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For the first time in German language: The BUBISHI

Roland Habersetzer
Bubishi - An der Quelle des Karatedô
Mit den 32 Formen des Kaisers Song Taizu

Translated from French by Frank Elstner

320 pages, with numerous figures
Paperback with film lamination, 210 x 145 mm

ISBN: 978-3-938305-00-3

€ 25,90


The Bible of the Bare-Handed Martial Arts

Some centuries ago, in the southern Chinese province of Fujian (Fukien) the fighting style of the White Crane developed when Fang Jin Jang, the daughter of a Shaolin master combined the martial art of her father with attitudes and movements of the crane. This style is described in the Bubishi, an illustrated manuscript destined for those who wanted to become masters in fighting without weapons.

It becomes evident that the fighting techniques described in the Bubishi are nothing less than the archetypes from which developed such different modern martial arts such as karate, jűjutsu, jűdô, aikidô or wingchun. All secrets of the unarmed martial arts are already revealed here. The present volume presents the 48 close-distance fighting techniques of the Bubishi (enhanced by extensive comments and detailed drawings by the author), the art of the dianxue (the mysterious vital point techniques of the “poisoned hand”), the history of the fighting style of the White Crane, and the history and the detailed sequences of the kata Hakufa and Happoren.

The present third edition of the Bubishi additionally comprises a comprehensive presentation of the “32 forms of boxing of the emperor Song Taizu”. This is a complete chapter of the Chinese classic “Ji Xiao Xin Shu” by General Qi Jiguang, published in 1564. The Japanese karate master Ôtsuka Tadahiko, teacher and friend of Roland Habersetzer, analyses the 32 fighting positions of this document. The wushu expert Maik Albrecht, a German living in China, translated and commented the introduction of this document that for the first time ever has been made available to non-Asian readers. Maik Albrecht, a disciple of some of the greatest living masters of wushu (kungfu) has translated and commented the classical text in a way that allows deep insights in the fascinating world of the unarmed martial arts in ancient China.

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