September 10, 2006

Kung-Fu Weekend

Posted in martial arts at 11:41 pm by Jerry

This weekend I was training hard at a Kung-fu seminar held by my Jiulong Baguazhang teacher Shifu Yancy. Our visiting teacher, Shifu Bob (all the way from Texas ), took us all beyond our skill levels. I was so happy to play with some of the advanced lessons, that I have to admit, it will be hard to return to class doing only what I was doing before.

Saturday was intense. We trained from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a hour and a half lunch break. More than ever, I see that this martial art is the hardest for me to learn and yet is really quite simple. There’s not a lot of fancy waving of arms and legs. The art was created based on sword play. So the method of Jiulong Baguazhang fighting is strictly offense, there are no defensive maneuvers. After someone takes the offensive against you — you decide to take the offensive against them first.

If I understand Shifu Bob correctly, I am suppose to interrupt my opponents’ first attack. In other words, my opponents’ body language is attempting to speak the sentence, “I’m gonna hurt you and this is how.” So, if I want to understand FULLY the methods of my opponents’ attack I will have to accept damage to my body. Or, I can interrupt my opponents’ non-verbal sentence on the word “and” — “I’m gonna hurt you and…”

The art is not as aggressive as it may sound. So far, we’ve only been learning to push, no strikes. However, I’ve been informed the art is deadly in the hands of the masters even though the practice of it doesn’t have to be. This Sunday morning was interesting because we got a taste of what it’s like to fight multiple attackers. It was so much fun.


1 Comment »

  1. […] At the Kung-fu seminar I went to I learned so many things, I had no doubt it would take a long time before I could make my body do what my mind had concluded I should do. So, back to my original question — “What do you do when there’s a disconnect between your mind and your body?” […]

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