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ZIMEN BOXING

I read this translation again and it is by far the best translation I have ever seen of the book on Zimen Boxing (Tzu Men Chuan).

Brennan Translation

字門正宗
AUTHENTIC ZIMEN BOXING
附醫傷秘錄
including SECRET RECORDS OF INJURY MEDICINES
胡遺生
by Hu Yisheng
中央國術館審㝎
authorized by the Central Martial Arts Institute
[published Mar, 1933]

[translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2014]

書將付梓吟二絕代卷頭語
This book has been sent to the publishers with a couple of extra verses to start it off:

記曾請益侍蒲團祗覺高堅費仰鑽如是我聞茲盡述多聞那敢比阿難
無邊妙諦落言詮闡道權成十二篇幸有八廚王考在解囊欣貨刻書錢
I have written down what I was taught, attentively gathering it all up,
but I feel only that “the more I look up at his teaching, the higher it goes, and the more I drill into his teaching, the harder it gets”. [Lun Yu, 9.11]
I have told it as I have heard it,
so much have I heard that I dare compare myself to Ananda [Buddha’s main disciple].
     The art’s boundless subtle truths provoke interpretations,
and so I have elaborated upon the method, pushed to produce twelve essays.
I am blessed…

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