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Exciting New Titles from Blue Snake Books

March 3, 2010

The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu by Stuart Alve Olson

Developed by Wang Lang over 300 years ago, Praying Mantis Kung Fu is the only martial art based on the fighting skills of an insect. This fascinating system utilizes swift, methodical movements for defense and offense, and is well respected as an art that helps practitioners develop great strength and perseverance.

The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu provides an in-depth look at the history and practice of this remarkable martial art. Author Stuart Alve Olson, a student of T. T. Liang, draws on the lineages of Masters Feng Huan-I and Wang Han-Fon, but includes detailed description of all major schools, styles, and lineages.

Stuart Alve Olson has taught martial arts worldwide and is the author of Steal My Art: The Life and Times of Tai Chi Master T.T. Liang and many other books on Taoism, Qigong, and Chinese martial arts. He is the founder of the Phoenix Taoist Center in Phoenix, AZ, where he lives.

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Dragon BaguaFu Zhen Song’s Dragon Bagua Zhang by Lin Chao Zhen, Edited by Wei Ran Lin & Rick Wing

The Dragon Bagua Zhang system of third-generation master Fu Zhen Song was one of the most powerful martial arts styles to emerge from 1920s China. Fu Zhen Song had a reputation as a skilled fighter and uncompromising teacher, and his Dragon Bagua style was renowned for its extensive catalog of whirling body movements and fighting techniques. In 1991 Lin Chao Zhen, Fu’s formal disciple, brought this mysterious martial art to the United States, where he practiced and taught until his death in 1997.

Fu Zhen Song’s Dragon Bagua Zhang presents this challenging system in a step-by-step format, including palm forms, stepping patterns, and training methods. Originally written in Chinese by Lin Chao Zhen and translated by his son, Wei Ran Lin, this edition also features an extensive introductory section on the development of the Dragon Bagua form and the history of its lineage.

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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