Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yang Taijiquan 101: Opening and Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail

3rd Generation Yang Taiji

Although the theory and methods of the Taiji method of boxing are extremely deep and penetrating, anyone can learn it and the benefits are universally known and agreed upon.  As with many things in life it takes many years to master the methods of Taijiquan no matter what style you practice.  It is also true that there are many variations to the Yang family style with some being very close to the original and others not so […]

Wujido 101: Basic Kicking method; the Round House Kick

There are a few basic movements that come natural using the legs.  There is walking, running, jumping, squatting, and kneeling.  The amazing capacity of the hips and legs to perform almost an infinite variety of movement in dance and sports goes to the amazing capacity of the legs and hips to move to the will and intent of the doer.

However, for those interested in such advanced movements as performed in dance, yoga, martial arts, and sports; it is necessary to […]

Wujido 101: Basic Stance Training; Attention Stance, Open and Close

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For those who have participated in formal training in karate, taekwondo, and other forms of bushido there are formal stances and postures that are part of the training.  Although the attention stance is not generally used so much in kungfu training in America and other places it is valuable as a tool for self-discipline and keeping order in a classroom setting and to display respect to higher ranks in martial arts systems in general.  In […]

Wujido 101: Basic Stance Training; the Balance or Crane Stance

In the beginning of what we call the Shaolin art of Quanfa there were nine exercises.  These nine exercises were the original muscle and tendon changing exercises.  At first these were basic static exercises and as time went on they grew into 12 postures and then 18 postures and from that point through a process of expansion and variation we have the received art which has changed and modified countless times over the years.

Crane

One of the original and most important […]

Wujido 101: Basic Stance Training-Tiger Stretchings its back

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It may appear to the beginner that learning stances is outdated or is not necessary.  This is a great mistake and based on several misunderstandings about the purpose of stance training.  In Kungfu we refer to stance training when  we refer to taking various different poses.  Some of the poses are static and others are not.  To believe the practice is simple and not difficult and not applicable is another great mistake.

 

Kungfu and/or Karate are not just […]

Wujido 101: Basic Stance Training-the Horse Stance

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What is the most important stance to train when training in the Shaolin Kungfu (Wushu)?  There is no question that the most important stance is the Horse.  The Horse Stance, called Ma Bu in Chinese and resembles the shape one takes when riding a horse; thus, it is a horse-riding posture.  What may not be well-known is the origin of the horse-riding posture.  Also, in many styles of kungfu there are different variants of the horse-riding […]