Sunday, September 27, 2015

Chinese Martial Arts | Guan Dao - Heavy Weapons For Strength & Power


I've been finding a lot of good martial arts stuff on Facebook lately. Although this kind of strength and conditioning isn't specifically a part of the I Liq Chuan curriculum, most of the higher level guys at Falling Leaves Kung Fu practice some kind of personal conditioning routine on their own, like using kettelbells, Indian clubs and gymnastic exercises.

In the video below, a man named Luo, Dahai demonstrates using a 200 lbs Guan Dao 关刀 (pole arm), talk about ligament and tendon strength! I love seeing these old tigers still getting after it.

The Spanish text says
Luo Dahai belongs to the Hunyuan Wushu school in Shandong, Yuncheng province. He's dedicated his life to the study of traditional martial arts and specializes in the Dadao, or Guan Dao, handles 120kg without trouble at more than 60 [years old].  An expert in Shuaijiao (Chinese wrestling) and self defense.  [Actually] he studied Xingyiquan under Master Zhangping, disciple of Grand Master Zhang, Xigui.



Luo Dahai pertenece a la escuela Hunyuan Wushu, es de la provincia de Shandong, Yuncheng, se ha dedicado una vida al...
Posted by Longhun Wudao Guan - 龙魂武道馆 on Friday, August 28, 2015
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Of Kung Fu & Fortune Cookies


I'm not gonna lie.  Things are tough right now. 

Although I know that coming back to Tempe is going to be the right decision long term, bouncing back and forth across the country has left me pretty much starting over again from the bottom, which at 40, is not easy, but this is why we train martial arts; to have the mindset and the skills to persevere in the face of adversity, and I got a timely reminder of that recently in a fortune cookie (it was the only good thing to come out of the meal as the food was terrible).

I recently had a student from our classes here in AZ ask me
Sifu, I want to ask something. How in the HELL have you kept your heels in the ground with ILC as long as you have? What's kept you from going the easy route? At least in the beginning, when things seem so intangible and downright friggin impossible sometimes?
it's simple. when you want to quit; don't.
It doesn't have to be martial arts, but if you just pick one thing and start there, keep at it no matter how tough it gets, don't quit, don't give up, pretty soon that resolve and determination starts to become a skill you can apply to any area of the rest of your life.

Everything in life is "come /go".  There will be easy times and difficulties. When you find yourself in a tight spot somewhere in your life, if you've developed this kind of attitude, you'll have the tools to deal with it.  Not to mention that some outcomes can only be achieved through long term, relentless grinding.  That's the true meaning of kung fu; effort put in over time, weeks and years.

As they say, "eat bitter to taste sweet", or as I heard someone say more recently "Without the challenges you can never be f*cking awesome!"

Yes, things are tough right now, but they won't always be.  In the mean time, we just keep grinding.
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Friday, September 04, 2015

Martial Arts & The Elderly...

You wouldn't think this little old lady could be a martial artist, but just look at how great she does! Don't let your excuses, whether it's age, your weight or other circumstances get in the way of what you want out of life. Sometimes, all you need is to be around the right people to help keep you moving forward. If you'd like some help meeting your goals, we'd love to be a part of your experience!

Uma arte chamada capoeira, só quem pratica entende.Capoeira Movies
Posted by Capoeira Movies on Monday, May 18, 2015

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