Category Archives: Shaolin

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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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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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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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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TWELVE-LINE TANTUI

– 拳術基本 潭腿圖說 BOXING ARTS FUNDAMENTALS – ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK FOR TANTUI 何光銑先生演式 postures performed by He Guangxian 胡健先生编輯 text compiled by Hu Jian 上海中華圗書館印行 published by Chinese Library of Shanghai 民國六年五月出版 1st edition – May, 1917 繪圖者 宜興徐悲鴻 drawings by Xu Beihong … Continue reading

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THE TEN HAND SETS OF NORTHERN SHAOLIN

– THE TEN HAND SETS OF NORTHERN SHAOLIN (according to three primary documents) [circa 1960] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2012] – [This trio of documents was supplied to me through a trio of sifus: Nelson Ferreira, who obtained them … Continue reading

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FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET (LIAN BU QUAN)

– 練步拳 FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET 吳志青  by Wu Zhiqing [published by 大東書局 Great East Bookstore, March, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2011] – 自序 AUTHOR’S PREFACE 溯夫少林拳創始。為達摩禪師之十入手。(卽十八羅漢手是也)達摩旣化其徒曇宗等。佐唐太平王世充。有功者十三人。皆能習此十八手。運用精巧。變化無窮。嗣後宋太祖趙匡胤。研習最深。堪稱此中能者。精三十六長拳。六步猴拳。囮拳等。定鼎以後。庋其書於嵩山少林寺。後世傳習太祖之拳者。稱太祖門。及金元之時。有白玉峯者。剃度入山。實得少林之衣缽。以傳覺遠上人。變化增益。十八手為七十二手。化散為整。錯綜參互。盡其體用。復從七十二手。增為一百七十三手。遂有五拳之流。五拳者。龍虎豹蛇鶴。所以練神骨力氣精者也。蓋漢華陀氏之五禽戲拳。曰虎鹿熊猿鳥。白氏師承其意。改為龍虎豹蛇鶴焉。而與白氏同時之李叟。所傳大小洪拳。陜洛川楚。至今多宗之。 Tracing back, Shaolin boxing originated from zen master Damo’s Eighteen Techniques (namely, the … Continue reading

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