Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gao Style Bagua - Cane

GaoShi BaGuaZhang, WenMing Guai / Gao style BaGuaZhang Cane (literally "Civilized Crutch")
The cane was known to be the everyday weapon of choice of Gao style BaGuaZhang founder Gao Yisheng.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gao Style Bagua Jian

Gao style Bagua Jian
Demonstrated by master Wen ZhongShi. Wen Zhongshi originally studied Liu He Quan as a child before beginning to learn Gao style Bagua from master Zhang Fuhai. Master Zhang Fuhai had studied Bagua Zhang with master Gao Yisheng in Tianjin for over 10 years before bringing the system to Cangzhou where it is still taught today. From the TheaSinensisSerpenti

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Three Treasures of Chi Gong – Jing, Qi, Shen

 The three treasures are like a candle, an analogy:

Jing is like the wax and wick, which are the substantial parts of the candle. They are made of material, which is essentially condensed energy (physical body).

The flame of the lit candle is likened to Qi, for this is the energetic activity of the candle, which eventually results in the burning out of the candle.

The radiance given off by the flaming candle is Shen.

The larger the candle and the better the quality of the wax and wick (jing), the steadier will be its flame (qi) and the longer the candle will last.

The steadier the flame, the steadier the light given off and the greater the flame, the greater the light.”

I don't remember where i found this but i like the analogy. If it's yours, let me know.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

UFC 154: GSP Success Secrets Revealed


"How he does it, no one really know, how he makes it look so easy, is even more of a mystery. In this episode of the Gracie Breakdown, Rener and Ralek analyze the keys to GSP's success over Carlos Condit at UFC 154. They start by discussing the unparalleled timing and precision of GSP's takedowns, and then they dissect the incredibly effective 3/4 guard passing strategy that GSP uses to plow past the guards of even the most seasoned grapplers. They also demonstrate the inverted knee-bar that Carlos attempted on three different occasions and they explain why GSP is so effective at neutralizing submissions from the guard. All in all, if you ever plan on fighting GSP, this is the most important Gracie Breakdown of your career!"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Best of Chinese Martial Arts, Internal Methods Chi Gong & Nei Gong

Best of Chinese Martial Arts, Internal Methods #2
Neigong forms from various traditional schools.

The "Best Of Chinese Martial Arts" series is one of a kind. It contains footage of many old masters, rare styles, rare forms, and exotic weapons. however it is in many ways a mixed bag, You will find amazing footage of highly skilled traditional masters shuffled in with "traditional" forms performed in the manner of modern Wushu by young graduates of modern Wushu academies. However the sheer number of awesome clips of old and rare forms done by veteran boxers more than makes up for those.

The "Best Of Chinese Martial Arts" series was put out to showcase traditional Chinese martial arts and contains footage of many rare styles and great masters.
The clips used come from two main sources. The first source is provincial and national martial arts competitions held in the late 80's and early 90's. The second source is footage from the national martial arts survey done in the early-mid 1980's. The survey was done to get an idea of the scope of Chinese martial and to compile a list of the surviving schools, along with their forms and specialties. The other main reason was that many old traditional masters had not passed on their skills to any students. In cases like that they hoped to at least preserve footage of the art before the master passed.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Shaolin Abbot Hai Deng

*Disclaimer* I have no idea if the following is true or factual.
This documentary is an awesome Chinese propaganda piece. After the success of movie "Shaolin Temple" with Jet Li,  the Chinese government saw the possibility of developing the Shaolin temple as a tourist destination. Hai Ting had been a monk at Shaolin in the 1920's or 1930's before it was blown up (apparently it was being used as an ammo dump). Eventually he was arrested for being a religious subversive, tortured and kept in Jail by the Communists. Subsequently he was released and went to live his life until Shaolin was reopened. He was approached by the government and told he was going to be made Abbot of Shaolin. Hai Ting died not long after this movie was made.

Check out parts 8 and 9. Part 8 has a very young Jet Li with Sun Lu Tangs  daughter Sun Ji An, Tai Ji guy Wu Tu Nan, Liang style Bagua master Li Zi Ming and others.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang - Park Bok Nam

"The Methods of Lu Shui-Tien As Taught by Park Bok Nam - Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang Vol. II."
An old instructional video of Park Bok Nam's Bagua Zhang. He was unsure of his teacher's lineage but if you watch the video it was probably Yin Fu Style. Lot's of drills and fa jin exercises.