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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    Hey guys. So, I had a revelation when I was out camping / bushcrafting, and was making breakfast. You know how, when you crack an egg on a countertop, it's sort of hard to get the right amount of force, and you sometimes have to try twice to get it to crack like you want? Well, I went to...
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    How do you learn? Psychological types / functions, and how they might influence learning?

    So, this is something that occurred to me when I was listening to an interview with Tuhon Bill McGrath where he discussed different personality and learning styles. I've noticed my own strengths and challenges with regards to learning and understanding in Martial Arts, and I've started to put...
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    Modern Arnis and Empty Hand?

    Hi guys. I am new to Modern Arnis specifically. I come from a Wing Chun / FMA background however. I see a lot of potential empty hand applications in the double stick material, but have not yet encountered any empty hand content at the club I'm training with. Is there any such material, and if...
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    FMA in Tokyo, Japan?

    Hi guys. I'm looking for Filipino Martial Arts or Martial Artists in Japan. I have some prior experience in Lameco Eskrima, and a little bit in Pekiti Tirsia as well, and would like to start training again. I've found two schools already: Shin Kali, and Kali Majapahit. I haven't been in person...
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    Yuen Kay San Passing Footwork

    I was wonder if anyone was familiar with the passing step that Kwok Wan Ping demonstrates here. Edit: The time stamp feature doesn't seem to work when sharing here, but skip to the 5:00 mark to see the footwork I mention. I am not (yet at least) a Yuen Kay San WC practitioner, though the...
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    Good Taiji instructors in Tokyo?

    Welp, I cast my net a bit wider and searched for good Tai Chi and Xing Yi instructors in the Tokyo area, but it seems that finding a good teacher in these arts is even harder than finding a good Wing Chun teacher (which, I guess, should be expected, since WC is comparatively more common). I've...
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    Any Bushcrafting Martial Artists here?

    So, it occurred to me... I love Bushcraft for much of the same reason that I love martial arts. And, I bet I'm not the only one. I frequently go on camping trips with very minimal kit and practice my skills in shelter building, minimalist cooking, tool making, primitive fire making, and...
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    How to recover from this position

    Greetings all! After a long hiatus from training, I finally found a Wing Chun school to attend here in Japan. I made it out to a class and, while quite rusty, still have the fundamentals down. However, I immediately noticed a number of my bad habits that I had previously come out while rolling...
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    Will XingYi Quan confuse / conflict with my Wing Chun?

    Hi guys. It's been a really long time since I posted here. Since moving to Tokyo, I have not yet found a good Wing Chun school that I'd like to attend. I would like to at some point continue my training in Wing Chun though. In my search for a school that suits me, I thought I might cast my net...
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    Knife Tapping; Making the U-Pattern Work?

    I'm quite interested in knife-defense, and, actually, this is one of my primary reasons for learning FMA. However, I just can't seem to make my knife-tapping work against a fully resisting opponent at speed. It works in training, but as the speed increases I can't seem to be at the right place...
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    Centerline Theory and Wing Chun Mindset: Where it works and doesn't?

    So... I am a strong proponent of/believer in center-line theory as it applies to Wing Chun, and even related Martial Arts. I believe that this is what makes Wing Chun work as a cohesive and viable system, and it's something that should not just be talked about in theory, but put into habitual...
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    Cats, Cucumbers, Psychology, Philosophy, and Reasoning

    Occasionally, silly videos and memes on Facebook spur deep philosophical thinking. That was the case this morning, so I thought I'd share! Today, we will be talking about senses, perceptions, logic, and reasoning. And we'll be doing it using a video of cats and cucumbers. Someone posted the...
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    Tendonitis [Tendinosis*] and Aikido practice

    I've been taking a long break from Aikido (and a whole lot of other activities) as a result of "chronic tendonitis," or, more accurately termed, tendinosis, which is not an acute inflammatory condition, but rather long-term over use -- wear and tear that hasn't been allowed to heal correctly and...
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    CMA near Nashville, TN

    I'm going to be working just south of Nashville for the next month, and was wondering if anyone is in the area, or knows of any good CMA schools / groups nearby. My experience in CMA is mostly limited to Wing Chun, but I wouldn't mind exploring some other styles as well. So far, I've found a...
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    Insight gained from the study of Historical European Longsword Treatises

    "And this very art is earnest and true as it is about moving straight and simple, to the nearest target, taking the most direct way." - Johannes Lichtenauer, 14th Century German Longsword Treatise. I've gained a lot of insight into my practice of Wing Chun from studying Historical European...
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    Historical European "Long Knife" Fencing

    Nope! I didn't post this in the wrong section! I've been contemplating writing an analysis and comparison of the principles of German longsword fencing and Wing Chun, and was browsing around for video examples when I came across some examples of German Messer fencing, and thought the FMA...
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    FMA in Mississippi?

    Any Filipino Martial Arts in the southern half of Mississippi? Or the entire state, even? I haven't been able to find anything searching online, but I was wondering if I had missed something, or anyone knows of any individuals teaching who might not have came up in my searches.
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    Center Focus

    So, I woke up this morning to another video of my favorite HEMA fencer, Roland Warzecha, and thought that it might be something relevant to share here on the WC board: Fencing, like Wing Chun, is very much concerned with chasing the target (and not the hands), while controlling the center. As...
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    The Role of Uke / Staying Connected

    Well, I'm still very new to Aikido, and am enjoying it so far, but I struggle with the role of Uke and Nage at times. In another thread, hussaf made a very interesting post that reflects my current feelings: I also come from a martial background, and encounter these same explanations of why...
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    Being small in America

    Anyone else have issues with this? I'm a guy. Caucasian, 26 years old. 5'8 or so - maybe 5'9. I exercise, I eat well, yet I maintain a weight of only about 125-130lbs. I'm just not built large. But, apparently, according to the clothing industry, I should have another 5-10 inches on my stomach...
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    An interview with Wong Shun Leung

    Just came across this, and thought some of you might find it interesting. Wong Shun Leung talks about how he started Wing Chun:
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    What I Learned Today

    I started to post this in the Japanese Culture section, as it pertains to the language, but I thought it might be an interesting read for everyone regardless. I was enlightened today. I've been speaking Japanese for about 8 years now, and though my knowledge is definitely a bit spotty, I...
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    Aikido: Helping my Knees?

    I've been doing Aikido for a few weeks now, and I'm starting to notice an unexpected benefit: my knees. I've always had pretty weak knees, and not a lot of muscle in my legs in general. And, my training in Wing Chun and Karate put stress on my knees when pivoting (despite my technique being...
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    Can't shake my Wing Chun!

    So, I was at my Aikido class today, and we were practicing defending against yokomenuchi, which starts something like defending against a hook with a biu-sau and a punch before going into the throw. I was the uke, or attacker in this case, and as such, nage, (the defender)'s role was to strike...
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    Aikido Impressions / Nishio Sensei

    Greetings everyone. I have been looking into Aikido recently, having found that there is a good school near me. I come from a background in Wing Chun, and have a very pragmatic view towards martial arts. As such, I wasn't initially impressed with much of what I saw in Aikido, until I stumbled...
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    Practicing with the proper intent?

    As some of you may have picked up by now, I'm a huge fan of the Wong Shun Leung lineage. Besides placing a great emphasis on the core concepts and principles, I find that they tend to practice with a different energy and intent than is common in most schools (including my own). Here are a some...
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    Iron Age Ving Tsun!

    Alright, so, as you can guess my title is a bit misleading :D However, I just had my perceptions challenged, and wished to share! On the surface, one might not think that viking and iron age sword and shield combat would bare any resemblance at all to Wing Chun, but after watching a lecture...
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    Knee trouble?

    So, I don't know if this is the best place to ask for physical / medical advice, but I thought it might be a good idea to hear from some more experienced practitioners. I've been learning Wing Chun for about 6 months now from a good instructor, and for the most part, I haven't had any physical...
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    Self Study Strategy & Resources

    Greetings everyone! I am interested in Wing Chun, and setting out to learn it through self-study, research, and practice. I am sure that the words "self-study" raise a red flag among many practitioners of traditional martial arts, and I'm likely to receive the (usually sound) advice that one...
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