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Wu Shou Quan (五 手 拳) – Intro to Praying Mantis Training

Some of my silat students asked to try a little cross training in Praying Mantis. This is some footage of them learning the first movements of the first form in Shen Fa Society’s Praying Mantis curriculum. I thought it was … 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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Knowing Your Center

Without knowing your center, your entire body will be unsettled. In some ways, this phrase is very literal and easy to understand.  If you don’t know (can’t feel) your center of mass, you will easily lose your balance – whether … Continue reading

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First Practice Standing

 Before studying how to fight, first practice standing. In this first blog post on shenfasociety.com, I’m starting a series of posts on Kung Fu Sayings.  This will be a category of posts that you can reference on our site. Other … Continue reading

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