(Shuai Jiao)

•Chinese Wrestling Methods (Cartmell translation)
•Chinese Wrestling Methods (Brinkman translation)
•Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao
•Ch'ang style T'ai Chi  and Shuai Chiao

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Xing Yi Boxing ManualKT057  Taiji, Xing Yi and BaguaQuan by Way of Our Modern Masters   
Mark Small
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.

Chinese Wrestling Shuai Jiao by Tng Zhong Yi translated by CartmellKM007 The Method of Chinese Wrestling
by Tong Zhong yi translated by Tim Cartmell
Softbound, 229 pages, illustrated, $17.95


This is another translation of Tong Zhong yi's book on Chinese Wrestling (Shuai Jiao). (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, etc.)

Chinese Wrestling Shuai Jiao by Dong KC027 Chinese Wrestling Methods
of Grappling and Throwing
by Dong Zhong Yi
Oversized, 215 pages, soft bound , illustrated, $39.95



"Here 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
• implement practice
• throwing techniques
• commentary on falling
• an explanation of traditional Shuai Jiao wrestling jackets.

This 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 methods..."

Chinese Wrestling Shuai Jiao by Weng

KF003 Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao
The Ancient Chinese Fighting Art
by Chi Hsu Daniel Weng, Ph.D.
Oversized, 82 pages, soft bound , illustrated, $24.95



Definitely 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.

Shuai 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.

Chinese Wrestling Shuai Jiao and Tai Chi by Weng

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,


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.

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