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Essence of Lien Bu Chuan: Authors Collaborate to Preserve Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Form

The Essence of Lien Bu Chuan: Authors Collaborate to Preserve Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Form

Hi folks,

Our book is finally published! After three years in the making we’re ready to share the news, and ask you to do the same by forwarding this announcement to your contacts, and spreading the news on Facebook and wherever else you can.

The Continuous Steps Form (Lien Bu Chuan) was chosen as one of the required forms to study by the Central Martial Arts Academy in China, which was organized circa 1928. Our book, Essence of Lien Bu Chuan, hand illustrated by Master Nelson Tsou Yen Kai, is a detailed movement by movement study of the form, showing hand and foot motion lines, front, side and overhead views, plus additional interesting details and enhancements. The form study section presents each movement in a two page spread format for ease of understanding.

To see a preview of our book, please click on either of the links below, then choose preview. Until January 31, 2016, copies will be available at a special friends and family discount price of ten dollars off retail. so if you’d like a copy for your own library or as a unique gift, you can order right from that page. After that date, the price will go to full retail.

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A collaborative effort by Master Tsou, Artie Aviles, and James Man Chin, Essence of Lien Bu Chuan is the result of our desire to preserve the traditional forms of the Northern Shaolin Long Fist Style of Kung Fu. Whether you’re a student of the Martial Art’s or not, when you forward this message, you’ll be helping us achieve that goal, and you never know who one of your emails will reach when you ask your friends and family to pass on our message as well.

Thanks so much for your help,
James Chin, Jett-man

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New Book Review: The Essence of Lien Bu Chuan written by Artie Aviles, James Man Chin and Nelson Tsou

New Book Review: The Essence of Lien Bu Chuan written by Artie Aviles, James Man Chin and Nelson Tsou

The very first thing you will note about the cover of this book is that none of the authors have listed their names with titles or honors. They have, however respectfully dedicated the book to their teacher, Grandmaster Li- Mao-Ching. They follow the Grandmasters teaching, in that they are skilled, yet humble, they endured many decades of tough training so that they could conserve and preserve the traditional arts. Each one teaches with politeness and professionalism, with an eye toward precise, exacting correctness.

Lien Bu Chuan (Continuous Steps Form) was chosen by the Central martial Arts Academy in Nanjing in the late 1920’s as one of the simple, basic, required forms to learn. Stance, Hand Work and Foot Work are the skeleton of the form and movement, flow and applications make it an art form.

This book is a gem and a treasure because of the way it is logically and practically laid out. The form is listed by it’s Verses in both English and Chinese. The drawings and descriptions are some of the finest I have seen in martial arts manuals. Each movement is numbered with a flow chart across the top of the page. You can immediately see where the particular movement is in the sequence of the form. Simple line drawings show the full body and the direction in which the hands and the feet move. To help make it even clear, a top view is shown. Key points for each movement are given, as well as applications.

The entire from is drawn out both in elevation and overhead view so that it becomes easy to see what direction and which angle you are facing while performing each movement.

This is a must have book for anyone looking to learn Northern Shaolin Styles. The only thing better than using this as a guide would be seeking out these teachers and learning directly from the source. I urge my friends in the tri state area of New York, New Jersey and CT, to enroll with Master James Jett Man Chin and be a part of this great lineage.

For more information, please visit Master Chin’s website: