Ngo Cho’s Close Body Strikes

Ngo Cho Kun or Fujian Fiver Ancestor Boxing is known for its short power. In addition to short-range striking, it is also proficient at close body…

Forms of Fukien Five Ancestor Fist

The forms of ngo cho kun are classified into two main groups: chien (“conflicts,” used for training) and kun (“fist,” used for fighting). While all forms begin with the eight-movement qi kun opening fist set, the chien forms close with the movement known as hi li po pai (child holding the tablet), while the kun forms close with the movement known as chiao yung chiu (enticing hand).

Sword-Wielding Indian Granny Keeps Ancient Martial Art Alive

Meenakshi Amma, a grandmother and master swordswoman, is a picture of poise and equanimity. In a corner of the spacious, high-ceilinged room with slit windows, a few students — mainly young women — are practicing martial art moves with wooden staffs.

Rene Navarro: Man of Parts, Master of Chinese Arts

Rene has gone to the source of the ancient knowledge several times. He traveled to Chengdu in Sichuan in 1983 to study various forms of Wu Shu, such as northern spear, sword, monkey fist and cudgel. He was in China again a few years ago to teach English as a means of livelihood, but the main purpose was to explore further the ancient traditions of Shaolin kung fu in places where it is still being taught by venerable masters.

When Aikido Came to America…

Sensei Antonio Aloia grew up in a martial arts family and has spent the better part of his life practicing Aikido. He has spent a significant portion of his academic studies on researching the history of Aikido since it reached America from Japan, he is the author of the book, Aikido Comes to America. This interview was recently conducted by Tambuli Media president, Mark V. Wiley, as a deeper dive into some of the material contained with the Aloia’s ground-breaking book. 

Lameco Eskrima’s “Sulite Orehenal Group”

We as a group fought against each other countless times as well as against others who would be brought in from outside of the group to fight with us on our special “fight-day Sundays” or “Sunday gatherings,” as we would call them. When we would fight in the “backyard,” it was no holds barred; you could close range with much aggression hitting with the “punyo” or “butt of the weapon,” punch, kick, head-butt, elbow, knee, or take your opponent to the ground.

Counter Locks of Derobio Escrima

The art of Derobio has 144 counter locks which are unique to the system. The locks and counter locks in Derobio Escrima are very complex in their simplicity and work at medium to very close range. These locks are applied to the joints, tendons, muscles, nerves and pressure points, effectively shutting down the opponent’s ability to think about anything but the pain.

Does Traditional Kung-Fu Have a Future?

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”||3px|||”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”8px|||||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”] Interview by Mark V. Wiley Hendrik Santo is a researcher of Wing Chun…

Timing in Traditional Martial Arts

If we liken a fight to a dance, the attacker is leading the dance, and the defender is
following…acting in the after, responding to the leader, merely reacting. The leader
acts according to their whim, unimpeded, the follower has the difficult task of keeping
up. The leader of the dance is acting in the before. The leader is deciding where on
the floor the dance moves will take both dancers. The follower is merely along for the
ride, with no control, and no say, as they are acting in the after.

Serrada Escrima Training and Strategies

By Mark V. Wiley The Serrada Escrima system was developed in the mid-1960s by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales. While a teenager living in Cebu, Philippines,…

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