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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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The Fall has arrived with its cooler temperatures and shorter days. As the sun sets lower and shadows grow longer, Halloween is quickly approaching. Soon, the quiet suburban streets will be filled with a colorful mix of little ghosts, miniature witches, and tiny pokemons. The children will don their favorite costumes and set out to canvass their neighborhoods. They’ll go from door to door uttering the most familiar phrase, all in hopes of receiving a cache of sugary treasure.

But for moms and dads, the holiday fun is accompanied by a wide variety of safety concerns. Suspicious treats, strange characters, and general late night mayhem come to mind. However, the biggest Halloween danger of all is car accidents. Yes, that is correct, car accidents.

October historically rates as the #2 month for pedestrian deaths nationally. On Halloween, the pedestrian death rate for kids and teenagers is over twice the national average compared to other days. To make matters worse, pedestrian deaths have risen 25% since 2010.

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White Dragon Kung Fu Tai Chi Video Subscription

Learn directly from Master Nathan Fisher, Tai-Sifu Don Tittle, and the Sifu's of White Dragon Martial Arts! See your instructor for more details.

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White Dragon Martial Arts Summer Sale 2017

White Dragon's One Day Summer Sale is July 15, 2017. Save up to 40% on all training equipment and upgrade your membership to accelerate your progress to the Black Sash!

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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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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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The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released a report in April of 2014. Titled "Not Alone" the report stated that 1 in 5 students experience sexual assault during their college years. Did you also know that you can help stop campus assaults simply by learning how to protect yourself? At White Dragon Martial Arts, you’ll learn to defend yourself using Kung Fu, one of the world’s most effective systems of self-defense.

"Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I've got your back." 

President Barack Obama, January 24, 2014

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Choy Li Fut Kung Fu Joint Locking

Kahm na pronounced "kum-na", roughly translates to the art of seizing, grasping and locking. Called Chin na in mandarin, this is the art of applying joint locking and breaking techniques.

Kahm Na is not its own "style" but is an integral part of most traditional Chinese martial arts systems. Historically, it is thought by many to be the Grandfather of many of today’s popular joint locking based systems such as ju jitsu, hapkido, and aikido. Joint Locking represents one quarter of the four skills of fighting that make arts such as Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan such complete and versatile systems of self-defense.  

Kahm Na skills are an invaluable component to the serious martial artist’s arsenal because the techniques are extremely practical.  Since not every violent encounter will require lethal force, kahm na arms an individual with options to restrain and subdue an assailant rather than seriously injure them. And, for those situations where it’s your life or his, joint locking can easily become joint "breaking" by applying the techniques with more explosive force and energy, causing damage that can quickly debilitate an attacker.

Kahm na techniques are especially useful in weapon disarming situations as well as situations in which you are trying to prevent an attacker from gaining control of your weapon. Kahm na techniques are especially useful in weapon defense situations, because they can be used to quickly and effectively disarm an opponent. If you work in security or law enforcement, kahm na is great for retaining control of any weapons an assailant might try to take away from you.

Another component of kahm na that is little known is "saw hau" or "bai hei", which means locking the throat and sealing the breath. These are the chocking techniques of the art. Again, these techniques are extremely practical because if there’s no blood and oxygen going to your opponent’s brain he can't hurt you.  In fact he can't do much of anything because he'll be unconscious! It takes less than ten seconds to render even the largest person unconscious with a well-executed choke.

I had the great privilege of acquiring my kahm na education from my Sifu, Master Nathan Fisher, as well as from his teachers Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong and Great Grandmaster’s Hu Yuen Cho and Wong Gong, all high level masters in the Choy Li Fut Kung Fu system. Students can learn direct application of these kahm na skills integrated with striking, kicking, and throwing within the self-defense techniques taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. 

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Grandmaster doc fai wong seminars

Join us Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12 , 2014 for our annual seminars with Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong. This year Grandmaster will be teaching two Choy Li Fut Kung Fu hand forms, the Gung Ji Pattern Fist and the Supreme Ultimate Fist. He will also be teaching the rare Choy Li fut Twin Butterfly Knives. The final topic will be the Tai Chi Staff Form. 

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Nuestra Misión y Valores...

En White Dragon Martial Arts, nuestra misión es ser el mejor del mundo en mejorar las vidas de nuestros estudiantes a través de la práctica de las artes marciales. Logramos esta misión a través de nuestro método único de entrenamiento y por inculcar valores fundamentales. Por enseñar valores importantes come la disciplina, la humildad, la actitud positiva, y el respeto por uno mismo y por los demás, nuestros estudiantes aprenden que las artes marciales son una manera de vivir, no sólo un sistema de defensa personal. El método de White Dragon es enfocarnos en desarrollar una mente más fuerte igual a un cuerpo más fuerte, con la esperanza de producir individuos seguros y completos, capaces de alcanzar la excelencia en todas áreas de la vida.

¡Entrene Duro, Viva Mejor!

White Dragon empareja cada estudiante con su propio instructor para proveer el entrenamiento personal y de grupo más completo que se puede encontrar. Nuestra combinación única de Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kickboxing y AMM crea la experiencia más eficaz y completa que le ayudará a ponerse en forma, enseñarle como defenderse, y mejorar su vida de maneras que usted no sabía que fueran posibles. Estamos dedicados a proveer para usted la más alta calidad de instrucción de artes marciales a través de un ambiente positivo, y basado en valores, tanto como un programa flexible para adaptarnos a su horario. Nuestra visión es ayudarle a estar en forma física y desarrollar confianza en sí mismo por estudiar las artes marciales para que usted pueda tener éxito en todos los aspectos de la vida.
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