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Tai Chi Builds Strength & Endurance And Is A Cost Effective Form Of Exercise

Tai Chi Chuan is one of the oldest documented forms of martial arts, dating back over a thousand years to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in ancient China. Originally designed as a fighting form that emphasized flexibility, balance, and explosive power, Tai Chi has evolved over the years into a gentle and slow moving exercise that can be practiced by people of all ages.

It is this reason we see a re-emergence of Tai Chi as a health practice in our modern times. Tai Chi has become more common with the aging baby boomers, but also is quickly gaining popularity with younger generations.

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White Dragon Martial Arts Dragon Cup Championship 2017

The Dragon Cup Championship is set for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Jenny Craig Pavillion, University of San Diego. White Dragon's Annual School Tournament has become one of the largest martial arts tournaments in the country. Don't miss your opportunity to represent your school and gain valuable experience!

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Master Nathan Fisher White Dragon Martial Arts Seminars 2017

A seminar series exclusively for Kung Fu and Tai Chi students on the Accelerated Black Sash Membership: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at White Dragon Martial Arts in Mira Mesa. Kids at 10am, Adults at 12pm, and Tai Chi Students at 2pm. Don't miss out on a super rare chance to work with the founder of White Dragon Schools, Master Nathan Fisher!

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If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. - Bruce Lee

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White Dragon Martial Arts Tai Chi Knees

Perhaps the most widespread non-contact medical problem in martial arts occurs in the knees, the body’s most fragile joint. Most knee problems come from improper practice. That holds true for all martial arts including the low impact martial art of Tai Chi Chuan.

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Truong KIcking Set IT 2016

Personal safety is something many travelers put a lot of thought into when first striking out from home. It can be scary roaming into uncharted waters, unsure of what you might come across or whom you might meet. Traveling to a strange, far-off place makes one consider the possibilities: “What if I get robbed? Or attacked? Or assaulted by an angry mob? How do I defend myself!?”

Safety is key when traveling by yourself or even in a group. And while it is usually unnecessary to carry a weapon of any kind to defend yourself from such possible attacks, there are three weapons you already have  in your possession that I recommend you use to defend yourself while on your travels.

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White Dragon Martial Arts Holiday Sale

At White Dragon's One-Day Holiday Sale, subscribe and get connected to our school's new Video Training Program. Learn directly from Master Fisher and the Sifus of White Dragon Schools! Plus, save up to 40% on all training equipment or upgrade your membership and accelerate your progress to the Black Sash. Don't miss out on super holiday savings!

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If you know much Karate history, you know the martial art came to Okinawa by way of traders from China’s Fukien province. You will also know that, until recently, Japanese and Okinawan karate styles contained only two or three types of kicks-front kick, side kick and sometimes a cross between the two similar to a roundhouse kick. All the jumping, spinning and hooking kicks seen in present day Korean and Japanese systems didn’t exist. I mention this because traditional southern Chinese martial arts still have only a few kicks (Fukien is considered southern China). Even some northern Chinese systems that do have a few more types of kicks do not have the Tae Kwon Do style of roundhouse or jumping and spinning kicks. Today’s Karate and Mainland China’s wushu styles have borrowed those kicks from their Korean neighbors.

Choy Li Fut Kung Fu KIckThe old saying that northern Kung-Fu styles kick high and southern systems kick low is not always true. We kick just as high in Choy Li Fut as do practitioners of northern Shaolin styles. The real truth is that if you can kick high, you can easily kick low. However, just because you can administer devastating low kicks doesn’t mean you can successfully kick high. You don’t need to be flexible to kick well. But you must be flexible to kick high.

Many northern Kung-Fu styles apply their kicks to the lower parts of an opponent’s body. The highest Tai Chi kicks are to the point of an opponent’s hip. Hsing-I and Praying Mantis also direct their kicks low. It’s just common practice to kick as high as possible in the forms for maximum flexibility and strength development.

Although the applications of most traditional Chinese martial art kicks are low, for training purposes we do them as high as possible, while still maintaining maximum power.

There are four basic kicks in the Choy Li Fut system. These are versions of the same kicks employed by the most traditional Chinese martial arts styles. The four techniques are front kick, side kick, a kick called ding guek that looks like a short roundhouse kick that some call a slant thrust kick. They are all low kicks, aimed below waist level. Kung-Fu front kicks use the toe for kicks to the opponent’s groin, the ball of the foot for stomach targets, and the heel against the opposition’s hip joint. There are two types of front kicks. One is a straight thrust kick, using the ball of the foot or heel as a striking surface. The other is a lifting kick, such as a groin strike where the toe or top of the foot lifts upward into the target.

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An old saying in Chinese martial arts states, “When fighting with only the fists, be concerned about running into someone young and strong. When fighting staff against staff, worry about an opponent who is old and wise.” Those two sentences illustrate a great deal of valuable martial arts training philosophy. When defense is limited to strictly strength against strength, the younger and stronger of the two opponents will often defeat an older, less-powerful adversary. However, a weapon such as the staff changes everything. Under those circumstances, the older, more-experienced staff fighter has the upper hand. His ability to win was determined not so much by his physical condition, but by his knowledge of staff techniques.

In the martial arts of ancient China, staff training was second in importance only to empty-hand techniques. But southern Chinese Kung-Fu systems place even more emphasis upon staff expertise than their northern counterparts. Why was the staff so valued in southern China?

It was believed if staff techniques could be mastered, then all other long-handled weapons would be easy to manage. From that theory came the saying, “The staff is the grandfather of all long weapons.”

Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong Choy Li Fut Kung Fu Staff

In the old days, villages often hire full-time martial arts instructors to run the local kung-fu schools. An instructor was judged both on his empty-hand fighting ability and his staff-fighting knowledge. Empty-hand techniques were indications of his basic fighting knowledge, while his expertise with a staff indicated an overall experience and proficiency at focusing power through a weapon that lacked a cutting edge. Since the staff has no blade, the weapon requires more power to be effective. While a sword or knife could easily disable an opponent with a single slice, the martial artist with a staff must know how to use his body to produce sufficient power. It was believed if staff techniques could be mastered, then all other long-handled weapons would be easy to manage. From that theory came the saying, “The staff is the grandfather of all long weapons.”

Staff training today should be of equal value to the serious martial artist. No matter what style, staff techniques both help build forearm muscles and teach full energy extension. A good staff fighter should be able to easily knock the weapon out of his opponent’s hands when he makes contact. The staff is an extension of the martial artist’s hands. Therefore, any training derived from the staff can only benefit empty-hand techniques.

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White Dragon cordially invites all students, friends, and family to attend this unique dining experience celebrating the annual visit of our Grandmaster, Doc Fai Wong. Come and enjoy an eight course gormet Chinese dinner and meet Master Nathan Fisher, the Sifu's, and the instructors of White Dragon Schools.

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It's not the years. It's the mileage.

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Most people think of their martial arts in terms of close-range or long-range styles. For instance, in Chinese martial arts Wing Chun is said to be a close-distance fighting system, while White Crane is thought of as long range. Actually both are long-distance styles, as are many Japanese and Korean martial arts.

There are two ways to fight - close and from a distance. All punching and kicking, even if the arm is not fully extended, represents distance fighting. For example, Tae Kwon Do relies heavily on kicks and is a distance-covering style. However, so is Wing Chun, which is primarily a short-hand punching system.

Long-range martial arts are those which bring you from out of the opponent’s grabbing range into your kicking or punching range with no contact. For instance, Wing Chun’s short-arm fist contacts its target after the stylist steps forward into punching range.

If you don’t have the right training, your opponent has an advantage.

Training for Life Doc Fai Wong

Close-range defense involves grappling or grabbing. China’s Shuai Chiao and Japan’s Jiujitsu and Judo are good representatives of close-range martial arts. Close-range fighters will typically grab you and try to take you to the ground where they have control. Close-distance martial artists use counter-grabs, joint-locks, and throwing techniques to avoid being restrained. If they go down, they are usually prepared with wrestling techniques.

There’s no doubt that each type of defense has its benefits. However, you don’t know what kind of attacker you’ll see on the street. What happens to those who have trained in a long-range system, and suddenly find themselves assaulted by someone who is attempting to throw them down? What if you miss your punch and are grabbed by your opponent? Can you still fight with only a knowledge of distance fighting?

If you don’t have the right training, your opponent has an advantage. If you don’t have close-distance grappling techniques in your martial art, you might learn Aikido, Jiujitsu, Judo or wrestling to make up the difference. However, be aware that wrestling differs from Aikido or Judo. Wrestling is geared more toward force against force, meaning the bigger person as an advantage. If you learn Judo, Jiujitsu, or Aikido, using it as a soft, relaxed martial art, you should handle someone larger than yourself.

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GM Seminars 2016 White Dragon Martial Arts

Join White Dragon on October 8-9, 2016 for our annual seminar series with World Reknown Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Yang Style Tai Chi Master Doc Fai Wong. This opportunity comes only once a year so reserve your spot today!

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patina:  noun |pa·ti·na |\pə-ˈtē-nə : a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with use or age.

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