Posted On:12/09/2008 1:22pm
Style: internal cma & judo noob
i spent a few years in korean and japanese styles and got pretty beat up by a couple of taichi guys who were damn good boxers. i was very intrigued by the way CMA, specifically internals, emphasize certain types of body mechanics rather than techniques.
It just works for me better.
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Posted On:12/09/2008 1:26pm
Style: Novice Sub Grappler
Originally Posted by fntms
I chose Kung Fu 1 year ago (first martial art at 35yo!) because:
-the dojo is 2mins away from my place and the hours are right (I work long hours so this is key)
-I tried a course and liked the teacher and the other students, the general atmosphere etc...(the room itself is crap though, all hard wood floors, no windows...)
-the style (mostly modern wushu including sanda) is great to look at and to perform (though some of the jump kicks I find too acrobatic and flashy/useless for my taste, also all the whirling around of the arms hurts my "bad" shoulder a little...)
-the sparring is well balanced and integrates some of the moves we do in the Taolu.
-I feel I've gained a lot in flexibility and coordination, conditioning and cardio, whereas I've been making very little gains from my regular 3x week gym workouts for a while now...
Which school is this? Review?
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Posted On:3/02/2009 10:24am
Style: Hung Kuen, Jook Lum SPM
Originally Posted by Omega the Merciless
Let me help you out on your education a bit. Kung-fu is a general term we used by the non educatated or lazy or the uncaring to describe CMA.
I have seen this discussion everywhere-usually by non-Chinese, and especially by people who, although they may practice CMA, they read alot of articles, books, and threads, and are not involved with the Chinese MA community.
Having been involved for over thirty years in MA, and in the Chinese community , Chinese Martial Arts Community, and since many of my friends, family,associates, and Sifus are Chinese, and I have travelled and trained and met many Sifus in Hong Kong, and from Mainland, I can assure you that The only people who have these discussions are non-Chinese speaking Non-Asians.
MOST if not all Chinese people from Mainland as well as Hong Kong use the term,"Gung-Fu" to refer to CMA. You need to understand Chinese thought a bit. Chinese language, arts, and Gung-Fu is extremely concept-oriented. It is not so much a colloqialism as it is a CONCEPTUAL term that encompasses everything it takes to be proficient at CMA, and therefore has become the norm.
This whole argument has been going on BY WESTERNERS (not Chinese) for decades. Ed Parker wrote a book. Ever since, everyone, EXCEPT CHINESE MA'ists have been having this discussion.
Yeah, a master chef has Gung-Fu, but nobody says that to him.
But..in Malaysia, our guide called the Bus driver, "Sifu."-go figure.
The reason I got into Gung-Fu is because at 11 yrs old, Bruce Lee was on TV as Kato. My entire world changed.
The reason I am still studying Gung-Fu today, is as that the more I study, the deeper it gets, on so manyl levels. The styles I train in, Hung Kuen, Mohnguok Seut Gohk(Mongolian Shuai-Jiao), and Jook Lum Southern Mantis are so vast, there is always more to learn, another level of refinement, understanding, etc.
I also noticed that with Gung-Fu, as I get older (I'm 51) I get better, and there does not seem to be a ceiling to that, meaning, my teachers are older than me, and they keep getting better.
Posted On:3/14/2009 12:14am
Style: Wing Chun
it gives me balance, and confidence... I also love the philosophy...
Posted On:3/17/2009 7:43pm
I love Kung Fu...
Posted On:4/06/2009 1:40pm
Style: Sil Lum Kung Fu
The basic principles of my style are based on 5 animals......tiger, crane, snake, leopard, and dragon. Each animal having it's own charactoristics & traits for when fighting. Tiger for power, leopard for speed, crane for agility & balance, snake for deceptivness and speed, dragon for all of the above charactoristics combined.
Posted On:4/08/2009 3:46am
Style: Choy Lay Fut
Choy Lay Fut
Choy Lay Fut: Fighting Techniques, Theories, & Concepts - No BS Martial Arts
Posted On:4/25/2009 5:55pm
Style: Chow Gar SPM
Lau Gar Kuin- UK based southern chinese system.
Specialising in short fist techniques executed from firm stances, various hand techniques, snake, dragon, leopard, crane and tiger, 7 hand forms/sets and various weapons forms (stick, broadsword, butterfly knives, spear, tiger fork, rat tail staff), kum na, saam sing.Lion dance, Kei Lun dance.
Tang Hoi Ching - Wan Goon Wing - Yau Luk Sau - Yau Gam Wah (Sigung):
YouTube - Interview with Master Yau of Lau Gar
-my sifu - me. (Under the British Kung Fu Association):
The British Kung Fu Association, The Official Site of Lau Gar in the UK
Style aims to impart abilty to make a better person (there are internal aspects higher in the syllabus) and able to defend ones self if needed.
Depending on ability 6-10 years to achieve Black sash first degree.
Lau Gar did really well in points tournaments in the late 80's & 90's so people assume it is a kickboxing style. Unfortunately people miss the fact that there are some VERY GOOD Lau Gar sifus who teach the traditional side and have no interest in the kickboxing syllabus.
I have no expertise to claim of in lau gar (I am only a green sash - halfway) I just turn up for training and keep my eyes and ears open and attempt to learn all that I can.
Pulling mount since '09
Posted On:4/29/2009 11:21pm
Style: jits da variedade brasile
Meh. I started Kung Fu because my friends found the school and got me to go there. Baring my general indifference, the two main concerns I had were 1. didn't want to be at a belt factory that wouldn't teach me how to fight and 2. didn't want to join a place that had a lot of ego and "you are a lower belt therefore I get to beat on you". Thankfully both were non-issues, glad I stayed.
Posted On:5/14/2009 11:15am
Style: Yang style Tai Chi
I'm returning to the forum after a few years away.
I've been studying internal Chinese styles for a long time. Lately I've been recovering from some recurring health problems, so I'm taking it back to what are for me the basics:
Yang family Tai Chi Chuan. It's the father of the simplified Tai Chi form most popular world wide. It emphasizes the basics of Tai Chi: rooting, a strong base, softness and flexibility of technique. There are a myriad of health benefits, both physical and mental, which are part of its popularity.
It does have a martial side, which can be very effective for a well-trained practitioner. Like all fighting systems, the nature of the training is key in determining combat effectiveness.
I do a lot of internal energy work, Qigong. Even simple Qiqong work does a lot to improve mental health, relaxation, and physical well-being. It's not magic, though: you have to put some effort in.
I'm also training in Tai Chi sword, more for meditative than practical reasons at the moment.
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