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Wujiquan: the magic and the mystery

Sometime in the past; a very long time ago, before the Shaolin of the Tang Dynasty, the Hong and Choi of the Qing, and long before the modern era of spectacular Wushu tricks and performances of the Mao era there was the devastating and profound art of Wujiquan. At that time they called it Wuyi, deep in the recesses of the past on ancient Chinese battlefields bathed in blood and glory. Wujiquan was the modern name coined by the honorable […]

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 […]

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 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 […]