Friday, March 24, 2017

Gao Bagua Hou Tien - Marcus Brinkman

Gao Bagua Hou Tien - Marcus Brinkman

This is my teacher Marcus Brinkman. Beginning and Ongoing classes in Gao Style Bagua here in Boulder, Colorado. Focusing on teaching a method for self cultivation, lasting health and personal transformation.
·        First Class Free
·        Increase Muscle Strength
·        Improve Flexibility
·        Regain Stability & Balance
·        Reclaim Aerobic Conditioning

Reasonably priced - Excellent Instruction - Fun/ Dedicated Training Group 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Xingyi Quan Classes - Colorado - Hsing I Chuan Classes in Boulder

Boulder Internal Arts offers a complete system of traditional Chinese Internal Kung Fu training.  Xingyi Quan (Hsing I Chuan) classes give you a method for building self awareness, lasting health, and personal transformation through movement and martial contact in Boulder, Colorado

  • First Class Free
  • Learn Self Defense
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Regain Stability & Balance
  • Reclaim Aerobic Conditioning

  • Reasonably priced - Excellent Instruction - Fun/ Dedicated Training Group

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Fighting – and, not or – Fitness by Matt Thornton

    Fighting – and, not or – Fitness by Matt Thornton - 

    Found HERE

    Why has every successful military force known to man, from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to the modern CAG, Navy SEALS, and SAS, placed physical fitness as a priority?
    Among my first students was a large, strong, older man who made his living as a roofer. Jovial and tough, we trained together a lot. His forte when we sparred was the head and arm position (a modified headlock on the ground, where the person on top has control of both your head, and one of your arms), what in Judo is known as ‘kesa gatame’, or what Larry Hartsell would affectionately call, “Kassy”.
    We’d glove up and spar. Younger and with more boxing, I’d get the better of him on the feet. A takedown would occur, and somehow, in the mix, he would always end up holding me in an airtight head and arm. The pressure on my neck would increase. Unable to escape, I would eventually have to tap.
    Over time I became better at avoiding the position. But we both knew it was there. And should he get it, we both knew I’d be in trouble.
    At the time I was learning Jiu-Jitsu from one of Paul Vunak’s students, Thomas Cruse. He lived in Eugene, and when possible I would visit and ask all the questions that had arisen as a result of sparring. He’d offer solid advice. I’d drive back and try it on the roofer. And I would still be stuck.
    Finally, another chance to train with Rickson presented itself.
    My Judo partner and I, Craig Bell, who shared the space with me and paid half the rent, brought Rickson up to Oregon for a seminar. During a private lesson Rickson broke down the fine points of the position. Mechanically, it was a simple solution. The head and arm is a fixed position, meaning the possibilities are limited. And like all things in Jiu-Jitsu, when the correct method is known, and the right timing ingrained, the escape can feel easy.
    A good rule of thumb to remember is that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is always common sense – in retrospect.
    As soon as possible I got back on the mat with the roofer. Within fifteen minutes I was able to escape every time. From that day forward, he couldn’t hold me in that position. Jiu-Jitsu had presented me with a puzzle. A puzzle I obsessed over for months. But, like all puzzles, it admits to a solution. You just have to know how to look.
    One thing that also shined through over those early years was just how important physical fitness, “conditioning”, is to actual fighting. Sure, when done perfectly, when you completely outclass your opponent, you may be able to achieve a lot without much exertion, just as Rickson did one day when I watched him ironman a room of grapplers without breaking a sweat. But those are not the opponents we are training for. Remember principle #4 (from the upcoming book):
    The willingness to engage in competition and the willingness to be vulnerable, exist in equal measure, if the competition itself is a worthy one.
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    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Xing Yi Quan master Wu Huijin, Pi Quan 吴会进师傅,正宗劈拳

     Xing Yi Quan master Wu Huijin, Pi Quan 吴会进师傅,正宗劈拳
    "Master Wu Huinjin (吴会进) from Taigu, Shanxi province, is grandson of famous great grandmaster Wu Dianke(吴殿科). His style is very orthodox, following the legacy of Dai family, Li Luoneng(李洛能) and Che Yizhai (车毅斋) Xing Yi Quan old traditional form. Lineage: Li Luoneng(李洛能)- Che Yizhai(车毅斋)-Liu Jian(刘俭) -Wu Dianke(吴殿科)-Wu Xiufeng (吴秀峰)- Wu Huijin(吴会进) Wu family is onr of most important descendants in Xing Yi Quan circles. *"