Author Archives: Ted Mancuso

10 Reasons You Don't Want to Study Kung Fu

They call it the mother of martial arts, Kung Fu. Considering its age and the powerful influence it has had on all other martial arts on the planet, this is probably true. On the other hand, as we all know, … Continue reading

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The Four Legs

Martial arts, that is matured martial arts, stands like a firm table on four strong legs. It helps tremendously to know what they are and how these four points interact. Continue reading

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The Shamanic Fist

Occasionally people take up martial arts as part of their “shamanic” quest. Continue reading

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Now Rain

Now Rain. In this season, the rains come, cleaning the air as though the world were taking a fresh yearly breath and clearing its lungs. The air, the winds, the climate, the atmosphere, were to the ancients, all forms of … Continue reading

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The Armor

If he has to go out in his shadow-windowed vehicle he listens to music or talks into his mouthpiece. Continue reading

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Why Shaolin?

I have a scroll in my studio, hand-drawn in Taiwan just for my student body. It says, in essence, “One Hundred styles all come from Shaolin Kung Fu”. This may be an exaggeration but there is some truth here. Many … Continue reading

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The Brick

There it sets like a stubborn rhino. And in about half a nano-second I’m going to take my right hand and smash down on that unfeeling lump of concrete to crush it. I’ve done this before. I’ve also hurt my … Continue reading

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The Spine

The night sky spins. The sun revolves. Standing on a cliff in the middle of the desert you can believe two seemingly opposite ideas. You seem the center of the universe with all this cosmic play staged for your benefit: … Continue reading

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Generalship

To be historically accurate most “martial arts” currently taught are not martial arts at all. Continue reading

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A True New Age

People like the martial arts. In general they see the beauty, admire the athleticism, get excited by the speed and power… Continue reading

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Wu Tao, Wen Tao

Here’s an expression you may have run across in Kung Fu texts: Wu Tao, Wen Tao (The way of martial arts, the way of literature). Continue reading

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