Saturday, February 13, 2016

3 Styles of Hung School's Kung Fu (1973)

Enjoy Shaw Brothers - "3 Styles of Hung School's Kung Fu (1973)"

1) Chen Kuan Tai/陳觀泰 as 洪熙官/Hung Si-kuan/Hung Hei-koon

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"工" Character Taming the Tiger Fist (0:00 - 4:58)

Chinese: 工字伏虎拳
Pinyin: gōng zì fú hǔ quán
Yale Cantonese: gung ji fuk fu kuen

The long routine Taming the Tiger trains the student in the basic techniques of Hung Ga while building endurance. It is said to go at least as far back as Jee Sin, who is said to have taught Taming the Tiger—or at least an early version of it—to both Hung Hei-Gun and Luk Ah-Choi.

The "工" Character Taming the Tiger Fist is so called because its footwork traces a path resembling the character "工".

2) Alexander Fu Sheng/傅聲 as 方世玉/Fang Shiyu/Fong Sai-yuk

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Tiger Crane Paired Form Fist (4:59 - 7:07)

Chinese: 虎鶴雙形拳
Pinyin: hǔ hè shuāng xíng quán
Yale Cantonese: fu hok seung ying keun

Tiger Crane builds on Taming the Tiger, adding "vocabulary" to the Hung Ga practitioner's repertoire. Wong Fei-Hung choreographed the version of Tiger Crane handed down in the lineages that descend from him. He is said to have added to Tiger Crane the bridge hand techniques and rooting of the master Tit Kiu Saam as well as long arm techniques, attributed variously to the Fat Ga, Lo Hon, and Lama styles. Tiger Crane Paired Form routines from outside Wong Fei-Hung Hung Ga still exist.

3) Chi Kuan-Chun/戚冠軍 as Hu Hui-Chien

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"Ten Form Fist" aka "Five Animal Five Element Fist" (7:08 - 9:20)

Chinese: "十形拳" aka "五形五行拳"
Pinyin: "shí xíng quán" aka "wǔ xíng wǔ xíng quán"
Yale Cantonese: "sap ying keun" aka "ng ying ng haang keun"

These routines serve as a bridge between the external force of Tiger Crane and the internal focus of Iron Wire. "Five Animals" (literally "Five Forms") refers to the characteristic Five Animals of the Southern Chinese martial arts: Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, and Crane. "Five Elements" refers to the five classical Chinese elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, and Wood. The Hung Ga Five Animal Fist was choreographed by Wong Fei Hung and expanded by Lam Sai Wing (林世榮), a senior student and teaching assistant of Wong Fei Hung, into the Five Animal Five Element Fist (also called the "Ten Form Fist"). In the Lam Sai Wing branch of Hung Ga, the Five Animal Five Element Fist has largely, but not entirely, superseded the Five Animal Fist, which has become associated with Dang Fong and others who were no longer students when the Five Animal Five Element Fist was created.

Source: Wiki

Thursday, February 11, 2016

RIP Kevin Randleman (Aug 10, 1971 - Feb 11, 2016)

It is with sadness I report that MMA legend and pioneer Kevin Randleman passed away. He was 44. Had pneumonia, went to the hospital and had heart failure.
Rest in Peace Kevin Randleman
(August 10, 1971 - February 11, 2016)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Final Master GIF Set 1

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The Master (2015) aka The Final Master is a movie about a Wing Chun Kuen master who goes to Northern China to try to open up a kwoon (school). It features mostly weapons fighting and features the hudiedao/wu dip do/butterfly swords.

The Master is director Xu Haofeng's followup to his previous directorial effort in 2011's The Sword Identity and his 2013 script for director Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. Xu is a Xingyi/Hsing I practitioner as well as having studied Taoism for 8 years under 2 masters.

What caught my eye is the reverse grip usage of the butterfly swords. Normally, in the Wing Chun I've seen, the swords are used in standard grip. I made some animated GIFs - both regular speed and slowmo on the defensive/parry motion.


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Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Year of the Monkey!

I didn't have a chance to post on Jan 1, wishing the readers of this site a Happy New Year. Will take the opportunity today to do so with the Lunar New Year/Year of the Monkey.

Happy Lunar New Year! May the Year of the Monkey bring you and your loved ones Happiness, Health and Wealth!

I'm not that good with New Year's Resolutions.

I generally don't make resolutions as in making specific goals for 1 year ... kind of inspired by one of Scott Adams' books (creator of the Dilbert cartoon). Adams advocates a 'systems' approach instead of a 'goals' approach. If i don't make goal, i sometimes mentally beat myself up.

Looking to enable a system, and forming the habits that come from a systems approach for overall health.

Some of my NYR are specific goals though (lol at me)

  • Learn and teach my wife the Yang Short Form
  • Learn and practice some Silat Jurus
  • Learn and practice some Iaido katas
  • Add in Yoga's Sun Salutations into my solo workouts
  • Practice working up to being able to do Yoga's Peacock pose properly
  • More seated Meditation - work on sitting in Lotus Position properly
  • Add in some solo grappling drills (no mat, no carpet, will see what i can do)
  • Overall, continue to be active, watch what and when I eat, and trying to eat less

What are your resolutions? May they all come true!

Happy New Year!

Friday, February 05, 2016

IN MEMORY OF: SGM Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete (Aug 8, 1919-Feb 5, 2016)

Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete (Aug 8, 1919 - Feb 5, 2016) 

It is with sadness I report that Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete has passed at the age of 96 in the Phillipines at 8:08PM.

SGM Canete was the last surviving member of the Doce Pares Eskrima Club which was founded in Jan. 1932. I'm posting some Eskrido videos below in his honor.

My deepest condolences to the Canete family and to Doce Pares practitioners.

RIP SGM Canete

Cacoy Doce Pares: Eskrima / Eskrido Isolations

Grandmaster Cacoy Canete Eskrido

Supreme Grand Master Cacoy Cañete Eskrido with Jerry Arrechea

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