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.

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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].
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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.

Related Post: Long Bridge Hung Kuen

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.

Related Post: Hung Gar Combat Applications

Jul 19, 2010

Silek Minang Kabau

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To round off this coverage of Silat, we have an eye catching demonstration of Silek Minang Kabau (Silat of the Minangkabau clan of Indonesia). The performance starts with a dance like preamble and then proceeds to simulated combat. Readers who think this is nothing more than a highly choreographed artistic routine would be most mistaken.  Evident is the  trademarked silat agility and fluidity, and combat techniques at multiple levels: high, medium and low.

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Jul 16, 2010

What The Mahaguru Himself Had To Go Through

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The tests you saw in the previous two videos were for beginners. Here is what Silat Lincah Mahaguru Dato Haji Omardin had to go through himself during his own rites of passage. Not for the faint hearted. [The commentary is in Cantonese, you won't be missing much if you don't understand it.]

Related Posts: The Gruelling Tests of Silat Lincah, More Extreme Silat Lincah Tests

More Extreme Silat Lincah Tests

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Further to the previous clip, here is another excruciating Silat Lincah test. Do not try this at home or at school. This is just a small part of traditional Silat's extensive curriculum - now you might get some idea why Silat practitioners are known to be particularly effective fighters. [The commentary is in Cantonese, you won't be missing much if you don't understand it.]

Related Post: The Gruelling Tests of Silat Lincah

Jul 10, 2010

The Gruelling Tests of Silat Lincah

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This is an astonunding clip of Silat Lincah students being tested by Mahaguru Dato Haji Omardin. If you think your training is tough and your teacher unreasonably hard nosed, watch this clip for inspiration! Some information on Silat Lincah:
Silat Lincah is described as a pukulan (striking) art as it focuses on striking rather than submissions or performance. It was derived from another Malaysian system called Silat Tarah. Mahaguru Omardin was granted his title because he was willing to perform tests of faith in his guru, where his peers would not. He could not keep the name Tarah because it was considered too aggressive for widespread use, so it was changed to Lincah. Tarah means to sever - as in cut off. Lincah means fast/aggressive, which is the principle of the style. [Source: Silat Lincah UK]
The commentary, which is in Cantonese as the clip is from a Hong Kong documentary, does not go into technical details so viewers who do not understand Cantonese won't be missing anything much.

Update (thanks to a commentator): This excerpt and the following are not from a Hong Kong documentary but from the Malay documentary Selangkah ke Alam Batin ("A Step into the Inner World") released by Singaporean Cathay-Keris in 1985. It also has an English version titled One Step into the Beyond.

Jul 9, 2010

Pencak Silat Cimande Macan Guling

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To kick off a fascinating new series on the intriguing art of Silat, we have a clip on a beautifully performed Macan Guling (Rolling Tiger) form from Pencak Silat Cimande of West Java. In contrast to the rigid forms of many martial arts, Silat forms tend to be highly fluid and even spontaneous. Note the pointed intent and total concentration of the performer throughout, a sign of higher level martial achievement. This and similar forms were until recently secret but thanks to magnanimous gurus, intrepid western documentors and modern technology, we can now watch them in comfort from our computers.

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Jul 4, 2010

The Natural School of Boxing

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Ziramen (The Natural School of Boxing) is a mysterious and lesser known school of kungfu which originated from Hunan province:
Ziranmen traces its lineage to Dwarf Xu, who based it on ancient Taoist philosophy. His disciple, Wu Duxin, served as a bodyguard to Sun Yat-Sen, then the provisional president of the Republic of China. Wu Duxin imparted his knowledge of Ziramen to Wan Laisheng, a prominent twentieth century martial artist. [Wikipedia]
Natural boxers do not pursue tricks nor do they emphasize mastery of unique skills. Instead, they pay attention to tempering the mind, spirit and qi flow inside the body and to the good application of eyesight, fist plays, footwork and movements of the body. [Chinavoc]
This clip shows Wudang Master Wang Xingqing conducting a Ziran Dafa workshop for German members of Dragon Gate School of Wudang.  Combat fans should be able to pick up a wealth of techniques from this excellent short video.

Jul 3, 2010

Professional vs Amateur

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If you haven't watch the previous clip, see that first. In it Sifu Lau Bi mentioned his teachers always reminded him to never get into fights. An advice which many martial artists are aware of but sometimes forget, often in subtle ways. But if the provocation is extreme, there seems to be no other choice. Watch how five times kickboxing world champion Michael Kuhr handles such a situation in his job as a security professional. [Video contains profanities.]

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Jul 1, 2010

Old School Master

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This clip has no fighting but is more interesting than many fighting clips. In an interview, Hung Ga kungfu master Lau Bi touches on martial virtue, old school training and other topics. Notice the poise, clear timbre, expansive approach and unhesitant speech.

Hat tip: Kungfu Magazine