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3 Simple Tricks To Win A Fight Without Fighting

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Most fights are won and lost at the pre-fight stage. What you do here will dictate how things end. Here are three simple tricks to use at the pre-fight stage that will turn the tables to your advantage and allow you to walk away without fighting.

Not every aggressive confrontation has to end in physical violence. If you know how to control the pre-fight stage to your advantage then more often than not you can walk away from a confrontation without recourse to physical violence (all out fighting).

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SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form. : Overview of an application

The "God Shakes Sleeves" Technique in motion.
An overview of the signature characteristic motion of the "God Shakes Sleeves" technique from the famed Wu Bei Zhi and the SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form.

“God Shakes Sleeves”  (Zhen Shenhan Tao) is a Characteristic Signature move within our White Crane Gongfu Pai 派 ~ family systems (家 jia). Mentioned within the pages of the Wu Bei Zhi (often known as the "Bubishi") and seen with the opening sequence of the SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form, it is asignature character move of the White Crane Gongfu style.

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Developing the Perfect Martial Arts Application

Martial Arts Application
Developing the Perfect Martial Arts Application, by Terry Shea

Martial Arts have been around for thousands of years. In various parts of the world, they have become a national pastime. There are literally hundreds of thousands of teachers in the world, and millions of students. Let us take a moment to look at the term "Martial Arts".

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Five Steps to Victory

Daoist theory can lead you to victory
The martial art of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is based on the "13 Postures". Despite what many believe, these "postures" are not 13 prototype fighting techniques – the term refers to 8 methods of expressing power (Jin) and 5 footwork methods and strategies. In this article, I will be looking into the 5 footwork methods, and how their strategy is to be applied against an opponent.

The martial art of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is based on the ‘13 Postures’. Despite what many believe, these ‘postures’ are not 13 prototype fighting techniques – the term refers to 8 methods of expressing power (Jin) and 5 footwork methods and strategies.

In this article, I will be looking into the 5 footwork methods, and how their strategy is to be applied against an opponent.

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The "Gathering of Eagles"

Two weeks or so ago, I was invited to the Tracy Brothers' Gathering of Eagles in Las Vegas, NV. Some of the people there I hadn't seen in almost 35 years. Most everyone there was good natured, friendly to other styles, and open to all ideas. The convention lasted 4 days.

During the four days at "Gathering of Eagles", which Grand Master Ralph Andersen was given the keys to the U.S. TAI Kenpo Association, founded by David German. IT was not only a logical move, it was earned by Ralph through many years of studying under David. I had met David over 40 years ago, and , though I thought he was a bit eccentric, I also realized what a talented and skillful martial artist he was, a genius at transitioning to different styles and concepts.

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The Taijiquan Punch (Techniques From The Tao Chuan)

Sifu Andrew Harris
An article looking at the misconception that Tai Chi Chuan has no closed fist punches.

Over the last ten years or so of teaching Tai Chi Chuan, I have met several students who were surprised to discover that Tai Chi combat happened to involve striking the opponent with a clenched fist from time to time. This belief that Tai Chi self defence consists of open handed techniques is quite common I have found. Once a youngish student decided to quit a course of instruction due to my inclusion of punching as a method of practical self defence.

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To Push or Not to Push - What Is Pushing Hands?

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This article looks at Tai Chi Chuan's Pushing Hands, or otherwise known as Tui Shou. Please comment and review this article at the bottom of the page.

To Push or Not to Push - What is Pushing Hands?

“Pushing Hands” is a translation of the Chinese word 'Tui Shou', which is the Chinese name for a set of partner drills connected to Tai Chi Chuan.

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Geoff Thompson: writer, teacher, martial artist

Geoff Thompson
Geoff Thompson is a name in martial arts you are likely to have heard of, whether it's from magazines, mainstream TV, the shelves of your local book store or word of mouth. He has written over 20 books and 30 DVD's. In this article we take a look at his publishings and how beneficial they are to any aspiring martial artist.

There is no doubt about Geoff Thompson's credentials, he is a 7th Dan in Karate and has further exceptional qualifications in other martial arts styles such as Judo, Aikido and Kung Fu as well as being involved in script writing for stage, screen and TV.

Not only is Geoff the author of one of the best selling martial arts books of all time 'Watch my back', he has his own martial arts training series both on hard copy book and DVD format.

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Fighting The Form

Fighting The Form
A look at how to take a form, and dissect it to find it's hidden function

Fighting the Form

In my last article, I looked at different ways of practicing forms in order to train different skills and produce different effects. In this article, I want to look at how to apply the techniques that are demonstrated in the form to fighting.

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One Inch Punch

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You've heard of the one inch punch right? This move was made popular by the Kung Fu master and Jeet Kune Do founder: Bruce Lee. It can be described as being a punch powerful enough to incapacitate which only requires a distance of one inch to perform. The one inch punch is present in many Southern Martial Arts styles but it is commonly believed it that it is derived from the relatively modern style of Wing Chun.

The one inch punch is a unique technique of Chinese Kung Fu of generating power. The technique is famous thanks to Bruce Lee. Most Martial Artists can recall watching video footage of the master himself at the Long Beach International Karate Chapionships on August 2nd, 1964. Demonstrating this technique on a Karate expert, Bruce was able to prove the amount of power and effectiveness behind this simple move.

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Sensei Sez (Simon Says)

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Another martial arts game to be used in class.

New game well, not really more like an older game changed which I call Sensei Sez (Simon Says).

Basically it is set up the same way. The orginal game is played with a leader who lines up his player in lines straight across leaving several feet between each so he can see all the players.

Like how martial artist line up for class.The leader gives out commands and the players have of follow his orders but only when the leader uses the word Simon Says.

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Nunchaku / Nunchuks and Kata

Nunchaku Kata
For kata one has to perform basic movements which are pre-arranged in a sequence. Nunchaku Kata involves these arranged movements which are targeted to hit an imaginary opponent. This Kata is not only about movements but also about how the practitioner can execute the movements a close to perfection as possible with excellent posture and commitment.

Where are Nunchaku from? The first ever mention of this weapon is found in Chinese history. Mountain soldiers used two pieces of wood and tied them together using horse hair and were orginally used  as horse birdles. The nunchaku became more popular in the 17th century on the island of Okinawa, and until this time was not a weapon, but rather a tool to beat rice and seperate beans from their shells.

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Wing Chun Terminology

Wing Chun Terminology
Learn some of the basic Wing Chun terminology.

Some Basic Wing Chun Terminology:

Bar Arm : Lan-Sau

Bridge on Arm : Fook-Sau

Circling Steps / Plucking Steps : Huen Bo / Kua Bo

Circling Block : Kau-Sau

Circling Cut : Huen-Got-Sau

Circling Hand : Huen-Sau

Double Jerk Hand : Jut-Sau

Double Palm : Po-Pai

Double Punch : Sheung-Kuen

Downward Elbow Strike : Kwai-Jarn

Elbow Hacking : Pie-Jarn

Fist : Kuen Front Pinning

Hand: Chin-Gum-Sau

Neck Pulling Hand : Mang-Geng-Sau

Palm up : Tan Sau Wing

Block : Bong Sau

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GM Lee Shing DVD Launch

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The launch of Grandmaster Lee Shing DVD.

GM Lee Shing DVD Launch Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010 Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Boland House, London Bridge Street: St. Thomas Street Cost : £30.00 ( includes advanced copy of DVD) I have been invited to the above event i will be attending with 4 of my students Darren Cowley , Charles Redwood , Matthew Vaux & Darryl Bamsey this will be an event not to be missed for anybody involved in or intrested in the Wing Chun System.

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