Authentic Kung Fu with Adam Hsu

About Adam Hsu: World-renowned as an acknowledged top level teacher and also scholar of the martial arts, Adam Hsu has the distinction of also being fully dedicated to their promotion. He has unflinchingly sacrificed to engender a deeper understanding of Chinese martial arts through his numerous books, articles and seminars. The head of the TWA (Traditional Wushu Association), Hsu Shihfu has played a major part in the preservation authentic Wushu skills.

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DVDs: Tai Chi, Baji, Bagua, PiGua and more Exclusive Interview with Adam Hsu
English Books: Two fine books Chinese Books: Important texts in Chinese
Selection from Lone Sword Book: The Mystery of Bagua Zhang


Welcome to the Adam Hsu Kung Fu School

It was inevitable that, at some time, a “virtual” martial arts studio—or many of them—would be established. But luck was with us in that the teacher who did it is one of the top authorities on CMA to ever bring his talents to the west. Now Adam Hsu, a noted instructor, has begun a series of martial DVDs offering a new depth to the study that no series has yet equalled.

His first offerings are already outstanding in their depth and breadth, adding lectures, discussions, history, usage, applications, exercises and technical points on each topic covered. Using multiple DVDs, teacher Hsu gives you some experience of his excellent teaching method. Always the complete instructor, he fills in the blanks so many others leave gaping. It is impossible to listen to his instruction without realizing that he is giving more than information, freeing each subject by making the student see the potential for adaptation, variation and customization. All this is to say that when you learn from someone who has authority on a subject, you generally develop some authority yourself. Adam Hsu shares our view that real Kung Fu training is in danger of disappearing while, simultaneously, it is standing before a portal of what could be an information renaissance on the subject. And the subject is worth the effort

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form NEW! DVD 24903 The Secret File of Ba-Gua Zhang Volume #3
4 disk set(over 7 hrs of instructions)
Chinese language subtitled in English

It’s hard to write an objective review when the information comes from your own teacher who is also one of the field’s top writers. So I decided to not even try.

Hsu begins with the animal palms, the traditional start to Bagua learning, and sets the rules for posture, locomotion and 8 hand positions. He enlivens the discussion with comments and insights rarely addressed by others.

Plum offers many Bagua series which teach footwork, empty handed forms, applications, weapons etc. But what I find both prominent and unique about this series is the dynamic interaction of its segments. Adam Hsu’s approach is different.  His method uses the core Eight Changing Palms—which he teaches on these DVDs—to take you through different skill sets, all foundational to Bagua. Having learned the Eight Changing Palms, you will use that base of information to practice Bagua Poles, Partner Training, and Applications, all returning to the Eight Changing Palms themselves. And that is one of the ways in which Bagua is truly circular.

Breakdown of Four Disk Series

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formVolume #1 – 104 minutes. Introduces a lot of information on theory, goals, and characteristics of real Bagua training. Sifu Hsu shows and discusses the Inner and Outer training Palms. He correlates these to the animals and the organs. Then 1-5 of the core Changing Palms of the core Eight Palms is taught.

Volume #2 – 102 minutes
Sixth through Eighth Palms
Changing Palms Discussion
Each of the Eight Changing Palms demonstrated by Adam Hsu himself with further points
Discussion on BGZ names and styles

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formVolume #3 – 112 minutes
Every Changing Palm deconstructed and conditioned by striking the poles (both sides)
Changing Palm Post Training through Palm Eight
Post Training conclusion
Two Person Palm Training
Two Person Penetrating Palm
Two Person Sticking Palm
Two Person Circling Palm
Two Person Group Demonstrations

Volume #4 – 117 minutes
Application of all Eight Palms
A long discussion on the principles of real Kung Fu and its relation to Bagua.

 

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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form DVD 24901 & 24902 The Secret File of Ba-Gua Zhang
2 Volumes, can be purchased separately or as a set. See prices below.
Each volume contains 3 discs (over 3 hrs per volume)
Chinese language subtitled in English

This new, comprehensive series on BGZ (Bagua Zhang) is presented by teacher Adam Hsu in two volumes, each containing three DVDs. What is exceptional about this presentation is that longtime teacher Hsu has gone for the juice, offering a presentation that can benefit any BGZ player, no matter the style.

The first three DVDs of Volume One concentrate on background and principles. The information and demonstrations are profound, explaning essentials. He starts with the lineage including Gong Bao Tian, who learned directly from Yin Fu and developed some rare techniques. It is here that we get a preview of the his pole technique and a new form of pracicing with marine ropes.

Next, Adam Hsu makes a strong case for the differences between BGZ and other martial arts. BGZ is a fairly late development, so Adam Hsu explains key differences, levels of torsion, special Nei Gong to enhance the movements, some ways of thinking entirely unique to BGZ.  
Following are three very unusual exercises, definitely BGZ, to loosen the spine, and coax more motion out of the hips, for walking practice. All of these relatively unknown Bagua training regimens originate with Gong Bao Tian, and all of them are surprising.
 Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form
Volume One also contains a discussion on internal training, with breathing and methods to deepen practice. For people with a martial background, Hsu Sifu’s approach is commonsensical and direct—without even the need to believe in qi—and focuses on the role of intent. I think people will be refreshed by it, because it is so simple and so honest. Hsu also introduces the qi discussion on the famous three levels (heaven, earth and mankind) so basic to BGZ training.


In Volume Two, Adam Hsu advances many ideas from Part One. He also shows certain aspects of this system that you cannot find anywhere, even mainland China. We now see much deeper into the anatomy of stepping. He introduces scissors stepping with correct leg movements. He shows a Square Step, important for hip control. He adds a Triangle step for tight movement and the wall-turning exercises of Volume #1. 

Returning to the San Cai (Three Levels) he adds a specific hand position to each of the three levels, linking each level with a portion of the torso. Then he coordinates these with three forms of stepping pattern. This San Cai practice alone could offer months of training. The first three postures in this section are absolutely foundational.

Next comes palm training, with actual marching locomotion. Hsu Sifu doesn’t demonstrate a great deal on other people, but here you do not need it—the applications are quite clear. He shows the Palm training with all major hand positions, and full body actions with the palm changing on each strike. He introduces a number of these crucial techniques, core movements for BGZ training: chopping, throwing, raising, etc.

Then he introduces the Four Hands (Guen, Zhuan, Zheng, Guo)  Pattern. This valuable training method hooks the body up with the arms in a continuous loop. This training is rarely seen outside this lineage. In this seemingly simple circular exercise you move your hand through four different positons all with appropriate waist and back actions. People often try to do this but fail making the proper connection and therefore cannot match hands to their legs. Here we have five different versions (two of which I’ve never even seen before) of this lively exercise, each requiring different torso techniques. The Four Hands is the kind of practice you might keep up through your entire martial career.

Finally, there is an extended section on how to work the BGZ posts. I rarely use the word “amazing” but the BGZ posts might make the Wing Chun dummy look like a broomstick. The first time I saw this I said, “You could practice years on this.” Hsu Sifu said, “You could practice your whole life on this.” Sifu Adam Hsu shows various ways to work a group of three—with just hands, moving from post to post, setting up the posts, spacing them, their use for posture. Incredibly, it is a whole system onto itself.

True to his basic premise, Adam Hsu adds two very important features to this double series. First, he put the material in the right order, with the usage of the movements coming first and the emphasis on the type of basics that really can make or break your skills. Second, he gives much more background—not just stories of magical prowess, rather the guiding principles that make Bagua what it is.

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Volume 2 (3 + hours) 24902 reg $105, Plum price: $95

Volume 2   

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Volumes 1 & 2   

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Baji Quan (Eight Ultimates Boxing)

BaJi Quan is said to date back hundreds of years and has traditionally only been used by the Emperor's imperial guards. This powerful form of Kung Fu projects energy forward like a canon. This approach to BaJi comes directly from Li Shu Wen the most famous modern master of the style. The same man whose students served as bodyguards to Mao Tse- Tung (Li Chen-Wu), Chiang Kai-Shek (Liu Yun Chiao) and the last Emperor, Pu-Yee (Ho Tien-Kuo). Adam Hsu is in direct lineage through another famous BaJi teacher, Liu Yun Chiao. See biographical information on the teachers.

BaJi is one of our favorite styles. And no wonder. Powerful, fluid and incredibly simple while being truly beautiful at the same time, Eight Ultimates (BaJi) captures your attention from the first moment you see it .

Baji is known throughout China as an extremely effective form, it is often called "The Bodyguard Style". Ba Ji is based on driving force and exquisite body mechanics gleaned from the actions of the Tiger and the Bear. See more about this style.

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formAt the end of 2015, Sifu Adam Hsu came out with the first DVD collection in his Baji Thunder series, Foundations (#24896, below.) His goal was to truly teach the great style, Bajiquan, not just as he learned it from Wutan Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao, but also by adding to the instruction from his own contribution to teaching of over 50 years.

We are happy to announce the second Development (#24897) and third volume Advanced (#24898) completing the series. All in all, this amounts to 14 DVDs (over 16 hours) and, in our modest estimation, about 2-3 years of training.

Hsu Sifu's method and information make this one of the most complete presentations we have ever seen on any style . Even more than that, his approach—focusing on training and usage—continues to remind us that form and routine develop from the qualities gained by understanding a style's structure, not the other way around. Timing, shape, feedback and spirit—these are just a few of the primary qualities we must practice to make the martial experience unique.

In our opinion, this series demonstrates not only how Bajiquan should be taught, but how all traditional Chinese martial arts should be apprehended. We even believe that these DVDs will improve your martial arts whatever style you practice, because it reinforces the way to study, not just the study itself. For the price of about five months of lessons here is at least three years work. This is one of the few instances I can honestly say that if I were asked about studying from videos or studying with a good local practitioner/teacher, I would probably advise buying the DVDs.

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formDVD 24896 Baji Thunder: Foundations: Xiao BaJi
Chinese language subtitled in English

This first set of 7 DVDs uses Xiao Baji as its central form. However Sifu Hsu, in over 8 hours of instruction, gives much more than just form instruction. This is a thorough introduction to the entire style of Bajiquan, divided up into three main topics: Basic Training (Top Secret,) Baji Jia (Indoor Skill,) and Application (Real Usage.) Spread over these 7 disks is history, 'real' basics and their meaning, three levels of power, training methods, Baji energies, form instruction and, of course, authentic usage derived from the principles, not the form.

For a comprehensive index of these contents, CLICK HERE.


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DVD 24897
Baji Thunder: Development: Da Baji
Chinese language subtitled in English

Continuing with his major presentation of Baji Quan, Sifu Adam Hsu presents a three DVD course all devoted to Baji's most popular form: Da Baji or Big Baji.

The saying goes that the first form, Xiao Baji, is a "dead" or "structure" form and that Da Baji is a "live" form. Rather than emphasizing posture and structure, Da Baji introduces the fundamental fighting actions of the style, not to mention being a form beautiful for its simplicity. Not only does Adam Hsu give background, principles, goals and methods but he takes you back to traditional culture of Kung Fu by concentrating his excellent teaching method on the meaning and mastery of the movements, with the order and elaborations of the form as relatively insignificant. Not a simple empty-handed form instruction, the series is aimed at setting you not he road to high level Baji while also firming the foundation of your entire martial experience.

There is a fine point to be made here:: Hsu Sifu has done something almost unprecendented in this offering: he has chosen to NOT give typical instruction for the actual Da Baji form. To emphasize: there is no step-by-step instruction—plant your foot here, punch there, etc. Instead, Hsu has used this most important form to teach how to do Baji. He teaches not only each move, but the variations, methods and rationale for each move. Stringing them together into a form, given all this information, is the easy part.

Many practitioners, especially those with intermediate or advanced martial experience, will be able to use the many included form demonstrations, along with the foundational instruction, to learn the set. Or, even easier, is to pick up Hsu Sifu's earlier DVD on Da Baji (information and discount info below) where he does teach this form step by step.

It is almost impossible to emphasize the importance of the lesson here: forms are important, but principles of usage are fundamental. Form derives from principle, usage is born from structure.

For a comprehensive index of the contents, CLICK HERE.

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DVD 24898 Baji Thunder: Advanced: Liu Da Kai and Ba Da Shi
Chinese language subtitled in English

Liu Da Kai (Six Big Openings) and Ba Shi (Eight Shapes) are two the treasures of Baji style. This Third Series, of the comprehensive course taught by world-famous practitioner, Adam Hsu, concentrates on the core of Baji; the hands-on training. In this series pole work and partner work are brought to a new high.

Two rare selections—Liu Da Kai and Ba Da Shi—are shown and explained. As though making his point about forms and training for him, both belong to “half-form and half-training” category which Sifu Hsu has talked about from the very first disk. It is here,through marching practice of some complex techniques, where you acquire Baji’s distinct flavor and power. Each powerful action explodes with a retort as loud as a cannon…or a peal of thunder. This is the heart and soul of the art and caps enough information for even an avid practitioner.

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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formDVD 24895 New!! Three Steps of Tan Tui
by Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji)
Chinese language subtitled in English

In this single disk presentation Adam Hsu deals with a question that troubles many martial students. Why can’t they fight their forms? What is the secret of unlocking the applications of a classical form?

From the point of view of a life spent teaching Chinese martial arts, Sifu Hsu has observed that the ability to adapt, to change up, to recombine is missing from most students' experiences.

This DVD featuring both demonstration and lecture starts with some small additions to the regular Tan Tui form, such as special steps, which instantly add a dimension of reality. Angular movements are also introduced into this typically linear form. Then, for a real challenge, the order of the roads is altered in a series of variations, exposing the core meaning of the form while simultaneously transforming it into an entirely new and flexible series of movements.

Modern, over-simplified training gives the impression that such essential, creative approaches are forbidden. As Sifu Adam Hsu so clearly exhibits, nothing could be further from the truth .

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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form DVD 24893 Five Elements Xing Yi
Chinese language subtitled in English

With his usual brilliant combination of scholarship and martial background, Adam Hsu shows the essence of Xing Yi. With his usual thoroughness, Adam Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formHsu breaks down and presents XY from the first step upward. He goes into great detail on points most often skipped. His comments on the San Ti standing alone are insightful and eminently reasonable. He does not just show the elements, but he deconstructs them for proper form, benefits to the health, usage and how they fit together.

Adam speaks English as well as Chinese, but he decided to do this series with English subtitles so you get a feel of what his classroom/studio manner must be like when going at full tilt and it's a wonder. Probably the best demonstration/explanation of Xing Yi in English and this is not even his strongest system. I had a brief dicussion with Adam on the subject once. He was the only student of a fellow professor in TaiPei. He studied for a year on the Split movement alone in a big auditorium where everyone else was jumping, spinning and enjoying open-handed forms and weapons of Kung Fu. When I asked him how he felt about that much time spent in basics he said that by the end of the year, "I know what Xing Yi is." As you can see, he does. THREE DVDs.

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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form NEW! DVD 24894
Critical Debate of Traditional Kung Fu
Chinese language subtitled in English, 3 discs

From a lifetime of teaching and writing about Martial arts, internationally known Adam Hsu has compiled many of his thoughts in this three+ hour discussion. Billed as a “debate” it would be more fitting to call this “debate points” like what you might rehearse with your own hometown debate team.

In his years of popular writing on the subject, he has introduced many of his concerns. Hsu has seen, within his time, the bountiful and the lean years of Kung Fu. He knows, as does any Chinese martial arts practitioner, the cultural war playing out in martial arts. His insights into its cause and cure are a succinct and focused game plan for mastering CMA.

His approach deconstructs many of the principles and mechanics of Kung Fu. Hsu doesn't care if you like or dislike CMA (or Latino culture, or Darwinism, or whatever) but he insists that you understand it before you condemn it. This can be tough for those martial artists who are conditioned to think of their interpretation—whether it’s all kick-ass, health gymnastics, or any example you might choose—as being universal.

“Chinese martial arts is broad and deep. It consists of so many styles and masters and a lot of forms, plenty of training methods. Truly it is a remarkable achievement. But several times I was told: we all like Kung Fu but there are so many masters and methods; how do we choose and start? Yes, there are many styles, but they are all Chinese Kung Fu. All of them come from the same origins … When we are choosing a style we are aware of our own figure, capability, interest and personality. Choose the one you prefer the most. You must work hard after choosing the style. As you do, keep in mind that there is no better STYLE in Kung Fu, only better practitioners. “

While Hsu discusses characteristic types of Kung Fu training, principles and pointers that could completely change the way you move, he also launches a second attack. In this, he shows that CMA is a product of a culture, a culture unknown to many people. There is treasure buried there but, rather than unearthing it, this highly refined body of human-centered information is being squeezed into twin boxes of competition and entertainment.

He honestly admits that real Kung Fu training is difficult. This is a Kung Fu personifying the long history and accumulated military genius of China. It has its portion of hard work, as all across the world people sweat through their “borrowed” martial workouts. But it also has its mental challenges.

Even above this, Hsu emphasizes that Kung Fu training is difficult because it brings so much of the human being together. It poses problems of thought and investigation that are exactly opposite the consciousness-denying frenzy of over-revved bodies and unoccupied minds.

Adam Hsu’s analysis of correct training makes me think of what Yang Chen Fu used to tell his class; “If I don’t explain these things, you would need three lifetimes to re-discover them.” This is not about secrets. Rather, Hsu sees the problem as common knowledge being just plain wrong; a much more difficult thing to correct. Secrets? No. Shortcuts and re-assessments that can literally take years off your practice? Yes.

Knowing, reading and talking to Adam Hsu is always an ear-opening experience, if you actually consider his words. His goal is to take the “heartbreak” out of martial training by putting the individual in contact with that part of himself which feels the connection to folk culture as well as personal power.

In his words: “Martial arts is in decline today. No longer justified by fighting to be dead or alive on the battlefield. So this leaves some fellows to become superstitious and mystical, such as believing the style, master and forms are all so superhuman that they can no longer share research and study to make progress with one another. This means we can no longer be friends. The superstitious mind replaces science. This will be part of the collapse of Kung Fu.”

Below is a partial list of the subjects Adam Hsu discusses. His style is witty and friendly, but also the voice of scholar pointing out misunderstandings and simple clusters of misinformation.

I have one single arm but with two fists.
For usage and training together.
Combine internal and external as one.
Yin is body, like the posture. Yang is soul, like the movement.
Sword practicing or sword dancing?
Multi and single focus.
Practicing is like reincarnation.
Learn to be a new human being.
Body and mind together.

 

Note: There are frequent instances of misspellings and botched grammar in these tapes. We wish we had seen the English script before they were released. But everything still makes sense, even the nuances of Adam Hsu’s wit and intelligence show through. The only instance I can think of where the meaning was actually bent, is in the health section where Adam Hsu talks about "Eternity" training which Daoists generally referring to as "Immortality."

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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form DVD 24891 San Cai Sword
Chinese language subtitled in English
Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formWithout question, one of the best straight sword sets in a whole group of centuries. Said to have originated in the Xing Yi style (no one knows for sure), San Cai offers the almost impossible to find correlation between a beautiful individual set and a partner form that actually uses the sword as it should be used. Four DVDs completely instruct you on each side of the form which is melded in individual performance, the two-person duet version of the form, and the most valuable and rarest part of all, the basics of sword technique, including the execution of the Ten Sword Strokes which make up the core of all sword forms and techniques. Much thoughtful information as well as a great form that doubles for single or duet practice. Four DVDs.


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Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form DVD 24892 Tan Tui
Chinese language subtitled in English

Here is one of the best versions of Tan Tui we have seen. With his typical thought-provoking and creative approach, Sifu Hsu teaches the Ten Roads, not in their numeric order, but in their order of difficulty, simultaneously giving you a great way to practice along with an immediate understanding of one of Tan Tui’s strongest attributes: its modular approach to practice. Hsu shows variations of the set for higher training and makes a convincing argument along with some excellent chalk talks about the form and why it is so esteemed in the martial world. Four DVDs.

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In the case of Tai Chi, Du Yi-Tze— a student of Chen FaKe's father, as well as Chen Fa Ke himself, and acknowledged as one of the best Chen stylists in Taiwan— taught Adam Hsu. The style is direct, compact and powerful. It bears the closest resemblance to the newly recaptured Chen Tai Chi 108 Long Fist. Its powerful and martial attitude is undiluted: showing no postural weaknesses. Definitely a martial version.

#21001Linking Form Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Linking form











This is one of the best introductions to Chen Style T'ai Chi. This "linking form" is the equivalent of the Short Form in Yang style. Though simpler than Lao Jia the first major T'ai Chi Chen form, it doesn't not skimp on the basic concepts and movements for a full understanding of this "parent" of T'ai Chi.

Additional topics covered in Hsu's typically thorough and interesting manner are:
History and Lineage of Chen T'ai Chi
Basic Principles - (the kind of information neglected on so many tapes)
Basic Training- traditional eight stances
The form itself Linking Fist
Ch'i Kung specific to Chen T'ai Chi-Ch'i gathering
Posture Training-Expansion
Push Hands Practice-elbow searching
T'ai Chi Usage- How it works specifically for Chen style

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#21002 Chen Old FormAdam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia form











This is the original form learned by Yang Lu Chan from which Yang and all other styles are derived! One of the core forms of the entire Chen family T'ai Chi. Unlike many versions this one emphasizes recognizeable and applicable self-defense applications and very subtle use of Chan Ssu Chin (Reeling Silk energy).

Additional topics covered:
History and Lineage of Chen T'ai Chi
Basic Principles - (the kind of information neglected on so many tapes)
Basic Training- Reeling Silk exercises
The form itself Lao Jia
Ch'i Kung specific to Chen T'ai Chi explaining "Ch'i Shifting"
Posture Training- Expansion of Intent
Push Hands Practice-Foot Guiding
T'ai Chi Usage- How it works specifically for Chen style

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#21003 Cannon Fist Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Canon Fist









This is the "power set" of Chen T'ai Chi. Explosive movement, stomping, fast and slow. While many perform the early sets this form is considerably more rare. It takes the reeling silk of previous forms to a higher level with power issuing. And, most importantly, correct power issuing.

Additional topics covered:
History and Lineage of Chen T'ai Chi
Basic Principles - (the kind of information neglected on so many tapes)
Basic Training- T'ai Chi's famous "8 Energies"
The form itself Pao Chui
Ch'i Kung specific to Chen T'ai Chi explaining "Ch'i Migrating"
Posture Training- Expansion of Intent with movement
Push Hands Practice-Torso joining
T'ai Chi Usage- How it works specifically for Chen style

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Two more fascinating and rare additions. Adam Hsu championed the revival of the "newest" form of Chen style developed in the late 1800's by the masters of Wang Ge Dang. This became the "Thunder Style" a special version of the Chen Tai Chi with multiple and complex issuing of energy. The other DVD is a major demonstration by Adam Hsu not only to show the real usage of Kung Fu (very much unlike it is often taught) but also what should be the "flavor" of famous different styles such as Lost Track, Xing Yi, Baji and Praying Mantis.

#21006 Rebirth of Thunder Style Taiji Adam Hsu  Thnder Style Tai Chi

The last great style developed by the Chen family was Thunder style. Adam Hsu had the luck to learn this rare and unseen version in Taiwan. On returning to mainland China he was told by all that it had disappeared and even the village of its origin no longer existed. But through persistence Adam Hsu found Thunder style, the village and the masters still practicing it. And now T'ai Chi enthusiasts throughout the world are investigating this unique final achievement of the creators of Chen T'ai Chi.

What makes Thunder style unique and applicable to ANY form of Kung Fu is its unique 10 level training system which divides the task of learning into ten discreet steps - a rare development for classical Chinese martial arts. The tape outlines these ten levels. It also contains:

  • Power issuing, a Thunder style specialty
  • Hu Lei Jia (Thunder Style) Linking Form
  • Pure Thunder Style usage
  • Discovery and lineage of this rare form
  • Documentary footage of Wang Ge Dang, the village that created and preserved this style
  • Slow motion and angled repeats
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#21009 Authentic Kung Fu Usage Adam Hsu  Authentic Usage

Having spent decades studying Kung Fu applications we can assure you that Hsu’s is of the highest order. What isn’t said in the tape is that his usage gives the particular flavor of each style demonstrating such diverse methods as Long fist, Lost Track, 7 Star Mantis, the rare 6 Harmony Mantis, Ba Ji, Pi Qua and Xing Yi. A well-done explication of the relation of forms to functions.

 

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Ba Ji is considered one of the "powerhouse" styles of Kung Fu. Known throughout China as an extremely effective form, it is often called "The Bodyguard Style". Ba Ji is based on driving force and exquisite body mechanics gleaned from the actions of the Tiger and the Bear. Adam Hsu, a top student of world-famous Liu Yun Chiao, explains not only Ba Ji structure but Ch'i Kung and usage in this excellent tape.
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#21004 BaJi Quan #1 Baji JiaAdam Hsu  Baji Quan

  • Basic Training
  • Bear Step
  • Grand 8 Movements of Ba Ji Jia
  • 8 Stampings
  • Form - Ba Ji Jia (Structure Form)
  • Internal Training
  • Ch'i compiling
  • Post Training
  • Single Post
  • Power Issuing
  • Sinking, expanding, twisting power

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#21005 Baji Quan #2 Baji Fist Adam Hsu  Baji Quan

  • Basic Training
  • Tiger Arm
  • Grand 8 Movements of Ba Ji Fist
  • 8 Poundings
  • Form -Ba Ji Fist (Representative Form of Ba Ji Style)
  • Internal Training - Ch'i Awakening & Ch'i Expanding
  • Post Training
  • Cross Post
  • Power Issuing -
  • Advanced Sinking, Expanding & Twisting Power
  • Authentic Usage from Ba Ji Chuan

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Pi Gua, though not well known outside China, is a wonderful, expressive and beautiful style of Kung Fu. Based on the actions of the Snake and the Eagle, it is famous for its "empty sleeve" looseness where stirring, flapping, and whirling movements combine in a flurry of powerful but soft actions. At one point in history it was realized to be the perfect compliment to another great style: Ba Ji and the two are often taught together.
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#21007 Pigua #1 Pigua Jia

Adam Hsu  Pigua formPi Gua's essential structure is demonstrated in these tapes by Master Adam Hsu, a world-renown practitioner.

         

  • Basic Training-Stationary, Moving & Turning Form
  • PiGua Jia (Structure Form)
  • Internal Training - (Stimulating Ch'i)
  • Bag Training-Different distances on Hanging Bag
  • Strike Conditioning-Whole arm Pai DaAuthentic PiGua Usage
 

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#21008 Pigua #2 Pigua Boxing

Adam Hsu  Pigua ZhangPi Gua's essential structure is demonstrated in these tapes by Master Adam Hsu, a world-renown practitioner.

Pi Gua, though not well known outside China, is a wonderful, expressive and beautiful style of Kung Fu. Based on the actions of the Snake and the Eagle, it is famous for its "empty sleeve" looseness where stirring, flapping, and whirling movements combine in a flurry of powerful but soft actions. At one point in history it was realized to be the perfect complement to another great style: Ba Ji and the two are often taught together.

  • Basic Training - Grand 8 Palms and Advanced Stationary, Moving and Turning
  • Form - PiGua Palms (representative form)
  • Internal Training - 8 Posture Method
  • Bag Training - Whole Arm, Torso & Foot Motivation on Horizontal Bag
  • Strike Conditioning - Body Pai Da
  • Authentic PiGua Palm Usage

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Penetrating Forest (Chuan Lin) Bagua Zhang Penetrating Forest Ba Gua is distinctive and highly refined.
Ba Gua, the internal martial art that walks in a circle, is demonstrated here for all enthusiasts. Unlike some styles the power displayed in this series is pure Ba Gua, not mixed with other "flavors" of martial arts. In this tape we have the 8 Changing Palms, the very thing people think of we they consider BaGua. These are eight "subsets" performed while walking the circle and changing. To many this is the very core of BaGua practice. And demonstrated by a top notch practitioner. Also the extremely interesting Ba Gua Post training, certainly a system as profound as the Wing Chun dummy form.
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#21011 Bagua #1
Internal Palms Adam Hsu  Bagua Internal Palms

Adam Hsu, besides coming forth for the first time in English with this form, also handles the following topics:

  • History of Ba Gua-
  • Ba Gua Zhang's lineage
  • Basic Principles -
  • Ba Gua philosophy and function
  • Step Training- Stationary, square and circle walking
  • The form itself Penetrating Forest Internal Palms Form
  • Ch'i Kung specific to Ba Gua on "Ch'i Gathering"
  • Palm Training- Founding elemental Palm practice
  • Ba Gua Post Training- Single Post wrapping
  • Authentic Ba Gua usage

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#21012 Bagua #2
8
Changing Palms
Adam Hsu  Bagua 8 Changing Palms

In this DVD Adam Hsu instructs you in the following:

 

  • History and Lineage of Ba Gua-
  • Ba Gua Zhang's development
  • Basic Principles
  • Ba Gua philosophy and practice
  • Step Training- Inward and Outward basic steps
  • The form itself Penetrating Forest Eight Changing Palms
  • Ch'i Kung specific to Ba Gua on "Ch'i Exchanging"
  • Palm Training- Door Opening palm techniques
  • Ba Gua Post Training- Multiple Post switching
  • Authentic Ba Gua usage.

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#21013 Bagua #3
Linking Palms Adam Hsu  Bagua Linking Palms

Adam Hsu discusses these topics:

 

 

  • History and Lineage of Ba Gua-
  • Adam Hsu's own lineage
  • Basic Principles
  • Ba Gua philosophy and usage
  • Step Training- Root shaking leg usage
  • The form itself Penetrating Forest Linking Palms Form
  • Ch'i Kung specific to Ba Gua on "Ch'i controlling"
  • Palm Training- 8 special Targeting Palms
  • Ba Gua Post Training- Exchanging Space.

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ENGLISH Language Books by Adam Hsu

Martial Essays by Adam Hsu

Lone Sword Against the Cold Cold Sky
319 Pages, softbound, photographs and illutrations,

Without a doubt one of the finest series of writing ever to appear in English on the art and practice of Kung Fu. These essays and articles will become a permanent part of your reading and thinking about this complex, beautiful and highly effective art. Adam Hsu expresses opinions and displays research that challenges and re-thinks the common cliches. At the same time he offers real solutions for the "Kung Fu mess", and methods for people even without proper instruction to improve and deepen their arts. These writings span almost two decades and are the cream of the work that helped to make Adam Hsu an internationally recognized and respected teacher.

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Adam Hsu's Sword Polishers RecordKS043 The Sword Polisher's Record
by Adam Hsu

Highly recommended.Originally a monthly column that appeared for fifteen years in several Kung-Fu magazines, the Record is now collected, updated and expanded. It is loaded with important concepts, tips on training and philosophical insights into the practice of true Kung Fu. A major book by one of Kung Fu's most significant thinkers. This is a book that discusses what so few people in the martial arts talk of: the meaning and soul of the art. Enjoy!

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formA scholar and a great teacher, Adam Hsu, is outspoken and thoughtful. Of late he has almost become controversial but that could not be avoided. Mr. Hsu has a impeccable background. College professor in Taiwan in Chinese Classical literature he is a third generation Kung Fu practitioners. In addition his status as one of the primary disciples of Liu Yun-Chiao and the editor of Wu Tang magazine lend his voice authority. His opinions are strong, but informed. We have heard many criticize but never substantially disprove any of his views. You, too, may disagree but Adam Hsu's straightforward honesty contributes just as much as it debunks. Definitely a book that will make you think.

Topics include:

Myth and Reality of Kung Fu styles
Role of form in Kung Fu
Internal Training, is it necessary?
Kung Fu Mind, Multi-dimensional Mind
Counterfeit Kung Fu
Adapting Western Methods to Kung Fu
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CHINESE Language Books by Adam Hsu

Gong style Bagua Qigong

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

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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Adam Hsu Martial EssaysEssays on Chinese Martial Arts Vol. #2 -TC 105
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

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Adam Hsu Martial EssaysEssays on Chinese Martial Arts Vol. #1 -TC 104
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

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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.

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formThis 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.

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Comprehensive Index of Adam Hsu's Baji Thunder DVDs

Adam Hsu Chen Tai Chi Lao Jia formBaji Thunder: Foundations #24896
7 DVDs, contained in three boxes

BOX ONE: 3 DVDs: “Basic Training: Top Secret”
Foundations Volume #1—1.21.52
The first video is a general introduction but with a lot of information. History starts, a discussion on that rather odd name, former masters of this great art, branches and stories. Next “real basics” and what they mean. There are Baji standing exercises. Eight Word formula showing the principles and correspondences in Baji training.

Foundations Volume #2—1.10.50
The three Levels of power explains some key ideas about developing the specific explosiveness of this powerhouse style. The second introduces two primary training methods: Bear Steps and Tiger Back. This is the twin root of the style and a good example of the mental training as well as physical that any true Kung Fu style requires. To explain in depth, Adam Hsu shows the use of the spine in Baji and even the idea of “two spines.”

Foundations Volume #3—1.18.39
In the third volume Adam Hsu dedicates the entire DVD to Baji energies. He introduces and explains the famous Baji stamping, and discusses how some students stamp more for effect than function. He shows the rationale of what should really be happening in BJQ stamping with all the basic steps needed for this crucial skill. Then he outlines Baji’s rarely seen “Lean on the Metal Mountain” practice. This method expands your short-range body power. Everything is shown in a very logical and—most importantly—safe progression.

Next comes post training. Where Wing Chun has one post, Baji has three. Adam Hsu shows a great method for using the posts not only as striking dummies but for angular variation, body conditioning and specific methods of entering the opponent. He gives good instructions for distancing the posts and also shows the same method you would use if working only on a single post and discusses the 8 fundamental forms of Baji striking. The method he unfolds starts with set patterns and rapidly evolves to a free-form exercise where angles, strikes, blocks and deep leg maneuvers are combined. He even shows some post training human-to-human.

BOX TWO: 3 DVDs: “Baji Jia: Indoor Skill”

Foundations Volume #2—1.13.06
Finally, in the proper order of learning, comes one of the most significant of Baji’s key forms: BaJi Jia also known as Xiao Baji. The lesser known name, Baji Jia, means “structure” and gives you breakdown of the form with far more than just the foot patterns and hand positions. Every position is explained. There are no exactly duplicated movements so the form is “all meat.”

Foundations Volume #2—1.02.15
With great details and insights, Adam Hsu continues to breakdown this pivotal form. In this heritage, from Li Shu Wen, each pose can be a wellspring of energy as well as strong mental training. Not a technique where the artistry has exiled the functionality,

Foundations Volume #3—1.01.49
Baji somehow manages to perform so truthfully that it is also beautiful. This structure form is also good, in fact strenuous training. The attention to postural accuracy immediately gives you the “feel” of practicing real BaJi. Adam Hsu’s breakdowns are precise and thorough, much more so than many teaching tapes. And, believe me, Baji is one style where you want to be as accurate as possible.

BOX THREE 1 DVD: “Application: Real Usage”—1.14.20

Foundations Volume #3—1.01.49
In his own inimical way, Adam Hsu shows the applications of the Baji Jia while simultaneously weaving everything about usage into an analysis of how to get the most out of all levels of Baji training. Very frank about this misunderstood subject, Adam Hsu shows precise and important details to each move in the form while simultaneously showing you how to look at traditional training, very different from most instructors. At the end he gives extra notes on how the forms can be expanded and explored.

Baji Thunder: Development #24897
3 DVDs, contained in one box
“Development”

Development Volume #1—100.03 minutes
Background on Da Baji’s skills & forms practice. Sifu Hsu explains the proper focus for training
Explanation of Movements, the 24 "official" moves Da Baji is seen as a "representative" form, this version is more organic
Elbow Strike: the famous form opening, hand washes head, some insights into GM Liu's teaching
Flat Strike: horizontal power, no retreat, angle changes. Each move is flexible yet true to its form.
Punch Downward: adapting the body and strike. Examples of distance changes and more.
Side Kick Back Fist Strike: strong lateral entering, leg projection. Power issuing in sequence.
Opening: Famous spread palms, management of the limbs. Rotational power at the heart of a movement.
Belly Punching: Timing attack with constant pressure. Every step should "advance" your argument.
Push Window Levels training, change angles, pressure to enter unchanged.
Lift Window: Upward controlling of the elbows, breaking in through the enemy's defense.

Development Volume #2—46:20
Spreading Palms Empty Stance: Training the spirit. Not every move needs a fight explanation.
Turn to Palm Strike: Following Rotation to Strike
Palm Striking Forward: opening the enemy’s door to rush in, following the opponent but leading.
Takedown: the power of an integrated body. Range of motion and how it helps.
Back Rolling and Body Strike Silk Rolling energy, rotate, compress, release, the inter action of forces
Kneel Down: The art of tailored punches, directing power
Step Backward Strike: Balancing retreat and advance and some important practice ideas
Conclusion

Development Volume #3—117:08
Practice: Sections of the form presented, setting goals
Best practice methods
Elbow Strike: Opening his Gate, Entering. The art of entering, upsetting, generating
Flat Strike: Special strategies. Moving through adaptations
Rotate and Strike: Positional practice. Every form should have flexibility of angular change.
Opening Intercepting and reading information. A crucial training for all Kung Fu. Arrive first.
Punch Belly: Double hand control and covering the opponent. The sensing of possibilities.
Jack Up Window: Tiger pounces, forward attack, redirecting and controlling
Rotate Palm: Directional change to strike for maximum effect.
Forward Palm Strike: Advancing palms and practice tips. What we can get from a form, how ot own it.
Take Down Not only the scissor mechanics but the methods of entering and capturing the opponent's balance point.
Kneel Down: Demonstrating some leg Chin Na and deep stepping.
Conclusion: Thoughts on forms and movements

 

 

 

 

 

Baji Thunder: Liu Da Kai & Ba Shi #24898
4 DVDs, contained in one box
“Six Big Openings and Eight Postures”


Advanced: Volume #1
History
Key Points
Movements: Each action is a separate practice, many layered that can be done as part of a marching practice.
Black Bear Turns its Back
White Horse Dashes to Cattle
Fierce Tiger Climbs Mountain
Golden Leopard Shows Claws
Green Dragon Rotates Body
Rhinoceros Pokes Horn
Lean
Post Training

Advanced: Volume #2
Usage: This series takes the same 14 actions and shows them at different levels of complexity.
Free Arrangement
Application
Movement
Black Bear Turns its Back
White Horse Dashes to Cattle
Fierce Tiger Climbs Mountain
Golden Leopard Shows Claws
Green Dragon Rotates Body
Rhinoceros Pokes Horn
Blessing

Advanced: Volume #3
Training: One level of practice is with equipment and partners. Sifu Hsu gives and explains numerous strikes against poles and with partners. This practice delivers more body contact than the partner performance set.
Background
Legacy
Difference
Importance
Sequence
Movement Explanation
Black Tiger Steals Heart
Er Lang Chops Hill
Luo Han Fights Dragon
Strong Man Beats Tiger
White Snake Spits Tongue
Golden Rooster Shakes Wings
Na Zha Drills Sea
Carry Tiger Back to Mountain

Advanced: Volume #4
Steps
Explanation
Black Tiger Steals Heart
Er Lang Chops Hill
Luo Han Fights Dragon
Strong Man Beats Tiger
White Snake Spits Tongue
Golden Rooster Shakes Wings
Na Zha Drills Sea
Carry Tiger Back to Mountain
Blessing