"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 " -Grandmaster Benito Tan, Beng Kiam Athletic Association
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 along with a new Foreword, Prefaces, an Appendix and precise English translation illustrated with over 700 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 Brocade; Nine Rotary Method; 18 Scholars Method; Solo and Partner Fighting Drills; 38 Solo Empty-Hand Forms; Six Weapon Art Categories.
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 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 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." 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. He is translator of the first English-language translation of the rare book, "Chinese Gentle Art Complete: The Bible of Ngo Cho Kun," published by Tambuli Media.