– 拳經捷要 THE BOXING CLASSIC (KEYS TO NIMBLENESS) (紀效新書卷十四) (Chapter 14 of New Book of Effective Methods) 戚繼光 by Qi Jiguang [1560] [translation by Paul Brennan, Aug, 2019] – 此藝不甚預於兵能有餘力則亦武門所當習但衆之不能强者亦聽其所便耳於是以此為諸篇之末茅十四 拳法似無預於大戰之技然活動手足慣勤肢體此為初學入藝之門也故存於後以備一家學拳要身法活便手法便利脚法輕固進退得宜腿可飛騰而其妙也顛起倒挿而其猛也披劈橫拳而其快也活捉朝天而其柔也知當斜閃故擇其拳之善者三十二勢勢勢相承遇敵制勝變化無窮微妙莫測窈焉㝠焉人不得而窺者謂之神俗云拳打不知是迅雷不及掩耳所謂不招不架只是一下犯了招架就有十下博記廣學多算而勝古今拳家宋太祖有三十二勢長拳又有六步拳猴拳囮拳名勢各有所稱而實大同小異至今之温家七十二行拳三十六合鎖二十四棄探馬八閃畨十二短此亦善之善者也吕紅八下雖剛未及綿張短打山東李半天之腿鷹爪王之拿千跌張之跌張伯敬之打少林寺之棍與青田棍法相兼楊氏鎗法與巴子拳棍皆今之有名者雖各有所長各傳有上而無下有下而無上就可取勝於人此不過偏於一隅若以各家拳法兼而習之正如常山蛇陣法擊首則尾應擊尾則首應擊其身而首尾相應此謂上下周旋無有不勝大抵拳棍刀鎗𨥁鈀劔㦸弓矢鈎䥥挨牌之類莫不先由拳法活動身手其拳也為武藝之源今繪之以勢註之以訣以啟後學既得藝必試敵切不可以勝負為愧為竒當思何以勝之何以敗之勉而久試怯敵還是藝淺善戰必定藝精古云藝髙人膽大信不誣矣 余在舟山公署得参戎劉草堂打拳所謂犯了招架便是十下之謂也此最妙即棍中之連打 (These skills will not prepare you for battle, but they can supply you with extra strength. Therefore they too should be a part […]

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Learning Wudang Kung fu, and Taoist Culture.

Qin Tze Wudang Mountain Retreat offers the unique opportunity to learn QigongGuqin, and Taiji Quan on Wudang Mountain. A step back in time the retreat is nestled on the hillside of a beautiful valley on Wudang Mountain. From Master Qin Tze’s retreat you not only have stunning views, but also can enjoy hikes all over Wudang Shan and up to the Golden Peak. The Retreat is not only a great place to learn it is also a fun, very authentic place to study Wudang Martial Arts, Music and Longevity practices. Master Qin Tze has a huge wealth of information to share. Students attending this retreat can expect a curriculum that is very heart, and culture centred through Taoist philosophy and Qi cultivation.

Below is a video giving a glimpse of life at the school.

Below is an example of the retreat time table

– A normal training day would begin at 06:30. From 07:00 to 09:00 you will learn Taiji Quan and Qigong.

– From 09:30am morning practice will include personal study, farming and daily Taoist Health practices.

– After lunch you will take part in afternoon study meditation and tea culture.

– Dinner starts at 16:30. After dinner training in Xuan Wu, Wudang Sword, and Taoist Baguazhang.

– From 19:30 to 21:00 evening Gu Qin class.

– This is followed by free time. Bedtime is normally 22:30

The King (Netflix 2019), a short review — The Tai Chi Notebook

The King (Netflix 2019) is the story of the rise of King Henry V and the battle of Agincourt against the French (1415). Prince Henry is portrayed as a wayward teenager, who dislikes authority and has no desire for the throne or the complications of court politics and international diplomacy. Suddenly this emo teenager has […]

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Essentials of Rest and Recovery at Martial Arts Camps

Here’s my latest article on the essentials of rest and recovery. Check it out.

Rest, and recovery are critical components of any successful training program at an intensive martial arts training camp. In my experience it is a component under-utilised in intensive training environments. Students want to get the most out of their time, so push hard. In this article I discuss the ‘Essentials of Rest and Recovery at martial arts training camps’.

Rest to enhance performance

As a way to enhance performance rest and recovery is too often overlooked. Understanding the difference between rest and recovery and how to properly implement them both is the key. If you’re training 5-8 hours per day for 5-6 days a week, you have to consider how sustainable that is. Making the most out of your rest, and recovery time is essential. If you define rest as a combination of sleep, and time not training then the quality of your sleep, and the time you spend not training will be critical. With many full-time martial arts schools packing their timetables with morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions. How you sleep, and spend the time in-between these classes is even more important.

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Anxious Black Belt — “Something like that”

I’m very excited about publishing my book on the subjects of Karate and Anxiety. Below you can find an excerpt from the book. Please let me know what you think. I started writing this book as a therapeutic exercise, to find out more about why I was suffering from a fear of the smallest things […]

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Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Lightsaber: Fetishism and Material Culture in Martial Arts Studies — Kung Fu Tea

“The lightsaber has become an important touchstone, both within the films and within our culture…They serve as a source of identification and identity. They are the ultimate commodity: a nonexistent object whose replicas sell for hundreds of dollars. This is not bad for something that defies the laws of physics and cannot and does not […]

via Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Lightsaber: Fetishism and Material Culture in Martial Arts Studies — Kung Fu Tea

Changes You’ll Start Making for Jiu Jitsu

A Skirt on the Mat

Whether you intend to or not, you’ll start to make changes in your life for jiu jitsu: and the thing is, they won’t happen all at once.

Maybe you’ll stop going to that happy hour that all of your non-jiu jitsu friends love to go to, or maybe you’ll find yourself ordering less fried food takeout when you realize that it really just makes you feel like trash the next day and it keeps you from training the way you usually do. You find yourself running on a treadmill maybe, or picking up a weight lifting program to help your strength and cardio while you train.

I know that I’ve stopped a good deal of bad habits because really, I just don’t have the time or energy to feel like junk as often as I used to. I barely drink that much alcohol anymore, and I’m pretty sure the time…

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Kung Fu Tea on Sun Lu Tang — The Tai Chi Notebook

There’s a great article over on Kung Fu Tea about the life of one of the most influential Chinese martial artists of all time, Sun Lu Tang. One of the persistent problems that I see in amateur discussions of “Chinese martial studies” is a lack of understanding of how broad the traditional martial arts really […]

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Tai Chi is open and close happening simultaneously — The Tai Chi Notebook

Tai Chi is opening and closing happening simultaneously. That’s one of the secrets of Tai Chi, right there. Unfortunately, as with much of the truths about Tai Chi Chuan, the statement doesn’t make any sense unless you already know what it means. As an art, much of Tai Chi is self secret like this. […]

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