Sun Tzu – The Art Of War

Sun Tzu is credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has inspired both Western and East Asian philosophy of combat. Sun Tzu’s methodology is foundational in the creation of Internal Martial Arts.

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Fencing Lunge – Dragon Biomechanics

Neuromuscular coordination of the Dragon System- develops magnitudes of forward linear velocity from the body’s center of mass and weapon. It’s biomechanical frame and footwork generate explosive power, similar to modern fencers.  As an example, fencers thrust their weapon quickly toward their opponent, exhibiting explosive

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Stress Response – Vestibular Function

More times than not… the stress response is activated during modern Kungfu vs MMA challenges and goes into overdrive anytime popular kungfu interpretation examines its own feudal history (the one that is not reimagined/approved by the Chinese State Commission for Physical Culture and Sports). Elevated

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Yin Style Bagua Dragon System – Imperial Power

The YSB Dragon System is underappreciated in today’s kungfu culture, partly because Snake symbolism is often attached to Yin Fu’s personal fighting style. The popularity of the Luohan Penetrating Palms styling in most Yin Style branches is the primary reason for the ‘snake’ characteristics- snakes

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The Ball Is Not In Your Court – Eunuch Bodyguards

[In the left corner, Imperial Guard/ in the right corner, Eunuch Bodyguards] During the early 19th century, the Forbidden City Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) utilized resistance forces known as “Technical Courage Eunuchs”, well-known martial artists selected from the eunuch team. A special security bodyguard capable of

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The Lion System – Baoding Wrestling Connection

[David Chee-Kai Lin/ Combat Shuai Chiao in the pics]  In modern Baguazhang culture- Cheng Ting Hua is often credited for wrestling and Yin Fu is revered for his penetrating palms.  While this may be a half-truth, Imperial Guards (Yin Fu) are skilled in military wrestling

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Bajiquan – Target Zones

The fierce short elbow of Bajiquan pierces the heart, however, its feudal application creates different results.

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Empress Dowager – Modern Restoration & Revival

Utilizing modern technology and software, a 2019 painting restores the Empress Dowager Cixi in her original state. W. E. Fairbairn’s Baguazhang teacher served as an instructor to retainers of the late Dowager Empress.

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Spiritual Origins – The First Gun

A Buddhist silk banner dated over a thousand years ago, depicts a demon wielding the fire lance- the ancestor of every gun and cannon, ever made. The banner is the oldest depiction of a firearm in the world. Furthermore, in 808 AD, Taoist monks created

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