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  1. Damien

    The Guandao's origin

    Haha, yes I definitely did! I mean no one has ever heard of a sword having a blade..... That's what you get for browsing forums before bed
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    The Guandao's origin

    The likelihood of Guan Yu using it is pretty low, although polearms have been in use in China for over 3000 years. Ji for example go all the way back to the Bronze Age. I've seen Western Zhou (about 1000-800 BC) bronzes which look a bit like a guan dao. It's entirely possible that he used a...
  3. Damien

    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    Another factor in the guard moving up and close to the face is that boxing gloves are basically giant cushions. Using a guard up by your face without gloves, is not only less effective for stopping hits due to the decreased size, but the hits that you do stop just result in you punching yourself...
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    First thing you wanted to learn

    The first thing I specifically wanted to learn (although I knew it would be a while before I had enough experience to do it) was the Guan Dao; Dynasty Warriors may have had something to do with that! All this time later and I've still not actually learnt a Guan Dao form! Although I love the...
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    New to the forum

    Not overly. A few little snippets of forms poems, a couple of modern books and hundreds of pages of my own notes! I know plenty of people out there have libraries of books and copies of old manuscripts, but it's not something I've gone after. My Mandarin is far far too basic for that!
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    It really is the system.

    My Preferred tactic for students that don't keep their hands up is to do pad work with them. Every time they drop their hands I tap them in the head with a pad. Occasionally means I get punched in the arm rather than the pad, but wearing gloves it's not so bad! 5 minutes of that and they...
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    It really is the system.

    Completely agree. The importance of good like minded training partners is often over looked. If there is no one around your level, their either too inexperienced, or too experienced then it can be very hard to get the right amount of pressure when drilling or sparring. Having people with the...
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    It really is the system.

    I think it is also down to honesty about what something is for and what it isn't. There are plenty of things in traditional martial arts which are there as training tools, but people try to make them into martial applications, or create elaborate scenarios where they actually work. Take horse...
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    Fight Smart vs Funker Tactical

    Pretty much No. 1 rule in self defence, if you can, run. No safer option if the situation is right for it, just make sure you're at least fast enough to get enough of a head start that they give up, or you're a fast enough to keep outpacing them. A great reason to stay fit and practice running...
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    Power generation drill

    Yeah this is a clip from one of Xu Xiaodong's challenge matches. A couple of years ago he was going round challenging self proclaimed Tai Chi masters who were making ridiculous claims online. They all ended in pretty much the same fashion. Someone who trains MMA and spars regularly vs someone...
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    Fight Smart vs Funker Tactical

    That's probably the one. I've seen a bunch of Trav from Fight Smart's stuff before and he has some good content. I don't think he actually runs a brick and mortar place, just standalone video courses. I believe the idea behind his course is just that, he studied footage of knife attacks to...
  12. Damien

    New to the forum

    Thanks all. Shaolin from the temple, plus some of the more traditional stuff that you get out in the villages around Songshan.
  13. Damien

    Power generation drill

    Yep of course, another good use- essentially the opponent is trying to take you into that long range, and you don't let them!
  14. Damien

    Fight Smart vs Funker Tactical

    Anyone see this video go out over the weekend? Whilst I'm not one to encourage rivalry, I do think what Trav is trying to do here is interesting. There's far too much questionable stuff out there, and if we can all hone our arts and make them better, make us safer, or even just be more honest...
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    New to the forum

    Hi everyone, New to the forum, been on the lookout for some good written martial arts content recently and stumbled across this place, which somehow I'd never found before! As a bit of an introduction, I've been training primarily Shaolin Kung Fu for about 14 years teaching for over 10. I'm...
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    Power generation drill

    Although the stance work is a little different, it's like a front arm Gong Bu strike, which is very much like a fencing lunge; the power comes from the dropping of the weight downwards as well as moving forwards. Interestingly how you step the foot changes the dynamic completely- try toes...
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    Working on www.Kungfit.coach

    Working on www.Kungfit.coach
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    Knee and Hip Pain

    Definitely agree on the physio front. I suffered from bad knees for about a decade after a rugby injury exacerbated a congenital issue and GPs didn't help. It's not a surprise really, they can't be specialists on everything, but a good physio can really help. I would generally say that pain in...
  19. Damien

    2021 Goals!

    Hi all, just joined the forum, thought I'd share my goals for the year. Three months down, how is everyone getting on with theirs? Supposedly something like 80% of people give up on resolutions by mid Feb! My goals are to: -Focus on my flexibility and finally get box splits -Work on weapons...
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    Kung Fu Shoes - Yes or No?

    A bit of thread necromancy, but for anyone looking for good training shoes in the future, I recommend Merrell Vapour Gloves. They're nice and flexible, lightweight, have a tough sole and a bit of grip, but not so much you can't turn your feet easily. They also have a wide toe box, which I think...
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