Recent content by Ninebird8

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    Time in each rank

    In traditional kung fu, there were only four ranks: Grandmaster who headed the syste, Masters, disciples, and students (si hing and si dei, older and younger brothers). Nowadays, even kung fu has rankings in America to help everyone along, but in my opinion, and in observation, putting a set...
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    What the heck is a 'Falcon Punch'?

    I have not watched the video, but one of my three masters has taught me a Wudan Shaolin style created by his master's family going back years at the temple in Hong Kong, called Nine Birds style. One of the Nine Birds is Falcon, the fastest bird, but there are no traditional punches in the...
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    What are the martial arts to you?

    As a short and small person, I started over 32 years ago as a teenager wanting to keep a specific bully away from me, as I got sick every day of running home from school. A few years later, I saw this same bully, had been training for a little over five years and was back from college for the...
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    Favorite or most useful martial arts related book and why?

    As others have mentioned, the Art of War and Book of Five Rings. Particularly, in the Art of War there is theory I love: Retreat is a tactic, never a surrender! And, in the Book of Five Rings I love the page that describes Musashi's Ways of the Warrior Traveling Alone, the 22 precepts of...
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    how old were you when you started in MA

    I started at age 18 in the Chinese martial arts, started wrestling in high school at age 15, and I am 51 now. I wish I had started about age 10-12, but when I really got interested was age 13-14 when the series Kung Fu came on. I knew then that was the stuff for me, but unfortunately it was not...
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    What flashy move have you tried in a real combat?

    That question is an oxymoron...LOL! In real combat, the KISS principle always applies....keep it simple stupid!! Or, when I turned 50, one of my three masters said to me, "now, wait until he lands from the air, then kick 'em!" He also said, " How can you root and generate real power while up in...
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    Five year old is a first dan black belt...

    I have stated before on this forum, and I will say it again, no person under the age of 18 should receive a black belt equivalent in any art. Maybe a junior recognition, but if so they should be required to re test at age 18. I have been in the Chinese martial arts a long time, and one premise...
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    Post an Announcement about a Memorial Fund for a young martial artist

    Gentlemen: Where could I go on here to post an announcement to ask for contributions to support a young martial artist who is 16, been in the arts since age 7, and is currently ranked 2nd on Nick Scrima's circuit? He lost his very supportive Dad ( a Vietnam Vet who died at age 56 and supported...
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    OK... minor rant time

    One of my Sifu, Leung Shum, in the old days would barely allow us to even call him that until after his Master Ng Wei died. Afterwards, it was Sifu, but now with 6 masters under him officially, and many instructors, does he accept the role of Sigung. On the other hand, in one of my two other...
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    Question to all instructors, sensei, sifus ect.

    It would be an honor to try. One good thing about learning from Leung Shum and Jeff Bolt, senior of Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, it would be interesting to teach chin na and adapt the wheel chair as a movement vehicle or a leverage point for the chin na applications. Also, would teach the person in the...
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    My Jhong Law Horn / Mi Zong Luo Han

    By the way Grandmaster Lee and Grandmaster Marr are from Shanghai, not Hong Kong.
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    My Jhong Law Horn / Mi Zong Luo Han

    With respect, and Nick is an eagle claw brother from the Leung Shum group, but another great My jhong law horn teacher is Kwong Ming Lee, otherwise known as Johnny Lee in Dallas. You might be referring to Grandmaster Marr in Canada, his elder in the style. There is a close id between Ying Jow...
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    Instructors: Negative loss of your 1st/Senior student?

    In traditional kung fu, it is de riguer after many years, for the master to almost force the senior out to see how it is to teach and train by his/her own. In this way, the senior truly reaches an understanding of what he/she has been taught, whether it will work within their own...
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    Green Dragon Kung Fu?

    You get to keep what you kill!! Oh, Riddick!!
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    Ip Man movie: legit Wing chun?

    I am a practitioner for 32 years of mostly Northen kung fu styles and Yang tai chi so I have no expertise in Wing chun other than basic concepts like centerline, chi sao, sil lum tao, the dummy, etc. But would like to know if the movements I saw after watching the new movie are close to the real...