Father of Close Combat : HK01 Hong Kong News Portal 03-2020

[Special Thanks to HK01 Hong Kong News for the honorable mention of IRFS in the March 2020 edition] An excellent article on the Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife and “Father of Close Combat”- ‘William Fairbairn used to practice a variety of martial arts, and finally merged

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King of the Snakes – General Qi Jiguang

Te fluid and adaptive strikes of the snake entwines and devastates an opponent’s defense. In contemporary times, the serpent strategy resides in Shaolin methods of Baguazhang, Bajiquan, and Taijiquan. Armored Shaolin monks in the Ming Era defended empires, using the Long Snake Formation in battle.

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Numerical Cognition and Perception – Circular Motion

“The present study was to deepen the relationship between the passive or active movements of our body in space and the numerical processing by studying a movement that has so far not been explored, that is, the circular motion (i.e., clockwise/counterclockwise movement). The circular motion

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Bajiquan Elbows and Limbs – The Essentials of Boxing Classics

Qi Jiguang’s ‘The Best of Boxing Classics’ states: “Go in and fight with your elbows, and your elbows will protect your heart, cross your elbows, squeeze your shoulders, and seal your crotch. Close quarters will be difficult, and you will remain short and close… use

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The Lion – An Imperial Icon

Ever since prehistoric times, the Lion has never inhabited China naturally… yet the King of Beasts remains an Imperial icon.  To this day, the images of lions are everywhere in the east, such as lion dance, stone lion, and Yin Style Bagua Lion System. The

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Escape Plan 3 – Tactical Baguazhang

Feudal Baguazhang remains an outcast in popular Internal Martial Art interpretation- its raw military history and elite application often clash with the industry-standard… that is, unless Hollywood makes a mega-blockbuster featuring some ultra tactical John Wick style Bagua, then it becomes pretty cool- acceptable. Max

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Vestibular System – Gravitational Confidence

The vestibular system is improved through refined biomechanic training of the body, further enhanced by expanding protective reflexes during fight or flight mode. Methodical circle walking with tight diameters provide a foundation for the development of sensory systems such as touch, vision, sound, and proprioception.

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MMA Sledgehammer Workout – Chinese Halberd

Raw feudal weaponry and tactics are often underappreciated in modern kungfu culture- stemming from the rise of unarmed pugilistic sports (borrowed from the West) and Peking Opera interpretation of history (further standardized by the Chinese State Commission for Physical Culture and Sports). Historical weapons melee

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Lethwei Boxing – Bajiquan

Lethwei or Burmese boxing is a full-contact combat sport from Myanmar that utilizes brutal elbow strikes along with various headbutts and clinching techniques. Lethwei is considered to be one of the most aggressive and brutal martial arts in the world- known as the Art of Nine

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