Tag Archive for Wushu

Song of the 8 methods

Song of the 8 Methods

This has been the history of many inner schools.  By providing guidelines in the form of poetry and song these provide a convenient way to memorize the instructions.  Often also the instructions given in this way are also made obscure in order to dumbfound the ignorant and course individuals who often pollute the martial arts world.  By providing riddles and metaphors in the form of song and meter it is possible to pass along extremely […]

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-Tiger Stretchings its back

Learn real Karate/Kungfu

It may appear to the beginner that learning stances is outdated or is not necessary.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: 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 […]

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 […]

Creating an Internal Structure Through Torso Methods

Taijiquan: Beginning Torso Methods

The following is a monograph submitted by Josh Hart edited by Dr. Harkins Dashi headmaster of the Wujido Institute.  Josh Hart is a Senior “Da Ge” in the Taijiquan Department at the Wujido Institute.

One of the key elements in the practice of Taijiquan is application of a set of principles variously referred to as the body or “torso methods” which is a kind of internal template of arranging or ordering the body both internally […]

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.  […]