July 10, 2009
Aha, something that I’ve only heard about, seen some pictures in old Japanese magazine and books – Shorinji Kempo’s stick fighting.
Look at the end of the stick with the metal plate and rings; this looks more like a “FangZhan Ban” or “Abbot’s Stick” that you find the late Ven Sek posing with in some pictures in full regalia.
You know, with a name like Shorinji Kempo or Shaolin Temple Boxing Method, I would expect to see more stick works …… fashioned after the Shaolin monks of China……
Anyway, just in case you don’t see this, one of the performers is missing an arm.
July 10, 2009
After finishing some proposal letters for the office and since the computer is running, I logged onto youtube with no particular intent and chanced upon this clip of the Master Chow Fook demonstrating BakMei 18 MorChau at Vancouver, Canada 1979.
You see, you’ll never know what gems await you if you don’t look ……..
Looking at Master Chow and his unmistakable Hakka BakMei fast and aggressive expression bring back imagery of all the Hakka masters I’ve met these last few years all over Sarawak.
No mistaking their signature “chasing and forcing” hands out stay out manner of moving.
Hey, if you are caught in their paths, be prepared for the worst!
Especially after they “shock” you; I played with enough Hakka masters to know their modus operandi..
Master Chow taught in Borneo for a while back in the 60s or 70s….I am not sure about actual timeline…..
July 10, 2009
Another CCTV documentary – this time it’s about Chuo Jiao, the exquisite deadly northern system that favors leg techniques over others.
This is a much longer documentary; what I posted is a portion. The clip is found on youku and for those of you who has been there; you must know this is not exactly a fast downloading site ……
Downloading files from there is such a “pain”….
Anyway, like I said before, if I get to start over, Chuo Jiao will be one of my choice styles.
Watch the clip, no explanation required really.
Got this description from another Chuo Jiao clip uploaded on youtube.
Chuo Jiao, the style of the Penetrating Foot, is an ancient style with roots in Wen Family Boxing. This was mentioned in General Qi Jiguang’s book as one of the most effective systems of his times. The most popular Chuojiao is the branch merged with fanzi (Chuojiao Fanzi) coming from Li Country in Hebei. However, in recent months an old branch of the system (according to its practitioners) came into light. It is called Gu Zhizi (Ancient Zhizi- Ancient Chuojiao) and was passed to the Yin family in Suning County which kept it for centuries. The style shares theory very similar to Xinyi/Xingyi. Li Fuzhen, famous disciple of Che Yizhai, was so impressed by the system that he incorporated its elements into Che Style Xingyiquan and created Mandarin Ducks Kicks routine.