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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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