Category Archives: Training

The Teacher’s Teacher

Last Sunday, I got a double-treat: my teacher, Adam Hsu, is in town for a couple of weeks and I had the opportunity to not only see and spend time with him, but to make his Long Fist Kung Fu … Continue reading

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Adam Hsu Linking Fist

We are happy and proud to teach one of the best beginning Kung Fu forms:  Sifu Adam Hsu’s Linking Fist. This combines elements of traditional practice with modern methods of instruction. The entire form is 16 movements with not one … 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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Martial Basics: Not What You Think

Everything starts with basics. And when you are young and/or just beginning a long term study of expertise, whether your taste runs to the piano or the basketball hoop, there is always a sentinel line of basics to be crossed … Continue reading

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How to Memorize a Kung Fu Form

Forms are pre-arranged sequences of martial movements. The trouble is that you may not have any experience memorizing sequenced actions. Here are a few tips for making this a pleasant learning experience.

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Training and Training: Shifu Sweats!

There’s training and then there’s training. In Kung Fu there is a kind of training that so challenges the way of thinking AND the body that people successfully ignore it for years and even decades. So begins Shifu’s newest article, … Continue reading

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Warming Up the Martial Way

Due to the nature of Kung Fu the first thing to say about warm ups is that some people don’t believe in them. There are even some famous teachers who see no value at all in warm ups. Some of … Continue reading

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Learning Bagua Zhang: The Book!

We are proud to announce the publication of Sifu Ted Mancuso’s newest book, Learning Bagua Zhang: The Martial Art of Change. Years of study and teaching have gone into this extensively photographed companion to his best-selling DVD on Bagua. Using … Continue reading

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How To “Fight” Your Form

Every day, millions of people practice martial arts forms. Many perform them perfectly while secretly believing that all the meaning, the practical moves and applications, the tricks and techniques for real combat, were long ago lost forever. Continue reading

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Testing: A Zen Story

As you watch your students test you look for something about the arts that is hard to explain… Continue reading

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The Return of Kung Fu!

Well, after more than two years, here we go again. Continue reading

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What We Teach

Just for your information, here is a partial list of the wide range of information available at the Academy of Martial and Internal Arts… 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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What is Bagua Zhang…

It is often said that the martial studies are about fighting. This is hardly the whole story any more than mathematics is about adding up your shopping receipt. Continue reading

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Resistance to Practice

It never fails the palpable feeling of dread and trepidation mixed with fear that surfaces in the minutes before I am to begin my practice. Continue reading

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