Shanghai and the famous Jing Wu school in the 1950s

Shanghai and the famous Jing Wu school in the 1950s

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. Read more

Jing Wu Drunken Spear

Jing Wu Drunken Spear

JING WU, SHANGHAI

Master Li Da Ling performs a drunken spear pattern from the Jing Wu stable. The movements during a drunken pattern are meant to disorient an opponent, who can never be sure whether the practitioner is attacking or retreating. The drunk throws his whole weight behind an attack, and yet never seems to lose his balance. Master Li is performing the pattern quite freely and loosely, but in another video released this month, you can see how the movements might apply in a fighting situation. Filmed in Jing Wu, Shanghai, April 2006. View clip

Jing Wu Straight Sword Pattern

Jing Wu Straight Sword Pattern
JING WU, SHANGHAI

In this straight sword pattern, the practitioner moves quickly and decisively. He uses a number of different strikes, aiming high and low, circular and straight. The pattern is performed slightly faster than many typical straight sword patterns, made slightly easier by the light-weight and flexible practice sword. Filmed in Jing Wu, Shanghai, April 2006. View clip

Jing Wu Elephant Style

Jing Wu Elephant Style
JING WU, SHANGHAI

Of the many animal styles of martial arts, there are a few which can truly be called 'rare'. Elephant style is little known and even less widely practised. The strikes are based on the elephant's trunk, using the closed fist predominantly. However, the impact point is not limited to the knuckles, and any part of the fist is intended for use. This practitioner's arms roll out flexibly, as if there was no bone structure, to mimic the elephant's trunk. Filmed at Jing Wu, Shanghai, April 2006. View clip

Fighting applications ? Li Da Ling

Fighting applications ? Li Da Ling
JING WU, SHANGHAI

Master Li Da Ling shows a number of martial applications. When Master Li was younger, he regularly fought as part of his district wushu team. These bouts were open competitions, with little of the protection or contact rules seen in San Da competitions these days. Speaking from experience (I was the one he was hitting!) his attacks and movements had meaning. Of the many masters who I have felt demonstrate strikes or locks, his were among the best. Most importantly, as Master Li is not a physically large person, his fingers were strong and locks precise. Filmed in Shanghai, April 2006. View clip

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    Baji Quan is a well known style in Northern China, but there are still many disagreements over its precise origins, not least whether it is a Daoist or a Shaolin Buddhist style. The article and videos in this issue tries to resolve these arguments by taking a closer look at the patterns of this style and the events in China at the time it was created.

  • Issue 16 : 10 Animals Xing Yi

    When we visited Shanghai in April of this year, we met with local master Chen Ke Qiang, who has studied 10 Animals Xing Yi since childhood. He showed each of the ten animal movements in sequence, explaining with examples how each animal principle could be used for fighting.

  • Issue 15 : The Spear and Long Range Weapons

    The Chinese martial arts culture is rich in having thousands of weird and wonderful weapons. Among them the spear, the weapon of the hunter and the warrior, holds a place of honour. Read on if you want an introduction into this world.

  • Issue 14 : Discovering Wu Tai Chi

    The Chinese government recognises five official tai chi styles. Of them, Wu/Hao style is by far the least known in the west. It features ultra-compact movements with a distinct focus on internal power and practical martial applications. Wushu Scholar was lucky enough to be introduced to this amazing style by a master with close connections to China's most famous tai chi families.

  • Issue 13 : Xin Yi vs Xing Yi

    Xing Yi is one of the most well known internal styles of Chinese Martial Arts. It has a rich history well worth being explored in a little bit more detail than is available to the average practitioner. In particular there are two different names for the style: Xin Yi and Xing Yi. The differences between these are often glossed over, but as this article shows, these differences are intimately connected both with the History and the Philosophy of the style.

  • Issue 12 : Traditional Mian Quan

    Mian Quan or Cotton Style is one of the most important styles of traditional wushu taught in the Shanghai area. It features unique power generation methods, relying solely on the spine, not seen in other styles. In this article, we explore the intricacies of power generation in Mian style as disclosed to us by Master Chen Yong Kang.

  • Issue 11 : The Art of Chinese Swordplay

    The sword is known as the King of Weapons in China, Japan and in the West. In fact every advanced civilisation throughout history venerated the weapon as the embodiment of the heroic ideal.

  • Issue 10 : Five Fuzhou Crane Styles

    This month\rquote s Silver Issue looks at the five Fuzhou Crane Styles and attempts to introduce some of their differences and similarities in a very brief outline. Why is this important? Simply because the Crane System is not only one of the most widely practised in the modern day, but it is one of the oldest and has had tremendous influence over the development of many other styles of Southern Kung Fu \endash Wing Chun is but one example - and also of Okinawan Karate. Flying Crane, Shaking Crane, Sleeping Crane, Eating Crane and Calling Crane - each of their names captures a particular characteristic of the style. Read the article first and then watch the videos and try to pick out these key distinguishing characteristics yourself.

  • Issue 9 : History & Martial Arts of Emei

    Conceived in the lush, semi-tropical environs of Emei mountain, the martial arts of the Sichuan province have come to be collectively known as Emei wushu. Yet unlike many popular kung fu styles, the history, methods and masters of Emei wushu have for many years been closeted away from the western world.

  • Issue 8 : Kicking and Flexibility

    An old phrase runs something like this - "Train your legs twice as hard to get them half as good as your hands". Kicking done properly is inspiring and frightening, but relies on a massive amount of flexibility. This month's Silver article explores the basics of kicking, the difference between performance and power, and why Chinese martial arts (and masters) used to demand that students 'eat their toes' before being taught.

  • Issue 7 : Chen Tai Chi - An exercise of perseverance

    The original style. A family secret kept hidden for over 300 years unleashed on the world only in the last 50 years, Chen tai chi has become a hallmark of excellence in tai chi circles.

  • Issue 6 : The Daoist mysteries of Qingcheng

    Locked away in the misty mountains of Sichuan, a rare style of Daoist kung fu has developed in secret, known only in the martial arts community as "the Robber's Style".

  • Issue 5 : Natural Boxing Fighting Strategy

    Speed, flow and relentless assault - these sum up the fighting style of Zi Ran Men, or Natural Boxing. For Silver subscribers this month, we've compiled video clips showing Master Gu Jian Liang's unbelievable attacking speed, a selection of unique Natural Boxing fighting drills, and a special treat - a section of the Natural Boxing straight sword pattern.

  • Issue 4 : The Muslim Master

    This month\rquote s Silver Issue is dedicated to an inspirational man by the name of Zhang Shao Fu, an 83 year old Muslim Master of Baji style. We met Master Zhang in Cangzhou in the winter of 2003 and were invited to his house.

  • Issue 3 : Shaolin Kung Fu

    Shaolin Kung Fu is the most famous and celebrated name in the world of martial arts. This Silver Issue seeks to dispel some myths about it and establish the real legacy of the monks from Shaolin Temple and the influence they have had in the development of other Chinese styles of Kung Fu as well as their place in the modern world.

  • Issue 2 : The Martial Arts of Wudang

    The Wudang Mountains are one of the most sacred places in China, the centre of Daoist Religion. The mountains are said to be home to numerous immortals and throughout centuries famous scholars, warriors and even Emperors would make a pilgrimage here to learn the secrets of the Dao.

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    The article details Wushu Scholar Team's research trips to Shandong Province in search of any modern descendants of the famous Water Margin Styles of Kung Fu from the time of Liang Shan Po bandits.

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