" which could be an emblem for the entire style. Never fancy or superfluous this example is no exception. A very humbler, straight forward set is shown in rough and ready but perfectly clear photography. Some introductory remarks on that hard to find Yue style then off and running with a very learnable square based form.

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Sixteen Hands Partner Form - TC 709
by Chen Sheng Fu
$8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
96+ pages, illustrations, softbound.

The short two person set in this Hand Written text can also be performed as a single set. Both versions are shown in small but nicely done illustrations copied from photos with clear and simple lines.The participants are said to be teachers Qing Dao teacher, Zhang Ke Jin. The set is simple and direct and looks like nothing so much as a two person Xing Yi practice. An interesting little book.

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Sweet Phoenix Pond Shaolin Boxing - TC 708
by Su Yu Zhang
$9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
100+ pages, old illustrations, softbound.

Gan Feng Chi Shaolin Quan Fa. Here is a a test from a previous generation. Click the picture to get some idea of the line drawings showing two forms: Roads #1 and #2 of Shaolin style fighting. This is a hand written text with brief notes at the beginning. These are followed by two short sets with graphics of a player in full battle regalia going through the motion. Almost worth the price of the book just for the illustrations.

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Stone Fist - TC 704
by Jin Yi Ming
$9.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
100+ pages, old illustrations, softbound

The early days of Chinese Kung Fu publishing for the masses was also a time of turbulence in Chinese history. There was much doubt and concern about the status of China as a nation and people trying to leap into modern times. Some writers, such as Jin Yi Ming, attempted to show that traditional exercises and methods could contribute to strengthening China as a nation. Jin was a forerunner because he wrote for young people with a "do it yourself" attitude.THIS book shows a Shaolin style set show in line drawing of a young man in a military outfit. The arrows showing movement look like a ballistics test. Truly charming.


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Five Element Tong Bi Quan - TC 703
by Zhang Zhi Tong
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
81 pages, old photographs, softbound.

The early days of Chinese Kung Fu publishing for the masses was also a time of turbulence in Chinese history. There was much doubt and concern about the status of China as a nation and people trying to leap into modern times. Some writers, such as Jin Yi Ming, attempted to show that traditional exercises and methods could contribute to strengthening China as a nation. Jin was a forerunner because he wrote for young people with a "do it yourself" attitude.THIS book shows a Shaolin style set show in line drawing of a young man in a military outfit. The arrows showing movement look like a ballistics test. Truly charming. This little book is pricey. But it is one of the few early texts on the Wu Xing Tong Bi Quan (Five Element Through-the-Arm Boxing).

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Lian Gong Mi Jue - TC 702
by Jin Yi Ming
$8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
100+ pages, old photographs, softbound.

The early days of Chinese Kung Fu publishing for the masses was also a time of turbulence in Chinese history. There was much doubt and concern about the status of China as a nation and people trying to leap into modern times. Some writers, such as Jin Yi Ming, attempted to show that traditional exercises and methods could contribute to strengthening China as a nation. Jin was a forerunner because he wrote for young people with a "do it yourself" attitude. In this volume charming old photos show Jin lifting bricks, in seated medition, balancing barbells on his head, etc..

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