KUNG FU - General page two
Here is a collection of books of many descriptions: self defense, forms, exercise, practice: all showing more faces of this fascinating art.
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Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts -
Professor Kang Ge-Wu
The first ! A complete historical reference for Chinese Martial
Arts. This book is written by one of the world's leading experts
on Wushu. Professor Kang Gewu of the Wushu Research Institute
in Beijing has personally traveled throughout China gathering
archeological data and oral histories on this valuable cultural
treasure that is Martial Arts.
book is a vital text for anyone interested in the origins of
such diverse styles as T'ai Ch'i, Shaolin, ancient wrestling
and Qi Gong. It offers a time-line that covers thousands of
years of significant developments in the long history of Martial
Arts. Styles and masters are included by the dozen. The product
of years of research and study. Not to be missed!
to see some excerpts from this book?
Take your time machine back to ...
Year 206 B.C.E.
KA019 Revised 2019 Edition!
Falk's Dictionary of Chinese Martial Arts—Chinese-English
(2019 Edition) by Andrea Falk
Chinese/English (Pinyin/Simplified Characters/English)
3 editions (all contain same text):
Use code DictHC, in the shopping cart, for a 10% discount through October 31, 2019, on the hardcover edition
Compact (6.139 x 9.21 inches, 50#paper, 552 pages), softbound, $40.00
Deluxe (7.4375 x 9.68 inches, 60#paper, 480 pages), softbound, $56.00
Hardcover (8.5 x 11 inches, 60#paper, 408 pages), hardbound, $80.00
2019 Edition—"This Chinese-English Dictionary is massive, with countless words and phrases used by the internal and external martial arts of China to describe training, techniques, theory, forms, sparring, methods, wrestling and qinna. And words that always pop up when you are reading about martial arts, like TCM terms, anatomical terms, historical and literary names, dynasties – the list is endless. Most martial techniques and names cannot be found in a regular dictionary – and if the characters are there, they have a different meaning from that used in the martial arts. With three indices, ordered by the pinyin transliteration, radical index, and stroke order index, and a fair bit of cross referencing, you should be able to find what you need."
Dictionary displays pinyin terms, Chinese characters and English definitions.
Talk about a time saver. If you have ANY interest in a place to look up martial arts terms in Chinese (pinyin) to see the English meaning, this is that place. I estimate that Sifu Falk has translated more than 3500 terms from the Chinese. If you envision yourself decoding some neat old manual and getting up just once to look up each word here (and I guarantee you that you will get up a lot more than once a word) you will see what a bargain this is in time saved and hair left unpulled.
For instance, look up "Liu," which means "Willow Tree," and you not only get that but "Willow Leaf" (the hand formation,) and "Willow Leaf fist" from Southern Kung Fu, and "Willow Leaf palm" from Northern Kung Fu, plus the Chinese characters and a short description of how each hand formation is held.
Here is a generous sample from the text.
of the Vagabonds
Secrets and Tricks "from
where the Japanese Ninjutsu originated"
by Leung Ting
by the well known Leung Ting, a student of Yip Man. We have covered
this one is our "Fun
Stuff" section so the easiest idea is to jump to that
link Fun Stuff. We just never had it for sale before. The blurb
on this book includes Chinese Black Art - Defraudation - "Mou
Shan" witchcraft - Drugs and Poisons - Great Magic Shows
- Body-Disappearance Techniques - Vagabond Kung Fu, etc. This
oversized text concludes with a section on the applications
of Beggar's or "Vagabond" Kung Fu which, historical
research is showing, is the origin of most Okinawan Karate Do.
of the Vagabonds
"Behind the Incredibles"
by Leung Ting, a student of Yip Man. This is the second volume
of the Skills of the Vagabonds series which investigates a number
of peripheral aspects of Kung Fu. In his introduction Leung
Ting says the following "I especially appreciate the support
of Grandmaster Cheng Kai Ming of the Vagabonds Style. He not
only offered technical expertise, but he, also, with the help
of his students, offered many demonstrations. Thus, in helping
me with this book, he risks his own livelihood." This is
the simple truth for many of the tricks exposed here have baffled
and confused lay people and Kung Fu students for centuries.
So much of the "Hard Chi Kung" is barely above the
level of Carnival tricks (not a bad level in itself, carnies
are pretty darn good at what they do). But what's extraordinary
about Kung Fu is obscured by this. At least every advanced student
and teacher should read this expose to learn the difference
between the real and the virtual
KK007 Kung Fu: History, Philosophy and Technique
David Chow and Richard Spangler
All right, here's the background. David Chow was the first martial advisor on the original Kung Fu series. Though his name was Chow he actually had very little Kung Fu experience. He was a Judo man. Nonetheless this book was a hit following on the series and it covers a lot of material as well as having some very nice photos of people like Lai Hung doing Nothern Shaolin. Sections cover separate styles, ancient Kung Fu training methods, Contemporary Wushu, the westernization of martial arts and other topics. Not essential but historical.
MAK (Dian Hsueh):
Pressure Point Kung
and Edited by Douglas H. Y. Hsieh
Mak (Dian Hsueh) "The Poison Hand of Death"
Another of McLisa's infamous rip-off texts. This one has photographs
and illustrations on the art of the "Death Touch" Funky illustrations.
Some photographs of actual usage. Time tables. Weather conditons.
Prognostications: "One will die in 9 days if the Tan Tian Hsueh
point is struck". Plates lifted from old Chinese books. This
was one of the first. In 1997 it was in its 9th printing. A
wonderfully basic yellow cover.
Martial Arts Training Manuals
A Historical Survey
Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
see a list of original sources from this book available through PLUM
DYNASTY GENERALS WROTE THEM, Qing Dynasty soldiers studied
them, Republican-era warlords pondered them, Shaolin monks
consulted them, bodyguards and sports coaches took lessons
from them - and they still line shelves in bookshops across
China. They are training manuals, the do-it-yourself guides
to Chinese martial arts."
martial arts masters of the past created special training
manuals with text and images, sometimes themselves appearing
in the illustrations. These manuals now provide an invaluable
glimpse into how various martial arts were practiced in
the period spanning the mid-seventeeth through the mid-twentieth
centuries. Along with biographical portraits of thirty of
the most influential masters, Kennedy and Guo provide contextualizing
information on the history of martial artists and martial
arts, how Chinese martial artists made a living, the Imperial
exams, and the place of the Shaolin Temple in Chinese martial
arts history. Beautifully designed, and illustrated with
hundreds of photographs and drawings, this book presents
a multifaceted portrait of Chinese martial arts and their
place in Chinese culture."Brian Kennedy, an attorney, has practiced Chinese martial
arts since 1976. His previous books, published in Chinese,
include Witness Examination Skills and American Legal Ethics.
This is his first martial arts book.
Elizabeth Nai-Jia Guo is a professional translator and
practitioner of qi gong and hatha yoga. She has translated
a wide range of books into Chinese, including titles on
church architecture, the history of science, and criminal
law. Together, Guo and Kennedy write a regular column for
the magazine Classical Fighting Arts.