Sunday, January 24, 2016

Martial Arts Short Clips - Training Snap Shots Jan 21, 2016

Training for spiral energy in the shovel. Applications in the I Liq Chuan butterfly form.

Posted by Falling Leaves Kung Fu Club on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Why I'm So Passionate About Sharing I Liq Chuan - The Martial Art Of Awareness

In this video post to our Facebook page, I share a story about two stone masons and how it's similar to my journey with I Liq Chuan.

In this video I talk a little bit about what motivates me to quit my job to focus on teaching I Liq Chuan full time. #findyourbalance
Posted by Falling Leaves Kung Fu Association on Monday, January 11, 2016


"I Liq Chuan has changed my life and changed me, for the better. An now I want to take what I've learned and share it with as many people as possible so they can benefit too!"

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Concentration, Breathing & Posture

This blog post comes in the form of a video I found on Facebook recently of Japanese Master Tetsutaka Sugawara Sensei.

Sugawara Sensei is an accomplished master of several martial arts, including Katori Shinto Ryu (a Japanese sword art) and Aikido, as well as Chinese Qigong and Tai Chi.

The premise of the clip is Sugawara Sensei's thoughts on the role martial arts can play in modern times.

What immediately caught my interest was Sugawara's use of slow movements and his discussion on concentration and awareness as a primary benefit of martial arts practice.

 "Attentive self awareness can change our lives." Sugawara says.

It reminded me of GM Sam Chin and the time he said "I believe all great masters come to the same conclusion."

 Sugawara also makes note of martial arts practice serving as a catalyst for bringing people together and forming communities.

For me personally, based on my experience as a long time student of I Liq Chuan, I couldn't agree more, particularly in the 21st Century and the age of social media, when the reach of our connections has spread across the globe, but the depth of those connections has decreased by equal measure.

Martial arts can serve as a crucible, to not only bring people together, in real time, but to get them to touch, forging real, immediate, human connection. Something that is sorely lacking in many lives today.

Interview with Sensei Tetsutaka Sugawara
Interview with Sensei Tetsutaka Sugawara
Posted by Keiko Harcművészeti Akadémia on Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Martial Arts Classes Tempe Parks Rec - February 2016


Registration is now open for our February classes with Tempe Parks & Rec.

Go to http://1.usa.gov/1Ssesuk and look for us by our course number 47176 beginning January 14th, 2016.

Since this is a new program with the City, it's being offered on a month to month basis, so for the time being, we will need to repeat this process every month.

Falling Leaves Kung Fu is a licensed I Liq Chauan school in Tempe, AZ. We focus exclusively on I Liq Chuan, The Martial Art of Awareness.

If you're in the East Valley area of Phoenix (Tempe, Mesa, Chandler) and would like to try out our martial arts classes, please call (602) 751-7003 take advantage of our new student offer!

Become a member of our Tempe, AZ martial arts classes by taking advantage of our new student special!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fajin Series #3 - Middle

This is the third installment in our fajin training series (click here for part one and here for part two).

Over the last few installments I've talked a bit about the ability to fajin in six directions.  Martial arts training needs to develop this kind of ability because in a fight, opponents have the nasty habit of being unpredictable, and worst of all, uncooperative.  I talked in part one about "holding on to your center" while you generate power.  This kind of skill comes from being physically neutral, or maintaining what GM Sam Chin calls "tai chi body and tai chi movement" (tai chi point is the last part of the equation btw). You could say that physically, the chamber is loaded, ready to fire. Mentally neutral maintains a state of readiness and uncertainty that allows you to pull the trigger at the right time.

In this installment, we cover a partner drill to develop and apply  short power to the middle direction, which is essentially a downward application of force (this entry continues below video).



One new element I cover in this video is developing a lot of ligament and tendon strength in the wrist and it's role in short power.  GM Sam Chin once told me "you must train your first section (the wrist) until it is stronger than your opponents 3rd section (body).  If your first section is already more powerful than their third section, what do they have left?"

Being able to generate a lot of force using only the snapping of the wrist is an important part of I Liq Chuan's overall method (don't get it twisted and think I mean that we're not using the whole body as a unit overall, simply that power from the ligaments and tendons of the wrist must be maximized).

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Falling Leaves Kung Fu is a licensed I Liq Chauan school in Tempe, AZ. We focus exclusively on I Liq Chuan, The Martial Art of Awareness.

If your in the East Valley area of Phoenix (Tempe, Mesa, Chandler) and would like to try out our martial arts classes, please call (602) 751-7003 take advantage of our new student offer!

Become a member of our Tempe, AZ martial arts classes by taking advantage of our new student special!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Our Martial Arts Classes Are Now Offered Through The City Of Tempe Parks & Rec

City Of Tempe

Classes will begin INDOORS at the Clark Park Rec Center beginning January 5th, 2016!  This is a huge step forward for our program and I hope to see lots of growth next year.  Not only will our classes be listed in the Tempe's course guide, but we will have the use of the mats and the bathrooms at the rec center!

What You Need To Know
  • Class fess will increase to $50 per month for everyone!
  • Tuesday and Thursday Classes will begin ONE HOUR EARLIER at 18:00
  • EVERYONE will need to register for class through the City of Tempe
Go to http://1.usa.gov/1Ssesuk and look for us by our course number 47175 beginning December 14th, 2015.
Since this is a new program with the City, it's being offered on a month to month basis, so for the time being, we will need to repeat this process every month. (Don't worry, I will remind you repeatedly)