The Bible of Ngo Cho Kun
Chinese Gentle Art Complete
Book Specs $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
Alexander Lim Co is a living treasure in the arts of Chinese kung-fu. In fact, no name is more synonymous with Kung-Fu in the Philippines than Alexander Co. He spearheaded the Chin Wu Club in Manila, wrote the first kung-fu book ever published in the Philippines, and published the country’s first martial arts magazine, simply titled “Martial Arts Magazine.” Co has studied a dozen different kung-fu styles, was an “in-door” disciple of Ngo Cho Kun’s late grandmaster Tan Ka Hong, and has studied Seven Star Praying Mantis and Hung-gar under Grandmaster Shakespeare Chan, Wu style Tai Chi Chuan under the late Master John Hu Chuan Hai, and Hsin-I Liu Ha Pa Fa under Master David Chan.
Alexander Co is the Advising Grandmaster of The International 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 such magazines as Martial Arts Magazine, Rapid Journal, Inside Kung-Fu, Martial Arts Illustrated, and Martial Arts Legends. Grandmaster Co has written three books: Secrets of Seven Star Praying Mantis, The Way of Ngo Cho Kun and Five Ancestor Fist Kung-Fu, and is translator of The Bible of Ngo Cho Kun. He also filmed a series of instructional videos “The Essence of Ngo Cho Kun” and “The Essence of Seven Star Praying Mantis” for Unique Publications Video.
About the Book
If you are interested in Ngo Cho Kun, then you will want to explore this: In Chinese Gentle Art Complete: The Bible of Ngo Cho Kun, 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!” —Sigong 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
“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
“This is an excellent work, opening a door to understanding that simply wouldn’t have existed without it… At least for those of us who do not read Chinese.” —Sensei Ed Sumner,
“This book is a ‘must have’ and ‘must read’ for any serious practitioner of Ngo Cho Kun, Fujian based systems, and even Okinawan Karate practitioners, as Five Ancestor Fist is widely believed to be a major influence of Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Uechi-Ryu.” —Sensei Gary Parker, author of Chanpuru