Kung Fu assorted styles
Here are styles which have little representation in the English language. Don't let that fool you. Some of these, such as Mei Hua and Mi Zong (Lost Track) are almost as popular in China as Shaolin and just as instrumental in China's history.
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KG005 A Guide to Chinese Martial Arts
by Li TianJi & Du XiLian
pages, softbound, illustrations, color photographs in frontpiece,
Foreign Languages Press 1991 , first editions while they last
This is an all-around text on the general aspects of Kung Fu. Written in 1991 it was ne of the first approved books from the mainland. It contains a number of sets to give you a general "taste" of the arts at the period including 24 Move Long FistLianHuan Chang Quan, Simplified Taijiquan and Shaolin TianGong Quan. It has nice historical vignettes and pithy but informative introductory remarks. Here's an example:
"It was a tradition that every feat should have a dance performance which, by the Han time, would often take the form of a sword dance. The most famous one was the sword dance performed at the fest at the Seam Goose Gate. The feast took place after the collpse of the Qin Dynasty, during the struggle for spermacy between the forces of Chu, led by Xiang Yu, and the forces of Han, led by Liu Bang. The story says the Liu Bang was invited to a feast at the Swan Goose Gate by Xiang Yu . Xiang Yu's supporter, Xiang Zhuang, performed a sword dance with the intent of "accidentally" killing Liu during his performance. But, a man named Fan Kuai joined the dance to protect Liu (which he succeeded in doing by neutralizing every one of Xiang Zhuang's moves)."
KE013 Essentials of Chinese Wushu
by China Sports Editorial Board headed by Wu Bin
pages, softbound, photographs, Foreign Languages Press 1992
Edited by the well known Wushu teacher Wu Bin this is one of the first surveys of Wushu translated into English. It has some nice introductory remarks on concepts, characteristics, functions like moral cultivation, historical influences like war, and its cultural mixtures. Then it gives a breakdown of aspects like solo practice, basics, group practice, sparring, etc. The bulk of the book categorizes and describes many styles such as Tong Bei, Chuo Jiao, PiGua, LiuHeQuan, and many more. All this is followed by a long section on weapons, and this by a chapter on tournaments and competition rules
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FIST RUBBING BRIDGE -
Lung Ying Mor Kiu
by Chow Fook &
C S Tang
Chinese / English, 255
This is a rare book on the Southern Style
of Dragon Style Fist. Some of this is in ENGLISH, most notably the instructions accompanying the form, and an
incomplete introduction to Chow Fook. Among other sections those
in Chinese cover: lineage, history
of the Dragon Style, Key points and characteristics of the style,
Details of the form Lung Ying Mor Kiu and information on the
Founder and Lam Yiu Kwai, famous boxer. The co-author is C S Tang, a noted Bagua practitioner and student of Liu JingRu.
KY004 YanQing or Mi
Zong (Lost Track Kung Fu)
Chen Feng-Qi & Chen You-Liang
is a series of books on LOST TRACK Kung Fu also variously known
as Mi Zong and Yan Qing. Each book contains three forms. Voume One
The Long Fist set here uses angled and wide swing actions more than
Mian Zhang Quan
This Long soft boxing uses "hooking legs" as its foundation
Zhai Kou Zi (Partner set)
"Undoing the Button" is also called NaFaTao (holding way).
There are a lot of Chin Nah moves with special focus on catching
and breaking away
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Qing Jia Zi
Also called "Mother Boxing" this is a member of the NeiGong
(Internal work) branch
Lian Shou Quan
Hand and arm motions are linked together to develop skillful angular
Tao Huan San (Partner set)
This "chain of rings" is a more advanced two-person set
addition each book starts with good introductory information on
the history and origin of this famous system. Mi Zong was developed in Cang
County, the birthplace of such great arts as BaJi. It should be
honored and known as much as the Shaolin Temple for its contributions
to the world of martial arts. Suffice to say YanQing is a huge system
(over 100 sets) with much information in it. It has "married"
into many other clans and stills commands respect in the martial
world after centuries of existence. We consider the over all form
here pretty good - maybe slightly "contemporary" - but
strong and very clear. His teacher also demonstrates and participates
in the well-constructed two person forms.
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KF002 Mei Hua Style Kung Fu (Plum Blossom Fist)
$15.95 209 pages, softbound
Printed in Hong Kong this neat little book is EN FACE, that
is, both Chinese and English versions are represented. Not
only a nice set with clear illustrations but a good book
for those wanting to improve their martial translation skills.
"Ganzhi Meihuazhuang (Plum Blossom Pile Boxing) is
one of Chian's ancient boxing schools. It had its own unique
style and attack-defence art. According to senior wushu
masters, previously Meihuazhuang was practiced on stumps.
In line with routines, several hundred stumps, each for
one step, were planted on a rectangular ground. Stumps were
heightened as practitioners improved their skills."
among Chinese MUSLIMS
by China Sports Editorial Board
pages, softbound, illustrated
is probably the first book translated into English on the
Jiao Men (Cha) group of Kung Fu branches. The books starts
with a short introduction to the history of Muslim versions
of Kung Fu. Next is a section on Wang ZiPing then on Zhang
WenGuang. This is followed by three sets and an exercise
section illustrated. The first, simply titled Zha (Cha)
boxing is in reality a version of Road #4. The next is a
10 road Tan Tui (Spring leg). Third follows a 20 exercise
section developed by Wang ZiPing himself. Finally there
ZhanQuan of "Boxing for the Brave" which is composed
of kicks, strikes and grabs and has some simple applications
thrown in for good measure.