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Adam Hsu San Cai SwordSan Cai Sword TC941
Adam Hsu
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters
166 Pages, Softbound, Many photos

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The twin-bladed sword is the cutting edge of Kung Fu. In such traditional sword routines we see the spirits of techniques that remain as functional as anything 1000 years ago.

In many ways, this new volume on the San Cai Sword by the well-respected Sifu Adam Hsu carries much of this knowledge forward. And, just as doubled as the blade, the twins of beauty and of usage are both here. The gray scaled cover is beautifully designed and acts as a perfect companion to the 4-box set of DVDs on the same subject. Inside, we find some rarely exhibited warmups and stretches using the Jian as a measure followed, logically, by the presentation of single blows and blocks. The photos are nicely done in this book, which is a contrast of black, white and grey.As a bonus, this book shows Hsu Sifu performing in both the single person routine and the partner set. A recommended addition to a traditional martial library.

If you order with Hsu Sifu's DVDs on San Cai Sword, you will get a 10% discount on this book.


ZiMen Kung Fu10 Road Tan Tui TC940
Adam Hsu
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters
166 Pages, Softbound, Many photos

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This is a beautifully designed new book dedicated to 10 Road Tan Tui, one of the most popular Long Arm forms in the world. This is a companion volume to his popular DVD series on this form. In addition to the content—a good instructional breakdown—it is also a graphic delight. You will immediately note the square size with a striking grey cover wrapped by a green paper belt, an atypical elegance not often associated with martial texts. The photos are excellent and fit, along with the text, in this distinctive square format.

A martial exercise found in a huge array of styles, the Tan Tui uses the designation “Spring Leg” in English. This is not one of those forms where the name is merely poetic; in this case, the word Tan means “to spring,” and underscores the “Spring Leg” surprise of a full-fledged Long Arm attack which actually lives up to its name by stretching a punch and then a kick, and so on down the “road.” Unlike a more overtly gymnastic Long Fist method, the Spring Legs and Arms of this ancient, Muslim-born routine look statuesque and are perfect for offering a host of strong martial skills very early in the learning process.

There may be no better teacher than Sifu Adam Hsu on this subject. Hsu Sifu has done so much work with Tan Tui—most recently in his two sets of DVDs on the subject—that he fully embraces the well-known phrase, "If you Tan Tui is good, your Kung Fu is good." Follow along with Sifu Hsu in this volume as he give step by step instruction on the form, along with the Basics of Tan Tui. As always, Hsu Sifu writes and performs by example.

If you order with either of Hsu Sifu's DVDs on Tan Tui, you will get a 10% discount on this book.


ZiMen Kung FuWu Jin C082
author unknown
$19.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
208 Pages Softbound, old illustrations.

You might call this the natural extension of the arguments of Sun Tzu and Sun Bin, a family that specialized in military knowledge. For instance, this book has sections on battle formation (many of them based on the body of their tortoise buy also spear work and empty hand fighting, many of these poses copied back and forth from illustrations in Chinese and, later, Japanese studies about battlefield strategy.

Interesting enough you can actually get an impression of the eight-sides, trigram directed movements by looking at the heat-induced cracks to imagine strengthen and weaknesses. We certain think of this as superstition but there was a general modeling on the idea of big and small. The tortoise shell lives in the same world as the Emperor and therefore both would be affected by the same causes.


ZiMen Kung FuChang's Pugilistic Volume A101
by Chang, Nai Chou
$8.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
145 Pages Softbound , old photographs and illustrations.

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Don’t let the funny drawings fool you, this is the record of various practices by a member of the Chang family. It is said that many items here pre-date and herald the famous Tai Chi Classics. Certainly some postures resemble and are named similarly to their Tai Chi cousins. Breakdown in Chinese describes the various postures from the Chang techniques. If the illustrations don’t lie, the style encompasses many full-body actions.  


TC931-TC933 Modern Forms from a Long Tradition

Adam Hsu Long FistAdam Hsu Sifu has been attempting to simplify Wushu practice for many years. At one point, he developed what is one of the most logical approaches to beginner’s foundational forms. He has taught this at his schools for years, but he's also produced a series of children's texts on these elementary forms. bk_tc933b

These charming and beautiful Chinese-produced books are now available. The three-set series covers the first two of these forms, Hand Linked Boxing and Leg Linked Boxing.

These books are fun, well-illustrated with many drawings and—a big help to people trying to learn the form—the entire 16 movement form repeated over and over again to review as you go. A wonderful feature of the series is the ongoing dialog between bossy sister and rambunctious brother as they try to fathom Kung Fu principles. This not only gives a wonderful innocence to the book but unravels key points as each book progresses.

bk_tc932m LINKING FIST STORYBOOK (Volume 2):
The second book in the series is more of a child’s graphic novel showing the trouble it takes at first for the kids to bk_tc932aexplain to other kids just what Kung Fu really is. Comic book style with big dialog balloons, this is meant to be read and understood by the children themselves. It has no instruction and is not necessary to learning the forms.

Special! Buy Volume 2 with any other from the series and get it for half price (discount shown in shopping cart)

LINKING LEGS (Volume 3):
The third book in the series is the Leg Linking Form, also a 16 move form. This one concentrates not only on kicking but on strong stance and running footwork. This set is definitely more challegning and deals with at least eight classic kicks.

The key features of these forms echoes what martial teachers have been saying for years, that many older forms repeat bk_tc933mthe same information too many times—perfect for performance, not that helpful as a teaching aid. Some don't always concentrate on key basics. Some are just too complicated. These new "traditional" forms address all these criticisms. Each of the specially designed forms is only 16 moves, no more. The requirements of the forms progressively challenge the student while concentrating on graduated sets of skills. Once any version has been memorized it should be repeated on the opposite side. Then the two sides can be welded together.

bk_tc931aWhat makes this such an important contribution is that every single action in each form is what might be called a "kernel." Each one of them is a member of a set for powerful and significant movements. For instance, the Big Chop (PiDa) in the middle of the first road introduces a movement that contains key principles of Long Fist and can be practiced in a multitude of methods. Every movement in every form is like this.


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Gong style Bagua Qigong

New! Li's I Jin Jing (Muscle Change Classic) C104
by Li Hai Feng
$10.95 Traditional Chinese Characters.

Here is a book on one teacher's version of the famous Muscle Change Classic (Its title a pun on I Jing, The Classic of Change) said to have been taught by Dot Mo (Bodhidharma) at the Shaolin Temple. What makes this unusual is a whole book of very old photos showing the author demonstrating the form. The introduction makes the following claims...

"The I Jin Jing sequence, exercise being indispensable to human life, practiced diligently, helps to guard against illness, using martial theory.The I Jin Jing clearly explained, can rapidly cure disease.Ten important moves to help with ten ways to avoid the eighteen major illnesses, helping average people to build their physiques. 13 aids to liver, spleen, anger and lungs and kidney problems. prolong ones life and youth. Rhymed formulas about the tan tian and qigong, head, mouth, hand, foot and qi. Five unities method, respiration and four small exercises. Poem about being content with one's lot. Strong body method explained. Regulate heavenly and earthly qi, empty spirit song, refine life force. Practice bone strengthening, Za ng-Fu organs explained, mind controlling body, five element boxing, Cultivate moral character, foster refinement of qi, hand, waist, leg, and foot training. Self defense, boxing skills, cat, horse, chicken, dragon method, dragon shaped art, tiger shaped art, emphasis on qi control..."


Gong style Bagua Qigong

Stars Reflecting from My Sword: A133
My Private Notes on Kung Fu
by Adam Hsu 徐纪
Traditional Chinese Characters

The observations of a master commentator and Kung Fu teacher. Adam Hsu's world wide reputation is well deserved not only for the highly sophisticated approach he takes to martial training but also for his honesty and insightful prose style. Many of his articles are classics in the field. In this case he opens sections of his "private notebook" and shows you his hopes and heartbreaks—and particularly his concern— about the future of Chinese martial arts.

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Our blog review plus excerpts in English...

See his two English language books of essays and training
Hsu DVD's on PiGua, Baji, Tai Chi, Bagua and Kung Fu usage

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Gong style Bagua Qigong

Gong style Bagua Wai Nei Gong -A503
by Xi Jia Jun 郗家駿 (Bill Hsi)
$16.95 Traditional Chinese CharactersThis is one of the few recorded exercises we have of the great Liu Yun Chiao performing Qigong. Author Bill Shi has compiled a complete series of Qigong exercises from the Gong Bao Tian branch of Bagua with photographs of Liu himself demonstrating their sequence. We are somewhat familiar with similar Qigong from the same line and can tell you that their simple to learn movements are anything but simple in intent and execution. There is also an introductory section showing Liu in the animal postures of Bagua. This is an excellent candidate for the library of any CMA enthusiast but particularly useful for someone interested in the Qigong forms which might be appropriate to Bagua practice.

Since his death Liu Yun Jiao has attained an almost cultic status in Taiwan. And there is some good reason for this. Liu was certainly a great inspiration. A large number of people who studied with him have shown—having reached their majority in the teaching lineage—an amazing range of creative and educational skills. Most of them have added at least something to the art through silent insights, new methods and continual experimentation.


ZiMen Kung Fu

ZiMen Boxing from Southern Shaolin - C066
by Hu Yi Sheng
$16.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
136 Pages Softbound , old photographs and illustrations.

This may be the only available book on the "Word" branch of Southern Shaolin. Hard to find is an understatement. This style, at least in one of its two branches, has no forms and relies—as older Chinese styles often did—on word forms which could be recombined. See more info here. Also check out our VCDs on this subject.

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White Crane Kung Fu  Hungry Crane styleWhite Crane Style Hungry Crane Fist - TC125
by Liu Gu & Su Yu Zhang
$17.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
155 Pages Softbound , photographs

One of the key books on the White Crane system. Demonstrations of the oblique approach of the true White Crane form by the sunglass wearing instructor. We've had this in our library for years and have finally contacted a re printer. Hand written text in Chinese. Mid century pictures and some very tight applications. Must have if you are interested in the Crane since this was one of the first major books on the Fujian version.


Muslim Style Kung FuMuslim Style KUNG FU - TC111
by Matsuda Ryuchi
$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
219 Pages Softbound - illustrated
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TuJie ZhongGuo JiaoMen ChangQuan. This is a book, not easy to find nowadays about Muslim martial arts in China which are collectively known as Jiao Men (teachings sect). It is a little shop worn since we found these copies in a Chinese book store, but over all the condition is good. Nice, big photographs show basics, 10 Road Tan Tui (Spring Leg form) and the famous Cha Quan #4 Road as well as applications. A fine book on the style. Limited copies. Quality is good. This is the second edition (1988) of a book originally published in 1983.


Adam Hsu Martial Essays

Essays on Chinese Martial Arts Volume #2 -TC105
by Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji)
$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
413 pages, Softbound.

Essays by one of the most educated and clearest thinking commentators on the Chinese martial arts scene. These cover a variety of subjects but always spiced with Adam Hsu's humor, intelligence and humanity. Agree with some of the ideas or not, it is nice to listen to a thoughtful voice voicing its thoughts.

Some articles: Six Harmony Mantis • Ba Ji Style • The Art of Partner Practice • Forms in General


Adam Hsu Martial EssaysEssays on Chinese Martial Arts Volume #1 -TC104
by Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji)
$18.50 Traditional Chinese Characters;
319 pages, softbound.

Essays by one of the most educated and clearest thinking commentators on the Chinese martial arts scene. These cover a variety of subjects but always spiced with Adam Hsu's humor, intelligence and humanity. Agree with some of the ideas or not, it is nice to listen to a thoughtful voice voicing its thoughts.

Some pieces: Again Speaking of Tan Tui •The Miao Dao
• The Art of BaGua • Seven Star Mantis' Beng Bu form • Tai Chi's origins


Adam Hsu 1000 Miles without Rest1000 Miles without Rest -TC 103
Chien Li Bu Liu Xing
by Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji)
$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
224 pages, Softbound.

This is the book that made Adam Hsu famous throughout the WuShu world and particularly on the mainland. We will never forget being confronted in Wen County by one of the Chen family. "You're a student of Adam Hsu," she stated. "Uh, yes." "I've read everything he's written," she paused, "And it's all true." This book pops balloons that should be popped and shows the heartbreaking difficulty and preciousness of finding real WuShu.


Hung Gar Kung Fu Tiger Crne

Tiger/Crane Double Boxing- TC101
by Lum Sai Wing
$11.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
224 pages, Softbound. Hung Gar Kung Fu Tiger Crne

The Famous Tiger/Crane book with beautiful drawings of Wong Fei Hong's top student Lam Sai Wingperforming the postures. A classic, if nothing else, for its gorgeous illustrations. This one should be in every martial artist's library. NOTE: Different editions of this text may have DIFFERENT COVERS!


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Collectors WuDang Sword

WuDang Sword Key Points
by Huang YuanXiu
Classic Reprint: C005X
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
53 pages, old photographs.

Written in 1931 (republished in 2002), this is a classic text on the WuDang Sword. Huang YuanXiu not only discusses sword basics, construction and philosophy, but demonstrates a two-person usage. Margin notes clarify textual points. Photographs, though old, are clear and easily understood. The traditional Chinese characters are very cleanly printed. 43 illustrations, mostly photographs. A nice text. An appendix discussing the teachings of Li JingLin (FangChen) one of the greatest sword practitioners of the 20th Century and a person dedicated to organizing and preserving sword technique. This is a key book for the researcher.


Collectors Duckweed SwordTrue Writings on the Duckweed Sword
by Jiang Rong Jiao
Classic Reprint: C025
$12.95 Traditional Chinese Characters; 200 pages

Originally published in 1930 in ShangHai. After a preface the book is divided into six sections .Among these pages deal with the sword itself, the hand eye and body methods, single person practice methods, the Duckweed sword itself. The sword is derived from ancient sword practice which was, for centuries, a hidden technique. Until its publication this form was considered rare with technique passed on only rarely.

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Collectors Tiger Tail Whip Martial Studies on the Tiger Tail Whip
by Jiang Rong Jiao
Classic Reprint: C041X
$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
100 pages, great old photos.

Originally: 1930 ShangHai World Publishing. This is one of the few books every published showing the "Tiger Tail" whip also known as the "firm" steel whip. This ancient weapon is a segmented rod used somewhat in the fashion of the straight sword. A nice set with detailed descriptions. Additional calligraphy by Li Xian Mo, Zhang Shun Xiang, Zhang Jian Quan and Li Li. The author was a well known teacher of the whip which is an ancient weapon respect in the Tang and Northern Sung Dynasties. Whips come in "hard" and "soft" and different styles such as Watermill and Tiger Tail. This version is said to be from HeBei Salt Mountain through Liu Jiu Ru to Zhang Xian Dao then Li Yu San to the author.


Collectors Da Mo SwordDa Mo Sword
by Zhao Lien Ho demonstrator, Chen Tieh Sheng commentary
Classic Reprint: C043
$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
94 pages, great old photos.

Originally: 1930 ShangHai World Publishing. This is a nice sword set with some great photographs of good, solid formal postures. Contents of this classic volume include an introduction by Lu Wei Chang. Then the structure of the book is divided into two sections. The first demonstrates the Da Mo (Boddhidharma) Straight Sword. Jiang Su Yao is also supposed to have contributed to this text. After a set with some unusual postures and footwork there is an entire section of notes. This second section notes details on the art of the sword. There are even line drawings of the types of strokes practiced and performed with the sword. A nice old text.

Collectors Nobleman's Sword

Nobleman's Sword C047X
by Zhao Lien Ho demonstrator
Classic Reprint:
$10.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
94 pages, great old photos.

In this case "Nobleman" refers to a person of noble character. This rarely reprinted book shows the Nobleman's 24 strikes and the form. The type sword used here is of the "Double Handed" variety. Consequently the energy for the Double Handed Sword is said to come more form the heels, while the typical short sword comes more from the back muscles and spine: they are not played in the same way. Large, charming illustrations show an armored warrior with facing page explanations of the movements.


Martial Record

A Collection of Martial Skills - TC124
by Xiong Xiu Yun
武藝拾錦 by 熊岫雲.
HuaLian ChuBanShe (this edition 1983)
$23.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;
348 Pages, paperback , numbered photographs

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This volume was arranged by Taiji Quan expert Xiong Yang He. It contains carefully chosen forms for their martial meaning. These include: Five Animal Play. Four Doors Ten Road Double Sword. Continuous Hacking Double Sabers. Dragon Form Sword. New Tai Chi Sword. Self Defense Club. Six Road Flower Spear. Small Five Hand Bright Yang Palm. Tai Tzu Staff Method. Tai Chi Rod, etc. Elegantly written with person pictures taken by the author. The photos are very clear with little number notations on each to show sequence. A nicely produced hard back book this is one of those volumes which represent a lifetime of martial study. Folded calligraphic front piece.






























Adam Hsu's Table of Contents:

The DNA of Chinese Martial Arts
The Hidden Gate of Chinese Martial Arts
The Brocade Robe of Chinese Martial Arts
The Unique Usage of Chinese Martial Arts
The Arsenal of Chinese Martial Arts
The Internal and External Kung of Chinese Martial Arts
The Minefields of Chinese Martial Arts
The Inner Depth of Chinese Martial Arts
The Modernization of Chinese Martial Arts
The Endangering Signs of Chinese Martial Arts