Dec 28, 2010

Shaolin Xinyiba Applications

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In our previous post, we saw Northern Shaolin monk Shi Dejian practicing Xingyiba forms precipitously on a rooftop at the edge of a cliff. In this clip - the finest example of Northern Shaolin combat application we have came across - Shi Dejian shows a Western visitor how Xingyiba could be used for self defence. Note the fluidity and spontaneity of the moves and the precise body control, of both Shi Dejian and him of his opponent - a sign of long practice and high level kung fu achievement. Also notable is combat at multiple latitudes and the use of long stances in both attack and defence.

Southern Shaolin enthusiasts who might consider that their art to be more effective because it deploys smaller circles, more handiwork and lower kicks might like to take note that Northern Shaolin is not deficient in these areas in this example.  Xinyiba would have been lost if it had not be taught to a lay monk who kept the art alive outside the temple when the Shaolin temple itself was destroyed during the Chinese Civil War. This interesting tale in a subsequent post.

Related Post: Monk Shi Dejian and Shaolin Xingyiba

Dec 26, 2010

Monk Shi Dejian and Shaolin Xingyiba

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Towards the end of the twentieth century, knowledgeable observers expressed reservations whether traditional kung fu could still be found in the Northern Shaolin temple. What these observers saw when they visited the temple and its surroundings were modern acrobatic wushu, and they wondered if genuine Shaolin kung fu had survived the Cultural Revolution and other tumultuous events that befell China.

Perhaps in response, the temple showcased monk Shi Dejian, an adept in the rare art of Xinyiba. Xinyiba is said to be a distantly related to the more well known art of Xingyiquan (or Hsing-I Chuan). In this first of a three part series, Shi Dejian demonstrates breath taking balance while practicing on a temple rooftop perched on a steep cliff-face at the Songshan Mountains. Seen also in the video is Shi Yongxin, the current Abbot of the Northern Shaolin temple.

Related Post: The Avian Techniques of Xingyi

Dec 25, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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For this festive break, here's White Christmas sung by The Drifters, with animation by Joshua Held. Even songs sound better with a touch of Yin/Yang, with lead bass Bill Pinkney (the low pitched lead), supported by tenor Clyde McPhatter (the high pitched accompaniment).

Dec 18, 2010

Application of Wing Chun's Wooden Dummy Footwork

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In this ground breaking video, Sifu Jin Young demonstrates the secrets of the triangular footwork found in Wing Chun's wooden dummy form. See how this seemingly simple footwork can be used to advantageously face an opponent, neutralize an opponent's centre line, escape from tight situations and be used as a supplement exercise to Chi Sao.

Related Post: Wing Chun Punching Basics

Dec 15, 2010

Wing Chun Punching Basics

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Punching is not just simply throwing out a closed fist. In traditional martial arts, there is a lot of technology behind the execution of a punch and it is normally a closely guarded secret of a school. In this clip, Sifu Jin Young discusses some of the technicalities of the Wing Chun punch including distancing, elbow positioning, knuckle placement, the trademark Wing Chun wrist snap and the hammer-and-nail analogy. Together with Brook, his deceptively demure assistant.

Related Post: Tan Sau: The Dispersing Hand

Dec 12, 2010

Tan Sau: The Dispersing Hand

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In this second video from Sifu Jin Young, the Wing Chun Tan Sau or dispersing hand is introduced. Though this block seems to be similar to Karate's Chudan Uke and Shuto Uke, its technical execution is quite different. Watch as Sifu Jin points out the key fine points of the Wing Chun Tan Sau, including the positioning of the elbow, not chasing hands, drilling into and attacking the center.

Note: There may be some small talk at the beginning of Sifu's Jin vidoes, don't get turned away - the action comes thick and fast soon enough.

Related Post: Introduction to Wing Chun: Pak Sau

Dec 9, 2010

Introduction to Wing Chun: Pak Sau

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Sifu Jin Young has produced an excellent series of videos on the principles of Wing Chun kung fu. As a tribute to his work, we will be running a 'best of' picks of these videos here at Daily Kungfu. Sifu Jin's Wing Chun lineage is via Hawkins Cheung and Gary Lam. In addition, he has trained in Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian JiuJitsu, Muay Thai and other martial arts. If you like his videos, you can chip in here. Sifu Jin does not run a school at the moment and teaches privately only to friends. His website is here.

For martial arts readers, these videos are an excellent introduction to Chinese martial arts in general, and Wing Chun in particular. In this first clip, Sifu Jin (aka chinaboxer) discusses Pak Sau or Slapping Hand. Details covered include keeping the fingers up, using the palm not the fingers, not over extending the hand and attacking the centre.

Dec 7, 2010

Blast From The Past: So Close

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This clip was scheduled for posting over the weekend but got held over. But here it is, better late than never. Instead of the usual testosterone fueled combat action, we have some feminine kick ass for a change. From the Hong Kong movie So Close, with English subtitles.

Dec 4, 2010

Motivational Kung Fu

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Is kung fu, or martial arts in general, all grim fisticuffs? Check out this video, a marvel of story telling and animation, which goes into our books as 'modern kung fu'. Beyond the technical virtuosity in its production, the clip covers areas which are not obvious yet not alien to martial arts. More on this in another article.

Nov 30, 2010

Umbrella Kung Fu

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Asian martial arts have an extensive repertoire of weapons from the mundane to the exotic. For example Chinese Kung Fu is known to have at least 100 different weapons. Some of these weapons have ancient lineages, eg the spear, while a few must have been latter day additions, such as the umbrella, as shown in this clip from a martial arts gathering in Taiwan.  Note how the umbrella is not wielded like a sword or stick as it has a easily bendable or breakable spine.  Instead the demonstrator holds it in both hands and used it for vicious short pokes and hooks.

Related Post: Swords I, Swords II, Taiji Sword

Nov 27, 2010

Six Harmony Northern Praying Mantis

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Further to the previous post on combat intent and power strikes, here's another martial art which doesn't pussy around: Six Harmony Northern Praying Mantis. Mantis refers to the base art, the Northern adjective distinguishes Northern Mantis from the unrelated art of Southern Mantis. Six Harmony is a branch Northern Mantis; other branches include Seven Star, Eight Step, Tai Chi and Plum Blossom. Six Harmony Praying Mantis itself is said to be combination of Six Harmony Fist and Seven Star Mantis. The principle of Six Harmony or Six Harmonies is described as follows:
It can be argued that without the "Six Harmonies" there can be no conscious movement and therefore no true Kung Fu. Liu He or Six Harmonies means the uniting of 6 principles. There are three internal (nei jia) and three external (wai jia) principles, which cannot be separated from each other. The three internal are: Mind in harmony with intent, intent in harmony with chi and chi in harmony with force. The three external are: the shoulder in harmony with the hip, the elbow in harmony with the knee and the hand in harmony with the foot. The Six Harmonies are the foundation of all good martial arts practice and also good health.
Related Post: Bajiquan Combat Intent, Northern Mantis Training Camp, Northern Mantis Wooden Dummy

Nov 26, 2010

Bajiquan Combat Intent

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In more than a few martial arts, the combat intent of their exercises and movements are muted or hidden. This is not the case with the northern Chinese art of Bajiquan. As shown in this clip, the intention to inflict major damage is evident in its drills. Here are some bajiquan principles from Bajimen:
  • Movement is precise, fast, simple and direct. Every move has its intended usages, and will not contain anything flowery. However once the hand methods are mastered, then infinite changes are possible.
  • Training is very scientific. Both techniques and power are divided into steps. These training methods flow from one to another, connect closely in a sequence, and does not allow the practitioner to be lazy.
  • Train methods all start with the lower body, the training is very strenuous. Without a solid lower body foundation, there would be no way to progress into the other stages of training.

Nov 22, 2010

Who Won This?

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A Wing Chun practitioner spars with her little daughter. Watch the video twice, once before reading the next sentence, and again after; go watch the video now...

[Read this after you watch the video: Though the adult seems to exhibit an overwhelming advantage, look closely and see how the young lady is able to repeatedly strike through and at the centre line...]

Nov 19, 2010

Secrets of Bagua Rolling Hands

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Speaking of sticky hands, this is not the province of Wing Chun alone. Bagua has a sophisticated equivalent in its 'rolling hands'. Simplistically put, these sticky or rolling hand exercises simulate combat at close range and train sensitivity and counters to the movements of an opponent. Watch as Sifu Rudy Curry Jr reveals some of the rolling hand secrets of bagua, including how the coiling snake hand is used in this context. Sifu Rudy does not seem to have a webpage currently, his bio below is republished from a Word document:
Sifu Rudy Curry started with Karate in the Goju Ryu and Isshin ryu systems in his early teens and moved on to learn Yun Mu Kuan and Kung fu from Master Min Pai in 1977. In 1978 he began studying Hsing-I chuan, Ba Gua Zhang and Chi Kung with Grandmaster BP Chan who later also taught him Chen Tai Chi Chuan. He also studied various versions of Yang family Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmasters William CC Chen and CK Chu. He continued his studies in Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Khametic Mind Science in 1982 with Master Heru Nepu and Master Abu Khafra Ndongo and studied Wing Chun with Mr. Wong. Sifu Curry also studied Tai Chi with Master Sat Hon in 1984-85 (and in) 1988 studied Yi Chuan with Master YP Dong. He met a Master named Sam Chin whose father invented I-Liq Chuan and studies with him periodically. 1n 1998 he also studied Traditional Yang family Tai Chi with Master Gim H. Won. Sifu Curry has also been practicing with Grandmasters and unknown masters in Chinatown communities (in New York and Los Angeles) with such notables as old man Chang of Kissena Park in Queens, N.Y and Grandmaster Yu in Los Angeles, who has the elusive “empty force” and tangible healing capabilities.
Related Post: Bagua Combat Application

Nov 14, 2010

The Origins of Sticky Hands

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It has been some time since our last animal clip. Many martial arts are said to be inspired by animals. Are these just founders' myths or is there some truth to them? The answer could lie more in the latter hypothesis. Most urban people are not familiar with how well animals can fight, if they are, they might be moved to copy a few tricks too. This clip shows what might possibly be the inspiration for Sticky Hands (also known as Sticking Hands or Chi Sao), and its variations, found in martial arts such as Wing Chun and Taiji. Tongue-in-cheek of course, or perhaps not, more in a later article.

Hattip: Kung Fu Magazine

Nov 8, 2010

The Ten Elements of Choy Lay Fut

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An indication of a mature martial art is the presence of a rich set of terminology to describe actions, techniques and other elements of the art. This video catalogs the ten hand techniques of Choy Lay Fut. An abstract of the description of each technique from Ng Family Choy Lay Fut:
Kum - Pressing or Slapping Deflection
Similar to a parry in western boxing this element is designed to deflect incoming strikes from various angles. It is also used to pin or immobilize an opponent's limbs from further counter attack.

Na - Shooting Arm Bridge
The arm is used to spear through, intercept, and redirect an opponent's attacks. A more piercing interception will cut into the opponent's center of gravity, enabling the Choy Lay Fut practitioner to uproot the opponent

Gwa - Downward Backfist
A powerful swinging technique frequently used in combination with other elements to strike heavily into the opponent. When used as a "destruction" (incapacitating the opponent's striking limb during its attack), the force of the blow will often leave the opponent off balanced and open for a follow-up strike.

Sau - Inward Sweeping Punch
A powerful signature strike of the Choy Lay Fut method, the sau chue frequently becomes a finishing blow when accurately used. The structure of this strike is designed to both impact and rake into the surface the intended target.

Chop - Fore-Knuckle Strike
Often used in a fashion similar to a jab in western boxing, the chop chue is frequently used to force open different gates (targets) on the opponent to be struck by follow-up techniques. .

Pow - Upward Power Shot
A pow chue derives its power from the momentum of a circular upward swing. This strike is frequently executed in a continuous fashion toward an opponent's center, driving them off balance and forcing a backward retreat.

Kup - Sweeping Fist Slap
A kup chue is executed similarly to the sau chue except taking a slightly more horizontal path. The striking surface of this element are the inside fore-knuckles of the fist, and when executed, this technique resembles a "slap" from a closed fist. The structure of this strike is designed to smash and rake into the flesh of the opponent.

Biu - Outward Shooting Forearm Strike
Using both the inner forearm and the fist as the striking surface, this element is frequently used as a follow-up to other elements and strikes. This attack takes the striking surfaces of the inner forearm and fist in a swinging outward motion toward the intended target.

Ding - Elbow Strike
Though this element is technically a thrusting elbow strike, any attack utilizing the major joints of the human body can be categorized as a ding (i.e. a knee strike, a shoulder butt, etc.). The angle and path of this element can vary. By design, this element is executed only with a compacted structure.

Jong - Uppercut
While a pow chue gains its power from the momentum of a circular upward swing, the jong derives its power from a direct upward thrusting motion perpendicular from the ground. This element is often executed while fist is directly below the intended target.
Related Post: Hung Gar Combat Applications

Nov 5, 2010

The Cross Arm Bar Techniques of Silat

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The cross arm bar is common to many martial arts, which use it as a double-grab-and-lock counter to a 1-2 punch. But Silat takes it to a whole new level. As demonstrated here by Pendekar Bobbe Edmonds, who is showing just a subset of what is in the art of Silat Harimau...

Related Post: Amazing Silat Grappling Counters

Nov 2, 2010

Amazing Silat Grappling Counters

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Silat is known for its sophisticated ground fighting techniques. In this clip Pendekar Bambang Suwanda demonstrates nifty counters when seemingly comprehensively locked by Pendekar Bobbe Edmonds. The art being demonstrated is Benjang, a grappling style of Silat from West Java. Notice some of the counters require tendon, nerve or joint attacks.

Oct 27, 2010

Wing Chun-White Crane Missing Link Found?

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Wing Chun is said to be an amalgamation of White Crane and Snake kung fu. The link to Fukien White Crane is particularly tantalizing, given Wing Chun shares the same high stances and short bridges. And lately it is noted that name Eng Choon (Yong Chun in Mandarin), a town in the Fukien province of China famous for its White Crane Kung Fu, is Wing Chun in Cantonese.

However, initial travelers to Eng Choon looking for the source of Wing Chun found the kung fu there did not resemble Wing Chun much. But it seems it depends on who one asks. In this video scoop by martial arts researcher Sifu Sergio Iadarola, Sifu Cliff Ip of Hong Kong performs an advanced form of Fukien White Crane called Sap Yee Jeet Lik (possible translation: Twelve Special Forces). If you watch closely, there is a distinct resemblance to Wing Chun's Siu Lim Tao with some Chum Kiu and Biu Jee thrown in.

Related Post: We have also earlier noted a White Crane-Wing Chun link in Yong Chun White Crane

Oct 23, 2010

An Old Master Demonstrates Iron Shirt

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At a Taiwan martial arts gathering, a diminutive old master of "Dharma Hard Qigong" demonstrates iron shirt skills to an earnest Westerner. A couple of points to note here. Taiwan seems to be able to maintain a tradition of holding martial arts exchanges amongst the old masters, a feat seldom reported elsewhere. Also, the master in this demo does not move into the punches to jam them, a shortcut seen in some iron shirt demos.

Oct 17, 2010

Southern Praying Mantis Chi Kung

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To round off this series on Chow Gar Praying Mantis, we have a clip of Grandmaster Ip Shui performing seated Chi Kung (Qigong). Note how Grandmaster Ip beams at the start of the exercise, his fluent movements and the intention (yi) shown with his eyes. Also it might seem he is floating on air but he is probably sitting on a tall stool. Another rare watch from a master from a bygone era.

Related Post: The Three Step Arrow of Grandmaster Ip Shui

Oct 11, 2010

Applications of The Three Step Arrow

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How could the 'jerky' movements seen in the Sam Bo Jin (or Saam Bo Gin) demonstrated by Grandmaster Ip Shui in the previous video be used in combat? This short clip gives a clue, as demonstrated here by Sifu Peter Orum from the Chow Gar Southern Mantis Kung Fu club of UK. The picture in the background is that of Lau Soei, the teacher of Grandmaster Ip Shui.

Related Post: The Three Step Arrow of Grandmaster Ip Shui

Oct 8, 2010

The Three Step Arrow of Grandmaster Ip Shui

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Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung's teacher was his father, the late Grandmaster Ip Shui (Yip Shui). The elder Grandmaster was a member of the fading generation of kung fu masters who learnt their art before WWII, and whose skills are day-and-night different from the present generation of practitioners. Besides being known to be a formidable fighter, Grandmaster Ip Shui was also highly regarded as a healer:
In Hong Kong Grandmaster Ip Shui ran a small Dit Dar clinic in Kowloon city, treating people with fractures, sprains etc. He also treated people with a special skill called 'Wafu' that was taught to him by his Grandfather who lived at the Shaolin Monastery. This skill is unique, no medicines are required, just prayers, a brush and water. He has cured many, from those who could not walk to cancer sufferers and more. He was one of the last to do this special skill in Hong Kong.
In this clip, Grandmaster Ip Shui performs the first form of Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis, Sam Bo Jin or Saam Bo Gin (possible translation: Three Step Arrow). Unlike the power packed or fast displays of modern practitioners, Grandmaster Ip Shui's version is slower and more gentle, yet hints at power and fluidity. Another gem of a video of an art which is still mainly kept secret by the Hakka community.

Related Post: Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung

Southern Mantis Grinding Arms

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This clip is short in duration, grainy and has poor audio quality (do turn up the volume). But it is quite a gem covering key basics of Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis' Chy Sao or Grinding Hands (which has little semblance to Wing Chun's Chi Sao or Sticky Hands, though they have similar sounding names). As demonstrated here by Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung.

Related Post: Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung

Oct 4, 2010

Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung

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Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung (Yip Chee Keung), the current lineage holder of Chow Gar Praying Mantis, demonstrates amazing Iron Crotch skills to Chris Crudelli from BBC's Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves. Chris Crudelli's kicks would have been painful even with a groin guard but Grandmaster Ip takes them in his stride. On a side note, this is what Grandmaster Ip has this to say about his art:
I first noticed that my Kung Fu was improving when my Chy Sau (*an exercise specifically designed to strengthen the bridge in Southern Mantis, and to generate short range shock powers) became very strong. In Chow Gar, the Iron Shirt is generated at the same time as the shock powers. You cannot separate the two - when you have built up your short range powers, you will have also built your Steel jacket. Both are fundamental parts of the Chow Gar system...When you have a high level of Kung Fu, you will develop a deeper understanding [of spirituality]. Poor standards breed arrogance, greed and competition. To become humble and honest is the way of Chow Gar Mantis.
Related Post: Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis II

Sep 28, 2010

Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis II

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Grandmaster Henry Sue heads an Australian offshot of Chow Gar Praying Mantis Kungfu, a notable branch of Hakka Kungfu. (We have previously featured Grandmaster Ip Shui and his son Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung, the past and current lineage holders of Chow Gar Praying Mantis in this humorous video.) In this present clip, Grandmaster Sue demonstrates some of the ferocious short range attacks typical of Southern Mantis.

Related Posts: Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis I

Sep 22, 2010

Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis I

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This is a sequel to the previous post. How would the slaps and palm strikes of Hakka Kungfu be used in combat? In this clip, Sifu Guy Sue-Tin demonstrates their application. Sifu Sue-Tin teaches Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis:
Southern Praying Mantis kung fu (Chow Gar Tong Long) was designed with two main principles in mind - practicality and effectiveness. The style eliminates any techniques which would not be effective in realistic conflicts. Any moves which are flashy or just "look good" have been removed. Techniques that are complex and difficult to execute have no place in Chow Gar.
Related Post: The Slaps and Palm Strikes of Hakka Kungfu

Sep 18, 2010

The Slaps and Palm Strikes of Hakka Kungfu

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Talking of slaps, here is how Hakka Southern Praying Mantis practitioners execute theirs with gusto in training. This post serves as a lead-in to a special series on Hakka Kungfu, a relatively secretive branch of kung fu which has a reputation for combat effectiveness. Hakka Praying Mantis is unrelated to Northern Praying Mantis and is more closely linked with Hakka styles such as Bak Mei and Dragon Kungfu. More on Hakka Kungfu in upcoming episodes.

Related Posts: Slap Attack, Southern Praying Mantis

Sep 14, 2010

Slap Attack

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Pekiti Tirsia Kali uses the slap as its primary hand weapon. What are the technical advantages of a slap over a punch? Among others, there is less likelihood of a slap slipping off its target. And it can transfer quite a bit of energy and momentum, as shown in this clip of a street encounter. Also note the attacker has his hands in a defensive formation at the start, and the turning of the victim on his side to prevent choking, and, yes, it was a sucker slap.

Related Post: Amazing Filipino Combat Locks I
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Sep 12, 2010

Amazing Filipino Combat Locks II

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Further to the previous post, here is another clip of locks and take downs from the art of Visayan knife fighting techniques and the Filipino martial art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.
Everything we do has purpose, and it's based on offense, counter offense and or re-counter offense. Defense is the other guy's concern. In a bladed art, you never want to be on the recieving end. [Sundangan]
Related Post: Amazing Filipino Combat Locks I

Sep 8, 2010

Amazing Filipino Combat Locks I

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The martial arts of Nusantara (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines etc) are known for their extensive, sophisticated lock and takedown techniques. In this clip, a Visayan knife fighting expert demonstrates some intricate locks from the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system.

Related Post: Eskrima Master Gets The Better of Two Dudes

Sep 3, 2010

Combat Applications of Ziranmen Natural Boxing

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We have previously featured the less well known school of martial art called Ziranmen or Natural Boxing. With an interesting name like this, how would the combat applications look like? Well, at first glance it looks effective but nevertheless quite orthodox, as demonstrated here by Master Liu De Ming. But it does say 'Natural Boxing' so one would expect it to look orthodox. Not shown or which cannot be seen easily are the internal principles. Here is an abstract from Master Liu's website regarding the internal 'natural' aspects of Ziranmen:
Forms and techniques are stepping stones to the higher levels of martial arts. At the highest levels, your entire being (mind, body, energy) is integrated. Your actions take place without thought. This is also sometimes known as 'spontaneous correct action'. As you have no preconceived notion of form and no deliberate plan of attack or defence, your movements are swift and unpredictable, your mind is free from thought and hesitation and your power manifests effortlessly.
Related Post: The Natural School of Boxing
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Aug 31, 2010

Projectiles in Martial Arts

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Throwing is a lesser known martial art skill. Projectiles can range from needles to chain-linked retrievable spade heads. Here, instructor Ron Kosakowski demonstrates knife throwing tactics from Kuntao Dumpaq.

Aug 27, 2010

Shunde Wing Chun

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For fans and followers of Wing Chun, we have a gem of a video clip today. It is Part 2 of a two part series on Shunde Wing Chun by CCTV7 (Part 1 is mainly historical stuff). Among the vignettes packed into this clip are:
  • A spritely 100 year old Wing Chun lady practitioner.
  • Shunde Wing Chun's butterfly knives form which is totally different from the Yip Man version.
  • How Wing Chun's hand greeting differs from its Northern version and its combat application.
  • The application of double Gan Sau (Wing Chun's two hand side block).
  • The application of Bil Jee's windmill arms as seen towards the end of the Bil Jee form.
The commentary and dialogue is in Mandarin and Cantonese but non-speakers should be able to discern the action and concepts without too much difficult. A translation of the transcript is available here (scroll down for Part 2).

Aug 25, 2010

The Finer Aspects of the Centreline

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In the previous clip, we covered the more obvious utility of the Centreline concept. In this clip, Grandmaster Chen Qing Yun of the Yuen style of Wing Chun explains the finer aspects of the Centerline theory. This style of Wing Chun is largely unknown outside of China. At the start of the video, Grandmaster Chen speaks in Cantonese, if you know "Choong Sin" means "Centerline", you should be able to catch the gist of what he is trying to convey, the rest of the video has an English commentary.

Related Post: The Importance of the Centreline

Aug 22, 2010

The Importance of the Centreline

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This video doesn't look all that spectacular but it amply demonstrates the importance of guarding one's centreline and attacking the oppponent's centreline. The centreline concept is common to a number of martial arts ranging from Silat to Muay Thai, White Crane and Wing Chun. Have a look at this video, and if you are not totally clear about the centreline concept, this should make it clearer. (Note though the centreline concept is more than this.)

Aug 14, 2010

The Rope as a Weapon

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One normally associates weapons with hard implements such as the stick or knife. But in advanced Indonesian and Filipino martial arts, the pliable rope can also be deployed as an effective weapon. Watch as martial arts instructor Tim Gillett demonstrates some devastating applications of the rope as a weapon.

Related Post: The Sarong As A Weapon

Aug 9, 2010

Choy Lay Fut Wooden Dummy

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While Wing Chun popularized the use of the Wooden Dummy as a training aid, other Southern Chinese martial arts too have their own Wooden Dummy sets. We have previously featured dummies from Wing Chun, Northern and Southern Mantis. This short clip shows a Wooden Dummy form from Choy Lay Fut - unique for the fact that long fist styles, under which Choy Lay Fut is classed, do not generally use the Wooden Dummy in training.

Related Posts: Chuka Southern Mantis Training, Northern Mantis Wooden Dummy, Wing Chun Wooden Dummy

Aug 8, 2010

Silat Combat At The Knee Level

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This short clip shows stance exercises from Guru Besar Herman Suwanda's Silat Harimau (Tiger Silat). Silat practitioners can fight upright or at knee level as hinted by these exercises. Advanced martial arts tend to cover the three levels of combat: high, medium and low.

Related Post: The Sarong As A Weapon

Aug 3, 2010

Elbow Techniques in Silat

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Silat practitioners from Satria Fighting Arts demonstrate the use of elbows and knees in a wide variety of defensive and offensive situations. While many martial arts deploy the elbow and the knee for combat, silat is particularly rich is its elbow and knee techniques.

Aug 1, 2010

Secrets of Siu Lim Tao III

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In Part 3 of the Secrets of Siu Lim Tao, Wing Chun Chief Instructor Tony Psaila discusses Multi-Vector Force. In traditional terminology, Multi-Vector Force might be known as Tun To Fau Jum (In, Out, Up, Down).

Related Post: Secrets of Siu Lim Tao II

Jul 31, 2010

Secrets of Siu Lim Tao II

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In part two of The Secrets of Siu Lim Tao, Wing Chun Chief Instructor Tony Psaila discusses how to strike effectively using relaxed power.

Related Post: Secrets of Siu Lim Tao I

Jul 30, 2010

Secrets of Siu Lim Tao I

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Wing Chun instructor Tony Psaila discusses some of the finer internal aspects of the deceptively simple looking first form of Wing Chun, Siu Lim Tao. Tony Psaila is a student of Master Jim Fung and Grandmaster Chu Song Tin. Grandmaster Chu, who is said to be a particularly knowledgeable in the internal aspects of Hong Kong Wing Chun, is a close disciple of Hong Kong Wing Chun founder Yip Man.  In this first of a three part series, Tony Psaila introduces the concepts of balance and relaxation.

Chen Taiji Lock Counters

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Chen Taiji is well known for its extensive repertoire of locks. It is just as well regarded for its lock counters. In this clip Sifu Yang Hefa, a student of Grandmaster Ma Hong, shows how locks can be countered and even turned against the aggressor using Chen Taiji spirals, elbows and low stances.

Related Post: The Secrets of Taiji Soft Power

Jul 29, 2010

Chuka Southern Mantis Training

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This is a clip of Chuka (Chu Gar) Southern Praying Mantis practitioners going through their training routines and working out on home made training devices. Chu Gar (Chu Family) is one of the four main branches of Southern Praying Mantis known in the West, the others are Chow Gar (Chow Family), Jook Lum (Bamboo Forest) and Iron Ox. Note the emphasis on body and limb strikes.

Related Post: Southern Praying Mantis

Jul 26, 2010

The Spins of Baquazhang

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In this clip, Tom Bisio demonstrates the forms and applications of Liang Style Baguazhang. Watch out for dragon body spins and their use in fighting multiple opponents. More information on Liang Style Baguazhang:
Liang Style Baguazhang is the style of Baguazhang descended from Liang Zhenpu, the youngest disciple of Baguazhang's founder, Dong Haichuan. In general, Liang style appears somewhat similar to both Yin and Cheng styles, yet has a unique methodology and training methods of its own. As its technical basis, Liang style baguazhang has the "eight old palms", from which more complicated linking forms are derived. Liang style is also known for its large array of weapons (such as the wind and fire wheels, seven star rod, and double-headed snake spears) [Wikipedia].
Related Post: Bagua Combat Application

Jul 24, 2010

Silat vs Taiji

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In the West, diverse martial arts styles get to meet each other. Here, a Silat exponent takes on a Taiji practitioner in a push hand competition at the Master Liang He Qing Memorial Championship 2007 in UK. Guess who won?

Jul 23, 2010

Fukien Hasayfu Hung Kuen

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Hung Gar is normally thought of as a Cantonese art. But there is another 'older' version of Hung Kuen which is said to have originated in Fujian. The forms of this Hasayfu version of Hung Kuen is much simpler compared to contemporary versions. Here, simpler does not mean inferior or ineffective by any means. This clip shows the Hasayfu five animal set as demonstrated by Master Saleem  Alamudeen, a student of Grandmaster Wing Lam. [Notes: 1) The titles of the tiger and crane sets were swapped 2) the video is accompanied by jarring music.]

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Jul 22, 2010

Short Bridge Old Hung Kuen

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Popular lines of Hung Kuen trace their lineages back to Wong Fei Hung, a famous Cantonese Hung Ga master. It is said that Grandmaster Wong added flair and longer stances to Hung Kuen, which in its original form resembles more Southern Mantis and Wing Chun with its short bridges and stances. As seen here in this clip, of Sifu Leung Gaamg Wong performing an old Hung Kuen set named Night Tiger Emerges From The Forest.

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Jul 21, 2010

Long Bridge Hung Kuen

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The kung fu shown in Hong Kong movies were and are mostly from the Hong Kong Hung Ga school. We have a multiple part series on Hung Kuen (short for Hung Gar Kuen Kung Fu) starting with a clip of a Western practitioner performing at a Penang Hung Gar school in Malaysia. Note his fluid and power packed moves compared to the more staccato ones one normally sees in the cinema.

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