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Zhang Sanfeng

Posted by on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, In : Art 



Zhang Sanfeng who, according to legend, watched a fight between a crane and a snake. After being impressed by the way the two animals fought, he is aid to have invented a style of fighting called Mien Chuen (Cotton Fist) that would evolve into modern day Tai Chi Chuan.
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Shaolin Temple Building

Posted by on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Photography 



A small structure with historically important inscribed stones photographed on the grounds of the Shaolin Temple prior to the 1928 fire which caused major damage to the complex.

Source: chinesemartialstudies.com
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Kung Fu Training

Posted by on Sunday, December 6, 2015, In : Photography 



Chinese students training at a commercial kung fu school near Shaolin (1988).

Source: blackbeltmag.com


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The Lei Tai

Posted by on Saturday, November 28, 2015, In : Art 



The lei tai is an elevated fighting arena without railings that dates back in its current form to the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 CE) in Chinese history though older versions date back to the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BCE). Fighters would take part in matches that were presided over by a referee on the platform and judges on the sides in bouts that were fought bare knuckle or with deadly weapons. Some were to the death, though usually the winner would be determined when someone surrendered, was i...
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Zhang Sanfeng

Posted by on Saturday, October 17, 2015, In : Art 



Zhang Sanfeng of the Wu Tang Taoist School (c.12 - 13 century).

Source: taiji-europa.eu
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Bai Qi Chong Ding

Posted by on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Art 


Title: Bai Qi Chong Ding

Date: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Information: This woodblock is taken from the Xiuzhen Miyao, a Qigong text with 49 exercises designed to promote a fit and healthy body. The text is of unknown origin but was rediscovered and published with a preface by Wang Zai in 1513. This illustration depicts Bai Qi Chong Ding (One hundred Qi rushing to the top of the head) and is an exercise designed to treat pain throughout the body. To perform the exercise, the patient must sit on a h...
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Bruce Lee Art Work

Posted by on Thursday, June 11, 2015, In : Art 


Kung fu artwork drawn by Bruce Lee

martialartsactionmovies.com
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Bruce Lee on the Bag

Posted by on Sunday, March 15, 2015, In : Gifs 


Rare footage of Bruce Lee practicing some combos on the bag.

Found on giphy.com
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Regard Your Soldiers as Your Children.....

Posted by on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys;
look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death".

~ Sun Tzu ~

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Shaolin Monks by Isabel Muñoz

Posted by on Saturday, December 27, 2014, In : Photography 










Photographs of monks from the Shaolin Temple of Songshan, taken by Isabel Munoz in 1998 – 1999.
  1. Two-handed sword
  2. Headstand
  3. The Frog Jump
  4. Flying over the Roof
  5. High Kick
Source: sayshanti.wordpress.com
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Chinese Militia - 1906 - 1912

Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Photography 

Manchu Nobleman with Bow


Militia from the Shaanxi Province


Militia from Shandong Province

Images taken by the French missionary Michel de Maynard in Northern China between 1906 and 1912.

Source: chinesemartialstudies.com
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To Succeed, Consult Three Old People

Posted by Andrew Griffiths on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



To succeed, consult three old people.

Chinese Proverb

Image – The Chinese deities of Happiness (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou).


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A Crossbow from the Wubei Zhi

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Art 


An illustration of a crossbow from the Wubei Zhi (Treatise on Armament Technology),
a comprehensive Chinese military guide written sometime in the early 17th century.

Source
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Bruce Lee Double Kick

Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Gifs 


Bruce Lee double kick (via tumblr)

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Shaolin Monks

Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Photography 


Shaolin monks (Via Tumblr)

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Kung Fu Footage - 1930s

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Video 


Footage of kung fu training from the 1930s, a time when the martial arts saw a period
of revived official acceptance in China after years of being outlawed.
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The History of Hangetsu

Posted by on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : Video 

Takayuki Mikami perofming Hangetsu.


Hangetsu (Half Moon) is possibly the oldest kata in the whole art of karate. Formally known as Seishan, it came through the Naha-te school though its origins are unknown. One theory is that the kata was formed from a Chinese folk dance, which aimed to explain to the onlooker the importance of the tides.

The original name, Seishan, means Thirteen which may be in reference to the thirteen day intervals as the moon revolves around the earth. However a more like...
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Bruce Lee in the Big Boss

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Bruce Lee - The Big Boss
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Decapitation During the Nanking Massacre

Posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Photography 


A Japanese headsman tells his Chinese prisoner the best way to hold his head
for a smooth decapitation. The picture was taken in 1938 during the Nanking massacre.
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Shaolin Warrior Monks in the 1920s

Posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Photography 


This picture of warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple in the Henan Province was taken some time in the 1920s. It clearly demonstrates that they had become modernized in their fighting methods, learning from the mistakes of an earlier generation of monks who believed they could use traditional forms of fighting against soldiers with guns. They used talisman and spells to protect them from bullets during the Boxer Rebellion of 1901, a mistake that led to the uprising being easily quashed and on...
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I Do and I Understand

Posted by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


Original Image
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The History of Jion

Posted by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Video 

Hirokazu Kanazawa performing Jion


The origins of the kata Jion (Mercy) is highly debated by scholars of world martial arts. It starts with the left hand covering the right fist, kamae that probably has its roots in Chinese boxing. It is thought to have come through the Tomari-te style of Okinawan karate, however according to the legendary Hirokazu Kanazawa (above), the kata originated in the Chinese Buddhist Jion Temple (where the monks were accomplished martial artists) and then spread to the...
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Wise People are Diligent

Posted by on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Wudang Light Body

Posted by on Saturday, August 3, 2013, In : Video 


A demonstration of Wudang (Wu-tang) Light Body Kung Fu by Master Chen Shixing

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Shaolin Masters Zhanju and Shi Zhanluo

Posted by on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Art 


A wall mural dating from the early 19th century depicting Shaolin Masters Zhanju and Shi Zhanluo teaching
the monks weapon and empty-hand fighting techniques.
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One Inch Punch

Posted by on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Pak Mei

Posted by on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : Art 


Pak Mei (also known as Bai Mei and meaning White Eyebrows), founder of the Pak Mei style of Kung Fu.
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Shaolin Iron Body – The Headstand

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Video 


A Shaolin monk demonstrating a headstand exercise to strengthen the skull
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Chang Sanfeng

Posted by on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Art 


This image depicts the moment of inspiration for the invention of the art of Tai Chi Chuan, at least according to some sources. Chang Sanfeng is thought to have watched a fight between a snake and a bird in the 15th century and got the idea to build a style of fighting around his extensive knowledge of Taoist philosophy and internal energy.
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Be Like Water

Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Sun Lu-t'ang

Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Photography 


Sun Lu-t'ang (or Sun Lutang) was a master of the internal arts and was instrumental in the invention of the syncretic art of Sun-style t'ai chi ch'uan. Born in 1860, he was also an expert in Neo-Confucian and Taoist scholarly pursuits and was a master at two other internal martial arts; xingyiquan (hsing-i ch'uan) and baguazhang (pa-kua chang). He came to t’ai chi relatively late in life but mastered it very quickly and spent much of his later career teaching t’ai chi to members of the pu...
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Shaolin Iron Body – Leg Training

Posted by on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : Video 


This video demonstrates a training method used by Shaolin monks to strengthen or condition their legs. Known as Iron Body, by repeatedly hitting parts of their body over a period of years they make it gradually get stronger and stronger.

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Shaolin Mural

Posted by on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Art 


A mural found at the Shaolin Temple in the province Henan, China that is believed to be around 500 years old.
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Yip Man - Siu Lim Tao

Posted by on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Video 


Grandmaster Yip Man performing Siu Lim Tao, a basic form from Wing Chun.
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The Shaolin Temple Before 1928

Posted by on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Photography 


A photograph of the front gates of the Shaolin Temple, taken before the 1928 destruction
of the legendary Buddhist place of worship and home of Kung Fu.
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Yang Lu-ch'an

Posted by on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Photography 


Yang Lu-ch'an also known as Yang Fu-k'ui or Yang Fukui (1799-1872), was an influential master of t'ai chi ch'uan during the 19th century who founded the Yang-style. After a modest upbringing, Yang was hired by the Imperial family in 1850 to teach them and several of their élite Manchu Imperial Guards Brigade units martial arts.

At this time, he taught the Taijiquan style and is credited with spreading it throughout China, being named by four of the five Taijiquan families as having transmitt...
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Bodhidharma on an Elephant

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Art 



Image
: Bodhidharma on an Elephant
Date:  c.17th Century
Artist:  Yiran
Info:  This picture on a silk hanging scroll depicts Bodhidharma, the
Indian monk who is credited by many as being the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu.

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Jackie Chan in Drunken Master

Posted by on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Gifs 


Jackie Chan demonstrating his skills in the classic Kung Fu movie Drunken Master.
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Sword Dance

Posted by on Saturday, February 16, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan – Chen Fake

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Photography 


Chen Fake practicing Xin Jai


Chen Fake (1887–1957) was a master of t’ai chi ch’uan who was instrumental in the spread of his style, Chen-style taijiquan, when he took it from his home in the Henan Province in 1928 and started teaching it in Beijing. As the style is largely based on internal energies, Chen Fake feared its subtle properties may be lost to future generations so he created an external form known as Xin Jia (New Frame) to add a visual framework to the internal movements.
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When to Fight

Posted by on Thursday, January 31, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Wu Quanyou

Posted by on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, In : Art 


Wu Quanyou (1834–1902), or Wu Ch'uan-yu as he was also known was a t’ai chi ch’uan  master from China. He taught many great exponents of the art including his son, Wu Chien-ch'uan who created the Wudang style of t'ai chi ch'uan, and Maozhai who was the creator of the Northern Wu Style Wang. Wu Quanyou is believed to have had great abilities; in particular he excelled in skills that involved neutralizing hard external energy and developing the flow of soft internal energy (chi).

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Shaolin Wall Mural

Posted by on Saturday, December 8, 2012, In : Art 


A mural painting from a wall in the Shaolin Temple in the Chinese province of Henan, (c.early 1800s).
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Daruma (Bodhidharma)

Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Daruma (Bodhidharma)

Date: 14th Century

Artist: Unknown (Inscription by Issan Ichinei)

Infomation: This ink painting from the Kamakura Era depicts
Bodhidharma, the founder, according to legend, of Asian martial arts.

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Yip Man & Bruce Lee Practicing Chi Sao

Posted by on Friday, October 26, 2012, In : Photography 



Yip Man
and his most famous student Bruce Lee, practicing Chi Sao or Sticky Hands (c.1955). Chi Sao is an exercise that is designed to improve the reflexes of the martial artist and is a favourite technique amongst Wing Chun practitioners of all levels.
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Soft vs. Hard

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Yim Wing Chun

Posted by on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Art 


Title
:  Yim Wing Chun

Date:   Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Infomation:  Yim Wing Chun training on a wooden dummy

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