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Chinese Gentle Art Complete
Yu Chiok Sam, Alexander Co (trans)
$29.95 USD

7″ x 10″
244 Pages
725 Photographs
Black & White on White Paper

Published April 17, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-943155-08-8
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Rights: World

In Chinese Gentle Art Complete, Alexander Lim Co pours scholarship and more than 50 years’ experience in Ngo Cho into the first-ever illustrated publication, and English-language translation, of this historical book on Fukien Five Ancestor Boxing. Long held as the “Bible of Ngo Cho Kun,” this treatise on Five Ancestor Fist Kung-Fu has been a treasured keepsake among lineage holders of the style. Originally published in China 1917 by Yu Chiok Sam, one of the “Ngo Cho Ten Tigers,” or leading disciples of the art’s founder Chua Giok Beng, the book saw only a limited print run. It has been out of print for over 90 years!

This special Tambuli Media edition presents all of the original Chinese text in 244 pages, along with a new Foreword, Prefaces, an Appendix and precise English translation illustrated with over 725 clear photographs demonstrating techniques and training methods. Contents include:

• Single Short-Hand and Long-Hand Techniques
• Double Short-Hand and Long-Hand Techniques
• Kneeling and Evading Techniques
• Nine-Section Brocades
• Nine-Rotary Methods
• 18 Scholars Methods
• Solo and Partner Fighting Drills
• 38 Solo Empty-Hand Forms
• Six Weapon Art Categories

“I congratulate Sifu Alex Co for translating this rare and important book whose historical significance cannot be overstated. All practitioners of Ngo Cho should have this at their side!”
—GM Benito Tan, Philippine-Chinese Beng Kiam Athletic Association

“Not only is Ngo Cho Kun rarely seen in print format, it is rarely openly taught here in the west.  This translation is an absolute gem for Chinese martial arts enthusiasts the world over. A professionally edited and presented text on a rarely seen art.  A welcomed addition to the martial collectors shelf.”
–Jake Burroughs, The Ground Never Misses (blog)

“Given that we are discussing a manual from 1917, and many of the early Republic era texts tended to be somewhat obscure, this was a pleasant surprise. Any student interested in this style, or the development of the southern martial arts more generally, will want to have a copy of this manual on their bookshelf.”
— Ben Judkins, Kung-Fu Tea (blog)

Alexander Co is the Advising Grandmaster of The American Beng Hong Athletic Association. He has served as Chairman of the Philippine-Chinese Beng Kiam Athletic Association and the Tsing Hua Ngo Cho Kung-fu Center and as Vice-chairman of the Hsin-I Society of Internal Arts. In addition to dozens of articles featured in magazines Co has written three books and filmed a series of instructional videos on Ngo Cho Kun and North Prayig Mantis.

Release Date: April 17, 2014.

Promotional Video

 Bibkle Coverr (04.16.14)

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