First, be advised that all of these VCD's are IN CHINESE ONLY . In our opinion that doesn't matter much because the instruction is clear and the quality of photography very good. But we will not accept returns just because people didn't read... IN CHINESE ONLY . Given that, these are really tremendous deals for the money. Each of these special VCD's can be played on a computer for full enjoyment. Made for PC's they are also Mac compatible by downloading Quicktime (for free) and any similar VCD player program. Also playable on most DVD players. For less than $10.00? Wow!

MEI HUA "Plum Blossom" BOXING

We have practiced the Mei Hua style throughout the years with pleasure and appreciation. It is a beautiful and profound fist with many techniques and also wide "marriages" in the arts. Thus it has combined with numerous other styles. Mei Hua has an interesting history and technique.

VCD#1252 12 San Shou Hands & Survey
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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There are certainly more than 12 techniques here but they are based on strong Mei Hua foundations with a specified number of basic or "embryo" techniques. Yuan Guo Juan shows all the strategies and angles of Plum Blossom's counters. There are some standard grappling techniques such as wrist binds. There are also some combat oriented movements from "casual" positions such as hands folded in front. Yuan's movements are simple and efficient. The last part of the VCD is a survey of Mei Hua sets not necessarily on the other disks such as Green Dragon Sword and Mei Hua Spear. The Swallow set shown is particularly interesting with Lost Track of BaGua like changes of directions and the Swallows typical rising power.

VCD#1253 5 Tigers Capture the Sheep
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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We are familiar with a number of staff forms all called by this same famous phrase which signifies a fierce and combative series of movements generally of a intermediate or higher level of stick work. This example is no different showing a form with many whirling actions, flexible footwork and numerous hand changes including switching form the right to the left. Teacher Yuan then shows many applications all of which are grounded in correct and strong staff usage, a very rare thing to see. For those who know, there are few "clacks" here.

VCD#1254 Penetrating Forest Palm
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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A subtle and complex form. The Mei Hua branch represented here combines very fluid footwork with sophisticated and often symmetrical movements many of which are classic Plum Blossom such as rolling back hand. There is a interwoven series of movements with coiling arms, short crisp actions and extreme changes of angle. Most of the movements are shown as applications by Shihfu Yuan who is an able fighter with good, strong technique. Mei Hua's special emphasis is on "Open" and "Close" also known as Fen and He or Kai and Guan.

VCD#1255 8 Direction Boxing
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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BA FANG QUAN. This Plum Blossom fist form moves, as the name implies to the eight directions. The arm motions are mixed with many coiling actions followed by explosive short movements, often as concentrated as finger strikes. The Mei Hua fist always shows distinct and complex footwork. In this form there are a number of crossing and running sequences, common to the style. Applications are shown with good, solid usage. None of the forms in this series are "beginners" sets.

VCD#1256 Plum Blossom Boxing
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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MEI HUA CHUAN. As one might expect from a form that takes the name of the entire system, this is a "master form" with sophisticated and complex movements. Many moves, much stepping and footwork. Also, Yuan is a good and casual kicker and there are some high and difficult kicking techniques. Movements in the form are shown correlated to their applications. Arms coil, the characteristic "rolling backhands" are used extensively as are jumping moves with fan hands, cross and opening punches and other Plum Blossom signature movements. The theory of the style entails the use of "folding and flowering" and there are many actions with the whole body or hemispheres opening and closing.