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Article - Shaolin and Wudang Health and Longevity Patterns

Added 14-Aug-2007

Both Daoism and Chan Buddhism see meditation as a key practice. However it is often so arduous that it has negative side effects on the monks. health, so over the centuries elaborate flexibility, energy, health and longevity techniques have been developed to help the monks and these have been incorporated into the Shaolin and Wudang martial arts systems that are practiced to this day.


Article - Mantis Style

Added 05-Aug-2007

Shandong Province has a rich martial arts heritage, including its claim to be the home of the Mantis Style, one of the most expressive and immediately recognisable styles of kung fu. Mantis Style or Tang Lang Quan is said to have been developed at the end of the Ming Dynasty, beginning of the Qing, and has since split into a number of distinct branches, two of which have been filmed for this issue.


Article - Modern Wushu

Added 28-May-2007

This month's release is dedicated to the modern wushu champions we visited in Jinan City in 2003. They showed in action better than any argument can that gong fu is still very much at the heart of modern competition wushu.


Article - Development of the short stance in Southern Styles

Added 09-Apr-2007

One of the clear differences between southern and northern styles of kung fu is in the different ways they use their feet, both in stances and in kicking techniques. It is a widely accepted rule of thumb that in the north stances are wider, patterns are longer and more mobile, and kicks are higher than in the south. This article explores some of the reasons for this.


Article - Two Person Soft Styles

Added 10-Mar-2007

Martial artists tend to fall easily into two camps - the athletic, muscled, hard stylists, and the peaceful, calm and unassuming soft stylists. Well, if you're one of the first, time to open your eyes and see what you're missing! If you're already firmly wedded to the soft-style, this month's videos and article are especially for you, taking a close look at how the principles of absorption, deflection and redirection feature in two person exercises.


Article - Bagua Zhang

Added 05-Feb-2007

The art of Bagua is the third of the three major internal styles practiced in China and the world. The three internal styles (tai chi, Xing Yi and Bagua) all complement each other with different strengths and aims. Where tai chi focusses on the 'empty', and Xing Yi the straight, Bagua can be characterised by the circle. Practice centres around 'walking the circle' and developing and waist capable of twisting and turning as the pattern demands. This article is an introduction to the art of Bagua and some of its fundamental characteristics.


Article - Introduction to Yong Chun White Crane

Added 01-Jan-2007

Yong Chun White Crane is one of the richest martial arts lineages Wushu Scholar has encountered in twenty years of research. In Yong Chun itself, the art is alive and kicking and practised by hundreds of local residents, over four hundred years after its initial conception by a small but determined village woman. Master Su Ying Han is one of the leading practitioners of white crane alive today, and on many occasions has sat with us to explain the key principles of this style. This article looks at those principles in depth, focussing on what the beginner needs to know in order to lay the foundation for their future progression in this style.


Article - Soft Weapons Editorial

Added 03-Dec-2006

In the arsenal of Chinese traditional weapons, hand held weapons are sub-divided into thee different types: long weapons, short weapons and soft weapons. This article completes the series of three which give an overview of each of these types in turn. Soft weapons are distinguished by their flexibility, which is achieved either by using a soft material like leather or rope, or by linking sections of harder materials together into a chain. The flexibility allows for a number of important advantages: these weapons are easy to carry and easy to conceal, they are light and manoeuvrable and are capable of striking at a great range.


Article - South Shaolin

Added 05-Nov-2006

The styles of the South Shaolin lineage have a reputation for their great effectiveness and power. This article gives an insight into what has made them this way, tracing their history to the legendary burning of the South Shaolin Temple in Fujian Province.


Article - Shanghai and the famous Jing Wu school in the 1950s

Added 01-Oct-2006

For many martial artists, Shanghai martial arts are inseparable from the legendary Jing Wu school. It was guided by a single noble aim - to become an academy for all Chinese martial arts. This article is an insight into the historical conditions in which Jing Wu was founded, and through the eyes of two ex-students, we glimpsed what martial arts was like in Shanghai during the 1950s.