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
Video is a Repost @paigevanzantufc
@coach_dave_wl making sure I keep that punching power without irritating my forearm. UFC I’m coming back!!!!
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
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
#femalefighter #unitedbyblood #womensday #internationalwomensday
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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
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.
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#Repost from Instagram @fma_global with @get_repost
It takes great courage to pick up a sword.
But It takes greater courage not to use it🙏. @prototype_alina
As you know from my Instastories, I can’t get enough from weapons & training with them😁😌🙏 #martialartsproblems.
They say I’m always angry. Bullshit. Sometimes I’m happy and excited like a little girl. Fuck you, haters.
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Instagram Repost from @lorrendullum
Me when I wake up and IT’S FIGHT WEEK 🙌🏻
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
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
Sparring last night with @arahsay_uccipay — getting fight ready ☝🏻🙏🏻👊🏻💜 #wmma #mma #womensboxing #femalefighters #womensmma #cagefighting #spidermonkey #ultimatemmact
Fighting is a form of expression. Doesn’t surprise me that so many fighters end up incorporating dance on their training. Legend says Bruce Lee did it. Maybe I should too. To bring more yin to my yang, release the beast in a different way. Like this:
This dance reminds me of a story, though.
A long time ago, in China, a mighty praying mantis decided to challenge the king. It heard his horses coming so it stood there, in the middle of the road where the carriage would pass, performing its sharp forms with an intensity never seen.
The effort didn’t come unnoticed, for the king, who had his head out of the window noticed the little master perform. “What an interesting little dancer,” he said.
Then rode his carriage right over the little bug.
#dance #kungfu #femalefighters #martialarts
This video is a repost of Instagram: @yinchi_lee
不專業螳螂。Relearning mantis and junior long fist
I grew up doing Taichi under the shadow of Wudang. Shifu never explained why or how, but he would make us perform the slow forms with precision and power, then when we had to fight, he pushed us away from trying to use the moves and positions. “No fantasy,” he would say.
It infuriated me. Took me a flight to America and being in a cage with bigger men to understand the training. How fighting is timing, form and power, and how my slow and precise Taichi allowed me to move and hit with more strength and speed that my outside body looked it could do. Because of Taichi I learned to put my entire body, and gravity and momentum, on any different part of my body. If on top of that you know how to deal with someone coming to crash your skull, no matter how big they are, you can always knock him down.
In a fight, yin is difficult, yang is way more exciting. I am far from being balanced. Very far, in fact. But if there is one reason why I can put men to sleep when few girls my size can, it’s because of the inner power I developed with Taichi.
#taichi #taichichuan #mma #femalefighters #femalemma #internalmartialarts
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Instagram Repost @taichi_universal
Thanks to @georgethompson.uk for his amazing video. 🙏
The Inner Power that we are said to get by practicing an internal martial system such as Taijiquan or Baguazhang gives us a much more subtle and potent power; not for fighting a physical attacker, but for fighting off disease by keeping us in a constant state of balance and to enable us to cause ‘things’ to happen in our lives! This may sound mystical but it is quite a natural thing. The human brain is tremendously powerful with the ability to make us ill, make us well, make us happy or sad, and enable us to gather wealth or to change our circumstances in some way. And this is the Internal Power that we gain by doing for instance Taijiquan. But by doing Taijiquan in the manner it was invented, lends itself to an excellent way of self defence as an off-shoot of training to gain inner power.
By erle montaigue