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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 […]

Wujido 101: the Down Block

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The three main blocks; up, middle, and down, form the basic blocking system that is derived from the Lohan Shaolin Wushu style and establish the fundamental aspect of defense against various attacks by extending the arms and protecting the body within the area known as the six gates.  The six gates theory will be covered in a subsequent lesson.

The blocks are essentially Low, middle, and high and will serve to block, deflect, redirect, and suppress strikes from […]

Wujido 101: the Middle Block

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Blocks; in the Wujido, should be applied very broadly and one should contemplate the range of application.  What is true of the middle block is true of the up block and the down block. This must be thoroughly investigated. As with each technique and method, adequate time and effort should be allotted to the mastery of its purpose.  The elements of utility include more than the movement of the arms but extend to footwork, the ability to […]

Wujido: Online Training

Online Training in Martial Arts has arrived

The Wujido family now provides the martial arts community, both the beginner and advanced practitioner with articles, online training, media that is designed to deepen your knowledge and perfection of the most profound aspects of martial arts of any style from the perspective of one of the highest ranked masters in the world.  Fundamentals are the foundation upon which mastery is achieved.  Without fundamentals mastery is a pipe dream, a specious claim and […]

Wujido 101: Up Blocks

Mastery is in the fundamentals

Practice training hours for 101 skills: 60-100 training hours.

It is a common misunderstanding about martial arts that one can acquire methods and techniques and approach them without realizing the level of commitment necessary to bring those techniques and methods to the necessary level to bring real success. Elements required are the following;

Visualize the ideal technique
High repetition of correct technique
Keep the mind attentive and focused and avoid mindless repetition
Practice sufficiently to create instinctive response

 

The practice of the […]

Shaolin Animal Style Play

It is somewhat rare to observe animal styles in action.  It is difficult to use in competition because the rules prohibit many of the maneuvers as they are conceived and applied in real-time.  It is even difficult to demonstrate in sparring as the moves are really quite devastating if used with power and contact.  Thus the need for strict regulation and so that injury does not result.  the power and effectiveness is difficult to comprehend to the uninitiated as they […]

The Shaolin Tree

The Shaolin Tree

The article The Shaolin Tree is here reprinted and revised by popular demand; updated and revised. The Shaolin Tree was originally published in 2003 and enjoyed a wide acceptance from many dedicated martial arts enthusiasts world-wide; from Europe, to Lebanon, Libya to South Africa, from Canada to South America, from California to Maine.  Reprinted here for your enjoyment.

Once upon a time in the distant past there was a young student. 

He asked his teacher, “Master, […]

Wujiquan: The Alchemy of Kungfu

Wujiquan:origins

In a poem ascribed to Zhang San Feng who is believed by many to have been the person who invented Taijiquan and is accepted as the founder of the Wu-Dang Temple he writes;

Taiji comes from Wuji and is the Mother of Yin and Yang

 

No one can be absolutely certain he wrote the words that are ascribed to him if at all, but they are accepted lore in the Tai Chi Community. It cannot be proven that Zhang Sanfeng is the […]

The 7 Requirements

 

Double Tornado Broadswords 1992

True Kungfu is a way of life that must have honor, virtue, chivalry, fearlessness in order to have true meaning in a persons life.  Just learning techniques so we can hurt another person or defend ourselves is a very narrow goal.  It is also true and reasonable to understand that merely learning a set of movements and routines (prearranged sequences of movements, techniques and so forth) just because they are “traditional” and in order […]

Kungfu; red pill or blue pill?

Kungfu; red pill or blue pill?

In the beginning it is not uncommon for a person to look at martial arts with a bias, being there are so many misconceptions about what it is a person can accomplish and how it is that a person can go about getting there.  There is the wide array of what is in the public domain, and then there are the trade secrets that accompany almost any kind of martial art or combat sport.  […]