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7/31/2016 7:29pm,
1972 Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) combat forms: https://www.scribd.com/document/319814214/1972-Chinese-Public-Security-Bureau-Combat-Forms.

The illustrations actually have arrows showing how to move to the next posture. If (if) you're interested to try to learn something from history, you might print out the pictures and line them up so they become an instructional chart.

There were two forms, one for unarmed combat and one for knife combat. For police work in China, it was long before the introduction of pepper spray or other modern arrest aids. Police operated in teams so that subduing a resistant or violent criminal could be accomplished. Other training manuals of that period still show the use of ropes as arrest and restraint aids. It is much different today.

The 1972 Chinese Public Security Bureau combat forms reflect the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese military and security / police training. The Cultural Revolution saw a return to strengthening the cultural identity and traditional Chinese wushu was emphasized. Bajiquan (Chinese: 八極拳; pinyin: Bājqun) was the foundation of early "catch" fighting for security forces known as Qingdiquan (擒敌拳). By 2016, through a series of periodic re-evaluation of the training patterns/forms training for Chinese military, security, and police services reflect a synthesis of boxing and karate-style movements as well as elements of traditional capture skills.

If you're interested to read a page on the current system: http://baike.baidu.com/view/1142374.htm. (It's in Chinese, an on-line translator may be needed.)

It's an on-again, off-again armchair study over the past decade, and I use the Google Translate option a lot. The Chinese characters are included so you can use them for your own research / interest study if you want to. There are lots of blogs in Chinese and lots of Chinese images that get returned in a search using the Chinese characters that may not show up in a search using English. It is a really interesting sub-thread in modern martial arts if you're open to it.

There is a dramatic difference in what images are available using Google, or using a Chinese search engine. If you're interested to do your own homework out of some academic pursuit or for knowledge about modern martial arts, I suggest using http://www.baidu.com/. Baidu is a Chinese search engine and the images reflect a better inventory of pictures to look at.

The military style forms training has actually become a minor martial arts community since so many millions of men and women have cycled through the Chinese military in their two year conscription cycle. It's become another public martial arts practice. Service members leave the military and take the form training with them, and then box the air for exercise when they return to their civilian lives.

Some schools also teach the forms. There is a reinvigoration of patriotic education in the school curriculum. So, I suspect the modern pattern will be the foundation of a minor martial art in the future simply by the volume of people exposed to it, and then in percentages those who will take the practice forward with them as exercise.

8/01/2016 7:16pm,
If you want to look at period images from on-line archives for this particular document, I found the characters for this specific instructional manual: 捕俘拳图试用稿. The year date of publication for the scanned document is 1972.