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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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]
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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.

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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.
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