Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ip Man Legacy

Ip Man is the legendary grandmaster of wing chun kungfu. His life story was played by Donnie Yen, a martial artist, actor and martial arts instructor. The movie was very interesting and inspiring, it shows what is the real used and purpose of martial arts in our lives. The part 1 of the movie was released in 2008 and the part 2 released in 2010. The fight scenes were very amazing and Donnie Yen was a very nice actor for his role as Ip Man.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Methods of Punch and Kick

taekwondo kickTaekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts from Korea, more focused on different types kicking, jumping and punching. Tae means “to kick”, kwon stands for “to punch” and do is “way” it also use the system of blocks, open-handed strikes, take-downs or sweeps, throws and joint locks. It was developed by the three rival Korean Kingdoms of Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje, where young men were trained in unarmed combat techniques to develop strength, speed, and survival skills. The ancient martial arts of Korea known as Subak; created by the Goguryeo kingdom. Subak was the upper body techniques, during Joseon period it became Taekkyeon; was the lower body techniques. So that, taekwondo derived from the native martial arts founded by the nine kwans (means martial arts schools) and influenced by other countries. Taekwondo is not only the most effective way, but also popular sports in the world.
taekwondoTaekwondo develops:
v  Strength
v  Speed
v  Balance
v  Flexibility
v  Stamina

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Way of Empty Hand


karate fightKara means “empty” and te means “hand”. It is the self defense that cannot use any weapons. Karate was originated from Okinawa, Japan, it will teach the techniques of punch, kick, and elbow and knee strikes, chopping, locking and grappling. It is influenced by Chinese kempo, and consists of different styles. For the defense they used different kinds of blocks. The practitioners of karate should perform katas or forms and stances; start with easy form to difficult it would help to widen their knowledge in karate. It is the martial arts that uses the whole body and the ways of moving and bending.
Gichin FunakoshiShotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi is the  “Father of Japanese Karate”. He created his own karate popularly known as Shotokan Karate. Shoto meaning “pine-waves” (the movement of pine needles when the wind blows through them), and kan means "house" or "hall". Shotokan uses lower stances.He was the one Okinawan masters who introduced the Karate in 1922.
Funakoshi had trained in both of the popular styles of Okinawan karate of the time: Shorie-ryu and Shorin-ryu. It is divided into three parts, such as kihon, kata & kumite.  Kihon means "basics" or "fundamentals" those are taught and practice as the foundation of most Japanese martial arts. Kata means form or patterns of movements practiced either solo or pairs. Kumite means sparring or one-to-one combat situation with an opponent using the different techniques learned from karate.
Masutatsu Oyama

Kyokushin Karate

The new form of karate created by Masutatsu Oyama (Choi Yeong-eui his Korean name) a Korean-Japanese karate master. It is the full contact karate style. He studied in Shotokan karate for two years under Gigo Funakoshi the son of founder Gichin Funakoshi. And then he studied in Goju ryu karate. Kyokushikai stands for “ the society of the ultimate truth”.

Kanryo Higashionna 

Goju Ryu Karate

Goju Ryu Karate is a hard-soft style and one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate. Go, which means hard, refers to close hand techniques or straight linear attacks; ju, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Developed by Kanryo Higashionna, in 1867 he began training in Monk Fist Boxing under Aragaki Tsuji Pechin Seisho in 1873 he began studying Chinese boxing and in 1877 he began he began to study kung fu under Ryu Ryu Ko. Karate was influenced by Chinese martial arts since before.

Choshin Shibana 

 Shorin-ryu Karate

Shorin-ryu is founded by Choshin Shibana in 1933 it is one of the major modern Okinawan martial arts. It combines elements of the traditional Okinawan fighting styles of Shuri-te. Shorin-ryu is generally characterized by natural breathing, natural (narrow, high) stances, and direct, rather than circular movements (with the exception of Shorin-ryu Kyudokan, which makes extensive use of circular movements).

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Origin of Aikido

Aikido was originated from Japan under Morehei Ueshiba, he started his training from a classic martial arts under his father.  And that time he continues his training and studying devotedly in a different ways of martial arts. Through all his knowledge, including his spiritual belief, he formed the new branch of martial arts: the Ueshiba aikibudo until it was called aikido.
Morehei Ueshiba

Performing aikidoIt is formed of three concepts: ai, means harmony; ki, means spirit, and do, means way. Aikido is the art that teach of right movement to defense the attack and loose the balance of the opponent. It is learn as the way of self defense. In spiritual belief is to combine your own spirit to the nature. The student of Aikido that passed in the first exam should have right to wear hakama. The higher rank of students would use a wooden sword or “bokken” and a long stick or better known as jo. A jo is measured 4 feet to 6 feet length and must be smooth for the safely used. Meanwhile, the bokken must be same size and same shape of sword or katana.

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is an American actor, producer, martial artist and reserve deputy sherriff. Due to his movies he became popular around the world. He started as an Aikido instructor in Japan; he is a 7th-dan degree black belt and he became a master of aikido. During his teens he moved to Japan, and there are several masters or sensei who trained him. In 1987, he started to work as an actor there are so many movies he produced by his own.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Traditional Martial Arts of Filipino

The Calesthenics

Arnis, Kali and Eskrima

Is a martial arts originated in the Philippines, a stickfighting, a hand to hand combat and a knife fighting style that made. Sticks are made from rattan sticks that measures 30 inches long. Traditional arnis is usually practiced in three forms of play. They are solo baston or single-stick in which a long stick or baston is used; the espada y daga or sword and dagger in which a long stick or sword and a wooden dagger are used; and the sinawali, a native term applied because of its intricate movements of the two sticks resemble the weave of sawali(crisscross fashion), the bamboo split weave pattern used in walling and matting which was very common in Visayas Islands. They used kicking techniques but usually low kicks.
Anyone says that arnis is came from the first Filipino hero Lapu-lapu a native warrior chief of Mactan who defeated the conqueror and warrior Ferdinand Magellan. Today, modern arnis is become popular founded by Remy Presas. He created modern arnis because the arts lost, due to the influenced of Japanese martial arts became popular around the Philippines. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. It is included in the physical education course and a priority sport in Palarong Pambansa in the Philippines.

Ronnie Ricketts

Ronnie Ricketts a Filipino actor and martial arts instructor became popular by making action movies especially his movies Mano Mano 1 to 3. He said that the last part Mano Mano 3 had a subtitle Arnis, the Lost Art it proves that arnis came from the Philippines because  Americans think that arnis was came from them or in Asia.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Founder of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee
Jeet Kune Do is the way of intercepting fist, a hybrid martial arts referred to as a “style without a style”.  Particularly, jeet kune do is a way of life its movement would be extremely fast, but more effective. The martial arts, was founded by the Chinese American Hongkong actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher and film director, Bruce Lee. He started training his martial arts when he was 13 years old under Yip Man the master of Wing Chun. He entered in school at La Salle College then he was transferred to St. Francis Xavier’s College where he learned boxing. But, Lee was always got into trouble and his father decided for him to leave and send him to United States. In 1959, he began teaching martial arts he Jun Fan Gung Fu (Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu). He used different methods of training to develop the system, he mixed all the arts he learned from different martial arts.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Grandmaster of Chinese Martial Arts "Wing Chun Kungfu"

Kung fu is one of the deadliest martial arts in the world, there are different types of kungfu such as shaolin, wingchun, hung gar, qigong and etc. It is combined with soft and hard style and uses circular form.

It consists of many styles, including wing chun and tai chi. All the rules, regulations and principles of this will start for an appropriate posture and movements. That will serve as the source of the students to study and learn the various style of kung fu.
Practicing Wing ChunWing Chun Kuen Kung Fu or Wing chun is came from the name of a girl named Yim Wing Chun the disciple of a Buddhist nun Ng Mui, who witnessed the fighting of snake and crane. After that she developed the snake-crane style and she taught all his knowledge to her disciple Yim Wing Chun. The wing chun means weak style, but the truth is a combination of strong and weak technique. The concept of strong style is to defense the strong against strong, meanwhile the weak style refers to a smart procedure and technique for avoidance. Kuen means the style of fighting using the fist. The combination of weak and strong style is the origin made by one woman but developed by men. A Chinese martial arts that uses wooden dummy which specialized close range combat, also called a snake and crane style of kung fu. Yim Wing Chun the daughter of Yim Yee who had a tofu shop and the wife of Leung Bok-Chao.

Grandmaster Yip Man (Ip man)

Yip Man is a grandmaster of Wing Chun, he was born on October 1, 1893, he started learning when he was 13 years old. He was the first master of Bruce Lee who became also a master of martial arts and actor. He learned from two masters Ng Chung-sok and Leung Bik. He was one of the greatest best martial artist in China during his time until the invasion of Japanese and he refused to teach kung fu to the Japanese; so that the General challenged him for a fight and he defeated general; and then they migrated in Hongkong after that fight. He started teaching wing chun in Hongkong but the other masters did not allow him teaching kung fu without a permit. In that time, Hongkong was controlled by the British and one of the masters in kung fu killed by the British boxer after that happening he challenged the boxer for a fight. His life story was played by Donnie Yen as Ip Man; one of the great martial artist and actor today.

butterfly knives

wooden dummyThe weapon and equipment used in wing chun are butterfly knives or swords and a wooden dummy. A wooden dummy was created looks like a body, legs and arms, used for practicing the defense and offense. A butterfly knives or swords is a single-edged blade that measures 11 ½” long and the handle measures 6”. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why I am Passionate About Martial Arts

the real fight
Martial arts is the art of self-defense, sports and physical fitness, there are different types of martial arts all around the world. It will practice with the different styles and arts and it came from different countries and with their origins. We encounter it in films, books, even in internet and games. A men, women, children and even adult would practicing martial art. This art will help the students to broaden their knowledge, to discover and research if what is the real martial art and what is the real purpose why they are learning this. Commonly, some people had wrong interpretation about this art and sports, they've known that its all about violence when they watched movies and especially when using a weapons. The one martial artist should not start and not often to get into trouble, compared the one who do not practicing it.
Today, the mixed martial arts is one of the hottest and one of the most popular sports, I think we are all familiar with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champion). There are so many fighters which uses different styles of martial arts. Jiujitsu is one of the most they ever used, it concentrates in grappling or ground-fighting. My favorite martial arts are arnis, karate, kungfu, aikido, jeetkunedo, taekwondo and muay thai. Arnis is the Filipino martial arts that focuses on stick fighting, hand combat and knife-fighting style. Karate is the way of empty hand, which uses punch kick, elbow and knee strikes, grapplings and locks, originated from Japan. Kungfu is from China, uses different styles and adapted from animals, and it is a circular form or a combination of hard and soft style. Aikido is originated from Japan it means the way of harmonious spirit, used for defense to loose the balance of an opponent like throwing and locking. Jeet Kune Do is the way of intercepting fist founded by Bruce Lee, he used different styles martial arts and training. Taekwondo martial arts from Korea, is the method to punch and to kick, the union of mental and physical discipline is breaking of wooden boards, bricks or tiles, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one's power. From Thailand, Muay Thai is the most popular martial arts, focuses more on elbow and knee strikes to hit against the adversary.