Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy New Year 2023

                                                                           Happy New Year 2023

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas 2023

                                                                   Merry Christmas 2023

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Sharp Swords - Scott M. Rodell

It is not uncommon to hear martial artists say they don't practice with a sharp sword because they are afraid of cutting themselves. But I have to ask, if you are afraid of your own sword, what is that saying about your level of swordsmanship? - Scott M. Rodell

Friday, December 9, 2022

Kung Fu Jackie Chan Dragon Fist 1979

                                                   Kung Fu Jackie Chan Dragon Fist 1979

Friday, November 18, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

Che style Xingyiquan - Cheng Lianyou

Vid showing empty hand and weapons routines by Taigu Che style xingyiquan teacher Cheng Lianyou (Liu Jian - Wu Zhitai - Cheng Lianyou)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Scott Rodell on Beginner Swordplay


"A common problem with beginners' swordplay is concentrating on strategy before mastering technique. This is like discussing chess strategy before knowing all the pieces and how they move to take other pieces. New students search for a trick to winning. However without technique fully mastered and incorporated in one's mind-body, they lack the ability and tools to change when their trick fails them. Likewise, if their duifang has a trick of strategy they do not comprehend, they have no way for responding to unexpected situations. This is the error of putting strategy before technique in the study of swordsmanship. Before thinking about strategy, students of swordsmanship must study each cut, mastering them one at a time." ~ Scott M. Rodell 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

On Long and Short Weapons - Trans. Scott M. Rodell







"Long weapons have a wooden shaft, (for) short weapons the arm is the shaft. With long weapons, advancing and retreating, the spirit is in the hands, (for) short weapons, moving forward or back requires footwork. The feet must be cunning like a rabbit, your body (fast) like the wind, (then) the three foot (sword) can disable the spear."

 - Trans. Scott M. Rodell quoted from Wu Shu’s Jiàn Jué Gē (Sword Rhyme Song, 劍訣歌)

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Kung Fu Conversations Solo Cast #1 - Warriorship Conversing EP1

 Kung Fu Conversations Solo Cast #1 - Warriorship Conversing EP1

 In this episode, Randel does a solo cast on the Warrior Spirit of Matt Stutzman and Bebe Vio.  #WarriorshipConversing

Friday, September 9, 2022

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #25 - What is the most Liked or Disliked aspect of Chinese Marital Arts?

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #25 - What is the most Liked or Disliked aspect of Chinese Martial Arts? In this episode, Owen and Randel take on the topic of their favorite and most hated aspects of Chinese Martial Arts!

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Chinese Jian Wisdom by Scott Rodell


一寸長, 一寸強

一寸小, 一寸巧

Yīcùn cháng, yīcùn qiáng
yīcùn xiǎo, yīcùn qiǎo
yīcùn duǎn, yīcùn xiǎn
~Gǔrén shuō

One inch longer, one inch stronger
One inch smaller, one inch (more) skillful
One inch shorter, one inch closer
~ an old Chinese saying

"This is an old martial saying that seems to originate at least in part with General Qi Jiguang who wrote, “Short weapons cannot intercept long weapons, one inch longer is one inch stronger (Duǎn bù jiē zhǎng, yīcùn cháng yīcùn qiáng, 短不接長,一寸長一寸強).” In general, the phrase addresses the difference between long weapons, such as spears, and shorter weapons, including swords.

It terms of sword work itself, this may be interpreted in another manner as~
If your sword cuts are an inch longer, they will have more power. However, if they are an inch smaller, that is more skillful. Then the distance to the duifang is an inch shorter, and you are an inch close to land a blow.

This describes the evolution every diligent swordsman moves thorough. At first, one tends to rely on power. Further training brings refinement leading to one’s movements becoming smaller, tighter, and thus quicker. Deflections are then only as big as needed and the sword isn’t swung at the duifang’s body in general, but at a small, exact target. This compacting of one’s technique changes the timing of actions so that your sword ends up moving closer to the target even as the duifang is attacking. Thus the distance to your target is shorter though the starting distance has not changed.
Note that the last word in this saying, xiǎn, is typically translated as danger in common vernacular Chinese. It can however also mean to be near as in anear miss or a close call.. The overall structure of the saying is one where a specific condition leads to a improved result. Following that structure, the distance being an inch shorter, places the swordsman in a better tactical position, one inch closer to landing his or her blow. Certainly, that is also a more dangerous position (for both swordsmen). However, if one has deflected properly, leading the duifang’s weapon into a void while maintain tip control, so that one’s sword is aligned with its target, then in this dangerous position, there is a strategic opportunity."

~ Scott M. Rodell 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Song family Xinyi Liuhe Quan (蚌埠心意六合拳大师蒋安波先生)

Song family Xinyi Liuhe Quan (蚌埠心意六合拳大师蒋安波先生) - M Jiang Anbo and his students. 

Song Guobin (1882-1960) was one of the four key disciples of Yuan Fengyi. Song's disciple M Jiang Anbo and his students recorded some ten animals and the Si Ba routine. 

Preserving the combat arts -

Monday, July 11, 2022

The Story of Bagua Zhang Ep. 01 - Dong Haichuan Part 1

The Story of Bagua Zhang Ep. 01 - Dong Haichuan Part 1

"The story of Bagua Zhang was produced and released domestically in China in around the year 2020. It features four lengthy episodes covering different topics regarding the history and practice of Bagua Zhang along with various interviews. I have translated, subtitled and dubbed this series and have also added relevant information for the international community to enjoy. I will be releasing it in smaller episodes for ease of viewing. Following this, I have some follow up interviews and videos that I will film and produce regarding the topic of Bagua Zhang and its history. Dong Haichuan Part 1 In this episode we look at the background and mystery regarding Bagua Zhang's founder, Dong Haichuan."

Monday, June 27, 2022

Power Of Chi The Movie - Is this really Chi or sophisticated body mechanics?

Power Of Chi The Movie - Is this Chi or something else? 

Several hundred years ago, when Tai Chi methods were being created and developed, the languaging they had to describe the results of their process was "Chi", "Yin/ Yang", and "5 elements", these terms mean different things to different groups in the east and west. They may mean something specific to a Daoist monk, an average Chinese person, or a TCM practitioner. They didn't have anatomical western terms like body mechanics, alignment, joint articulation, or fascia to describe what they were feeling and doing during a transfer knowledge between student and teacher. In the west, "Chi" immediately conjures up magical energy, and that seems to be what they are selling in this movie but we will have to wait and see. The skills Mr. Mizner is demonstrating in this video are not magic, they are body skills that have been passed down by generations of Chinese internal martial arts practitioners. They are teachable, transferable, and replicable and, to give Mr. Mizner credit, he is practicing these skills at a very high level while being filmed. 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #20 - Habits in the martial arts. Are yours helping or hindering you?

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #20 - Habits in the martial arts. Are yours helping or hindering you?

In this episode, Owen and Randel discuss the pros and cons of developing, maintaining, and discarding habits while studying and training martial arts.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #19 - When Do you "Have it?". The Reality of Training in the Martial Arts.

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #19 - When Do you "Have it?". The Reality of Training in the Martial Arts. 

In this episode, Owen and Randel explore the idea of embodying a martial art and when/ how that happens. When do you really "have it" or "get it"?

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Chinese Kung Fu Weapon - Guan Dao


     Chinese Kung Fu Weapon - Guan Dao. "Teacher Zheng's middle school, 77 years old, and he still attained that high rank."

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Xingyi Quan - The Song of the Tiger - 河北形意拳虎形 - Byron Jacobs

Xingyi Quan - The Song of the Tiger - 河北形意拳虎形 - Byron Jacobs

The fierce tiger pounces on its prey with a powerful and imposing mien, 

This intent engulfs and courses through the entire body like a tornado. 

The power of the back and shoulders comes from the tailbone, 

This skill can be expressed with two terms - straighten and extend. 

Byron Jacobs - 威龙 (Beijing - May 2022)

Monday, May 16, 2022

Bagua Zhang - A Traditional Chinese Martial Art - 1980's Documentary

 Bagua Zhang - A Traditional Chinese Martial Art - 1980's Documentary

"This documentary was produced in approximately 1986 in Beijing and features many of the prominent lineages/styles and practitioners. It portrays the methods and characteristics of these styles as they were existent in Beijing. I have added English subtitles to and relevant information to this documentary. This version's video quality is not ideal and it has proven quite difficult to locate a better quality copy in full, even when I contacted some of my own Bagua family members that were featured in this documentary.

 Nonetheless, is a valuable piece of history and now accessible to non-Chinese speakers. If I locate a better quality copy of this documentary, I will re-release it with the translation. As always, doing this type of translation and editing is time consuming and difficult, so any and all support you are able to give me through Patreon makes this worthwhile of my time and skills and will enable me to produce more such content into the future." - Byron Jacobs

Found HERE

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Chen Pan Ling Style - Seal the Throat Spear and Dragon Shape Hook Sword

黃裕盛 Huang Zhun-shen's student 林善民 Lin Shan-min back in 2003. He's performing the suo hou qiang 鎖喉槍 (seal the throat spear) and 龍形双鉤 longxing shuang gou (dragon shape hook swords). These are pretty rare sets and Huang is one of the last (if not the last) teachers that studied personally from CPL himself back in the day still alive.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Journey to the West - Sun Wukong the Monkey King

Scroll art of the 16th century novel by Wu Cheng'en, Journey to the West. With the three main characters, Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Sha Wujing and Zhu Bajie. China ink and rice paper. 

Anzu Fernandi    Found HERE

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Chinese Kung Fu Sword - Song of Footwork 步法歌

Chinese Kung Fu Sword - Song of Footwork 步法歌 

"Stepping correctly functions to maneuver one to an advantageous position, not to neutralize. Steps are hidden as part of the entire movement, as part of a deflection or cut. This is achieved by the waist commanding the entire body as one unified whole, the spine turning as a steel column. The legs are for changing one’s position, turn the waist to neutralize and enter. With training, the legs and waist become as one." ~ Scott M. Rodel Found HERE

Friday, April 22, 2022

Real Cheng Style/ Liu Bin Lineage Routines

                                               Real Cheng Style/ Liu Bin Lineage Routines

Features direct student of Liu Bin, 4th generation master, Liu Xinghan in Beijing, China.  Pieces of shown of the 9 Palace Monkey, Lion, Qi-ling, and other more rare forms such as Liu Bin's adaptation of Hsing-i plus 3 form. A rare glimpse of authentic Liu Bin material presented by 4th and 5th generation inheritors.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Bagua Sword - Sun Style

Bagua Sword - Sun Style 

"This Bagua Sword presentation is performed by Master Sun Jianyun, (1914-2003) in the 1980s. She is the daughter of the Grand Master Sun Lutang (1860-1933)."

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Chinese Swordsmanship/ Jian Fa - 步法歌 Song of Footwork

Chinese Swordsmanship/ Jian Fa -  步法歌 Song of Footwork  

Stepping correctly functions to maneuver one to an advantageous position, not to neutralize. 

Steps are hidden as part of the entire movement, as part of a deflection or cut. This is achieved by the waist commanding the entire body as one unified whole, the spine turning as a steel column. 

The legs are for changing one’s position, turn the waist to neutralize and enter. With training, the legs and waist become as one. ~ Scott M. Rodell

Monday, April 4, 2022

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #15 - Variations in Your System

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #15 - Variations in Your System or From Your Teacher?

In this episode, Owen and Randel discuss variations on forms and training methods in systems and the impact it can have on teachers and students.  

Learn Chinese Internal Kung Fu at Boulder Internal Martial Arts 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Historical Shuai Jiao

Historical Shuai Jiao

"A lot of revision going on lately about Shuai Jiao, it's traditional AND modern history. But some of us still know the truth and there is definitely a "paper trail". So we're going to start outlining and revealing. This is Master Jeng Hsing-Ping, who was head instructor at the Central Police College, and Master Roger Soo, respected senior in the Shuai Jiao clan. This was filmed in the actual Police College in Taipei, Taiwan in 1965"

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Sword’s Qì is as a Rainbow— trans by Scott M. Rodell


Jiàn qì rú hóng jiàn xíng shì lóng
jiàn shén hé yī xuánmiào wúqióng
Guǎng Píng Yáng Chéngfǔ tí

The sword’s qì is as a rainbow, the sword moves like a dragon.
Sword and spirit meet as one, its profundity is boundless.

Yang Chengfu of Guangping

Monday, March 7, 2022

TT Liang Yang Style Taiji Sword Form

                                                    TT Liang Yang Style Taiji Sword Form

"Master Liang started his martial art career in High School in Tientsin where his physical education teacher was the famous Huang Han Hsun, a Master of Praying Mantis boxing. In 1933, whilst attending a British Maritime Customs service training seminar in Beijing, he was able to study Tui Shou (Pushing Hands) with Yang Cheng Fu (1883–1936), a member of the original Tai Chi Yang family, who also taught Cheng Man Ch'ing. Liang was able to study with him for a couple of weeks but did not name him formally as one of his teachers. After a period of serious illness in Shanghai in 1946, Liang began to study Taijiquan with various students of Cheng Man Ch'ing, and began formal training with Cheng himself in 1947. He became Cheng's Da Shih Hsiung (Chief Disciple). Master Liang passed away on August 17, 2002 at the age of 102."

Friday, February 25, 2022

Monday, February 14, 2022

Xingyiquan - Mao Mingchong

Basic Xingyiquan Technique. Forms of hands, stands, step. Also shown is wuxingquan - a fist of 5 primary elements, shiersin - 12 animals. Forms of wuxingquan are shown in 3 versions, differ in speed of execution, step, release of force, shiersin in 2 versions. 

Mao Mingchun is the current deputy chairman of the Taiyuan City Association of Taijiquan and Tuishou, holder of 8 duans in wushu. One of the authors and drafters of the qualification requirements for the system of receiving duans in wushu, he holds the position of an expert consultant at the Hong Kong Wushu Association. 

Since childhood, Mao Mingchun studied the methods of traditional wushu, in 1978, after successfully passing the exams, he entered the Faculty of Physical Education at Shanxi University. In 1982, due to the high level in the list of those who passed the exams in the methods, theory and practice of wushu, he entered the graduate school at Shanxi University at the same faculty of physical education. In 1984, after graduation, according to distribution, he remains at the university to work as a teacher and trainer in wushu, and also teaches lessons on traditional methods of strengthening the body, feeding vitality (yangsheng).

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Kunwu Sword Manual 李凌霄 by Li Lingxiao - trans. Scott M. Rodell


Xīn, yǎn, shēn, shǒu, bù, běn shǔ liánhé dòngzuò. Gèzhǒng quán jì, mòbù jiǎngjiù. Jiànshù yì rán. Xuézhě bùkě hū yě.

Mind, eye, body, hand, steps, are all united in action. Of all types of boxing arts none doesn’t pay attention to this. The sword art is also this way. Practitioners must not neglect this.

Kunwu Sword Manual
by Li Lingxiao [published Feb, 1935]
-trans. Scott M. Rodell

Found HERE

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Shuai Jiao Training | Big Stick/Da Bang Zi 大棒子

 Shuai Jiao Training | Big Stick/Da Bang Zi 大棒子

Shuai Jiao Big Stick | 大棒子讲横 “the big stick teaches heng" 

The Da Bang Zi is one of Shuai Jiao's most useful training tools.  It teaches us how to to develop and use 'heng', which is circular, horizontal force to off balance your opponent. 

As with all training, understanding the intent and purpose of the movement helps shape our training so that it carries over into noncooperative application. 

Shuai Jiao is the oldest form of Kung Fu in China and one of the oldest forms of wrestling the world to be continuously trained and practiced.  Throughout its history it has always been used in a combative or competitive format, meaning that its techniques and training methods have been developed through real usage.  It is hard to even imagine the influence it is had on the development of Chinese Martial Arts except for the fact that is said that all forms of Kung Fu should contain throwing techniques.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Dao De Jing Chapter 69 - Strategists have a saying...trans by Scott Rodell

                            Dao De Jing Chapter 69 - Strategists have a saying...trans by Scott Rodell


Yòngbīng yǒu yán,
wú bù gǎn wéi zhǔ ér wéi kè,
bù gǎn jìn cùn ér tuì chǐ.
Shì wèi xíng wú xíng,
rǎng wú bì,
rēng wúdí,
zhí wú bīng.
Huò mòdà yú qīngdí.
Qīngdí jǐ sàng wú bǎo.
Gù kàng bīng xiāng rú, āi zhě shèng yǐ.

Strategists have a saying:
I don’t dare be the host, but the guest.
Don’t dare advance one inch, but retreat one foot.
This is moving without moving.
Push up your sleeves without revealing your arms,
prevailing as if you have no enemy,
wielding your weapon as is there was none.
The greatest disaster is to under estimate the enemy.
Under estimating the enemy I lose my treasure.
When soliders resist each other, those who lament combat will be victorious.

Commentary and Notes- Daoist thought has had a strong effect on almost every aspect of Chinese life, including combat and strategy. In this chapter, Laozi speaks of being the guest instead of the host, codifying one of the basic approaches to strategy in jianfa. When one is the host, one acts first, arranges things, demonstrating one’s intent by way things have been organized. The host does all the work then invites the guest in. From the swordman’s point of view, this presents a great deal of information about one’s plan of action and skill set. On the other hand, when one is the guest, one follows the action without interjecting one’s own plan. In this way, the swordsman can know his opponent while keeping that duifang in the dark about one’s own strengths and weaknesses. This is action or movement without there being action. This means that instead of expending energy on a plan of action, one waits and listens, allowing the duifang to expose his or her intent. Then, with this clear insight, applies the correct counters to defeat the duifang’s strategy. In this way, without having taken any action of one’s own, one can prevail. This does not mean surrendering control of the action to the duifang. Rather it means controlling the action by allowing the duifang to tell you his or her plan.

“Push up your sleeves without revealing your arms,” is a specific example of what the first line alludes to. Preparing to engage a duifang, one would commonly push the long flowing sleeves of Chinese garments up out of the way as the hands are raised to a useful position. But in doing so, one should not show any aggressive intent, or indeed any intent at all. Sunzi similarly suggests one -

“Be extremely subtle
Even to the point of formlessness
Be extremely mysterious
Even to the point of soundlessness
Thereby you can be the director
Of an opponent’s fate.” (trans. Tomas Clearly*)

While the Taijiquan Lun records, that by hiding one’s intent, “He (the enemy) can not know me, I alone comprehend him. Where ever a hero goes he has no enemies, this is because he has achieved these skills.\.” 人不知我, 我獨知人. 英雄所向無敵, 蓋皆由此而及也.

The notion of emptiness expressed as “wielding your weapon as is there was none,” is a common one found in jianfa. It brings to mind Huang Yuanxiu, (黃元秀),”Song of Empty Mind” from his Fundamentals of the Wudang Sword Method:

The song says
With palm empty, the sword is lively.
With the center of the foot empty, the footwork is nimble.
With the topknot empty, the entire body is one.

The central idea in Huang’s “Song” is that by being free of any predisposition, one’s movements as lively and adaptive, so that one is able to respond exactly as needed.

- Scott M. Rodell

*I usually prefer to translate myself any lines I reference from a Chinese classic, but honestly, I just couldn’t translate make any significant improvement over that already offered by Thomas Clearly when it came to this line.

— with Scott M. Rodell