“Yī’, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí!” “Ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, ju!” “Hanna, dul, set, net, dasot, yasot, elgob, yadol, ahop, yol!” For those of us in the martial arts, there are, I would imagine, very few of us that cannot count to ten in the language… Continue reading Fighting Words: The linguistics of martial arts.
Greetings all! Some of you may be wondering where i have been this past month and a half. This past October I had the pleasure and honor of teaching at the very first “International Lightsaber Workshop” hosted by the French Federation of Fencing (FFE). The weekend was long, hard, and one of the most enriching… Continue reading First International Lightsaber Fencing Workshop
Recently, the Chinese Martial Arts lost an important contributor to the field, Brian Kennedy. Kennedy was the author of two important books to the research of historical martial arts in China, Jing Woo: the School that Transformed Kung Fu, and Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals. Required reading for anyone interested in this subject. Kung Fu… Continue reading Brian Kennedy 1958-2019
There is often some contention in the martial arts between those that are more traditionally minded and those that are more modern in their approach. Traditional fighting arts are often the subject of criticism by Mixed Martial artists, researchers and skeptics. Some have even taken to public challenges of traditional teachers by amateur fighters. Traditional… Continue reading The Science of Movement and the Martial Arts
Greetings! Here is a quick post so highlight our on going project to help General Sun bring his Djem So to life. Here is our first tutorial on the set. The first section is broken down into Sun's traditional instructions and then in our modern TPLA parlance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NbcPI87750 Here are the movments as stated by… Continue reading General Sun’s Djem So: Instructions on the first section
Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Summer has been quite the busy time. It has also been a while since we looked at some translation material. So, in service of these facts, lets us examine the Zou Yi Ji: The Left Wing Strike from Chao Xian Shi Fa. 3.*左翼勢者即左翼擊也法能上挑下壓直殺虎口右脚右手， 直符送書勢向前掣步逆鳞刺看法The “Zuo Yi” stance represents… Continue reading The Left Wing Strike
In two weeks my teacher, Ma Yue, will arrive here in the US for his next visit. In preparation, I thought I would post a little information for those who are not familiar with him or his family. Although I may be guilty of a bit of bias, I think his accomplishments and experience are… Continue reading A Sketch of a Master: Ma Yue
In preparation for Ma Yue's visit here in a couple of weeks, I will be posting some discussions related to Ma Shi Tongbei and related topics. We still have room so anyone that wants to come for the rare opportunity, please let me know. Ma Yue with Russian Students in "gun bei"滾背 Introduction Ma Shi… Continue reading The Biomechanics of Ma Tong Bei: Dan Pi Shou 單劈手