The three major internal styles of kung fu: Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Tai Chi Chuan
It may not look pretty, but here’s an amazing example of how traditional Hung Gar can be applied to a real life fight.
It’s brutal, fast and exists to either neutralize an opponent through a flurry of swift, powerful blows or to take away their balance and get the upper hand.
Demonstration by Sifu Omar and Sifu Sharif Bey.
The gifs don’t really do the power and precision any justice so you can watch the video here, if you’d like.
Looks good! However I feel they should demonstrate the techniques against the attacks of a kick boxer, not someone who also does the same art… Am I making sense?
I much prefer that too. Kung fu (and martial arts in general) when employed in a street fight, won’t be used against another martial artists 99% of the time. I’d rather see how martial arts neutralizes the average slugger or even a dirty fighter.
Bak Mei used in street situations.
FAT SAN PAK MEI 8 (STREET TACTIC 1) 佛山 白眉拳 (by fasanpakmeikune Sifu John)
Excellent demonstrations of practical Bak Mei skills. But who in their right mind would actually attack this guy?
The legendary, yet underrated, Lily Li using her embroidery kung fu (you read that correctly) against Wilson Tong in the overlooked independent classic, “Daggers 8.”
What is Xing Yi Quan?
Xing Yi is is perhaps the most linear and forthright of the internal martial arts. Quick and direct movements characterize this style. The name translates to “Form and Intent Boxing” meaning that this is a practice of aligning mind and body into a unified whole.
Learning Xing Yi
Xing Yi practice begins with stance training. Traditionally months to years of just standing practice would be required! There are five key striking techniques which are organized according the Chinese concept of the Five Phases —Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. These strikes and the standing practice form the core of Xing Yi. Typically a single technique is practiced repeatedly, gradually increasing efficiency of movement and power.
Tips for successful practice
Take time to get the stance and Xing Yi stepping correct. Xing Yi makes use of ‘full body power’ which requires careful attention to alignment and footwork. Intention is also an important part of Xing Yi. Understanding the intent that each movement reflects is important to improving your skill.
Don’t forget to relax! Being the most linear of the internal arts it is easy to use too much tension to power the movements. Alignment and timing instead, is the key to Xing Yi’s martial skill.
article by Stone Lantern Martial Arts
edited by WujiFighter
The chambers of “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.”
Classic example of kung fu training methodology. Build up each part of the body so it can be used effectively as a unit.
Kung Fu Quest
This is my favorite reality TV series! in every episode, a couple kung fu practitioners visit masters in various styles of kung fu to discover the principles and power behind their techniques. (all episodes Cantonese/Mandarin with English subs)
1. Wudang kung fu
2. Shaolin kung fu
3. Wing Chun
4. Hung Kuen
5. Combat Taichi
6. Ba Ji Quan
7. Northern and Southern Praying Mantis
8. White Crane kung fu and Okinawan Karate
9. Xing Yi Quan
10. Mongolian Wrestling
Even though I don’t practice all these styles, there’s something to learn from each of them.
INSPIRATION. AGE IS JUST A NUMBER! YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR ANYTHING!
ON A SIDE-NOTE…THIS IS WHY I LOVE MARTIAL ARTS, IT IS A COMBINATION OF MIND AND BODY! STRENGTH AND SOFTNESS! IT IS THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS!
The Power of Strong Stances
Would these moves actually work is a real situation? For the average person…HELL NO!!! But if you put the time into your stance training, the power of proper body structure can overcome size and strength.
Moon Lee in Iron Angels 2
It’s rare to see a fight scene where a female fighter convincingly beats a male opponent. This is one of those rare moments.
Eddie Ko’s eagle’s claw proving to be pretty worthless against Leung Kar Yan’s insane (literally) mantis fist in “The Thundering Mantis.”