Power of Internal Martial Arts: Combat Secrets of BA Gua, Tai
Chi, and Hsing-I
- by Bruce Kumar Frantzis. Excellent reference book replete with
anecdotes and stories. Good as a source of information on general
principles of the internal martial arts... but not necessarily
as a source of specific techniques, takedowns, pressure points,
etcetera... It does contain many insights into the philosophies
behind of Tai Chi, Hsingi, and BA gua.
Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang: The Methods of Lu Shue-Tien As Taught
by Park Bok Nam by Bok Nam Park. This book is about the fundamentals
of Pa Kua (AKA BaGua). It's organized around lessons and a heavy
emphasis on the importance of basic drills, and proper practice,
to teach the body to relax enough so that it can be used to express
this martial art... which is predicated on relaxed application.
of Pa Kua Chang - By Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller. Probably
the best English book on the subject.
: Eight-Trigram Boxing - One of the top books on the subject
by Robert W. Smith.
(Emei Baguazhang: Theory and Applications) - By Shou-Yu Liang
and Wen-Ching Wu. A good solid book on the subject. With translations
from the masters. . Includes translations of Sun Lu Tang's "The
Study of Baguazhang" and "The Real Meaning of Boxing".
Teaches the basic Baguazhang set taught at the Central Kuoshu
Institute at Nanking... a form known as "Old Eight Palms" from
the Fu Chen-Sung lineage. Concentrates on the Shuaijiao (take
down) elements of the form. Includes the "Swimming Dragon" form
and the "Deer Horn Swords" form.
- by Erle Montaigue. First, to instill balance, timing and coordination,
the author introduces the bagua training method of walking the
circle while executing the 64 palm changes. Has photos of each
posture and its practical application. Then presents the fighting
Yi Quan Xue: The Study of Form-Mind Boxing - by Sun Lu Tang.
This is the first English language edition of Sun Lu Tang's 1915
classic on xing yi (hsing yi). In addition to the original text
and photographs by Sun Lu Tang, a complete biography and additional
photos of Master Sun have been added. It has good explanations
of terms, postures, philosophies and history (including the life
of Sun Lu Tang). If you are looking for a book on Xing Yi... take
a look at Robert W. Smith's Hsing-I:
Chinese Internal Boxing for purposes of learning, a better
Yi Chuan Theory and Applications - By Shou-Yu Liang with translations
from the masters.
Hsing-I - by Erle Montaigue and Robb Whitewood. Pragmatic
application Hsing-I with an emphsis on the physics and physiology
of its application. The
third Chinese martial art, While Bagua is circular... Hsing-I
is composed of straight lines. Robb Whitewood is head hsing-i
instructor for Erle Montaigue's World Taiji Boxing Association.
Chinese Internal Boxing - by Robert W. Smith and Allan Pittman.
It's a simple, stolid introduction to Hsing-I from a well know
western practitioner. After a short history and general guidelines
it goes straight to a complete forms section including 5 Elements
and 12 Animals sets. The Hsing-I illustrated in this book is the
one that comes from master Chen Panling.
Hsing-I - by Erle Montaigue and Robb Whitewood. The third
Chinese martial art, While Bagua is circular... Hsing-I is composed
of straight lines.
Fast Wrestling for Fighting: The Art of San Shou Kuai Jiao
- by Shou-Yu Liang. Shou-Yu Liang is one of China's top wrestling
champions. He uses 460 detailed photos to show 5 throws, takedowns
and ground fighting maneuvers against punches, kicks, and grabs.
Includes San Shou Kuai Jiao theories and principles as well as
demonstrating basic training such as stances, footwork, and strength
training. San Shou Kuai Jiao throws are not just your garden variety
of throws. They tend to compromise your opponent by tying him
up, (to prevent him from breaking his fall) before hitting him
with the ground. The techniques are inherently dangerous... bad
for practice... good for combat.