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 Autumn Major Kung Fu HistoryKS038 The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts - 5000 years

Professor Kang Ge-Wu
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790159-0-8
ISBN-10: 0-9790159-0-1

$14.95 Plum discount 15% or
12.70, Softbound, 108 pages,

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 A complete historical reference for Chinese Martial Arts.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.

This 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!

Want to see some excerpts from this book?
Take your time machine back to ...
The Year 206 B.C.E.
The Year 1214
The Year 1680
The Year 1101

Falk's DictionaryKA019 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):
Compact (6.139 x 9.21 inches, 50#paper, 552 pages), softbound,
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.

Compact Edition, $40
Deluxe Edition $56
Hardcover Edition, $80

Skills of the Vagabonds #1 Ninja Kung Fu

KS030 Skills of the Vagabonds #1
Secrets and Tricks "from where the Japanese Ninjutsu originated"
by Leung Ting

$24.95,English 162 pages, Hardback

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Written 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.

Skills of the Vagabonds #2 Ninja Kung Fu#KS031 Skills of the Vagabonds #2
"Behind the Incredibles"
by Leung Ting

$39.95, English 170 pages, Hardback

Written 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

Kung Fu HistoryKK007 Kung Fu: History, Philosophy and Technique
David Chow and Richard Spangler

$ 14.95 Plum price
12.95, 225 pages,

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.

Dim Muk Poison Hand

KD005 DIM MAK (Dian Hsueh):
Pressure Point Kung Fu
Compiled and Edited by Douglas H. Y. Hsieh

$10.95, 54 pages. Illustrated , Printed in Taiwan.

Dim 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.

Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals

KC018 Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals
A Historical Survey
by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo
see a list of original sources from this book available through PLUM

Plum price 18.95, 310 pages, softbound, photographs and illustration

"MING 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."

Chinese 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.




Some Excellent Reprint Chinese Editions of Famous
Books Listed in "Chinese Training Manuals"

Sun Lu Tang's works on what he termed "Internal Styles"

Jiang Rong Jiao on Xing Yi Mother Son Boxing

Jin Yi Ming His box on Tan Tui for young people, great illustrations.

Li Xian Wu This early "WU" style Tai Chi book is a find.

Xu Yi Quan A Kung Fu hand form of the Muslim style, 1936.

Yan De Hua Wonderful drawings on this early BaGua text.

Liu Jin Sheng One of the first police grappling manuals, Chin Nah.

Shanghai City Police Great old restraints methods with a rope.

Huang Bao Ting A 1934 text showing form and usage- Graceful Fist.

Yin Yu Zhang A 1932 of Yin Fu's son showing special hacking knife.

Tong Zhong Yi A major book on the Chinese wrestling method (shuai Jiao) from 1935.

Yang Kui Yuan A 1929 compendium of the joys of studying Wushu.

Sun Xi Kun One of the most famous early BaGua books.

Ren Zhi Cheng & Gao Zhi Kai The famous "other" BaGua style!

Tang Ji Ren From the EMei Mountains, a family style...

Lum Sai Wing One of the most famous of forms, and some of the best illustrations of the period...The Tiger and the Crane.

Li Cun Yi Xing Yi expert, Boxer rebel, body guard...

Chang Nai Zhou The true inspiration for the Tai Chi Classics, we think it might be so...

Wan Lai Sheng A famous champion and early writer on martial arts shows their common basis ...