I firmly believe that the only way to get good at martial arts is through hard work, dedication, and long hours of practice. However, development of the internal arts requires more than just a lot of hard physical work, it also requires a deep study of the principles of the arts and how they relate to that practice. The principles guide the practice so that there is a structure, a system, and an involvement of the self beyond simple motions of the physical body. Every teacher of internal martial arts will tell you about the importance of the mind and the intention and its harmonization with the body during practice and application of the arts.
I believe that the deeper an individual understands the principles which his art is based upon, the more efficient the practice will be because the intellectual understanding of the process aids the approach, the attitude, the mental focus and intention during practice. In 1987, the experience of a deeper intellectual knowledge and understanding aiding the physical practice really hit home for me when I read Khan Foxx's manuscript on Liu He Ba Fa & ^ >ir). Foxx's book is the most thorough approach to explaining the principles of the "six harmonies and eight methods" of internal martial arts practice that I have ever encountered. His insights on the Chinese language, the Chinese mind, the composition and meaning of the Chinese characters which define the principles, and his thoroughness of discussion on the principles themselves helped my martial arts practice tremendously.
Five years later, when I began publishing books on martial arts, Khan Foxx's book was the one I had at the top of my list of books I wanted to publish. It had effected my practice so deeply, that I wanted to publish it so that others might benefit from Khan's work. I knew that the book had never been published publicly. Foxx had only given xeroxed copies of the manuscript to friends. As always happens in the martial arts world, those friends gave copies to their friends, and so on, and so a number of people ended up with xerox copies of the manuscript. Happily, I was one of those who got a copy (Foxx wrote the manuscript in 1980).
The problem with me publishing this book in 1992 was that I could not find Khan Foxx anywhere. I tried every martial arts contact I knew. I got some phone numbers for him in San Francisco, but every one I tried was old and had been disconnected. The only one that worked ended up being connected to a fax machine. Not one to give up easily, I sent a fax to the number asking if Khan Foxx was there. I got no reply.
While asking around about Foxx, everyone I talked to that knew his work in writing articles for the martial arts magazines encouraged me to try and find him and publish his book. Most of them said that his articles on
Yi Quan and Liu He Ba Fa were among the best martial arts articles they had ever read. However, I was getting frustrated because I couldn't publish the book without Khan Foxx's permission and he was nowhere to be found. After three years of periodically searching for the man, I didn't have a clue of his whereabouts.
About six or eight months ago I get a phone call at the office. I answer, as usual, "High View Publications." The voice on the other end says, "I would like to order one of your catalogs." I reply, as usual, "Can I have your name and address." The voice on the other end says, "My name is Khan Foxx, and my address . . ." I couldn't believe it! I told him that I had been trying to track him down for years. He told me he had been living in Tailand. No wonder I couldn't find him! I never thought to look in Tailand.
Anyway, to make a long story short, we talked about publishing his book and he said that he would be happy to let me publish it. We thought about reformatting the whole book and presenting an updated version, but since Kahn still spends a lot of his time in Tailand and did not have the spare time to devote to the project, we decided to publish the original manuscript. To save time, effort, and money, we have decided to present it in a velo-bound format on xeroxed sheets. The presentation is not fancy, but the information is great.
Foxx begins his book with a general description and introduction to the various styles of Chinese internal martial arts. His explanations of basic differences between Tai Ji , Xing Yi, and Ba Gua are wonderful. I thought they were great when I first read them almost ten years ago and I have used his analogies every since when I am asked to explain the differences. He then gives a short history of the Liu He Ba Fa style and discusses the meaning of the Liu He Ba Fa characters (Foxx's details about the Chinese characters which are used to describe all of the principles in the book are outstanding). The meat of the book is a detailed explanation of the six combinations and eight methods which apply to all internal boxing. I think that anyone who reads his explanations will gain valuable new insights into these principles, regardless of your experience level. The last section of the book describes and shows photos of the internal exercise of Liu He Ba Fa and the Liu He Ba Fa ball practice (supplementary equipment training). These exercises and drills boil the Liu He Ba Fa movements down to their essence and their practice can be of great advantage to any internal martial artist.
I am proud to be able to present this book and I recommend it highly. This book is now ready for sale at $14.95. Call us at 1-800-413-8296 if you would like to receive a copy.
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