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  1. Kung Fu Wang

    Leopard Kung Fu

    Both tiger and leopard are similar kind of animal. They will turn their head before turing their body. In MA, if you always move your head before you move your body, you are applying the tiger/leopard body method. Also when you attack your opponent, if you always jump up from your leading leg...
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    During the - ancient time, people have to develop certain MA skill first before they can try to polish and enhance it. So when they use equipment training, they already know which MA skill that they want to enhance on. - modern time, people try to be strong first before they start to develop MA...
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    The belt cracking is a good exercise that you can use it to polish and enhance almost any MA skill. It doesn't build hug muscle. It build slenderly muscle.
  4. Kung Fu Wang

    Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.

    It's not important whether you can do it today or not. The important is whether you still can and enjoy of doing it when you are 80 years old. You should only push yourself up to the 80%. You should never push yourself to the 100%. No matter what you do, don't injury yourself.
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    I think we are talking about 2 different kind of home weight training here. 1. You want to make your muscle strong. 2. You want to use weight equipment to enhance certern MA skill. If your goal is - 1, you may just use it to develop certain muscle (such as your arm muscle). - 2, you will not...
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    Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.

    If you train 3 punches combo, you may train - jab-jab-cross today, - jab-jab-hook tomorrow, and - ... If you use jab, cross, hook, uppercut, overhand as the basic tools, you may come up a maximum of 5 x 5 x 5 = 125 different combos. Some comb may not make sense but it covers all cases.
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    This is good training too.
  8. Kung Fu Wang

    Tell us about your home gym....

    The amount of weight can make a big difference. If you try to swing a double heads that's over 60 lb, you are asking for trouble.
  9. Kung Fu Wang

    Tell us about your home gym....

    The elastic band is very good for "body unification". When you use weight pully this way, you are doing "muscle group isolation". When you use weight pulley to do this, you are doing "body unification".
  10. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    When I read your post, I can see myself in it. If someone said that he is good in MA, I would say, "try me". I have always believed that MA training is just as simple as "fist meet face". Self defense to me is to force my opponent to defend himself. Today, I want my MA training to help me to...
  11. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    I believe all long weapon will have a handler at the end of the holding spot. I'm sure it can be attached on the hook spear if needed. Ancient Chinese were not as stupid as you may think. The issue that you expresse had been considered by people in the ancient time already.
  12. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    It's team effort. Similar to spear with hook, Lang Xian 潛 is used to catch opponent's weapon so your friend can use spear to kill him.
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    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    There is a good reason that a hooking weapon may have a ring that you can put your finger into it. I have no problem doing pull up if my middle finger is in the loop.
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    I'm only interest in "body unification". I have no interest in "muscle group isolation". I'm a life time 24 Hours Fitness gym member (I only pay $55 annual fee). I have taught many gym trainners "How to achieve body unification - all body parts start to move at the same time, also stop at the...
  15. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    Agree! the hand pulling back to the waist can be a control on your opponent's leading arm when you throw him.
  16. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    It depends on the size of the hook. If the hook is small, the draw back can be ignored. The praying mantis hook is so small that only used the last 3 fingers.
  17. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    In battle field, which weapon do you prefer to use? Do you prefer a spear? or a spear with a hook on it? IMO, a spear with a hook on it can control your opponent's weapon much better.
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    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    Sometime it's difficult for a beginner to fighre out why the form creator created his form in a certain way if the teacher does not explain it. What is he doing?
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    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    The form can be used to develop basic foundation too. Your form training will force you to drill your footwork such as the circle walking. When you start to move around, your opponent will have hard time to punch you.
  20. Kung Fu Wang

    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    That's an important point. Thanks for addressing that. For - boxing, a punch is just a punch. - TMA, a punch is a punch followed by a garb, and pull.
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    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    I will say you want to stretch your body forward and you don't want to rotate your body. Sometime when you rotate your body, you may also move your arm/fist side way which is a bad idea. When I pull my hand back to my waist, I prefer to have my hand in a vertical fist on my waist. This way, I...
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    What are all of the reasons you bring your fist back to your hip in Karate/Taekwondo/etc forms?

    It's for - body coordination, and - maximum upper body stretching training. During the beginner training stage, your try to coordinate your both hands. When you right hand reaches to target, your left hand also pull back to your waist. In other words, you want your both hands to - start to...
  23. Kung Fu Wang

    Tai Chi roundhouse kick

    Just for the sake of this discussion. Will it be more impressive that when his opponent pulls his left arm, instead of using force againat force, he borrows his opponent's pulling force, moves forward, and single leg take down his opponent? That will fit Taiji principles "borrow force, yield...
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    That's "low stance walking". The 1st time that my wife did this, he hurt her legs after 1 mile walking. So you still need to be careful on this and not pushing yourself too hard.
  25. Kung Fu Wang

    Tai Chi roundhouse kick

    I also have never seen any Taiji person did roundhouse kick in my life. The OP may put up the 1st Taiji roundhouse kick clip to the public. IMO, a Taiji person can do roundhouse kick, and Taiji system has roundhouse kick are 2 different things. In the following clip, he had both hands in Taiji...
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    Tai Chi roundhouse kick

    A: Taiji has no roundhouse kick. You just can't find roundhouse kick in any Taiji form. B: Form can not define a system. Taiji may not have roundhouse kick in their form, but Taiji has roudhouse kick in their basic training. A: By using your definition, if a Taiji school also has basic training...
  27. Kung Fu Wang

    Name your top 3 pieces of training equipment

    1. double heads 2. single head 3. square throwing bag
  28. Kung Fu Wang

    Perfect practice verse high repetition sculpting?

    For foot landing punch that your hand coordinate with your foot, someone can learn in 1 day. others may take years of training time and still won't have it.
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    Tell us about your home gym....

    The issue is the rope used in that weight pulley is not long enough. When you release a long rope, the rope will have a short delay to drop. That drop will give you a bit surprise. Your body will need to develop natural resistance to the rope pulling. This ability in wrestling is very important...
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