Category Archives: Kung Fu Sayings

Small Weapons, Smart Weapons

The smaller [the weapon], the smarter it is. This saying could be seen as a departure from the previous ones that have been considered here.  Instead of talking about the body, rooting, moving, standing, the use of limbs, etc., the … Continue reading

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Hardness within Softness

When hardness is contained in softness, attacks are unstoppable.   When hardness does not contain softness, it cannot be maintained. In many ways, all movements are a balance between hard and soft.  The human body itself has hard bones and … Continue reading

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Soft Preparation, Hard Strike

Softly prepare to strike hard! More literally this phrase can be translated as: “Softly gather qi, solidly strike.” There are two primary ways this phrase can be interpreted in martial arts.  The first pertains to training, while the second refers to … Continue reading

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Striving for Natural Movement

Practiced thousands of times, the body method becomes natural. Gōngfu (功夫) – skill acquired through effort – practicing thousands of times.  This is the foundation of martial arts training, as we should all know painfully well! Zìrán (自然) – natural – this … Continue reading

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Wiggling the Waist

One who practices boxing without being able to wiggle the waist freely will never reach a high level of skill. More waist motion!  How many times did I hear that when I first started learning kung fu from my teacher, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Leg Training

One who practices boxing without training the legs will spend his life rashly. My first post in this series discussed the fundamental importance of static stance training in Chinese Martial Arts.  Stances are body organization paradigms, and treat the whole … Continue reading

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Body Basics Before Boxing

Practicing fighting techniques without practicing body methods will leave you with nothing in the end. While some people might disagree with this saying, it’s the heart of traditional Chinese martial arts practice. If you only learn fighting techniques, you may … Continue reading

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