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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942383
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Speak to any native of Southern China about Bagua Zhang and the name ‘Fu Zhen Song’ will quickly come up in the conversation. Fu was largely responsible for the introduction of the Northern internal martial arts systems to the Southern Chinese, and his coiling movements, lightning-quick footwork, spinning maneuvers, and thunderous palm strikes are legendary. All students of Bagua Zhang will benefit greatly from the material that has been provided in this book, and I applaud Wei Ran Lin and Rick L. Wing for their efforts in providing Lin Chao Zhen's book to the English-speaking world.”
—Dan Miller, publisher and editor, Pa Kua Chang Journal

 "The Chinese martial art of Bagua Zhang has a long and illustrious history of training manuals, and Fu Zhen Song’s Dragon Bagua Zhang carries on this grand tradition. Lin Chao Zhen was a direct student of Fu Zhen Song, and his closeness to that renowned teacher is reflected in the detail shown in the various techniques in the book. I highly recommend this important and informative training manual."
—Brian L. Kennedy, coauthor of Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey

"This concise volume not only introduces Fu Zhen Song's unique Dragon Bagua Form but also provides extensive historical notes about Fu's connections to many of the most well-known martial artists of his time. This book will be a valuable addition to any student's collection."
—John Groschwitz, translator of The Xingyi Boxing Manual: Hebei Style's Five Principles and Seven Words

About the Author

Lin Chao Zhen founded the Zhao Qing Martial Arts Association. His oldest son, Wei Ran Lin, studied with his father from childhood. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Rick Wing is the instructor of the Jing Mo Athletic Association in San Francisco and author of The Classical Three- Section Staff.

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All in all the book is well laid out and very readable.
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After reading this book, I feel very relaxed...and ready to walk.
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I know I will recommend this book to my fellow practitioners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Kwan on April 4, 2010
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I recently had a chance to read this book and I was actually pleasantly surprised at how good a book this is. Blue Snake books has made a conscious effort to bring many books on Baguazhang to the public, however the quality of its product is sometimes a little uneven.

This book is a translation of Lin Chao Zhen's book on Dragon Baguazhang, which is the advanced form within Fu Baguazhang. Lin Chao Zhen was one of Fu Zhen Song's seven formal disciples and inherited most of his system. The second half of this book translates his book on Dragon Baguazhang which was printed in Chinese in 1991 and had subsequently been out of print since 1994.

The second half is a good introduction to the Dragon form and Fu Baguazhang in general with a short description on the style and its characteristics, as well as training tips which will benefit any Baguazhang practitioner. This is followed by a description of single movements and palms before moving onto a list of movements and breakdown of the form itself. The pictures are large and clear and will allow other BGZ stylists to compare the similarities to their own styles. This section would be best utilized in conjunction with the DVDs which are also available through Wei Ran Lin through an email in the book. Finally it gives a detailed step by step breakdown of the Fu Style push hands which is a form of paired practice. This section is what makes this part of the book most valuable as one is able to gain an insight into the applications which are sometimes obscured by an overemphasis on forms.

However it is the first half which consists of new material which is what makes this book so good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty Yoder on July 10, 2011
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When I saw this book I knew I had to have it as I am a Fu style martial arts practitioner. There are few books about Fu Chen Sung's, or Fu Family, Martial Arts. I was pleased to be able to read the history, and it provided the best, concise history of legendary Ba Gua Zhang founder Dong Hai Chuan I have ever read. It clarified some things about the way Fu Chen Song taught and why there are so many variations from one practitioner to the next. Unless you are familiar with the Fu style, the pictures in the second half of the book that illustrate the Dragon Ba Gua form or the Ba Gua push hands are only good for an introduction. If you are familiar with the form, they may provide some insight depending on your training. Therefore, if you are a Fu style practitioner or would like to be, I highly recommend this book be part of your library. I know I will recommend this book to my fellow practitioners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on March 31, 2010
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Very interesting book, well worth it if you already practice Bagua or even if you just want to know more about this particular branch of Bagua. Definitely not an instruction manual, but there is a listing of videotapes and dvds available. Pages 3-67 are all history/background, followed by songs, form listings, and both photo and line drawings of postures. It seems very short at 167 pages, but there are a lot of details about this style of Bagua that make it special. Plus, given that there are not as many Bagua books out as there are on karate and other martial arts, I am grateful for every book that comes out on Bagua.
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Gives alot of background information about this special style of Bagwa, FINALLY the animal names for the Yang and Yin forms which is very important for understanding the applications, I also recommend Maqui Yin bagwa since there is some crossover information as Fu Chen Sung also learned from Maqui.Fu was probably known for his hard hands and hard body also.
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