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White Dragon Martial Arts proudly presents a seminar series with Tai-Sigung exclusively for Accelerated Black Sash Members. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at White Dragon Martial Arts - Mira Mesa. Choy Li Fut 10am to 12pm & Tai Chi 1pm to 3pm. 

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Master Nathan Fisher Kung Fu Tai Chi Seminars Australia 2017

On Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017, Black Lion Martial Arts will host an exciting kung fu and tai chi seminar series taught by Master Nathan Fisher, founder of White Dragon Martial Arts in San Diego. If you would like to join us, please contact Sifu Gabe Nicklas to sign up. Contact information is below:

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Throughout man’s long history of unarmed combat, you would think there would be one standardized fighting style. With the fighting experience and background that fills each country’s history books, man should have found the best method of dealing with assailants and made it popular throughout the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Not all fighting systems use the same self-defense techniques with some radically different from others. Some employ techniques that imitate fighting animals while others believe that the best defense is to directly withstand the blow, rather than block it. There are those who prefer long, circular hand movements, while others claim that only straight, direct, short hand techniques are truly effective.

Chinese martial arts are a perfect example of differences in successful fighting styles. Southern Chinese kung fu systems typically use many short hand movements, with straight punches predominating. At the other extreme, northern styles prefer long hand actions along with relaxed flowing circular power.

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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.”

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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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Quinn Early transitioned from a life in the NFL to Being a Hollywood Stuntman

by NBC7's MJ Acosta

Let’s take a trip back to 1988 when Quinn Early was the 3rd overall pick for the Chargers. The young up and coming wide out hit the ground running, literally. Early played 12 seasons in the NFL but like many players, he was thinking ahead at what would come after his grid iron days.

As if getting hit on the football field wasn’t enough, Early found himself working as a stunt man after a fateful call from a friend. He remembers the day he shot his first scene saying, “Next thing I know I’m on the back of a pick of truck shooting a machine gun. And when the weekend was over they paid me. And I was like I can get paid to do this?”

Early says the transition was fairly seamless, “When they yell action, all eyes are on you. It’s like catching that bomb all eyes are on you,” says Early of the excitement of being on set.

The former wide receiver also had another passion that helped him in his stunt work. For almost 26 years now Early studies and teaches the art of Kung Fu. After nearly a lifetime of extremely physical activity, he found that eventually you can only push your body so far before you start to feel the pain. After suffering from sporadic back pain, Early had MRI’s taken and found he had three herniated discs in his lower back.

Even though he has to take it easy, Early continues to teach at White Dragon Martial Arts here in San Diego. His female students tell me he’s helped them learn how to protect themselves from potential attackers. Now he’s taking one step further through a new business venture. The “Stroovy” app is what Early describes as the “yelp for online dating.”

Early says, “Stroovy is a third party review application to help online daters make more informed choices within the online dating world. Stroovy gives online daters a tool that will help them to make better decisions about with whom to spend their time. 

That’s right, the former NFL player and Kung Fu master is helping those searching for love stay safe. The app has been live in the San Diego area for almost a month. Early hopes it will pick up steam nationally while he continues to heal.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports/Former-Chargers-Player-goes-from-the-Grid-Iron-to-the-Big-Screen 

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On Saturday, January 16, Master Nathan Fisher will be holding his annual seminar series for all Accelerated Black Sash Members at White Dragon Martial Arts Mira Mesa. 

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Are traditional martial arts incapable of change? Do contemporary martial arts lack foundation and substance? These are two critical questions facing practitioners as they begin the process of choosing a style. What will happen, they ask, if their traditional martial art must grow to meet 20th century demands? Can it sustain such change? Or, is this new art secure enough to withstand the hands of time? Is there enough moral fiber to carry it through the rough times? The only way to answer these difficult questions is to compare and contrast traditional and modern styles.Tai Chi for Seniors San Diego

According to the Oxford American Dictionary, tradition is “the handing down of beliefs or customs from one generation to another.” A traditionalist, the same source says, is a “person who follows or upholds traditional beliefs.” Therefore, a traditional martial art constitutes a style which has been standardized and passed through generation after generation of martial artist.

Three examples of traditional martial arts are Choy Li Fut, Kuk Sool Won and Kenpo. Choy Li Fut originated in the mid-1800s in China and included principles handed down from previous generations, its founder, Chan Heung, Borrowed the best techniques from three teachers (one from northern footwork, one from southern fist and one from southern Buddhist palm) and created one kung-fu style, The Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won is a new traditional system, Although developed as late and early 1960s, it is a collection of ancient techniques and principles derived from original Korean martial arts.

Even more contemporary is Ed Parker’s Kenpo, an American Chinese martial art based on traditional martial systems. However, since the same Kenpo techniques and forms are taught in standardized fashion in virtually all the system’s schools, tradition has come to the style. According to the same reference book, modern is described as “new and experimental, not following traditional styles.”

Certainly Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do could be called modern, However, assuming each legitimate Jeet Kune Do school is teaching the same principles, it also has earned the right to be called traditional. Lee and his followers believed JKD constituted a revolutionary step in martial concept by replacing worn fighting methods. But if that’s true, could JKD also meet the same fate in 50 to 100 years? Do JKD practitioners have to periodically change Lee’s concepts and teaching to maintain the art’s modern image?

mma bag workoutOne can plainly see that traditional modern are prone to overlap. A good martial art will encourage its instructors to make changes for the betterment of the system. At the same time, instructors of more recently developed systems (like mma or mixed martial arts) should refrain from calling traditional styles obsolete. After all, even the new martial arts have a background in the fundamental teaching of the ancient systems.

At the same time, a traditionalist who complains about contemporary martial arts should remember the value of any system is its ability to adapt to present-day needs. Today’s Choy Li Fut, while still considered a traditional system, is far more contemporary than the original version.

There is a place in the martial arts for both traditional and modern attitudes, Like a new house that cannot stand without a solid foundation, so too martial arts must have both traditional and modern values to maintain the past while building for the future.

by Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong Inside Kung Fu Magazine, March 1987

Editors Note: Many of today's top mixed martial arts fighters have backgrounds in traditional martial arts training. As the sport of MMA continues to evolve and the use of systems becomes more widespread, perhaps the question is more relevant today than every before.

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A Choy Li Fut joint locking demonstration by Master Nathan Fisher at an exhibition in 2003.

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White Dragon Martial Arts is proud to host our annual seminars with Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong. Grandmaster Wong is one of the highest level Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Tai Chi masters in the world. He comes to San Diego to work exclusively with White Dragon students.

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