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2/18/13 2:17 A

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My favorite training when I practice is the animal set or routine.

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3/8/12 8:38 A

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Hi, my name is Becky and I have been practicing kung fu and Shuai Chiao at Mr. Norman's School of Kung Fu. It's a place where the mind and body are balanced. Currently, I am a yellow belt with a test date of March 24 for my blue belt. I attend class 6 hr. a week and work out strength training and practicing good technique at home. Since beginning martial art training, I find that my stress level is much lower, I'm stronger, more balanced in my life in general, and calmer. I sometimes wonder why I waited so long to begin.

I am looking for an active team that is both positive and emotionally sound. Am I home?

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5/13/10 2:55 P

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If you guys ever get a chance, read a book called There are no Secrets by Wolfe Lowenthal. Great read, very helpful with your Tai Chi. Its helped me get a better understanding of Tai Chi principals.

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5/12/10 3:44 A

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Remembering how my former Tai Chi instructor performed, I don't think a blindfold would have stopped him much. He frequently commented about feeling differences in air pressure.

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5/9/10 1:28 P

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I think Tai Chi sparring may be my favorite thing. I have begun incorporating the avoidance and deflection of Tai Chi into my Kung Fu sparring and have been doing quite well. Though I wouldn't want to try it blindfolded. emoticon

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5/6/10 3:59 P

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True enough, though I think Kung Fu can't be Kung Fu without Tai Chi. There is a delicate balance between the two, very yin yang (cheesy sounding but true!

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5/6/10 3:28 P

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I'm in a school under Sin Kwan The, it has both Tai Chi and Kung Fu. I really think the combination is great, Kung Fu for a work out and Tai Chi for internal,

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5/6/10 1:15 P

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Oh and I highly recommend Tai Chi Chuan. Having studied for 9 months under Anthony Nan Jie Ho, Grandmaster of the 10th dan, I know how amazing it is even though I barely scratched the surface of Wu-style Tai Chi.

Eventually I will study again as it is highly complimentary to Northern Eagle Claw and taught at most of our schools at the same time for students that take it. My main limiting factor is the fact I work Swing shift and only have mornings for training. So I only have two classes I can attend, but that's perfect for now so I can focus on Eagle Claw.

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Unknown (forgot)

"Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and will always long to return." ~DaVinci
I *will* be a career helicopter pilot someday.


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5/6/10 10:02 A

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Yeah it takes 37 years to get to elder master(8th black) in our school system, if you don't waste any time. No one to my knowledge knows everything Grandmaster The knows though, hes 10th black (another 20ish years). I need to watch some more youtube videos anyway. Maybe I will check some out tomorrow, I like learning about other arts. I think once I get black belt in my school I will only attend on the 2 black belt class days (but I will go for the whole days worth of training, so Tai Chi, lower belt, brown belt, and 2 black belt classes) and start going to another school nearby that teaches more like your school (though a variety of styles still).

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5/6/10 4:21 A

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Well the best part about learning martial arts is once you know something, you can practice it as much or as little as you feel the need when you are not in class. I also believe there are some specific punch combos that are tied to each stance of the basic 8, but I will not learn those until I earn a purple sash.

As far as fast or slow learning however, I suppose Ying Jow Pai is rather unique. One of our instructors is a 2nd degree black sash. He estimated he will earn his Master Sash around 33 and he is perhaps 24 right now. However, he's been studying since I believe 13.

And that says nothing of Master Edwards either. Grandmaster Shum will be coming next month to teach Master Edwards the final techniques of our system. He has been studying since the mid-70's and only NOW is Master Edwards learning the final pieces from Grandmaster Shum before he retires. All told, I believe to truly learn our system, it requires more than just 40 years of training, it demands something deeper. Of all Grandmaster Shum's students, he will have only taught 3 the complete system.

I also have to note I do have a particular training technique that is a punishing workout. A hammer fist to knee strike. The kicker is your forearm is level with the ground and you are in twisting sitting stance. Then come all the way up while spinning around to the other side to drop back down the other way. It works the entire quadricep from all angles a crouch can hit, so there is no reserve in your muscle. If you have done something similar, you will know what I am talking about.

And one more thing, our 8 basic stances progress with Horse, Arrow (possibly what you call Bow), Cat, Hanging, Twisting-Sitting, Pressing, Stealing, Horse. The only other stance we have to my current knowledge that isn't those, is the Elephant stance, which is pretty much just a standard fighting stance without being a prep for specific maneuvers. All I can reference is the Eagle Claw videos on YouTube to see examples, if just in action.

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Unknown (forgot)

"Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and will always long to return." ~DaVinci
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5/5/10 1:24 P

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I do wish sometimes that our school was a bit more along the lines of you have to spend X amount of time mastering such before anything can happen, but with most people, if you aren't progressing you don't enjoy it, so our school isn't that strict. As with most martial arts now a days things are too commercialized, and its all about the quick. But as I have progressed I have learned personally the importance of that.

I'm not sure what all stances you do, I only know Bow, Horse, Reverse Bow, Cat, and Monkey right now, but yes those stances are in almost everything we do as well. I was teaching some of the lower belts the other day and they were saying, teach us anything without stances. Of which I said there isn't anything and then proceeded to show them some of the benefits, and that training technique I discussed earlier. I think it changed their mind a bit.

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5/5/10 4:15 A

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Learning the next technique and practicing it for a week. However, with our style one must spend a MINIMUM 16 weeks practicing the basic stances and two simple punches.

Foundation of strong basics is a major component. The more I observe other people at different levels, from black sash down to purple, which is the first sash, the more I am seeing the 8 stances hidden in almost every step taken.

Beyond that, while I do admit I enjoy the random selection of training, if I did have to actually pick right now I would have to choose pad work. Nothing quite like actually hitting something when practicing a strike.

I am also starting to enjoy picking out the Cantonese words for everything we do, as Master Edwards is fluent in Cantonese, which was about all Grandmaster Shum spoke initially when he arrived in NYC with his first school. My Sifu was one of the first students.

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Unknown (forgot)

"Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and will always long to return." ~DaVinci
I *will* be a career helicopter pilot someday.


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5/4/10 5:23 P

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So there isn't something you like doing more then others? Or do you enjoy the randomness?

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5/2/10 7:46 P

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For my school, we apparently don't have a set routine at all. Master Edwards takes great pleasure in giving us physical pain and exhaustion in a new way every class, so we always have a chance to go home sore in muscles we thought were in shape. Every class gets the blood pumping!

Class does consist of a warmup period, then usually followed by combat drills of different punch, kick, block and jump combos. Sometimes Sifu will toss a pad to us, but short by maybe 3 feet, so it is hard to catch and if we miss, everybody does 10 pushups (we usually end up doing a full 50!). There are some days we're pounding away the whole class, though those are rare. Most classes spend the latter part on our forms practice, which varies according to each person's current level and training.

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Unknown (forgot)

"Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and will always long to return." ~DaVinci
I *will* be a career helicopter pilot someday.


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4/23/10 9:43 P

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Whats your favorite Kung Fu training routine? One we do at our school is where you start in bow stance and your straight leg comes up as you jump and do a double smash to come back down in bow stance the other side. Great leg training, and practice for those spinning double smashes.

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