Author Archives: Paul Brennan

CHEN WEIMING’S ADDITIONAL TAIJI PHOTOS

– 附圖 ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FOR THE TAIJI BOXING SOLO SET 陳微明 by Chen Weiming [1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2020] – 附圖說明 ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS 余著太極拳術一書用楊澄甫先生攝影圖式缺者余為補之共五十圖閱者尚嫌圖少余去歲赴粤應中山大學之聘請有梁生勁予者欲余攝太極全圖凡轉動之處可攝者均攝出無遺共一百十八式較原圖增多六十八式今將此圖製成銅版付印附於書內閱者參觀附圖更為明瞭惟複式太多未能重印特編為詳細目錄連重複者共二百六十一式按目索圖亦不費力余新攝之圖與楊澄甫先生在杭州所攝之圖比較觀之姿式規矩尚未差異是可告于閱者 太極起式假定面向正南轉右則為正西轉左則為正東轉後則為正北或正或隅均以起式向南而推之此圖從首至終均照一定之方向閱者觀圖卽可知其向何方也 凡轉動之處雖未能停止然以便閱者明其轉動之方向形式故于轉動之處亦攝一圖或二圖雖不能如電影片之密合亦可以觀得其大槪凡轉動之處必須圓滿不可有凹凸稜角則得之矣 When I wrote The Art of Taiji Boxing [1925], I … Continue reading

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CHEN WEIMING’S CONTRIBUTION TO BAGUA

– 八卦掌擒拿圖 BAGUA PALMING & QINNA PHOTOS 陳微明 by Chen Weiming [published by the 致柔拳社 Achieving Softness Boxing Society, April, 1937] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2020] – 孫祿堂先生遺影 Potrait of Sun Lutang – 陳微明先生 Chen Weiming – 八卦掌圖序 INTRODUCTION … Continue reading

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THE TANTUI MANUAL OF MA YONGSHENG

– 彈腿講義 TANTUI EXPLAINED 馬永勝 by Ma Yongsheng [published 1935] [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2020] – 馬永勝先生編 by Ma Yongsheng: 彈腿講義 Tantui Explained 丁超五題 – calligraphy by Ding Chaowu – 著者馬永勝肖影 Portrait of the author, Ma Yongsheng – 江蘇公立工業專門國技組全體攝影 十二年五月 … Continue reading

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TWO-PERSON AVALANCHE STEPS BOXING SET

– 領崩步 UNDERSTANDING THE AVALANCHE STEPS BOXING SET 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅光玉老師授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 演式者:麥華永 戴金城 postures performed by Mai Huayong & Dai Jincheng 攝影者:譚以禮 postures photographed by Tan Yili … Continue reading

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KUNWU SWORD NEIGONG

– 昆吾劍之內功 KUNWU SWORD NEIGONG 姜容樵 by Jiang Rongqiao [published Feb, 1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2020] – 劍學內功小言 A FEW WORDS ABOUT INTERNAL TRAINING FOR LEARNING THE SWORD ART 凡吾人所習之青萍劍。昆吾劍。謂之劍術可。謂之劍學亦可。然而皆外功也。是不可不以內功輔之。必內外兼修。而後劍學乃得以互相調劑。而益臻完美。以上二十七動作。有明亮於眼者。有開通耳竅者。有養氣助肺呼吸者。有益於五臟六腑及腦髓者。要皆內功之要旨。入學之階梯也。九式為劍學之基礎。亦即內功之進階。總之。於手足腰腿各部。有百益而無一害。學者循序以進。自有佳境。勿待編者喋喋也。 We can consider the practice of Qingping Sword … Continue reading

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YANG STYLE TAIJI SWORD ACCORDING TO SHI DIAOMEI

– 太極劍譜圖說 A TAIJI SWORD HANDBOOK 施調梅 by Shi Diaomei [published by 華新印書館有限公司 Huaxin Publishing Company of Taiwan, June, 1959] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2020] – 一 總說 PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 劍術:為吾國最古之技擊,法簡而奧妙無窮,初學必先依㝎式練習,以訓練其心眼身手步五到合一,為主要之基本工夫,依式練習至於純熟,然後再言用劍,依㝎式練習,是名舞劍,能舞不能用,不足以言技,知用不能舞,亦不能名技。 凡技擊,必以拳術為基礎,拳有各派,劍亦分各派,故太極劍,自必以太極拳為基礎,而身手步法,方能中式,蓋使劍亦如使拳,不外意氣為君,故舞劍之要,非身使劍,以意運劍,意先身後,是為入門要訣。 然後以閃展騰拿,腕活臂靈之手法,輕靈矯捷之步法,懸頂含胸,沉肩鬆腰之身法,綜之以氣沉神凝,完整而貫串,習之既久,身與劍合,劍與神合矣。 劍法亦有十三勢,即抽,帶,提,格,擊,刺,點,掤,劈,截,攪,壓,沉,是也,故又稱太極十三劍。 The sword art is our … Continue reading

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THE BADUANJIN MANUAL OF JIN TISHENG

– 真本岳飛八段錦 AN AUTHENTIC DEPICTION OF YUE FEI’S BADUANJIN 金倜盦 by Jin Ti’an [Tisheng] [published Sep, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2020] – 強身不死之道 “Here is a method of strengthening the body to prevent death.” 岳飛 – Yue Fei … Continue reading

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THE YIJINJING MANUAL OF JIN TISHENG

– 真本達摩易筋經 AN AUTHENTIC DEPICTION OF DAMO’S YIJINJING 金倜盦 by Jin Ti’an [Tisheng] [published Sep, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2020] – 序 PREFACE 易筋經為少林武術祖師達摩禪所傳授。分內外二經。內經主柔。以靜坐運氣為事。非少林正宗弟子。不得其傳。且擅此者。亦不肯輕易授人。守少林戒也。後之練武者。欲自眩耀。往往皆以十二段錦之法代之。以其段數相同。法則相類也。其實十二段錦自十二段錦。易筋經自易筋經。兩經可互證而不可相混者也。至于外經。則主剛。以强筋練力為事。其法遍傳于世。惟眞本亦殊不多遘。坊間俗本。所載各段。節數雖相同。其法實大有出入。欲覓完善之本。不可得也。大抵此法盛行于北方。茲編各法。乃得之於山西藥商鄒仲達君之秘授。據云為少林山陝支流之眞傳。較尋常坊本為勝也。其法偏重于上肢。實為練力運氣。舒展筋脉之妙法。每日依法勤行四五次。百日之後。則食量增加。筋骨舒暢。百病不生。至一二年後。則非但身體强健。精神飽滿。且兩臂之力。可舉千斤。卽為平素孱弱多病。力不足以縛雛者。練習一二年。亦可以一掃其孱弱。兩臂增數百斤之力。至若年老之人。精氣已衰。勤習此法。雖不足以返老還童。亦足以延年却病。江右老人稱明志。年已八旬。精神猶如壯年。日徒步三十里不為苦。嘗為余曰。予氣體素弱。中年多病。從友人之言。勤習易筋經後。不久卽康健。四十年中。從未為病魔所擾。今猶能强健步者。謂非易筋經之功乎。觀乎老人之言。則此法之效力。可以知之矣。茲將其法繪圖列說。印行于世。以公同好。且為坊間俗本。一正其訛也。倜庵識。 The art of Yijinjing [“Sinew Changing Classic”] was passed down from the Zen master … Continue reading

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LI JIANQIU’S ADDITIONS

– 形意拳術之基本五行拳 / 進退連環拳 XINGYI BOXING’S FIVE ELEMENTS TECHNIQUES / CONTINUOUS BOXING [expanded versions of Chapters Three & Four of 形意拳術 The Art of Xingyi Boxing (1919)] 李劍秋 by Li Jianqiu [published within the 2nd edition of The Art of … Continue reading

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HERO BOXING

– 雄拳折法 SELECTED TECHNIQUES OF HERO BOXING 高興方 by Gao Xingfang [This little book is clearly being described in an 1829 entry in the Canton Register, and so it was obviously made no later than that. Until further information arises … Continue reading

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AVALANCHE STEPS BOXING SET (BENG BU QUAN)

– 重訂崩步拳 AVALANCHE STEPS BOXING SET (REVISED) 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授及遺照示範 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong (and featuring photos of him demonstrating the set) [published 1955] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2020] … Continue reading

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THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 10th ANNIVERSARY BOOK

– 精武本紀 THE ANNALS OF JINGWU 精武體育會 by the Jingwu Athletic Association [published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – The title calligraphy on the front cover is by 陳公哲 Chen Gongzhe: The drawing below it is by … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION

– 文苑 雜俎 題贈 頌祝 表 FOR THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION: CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FAMOUS WRITERS, A MIX OF OFFERINGS, GIFTS OF CALLIGRAPHY, CONGRATULATORY POETRY, LISTS OF PEOPLE [Parts Seven–Eleven of 精武本紀 The Annals of Jingwu, published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – … Continue reading

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EXPANDING THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION

– 外篇 OPENING DISTANT JINGWU BRANCHES [Part Twelve of 精武本紀 The Annals of Jingwu, published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – 外篇 [PART TWELVE] OPENING DISTANT BRANCHES – ☉前南潯分會紀 邱亮 [1] THE OPENING OF THE NANXUN BRANCH by … Continue reading

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CONSTITUTION OF THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION

– 課卷彙刊 補編 EXTRA JINGWU COMPOSITIONS, SUPPLEMENTARY TEXTS [including the Jingwu Constitution and the details of the Jingwu Movie] [Appendices to 精武本紀 The Annals of Jingwu, published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – 課卷彙刊 [APPENDIX ONE] A COLLECTION … Continue reading

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MARTIAL ARTS OF THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION

– 技擊 JINGWU MARTIAL ARTS [Part Three of 精武本紀 The Annals of Jingwu, published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – 技擊 [PART THREE] OUR MARTIAL ARTS – ☉運動會紀 陳鐵生 OUR ATHLETIC MEETS by Chen Tiesheng [THE 1st GRADUATION … Continue reading

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OF THE JINGWU ASSOCIATION

– 兵操 文事 游藝 JINGWU ARMY DRILL, LITERARY STUDIES, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES [Parts Four–Six of 精武本紀 The Annals Of Jingwu, published Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – 兵操 [PART FOUR] ARMY DRILL – ☉精武兵式操紀略 鄭灼辰 A BRIEF RECORD OF THE JINGWU … Continue reading

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CROSS-SHAPED FIGHT (SHIZI ZHAN)

– 十字戰 CROSS-SHAPED FIGHT 陳鐵生 趙連和 by Chen Tiesheng & Zhao Lianhe [published within Part Three of 精武本紀 The Annals Of Jingwu, Dec, 1919] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2019] – ☉武術 AN EXAMPLE OF OUR MARTIAL ARTS: ▲十字戰 陳鐵生 演武者趙連和 Cross-Shaped Fight … Continue reading

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PLUM BLOSSOM HANDS

– 梅花手拳 PLUM BLOSSOM HANDS 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:黃翔 text proofread by Huang Xiang [published 35th year of the cycle, 9th … Continue reading

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PLUM BLOSSOM FISTS

– 梅花拳 PLUM BLOSSOM FISTS 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 校對者:黃子英 text proofread by Huang Ziying [published 1957] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2019] – 楳華拳 Plum Blossom Fists 何重署 – calligraphy by He Zhongshu – 梅花拳形勢图 … Continue reading

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PLUM BLOSSOMS FALLING

– 梅花落拳 PLUM BLOSSOMS FALLING 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:戴金城 text proofread by Dai Jincheng [published 35th year of the cycle, 6th … Continue reading

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHEN STYLE TAIJI

– 太極拳學入門總解 GENERAL EXPLANATIONS OF TAIJI BOXING FUNDAMENTALS 陳績甫 by Chen Jifu [Zhaopi] [1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2019] – 弁言 PREFACE 比年國術振興,拳學崛奇;競相授受,所至風靡;强國之基,茲或先兆。惟學者須取法上乘,專一簡練,期有心得,崇之力行方可。納於小,以健氣體,用諸大,而資抗禦。否則選擇不愼,誤入岐途:或激於過剛,摧及筋骨;或流於太柔,莫益身驅;是皆昧於學拳之道也。考吾國拳術,有少林,達摩,八卦,行意,大紅,小紅,等名稱;門類繁多,純駁不一,求其能合陰陽變化之理,動靜闔闢之妙,剛柔互濟,虛實錯綜,渾然一圓,而發自號極,瞬焉萬變,而莫窮其極者,當推太極拳;為國術唯一正宗。惜今之精斯拳者綦罕,雖間有假借斯名,儼樹一幟,不過竊得形似,以偽混眞,誘惑一時,譾學者流耳。河南温縣陳家溝,陳氏嫡傳之太極拳,淵源正宗,代著奇績,一脈纘紹,愈研愈進;此為當世留心國術者,所槪知。其嗣有陳君復生績甫者:早負大小阮拳擘並齊之目,客歲諸友延之來平,宣揚國術,各界人士,往學爭先,凡受其教者,因材力高下,時期長短,雖參差未齊,要已頗能約略有所會悟,窺得一體,而眞正之拳學上乘,至斯始見。績甫為便初學,手編太極拳學入門總解一册,內分七十四節,逐一說明,姿勢及動作,定規氣行竅穴。余閱之,喜其簡明,有裨學者爰弁數語。聊為導言。至於詳細講解此拳眞締,另有專編待刋,他日出而共世,則拳學針航,胥於是在,企余望之。 中華民國十九年八月古温敬莊李慶臨識於津門 In recent years, Chinese martial arts have been getting vigorously promoted and boxing studies are … Continue reading

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QI JIGUANG’S BOXING CLASSIC

– 拳經捷要 THE BOXING CLASSIC (KEYS TO NIMBLENESS) (紀效新書卷十四) (Chapter 14 of New Book of Effective Methods) 戚繼光 by Qi Jiguang [1560] [translation by Paul Brennan, Aug, 2019] – 此藝不甚預於兵能有餘力則亦武門所當習但衆之不能强者亦聽其所便耳於是以此為諸篇之末茅十四 拳法似無預於大戰之技然活動手足慣勤肢體此為初學入藝之門也故存於後以備一家學拳要身法活便手法便利脚法輕固進退得宜腿可飛騰而其妙也顛起倒挿而其猛也披劈橫拳而其快也活捉朝天而其柔也知當斜閃故擇其拳之善者三十二勢勢勢相承遇敵制勝變化無窮微妙莫測窈焉㝠焉人不得而窺者謂之神俗云拳打不知是迅雷不及掩耳所謂不招不架只是一下犯了招架就有十下博記廣學多算而勝古今拳家宋太祖有三十二勢長拳又有六步拳猴拳囮拳名勢各有所稱而實大同小異至今之温家七十二行拳三十六合鎖二十四棄探馬八閃畨十二短此亦善之善者也吕紅八下雖剛未及綿張短打山東李半天之腿鷹爪王之拿千跌張之跌張伯敬之打少林寺之棍與青田棍法相兼楊氏鎗法與巴子拳棍皆今之有名者雖各有所長各傳有上而無下有下而無上就可取勝於人此不過偏於一隅若以各家拳法兼而習之正如常山蛇陣法擊首則尾應擊尾則首應擊其身而首尾相應此謂上下周旋無有不勝大抵拳棍刀鎗𨥁鈀劔㦸弓矢鈎䥥挨牌之類莫不先由拳法活動身手其拳也為武藝之源今繪之以勢註之以訣以啟後學既得藝必試敵切不可以勝負為愧為竒當思何以勝之何以敗之勉而久試怯敵還是藝淺善戰必定藝精古云藝髙人膽大信不誣矣 余在舟山公署得参戎劉草堂打拳所謂犯了招架便是十下之謂也此最妙即棍中之連打 (These skills will not prepare you for battle, … Continue reading

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SMALL-SCALE POSTURES

– 小架式拳 SMALL-SCALE POSTURES BOXING SET 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:黃翔 text proofread by Huang Xiang [published 36th year of the cycle, … Continue reading

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LARGE-SCALE POSTURES

– 大架式拳 LARGE-SCALE POSTURES BOXING SET 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:黃翔 text proofread by Huang Xiang [published 35th year of the cycle, … Continue reading

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SHAOLIN MIZONG LUOHAN

– 少林迷蹤派羅漢拳 SHAOLIN MIZONG LUOHAN BOXING 潘茂容 葉雨亭 by Pan Maorong & Ye Yuting [published by the 健民國醫學院 Strengthen-the-People National Medical School, April 4, 1955] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2019] – 少林迷蹤派羅漢拳 Shaolin Mizong Luohan Boxing 葉雨亭演式 performed by Ye … Continue reading

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A WARTIME GONGLI MANUAL

– 工力拳 GONGLI BOXING SET 紹興縣國術館 by the Shaoxing County Martial Arts Institute [1938] [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2019] – 工力拳 母拳 Gongli Boxing Set and its Basic Elements – 緒言 FOREWORD 處在這個人類互相殘殺的時代,生命的寄生,常在技能的不知不覺之間,人類要求生存,便須集合某一民族的心意,致力於集體的安全,所以要求大我的生存,便須自我出發,自力更生,以適應環境。 東浙具有數千年文化的歷史,文事武備的修明,早有事實的昭示,當此民族存亡生死關頭,國家有遷戌禦邊的權利,人民便應盡服役的義務,吾越自實施社會軍訓以來,大多數國民都已武裝,抱着敵愾同仇的朝氣,誓願效死疆場,執干戈以衞社稷,為民族求生存,可是返觀自從征兵以來,一般國民志願從戎而因體格的不合者甚多,致救國熱誠,有心餘力拙之歎,詎不知這種民族武力汩滅的由來,不是傳統的而是時間的問題,我們看,楚漢戰爭時的項羽,江東八千子弟兵,縱橫海內,所至無敵,充分表示浙東健兒的身手:越王勾踐含垢忍辱,十年生聚教育的結果,卒能沼強吳而霸天下,戚繼光練兵疏中,有:「寇入平原利車戰,在近邊利馬戰,在邊外利步戰,三者迭用,乃可制勝,今邊兵惟習馬耳,未嫻山戰林戰谷戰之道也,惟浙兵能之,願更予臣浙東殺手砲手各三千,再募西北壯士,足馬軍五枝,步軍十枝,專聽臣訓練。」極言浙兵的可用,其鎭守蘇州永平山海時,邊軍不知軍令,迨浙兵三千至,陳郊外,天大雨,自朝至日昃植立不動,邊軍大駭自是始知軍令,於是其兵精堅雄壯,可知東浙國民,本來有勇敢的精神,健全的身體,和紀律的服從,加以正規的訓練,遂可蕩寇滅倭,建保衞民族的功勳。現在強寇依恃着飛機大砲和坦克車,侵佔我土地,殺戳我同胞,刦掠我財產,非至中國亡滅種不止,我們為保衞國家民族而抗戰,已抱定犧牲的精神,大家起來站在最前線作抗日自衞的工作,同時深入敵人的後方,作廣泛的游擊戰,以為積極的抵抗,致敵於死命,在此場合,便須利用自我出發的技能,才能收勇敢堅強的效果,於是而古董式的國術,便為軍事輔助上的重要條件,所以我們對國術的訓練,便有如下的信條: 一、國術訓練,可以加強體力,肩負抗戰鉅任。 二、國術訓練,可以憑自我的技能,靈敏的態姿,以攻擊敵人。 三、國術訓練,可以博取最後五分鐘肉搏時的勝利。 四、國術訓練,可以在自衞的原則下,推廣至保衞國家。 五、國術訓練,可以激發國民尚武的精神,造成抗戰時堅強的壁壘。 … Continue reading

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DODGING HARDNESS

– 躲剛拳 DODGING HARDNESS BOXING SET 黃漢勛 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] [1954] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2019] – 黃漢勛編 By Huang Hanxun: 躱剛拳 Dodging Hardness Boxing Set 韋觀常敬題 – calligraphy by Wei Guanchang – 躱剛拳剞劂告成志慶 Some congratulations for … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO SHI DIAOMEI

– 太極拳譜圖說 A TAIJI BOXING HANDBOOK 施調梅 by Shi Diaomei [published by 華新印書館有限公司 Huaxin Publishing Company of Taiwan, June, 1959] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2019] – 一 總說 PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 或問:子曩言:「太極無法,動即是法,」並引易傳曰:「變動不居,周流六虛,上下無常,剛柔相易,不可為典要,唯變㪽適,」今子又作啚説,舉凡一臂之髙低,一步之大小,身向之正隅,莫不斤斤以繩墨相示,不與前義適相反耶?予曰:不然,無法者,乃不變之義,不變者:太極之「體」也,動者,變也,變者:太極之「用」也,法本無法,故始雖有法而終於無法,「不可為典要」者:不可抱泥於繩墨而不知變也,故曰:「唯變㪽適,」是以手之㪽指,足之㪽蹈,身之㪽向,必先合於繩墨而後繩墨可廢,㪽謂「由著熟而後懂勁,」著―繩墨也,懂勁―則可不拘繩墨矣,故曰:「變動不居,周流六虛,」無往而不從心㪽欲矣,是與前義並不相反而實相成,且太極拳之拳架,以節節貫串,刻刻變化為苐一義,故其動也,曲中求直,如環之無端,泯斷續之跡,其變也,由漸而微,如白雲之為蒼狗,斯須無變化之痕,是安得以繩墨可求耶?故是啚之作乃不得已為初學入門引路之需,閱是啚者,當如視空中飛鳥,水上作畫然,祇可以會於心,而不可泥於跡,則庶幾可得筌蹄之用而無刻舟求劍之誚矣。 然則著如何而能熟耶?曰:在初學,每學一勢,或一名式,必反覆繼續練習,至純熟而後再加一手或一式,如是雖全套名目數十式,亦不難式式皆綿密周到,貫串一氣也,㪽謂日計不足,月計有餘矣,若練完全套,每日兩遍,能使純熟,三遍能增功夫,若每日一遍,僅不忘而已。 至於換氣轉勁工夫:如攬雀尾一式,有掤捋擠按四法之勁,由上掤向前之勁,一換氣而變為下捋向後之勁,再換氣而變為前擠之勁,更換氣而變鬆化下按之勁,一式一勢,一開一合,交接之間,換式換勢,換勢換法,換法換意,由換意而換氣,由換氣而換勁,此種變換之中,內部之意氣運用,與外部之四肢開合,有密切關係,譜云:意氣須換得靈,乃有圓活之趣,又云:勁以曲蓄而有餘等,諸如此類,指示綦詳,學者務照譜中㪽示細心體驗,善自存養增長,但勿有絲毫做作,一切純任自然,則無氣喘身搖之病,迨至功夫漸純,手足日漸輕靈,腰腿日漸柔順,掌心足底日漸盈滿,精神充足,發聲洪亮,耐飢耐寒,耐勞耐久,皆可證驗得之。 專練拳架,是為築基,工夫之深淺,全視築基之是否合乎理法,此乃練體脩己之事也,既得其體,須兼達其用,始成名家,用―運用變化之謂,㪽謂體不離用,用不離體,一切學問藝術,莫不皆然,故練拳外,須兼學推手,更進而練散手,則拳術之能事畢矣,然而欲完成此一大段工夫,非有十年以上之勤習苦練,難望有成,是故學者如牛毛,成名者則代不數人,此無他,蓋堅忍有恆者,實不可多得耳。 Someone once asked me: “A … Continue reading

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ON MAKING MARTIAL ARTS MORE SCIENTIFIC

– 科學化的國術 SCIENTIFIC MARTIAL ARTS 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing [originally published as 應用武術中國新體操 Using Martial Arts to Make China’s New Calisthenics in 1919/1920, (known more commonly as just 中國新體操 China’s New Calisthenics), then published in serialized form in 武術 Martial … Continue reading

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FIFTH SON’S STAFF

– 五郎八卦棍 FIFTH SON’S EIGHT-TRIGRAMS STAFF 黃漢勛 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] [published by 香港鎮成書局 Zhencheng Bookstore of Hong Kong, 1955] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2019] – 國術技擊 黃漢勛著 A book on Chinese martial arts by Huang Hanxun: 五郎八卦棍 Fifth … Continue reading

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THE INSIGHTS OF WU GONGZAO

– 太極拳講義 TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 著作者 吳公藻 by Wu Gongzao 校正者 吳公儀 text proofread by Wu Gongyi [published by the 湖南國術訓練所 Hunan Martial Arts Training Institute, June, 1935] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2018] – 吳公藻編 by Wu Gongzao: 太極拳講義 Taiji Boxing … Continue reading

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YAN QING’S SINGLE SABER

– 燕青單刀 YAN QING’S SINGLE SABER 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅光玉老師授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:譚以禮 postures photographed by Tan Yili 校對者:黃子英 text proofread by Huang Ziying [published 33rd year of the … Continue reading

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LIUHE DOUBLE SABERS

– 六合雙刀 LIUHE DOUBLE SABERS 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅光玉老師授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 演式者:戴金城 postures performed by Dai Jincheng 攝影者:譚以禮 photographed by Tan Yili 校對者:黃子英 text proofread by Huang Ziying [published … Continue reading

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FOUR-SECTION BOXING

– 四式拳圖解 FOUR-SECTION BOXING EXPLAINED 徐士金 by Xu Shijin [published by the 漢口市國術館 Hankou Martial Arts Institute, 1935] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2018] – 徐士金著 by Xu Shijin: 四式拳圖解 Four-Section Boxing Explained 張學良題 – calligraphy by Zhang Xueliang – … Continue reading

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STAFF VERSUS STAFF

– 寫真少林棍法 AN AUTHENTIC DESCRIPTION OF SHAOLIN STAFF METHODS 姜容樵 by Jiang Rongqiao [published Jan, 1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2018] – 少林宗法 Herein lies authentic Shaolin methods. 于右任 – [calligraphy by] Yu Youren – 制梃可撻 “With a stick, … Continue reading

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STAFF VERSUS SPEAR

– 棍進槍 STAFF VERSUS SPEAR 蘭晉如 by Lan Jinru [Chapters 7–10 of An Authentic Description of Shaolin Staff Methods, published Jan, 1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2018] – 第七章 棍進槍 CHAPTER SEVEN [CHAPTERS 7–10]: STAFF VERSUS SPEAR 開門式 第一動作 OPENING POSTURE … Continue reading

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CHARGING PUNCHES

– 插捶 CHARGING PUNCHES BOXING SET 黃漢勛 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] [1954] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2018] – 揷捶 Charging Punches 蔡仲夔题 – calligraphy by Cai Zhongkui – 論揷捶 ABOUT THE CHARGING PUNCHES BOXING SET 崩步躱剛等兩拳已先後刋印成書。多承海內外同道購閲。使漢勛感愧交集。謝同道不以魯鈍而予賜教。愧則未䏻以更善方式闡發螳螂拳藝。以是耿耿於心也。 廼者:承海內外同道促將揷捶拳圖説刋印成册。余經再三与同學研究。僉認仍以仿照躱剛拳之方式為佳。因是而以此為今後再印其他拳書之藍本矣。 揷捶一拳『架式』大且剛手佔全拳之八九。與『四路奔打』為同型之拳。外表似為易練。但能盤『架式』穩定。手歩剛健。發勁雄猛則非認真做工夫者㪽易得到之成就『撲腿』之多。為各拳之冠。『十字腿』之手脚齊一更非膺淺者㪽可純正出之也。苟䏻向此中研練。當知余言不謬矣。 … Continue reading

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NIMBLENESS BOXING (JIE QUAN)

– 捷拳圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR NIMBLENESS BOXING 傅秀山 by Fu Xiushan [1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2018] – 傅秀山編 by Fu Xiushan: 捷拳圖說 A Handbook for Nimbleness Boxing 馬公愚題 – calligraphy by Ma Gongyu – 國術真魂 The true soul … Continue reading

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PLUM BLOSSOM SABER (MEI HUA DAO)

– 梅花刀圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR PLUM BLOSSOM SABER 呂光華 李元智 by Lü Guanghua & Li Yuanzhi [published by 大東書局 Great East Press, Sep, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2018] – 中央國術館编 from the Central Martial Arts Institute: 梅䔢刀圖說 A Handbook … Continue reading

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SUNDIAL SWORD (ZIWU JIAN)

– 子午劍 SUNDIAL SWORD 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 校對者:戴金城 text proofread by Dai Jincheng [published 35th year of the cycle, 3rd month, 20th day (May 8, 1958)] … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO XU ZHIYI

– 太極拳(吳鑑泉式) TAIJI BOXING (WU JIANQUAN STYLE) 徐致一編著 by Xu Zhiyi [published July, 1958] [translation by Paul Brennan, July, 2018] – 目錄 CONTENTS 第一章 太極拳的優點 Chapter One: The Merits of Taiji Boxing 第二章 太極拳在行功時的心理作用 Chapter Two: Psychological Function in the Practice of … Continue reading

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WHITE APE STEALS A PEACH

– 白猿偷桃 WHITE APE STEALS A PEACH 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:黃翔 text proofread by Huang Xiang [published 35th year of the … Continue reading

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WHITE APE LEAVES THE CAVE

– 白猿出洞 WHITE APE LEAVES THE CAVE 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:黃翔 text proofread by Huang Xiang [published 35th year of the … Continue reading

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WUDANG SWORD NOTES

– 武當劍法筆記 NOTES ON THE WUDANG SWORD ART (浙江温嶺胡子謨記) (Recorded by “The Beard” of Wenling, Zhejiang [Yi Fanzhai]) [1939] [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2018] – [This text which began simply as a document for personal reference survives as an … Continue reading

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LARGE SABER TECHNIQUES FOR THE ARMY

– 軍中大刀術 LARGE SABER TECHNIQUES FOR THE ARMY 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅光玉老師授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 演式者:黃漢超 postures performed by Huang Hanchao 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:韋漢生 text proofread by … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF LONG ZIXIANG

– 太極拳學 A STUDY OF TAIJI BOXING 龍子祥 by Long Zixiang [published Jan, 1952] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2018] – 龍子祥先生著 by Long Zixiang: 太極拳學 A Study of Taiji Boxing 謝伯昌題 – calligraphy by Xie Bochang – 龍子祥先生大作太極拳學付梓奉題 in … Continue reading

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EIGHTEEN ELDERS

– 十八叟拳 EIGHTEEN ELDERS BOXING SET 著作者:黄漢勛 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] 繪圖者:鄭祥 攝影者:譚以仁 postures drawn by Zheng Xiang, based on photographs taken by Tan Yiren 出版者:香港精武體育會國術部 published by Hong Kong Jingwu Athletic Association – Martial Arts Department [1954] [translation by … Continue reading

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DRUNKEN LUOHAN

– 醉羅漢拳 DRUNKEN LUOHAN BOXING 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:鄭祥 text proofread by Zheng Xiang [published 36th year of the cycle, 6th … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO TIAN ZHENFENG

– 太極拳講義 TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 田鎮峰 by Tian Zhenfeng [1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2018] – 編者例言 田鎭峯 AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS 一,是書以闡揚國術,溶化門派為主旨,其虛誕之說,盡皆删去,因編時倉卒,未遑校正,疎漏之虞,槪所難免,故定名曰,太極拳講義草本,擬從事審核,再為出版, – The purpose of this book is to promote martial arts and melt away bias between styles. All … Continue reading

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TIGER TAIL THREE-SECTION STAFF

– 虎尾三節棍 TIGER TAIL THREE-SECTION STAFF 順德黃漢勛編述 by Huang Hanxun [Wong Honfan] of Shunde 山東蓬萊羅師光玉授 as taught by Luo Guangyu of Penglai, Shandong 攝影者:黃子英 photographed by Huang Ziying 校對者:韋漢生 text proofread by Wei Hansheng [published 33rd year of the cycle, … Continue reading

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TAIJI WRITINGS FROM THE SHANGHAI YMCA

– 青年會太極拳班週年特刋 THE YMCA TAIJI BOXING CLUB’S ANNIVERSARY BOOK 民國十八年十二月 上海靑年會太極拳班贈 A Present from the Shanghai YMCA Taiji Boxing Club, Dec, 1929 [translation by Paul Brennan, Xmas, 2017] – 青年會太極拳班週年特刋 The YMCA Taiji Boxing Club’s Anniversary Book 姜乾題 – calligraphy by … Continue reading

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WANG HUAIQI ON TWELVE POSTURE YIJINJING

– 易筋經十二勢圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR TWELVE POSTURE YIJINJING 王懷琪 by Wang Huaiqi [published by 商務印書館 Merchant Publishing House, Oct, 1917] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2017] – 編者小影 Portrait of the author – 黃維聰 Huang Weicong 施裕存 姚雲峯 Shi Yucun  Yao Yunfeng … Continue reading

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WANG HUAIQI’S TWENTY-FOUR POSTURE YIJINJING

– 易筋經廿四式圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR TWENTY-FOUR POSTURE YIJINJING 王懷琪 by Wang Huaiqi [published by 商務印書館 Merchant Publishing House, Sep, 1917] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2017] – 編者小影 Portrait of the author – 黃維聰 Huang Weicong 施裕存 姚雲峯 Shi Yucun  Yao Yunfeng … Continue reading

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TEACHINGS OF LI CUNYI ON XINGYI’S FIVE ELEMENTS

– 五行連環拳譜合璧 A COMBINED VOLUME: FIVE ELEMENTS MANUAL / CONTINUOUS BOXING MANUAL 深州李存義口述 Dictated by Li Cunyi of Shenzhou [in Hengshui, Hebei] 廣宗杜之堂編錄 Recorded by Du Zhitang of Guangzong [in Xingtai, Hebei] [circa 1916 (This book has no date on … Continue reading

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CHAQUAN #4

– 國術教範查拳 A MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING MANUAL FOR CHAQUAN 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing 張本源 postures performed by Zhang Benyuan [published by 大東書局 Great East Bookstore, 1929] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2017] – 中央國術館鑒㝎 吴志青編 Authorized by the Central Martial Arts … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO CHEN ZIMING

– 陳氏世傳太極拳術 THE INHERITED CHEN FAMILY TAIJI BOXING ART 著作者 溫縣陳子明 by Chen Ziming 審定者 中央國術館 河南省國術館 authorized by the Central Martial Arts Institute and the Henan Martial Arts Institute 校閱者 沁陽劉丕顯 定興朱國福 proofread by Liu Pixian of Qinyang and Zhu Guofu of Dingxing 發行處 中國武術學會 … Continue reading

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TEN-LINE TANTUI

– 教門彈腿圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR THE MUSLIM ART OF TANTUI 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing [published New Year’s Day, 1922] [translation by Paul Brennan, July, 2017] – 目錄 CONTENTS 序 Preface 例言 Introductory Comments 歌訣 Song 行拳方位圖 Positioning Chart for the … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF WAN LAISHENG

– 湖南國術訓練所 From the Hunan Martial Arts Training Institute’s 武術小叢書之一 “Small Collection of Martial Arts Books” – 原式太極拳圖解 ORIGINAL POSTURES OF TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 萬籟聲編著 by Wan Laisheng [published 1932] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2017] – 萬籟聲先生近影 Portrait of … Continue reading

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SIX-SECTION SHORT BOXING (LIU LU DUAN QUAN)

– 六路短拳圖說 A HANDBOOK FOR SIX-SECTION SHORT BOXING 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing [published by 大東書局 Great East Bookstore, July, 1928] [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2017] – 吳志青先生編 by Wu Zhiqing: 六路短拳圖說 A Handbook for Six-Section Short Boxing 張之江題 – … Continue reading

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THE BAGUA MANUAL OF YIN YUZHANG

– 八卦掌簡編 A CONCISE BOOK OF BAGUA PALMING 尹玉章 by Yin Yuzhang 王芹塘 edited by Wang Qintang [published Jan, 1932] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2017] – 靑島市國術館 from the Qingdao Martial Arts Institute: 八卦掌简编 A Concise Book of Bagua … Continue reading

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XU YIQIAN’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET

– 新編練步拳圖說 A NEWLY ARRANGED HANDBOOK FOR THE FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET 胥以謙編述 by Xu Yiqian 張之江 吳峻山 with input from Zhang Zhijiang & Wu Junshan 金一明繪圖 drawings by Jin Yiming [published in serialized form in 國術週刋 Martial Arts Weekly, Oct—Dec, 1934: postures … Continue reading

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TEACHINGS OF SONG SHUMING

– 太極功 THE TAIJI ART 宋書銘 by Song Shuming [1908] [translation by Paul Brennan, Mar, 2017] – [Wu Tunan wrote in 1983 that this document was presented to him by a friend named Zhang Ximing in 1908. There is no … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO WU TUNAN

– 科學化的國術太極拳 A MORE SCIENTIFIC MARTIAL ART: TAIJI BOXING 吳圖南 by Wu Tunan [published by 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, LTD, Oct, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, Feb, 2017] – 科學化的國術太極拳 A More Scientific Martial Art: Taiji Boxing 褚民誼題 – calligraphy … Continue reading

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DONG HULING’S APPLICATIONS

– 太極拳使用法 METHODS OF APPLYING TAIJI BOXING 董虎嶺 by Dong Huling [1956] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2017] – 董虎嶺著 by Dong Huling: 太極拳使用法 Methods of Applying Taiji Boxing 如衡署 – calligraphy by [Li] Ruheng – 董英傑老師像 Portrait of Dong … Continue reading

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FURTHER TAIJI DISCUSSION FROM WU ZHIQING

– 太極正宗銓真 GENUINE EXPLANATIONS FOR AUTHENTIC TAIJI 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing [published Oct, 1943] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2016] – 吳志青著 by Wu Zhiqing: 太極正宗銓真 Genuine Explanations for Authentic Taiji 張小廔署耑 – calligraphy by Zhang Xiaolou – 太極拳正宗詮真 自序 AUTHOR’S … Continue reading

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RENHE STYLE SHAOLIN

– 南拳入門 FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUTHERN BOXING ARTS 許太和 by Xu Taihe [1926] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2016] – 江陰許太和先生五十小影 Portrait Xu Taihe of Jiangyin at the age of fifty 王瑩若題 photo by Wang Yingruo – 太和先生與遠才君的父子對拳 Xu Taihe and … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO WU ZHIQING

– 太極正宗 AUTHENTIC TAIJI 吳志青 by Wu Zhiqing [published by 大東書局 Great East Bookstore, Sep, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2016] – 尚武精神 Martial spirit! 王震 – [calligraphy by] Wang Zhen – 居今之世非尚武不是以保民族之生命太極拳亦武術之一種借敵人之力以打敵人乃其妙用也 In today’s world, if we do … Continue reading

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THE CORRECT PATH OF YIQUAN

– 意拳正軌 THE CORRECT PATH OF YIQUAN 王薌齋 by Wang Xiangzhai [1929] [translation by Paul Brennan, Aug, 2016] – 原序 PREFACE 技擊一道,甚矣哉之難言也。詩言拳勇,禮言角力,皆技術之起源。降至漢代,華陀氏作五禽之戲,亦技擊本質,良以當時習者甚少,以致湮沒無聞。迨至梁天監中,達摩東來,以講經授徒之餘,兼及鍛練筋骨之術,採禽獸性靈之特長,參以洗髓易筋之法,而創意拳,又曰心意拳。徒衆精是技者甚多,少林之名,亦因之而噪起。岳武穆王復集各家精華,編為五技連拳散手撩手諸法,稱為形意拳。逮及後卋,國家宴安,重文輕武之風日盛,又精拳技者,復多以好勇鬥狠賈禍,於是士大夫相率走避,致捋此含有深奧學理之拳術,不能見重於歷世。相沿既久,無可更易,即後卋之有道懷瑾握瑜者,率多埋沒於鄉邨閭里間,不敢以技術著稱,此固使後學之深資悼惜者也。清代晉之太原郡,戴氏昆仲,精於是技,而獨詳傳於直隸深縣李洛能,先生授徒甚衆,獲復李老先師之絕技者,厥同縣之郭雲深先生。郭先生之教人習形意也,首以站樁為入學初步。從學者多矣,能克承其教者,迨不多遘,郭先生亦有非其人不能學,非其人不能傳之歎。吾與郭先生同里,有戚誼為長幼行,愛吾聰敏而教之,且於易簀之時,猶以絕藝示之,諄諄以重視相囑。晚近卋風不古,學者多好奇異,殊不知真法大道,只在日用平常之間,世人每以其近而忽之道不遠人,人之為道而遠說益徵。薌不願以此而求聞達,無如晚近世俗,趨於卑下,不求實際,徒騖虛名,於是牟利之徒,不自學問,抄襲腐敗之陳文,強作謀生之利器,滿紙荒唐,故入玄虛,忽而海市蜃樓,跡近想像;忽而高山遠水,各不相干。使學者手不釋卷,如入五里霧中,難識半點真偽。一般無知之士,猶以聖人之道,不可鑽仰。嗚呼,利人當途,大道何昌。午夜深思,曷勝浩歎。薌雖賦性不敏,而於技擊一道,竊焉心喜,既獲得親炙真法大道之指導,每日承其教誨之語言,多具有紀載之價值者,連綴成冊,本利己利人之訓,不敢自私,以期同嗜均沾斯益,非徒以此問卋也,是序。 中華民國拾八年菊月 深縣王宇僧 The way of martial arts is really very hard to describe. The Book of Poetry says [poem … Continue reading

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XIANG KAIRAN’S TAIJI EXPERIENCE

– 向愷然先生練太極拳之經驗 MY EXPERIENCE OF PRACTICING TAIJI BOXING by Xiang Kairan [written in 1929, published in Wu Zhiqing’s 太極正宗 Authentic Taiji, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, July, 2016] – 前淸丁未年間。我在日本會見一位直隸朋友。就聽他說起北方練拳術的人。有幾個大派別。一派是練八卦拳的。一派是練形意拳的。一派是太極拳的。還有一派練岳氏散手拳的。後來由岳氏散手。又產生一派。謂岳氏連拳。此外雖尚有不少的家數。然練習的比較人少。不能自成一派。我當時聽了這些話。不過知道有這些名目罷了。究竟各派是些什麼手法。彼此分別之點。在什麼地方。因那位直隸朋友。不能一一演給我看。無從知道。直到民國癸卯年。遇見李存義的弟子葉雲表、郝海鵬。纔見着了形意拳。八卦拳也看了一部份。太極拳。仍是不曾見着。不過曾聽得葉、郝二人說起太極拳意義。使我增添了許多向往之心罷了。 In 1907, I was in Japan visiting a friend from … Continue reading

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YIN YUZHANG’S SABER MANUAL

– 砍刀術練習法 PRACTICE METHODS FOR CLEAVING SABER TECHNIQUES 尹玉章 by Yin Yuzhang [published June, 1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2016] – 總理遺像 Portrait of Sun Yat-sen – 總理遺囑 SUN YAT-SEN’S WILL 余致力國民革命凡四十年其目的在求中國之自由平等積四十年之經驗深知欲達到此目的必須喚起民衆及聯合世界上以平等待我之民族共同奮鬥 現在革命尚未成功凡我同志務須依照余所著建國方略建國大綱三民主義及第一次全國代表大會宣言繼續努力以求貫澈最近主張開國民會議及廢除不平等條約尤須於最短期間促其實現是所至囑 [First part – to the nation:] … Continue reading

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JIN ENZHONG’S SABER MANUAL

– 實用大刀術 PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE LARGE SABER 金恩忠 by Jin Enzhong [published June, 1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2016] – 著者金恩忠小影 Portrait of the author, Jin Enzhong – 實用大刀術目錄 CONTENTS 著者小影 Portrait of the author 序言 Preface 握刀式 … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF YAO FUCHUN & JIANG RONGQIAO

– 太極拳講義 TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 姚馥春 姜容樵 合編 by Yao Fuchun & Jiang Rongqiao [published by 上海武學書局 Shanghai Martial Studies Press, 1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2016] – 太極拳 Taiji Boxing – [calligraphy by 蔣中正 Jiang Zhongzheng] – 姚馥春近影 Portrait of … Continue reading

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CHU MINYI’S TRAINING EQUIPMENT

– 太極拳圖 TAIJI BOXING PHOTOGRAPHED 褚民誼 by Chu Minyi [published by 上海九福有限公司發行 The Many Blessings Company of Shanghai, 1929] [translation by Paul Brennan, Feb, 2016] – 太極拳圖 Taiji Boxing Photographed 褚民誼題 – calligraphy by Chu Minyi – 褚民誼先生之玉照 Portrait of … Continue reading

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BAJI BOXING

– 八極拳 BAJI BOXING 繆淦傑 by Miao Ganjie [published Nov, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2015] – 八極拳圖譜序 PREFACE [BY XU ZHEN] 同邑繆君淦杰。精研少林拳技十餘載。近著八極拳圖譜一編。請序于余。繆君之意。一以為八極拳動止整齊。用以敎練學校團體。尤稱宜適。一以為著圖譜。可使來者得以考見其體勢與法式。予惟八極拳與形意之連環拳雜式捶略相似。而剛猛特甚。旣簡約而易明。力量又易見加益。敎練學校團體。誠至善也。若夫拳技之流別。惟得其體勢與法式。乃可推較其同異。故圖譜行卽流別不至混淆難辨。今世言拳技師承者。大都誇誕不經。附會之談滋多。由于昔之授拳者。鮮有圖譜可考也。今太極八卦形意潭腿杳拳等皆已有書。而八極尚闕。然則繆君之為。固不容已者矣。吾聞有淸之世。南皮大馬家莊有周長春者。肥碩而短。善超躍。眈道術。當道光之末。已七十餘歲。習八極者推為得之眞傳。時人號為周大魔。言其道術之神也。今八極拳流行于山東河北。而河北尤盛。自首都設中央國術館。館中定八極為必修課。多延河北八極專家。來任敎師。故邇來江南一帶。亦頗流布焉。繆君八極之學。淵源于河北。不知其出于南皮周氏者乎。抑否乎。吾願繆君博訪而審辨之。而更有以語我也。吾常見演八極者。震步時用力太過。易于傷腦。謂宜去其震步之猛厲。繆君亦以為然。因釆此意。列于凡例。其諸變通而無弊者歟。 中華民國二十三年武進徐震哲東甫序于正德國技學社 Miao Ganjie is from my own hometown. He has studied Shaolin Boxing intensively for more … Continue reading

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YIN QIANHE’S TAIJI

– 太極拳 TAIJI BOXING 山東 尹千合著 by Yin Qianhe of Shandong [circa 1958] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2015] – [This book seems to have been written around the same time as Yin’s Baduanjin and Taiji Sword books, though it was … Continue reading

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YANG STYLE TAIJI SWORD ACCORDING TO YIN QIANHE

– 太極劍 TAIJI SWORD 尹千合 by Yin Qianhe [published by 北辰出版社 Pole Star Press, Nov 10, 1958] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2015] – 尹千合著 by Yin Qianhe: 太極劍 Taiji Sword 何应欽 – [calligraphy by] He Yingqin – 沈序 PREFACE … Continue reading

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WU STYLE TAIJI SWORD (QIANKUN JIAN)

– 太極劍 TAIJI SWORD 吳圖南 by Wu Tunan [published by 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, LTD, July, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2015] – 吳圖南先生著 By Wu Tunan: 太極劔 Taiji Sword 褚民誼 – [calligraphy by] Chu Minyi – 孫哲生先生題詞 INSCRIPTION … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF LI XIANWU

– 太極拳 TAIJI BOXING 李先五 by Li Xianwu [published June, 1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2015] – 太極拳 Taiji Boxing 張人傑題 – calligraphy by Zhang Renjie – 健康之路 The path to health 楊崇蔚 – [calligraphy by] Yang Chongwei – … Continue reading

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SINGLE DEFENSE-SABER (DAN JIE DAO)

– 單戒刀 SINGLE DEFENSE-SABER 金一明 by Jin Yiming [published by 新亞書店印行 New Asia Press, Oct, 1932] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2015] – 當頭捧喝 Offering a toast to the one before me. 何超 – [calligraphy by] He Chao – 精神舉畏 … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO LI SHOUJIAN

– 武當嫡派太極拳術 DESCENDED FROM WUDANG – THE TAIJI BOXING ART 李壽籛 by Li Shoujian [published by the 業餘太極拳社 After-Work Taiji Boxing Society, Sep, 1944, and printed by 大東書局 Great East Press (having moved its offices from Shanghai to Chongqing in … Continue reading

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YIN QIANHE ON LONGEVITY

– 延年益壽 PROLONGING LIFE 亦名(不藥除百病) or RIDDING ILLNESS WITHOUT MEDICINE 尹千合 by Yin Qianhe [published by 北辰出版社 Pole Star Press, Jan, 1961, revised and republished almost immediately by 合洽出版社 Joined in Harmony Press, Feb, 1961 (both editions printed by 廣益印書局 … Continue reading

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FURTHER WRITINGS OF SUN LUTANG

– ESSAYS BY SUN LUTANG [translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2015] – In addition to Sun’s five famous books… 形意拳學 A Study of Xingyi Boxing (1915) 八卦拳學 A Study of Bagua Boxing (1917) 太極拳學 A Study of Taiji Boxing (1921) … Continue reading

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THE XINGYI MANUAL OF SUN LUTANG

– 形意拳學 A STUDY OF XINGYI BOXING 孫福全 by Sun Fuquan [Lutang] [published May, 1915] [centennial translation by Paul Brennan, May, 2015] – 形意拳學序 PREFACE [BY ZHAO HENG] 武力諸技術率皆託始達摩而支分派别真以偽雜或利用而不良於觀或上下進退善為容而用焉輙窒因以致敗則傳受其要也拳法門內人言以太極為第一門而世俗所傳綿掌八極十二節充其量不過一匹夫之所能其專事吐納導引若五禽八段錦造次敵至手足無措又無以應變唯形意體本太極擴而發之不窮於用且年過可學一介儒生下至婦人女子力無不可為者而緩衣博帶無擇技之至者進乎道而通乎神痀僂丈人承蜩累五丸不墜猶掇呂梁丈夫蹈水與齊俱入與汨偕出庖丁十九年解牛數千刀刃若新發於硎莊子固多寓言抑豈遂無其事而故為此俶儻以自快其所託也書中所稱拳法大師郭雲深某嘗聞其力能摧壁又令五壯佼拄巨竿於腹一鼓氣五人者皆到退至五六步外撲地跌坐顧終身未嘗以所長加人隱死茶肆孫君旣為其再傳弟子淵源所自術業之精不問可决也往歲某見有寫本五公山人新城王餘佑所著刀法拳術心竊好之而未暇錄福以存曶曶今二十年十三刀法已梓行不復能憶其拳術亶憶其主要曰意氣力而力不自力他人之力皆其力道在用藉極其所至可以撼山灑海軒拄天地凡意氣之所至皆力之所至與今孫君所傳是不同出一原抑原一而異其支與流裔孫君當能知其所以然凡所與游儻有錄傳其書者尚望轉以相告勿秘藏也 民國四年五月湘帆趙衡序 The various martial skills began with Damo, then divided into … Continue reading

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THE BAGUA MANUAL OF SUN LUTANG

– 八卦拳學 A STUDY OF BAGUA BOXING 孫福全 by Sun Fuquan [Lutang] [published April, 1917] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2015] – 大總統府校尉官 Junior Field Officer for the Presidential Palace 陸軍步兵上尉七等文虎章孫福全 Captain Sun Fuquan, Infantry, #7 of “Scholar Tiger” Section … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF SUN LUTANG

– 太極拳學 A STUDY OF TAIJI BOXING 孫福全 by Sun Fuquan [Lutang] [published June, 1921] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2015] – 大總統府武承宣官 Head Martial Arts Instructor of the Presidential Palace [appointed by president Xu Shichang himself] 陸軍步兵少校六等文虎章孫福全 Major Sun … Continue reading

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BAGUA SWORD

– 八卦劍學 A STUDY OF BAGUA SWORD 孫福全 by Sun Fuquan [Lutang] [published Nov, 1927] [translation by Paul Brennan, April, 2015] – 陸軍步兵少校六等文虎章孫福全 Major Sun Fuquan, Infantry, #6 of “Scholar Tiger” Section – 序 PREFACE [BY WU XINGU] 古無所謂劍術也自猿公敎少女以刺擊而劍術始見於記載其他如宜僚之弄丸魏博之取合似與劍術有關然不傳其術無從加以評論予幼好技擊苦無師承淸季覔食春明見有所謂三才純陽六合太極靑龍諸劍名心好之而終以為未至也後獲親炙祿堂夫子始得見所謂八卦劍者竊以為歎觀止矣蓋此劍脫胎於八卦拳術左旋為陽右旋為陰於開合變化之中見參互錯綜之妙靜則太極動則爻變究其神之所至卽在不動時已含有靜極而動之妙用非所謂陰陽合撰者耶祿堂師近復以所著八卦劍術見示雖僅有八綱學者如神而明之則六十四卦之交錯無不寓於八綱劍之中猶之八卦實原於乾之一畫是在學者體會已耳自媿一知半解未能闡發祿師之意爰就所知者粗述之附驥名彰抑亦鯫生之幸已 民國十四年十二月歲次乙丑東臺吳心穀拜序 … Continue reading

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SUN STYLE TAIJI

– 太極拳 TAIJI BOXING 孫劍雲 整理 孫祿堂 原著 by Sun Jianyun, based on original material by Sun Lutang [published by 人民體育出版社 The People’s Physical Education Press, Sep, 1957] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2015] – 目錄 CONTENTS 前言 Foreword 總說 Introduction 上編 Part … Continue reading

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BAFAN BOXING

– 岳氏八翻手 BAFAN BOXING OF THE YUE SCHOOL 王新午 by Wang Xinwu [1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2014] – 著者小影 Portrait of the author – 岳氏八翻手目錄 CONTENTS 自序 Author’s Preface 一 八翻手之源流 One: The Origins of Bafan Boxing 二 八翻手之真義 Two: … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF CAI YIZHONG

– 太極拳圖解 TAIJI BOXING ILLUSTRATED 蔡翼中 by Cai Yizhong [published Oct 1, 1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2014] – 瑞安蔡翼中编 By Cai Yizhong of Rui’an: 太極拳圖解 Taiji Boxing Illustrated 馬公愚題 – calligraphy by Ma Gongyu – 國術精華 The essence … Continue reading

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ZIMEN BOXING

– 字門正宗 AUTHENTIC ZIMEN BOXING 附醫傷秘錄 including SECRET RECORDS OF INJURY MEDICINES 胡遺生 by Hu Yisheng 中央國術館審㝎 authorized by the Central Martial Arts Institute [published March, 1933] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2014] – 書將付梓吟二絕代卷頭語 This book has been sent … Continue reading

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WU STYLE TAIJI SABER (XUANXUAN DAO)

– 內家拳太極功玄玄刀 THE TAIJI UNFATHOMABLE SABER OF THE INTERNAL SCHOOL 吳圖南著 by Wu Tunan [published by 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, LTD, Apr, 1934] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2014] – 褚民誼先生 Portrait of Chu Minyi 圖南兄惠存 A souvenir for “elder … Continue reading

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SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO TAIJI BOXING (TAIJI QUAN QIAN SHUO)

– 太極拳淺說 SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO TAIJI BOXING 徐致一 by Xu Zhiyi [published Sep, 1927] [translation by Paul Brennan, Aug, 2014] – 太極拳淺説 Simple Introduction to Taiji Boxing 莊蘊寬題 – calligraphy by Zhuang Yunkuan – 會稽顧燮光題詞 FOREWORD BY GU XIEGUANG OF … Continue reading

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BOXING METHODS OF THE INTERNAL SCHOOL (NEI JIA QUAN FA)

– 王征南先生傳 BIOGRAPHY OF WANG ZHENGNAN [also known in abridged form as 內家拳法 Boxing Methods of the Internal School] 黃百家 by Huang Baijia [1676] [translation by Paul Brennan, Aug, 2014] – 征南先生有絕技二曰拳曰射然穿楊貫戟善射者古多有之而惟拳則先生為最 Wang Zhengnan mastered two arts: boxing and archery. … Continue reading

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MARTIAL ARTS DISCUSSIONS by HUANG YUANXIU

– 楊家太極拳各藝要義 武術偶談 THE SKILLS & ESSENTIALS OF YANG STYLE TAIJI BOXING and MARTIAL ARTS DISCUSSIONS 黃文叔先生著 by Huang Wenshu [Yuanxiu] [published by 國術統一月刊社 Martial Arts United Monthly Magazine Society, June 15, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2014] – 國術界泰斗合影 … Continue reading

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WUDANG SWORD

– 武當劍法大要 ESSENTIALS OF THE WUDANG SWORD ART 黃元秀 by Huang Yuanxiu [published by 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, LTD, Shanghai, July, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, June, 2014] – 練剣之要身如遊龍切忌停滯習之日久身與剣合剣與神合於無剣處處處皆剣能知此義則近道矣 右廣川李景林題 The key in sword practice is that your body … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO CHEN YANLIN

– 太極拳刀劍桿散手合編 TAIJI COMPILED: THE BOXING, SABER, SWORD, POLE, AND SPARRING 陳炎林 by Chen Yanlin [published June, 1943] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2014] – 敘 PREFACE   我國武術。門派綦繁。由來已久。迄於今日。泰半失傳。縱有存留。蓋亦闕而不全。略而不詳。謹就太極拳言之。遠姑勿論。卽清代楊露禪一流。所傳於今者。亦僅皮毛耳。溯其所以失傳之由。良有數因。夫以近代人事繁劇。習者視為業餘消遣。惟求養身治病。不思進求眞實技能。一也。吾國習慣。技術非子不傳。子若不肖。技遂中絕。二也。祕術多由口授。或有筆之於譜。亦珍藏不肯示人。三也。自武器革新。拳術視同弁髦。以之強身却病固有餘。以之臨陣退敵則不足。世人遂不深究。四也。茫茫華夏。何地無才。然而丁茲末世。雖有奇人高士。遁跡唯恐不遠。寧復傳非其人。為世詬病。五也。有是數因。斯道遂晦。後人一知半解。以訛傳訛。學者終不得其門而入。大好國粹。幾如廣陵散之將成絕響。不其惜哉。但近人之言拳術。莫不首崇太極。教者非太極不傳。學者非太極不習。大有舍此無由之槪。而不知我國拳術。一門有一門之專。一派有一派之長。固未可加以歧視也。考世人崇尚太極之由。以其動作緩和。呼吸自然。不尚拙力。鍛鍊精氣神。使身心兩者合而為一。然太極更有黏化諸勁。節拿抓閉等專長與運氣之妙用。均為别派所闕如。世或未之知。或知之而未審。蓋太極者。一舉一動。均合科學化。精神化。小則可以強身却病。禦敵防侮。大則養氣凝神。為修道之不二法門。其奥妙實非楮墨所能盡述。惟究是道者。若以之強身却病。余可無言。若欲得其精微。必須兼具四事。身體適合。能下苦功。此其一。環境優良。時間寬裕。此其二。心靜氣和。而有恆心。此其三。遇有名師。能誠意傳授。此其四。有是四者。方克成就。否則譬之緣木求魚。不可得也。著者不敏。以歷年研究所得。彙成此編。非敢管窺蠡測。炫奇矜異。蓋欲世之同志。共起提倡。保存高深之國粹耳。海内精是道者。諒不乏人。若能抱得寸進尺之精神。繼續加以研討。幷以所得。公諸同好。使此不絕如縷之國技。復還舊觀。豈惟個人之光榮。抑亦國家民族之幸也。跂予望之。爰撰斯編。 中華民國三十二年二月五日(歲朝春子刻) 陳公謹識 Our nation’s martial arts are extremely varied and have been … Continue reading

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STARTLING-RAINBOW SWORD (JINGHONG JIAN)

– 驚虹劍術 THE ART OF THE STARTLING-RAINBOW SWORD 尹千合 by Yin Qianhe [published by 北辰出版社 Pole Star Press (and printed by 廣益印書局 Good Advice Printing House), Sep 1, 1960] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2014] – 國術叢書之九 Chinese Martial Arts … Continue reading

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YANG STYLE TAIJI SABER ACCORDING TO FU ZHONGWEN

– 太極刀 TAIJI SABER 傅鍾文示範 蔡龍雲編寫 as demonstrated by Fu Zhongwen and written by Cai Longyun [published by 人民體育出版社 The People’s Physical Education Press, June, 1959] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2014] – 目錄 CONTENTS 序言 Preface 太極刀的練習方法 Taiji Saber Training … Continue reading

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THE BADUANJIN MANUAL OF YIN QIANHE

– 牀上健身術與科學八段錦 FITNESS TECHNIQUES ON A BED & SCIENTIFIC BADUANJIN 尹千合 by Yin Qianhe [published Nov 10, 1958] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2013] – 尹千合着 牀上健身術与科学八段錦 Fitness Techniques on a Bed & Scientific Baduanjin by Yin Qianhe 何应欽 – … Continue reading

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