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    Will XingYi Quan confuse / conflict with my Wing Chun?

    Were I in Tokyo I'd be seeking out a few people in Japan. Ark did Xingyi and Taiji before learning some Daito-ryu and Yanagi Shingan-ryu and synthesizing his own system. Hidetoshi Mitsuoka is a martial arts genius and also preserves some major Reiki and Shingon esoteric knowledge - he's the...
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    5 Ancestors Fist in Phoenix/Tempe/Mesa

    I hope you stop in for class. I have two regular students at the moment and work with various experience levels from 20+ year experienced martial artists to brand new people. I'll be in San Diego this upcoming week and hope to meet with some other kung fu people.
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    Intrinsic difference is that one comes from the environment and those around you - that is something to help reinforce behaviors that lead to positive social interaction. When smoking alone or with those who may not be connected to you you are gaining a false perception. What is the difference...
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    5 Ancestors Fist in Phoenix/Tempe/Mesa

    I have permission to teach Baguazhang foundations here in Phoenix. The Saam Choy site is my kung fu uncle's he has since moved to Payson and is the mayor there. I teach Qigong on Sunday mornings at 9AM at Alwun House Gallery in Central Phoenix. Most of what I teach is from Jiang Rong Qiao's Old...
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    I met my first Taijiquan teacher at a cigar shop and I've done a lot of push hands in his old cigar factory. I was exposed to Baguazhang through another cigar shop. My Taiji teacher was able to train with Chen Xiaowang after criticizing the man for his cigarette use and comparing generational...
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    Personal Observation - Books about Taijiquan

    I think anyone who practices Taijiquan whether from Chen, Hao, Sun, Wu or Yang should read these two books by Mark Chen. He goes over the Laojia that most say the other styles are based on in-depth and then the second book he goes over some of the history of the Chen clan - just what kind of...
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    Liu He Ba Fa/Lok Hup Ba Fa - experiences

    Liuhebafa is so complex I wouldn't even think I'd learned anything from videos. That said - more has come to light recently and Nelson Ma was kind enough to share. I hope you can understand what he's saying - I can but friends have trouble.
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    Kung Fu in the East Bay CA.

    Chen Taijiquan: Chen Taiji forms, Taiji history, Tai Chi & Qigong classes, reference material and links If you're into old school Chen village stuff go there. If you can find Carmine Farruggia - he's probably the best taiji guy in NorCal as far as Chen goes IMO.
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    Baguazhang Mud walking vs the Xingyiquan Chicken step

    I think mud walking all depends on which lineage you're exposed. The mud walking from the Cheng branch I train with has more to do with extending and gliding. The mud walking I was shown in Gong style had more to do with sliding and shiftin like a big bow and arrow stance. The mud walking I was...
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    My knees are weird

    That's only the most basic aspect of mud walking. Once you're comfortable with walking this way and doing it correctly you can start working on floating root and partnered walking exercises. The teacups are for learning to use the torso to move the arms. One normally practices this stationary...
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    My knees are weird

    I too have ******* knees. The mud walking has definitely helped as has the bagua silk reeling, particularly the water trigram bowl wiping exercise we do.
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    My thoughts are like farts in the wind.

    My thoughts are like farts in the wind.
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    Backbend from standing advice

    The exercises prepare you for games like this.
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    Backbend from standing advice

    I'm getting to a point with my Tibetan 5 Rites practice that I think minor gymnastics are the next progression. Headstands, back bridge really obvious progressions from some of these. The order and flavor I was shown these was a little different but ultimately the same. It was a bagua school so...
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    Review of Ray Carbullido Sacred Movements/Efficiency of Humanity Seminar

    Yeah I've been working on this stuff in my normal practices since the seminar a little over a week ago. The upper plane one is harder for me and I'll probably ask for a Skype session if Ray has some free time soon. This stuff is starting to feed into my Gong xingyi work as well.
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    Review of Ray Carbullido Sacred Movements/Efficiency of Humanity Seminar

    Indeed, it was awesome. Please feel free to reach out to me to meet up. I met up with someone from the Red Jade school via Facebook who had trained with Neil Ripski a couple of weeks ago. Ray inquired if I had met Andy Plack, Glenn (his lineage brothers), or Master Han. I lamented that I had...
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    Review of Ray Carbullido Sacred Movements/Efficiency of Humanity Seminar

    Ray Carbullido is here in Phoenix, Arizona this week and I had the opportunity to train with him in a private session earlier today. Having touched the man he has obviously embodied certain things within himself that many do not have. On Thursday evening he had a free intro class open to the...
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    Chen Tai Chi

    I used to train Chen with a friend until he left the country. I'm a bagua guy now but I still think well of the Chen style. Give it a try, you might like it.
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    Shackle Hands demo

    I found the Wusong Breaks Manacles set to be very interesting. It seems very close at times to Chen taiji.
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    Baguazhang Fighting Techniques?

    Tom Bisio does a good job presenting the combat applications of the Liang bagua he learned in these DVDs. DVD'S - Internal Arts International
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    Adam Mizner Taijiquan

    I have not but I also have pretty much 0 interest in taiji. I trust he has skill - people who I respect have touched him and that's enough for me.
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    Xingyi again...maybe

    Have you touched hands with Yang? I think a lot of us need to go touch hands with Yang Hai instead of judging from his videos. I didn't like the appearance of his performances but people I respect give him high marks - giving me reason to doubt my judgment.
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    From what I understand circle walking has a few different purposes. Tactically it's good preparation for fighting multiple people. Circle walking is a foundation practice and some lines of bagua include linear sets like the 64 Palms, still others have the Penetrating/Linking Forest Palm sets...
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    Methods of Power Delivery

    Explosive power is not always the goal with many of these.
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    Methods of Power Delivery

    Whipping Power Isolate parts of limb (backfist) Whole limb Wave 4 Ends (foot to hand ala Chen) Ripple (tongbei) Beng/Pao Heavy Arm Swings (aikido)
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    Methods of Power Delivery

    Bumping Power Weight shift in hips (Chen taiji) Step through opponent (Xingyi, Bagua)
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    Methods of Power Delivery

    To clarify I think I was using Yiquan strength testing as an example of single movement drills. I've learned a number of different drills throughout different styles. I've pretty much stopped all wing chun and Japanese stuff.
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    Methods of Power Delivery

    I don't really like the term "power generation" as I don't feel like this is something I'm making more like letting happen. I've been putting together a list of the various methods I've been exposed and where I learned it. Please, feel free to comment, by no means do I mean this to be a...
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    Jiang Hu on Youtube: Mantis & Shaolin

    Thanks, I've been following your material. The material is really interesting.