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Learning Resources

There are several resources available to students. Take time to check them out! 

Below is a list of books, articles and periodicals you may find useful. Contact Orchard Kung Fu for more information. 


Jiulong Baguazhang
  • Combat Baguazhang: Nine Dragon System; Volume One: Forms and Principles, by John P. Painter. Unique Publications, 2007.

  • Combat Baguazhang: Nine Dragon System; Volume Two:Warrior Training & Applications, by John P. Painter. Unique Publications, 2007.

  • Individual Palm Manuals, by John P. Painter; IAM Co. [Available to workshop attendees only]

  • Tai Chi Therapy: The Science of Metarobics, by Dr. Pete Gryffin

  • The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, by Peter M. Wayne, PhD., and Mark L. Fuest

  • Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers, and Pursuit of Principle, by Jan Kauskas

  • Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate, by Rick Barrett

  • Dao De Jing / Tao Te Ching, by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane Englis

  • Yi Jing - The Complete I Ching, by Alfred Huan

  • Yi Jing - The Original I Ching Oracle, by Ritsema and Sabbadini

  • Yi Jing - The Mandate of Heaven: Hidden History in the I Ching, by S.J. Marshall; Columbia University Press, 2001

  • Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters, by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

  • Hua Hu Ching:The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, by Brian Walker.

  • The Unfettered Mind, by Takuan Soho (translator: William Scott Wilson)

  • On the Warrior’s Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology, by Daniele Bolelli

  • Psych, by Dr. Judd Biasiotto

  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill, by Daniel Coyle

  • Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Finding Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Deadly Force Encounters, Dr. Alexis Artwohl and Loren W. Christensen; Paladin Press, 1997.

  • Surviving Armed Assaults, Lawrence A. Kane; YMMA Publication Center, 2006.

  • Scaling Force, by Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane

  • In the Name of Self-Defense, by Mark MacYoung

  • On Killing, by Dave Grossman

  • On Combat, by Dave Grossman

  • Meditations on Violence, by Rory Miller

  • Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected, by Rory Miller

  • The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals, by Gavin de Becker

  • Just 2 Seconds, by Gavin de Becker

  • Chinese Martial Arts, by Peter Lorge

  • The History and Philosophy of Kung Fu: An Introduction, by Danil Mikhailov



Dr. Yancy Orchard


Dr. John P. Painter

  • A Dust Covered Mirror

  • Taijiquan & Baguazhang & Health

  • Honey Tongue and Gall Heart

  • Consistency in Training – Striving for a Higher Standard

  • Dare to Be Aware

  • The Goal of Zhandouli

  • The Qi Moves Me

  • This Is the Time You Need It Most

  • What is Song?

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