Who is the man


         behind it all?

Shifu Jonathan Bluestein (LL.B) is a martial arts teacher and author hailing from Israel. He is the founder of the Tianjin Martial Arts Academy, where he teaches the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xing Yi Quan and Pigua Zhang.

For many years now, shifu Bluestein has been devoted to the practical and scholarly investigation of the martial arts; which included the meeting and studying with

countless teachers, across several countries, and long training trips to China with grand-master Zhou Jingxuan. These books is Bluestein's labour of love, and each had taken him years to complete. As a multidisciplinary researcher, shifu Bluestein’s writings are also heavily influenced by Chinese Philosophy, Jungian Psychology, modern sports science and various historical sources and anecdotes. He considers the martial arts to be a holistic field of study, and therefore strives to explore their nature utilizing many different viewpoints and disciplines.


Shifu Bluestein strongly believes in maintaining a close relationship with his readers, and can be easily reached at: jonathan.bluestein@gmail.com  or on Facebook.   


Click here to listen to shifu Bluestein being interviewed about his book, as well as many other martial arts related subjects. Click here to download free sample-chapter files from shifu Bluestein's books.    

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Free articles written and published by shifu Jonathan Bluestein:


(click on each article's name to open it)


Year 2012

Article 1: The Versatile Whip of Pigua Zhang (An article about Pigua Zhang). November 2012.

Article 2: Master Zhou: The Man, The Artist, The Teacher (A biography of master Zhou Jingxuan, telling his story while relating it to the history of the city of Tianjin and its martial arts). December 2012.



Year 2013

Article 3: The Science of Nei Jia Quan (translation of a book). May 2013.

Article 4: The Art Among the Clouds (On Chen Zhonghua, Da Qing Shan and Chen style Taiji). June 2013.

Article 5: The World of Martial Arts That has Long Since Passed (translation of a book). June 2013.

Article 6: Bluestein's Complete Guide For Martial Arts Newbies. September 2014.

Article 1 (extended edition): The Versatile Whip of Pigua Zhang - Extended Magazine Edition (An article about Pigua Zhang). Published on the Fall 2013 issue of Deep Water Magazine.



Year 2014

Article 7: On Stretching in the Martial Arts – Conventional and Internal. May 2014.

Article 8: Hidden Transmission in the Martial Arts (on the concept of Isshin Denshin). May 2014.

Article 9: The Martial Spirit of Tianjin - An Interview with Nitzan Oren (on traditional martial arts training in China). May 2014.

Article 10: Dan Tian Gong in the Internal Martial Arts (Basic description of Dan Tian methods). July 2014.

                 Click here for the English version, and here for the Portuguese version.

Article 11: Martial Arts and the Great Learning (Confucianism and the martial arts). August 2014.


Article 12: The Time It Takes To Learn An Art  (Provides a thorough answer to the question: "How much time should it take to learn a traditional martial art?"). August 2014. Also available in French


Article 13: The Brilliance of the Chinese Longsword (An article concerning the Miao Dao - the Chinese equivalent of the Japanese katana). October 2014.



Year 2015

Article 14: Fighting Ranges in the Martial Arts (Article). January 2015.


Article 15: The Concept of Power in Chinese Martial Arts (Article). February 2015.


Article 16: What Constitutes a Good Martial Arts Teacher? (Article). April 2015.


Article 17: World's Largest Miao Dao - A review (Article). June 2015.


Article 18: The Internal Martial Arts - EXPLAINED! (Article). August 2015.


Article 19: The Lost Art of Buddha's Guardian (Concerning Shaolin Jingang Bashi). September 2015.


Article 20: Xing Yi and Yi Quan - The Real Story (Article). October 2015.


Year 2016

Article 21: To Study Martial Arts By Walking The Middle Path (Article). July 2016.

Article 22: All About Wooden Weapons:  Which Woods, Where to Buy, and How to Care (Article). September 2016.

Year 2017

Article 23: The Secret Flow in Teaching Martial Arts (Article). May 2017.

Article 24: The Internal Path of the Wing Chun Master (Article). August 2017.

Article 25: The Concept of Power in Chinese Martial Arts (Article; renewed). Qi Journal, Vol. 27 Number 4, Winter 2017-18.

Year 2018

Article 26: A Weapon for the Ages (Article). April 2018.

Article 27: A Painter and a Gardener (Article). May 2018.

Article 28: Xing Yi Quan: Fist of the Mind (Article). World of Martial Arts Magazine, September-October, 2018, Issue 1.

Article 29: What Bruce Lee Did Not Know (Article). December 2018.

Year 2019

Article 30: Q&A With Jonathan Bluestein (Interview). January 2019.

Article 31The Real Meaning Behind Forms. TAO Magazine, Issue 4, March-April 2019.

Article 32: The Challenge of Traditional Karate. World of Martial Arts Magazine, Issue 4, March-April, 2019.

Article 33: The Most Genuine Question for a Martial Arts Teacher. June 2019.


Skill is acquired through continuous practice, sophistication & depth (are achieved) by giving thought to it


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