3 Ways to Win a Street Fight

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25 Fighting Principles Scott Baker

Scott Baker Wing Chun

Perhaps one reason Wing Chun is still very effective even when taught without the more difficult internal skills is because it is a principle based system. The story of my friend Mark is a perfect example of this. Mark had no martial training but was often in situations where he was required to defend himself. He worked in many dangerous situations doing security work, providing care for the criminally insane and as a police officer. I remember the first time I introduced Mark to any kung fu I decided to teach him a series of fighting principles, which are the base of Wing Chun. I taught him no techniques per say, but demonstrated Wing Chun fighting principles are the core of Wing Chun's practical success. What is a principle In its simplest form a principle is a rule of thumb. For example in English a principle for correct sentence structure is you put the noun before the verb. I.e. the dog (noun) jumped (verb) over the cat. This principle will apply to any number of word...

Never meet force on force always move at a slight angle to the attacker as you move in

You must move in a 'V' shape to either side of the attacker. This will give you deflecting power as well as increased attack power using his power against him. Like a ricochet. If the projectile has nothing to bounce off of, it will not have much power, but if it has something solid to bounce off, then its power will be great. The tenser the attacker is, the more power you will gain with which to revert back on him. This movement will also put you in complete control because you have your 'distancing' correct by using this method. It will place you at exactly the correct place to be in control of the attacker. He will never expect you to do this. 4 . Never use two steps in fighting. ), I have re-attacked. The attacker is still in control of this situation. However, in (Photo No. 3 ), I have simultaneously blocked and attacked. Now who is in control I am. See how the distancing has placed me right in the attacker's face in total control of his body. I am now able to attack at will. 5 ....

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When you are attacked, do not do what most hard style martial arts teach you to do, to step backwards as you block This will invite certain defeat. Any fighters or brawlers all work on 'switches'. We are born with switches that tell us to do certain things subconsciously, like a male puppy that, at a certain age begins to lift his leg, why He may not have seen any other dogs doing this but he does it anyway as if some programmer has programmed a computer program into his brain. This is not far from the truth. We are all born with switches, those that tell us to cry, to begin crawling etc. Then there are those switches that we learn from experience. It is the same with the Qi that we are born with (pre-natal Qi) and that which we gain as we grow, (post-natal Qi). A fighter learns certain switches as he becomes more and more experienced at fighting and aggression. However, it is also these learned switches that can bring him unstuck in a fighting situation against someone who knows...

Tripping Repulse Monkey

An attack comes from behind so you turn to block and grab the arm. Photo No. 71. You now place your left (or right as the case may be) foot onto the groin or to the knee of the attacker and throw him forward using the leverage of his arm and your foot in his groin. Photo No. 72.

Postural habits and strategies that can save your life

Respond to the solid with hollowness only the inferior man uses force to oppose force.59 Use of force, even if one is young, strong, and quick is not the best attribute to develop. Understand that one will not always be the youngest, the strongest, and the quickest. Instead, train to understand yin and yang and move to the opponent with the opposite quality. When attacked with solid force, the defender slips aside so that when the opponent strikes, his center will not be where the attacker aimed. Where the attacker aimed he encounters emptiness. Few know how to apply the secret of emptiness.

Never fight the peripheral attacking weapon fight the whole body

This is a big mistake made by many highly ranked martial artists, they block the attacking arm or leg standing still They do not move into the attack as they block, they just stand there and block the attack. If you can touch his arm, then you can touch his body and if you can touch his body then you can strike him. Never wait for the attacking portion such as a fist to reach you before you do something about it. See his whole body using 'eagle vision' react to what his body is doing rather than to what his arm is doing. In order to attack you, the attacker MUST firstly move his body. Try it now, try punching without moving any other part of your body other than your arm. If you are able to do this, you will have no power at all anyway So we react to his total body movement not only his arm or leg etc. The very instant he moves any part of his body, attack. Do not worry about what he is going to attack with as his attack will be totally minimised by the fact that you have moved in on...

Using Dumeridian To Generate Fa Jing In Martial Arts

A series that only dealt with the very direct and dangerous street-fighting method that I now teach. Hidden within the Internal Martial Arts are some of the most violent self-defence methods ever invented. And that's what self-defence has to be in order to survive street attacks. If you try to 'yield' to an attack in the traditional manner that most teachers tell us to, then you invite defeat and possible injury and death in street attacks. And it is so obvious to me that teachers who tell their students that all they have to do it to yield to an attack just to show the attacker that they know what they are doing, have never themselves been in a serious, life-threatening situation. Sudden violence comes from the sub-conscious mind or what we call the 'Reptile Brain' or Brainstem part of the brain. This is the survival brain, the brain that all animals have in order to survive. The Reptile Brain cannot help you while you are being a 'human'. So when we are told to 'block'...

Amazing Powers and Superb Skills

One day while Master Feng was squatting, working in the workshop, a fairly big and tall young man crept up behind him. This fellow had served in a combat unit in the army. He had a lot of training in Chin-Na and army combat fighting techniques. He had always wanted to try to test the kungfu of Master Feng. He saw this moment as a good opportunity. When he got close to Master Feng he suddenly pushed, hoping to shove Master Feng over from his squatting position. However, the moment he touched Master Feng's back he was thrown up into the air and then heavily on the floor. This convinced him wholeheartedly of the martial art ability of Master Feng.

Martial Chi Kung for Fighting

As acupuncture theory became better understood, fighting techniques were able to reach even more advanced levels. Martial artists learned to attack specific areas, such as vital acupuncture cavities, to disturb the enemy's Chi flow and create imbalances which caused injury or even death. In order to do this, the practitioner must understand the route and timing of the Chi circulation in the human body. He also has to train so that he can strike the cavities accurately and to the correct depth. These cavity strike techniques are called Dien Shiuh (Pointing Cavities) or Dim Mak (Pointing Vessels).

Popular Martial Styles of Qigong Training

Emei Shi Zhuang

While there is little documentary evidence concerning the origins of Taijiquan, Zhang, San-Feng (illif) is generally credited with creating it at Wudang Mountain ( (.iJj) during the Song dynasty (960-1280 A.D., to ), basing it on the fighting techniques of the snake and crane combined with internal power. Until the mid-nineteenth century, Taijiquan was a closely guarded secret of the Chen family (f* ). At that time Yang, Lu-Shan (1780-1873 A.D.)( & ) learned Taiji from Chen, Chang-Xing (Bit & ff ), the grandmaster of that time. Yang went to Beijing and became famous as a martial artist, and passed the system on to his sons, who in turn passed it on to the public. Yang, Lu-Shan's second son, Yang, Ban-Hou (1837-1890 A.D.)( * ft) taught the style to a number of people, including Wu, Quan-You whose son Wu, Jian-Quan ( k Ht ) (Figure 1-4) modified the style and founded the Wu Style of Taijiquan which is especially popular in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. A grandson of Yang, Lu-Shan,...

The legs are for standing the hands are for fighting

It is a big temptation for the beginning martial arts student to learn fancy kicks in order to show his friends that he is doing a martial art. But in reality, kicks of any kind will put you at a disadvantage. Leave the fancy kicks for the films and use your hands for self-defence. Once you even lift your leg to kick at a low target, you are at a disadvantage and most students just have not done the time training to be able to allow the legs to take care of themselves while the hands do their work. And if you must kick, only kick from the knee downward. Use short chopping type kicks, those that do not require great balance. And if you must kick, always kick from the front leg This is contrary to most hard style martial arts as they always kick from the rear leg in order to get the power. However, internal gung-fu has ways to gain power using correct body structure even kicking from the front leg. The attacker, if he is used to fighting will expect you to kick from the rear leg and...

Never use a lock or hold as your main fighting method

Locks and holds do not work in a realistic fighting situation. I have discovered this aspect of fighting through my own experiences and from that of others who have survived street attacks. It is all right to use a lock to control an attacker once he has been disabled by using a point strike or some other striking disabling method. However, if you try to use a lock or hold against someone who is trying to harm you, then you will lose the confrontation. This is especially important in the street when it is not usual for only one attacker to be attacking you In these cases, you would never even attempt to use a lock or hold as his friends would have a chance to attack you at this time. Stun the attacker with a strike to the temple (GB 3) or another vital point, then you are able to take a lock or hold. This is greatly important when fighting against an armed attacker. Most schools will teach that you should grab the hand that is holding the knife or other edged weapon for instance....

Hit Tiger Left And Right With Penetration Punch

How Take And Block Punches

Block a head punch with your right p'eng shaped hand. This is important so as not to break your ulnar which is quite a weak bone Then when contact has been made, you roll your arm immediately upward as shown in the photo to cause a 'set up' point strike on the arm. Never under and circumstances initially block using the ulnar as many have received broken arms doing this Photo No. 103, the opponent would probably attack low with right fist. You should block it using left hook, Photo No. 104, and then immediately attack with snap cross punch. This is 'Hit Tiger.' Photo No. 105. This hook and attack only takes a fraction of a second to perform. If a second attacker comes in from that last posture you might use back fist to his head. Photo No. 106. If he blocks your attack and re-attacks with

Chapter General Introduction

Pleura And Musculature

A thousand times a day internal power was cultivated until it could be felt flowing out of the hands. With weights tied to the legs, the practitioner ran and jumped in prescribed ways for over three hours a day until, eventually, he could jump easily to great heights and, at the same time, further develop his internal power. Only after these exercises were mastered were actual fighting techniques taught.

The Folding Principle

Two people stand opposite each other and one throws a punch as already shown, the punch is blocked as shown. The attacker should allow his arm to automatically fold up and become yin. In order not to get into the habit of pulling your fist back using your own muscles, the b locker should not always block the punch, making sure that the attacker does not pull his arm back on purpose. It must be the momentum of the block that causes the arm to fold up. You can do this with the attacker blindfolded, this way he doesn't know when you are going to block and has to rely upon his own feeling. Next, you should try to block the attackee's blocking arm downward with your left palm and re-attack with your right fist as seen in photo No. 177. The right palm should come up underneath the left one, which blocks downward from the top. This is the principle of continuous punching. What ever portion of the attacker's body is used to block your attack you re-block it and re-attack usually with the same...

The Postures And Their Applications

You are being attacked by either left or right lunge punch to the head. Raise your both arms as in the opening posture of the slow t'ai chi form and block the on-coming arm on either side as you step slightly to one side and forward. See Photo No. 6. Mow take another step to behind the attacker and using a squeezing motion from the elbows, pull down onto the shoulder area, (Gall bladder and large intestine meridians) to bring him down backwards. See Photo No. 7. The pull down motion should be a quick Jerking motion and not so much a pull backwards. Breathe out and expand the lower abdomen as you attack, as you should with all of the attacking motions. ARM (push) TO THE LEFT I have already covered 3 of the uses of this posture earlier, there is another. The attacker strikes at your face with a left fist. You block with your right palm as your left palm comes up underneath. Photo No. 8. Next, you attack his face with an open left palm. This is in the case of an attack from the side...

Defense from A Rear Leg Roundhouse Kick

The defender at right observes positioning, weight, and intent of attacker. Body positions of two different attackers are shown. Calmness of mind must be maintained so that the cues that suggest the nature of an impending attack can be noticed. Two styles of set up for the kick-attack are shown in the photos on this page, and some of the cues are exaggerated. A defender who finds himself in this situation has three possible responses 1) move out of the way 2) forcefully block the attack or 3) use skill, technique, placement and timing skills to neutralize and respond to the attack. This defensive technique shown in this section demonstrates an internal stylist's use of the last option. Attacker at left begins the leg attack. The defender advances forward and prepares to neutralize the attack, advancing into the attacker's position. Correct positioning of the arm and body weight will neutralize the force of the kick. NOTE 2 The defender's right hand makes contact with the attacker's...

A Gua Two Man Application Drills

Gua Zhang Form Techniques Blocks

In the exercises that follow, Ba Gua dual-person training matter are illustrated. This body of knowledge incorporates a method that will seem immediately familiar to students of t'ai chi ch 'uan. The material incorporates Ba Gua concepts, notably the use of sensitivity training to manipulate the opponent with subtle pressure. In mastering this material, one learns to feel the opponent's weight and intent they are the keys to instantly knowing what the opponent is about to do next, even before a movement is initiated. As in t'ai chi ch 'uan, the goal is to employ this knowledge against the attacker. Also as in t'ai chi ch'uan, overt and crude force is thought to be of lesser value in the pursuit of ultimate principles and is discouraged.

Self Defence for Women

Allinurl Self Defence For Women

Our attacker grabs the me around the neck and pulls me backwards. I must stay calm, not panic and not fight against his strength. Fig 2 iii. Following the pull, I step back with him and use an elbow to strike him forcibly in the abdomen. This halts the attacker and gives me a chance to defend myself. Fig 3a & b The elbow strike causes the attacker to lean forwards, this gives me space to relax my waist move in closer and bring my arm around and behind his shoulder. Fig 4 vi. This completely breaks my attacker's balance and as he was moving forwards, he falls to the ground. Now I have a head start in escaping. Fig 6 This technique relies on maintaing the forwards momentum of the attacker following the elbow strike and also getting closer to the attacker. This makes it easier to control his centre of gravity. To begin with practise this slowly so as not to hurt your training partner i. An attacker approaches me with a knife or bottle. Again it is important not to panic, but to try and...

Response to a Boxers Left

Outside Left Jab

The boxer attacker throws a second attack, a rear right cross. The defender deflects the attack by raising his forearm. The defender at left steps forward, deep into enemy territory checks the attackers arms, and strikes with a down-and outward-slicing forearm called entering the forest. These photos illustrate Ba Gua practitioner crowding the boxer-attacker by stepping forward into boxer's territory. This is a good example of using back of the arms to defend oneself. (See Chapter Four.) Ba Gua defender at left advances into the attacker's center while striking. A variation. In case the boxer-attacker steps back with an additional step, by following closely, shown here with the defender using a left foot, this maneuver crowds the attacker while placing him in a vulnerable position to become off-balanced. A variation. In case the boxer-attacker steps back with an additional step, by following closely, shown here with the defender using a left foot, this maneuver crowds the attacker...

Baguazhang PaKua Chang

Two players stand opposite each other, one the attacker, the other the defender. The defender stands in a PA-KUA slightly side-on stance using two No. 3 palms (fire). The palms are medium tense with the rest of the arm and whole body relaxed. The palm should not be so tense that the forearm is also greatly tensed and it should be slightly concaved. The striking portions of the pa-kua palm for this exercise are the harder mount areas starting from below the thumb around the bottom of the palm and up to the knife-edge of the palm. The defender's left palm is placed near his own right elbow and is only used as back up in the first part of the exercise. The attacker strikes the defender with a right fist to the face while the defender pounds that wrist over to his left with his right thumb mount. Photo No. 218. Note that the palm does not turn, it just stays there like a hammer. Now the attacker throws a left face punch to which the defender answers by pounding it over to his right using...

The notion of secrecy

However, secrecy is no longer as important as it once was. The value of the most masterful sword technique of severing a man's arm from his body is minimal when compared with the destructive potential of automatic firearms. The ability to harmlessly neutralize an attacker by knocking him unconscious

A Gua Applications for Self Defense

Gua Zhang Form Techniques Blocks

Ba Gua Zhang is not an art of techniques or drills, but an art of principles. These principles include rootedness while moving, use of circular patterns, and mastery of characteristic steps that enable those proficient in it to master any attack situation. Study of martial art applications prearranged in a sequence can be called a technique but should not be considered a technique that is carved into stone as if it were a type of absolute answer to a specific attack scenario. The value of practicing techniques is the same as same as the practicing of scales in musical instrument training. In the same way that scales develop an adroitness and skill that transcend and are generalized outside of the drills, Ba Gua techniques and partner training patterns develop generalized skills in reaction response, timing, learning to adjust one's position in relation to an attacker's and so forth. Techniques train in the principle and concepts of the art and should not be considered sequences...

Transitional movement

The defender begins to move beneath attacker's arm while checking the opponent's leg and hip position with his left hand. The shoulder and back are used as contact points to destabilize the attacker. Place for control, but do not wrap the thumb around the attacker's hand. A grab in the midst of combat is difficult to acquire and restricts movement options. The defender, now having stepped through with left foot, is behind the attacker. As the defender shifts his weight, he strikes with an elbow to the attacker's ribs. This is a close-range Ba Gua maneuver typical of cheng style.

The initial approach or slash

Gua Zhang Form Techniques Blocks

The defender should never keep his weight balanced evenly (commonly referred to in martial art terminology as 50-50. *) The defender keeps his weight back so that he can pivot, adjusting steps easily, until he is able to move in. In the scenario shown in the photo, the defender at right is completely surprised by the slashing attack. Being careful to stay calm, he observes the timing and positioning of the attacker, as the attacker moves toward him with short slashing movements. If possible, the defender times the slashing attacks. NOTE The ability to time an attack comes with experience and training. The attacker might slash with jerky movements or over exaggerated flailing movements. To effectively use Ba Gua in this type of situation, the defender must learn to observe subtleties that predict the angle and speed of the attack. An advancing shanghu step (not a step through) is applied. The defender, making his move, closes with the attacker. When the defender moves into this...

Qi Martial Arts Mystery

Ba Gua and other internal arts became legendary not because of their flowing movements, moving meditation aspects, flowing silk uniforms, or sagely appearance but their realistic and sublime fighting skills. It is widely known that the great legends of the art like Dong Hai-Chuan, Cheng Ting-Hwa, and Sun Lu-Tang displayed uncanny abilities rarely seen today. Dong could move effortlessly through and around a group of attackers without being touched. Cheng was famous for his ability to neutralize an attacker, lock his arms, and take him to the ground in a matter of seconds. The skill of Sun has been well documented. Even at an elderly age his students could not keep up with him, not even grab

Kick With Left Or Right Heel

This is the same action as for the last kick only the heel is used to the soft middle stomach area. This kick is one of the simpler techniques but it requires great technique to be able to use it effectively. The foot has the tendency to slide upward instead of driving inward. hoto No. 93. NOTE I will be covering all types of kicking techniques u in t'ai chi in the later chapters of this book. We tend to practice all types of kicking techniques because this is the only way to learn how to defend oneself against them. For instance, we do not necessarily have high roundhouse kicks in t'ai chi but someone who is adept, at this sort of kick will use it and we must know how to block such a kick. The usual cop-out for some internalists is that these kicks do not work in the street. I have seen the roundhouse kick used to great advantage in the street because the attackee did not know how to defend against it. Or rather he did know how to defend against it but had received no practice...

Attack The Attacking Portion

You should experiment with these techniques to find out which one suits you the best. The whole idea of blocking is based solely upon your being aware and this only comes with countless hours of controlled practice. The moment your attacker has even thought of the attack you barge in and re-attack, this is how we train to defend against kicks. The arms do nothing special they just throw out in a circular block, and then because we used a circular block we are able to bring it back to attack. This is what is meant by balanced Yin and Yang techniques. In order to stop our training from becoming a m l e we have one person attacking trying to strike the other, while the other will only block and try to get in as close to his attacker as possible to win. The attacker will try and strike the attackee to stop him from coming in. Later and only when both players are ready, we go on to full sparring under supervision. As soon as one player makes a mistake the instructor should stop

Two Man Drill Number

In the photo shown here, the defender at left is pushed by the attacker. As his right shoulder is pushed, the defender steps back with the force. Note that the defender's fingers are spread and stretched so as to carry strength and connections throughout the entire body. The body, with unified movements, acts as a revolving door and turns with the force of the attack.

Notes on strategy

Never go beyond the point of efficiency in the heat of combat allow offensive and defensive movements to define their own natural parameters, and never overextend movements. When facing an opponent in close combat, move with small steps, about one third out (compared to stance base) while keeping weight on the feet centered and back. The applicator of this technique will be more difficult to strike or take down. Be careful not to move the hands and feet out of balance with the legs, for to do so will open the body to attack.

Multiple Attacks

You should always try to block onto the open side of your attacker. However, sometimes this is impossible and so we must know what to do when we must block onto his open or dangerous side. The other palm must be blocked as well even if it isn't attacking. As in the vertical blocking techniques already covered.


It would be counter productive for them to teach unarmed skills that differ from those necessary when using weapons to repulse attackers. The group or clan depended on the weapons skills of their warriors to defend life and property, and the sooner the trainee acquired these skills the more secure they became. Therefore these initial barehanded forms would include fundamental stances, postures and techniques that when practised over a period of time subtly transmitted the ingredients necessary for their transition from unarmed to armed proficiency. An example of their interrelationship is seen in the application of 'Pushing Hands' where the skills of Listening, Leading. Sticking and Neutralising develop. Just as you would use these techniques to overcome an attacker with a fist, so do you apply the same

Chen Taiji Spear

Chen Taiji Foot Steps

It is designed for killing and maiming. Historically, it has been one of the most important weapons on battlefields the world over. This is because it is relatively easy to manufacture (as compared to weapons like the sword) and it has a wide range of uses. It can be thrown. It can be used to take riders off horses. Its most common use was in infantry ranks but it can also be held near to the spearhead for close hand to hand combat.

Simple Or Complex

Yip Chun Wing Chun

These joints are trained in each of the forms, which provide stages of learning in themselves. The first form Siu Lim Tao will provide the foundation on which the other forms are built. It wiil train the stance, teach the hand movements and wiil also develop the energy and improve health. The second form Tsum Kiu wiil train the stepping and introduce kicking. This form wiil also help with developing Chi Sau (sticking hands) technique. Thethird form BiuJeewiil develop other techniques like el bows and fingers and dea l with varying ranges. Thereby adding more fighting techniques and increasing the knowledge of fighting application.

Ching Hexagrams

Ching Hexagrams Japanese Characters

A good martial artist being a secure and confident person, is also an enlightened person. A wise martial artist or master does not fight or hit someone very easily. Kung-fu is not about punching a person on the nose when you lose your temper. It is wrong to improve your fighting techniques by fighting someone on the street, or going to other kwoons (clubs) and fighting black-belts, to tTy and prove you're better than everyone. I believe you must not only develop the physical side of your training, i.e. punching, blocking and kicking, but also the mental and spiritual side. You must develop your mind, in having a correct attitude in learning, or attaining enlightenment

Issue February March

Energy Gates Qigong Images

In martial arts training we consider the internal and external. External training is movement practise, co-ordination etc., there are many styles to do this Wing Chun, Choy Lee Put, Hung Gar, Taiji, Xing I, Bagua, Karate, etc. Of course these include fighting techniques. Internal training

Fishes In Eight

Fishes Eight Posture

Another use of this posture is as follows You are attacked with a punch to the acupuncture (Dim-Mak) points under your left arm. You should block down with your right forearm onto your left forearm to form a scissor block. Photo No. 38. Mow swivel to your right and pull the attacker s right palm over to your right. You now strike with your left knife-edge palm to his throat as you step forward with your left foot. This is done also on the other side. Photo No. 39.

Jruce Lees

Bruce Lee Bodybuilding

Bruce Lee found in the teachings of Krishnamurti the foundations of Jeet Kune Do. Remember we are talking about Lee's philosophy and its relationship to the martial arts. We are not taking into consideration the combat aspects of JKD. There has already been plenty written on that aspect of the art. Rather, we are concerned with the mental or spiritual side of JKD, which is how the style differs so dramatically from its counterparts. The foundation of traditional martial arts are kata (forms), where the practitioner uses singular movement to simulate a fighting technique. He imitates the kata until they become second nature. JKD differs from other styles because of the absence of stereotyped techniques, as Lee succinctly put it. Philosophy (Zen) transformed the martial arts from combat-to-the-death tactics to spiritual growth. A practitioner of the martial arts thus gained not only fighting techniques but also character and enrichment. BL You cannot see a street fight in its totality,...

Da Cheng Quan

Fragrant Qigong

Da Cheng Quan is one of the valuable methods of Chinese martial arts . It was created by Master Wang Xiang Zhai and it is a collection of the essence of Shaolin Quan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Its emphasis is on practical fighting skill. The Non-stop Hitting Techniques are the basic techniques which are very powerful and useful fighting techniques.

Training Methods

Tai Chi Fighting

We use slow, well-aimed kicks to the knee area, not right on the top of the knee but to the side to break the ligaments that hold the lower leg on. Have your partner come at you as if to attack slowly, then step to wherever you feel is the right place to gain the correct timing and kick to his knee. Make sure that your heel is used each time and that you have hit the exact spot each time. Photo No. 161. After some time when you are sure that every kick is making its mark, start to get a little faster but be careful not to hurt each other. The attacker will tell you if the kicks are striking at the correct point. After some time you will be able to use a medium bag to protect your leg as your partner kicks at full force onto the bag. Remember POINT YOUR KNEE INTO THE FORCE SO THAT NO DAMAGE OCCURS.

Long Har Chuan

I said earlier that Long Har Ch'uan is where we learn to forget about technique and take all that we have learnt and put it inside. This is where our technique becomes subconscious so that our body and mind can work as one unit. This method must not be taken for actual fighting technique because then it becomes just that, another technique to learn. We must treat this as a training device to teach us something. Some of these techniques could very well be used as fighting techniques but we prefer them to become sub-conscious reactions rather than a planned line of defense. This is the hardest of all areas for people to learn, especially those who have studied another 'external' martial art. The most common questions asked by students from other schools ii. What If We call these what if brigade. I always invite new students to DO WHAT IF and see what happens, then they say But you did something completely different Then I explain that the techniques that they are teaming must not be...

Day an Qigong st

Victor Appiah

Actually this word has nothing to do with martial arts at all. Kung Fu (Cantonese pronunciation - Gung Foo) is a recent phenomenon in the west, brought about by the increasing exchange of culture via films and reciprocal visits. Strictly speaking, on an academic point of view, Kung Fu does not refer to the Chinese art of Self-defence. Perhaps as a teacher of the Chinese language, it would be better to clarify this point thus the word Kung Fu really refers to 'Kuo Shu' (Gwok Seut) which means the national art of China, and this national art implies Chinese ways of fighting 'Wu Shu' (Mo Seut). Martial arts arc sometimes callcd 'Chuan Shu' (Kucn Scut) in China, meaning fist fighting techniques

The Lateral Method

Two players face each other as before. One player throws a left head punch. The other should quickly block with his right palm and bring his left palm under it ready as shown In Photo No. 190. The body turns to the left as your left palm takes over the block to your left. Photo No. 191. Now he throws another face punch with his right fist. Your right palm is ready in position so you twist your waist to your right taking his punch over to the right as you strike to his face with your left palm. Photo No. 192. Once again this all happens in a split second with the attacker throwing the punches as quickly as

The Vertical Method

Sometimes we call this method 'Australian Boxing' because it resembles the swatting of flies from one's face. Two players stand opposite each other in an easy for them stance or rather 'no stance.' The attacker throws a face punch with his right fist as the attackee blocks it with a sort of stroking motion across his body with his right palm to cause the fist to just miss his face. Photo No. 185. If we were to use a pushing type of block and push the fist some distance to the left, this would give the attacker some considerable reaction time in which to counter. Notice that the body has turned slightly to your left as the left palm immediately and almost simultaneously comes up underneath the right palm to take over the block. Photo No. 186. The right palm then continues down to your right side to block his second attack low to your right rib area. Photo No. 187. This all happens in an instant with the second attack coming in as fast as it is possible for the attacker to bring it in...

Pakua Sparring

Two players stand opposite each other and join palms at the wrists over the center of a circle. Photo No. 179. Without going into the rather peculiar pa-kua walking style as it is not really necessary when only taking this exercise for its learning sparring value, you start to walk in a circle keeping your wrists over the center of the circle. You must only have a light touch. If you are walking in a clockwise direction with your right wrists touching, you now perform the 'inside turn.' This means that with your left foot in the forward position you swivel both toes back towards the right rear so that you are now facing the other direction. You must also change the position of your palms in order to now have your left wrists touching. Your right palm is seen as the block and as you turn, your left palm is seen as an attack to his face. Photo No. 180. Who ever initiates the movement is the attacker and the other is the blocker. The other player's left palm was used to block your left...


Tai Chi Sparring

Two people face each other as for push hands but with wrists touching. Photo No. 171. You should start to rotate your palms as if churning butter on a flat plane. The person whose hands are on the top should attack to the face of the other who should block this attack outward to either side of his head. Photo No. 172. The person who's hands are underneath should attack to the other's lower abdomen who blocks it downward and out to either side. Photo No. 173. At no time should the wrists break contact. When this has been practiced for some time you are then able to change the position of your palms at will but still keeping contact. So, you might have your right palm on the top and you wish to move it under. You would use an attack to the lower abdomen as you do this. Photo No. 174. At the same time your partner can block this attack and immediately re-attack to your face or abdomen. This is the crux of this exercise you MUST always re-attack as close to simultaneously as possible with...

The Classics

The classics give us explanations on how to use every facet of t'ai chi from the form through to push hands and street fighting. If we are able to understand them and use them as back up to our own learning then they are the greatest learning tools available to any t'ai chi student. If we take them all as literal and never question or experiment, not keeping what we want and losing the rest then we will become as sheep and never become our own masters.

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Tai Chi Boock Attack

This has a different action to the lift hands posture although the final positions look the same. As your opponent attacks you with right fist to your head you should block it with your left palm across to your right and a split second later your right palm comes up underneath your left palm to cause the attacking arm to slide. You will also kick to the knee area with your heel. Your right palm can also punch to the face. Photo No. 52. This is one of the best fighting techniques offered by t'ai chi. It is simple and takes a split second to execute. It is a major part of the advanced 'Long Har Ch'uan' that I will be covering later.

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