Dec 22, 2011

Advanced Pak Mei: The Nine Step Push

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In this clip Sifu Ringo Lo demonstrates an advanced Pak Mei (Bak Mei or  Bai Mei or White Eyebrows) form kown as Gau Bo Toi (9 Push Step). The theory of Pak Mei goes by numbers such Three Shapes, Four Dynamics, Five Elements etc. Click here to read more.

Dec 15, 2011

Six Harmonies Boxing

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Liu He Men (Six Harmonies School) is a rare branch of Shaolin Kungfu. The six harmonies are:
  1. Eyes go with the Mind
  2. Mind goes with the Qi,
  3. Qi goes with the Body
  4. Body goes with the Hands,
  5. Hands go with the Feet
  6. Feet go with the Hips.
In simple terms, the formula suggests a movement starts from the eyes and ends with the hip. Liu He Men is unrelated to to better known Liu He Ba Fa (Six Harmonies Eight Methods) which is associated with Huashan Kungfu. As a comparison, the Six Harmonies of Liu He Ba Fa are:
  1. Body and Mind combine
  2. Mind and Intent combine
  3. Intent and Chi combine
  4. Chi and Spirit combine
  5. Spirit and Movement combine
  6. Movement and Emptiness combine
In this clip Master Liu Deming shows some some mean applications of Liu He Men.

Dec 13, 2011

A Fighter's Resume

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How would a martial artist's resume look like, or better still, his or her video resume? Martial arts actor and stuntman Dawe Szatarski, who is schooled in Muay Thai, Silat, Ninjitsu and Taekwondo, offers a video resume of his past works. Though the fights are fictional, it's an action packed nonetheless.

Dec 12, 2011

Petite Fighter Kicks Butts

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For our movie break today we present a compendium of Muay Thai techniques with a dash of Jackie Chan slapstick and lots of female power thrown in, all packaged into an action scene from the Thai movie Som Tom. The two lady fighters are the petite Sasisa Jindamanee, Thai Muay Thai junior national champion, and screen sister and street vendor Kessarin Ektawatkul, Thai national Taekwondo champion. Som Tom is literally Papaya Salad, a popular dish in Thailand. [Spotted via Hau Young and Eric Siau]

Picture Credit: DailyTravelPhotos

Dec 11, 2011

Taiwanese Martial Arts: Bajiquan

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When a martial art is choosen to be the martial arts of the imperial, head of state and presidential body guards in China and Taiwan, it must have been tested and found useful. Bajiquan has this distinction in the early part of the 20th Century. A popular art in Taiwan, the second half of this short clip shows some applications. The shoves shown are executed as strikes in actual combat.

Dec 4, 2011

Taiwanese Martial Arts: Hard Kungfu

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After a short break due to martial arts duties, we are back with a two part series on Taiwanese martial arts from the archives of martial arts researcher Eric Ling and the National Geographic Channel. First off, is a clip of an unidentified hard kungfu style with a punishing training regime. Look out for the scary, calloused hand towards the end of the clip.