Shaolin Legacy - Part One - Kungfu Explained #02
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Chinese Swords - Miáodāo (苗刀)
"Miáodāo - a long saber? In today's martial arts circles the word is exclusively associated with a large two-handed saber, and only the top example in the above picture would be recognized as a miáodāo. Understandibly so, because the single handed narrow saber, also known as the liǔyèdāo (柳葉刀), gradually fell out of use not long after the fall of the Qing. It got replaced by the iconic niúwěidāo (牛尾刀) that is seen in the hands of every martial artist from the 1930s, and so the only narrow saber that remained in use was the long variety." - Peter Dekker
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Monday, August 24, 2020
Xingyi Five Element Pao (Cannon) Fire Fist - Marcus Brinkman
My teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Xingyi Quan at Boulder Internal Martial Arts
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Xinyi Liuhe Quan - Ma Deyun explains applications of Danba in Luoyang branch
"Ma Deyun is one of the leading masters of the less known system of Xinyi Liuhe Quan practised in Luoyang. While the more popular branch from Lushan/Zhoukou has received more attention due to the efforts of the disciples of Yuan Fengyi, especially Lu Songgao, who taught in Shanghai, the Luoyang system has remained relatively obscure and has been taught within the muslim communities of the city only. It comes from Ma Xing, student and relative of Ma Xueli, who was not only a skilful martial artist, but also a well educated military official. While Luoyang system differs from the Lushan/Zhoukou branch, their theory and principles remain the same. On this video Ma Deyun, the disciple of famous Jin Heiyan demonstrates and explains the applications of the key basic method of the system - Dan Ba (Single Seize).
What makes the video really interesting are the principles of the system behind these simple applications: importance of footwork (old Xinyi Liuhe Quan boxing manual speaks of "defeating all under heaven with the old rooster shape" - Rooster Shape focuses on developing footwork), following the movements of the opponent and adjusting ones stance accordingly (against common idea of xinyi/xingyi as systems with "going through the wall" mindset), fighting in close distance and using the body rather than just hands.
Great attention is paid to the correct position of the feet, especially the front foot, which "seizes the ground", while the rear one is the engine behind the movement and its applications. It shows how direct yet at the same time sophisticated the system is, and how various skills - coordination, footwork, using body - must be developed first to make its techniques effective." by Jarek Szymanski
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship: the Qing Wodao #chinese sword
"The Qing imperial regulations, the Huangchiao Liqi Tushi, lists no less than 7 types of Chinese two-handed sabers with long grips issued during the dynasty. In this episode, Scott M. Rodell looks at a rare variant, the Qing period Wōdāo (窩刀). This dao was issued to the Lùyíng (綠營), the Green Braves.
The Lùyíng were the ethnically Han Army. Manchus, Mongols and some Chinese who joined the Qing cause early on formed the Eight Banners. With the majority of Han people being drafted into the Lùyíng or Green Braves. The Wō character used here is a homonym for the Wō in Wōkòu (倭寇). In that case it means Dwarf Bandit a derogatory term for the Japanese. Here is has the meaning of a small place, or a place where animals live, or a place where a group of bad people gather. So this sword is the Qing take on the Katana. The regulations stipulate that the blade be curved like a Lùyíng Piāndāo (綠營㓲刀), the slicing saber which is depicted in the regulations with an accelerating curvature, as see on this example.
Some have mistaken the Wōdāo, this Chinese version of a katana, with the Miáodāo (苗刀). There are however two important differences, the blade and hilt lengths. The Wōdāo has a 31” blade that is balance by the long grip such that it is easy to wield with one hand. The Miáodāo is a true two-handed saber with on average a 35” long blade . While they make look the same in a photo, any practitioner will notice the difference straight away. They are indeed two very different weapons" Scott Rodell.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Early Yang style Taijiquan demonstrated by Niu Chunming
Friday, August 14, 2020
Xingyi Quan - Pi Quan [內家小哥的形意拳與八卦掌世界] - 形意拳基本慨念第一集 劈拳