The Kung Fu Discussion Group – Episode 2: School Etiquette, Teaching Signatures, & Embodying the Philosophy of Your Martial Art

Episode 2 of the Kung Fu Discussion Group is now available to celebrate this Foolishness Friday. This episode sees the trio of Uncle Sickness, YogaMidnight,…

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形意拳三體/Xingyiquan San Ti – Xingyiquan’s Three Bodies

三體者, 天地人三才之象也。在拳中為頭手足是也。三體又各分為三節, 而內外相合。 頭為根節; 在外為頭, 在內為泥丸宮是也。脊背為中節; 在外為脊背, 在內為心是也。腰為梢節; 在外為腰, 在內為丹田是也。肩為根節, 肘為中節, 手為梢節。胯為根節, 膝為中節, 足為梢節。是三節之中, 又各有三節也。此理乃合於六書之九數。丹書云: "道虛無生一氣, 使從一氣產陰陽, 陰陽再合成三體, 三體重生萬物張。" 此之謂也。 What are the Three Bodies?…

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岳飛八要論/Yue Fei Ba Yao Lun – Yue Fei’s Eighth Essential Thesis

身法維何,縱橫高低,進退反側而已,縱則放其勢,一往而不返,橫則裹其力,開拓而莫阻,高則揚其身,而身若有增長之勢,低則抑其身,而身若有攢捉之形,當進則進,殫其身而勇往直冲,當退則退,領其氣而回轉伏勢,至于反身顧后,后即前也,側顧左右,使左右無敢當我,而要非拘拘焉為之也,必先察人之強弱,運我之機關,有忽縱而忽橫,縱橫因勢而變遷,不可一概而推,有忽高而忽低,高低隨時以轉移,不可執格而論,時而宜進,故不可退而餒其氣,時而宜退,即當以退,而鼓其進,是進固進也,即退而亦實以賴其進,若返身顧后,顧其后而以不覺其為后,側顧左右,而左右以不覺其為左右矣,總之機關在眼,變通在心,而握其要者,則本諸身,身而前,則四體不令而行矣,身而却,則百骸莫不冥然而處矣,身法顧可置而不論乎。 What is the Body Method? Vertical, Horizontal, High, Low, Advance, Retreat, Reverse, & Lateral, nothing more. Vertical is releasing the power in one direction so…

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