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.
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.
Free articles written and published by shifu Jonathan Bluestein:
(click on each article's name to open it)
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.
Article 3: The Science of Nei Jia Quan (translation of a book). May 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.
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 10: Dan Tian Gong in the Internal Martial Arts (Basic description of Dan Tian methods). July 2014.
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 26: A Weapon for the Ages (Article). April 2018.
Article 31: The 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.