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The 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.

The 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.

Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang - By Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller. Probably the best English book on the subject.

Pa-Kua : Eight-Trigram Boxing - One of the top books on the subject by Robert W. Smith.

Baguazhang (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.

Baguazhang - 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 form.

Xing 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 technical reference.

Hsing Yi Chuan Theory and Applications - By Shou-Yu Liang with translations from the masters.

Untraditional 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.

Hsing-I: 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.

Untraditional Hsing-I - by Erle Montaigue and Robb Whitewood. The third Chinese martial art, While Bagua is circular... Hsing-I is composed of straight lines.

Chinese 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.

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