Sunday, November 14, 2010

Master Wu Guo Zheng's talk on the history of Bagua



Bagua is an art form that has a very confusing background in regards of history. Dong Hai Chuan usually is considered the founder for most lineages. Yet there is also the history of Bagua developing from the Wudang temple. History in China is something that is almost impossible to pinpoint due to many legends, rumors and events that continually changed through out all eras of China.

We do know that it was usually found in the hands of those who were of a higher branch in some form of combat. From the personal elite bodyguards for the emperor, to high level assassins. The nature of both occupations would not allow for any public information about bagua and its secrets.

My line of Bagua, said to have been developed my Dong Hai Chuan, has passed through the hands of five successors. From Dong Hai Chuan, Cheng Ting Hua, Gao Yi Sheng, Wu Jin Yuan, and Wu Guo Zheng. Each style of Bagua takes on a very different form depending on the teacher of the style. This is also a mystery of the history of Bagua. Each student should in someway resemble their masters. However all of Dong Hai Chuan's students are masters of very different styles of Bagua, not resembling each other any more than distant cousins.


What is the reasoning for this odd development of Bagua? Some say that Dong Hai Chuan taught each of his students special techniques that would more compliment their way of moving and previously studied styles. If we understand a little more about Dong Hai Chuan, then maybe we can understand a little more about the history of Bagua.

This is a piece of my masters speech that I have translated to inform those outside of circles that I am lucky enough to be a part of. Keep in mind my masters speech is more like a casual discussion of the lineage given to at the cultural university to a group of martial arts majors.

_________________________________________(Translated By Robert Jay Arnold)

Today isn't a serious meeting but more of me just talking about some of the things related to Bagua and aspects of the different lineages.

All of the styles of the styles of Bagua are very different with variations and emphasis. In order to understand why Bagua styles can be so vastly different we must first understand the history of Bagua. In order to understand the history of Bagua we must look in to the life of a man named Dong Hai Chuan.

Dong Hai Chuan was born in 1797. A little over 200 years ago during during the Qin Dynasty. A time of many different revolts, conflicts and other term-oil. Dong Hai Chuan came from He Bei and at a very young age took interest in the martial arts. He began studying many of the arts that were in his area. However it's indicated that he got into some kind of trouble because of hurting an individual and when the authorities came looking for him he was forced to flee.

When he left he went to find every kind of martial arts teacher that he could. Always enjoying the process of developing in the different styles. We know he studied with many different famous masters at the time which would later lead to his development and creation of Bagua.

During this development process there are many legends about Dong Hai Chuan and his accomplishments but the point for now is to have a general understanding of the lineage and not so much into the stories of Dong Hai Chuan. We could have speeches all day on just some of the many events that he encountered.

He continually practiced all of the arts he encountered until the age of 50 without pause. Yet, he had no reputation in the martial arts world. It wasn't until 1855 that he came to Beijing at the age of 58 years old when he was compelled to work at Shu Wang Fu's Imperial Palace. Another interesting point is we know that Dong Hai Chuan was also a enoch.

There are two possible reasons that Dong Hai Chuan may have decided to go to Shu's Imperial Palace. Reason number one is to avoid being found by certain authorities that were looking for him. The other possibility is that he may have been a spy for the Tai Min Jun (People's Army). These reasons fit very well with what we understand about the history in that era.

In 1855 he officially began working for the imperial palace. After working there for many years, slowly he began to pass the teachings of Bagua. We know this is where the beginnings of the history of bagua start to formulate and develop. His reputation slowly began to pick up even though the art at that time remained unnamed. It wasn't until his encounter with Yang Lu Chan who's style was known as The cotton fist, or neutralizing fist (known today as Taichi) that people began to notice Bagua. We've seen the pictures of them crossing hands advertising their fight in old books, magazines and films

If we think about it how old were they at that time? They were both fighting in their sixties. When we watch a fight today how old are the fighters usually? 20 or 30 year olds make for a much more exciting show. Dong Hai Chuan was 68 at this time, while Yang Lu Chan was just a little bit younger. These were to elderly men fighting. I'm sure it couldn't have been too exciting.

Later we know that Dong Hai Chuan had another fight with Guo Yu Sun, a match between Bagua and Xing yi. How old was Guo Yu Sun at this time? He was younger than Dong Hai Chuan by thirty years. How could a 40 year old have a fight against someone who is almost 70 years old? If they did have a match it couldn't have been the same concept of fighting that we are used to. We know in the martial arts world we have a concept of respect for the previous generations of masters. Dong Hai Chuan was of the same generation as Guo Yu Sun's master. Which also makes us wonder why Guo Yu Sun participated instead of his master. This is just a brief look at some of the matches and details that added to the strength of Dong Hai Chuan's reputation.
Later Dong was able to start gaining students and officially start passing the art in 1866. The already popular Tai ji Chuan (Tai chi) and Xing Yi Chuan lead to Dong Hai Chuan giving his art s style with three words. Ba Gua Zhang (Bagua). Bagua took its name for the first time in 1866. We can see bagua is about 144 years old. So it is a very young style in comparison to others such as Shaolin and other styles that have over 30 or more generations. As for Gao Bagua my father was the fourth generation me only the 5th generation successor of Gao Bagua.

Another thing to look at is the location the style was held in. Do you think that the common people would be allowed to enter the imperial palace and practice martial arts? Of course not. Also it wasn't easy for a member of the imperial palace to go out and teach who he wanted. So even though Bagua was being passed from 1866, we also no there is no chance that a lot of people were able to learn it aside from those who were of the imperial military and personnel. Until Dong finally retired for reasons probably related to his age.

Let's start from the two students that we know have had the most influence over the style. Cheng Ting Hua and Yin Fu. We know that he was not able to teach outside of the palace until he retired in 1874. Realize that when he began teaching, he was probably around 77 years old.

Cheng Ting Hua is the second generation successor of our style of Bagua. Cheng Ting Hua was born in 1848. He began studying Bagua when he was 28 years old in 1876. He studied with Dong until he passed away in 1882. Yin Fu's time with Dong Hai Chuan was about the same, even though some claim that he trained with Dong longer than Cheng. Every style has a different story about the same history so let's not go too far into that. But we do know he wasn't teaching to the outside before 1874 so there couldn't be too much difference in his students training time.

Leading up to the discussion of our own style which is Cheng Gao Style Bagua ( Gao Style Bagua), I will ask a question. If the style of Bagua is less than 200 years old, then why are there so many different versions and lineages of Bagua? How could all of the techniques vary so dramatically from style to style?

In my personal opinion I believe it is because at the time Dong began teaching the system of Bagua it was not yet completed. He continued to mold and develop it at the same time he was teaching it to his students. So the things that Dong taught to all of his students varied in method. When do we ever see a master teaching his students completely different material? Many say that he had his reasons for teaching each individual different movements, but it leaves a lot of room for question. So we can see that more than likely the style was still coming together piece by piece.

The natural development for anything to be completed is never all of a sudden. Just as the earth went through a process that took a long time before it was able to have life. As the style passed to Cheng Ting Hua, the art was still in the process of developing.

I think everyone here should probably have an idea about Cheng Ting Hua already. He had a job making glasses and corrective lenses and was later killed by the French alliance in 1900. He died at 52 which is unfortunate because this is the prime age for internal styles.

Before he passed he taught to our grand master Gao Yi Sheng. Giving us the name Cheng Gao Bagua. My Grandmaster Gao was born in 1866 which was close to the time that Dong Hai Chuan had started teaching. He began his training in Bagua at the age of 34 in 1896. We are not too certain of the arts Gao had studied before Bagua. Gao was from the village in Wu Di county of Shandong China, which is the same village that my father and grandfather lived. He was very close to my grandfather before he left at an early age. Gao later earned a great name in the martial arts world when my grandfather invited him back many years later to stay at his residence as a bodyguard.

He came to stay with my grandfather around the age of 45. He stayed there for 5 years which were the most important five years in regards of our style. This is the time when took Bagua through a thorough refining and evolving period. This would be the same time period that some people say Song Yi Ren who was also a student of Dong Hai Chuan came and taught him. Whether Song Yi Ren is a real person or not remains to be seen. It might be true or it might just be a story to explain that Gao made great changes to the style. Possibly a clever way to show people of his new discoveries. That is when our style of Gao Bagua began to solidify into the art it is today.

Gao again left our hometown to teach and research the new form of Bagua making his reputation grow even more. It wasn't until he was 60 years old that he returned to stay with my grandfather and began teaching to my father Wu Jin Yuan who was around 8 years old at the time. Starting at such an early age it can be difficult to grasp all of the complex ideas of Bagua, but Gao taught to my father everyday for the next 10 years being able to give him the complete style of Gao Bagua. Afterwards my father was able to make the final tweaks and adjustments to the style, where we got our stepping training, two person practice, My father's story of training and teaching goes on until he was 60 years old, traveling to He Bei and many other places to further his training before coming to Xinzhu. He also learned from other masters adding many parts to the style including the Qing Ping Sword. We later referred to him as the old master. He's not with us anymore so I'm just sharing a few words that he taught to me.

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That is where the speech carried into a lot more details which requires a more physical explanation of the movement. I hope this gives you more of an idea about the art of Bagua. I will end it saying a few of my masters words, "It doesn't matter what style you learn if you don't train it. The best teacher in the world is nothing without a diligent student, but the diligent student will always make the best teacher.



























Sunday, October 24, 2010

Glad I missed the bus


My training has continually taught me and re-taught me of how to refine myself. By refining my physical abilities I am able to sharpen my mental skills and percieve the actions of my life through what some would call wisdom. Every master of every creed and type will eventually step into an arena of clarity, a heightened since of perception that can only be called truth.


Bruce Lee, Tiger Woods, Micheal Jordan, Muhummad Ali, Albert Einstein and other masters, were able to use their craft to explain a portion of what would be purpose.


However on this very same path without guidance we can be tricked into stepping into a darkness with in ourselves that can lead us to perverse our own gift. Man being riddle with flaws, we must always stay connected with the source or we could completely lose ourselves.


Every day there is a chance to look into the energy of your own life and choose to grow stronger or grow weaker. We have no control over the things that happen to us but complete control over how we may respond.


Today while getting ready to take the bust to practice I had to run to the bank first. I missed the bus for practice and was going to have to wait a half hour for the next one. I was supposed to be there early to help the master teach for a demonstration next week. Instead I was going to be over an hour late.


At this moment I had the choice of being blinded by my frustrations or look into the benefit of missing the bus. I looked around and noticed the sun shining through a tree that hit the bus stop sign and casted a shadow that reminded me of a movement. As I came closer I noticed the tree had laid out perfect spots on the ground for me to practice my footwork stepping.


I dropped my bag and immediately seized the opportunity to understand the message being sent to me. I practiced my foot work right there on the spot and unlocked the flow training that I had been working on for the past few months. I was able to take my training to a brand new level only because I stopped to look around.


If I had chosen to be down and disappointed, I would have missed the entire lesson of the day. Don't get frustrated, learn to understand, life truly is magical.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One perfect move


I have always seen the line between martial arts and life. How each is just a mirror of the other and a way of achieving a better focus. Recently I was training my footwork when I came into an enlightening experience that let me see more deeply into kung fu and life.

While working on my flow training the idea is to keep each movement connected to the last. Movements can be changed in direction, speed and timing but never sacrificing the flow of energy from one step to the other. In bagua the legs pull the body, the body pulls the hands and the hands are able to let the Qi flow through every motion. Striking and defending are all a part of the same circle at a different point of axis.

I found myself growing into a much deeper understanding of the movements after years of researching new methods of training. But instead of finding a better way to train, I found a better way to live. I found that every movement was connected to a thought, memory or experience I have had and am yet to have. For one moment I was able to see time as a continual circle that the past, present and future all existed at the same time.

From there I could see that every challenge that has come to me in my life has been an opportunity for me to choose my growth. The times that I was less patient with people, unforgiving, or insensitive were directly connected to how I developed into a situation that was less favorable. On the other side every time I chose to help, or pay attention to the problems of a coworker, or finished an undesirable task with a smile, I had become a better person giving me a more favorable position. Which means that the bigger the challenges are then the more we can benefit from them. Sometimes we are just one big challenge away from our success. But even the tiniest challenges can be opportunities for us to feel better. Organize your pictures, help some one with chores or learn a new skill. They may not seem important currently but it might be just the polishing you need for your character.


Lost in my techniques, lost in time and lost in my thoughts. It was maybe only a second but it felt like a life time. I realized that even when we are doing the right thing it is more important to be focused on those around us. Their success is just the same as our own success. If we dwell to much on what we should have by now we will miss the point of today's challenge. Continue to train and pursue your dreams. Make sure the people around you are also finding direction. Only by doing God's work can we make real progress. Find the rhythm in your life that let's you happily accept the challenges that come. They will only make you better.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Be like water


We often hear that it is important to be like water when practicing martial arts. Meaning we should be clear and able to adapt to the attack of the opponent. Reacting to every movement that is made and attacking the exposed parts of his defense.

Of course this is much easier said that done. Most times we find ourselves planning out an attack and trying to force open a weak point of our own. This usually leaves us struggling with both our opponent and our own idea of what to do. In the end if we can not let go of our game plan and mold to the situation we may find ourselves defeated. Not by our opponent but by our unwillingness to adapt.

It is the very seem when seeking out opportunities in life. Though we can spend lots of time preparing and training for opportunities that we hope might come, we are not able to bend life to our will. Therefore the most important factor is our ability to flow with the situation and seize the opportunities that appear before us. This means we may find ourselves in a few positions that we didn't plan on or considering ideas that we had never thought of. If you continue to prepare yourself for your idea opportunity then you will be ready when it comes. In the meantime continue to flow and develop to the obstacles that are in front of you today. It will only make your situation more advantageous in the end.

Keep training, keep believing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Return of Robert Jay Arnold


My birth name is Robert Jay Arnold. A name that over the years of different challenges and struggles I grew a certain disdain for. Half of my friends called me War and the other half called me Fox for different reasons. All details that I will share in my book The Story of Warren Fox.

No I am not going to change the name of the book because it carries even more meaning and is a crucial part of the plot. Keep reading along and you will get it. I will add the other chapters soon.

Returning to my original name means that I have finally found peace and have conquered the demons of my past. Now I will use my birth name to deal with the demons in the future. Sorry for all of the confusion. Just one of those little growing pains that we all have to deal with. Keep training.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bagua Fight Scene 八卦掌用法

Fight Scene I shot with the Tianwudao Crew. It's kinda nice.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The story of my life


I am writing a book which is kind of like an auto biography of all of the events that have shaped my life. If you are interested in all the details you can check out the site.


http://tianwudao.com/the-story-of-warren-fox


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taiwan Top Model Demonstration


I just finished a demonstration for a runway model competition. It was kind of wild. You can find the details on the TWD site.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Take the day with you


My father used to tell me stories about his masters and his master's masters. I remember one about his master Choi, who used to go into the mountains in Korea to train. Inside of a cave he would do a ridiculous work out, thousands of punches and kicks. He mentioned to my dad that he used to punch the wall hundreds of times a day for several years. After years had passed he said that the wall had not changed much aside from the small, smooth groove. But now every time that he hit someone with that punch, they would also feel the wall of the the cave.

I don't recommend punching walls for training these days but there is more to the story than that. Every day that you are able to get up and train, you take a part of the day into your technique. The days I train and it's freezing cold I add the frost to my footwork. The days I train in the intense heat I add intensity to my lungs. The days I train in the blinding rain I add clarity to my attack. The days I train when I have no time I add dedication to my stance. The sun is in my weapons, the moon is in my Qi.

You may not see me training. You may not know the battles that I have fought to get here. But when the time comes you will feel the elements of every day that have been trained into my technique.

Never stop doing what you do. There will always be a thousand reasons not to train. For those of us that continue, there is a 100 percent chance of success.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bagua sticking and trapping tutorial


I am going to keep putting tutorials on the Tian Wu Dao site. It allows me to have more space. Also it gives me a chance to be a part of something bigger than me. Check it out.

http://tianwudao.com/bagua-sticking-and-trapping

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tianwudao video links...

Hope everyone has been stoppin by the Tianwudao site from time to time. If you like more than just Bagua, there are a lot of different flavors to see and learn. Now each of the styles have videos to give you a clearer idea of what the style is about.


www.tianwudao.com

Keep training.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Find your power


I'm nearing the end of my footwork training which is only the first step of developing my body flow training. Ideally I train footwork for a full year. Training each and every step and turn everyday until I have practiced thousands of variations of possible ways to enter and exit my opponents defense. When this is finished, I will begin training my weaving and flow training which is a completely different type of focus. It all leads to the third and final step of this training program which is to develop the way of the hands. All of the footwork and flow training is only a means to extend more power into the hands. Each training period lasts a year and after that it will be the beginning of a new training program. If I actually counted the days that I have from now until the time I finish the program I have layed out, it will be over five years.


It is a distraction to think about the amount of time that it will take. It is also a distraction to wonder if I will have enough money to begin the training that I will need for the second part of my training which requires special equipment. We always see the obstacles that stand in our way before we take our first step on our journey. Most of the things we want to do require money to get them done. So we find ourselves saying I will do this when the money or the time is right. The truth is there are probably a lot of steps you can take before you need the money in your hand to resolve the problem. If you continue to grow stronger in the direction of your dream life will make a way. Do not even acknowledge the possibility of failure. Anything that would appear to be failure is actually just another step. The only thing we can control about the things that happen to us is how we percieve it. If I lose a job, I have more time to focus and plan. If I lose a house, I have more time to roam and understand. If I lose my dream, I have trully lost myself.


I am working with a few companies that want me to market martial arts to the masses with the promise that you will get fit in 30 days, only three minutes a day blah blah blah.

Is there anything you have gotten in your life that was worthwhile that came easily? Can you get a great education without studying? Can you have a great family without caring? The idea that you can be healthy without effort is a lie.


So I have a new motto for those who are interested in martial arts and exercise. Yes it will hurt. Yes it will take a while. And yes a lot of the times you won't feel like doing it. But you don't need anything that's easy. Someone tricked you into thinking that you have to work hard at the things you hate and not pay attention to the things you need. I promise that if you do start martial arts, dance, or whatever your kung fu is that it won't be easy. But every day that you spend training and bettering yourself instead of just aging, you will make your life easier. You will be proud of how you feel about yourself, how far you have come, how much you have changed. In the end the only thing that you have is you. You should spend a little more time enjoying yourself.
We're all super heroes. Find your power.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Effort


I have just come into my 8th month of footwork practicing. It has been a long and steady process that I am looking forward to getting through. In the end I will have a lot better speed and balance. For myself it is exactly what I need to get to the next part in my training. This year the weather has been a little crazy. The hot weather has been especially hot, the cold weather has been especially cold. I have also added on additional speed training with my moon crescent swords. Everytime time I finish it feels like my hearts gonna come out of my mouth.


Why do you train so hard? What is the point to all of it? Why not just put it off until next week? I hear these questions echo through my head as I wake up to another open field to start the process. Squeeze in a few hours before working my Clark Kent job. Maybe a little bit of Taichi after work. I don't get any money from training. I don't even get a belt in my style. The only thing that I have at the end of every session is the self respect that comes with training.


No one at my job knows what I do. In there eyes I'm nothing special. I'm just the guy who smiles a lot. Most people don't even believe martial arts is real, so I have a hard time getting into the details about what the internal arts are. So why do I keep doing what I do? Part of it is because I can spread the culture and history to the world. Part of it is because so that I can protect the people around me. There are over a thousand reasons why martial arts is good for you. But none of them are the real reason that I pick myself out of bed everyday and get back to my training field.


Somewhere along the line I picked something up that I have not been able to let go. My training is not for money, competition or even my master. It's the one time that I can feel something that is real. Money is an illusion, beauty is temporary, love is immeasurable. Effort is something that I can grasp a hold of. I may never be the best and I never need to be. I need to know that I have put the effort into my life to make the best version of myself. The effort I put into my training is the same effort I put into my friendships, my Clark Kent job and most importantly my dream.


I am blessed to not have been born with talent. Everything has always been hard for me in the beginning. Maybe that's the reason I wanted to be better. It seems that talented individuals get bored easier making it harder for them to keep pushing. Like a bow and arrow, the farther you pull it back, the farther it can fly. The good news is you don't need talent, looks, or even youth. You just need to keep pushing. There won't be anyone at the end of your day to tell you "good job". There may not be any visible progress for months. But I promise you there is nothing you can continue to do everyday and not get better.


You can't control anything in your life except for your effort. Train hard. I'm training with you. To the people who are going through this......good job.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Demonstration with the Martial arts heroes


Recently I was invited to do a demonstration with the masters from China and Taiwan. They were all representatives or the head of their lineages of the arts. It was great to be able to meet them in person and talk about different ideas. Im am truly fortunate to be able to do a demonstration with masters of such a high caliber. My master Wu Guo Zheng also demonstrated. He did the Pre heaven and I showed the post heaven techniques. To be selected to be a representative of an art is a huge achievement in China....especially if your not Chinese. I wrote an article about it on our new tianwudao page.

http://tianwudao.com/the-ronin-and-fox-diaries-martial-arts-demonstration

This has all of the nitty-gritty details. Keep you posted for more. If you haven't signed up for the tianwudao site yet, you should. If you like my blog, you'll love this.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tianwudao site!! Need some help....


Sorry its been I while since my last post. We have been working hard on the new tianwudao site which is for all martial artists. It is an on going process much like kung fu that will continually be growing. There are many areas where we can use your help about martial arts teachers, schools and supply stores. No matter where you are....you can do your part. Check out the missions on the site.






Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Interview with Daniel D. Zarazua


My man David hooked up this interview with me a while back. Check it out, show support. Every move brings us one step closer to our success.


http://www.domingoyu.com/writings/identity-culture/interview-with-taiwans-warren-fox/4

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bagua vs Grappling


A lot of students who practice the internal arts ask me about what techniques are best used when facing grapplers. Of course there is no one movement solution because grappling is alive and many factors can change what would be the most effective solution. But here are a few tips I have found useful for my training.


First you must have a proper root before trying to use any techniques, defensive or offensive. This comes from practicing strikes and blocks from a low and agile stance. In Bagua we say, "When you are moving you are like water, but when we stop we are like a mountain." These means we must be low and fast at the exact same time. If you haven't trained your stances enough you will find yourself exausted in just a few minutes. When someone shoots in on you they have to have their base lower than your own. If you can train yourself to always have a lower base than your opponent while being able to strike and evade then you have already one half of the battle.


Second you must be aware of your opponents intentions. It isn't hard to know when someone wants to go down to the ground, in fact that is almost all people seem to want to do these days. When he is about to grab you is when you have your greatest opportunity. His head, neck, throat and shoulders are all exposed to you now. If you have a strong stance you can meet his force with an elbow strike from below or attacks to the chin and temple. The biggest pressure point on the head is the ear. If you are in a real fight, smack the ear with the palm which will bust the eardrum. You can also pull the ear off depending on what kind of situation you are in. There are much more severe pressure points you could use but without a video it is easier to just describe the easy ones. If you are attacking a charging bull you should understand two things. Where ever the head goes, the body goes. Never fight fire with fire....fight it with water. When he shoots towards your legs he is already off balance and is using you to break his fall. So you have to use your footwork to only let him get a slice of you (if anything at all). If you are in a rooted position a slice won't be enough to take down your tree. While he adjusts to get the rest of you, you must control the head. Turn his head so that it is facing upward to keep him from reaching the rest of your body. Be careful, if you turn his head to quickly while his weight is dropping it is easy to break his neck. You should find controlling his head easy if you are using internal structure to direct his energy.


Other useful techniques include using a hooking or clawing technique on the inside of his cheek. Intense pain always distracts an opponent. The pressure point's on the face line up with the nose. The top of the lip right at the base of the nose, the top of the nose between the eyes, the bottom of the lip and the chin. Remember that the larger your striking object the more external the damage. If you smack the skin, it is mostly spread arcross the surface, a fist goes a little deeper, a knuckle even deeper, and a finger is the deepest. When striking these facial pressure points it is best that you are using a knuckle for deeper damage. Alas if you are wearing gloves, pressure points are almost impossible to hit.


Still before you decide what technique you can use, you must be very good at your footwork. If you are on the tracks when the train comes, all of your plans are going out the window. So find a friend to help you practice avoiding the shoot. It may be frustrating at first because nothing good comes easy. They say that it takes 1 year to be effective with wrestling, 5 years to be effective with striking (boxing, muay thai, etc.) and ten years to be effective with the internal arts. So if you just started learning the arts, be patient. You are investing in the long term plan.
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Chinese Translation) 中文翻譯
有許多與我實行武術練習的學生問我什麼技巧最適用於抓握的方式?!
當然,武功在實戰中是沒有準則的,好的武術是能依照人為或環境因素靈活運用,所以能夠反應出平常所練習的基礎就足以效擊敗他人。
在這裡提供了訣竅與搏鬥辦法,可以利用一些以下做為平常鍛鍊,使這些技巧繼而提升自己的程度。


首先,你必須有一個好的基礎,然後試著用任何可以防禦或進攻。這來自於以往是否熟練於讓身體的重心保持低和靈活的狀態。在八卦我們說:“當你移動時像是水,但當我們停止我們就像一座山。”這說明了,在快速移動而短暫的打鬥時間內,無論如何都必須採取重心低的姿勢。如果平時沒能訓練的足夠,將會很快發現自己的時間相當有限。當有人對你在攻擊 他們必須先找到低於自己的位置。如果你能訓練自己習慣用較低的姿勢採取攻擊下,在與真正與對手較量時,又能打擊和閃躲,那麼你已經有一半的勝算。


第二你必須了解你的對手的意圖。這不難得知,當今所有的搏鬥競技項目中幾乎都採用先抓住敵人要點的方式,所以,當他將要制伏於你時,就是你出手最好的時機。這時他很可能暴露了頭部,頸部,喉部和肩膀。如果你有一個紮實穩固的姿勢,你能輕易的看見他的弱點,接著用肘部攻擊或從下面攻擊下巴。耳朵是頭部能給予最大壓力的部位。如果你是在實際打鬥中,手掌力量和拍擊聲能使耳膜受傷甚至爆裂。這要視當時情況緊急與否而定,當被威脅生命時,甚至可以把對方的耳朵撕扯下來,其實還有很多有效攻擊性的方式可以使用,但是因為沒有影片的示範,所以只能略為説明些簡單的方法。如果當有一個人,突然衝向你,你應該明白兩件事;能控制對方的頭部就表示能控制他整個身體。別用火隊副火;該用水對付火。當他要重新抓住你的腿時,他的雙腿已經失去平衡,所以,這時必須使用你的步伐,利接著用在他不利於抓到你雙腿的位置,這時便可箝制他的頭。你必須控制他的頭,為了能改變他頭的方向。要小心,因為重力加速度原因 ,他的頭很容易就能折斷。如果能使用由內部發出有結構性的的力量,應該就能找到能控制他頭部最好施力的位置。


劇烈的疼痛始終是能分散對手的方法。涵蓋了些有用的技巧包括;頭頂 眼睛中間 人中 下巴的下面都是攻擊點,請記住,越大越顯著的瘀血擴散的僅僅是表面的皮肉傷而以。如果用的是拍打的方式,受傷的地方會明顯的在表皮表面上擴散,而拳頭可以深入體內,其次是關節,最深入要害的是手指。
最好能採明顯的面部做攻擊,你使用的是指關節,所以會更近一步深入要害。唉,所以如果是戴著手套,幾乎不可能做到。

Monday, January 4, 2010

為何是功夫?!


每天,起床後第一要做的事,就是得練拳,不管天氣多寒冷,或下大雨,身體不舒服的種種情況下,我還是非得練不可,已經這樣持續了26年,但是學的再久,功夫始終是學了一輩子還是學不完的東西。最近朋友問我:你為何要自己辛苦的練習這樣已退了流行的運動??尤其在這個時候根本賺不了錢

小時候,練拳是爸爸的要求,我跟我兩個哥哥都要練習功夫,之所以要學功夫,是由於我們以前住的地方因為有嚴重的種族歧視的問題,黑人常受到欺負,所以先學會保護自己必然是重要的。當我在12歲的時,已經實戰了十來多次,所以,就因為我在如此在不安的社會,使我可以在每一次的打鬥經驗中得到其中的技巧和重要性,當我慢慢長大後,雖然還被看不起了,但我還是很自信的,因為功夫是讓我的腦中和精神,以及動力都變的更堅毅而強壯,我長大後才得以看清楚這些武術的深奧內涵,打敗別人是很簡單的事,但打敗自己的缺點,是每天都要經歷的過程,這原來才是生命中最難克服的戰局吧!

因為有了這個''武''的基礎,讓我能排除了在我生命中所有的疑難雜事,我不畏懼我心中所有的主意想法,無論在寫歌拍戲抑或表演,都能利用武的精神面對,一開始有人單挑我會說:我根本不怕你!,接著一群人,我還是會說:我不怕你們!我不怕這些人,我不怕自己的缺點,我更不怕失敗,因為失敗是自己承認了自己失敗,才算是真正的失敗,就算失去了工作,跟女朋友分手,考試不及格,都是個新的挑戰可以有機會讓自己變的更強,更了解真相,最重要的是功夫是如何的給你無窮的自信,方向,或是別人眼中遙不可及的夢想,這是榮華富貴也無法買到的高尚心靈,不只是成長也增長了智慧,如此珍貴的一切都是功夫賦予給我的力量,這才是我想要把武術帶給每一個人的最大原因!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Commitment


The hardest part of training Bagua is the amount of information and movements that must be practiced and memorized until they are effective. If I spend everyday thinking about all 8000 movements, weapons, power development and new research that needs to be done it can begin to stress me out a bit. Mapping out a plan with thousands of tiny pieces seems like an insurmountable task. On the other hand no matter how complex something may seem, it is at the same time very simple. Just the same as love, sometimes looking at things through a microscope can actually take you out of focus. In the end Bagua is just a combination of circles. Making a circle around your opponent, a circle with in your hands and your body, a circle with your qi. Of course a circle has 360 degrees, angles, etc. But what is the point of making things more complex than what they actually are? My master's father once said, " If you practice walking your circle making a thousand revolutions a day, for a thousand days, you will have perfect kung fu."
This means that even without learning the details of every movement you can still reach perfection through your commitment. Making a thousand revolutions would take you about 10 hours, and one thousand days is about three years. Meaning that with a non stop relationship you could reach mastery of the art in a short time period. But how many of us have ten hours a day?

I think to try to force yourself to spend a lot of time everyday on a project is also a good way to give yourself pressure, stress and eventually drive yourself to quit. If you are learning a language it is not important to spend ten hours studying a day because there is only so much that the mind can retain. It is more important that you study the language daily, even if only for ten minutes a day. If you learn one word a day in a year you have learned 356 words. The average educated person uses about 150 to 200 words a day. You may not have a perfect understanding of the language and there of course is more to learn, but celebrate the progress you have made today. Make sure that you don't let one day go by without putting in ten minutes to your quest. You are already the person that you wish to become, or the desires wouldn't have been placed in your heart. Now all you have to do is commit to yourself and you will be recreated. Every obstacle, injury, set back and let down is a part of your strengthening. Some days we have to move slower than others, but we must never stop.