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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

Dragon Anatomy – Big Saber

The Qing era heavy knife (Big Saber) as a whole symbolizes a dragon, which is divided into a dragon head, a dragon body, and a dragon tail. Several variants exist, ranging from patrol, strength development, to ceremonial applications. The oversized strength training versions of wrestlers

Posted on

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

Posted on

Modern Self Defense – Principals Of The Circle

[Xu Xiaodong’s coach Mei Huizhi, demonstrates principals of the circle] In any era, self-defense requires standards and context relevant to its environment. Feudal Baguazhang strategies nowadays are often adapted for combat sports, fitness, or holistic routes in training, to cater to the modern man.  For

Posted on

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

Posted on

Dadao – Baguazhang Big Knife

Before the late Qing Dynasty, the concept of “big knife/Dadao” in the army mostly refers to the knife of the long pole, similar to the shape of the Guandao. The knife with a short handle and a large blade (in popular contemporary Baguazhang culture) is

Posted on

Big Oversized Instruments – Imperial Guard Strength Conditioning

[Imperial Guard examination & Chang Dongsheng with a nice chin jab]   Most Baguazhang lineages today use large oversized instruments such as the giant saber, for strength conditioning purposes. The foundation for this tradition descends from feudal wrestling battalions. Yin Fu and Cheng Ting Hua were

Posted on