Saturday, May 21, 2016

Xingyi - Tang Shou Tao's Ba Tang Chuan - Mike Patterson

Xingyi - Tang Shou Tao's Ba Tang Chuan
"This is the third of Tang Shou Tao's "8 Step forms" - Ba Tang Chuan, as taught to me by Xu Hongji of Taiwan. I have included one camera angle of the entire set with a few selected applications via picture in picture. Since these products were originally never filmed for this feature, I must apologize that the inset is so small. You can find the remaining TST 8 Step forms, complete breakdowns and applications in our online store at at the following URL.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Xing Yi -Style Takedown

Xing Yi -Style Takedown "Xing-yi style takedown, crossing fist application as taught to us by Tim Cartmell - See"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BJJ - Anthony Bourdain

"I spent a solid year getting crushed everyday by younger, faster, fitter and better partners. I lost 35lbs. I am no longer on Lipitor (drug to reduce bad cholesterol). I'm in the best shape of my life. I train everyday wherever I am in the world and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) is pretty much central to my days' schedule. I often pick locations for my show that are close to Jiu Jitsu academies."
Anthony Bourdain, 59
Chef/Author/TV Show Host
New York, NY
Blue Belt, Renzo Gracie Academy
Trains since 2013
Image courtesy of MMA Leech

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Bagua Step Size - - Ed Hiens

Step Size

Is this article about how long or short your steps should be in Bagua? Partly.
One reason Bagua is a rich art is because movement is a rich source of metaphor that help us make sense of the world.
More specifically the base unit of Bagua,  the step, is an the way we progress from  here to there.  Of course progress also comes in jumps, leaps and occasionally bounds,  it’s possible to  stride or sprint forwards, and also skip ahead.  But skipping often has consequences.
Anyway much as a ludicrously long step like the one in the photo can have some benefits in terms of strength and mobility it is also a tactical disaster, and almost certainly too much to for the joints for a high volume of practise.
What I am (re)learning is that sometimes you need to take smaller steps than you think.  It took me a while to notice despite the long training stances of our Bagua in application Luo almost always takes small, natural looking and nimble steps.
As I age this applies to my training too. While I used to be able to see (some) skills, and be able to reproduce them in a few jumps,  these days I need smaller steps and more patience.  Some of the steps are backwards too.
Not moving forward,  stuck,  frustrated?  Maybe you need smaller steps,  precisely placed.
This isn’t original, you’ve read it many times in different forms by different authors. I’m writing to remind myself. I plan some more reminders soon.
What can you remind yourself of?