Nov 21, 2011

Monkey Kung Fu Forms

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We've got a double video feature today. First is a jazzy Monkey Kung Fu form demonstrated by Sean Velas. The jumps and flips you see might be just for show but they can be used for escapes and pounces in combat. Traditional forms sport fewer acrobatics as can be seen in the second video which shows Sean Valas' teacher Sifu Steve Chin doing a Monkey form. Notice the lesser number of jumps and more hand strikes.

Nov 13, 2011

Taekwondo Extravaganza

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It's been a while since we last looked at the Korean art of Taekwondo. This clip showcases a Taekwondo presentation with forms, breaking and simulated fighting, all done with impressive choreography. Some may consider Taekwondo a sport or performing art rather than a martial art. And generally, it is true the sports version takes centrestage but elite Taekwondo schools can certainly mix it with other arts with their super fast and accurate kicks.

Cross Pattern Tiger Blocking Fist

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Nice monochrome video of Choy Li Fut's Sup Ji Jit Fu Kuen (Cross Pattern Tiger Blocking Fist) form as performed by Niel Willcott of UK.
Although known as a Southern system, Choy Li Fut has its origins in both Northern and Southern China. The system’s founder, Chan Heung had three teachers, two from the South and one from the North. Choy Li Fut is one of the few kung fu styles that is strongly influenced by both Northern and Southern Chinese kung-fu, combining the long arm techniques of the South with the quick agile footwork that characterizes Northern China’s martial arts.

Nov 6, 2011

Silat Pulut: Silat vs Capoeira

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Many martial arts have stylized two person training-cum-competitive drills such as Wing Chun's Chi Sao and Taiji's Push Hands. In the same vein, Silat has Silat Pulut, a slow motion fighting exercise. Generally conducted with light or no contact, it doesn't look too interesting to the uninitiated but for those who can discern the techniques been executed, though without contact or violence, it is a joy to watch. In this Silat Pulut clip, a Silat practitioner, in all black, takes on a Capoeira opponent. Very nice. [Spotted via Silat.tv]

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The Last Swordsman

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Martial Arts has survived war, suppression and time. But it now faces its greatest challenge: modern contemporary living. Sidelined as anachronism, no one seems to be able to find the time or motivation to put in the hard practice to realize the art. This is true for most ancient traditions including Indian ones.

So, to round off our coverage of the Punjabi martial arts of Shasta Vidya, we have Nidar Singh, said to be the last living master of the art. The video itself focuses on one of Shasta Vidya's most exotic weapons: the Chakra or spinning disk. Used as a projectile, it has the advantage of a continuous edge compared to the single sharp point of a dagger or arrow. This 45 minute video also touches on the rarely seen battle field martial art.

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