Self Defense/Combat

Various methods and approaches to self defense are shown below. None claim to be complete but many may compliment your training and development. May of our DVDs and Books have applications but, as in the case of Leo Fong's books, each of the texts here goes right to the issue of practical, no-nonsense self defense and fighting technique.


Essential Anatomy for Martial ArtistsKK008 Knockout Punching: Theory and Practice
by Leo Fong
79  pages, softbound, published 1984 by Koinonia


This is a well structured examination and study of just what it means: the art of the one punch knockout. Fong sees the punch as having five major points. With that he goes into subjects like Accuracy, appropriate training methods, the Center Line, Awareness training, Timing, Penetration, the Power Line, the Gliding Step, Speed and Velocity, Relaxed Focus, and training methods covering the Heavy Bag, Shadow boxing and more. A nice in-depth study: the pictures are a little rough, they’ve been through many additions, but the ideas as solid and clear.

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Essential Anatomy for Martial ArtistsKH011 Hit Without Getting Hit
By Leo Fong
57 pages, softbound, published 1990 by Action Communications, Inc.


This book concentrates on the goals of the title. It takes a nicely segmented approach focusing on topics such as Attitude, Footwork, On Guard Stance, Hit-Duck and Hit, Hit-Slap and Hit, Hit-Jam and Hit, Hit-Side Step and Hit, Hit-Move and Hit, and Sparring. The photos, though hazy, are large and give enough information to show the applications.

Essential Anatomy for Martial ArtistsKW037 Wei Kuen Do: The Psychodynamic Art of Free Fighting
By Leo Fong
144 pages, softbound, published 1976/99 by Koinonia


This book is probably Leo Fong’s major piece. He takes on the total concept of natural fighting. The book starts with Footwork then goes on to Punches, Elbows strikes, training methods, kicking, grappling, putting everything together, light bag work, conditioning drills, concentration, meditation, defense combos, offense combos, emotional stage, rules of WKD. Photos a bit blurred, but text right to the point. Leo Fong was one of the first publishers and writers to create practical self defense books regardless of style or lineage. And enthusiastic martial arts he created one of the first independent martial publishing companies and his books are still pivotal contributions to martial reality.

Essential Anatomy for Martial ArtistsKE009 Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts
Marc Tedeschi
$29.95, 143 pages, Oversized

This unique book will familiarize practitioners and martial artists with basic concepts of the human body, as defined by both Western and Eastern Medical traditions. Written in a clear, concise style, this beautiful and informative text presents information previously unavailable in a single source.

  • Over 133 line drawings and 60 photos in color and B/W
  • Twenty essential self-massage and revival techniques
  • Detailed principles of pressure point fighting
  • Comprehensive listing of pressure points in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean along with translations of the nam

    This is a long-overdue text that is very nicely and clearly illustrated and perfect resource for martial artists interested in point location from both a healing and martial perspective. We would show you a picture of the inside but all it is is a series of extremely comprehensive lists of point correspondences. Definitely a good reference volume.
Hung Gar Self Defense

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KH005 Hung Gar Pugilism Self Defense
by Ho Lap Tin
$28.00, 180 pages, softbound, photographs


The Hung system has many "humble" weapons and methods dealing with ordinary or common things such as the bench. This is an interesting book, in both Chinese and English, on such weapons. It contains a "Dragon and Tiger Umbrella Form" of 69 movements. Also there is a written section in the back derived from Hung known as the 8 Healthy Body Methods which is a description of Kung Fu exercises for any age. In the front section which demonstrates self defense the teacher uses the following: empty hands, bench, umbrella, Chinese Iron Fan and walking stick, all as examples of the basic concepts of Kung Fu self defense.

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.













Leo Fong was born in Canton (November 23, 1928) then moved to the United States at five years of age. His interest in combat began in Widener, Arkansas after a fight with a bully. His first training was in boxing after he had read Barney Ross’s “Fundamentals of Boxing.” Once he started boxing he won 18 of his 25 fights. He started to research and practice knockout punching right there. This brought him to his first actual one punch knockout and then some collegiate matches. He has been awarded ranks in Judo, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Chinese Goju, Renbukai Karate, Escriima, Kickboxing, Arnis, Taekwondo. He trained Jeet Kune Do under Bruce Lee and Wing Chun with James Lee. He also studied Choy Lai Fut under Low Bun, Tai Boxing under Fong Yeh, Southern Shaolin under Y. T. Wong, Modern Arnis under Remy Presas and Escrima under Angel Cabales. Fong has a BA in physical education, a MA in theology and a degree in social work. He is also a film maker, actor and director. Some films include Murder in the Orient with the great fighter Ron Marchini, Bamboo Trap with Ron van Clief, Transformed with Tadashi Yamashita and Fred Williamson ( a film he wrote, directed, composed the music for and produced).