This book by Leung Shum (Shum is his surname) is a great introduction to the ideas, principles, and forms of eSolid Introduction to Eagle Claw Kung Fu
This book by Leung Shum (Shum is his surname) is a great introduction to the ideas, principles, and forms of eagle claw kung fu (yingzhaofanziquan). Shum talks about the history of the style, before he explains basic methods of training like hand techniques, kicks, and stances, as well as a quick look at the variety of weapons trained in the system. A basic 2-person form is shown as well, which is very nice, as it clearly demonstrates the principles and strategy of the eagle claw system (for example, claw-grab and strike). Finally, Shum gives readers a treat by explaining the first 30 of the famous 108 joint locks of eagle claw. The book is illustrated with high-quality black and white photographs, making it very easy to understand. I also personally enjoyed Shum's anecdotes, including experiences seeing very strange, but amazing, performances as a child in Hong Kong! A great book, especially valuable with the dearth of good books about eagle claw! I do wish that Chinese characters for movements were included in the book - and some more of the 108 joint locks, or perhaps a basic one-person form would have been nice!...more
Detailed explanations of the xingyi health exercises
This very popular book is the only in English that covers Wang Jiwu's version of the xingyi neigonDetailed explanations of the xingyi health exercises
This very popular book is the only in English that covers Wang Jiwu's version of the xingyi neigong, a set of calisthenic exercises that are practiced mainly for health and longevity, and as such, an important part of anyone's xingyiquan library. Although detailed explanations and photographs are the primary material of this book, it also contains explanations for and excerpts from the xingyiquan quanpu (classics), Wang Jiwu's methods of practicing santi standing, and a short (somewhat hard to understand) section on xingyiquan's five phases long spear methods. Additionally, there is also an interesting history section featuring biographies of many famous xingyiquan masters, with a focus on the lineage of Wang Jiwu.
This book makes a great companion tome for Sun Lutang's The Study of Xingyiquan, as each book covers very different material - with both, one can have a fairly complete xingyiquan curriculum to study (most of the main barehand sets, a health and longevity set)....more
Unlike much of the new literature concerning baguazhang, this old (but now rather hard-to-find) gem is a translaClear explanations of the old classics
Unlike much of the new literature concerning baguazhang, this old (but now rather hard-to-find) gem is a translation of the old classics as handed down from Dong Haichuan, and not at all addled by the various imaginings of 20th-century authors. Not only are the 36 songs and 48 methods translated in English for you, but Li Ziming's explanations and notes regarding the same are included as well. Finally, the core technical repertoire of baguazhang in the old eight palms are described as well, with photographs of Li Ziming's disciples Zhao Dayuan to replace the original line drawings.
Although the text can be a bit stuffy sometimes due to its origin as classical Chinese, it sure is nice to be able to read this in English!...more
A fascinating journey into the so-called internal martial arts
Although not exactly a manual to learn internal martial arts, this book sure can pique aA fascinating journey into the so-called internal martial arts
Although not exactly a manual to learn internal martial arts, this book sure can pique a reader's interest! Much like a collection of anecdotes (which I love), thoughts, and insights, it is a great introduction to the martial arts of xingyiquan, taijiquan, and baguazhang, as seen through the author's eyes. The author talks of his many varied experiences and of many exceptional people that he met or learned from, making this book quite a fun read. Although practitioners won't find many specific techniques or training methods in this book, it is a good way to get people excited about the internal arts!
Note that there are two versions of this book; the newest one includes some additional material....more
This well-done translation of the classic work by Sun Lutang (famous master of xingyiquan, baguazhang, and taijiquTranslation of a classic, plus more!
This well-done translation of the classic work by Sun Lutang (famous master of xingyiquan, baguazhang, and taijiquan) is very valuable even today as a solid textbook for the xingyiquan art. The work includes explanations for basic training, single techniques, forms, and two-person forms. Besides, the book also includes a detailed biography of Sun Lutang, as well as an interview with his daughter, Sun Jianyun.
Definitely a worthy reference for any xingyiquan practitioner!...more