The meaning of Kung Fu

Let’s go Wikipedia so you Westerners understand: “In China, it refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete.” That’s right, the term actually refers not to martial arts but to extreme skills adquired through very hard work. Which is the kind of work ethics the old fighting masters always imposed to their pupils. Hence the confusion.

Now, since we are on this theme, it’s interesting how old school and new training is becoming so similar. Take a look at the photo above, then the video below:

This is the kind of shit an old Chinese monk would do to their students if they had the equipment. Repetition, conditioning, unbalance… until excellence is second nature. Kung Fu. #kungfu #mma

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Video is a Repost @paigevanzantufc

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@coach_dave_wl making sure I keep that punching power without irritating my forearm. UFC I’m coming back!!!!

Why little girls should learn to fight

Simply put: Cause every man around her, one way or another, is being taught some sort of violence tool already. So, on top of their natural weight advantage, they also have the familiarity aspect on their favor too.

When a woman has the chance to train since this young age, to make it second nature. That advantage is gone. And the. We add the surprise. Men just don’t expect we won’t freeze, we will fight back. I can’t tell you the amount of times a coward ran just because I didn’t beg not to get hurt.

I think that is where the secret lies. Training since young teaches you CAN get hit a few times and still be ok, so you’re not that fearful. Men learn that since very young age and that gives them a powerful advantage in everyday interactions.

If you have little girls in your life, inspire them to learn to take care of themselves.#femalefighters

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For all women

One day, a woman is gonna break into culture and be known as the one beating the guys. May happen through movies, competition, the news… who knows. What I do know is from that day forward, whoever looks like her is gonna be feared and respected as “maybe she knows that karate shit too” kind of girl. I’m working to become that woman myself but hey, I’ll settle for any of us.

Wanna know how I know? It happened to Asians when this guy came along:

Happy International Women’s Day

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#femalefighter #unitedbyblood #womensday #internationalwomensday

* this account is fictional but the themes aren’t.

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Best fighting style for women

What’s the best fighting style for new #femalefighters who want to learn to defend themselves in modern days? Why?

Personally I’d rather learn everything I can from anywhere I feel it’s worth, and make my own, but one must always pick a starting point. My suggestion: pick one you think it’s going to be fun.

Fighting is a long journey until you get to real skill. If you don’t enjoy you’ll quite before you are ready to use.

Remember: me. Prepared their entire lives to know how to wrestle and punch and get hit… a half ass, two weeks long self-defense course is not going to prepare you to catch up.

#boxing #muaythai #bjj #judo #karate #wingchun #kungfu #kravmaga #filipinomartialarts

Instagram photo from @lucyjaynemurrayuk who practices #kiokushin

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About swords

That ain’t me in the photo. I love blades. Especially swords. Being from Wudang, I have almost an obligation to know at least some. But since my headaches started, Shifu took them away. I would easily have chopped my face off in a moment of agony. Despite understanding the reasons though, I still want them. Maybe someday science will find a cure for #clusterheadaches and I’ll be able to do it. Oh, and I’m not bling either. My name is Yinyin. They call me Tigress.

#clusterheadache

#suicidalheadaches #swordfighting

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#Repost from Instagram @fma_global with @get_repost

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It takes great courage to pick up a sword.

But It takes greater courage not to use it🙏. @prototype_alina

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As you know from my Instastories, I can’t get enough from weapons & training with them😁😌🙏 #martialartsproblems.

Why so angry?

They say I’m always angry. Bullshit. Sometimes I’m happy and excited like a little girl. Fuck you, haters.

#femalefighters #girlpower

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Instagram Repost from @lorrendullum

Me when I wake up and IT’S FIGHT WEEK 🙌🏻

How to chose a martial arts school

Any mildly serious martial arts training has to give you three things. 1) a system of techniques that can protect, cause damage and transition from one another under pressure; 2) physical and mental conditioning to allow you to survive the effort of a fight; and 3) a routine that allows you to eat some pain without panicking, so you can survive until the the opening for your final move. (The idea you can get into a fight and leave unharmed is only for Hollywood)

That reminds me of a quote from #BruceLee : “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” One can take endurance here as enough cardio and muscle resilience, but knowing @brucelee ’s obsession with practicality, I bet he also meant the ability to eat some pain during the fight.

That’s particularly important for women in our #McDojo times. Some will try to lure you by offering the cardio and strength workout, or even a few techniques that are better than none. But unless you have a chance to spar, to get hurt a little, to feel the mind-forging power of pain, what you’re doing ain’t #martialarts — It’s just gymnastics. Will keep you healthy under safe conditions, but will not protect you in the real world.

Of course the opposite is also a threat. Some schools focus too much on the ability to take pain and end up causing deformations on the body and long term impairment. That’s dumb too.

Those two kinds of bad experiences — pain free McDojos or torture chambers with too much of it — aren’t privilege of a style, but rather a trait of the place and the instructor. For any style strong enough to survive its creator must have at least some martial validity.

So don’t get fooled or dragged into fake schools either way. If in doubt, stop by and ask the Tigress.

#girlpower #girlfighter #fitness #unitedbyblood

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Photo is an Instagram #Repost of @femalekickers ::: @kispec a fierce #kyokushin fighter

You can fight back, girl

Men grow up fighting. Even if poorly, that gives them the advantage of knowing getting hit isn’t the end of the world. Most of my students (only women, since I refuse to teach men) walk in so terrified of getting hurt, they freeze at the first drill. Look at the video below, ladies. You can get tagged multiple times and still fight back.

That’s lesson number one.

#fightinggirls #femalefighters #girlpower #unitedbyblood

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Video is #Repost @fit_misss from Instagram with @get_repost

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Sparring last night with @arahsay_uccipay — getting fight ready ☝🏻🙏🏻👊🏻💜 #wmma #mma #womensboxing #femalefighters #womensmma #cagefighting #spidermonkey #ultimatemmact