are DVDs from a wide group of sources. In some cases we are almost
the only distributors. As usual we have viewed these and find them
some times good, some times great but always at least acceptable
with information that can be relied on to the extent one might wish
to rely on a DVD in lieu of a living teacher.
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DVD #24350 Chin Na in Depth
Yang JwingMing demonstrates 30+ techniques for use against common attacks. Taking this core of movements he shows inteception, trapping and sealing along with distance and angle control. Taught in English this presentation has subtitles in English and Spanish.
This DVD is definitely more advanced and comprehensive than the earlier offering from Dr. Yang. He directly addresses the weakness area of his earlier work, namely how to apply these maneuvers to non-cooperative partners and even enemies. These are taken from in-flight punches, showing how to not only stop the punch but prevent it being retracted. He shows a number of special interceptions which really help setting up the opponent for the follow up locks and controls. Clear and straight forward instruction. A nice addition is watching the students try the captures, a very educational approach.
DVD #18068 Standing Grappling
Tim Cartmell, long time teacher, competition champion and dedicated martial artist comes out with a well-organized, straightforward DVD on major attacks and their counters from the standing position. He covers, among other topics: full nelsons; tackles; wrist grabs; bear hugs; head locks; chokes and more dangerous attacks. Though taken from the standing position, Tim is well versed on the ground and therefore gives only the most practical and down-to-earth instruction. A good, solid teacher with intimate knowledge of the principles involved, he discusses making a base, initial response, proper leverage and application of angles. Thorough, professional .
DVD #18069 Ground Proofing
Tim Cartmell, long time teacher, competition champion and dedicated martial artist goes into a detailed discussion and demonstration of ground "proofing". There are a number of notable aspects to this DVD. First, is that Tim wisely concentrates on vital motions which can be practiced in solo form. He shows the partner application then demonstrates how it can be practiced alone on the mat. Next is Tim's experience and very well-structured martial knowledge. He approaches his subject as a teacher who actually wants you to "get the point". Then, but not finally, Tim shows sparring that demonstrates his talents, rational martial attitudes, and ability to do the ultimate: to ad lib when it's necessary and to apply what he teaches. A lot of information .
NEW! # KC010 Chin Na: Taking Control of Energy
Jason Tsou & Arthur Schonfeld
We've been thinking about this one for weeks. There are a lot of good Chin Na presentations out there but, once again, Jason Tsou has come along with the "teacher" view of the subject. Never one to dumb things down he shoots right to the core of the subject with a very different and yet far more traditional view. Take it from us, many of the other presentations are much more "step-by-step friendly" but this is the way your teacher thinks about the subject. When he's correcting your hand position he's thinking, "How am I going to get this fellow to snatch the moment (angle, concept, whatever). These are much trickier to grasp than wrists. Tsou's approach is also very interesting because he is explicit on classical concepts: The two DVDs cover the Five Methods of Chin Na including Dim Mak, the Whirlpool Concept, the Neurological System, the Ground as an Ally, Mind Power, Flow and Change along with examples and training methods. The entire TWO DVD presentation comes from a seminar with Tsou and a student demonstrating as he talks. There are a few sound problems here and there but none of any significance. The book has over fifty pages of text and is a great bonus because it essentially outlines the two DVD details. Many people will be using this to teach their students which, in the spirit of a collective peer group such as in science, is exactly what should happen. But Tsou was here first with this complete exposition. For the right people, definitely worth the money.
100 Minutes plus 50 pages
See Jason Tsou's new book: Yang Taiji the Untold Story
Also check out The Random Circle and applied Push Hands techniques
DVD #24171 Dim Mak #1 (Dian Hsueh)
Xie Zhi Kai
FIRST of this series of DVDs on the art of Point Striking. The presenter has a bit of a circus barker personality and there is an occasional feeling of a over-sell but his points are accurate and his presentation informative. This first disk shows a few basic points, some exercises for developing your hands, some revival information and a number of basics China Na escapes. The most striking
characteristic of this disk in the somewhat vacant look in the eyes of
the "dummy". He's been hit a few times, believe it. NOTE: Due to the detailed discussions on points and revival procedures, we recommend the DVDs over the VCDS unless you are fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
VCD version of this series
DVD #24172 Dim Mak #2 (Dian Hsueh)
Xie Zhi Kai
SECOND of a series of DVDs on the art of Point Striking. This second disk shows more about specific grabs such as bear hugs, shoulder locks, front hugs, rear strangles, hand shake controls, chest grabs and all that. But Xie does stick to his goal and uses movements which rely on and expand the meaning of point striking not just joint reversal. NOTE: Due to the detailed discussions on points and revival procedures, we recommend the DVDs over the VCDS unless you are fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
VCD version of this series
DVD #24173 Dim Mak #3 (Dian Hsueh)
Xie Zhi Kai
THIRD of a series of DVD's on the art of Point Striking. This disk concentrates on responses to strikes. Points emphasized are the carotid artery, lianquan on the neck and jianjiang on the shoulder. Controls are shown against punches, wrist grabs and kicks as well as headlocks. Xie is a bit of a character but his amalgamation of points and basic Chin Na is informative. NOTE: Due to the detailed discussions on points and revival procedures, we recommend the DVDs over the VCDS unless you are fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
VCD version of this series
DVD #18071 & 2
Practical Chin Na
(volume #1 & #2)
A detailed Analysis of the Art of Seizing and Locking
Tim Cartmell based on the book of Zhao Do Yuan
In these two DVDs, Tim Cartmell, the book's translator and an experienced martial artist and competitor, demonstrates the locking and throwing principles explained in the book of the same name. Cartmell's execution is fluid to the point of almost looking too easy. He is a no-nonsense demonstrator and gives two solid hours of thorough instruction.
IMPORTANT: Plum has remastered these to now have full menus and other DVD characteristics.
see book on these DVDs
DVD #18073 Effortless Combat Throws
Principles, Analysis, and Application of...
"In this detailed video, Tim Cartmell expertly explains the principles of combat throwing techniques which, when performed correctly, do not require the use of great power, force or effort. Drawing from over 25 years of martial arts experience, Tim explains the concepts in a clear and easy-to-follow manner. Practitioners of all martial arts will benefit from learning the theory, strategy, set-ups, and follow-throughs explained and demonstrated. This book parallels Cartmell's own excellent and recommended text.
IMPORTANT: Plum has remastered this to now have full menus and other DVD characteristics.
Purchase this companion DVD along with the book of the same name , and get a 10% discount!
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DVD #29989 Kung Fu Wrestling (double DVD)
Wang Wen Yang
Shuai Jiao is shown here with both its Chinese and Mongolian influences. This five-time winner of national championships supervises demonstrations of 30 types of bare handed skills, 23 grips and parts of the body used as weapons, throwing skills, hand work and 33 types of footwork. This DOUBLE DVD has a clean presentation and while some of the skills may look a little artificial and round about the basics demonstrate the essentials throws and combinations. Some of the best technical presentation we have seen yet.
188 Minutes/ Mandarin/ English Subtitles
Nah Vol. #1
Willy Lin starts his Chin Nah series off with a bang. First, if
you want to see one of the true aficionados of Kung Fu, a man who
enjoys his style - his art - and his teaching; here he is. Willy's
continual good humor is an antidote to the heavy handed and overly
serious posturing of many teachers. So straightforward and simple
is Mr. Lin's instruction that it can be deceptive. This first DVD
is an example. It sets up variations on the classic Shao Tran (
in Aikido we recall it as being Nikyo). But Willy's technique is
deceptive. Chin Nah was always his specialty. He gives many variations
on Shao Tran without overtly mentioning the differences. This is
a packed thirty minutes by someone who has been doing Chin Nah most
of his life. As the series progresses it will be evident to those
with teaching knowledge that this is also an excellent presentation
of the material, systematic and variable. Mr. Lin's explanations
also take in the problems often overlooked in media instruction
like, "What if the guy punches me while I execute?"
35 Minutes English
Nah Vol. #2
many of you may know, I was one of Willy Lin's first students after
his arrival in the U.S. We go back a ways. Since working with him
I have seen many - too many - Kung Fu teachers, students and performances.
After decades of not having contact with him, I still hold that
Willy Lin is a special person. Let me give an example. He recently
published an article. I hung a copy in my school vestibule. A nice
guy, selling martial arts advertising, walks in, sees the article,
and asks out of the blue if I had ever heard of Willy Lin. He goes
on to explain that Willy's best fighter years ago taught him Chin
Nah which, through his own fighting career, he has used over and
over in tournaments and sparring without fail. "Tell him thanks
if you ever see him," he says on the way out. This second DVD
expands drastically the information shown in the first. Now we cover
arm locks, knives, pushes, bear hugs but all in a very straightforward
and rational progression of information. I have seen a lot of Chin
Na and can say there are only two useful and positive approaches:
extreme sophistication with attributes such as Chan Si Jin as demonstrated
by, say, George Xu; and straight ahead approaches such as Willy's
where, if you look closely, the sophisticated angles are already
there. For most people this first is the way to go. The in-between
stuff, elaboration without refinement, don't even bother. - Ted
35 Minutes English
San Shou/Chin Nah
Chen Er Hu.
About an hour,
One of the best series we've seen on Chin Nah, especially from the
Tai Chi point of view. Also Chen style sets demonstrated with a
good level of expertise. Interesting and occasionally very clever
Chin Nah applications with little explanation but very definitive
applications. Much counter-grappling. A good DVD.
DVD Mandarin/ English Subtitles
Joints Locks Eagle Claw Chin Na
2-person Sparring Form by Grandmaster Lily Lau
brutal joint locks and pressure point striking of Eagle Claw is
revealed here for the first time. Known as Chin Na, this arsenal
of attacks and counterattacks teaches you how to take advantage
of the natural strengths and weaknesses of the human body. This
amazing 2-person form trains you in the powerful techniques of Chin
Na, with a "hands on" method for practice. Using this
traditional sparring form, you and a partner can safely train these
destructive attacks without fear of injury. Even if you train alone,
just witnessing this video will reveal many fighting "secrets"
of this ferocious style. Packed with joint-wrenching techniques,
Grandmaster Lau reveals how you can follow the way of the Eagle
to turn your fingers into destructive talons and hit anyone at their
weakest points. You will learn how to bring down the fiercest opponents."
This DVD contains sections 1 through 72 of what were originally
TWO VHS tapes. This DVD is complete and shows the whole form.
#10007 (Eighteen) 18 Capture Methods
Chinese version of Black Scorpion? Dressed in camouflage fatigues
Yu Hong Jin demonstrates numerous methods of Chin Nah for downing
an attacker. Actually her Chin Nah is good. And the techniques demonstrated
are accurate and numerous. It's basically a one hour Chin Nah lesson
with someone who knows something, for a very low price. Some of
the movements are certainly more effective than others but this
is the classical way to introduce the information. As a Judo player
will tell you not every move, Osotogari for instance, is actually
immediately effective but rather lays the foundation for all further
60 Minutes: Normally sells for