KT057 Taiji, Xing Yi and BaguaQuan by Way of Our Modern Masters
103 pages, $29.95, oversized
Sifu Mark Small brings the teachings of many instructors together in what might be called a book of comparative principles. Having studied over a forty year period with various instructors such as Chang Tsung-Sheng, “The Butterfly King”; Liang Shou-yu, a Shuai Jiao champion; JouTsung-Hwa, Chen Yun-Ching and Choy Kam Man, he can legitimately claim to know something about his subject.
For instance, here is one important and powerful example: Small shows that the basic fighting posture of all these arts is essentially the same. Further, he demonstrates that this meta-posture can be applied to many throws. He then goes on to enumerate the use of different energies in throwing, including well-known concepts like Warding, Pressing and Plucking. He also offers us a wealth of comparisons between the arts and the styles uncovering key principles used by the various methods. There are so many ideas tucked away in the middle of paragraphs and side notes that the reader will have to be attentive to break them out to apply them. This is a good text for intermediate and advanced martial students.
KM007 The Method of Chinese Wrestling
by Tong Zhong yi translated by Tim Cartmell
229 pages, illustrated, $17.95
is another translation of Tong Zhong yi's book on Chinese Wrestling
(See next below). Tim Cartmell is a long time practitioner
with much experience, strong opinions and a definite fighting
oriented approach. He has made contributions with, among other
things, his Chin Nah videos and his translation of Sun Lu
Tang's work. This is a very important text on the fundamentals
of Shuai Jiao (wrestling) with the original text supplied
by our associate company, Lion Books (see a copy of the original
Chinese text). This text shows many wonderful photographs
along with training methods, equipment work and throws illustrated.
The translation is straight and smooth and Cartmell steps
out of the way and lets the text come through. Both Chinese
and English version should sit on the martial collector's
shelf. Topics include:
- Free hand practice:
Chinese wrestling forms
- training with
equipment (including rope, small club and large club)
- Paired Practice
(rules of engagement, throwing methods, competition, uniforms,
of Grappling and Throwing
by Dong Zhong Yi
215 pages, soft bound , illustrated, $39.95
is a new translation, Chinese Wrestling Methods of Grappling
and Throwing. This is both an interesting historic document
and a practical guide to Shuai Jiao training methods. The book
includes a variety of fascinating material including:
empty hand practice
commentary on the historical development of Shuai Jiao
commentary on falling
an explanation of traditional Shuai Jiao wrestling jackets.
publication is over two hundred pages long and has hundreds
of pictures taken in the 1930's in Shanghai of the author Dong
Zhong Yi demonstrating Shuai Jiao practice techniques and training
of Shuai Chiao
The Ancient Chinese Fighting Art
by Chi Hsu Daniel Weng, Ph.D.
82 pages, soft bound , illustrated, $24.95
one of the first books every written in English on the art
of Chinese wrestling "Shuai Chiao." Weng learned
under the "Iron Butterfly" in Taiwan, the famous
and undefeated Chang Tung Sheng. His instruction was basically
centered around collegiate competition (he has won a number
of national competitions). From there he decided ton introduce
Shuai Chiao through the educational system. He was the first
physical education teacher in Taiwan to get a degree with
an emphasis on Shuai Jiao instruction. He has done much to
promote the art which, prior to his appearance in the US,
was basically relegated to mentions in text books. After introducing
the art at collegiate level a text book was needed. This is
his text with notable sections on history, photos of Chang,
introductions by martial arts professionals, and - of course
- illustrations on the throws and training methods of Shuai
Chiao. If you want a complete library of the art, this text
cannot be missed.
Chiao itself is a complete martial art of self defense. Over
2000 years old, it has gone through various names and shapes.
It does contain striking, kicking as well as grappling and
throwing moves. But it generally starts with throwing and
locking actions, the topics on which this book concentrates.
KC002 Ch'ang Style Tai Chi Chuan
Modified Short Form
Daniel Weng Ph.D. ( Weng Chi Hsiu )
Paperback, 176 pages, Spiral Bound, Oversized (letter), Photographs, $27.95
Daniel Weng has done much to promote the art of Chinese Wrestling in the U.S. At college in Taiwan he studied for a time with that most famous Chinese wrestler of the twentieth century, Ch'ang Tung Sheng, often called the Iron Butterfly. In those days a jacket that was not tucked into the belt was the suggestion of someone who would take any challenge. It is not recorded that Master Ch'ang ever tucked in his jacket during his lifetime. When last in Taiwan we had the honor of meeting the present head of the World Shuai Jiao association and the son of Master Chang.
Ch'ang modified a form of Yang Tai Chi into his "Ch'ang"
style set. The movements are similar but the flavor and usage
of the set partakes of Shuai Jiao with many throws and very direct
and severe self defense. This book shows the Shuai Jiao training
postures, the Ch'ang T'ai Chi form and then the applications of
the movements to self defense situations with its unique characteristics.
Our only complaint, some sections of the photos are too small.
This third edition, other than the addition of an add for Mr.
Weng's other works, is pretty much the same as the first edition.
NOTE: There has been a price hike in this new edition where there is a significant format change: spiral bound, larger size, etc.
Let me see more information on Dr. Weng's teacher, the famous Chang Dong Sheng.