A Chinese martial artist with abundant fighting experience teaches:
Secrets of Chinese Martial Arts Author: SU DONGCHEN

Su Dongchen was born in Taiwan in 1953. He began studying Chinese martial arts at a young age, including Shaolin Fist and Xing Yi Fist. In 1973, he won the championship in the “President Chang Kai-Shek Cup Invitational Chinese Martial Arts Open Tournament,” in which teams from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong also participated. His fighting experiences are innumerable.

Publishing company: AIRYUDO. Price: \1000

In recent years, both in the east and the west, there has been an increasing number of those who love Chinese martial arts. It is exciting to see the martial arts of my country gain wide exposure all over the world.
Now that I once again have the opportunity to publish a book on the subject of Chinese martial arts, I will not simply explain more about certain styles. Though still unripe in international exposure, Chinese martial arts are combat-tested. With these arts, as with martial arts the world over, practice of form and application only will not be useful for fighting; in fact, such practice can lead to injury. Fundamental skill training is necessary to fully understand principles and application methods regarding striking, receiving, and kicking.
This book takes up the point that martial arts have commonalities regardless of style. The theory of Yin and Yang is unique to Chinese martial arts. The fundamental principle and technical basis of the arts is to use both hands together, and this is explained so that a beginner may understand the idea and application. Though Chinese martial arts are surrounded by mystery, I am writing to let readers know that these arts are not mysterious, but highly scientific. It will greatly please me if this information can help those who study Chinese martial arts.
I appreciate the efforts of Master Hong Yixiang, the Airyudo editorial department, and all others who cooperated in the publication of this book. SU DONGCHEN

Table of contents
Basic Knowledge of Chinese Martial Arts
1.) About a Fist: 10
A fist is not only for striking: 10
The limits of using a fist for striking only: 11
How to more effectively strike an opponent: 12
2. Posture: 15
If there is no guard posture, one will be easily struck: 15
A posture advantageous to attacking: 16
3. Body Cavity Attacks: 18
  Strikes that can be driven in: 18
  Effecting body cavities: 18.
4. About a Fist and a Palm: 21
  The structure of the human body is not uniform: 21
  A “ball shape” is difficult to strike with a fist: 21
5. About form: 24
Merely memorizing form is not helpful in combat: 24
Sparring makes practice complete: 25
6. Breathing method: 26
Breathing from the belly: 26
Air becomes a cushion: 26
Breathing in a safe posture: 27
7. Technique of Chinese martial arts: 28
Chinese martial arts attach more importance to technique than to power: 28
How to fight against a larger person: 29
  Anticipating your opponent’s movement: 30
Securing an advantageous position: 31
How to fight a stronger opponent: 31
8. Crossing method 35
  Bruce Lee uses the crossing method: 35
  Crossing method is a safer defense method: 35
  Crossing method is an “additive” attacking method: 37
  Crossing method can change: 38
9. Movement of target. 41
  Blocking with only the hand and foot is disadvantageous: 41
  Eliminating the opponent’s vigor: 42
10. Striking method and penetration power: 45
Strike using both hands: 45
  Shoot to penetrate a target: 47

Basic Technique
1. Striking: 54
  Fist: 54
  “Seiken Tuki” 55
Cutting: 60
  Front: 61
Side: 64
Diagonal: 68
Palm: 71
  Standing palm: 72
  Width side: 76
  Back side: 80
2. Blocking: 84
  High position crossing method: 84
  Middle position crossing method: 88
  Low position crossing method: 92
3. Stepping method: 94
Follow step: 94
Horse step: 96
Outside step: 98
Steal step: 100
Inside step: 102
Rooster step: 104
T-step: 106
3. Hand method: 108
  Slap: 108
  Coiling: 110
Outside hanging: 112
  Inside coiling:. 113
  Push and Pull: 114
  Slip in: 116
Transfer: 117
Change hand [outside]: 118
Change hand [inside]: 120
5. Kicking Method: 122
Transfer front kick: 122
Transfer side kick: 134
  Transfer round kick: 142

Practical Chinese Martial Arts
1. "Five Tigers go Down the Mountain" Form: 154
2. Application of “Five Tigers” form: 190