Evolve or Die

Posted in Martial Arts and Training on January 27, 2015 by His Dark Side

“No problem. Your technique is really getting slick.” (One of my Grappling coaches)

Constantly pursuing the goal of evolution in my martial journey, I am currently training with several freestyle grappling coaches and an Olympic level wrestling coach. Since my last mentor Jesse Glover died (and the bullshit bickering amongst his students as to the heirs of Non Classical Gung Fu) I’ve devoted my time to training Red Boat Wing Chun and NCGF with my small group, whilst becoming a student at an MMA gym (where I coach a striking class).

Yet again, all of my free time involves physical training or research into training methods.

The rest of the world can burn, just leave me to my own training; this is the true path of Gung Fu.


Fight Notes from My IPhone (excerpt)

Posted in Martial Arts and Training on January 27, 2015 by His Dark Side

Against southpaw boxer use solid right jab and left hook (very effective).

In grappling apply more pressure and stay on top of opponent.

Stretch shoulders by punching different angles, straight, up, down,back, across.
Amir khan effective because he makes few mistakes, not because he’s an exceptional boxer. Covers chin well with right hand. Is able to counter opponents counter punches. Good at stringing combinations of body and head shots.

Sugar ray Robinson was brilliant puncher who used outside shots and loose open guard. Particularly good shovel hooks and upper cuts.

Against tight guard, use pawing shots. Open guard use lunging straights.

“To learn Gung Fu you have to be patient.” Abbot (Hitman in the Hand of Buddha)

“The opponent does not know me;
I alone know him.” Attributed to Wang Tsung-yueh [Wang Zongyue] (18th Century) Tai Chi Master

Ghost Fighting is a counter punching style where you lean back and counter on either side of opponents lead (you come away on Y formation). Practice it as a drill with puncher stepping forward and you backing off on angles with counters on inside.

Mastery occurs when information is neurally assimilated and accessing it appears to operate unconsciously. It is when the operation of a skill happens in a flow state and appears to be like magic.

“The problem is that most people don’t want to train that hard.” Jesse Glover


Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2015 by His Dark Side

“The aspirant has to be guided by a mentor. The stage at which this guidance can take effect is seldom, if ever, perceptible to the learner. Those who say ‘I am ready to learn’, or ‘I am not ready to learn’ are as often mistaken as they are correct in their surmise. Yet the aspirant must try, neither thinking that he is nothing, not ‘trying to sit on a throne’. I found this couplet in the Persian text of Rumi’s Letters: If you cannot sit on a throne like a king, seize, like a tent-pitcher, the rope of the Royal tent.” Idries Shah


Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2015 by His Dark Side

What does it take to be a Master? Deliberate practice? 10,000 hours? Is it a kind of magick, ethereal and esoteric? Is it something accessible to us all? Is it about knowing, but without conscious thought, like Wu-shin (or Mushin)?

Chi Sao – Energetics

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2015 by His Dark Side

It’s unfair to indict a persons skill without at least some explanation.

In my opinion:

The bridge (arm) work is overemphasized when the essence of chi sau is connectivity to the ground: a) sinking hips (kwa) b) creating a balanced yet heavy feeling in the legs which enable c) a positive connection of the root of the body.

I don’t see any sinking of the hip or positioning of legs that suggest he is rooted. Without root, the higher levels of skill will never manifest.

***The legs represent yin structure or heaviness while the arms and upper are yang, light and relaxed.

It is easy to use labels and Chinese expressions to suggest expertise but quite often this scheme is used to create a perception in the unsophisticated student that you know what you’re talking about. Kau sau (detaining arm) and gum sau (pinning arm) are used in error here.

One has to be careful about creating solid shapes. There are only 3 hand positions, tan (disperse), fook (subdue) and bong (deflect). These 3 clear separate positions were not evident which made it look like lazy rolling. Without correct shapes, there is no issuing or transfer of power from the root, up the torso and directly into the opponent.

Elbows have to be pushed to lowest position (while hands are pointed towards openers face) to link power to your own center of mass. If you have lazy elbows there is no connection to the hip and once again no body unity in transfer of power.

It is only when you are rooted that you can steal your opponents balance. Hitting from chi sao is obviously important, but being able to disconnect an opponents connection to the ground is the real reason you “stick” or have an adhesive effect on the opponent.

I’ll stop there…


Sticking Hands in Gung Fu

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2015 by His Dark Side

***applies to sticking hands from Wing Chun and pushing hands from Tai Chi.

It is not the tangible ‘you’ who is sticking, in adhesive totality with the opponent, but more rather your essence.

The body, comprising the appendages, limbs and extending into the digits of your hands, are merely the subframe or conduit by which your essence communicates with the opponent. Your body is merely the physical gateway with corresponding nerve endings, muscle, tissue, fascia, bone and marrow, that allows your essence to conjoin with the opponents essence.

Once contact has been made, allow the physical shell to dissolve and instead redirect your attention toward increasing the feeling within your force field of essence based energy.

Increase it’s depth and potency, following which you must concentrate your Will in projecting your force directly into the opponent.

Similarly, lock onto the essence of the opponent.

Manipulate it.

Bend it.

Twist it.

Take control of the opponents spirit.

Diminish it.

Cut it.

Pierce it.


Opera House Xi-Ban Yong-Chun – Tony Leung

Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2015 by His Dark Side
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