Category Archives: Principles

Seven Experiences of Martial Training

Nowadays, everyone seems to want a practice. But the fact that martial arts practice has a path all its own may result in some disappointment to those seeking a casual gym-style experience. Such deep practice can render unexpected results. The … Continue reading

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Interview with Grandteacher Adam Hsu (Added parts 4 & 5)

Adam Hsu is one of the top Kung Fu teachers in the world. He is also one of the “grandparent” teachers at the Academy, having taught both sifus Linda and Ted. In this series—the first THREE parts now posted—he begins … Continue reading

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Slow Learner

Next October, I will celebrate my 50th year in the martial arts. When I started studying, I had no idea or plan to make this a lifetime practice. I joined up for the same reason a lot of 16 year … Continue reading

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The Profile of Long Fist

The Core of Long FistThe types of material we teach here—Tai Chi, Bagua and Long Fist Kung Fu—all belong to a large family of Kung Fu style from middle and northern China. Tested in war and refined in peace, this … Continue reading

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Reeling Silk: What is it?

Reeling silk is one of the core principles of authentic Kung Fu practice… ALL authentic Kung Fu practice… Continue reading

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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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Getting Out of Your Own [Wu] Wei

It’s probably happened to all of us at least once. That unsettling moment when you look at a word you’ve just written and then question its spelling – even though you’ve used it countless times before – because now it … Continue reading

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A Great Honor

The publishing branch of the Academy of Martial Arts (Plum Publications) has been selected for the honor of publishing the writings of Shi Gung Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji). Acknowledged by many people worldwide to be one of the best martial … Continue reading

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Mindfullness: Part Two

Chinese traditional beliefs recognize “Three treasures of Life”: Jing, Chi and Shen (Essence, vital Energy and Spirit). An alchemy can occur with these treasures: a co-dependence enhancing the quality of life. These beliefs emphasize the practical and focus on simplicity.

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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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