Author Archives: Paul Brennan

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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