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Dragon Kenpo Karate Consortium International
Presents
Qi Gongfu For The DK Stylist

Welcome To Qi Gong Fu

Qi Gong Fu relates to issues concerning the street combat effectiveness of moving soft and hard qi gong exercises and the respective techniques which create them. This issue will examine the street combat effectiveness of “Tie Bi Gong” or Iron Arm Gong! The street combative analogy will start with:
1.The detailed explanation of the exercise,
2.It’s component breathing associations,
3.It’s detailed motion in execution addressed,
4.The Street Combat Analogy.

Let us now begin:

FORWARD & SIDE ARM PUSHING:

A. Hold fists tightly while placing them beside waist as you inhale deeply.
B. Exhale while extending arms forward ( palms facing away) drawing chest in and arching the back.
C. Continue arm extension until both arms are slightly bent with fingers pointing upward as you inhale holding breath ( tongue at mouth pallet) 5 seconds.
D. Inhale deeply relaxing the torso and arms while transforming arms into fists.
E. Rotating arms until both fist palms face upward; exhale while extending arms with left fist wrist rotating clockwise / right fist wrist rotating counter-clockwise.
F. Physically express 10 repetitions & increase after several months training.

Note: Tie Bi Gong Forward Pushing can be expressed in the standard breathing format or the reverse abdominal breathing format. The reverse abdominal breathing is expressed by exhaling where inhaling occurs & inhaling where exhaling occurs in this exercise.

Street Combat Analogies:

 

1. In the street combat defense a two-hand choke from the front the fists are closed tightly as in [1], yet they are then propelled upward between the attacker’s arms as the defender inhales deeply.
2. The extension is then stopped by the defender’s elbows resting on the attacker’s inner arms on the inside of his / her elbows.
3. Exhaling as the defender rotates his / her left arm [with closed fist] clockwise and right arm [with closed fist] counter-clockwise. The attacker’s choke hold is broken by the defender’s elbows pushing outward against the attacker’s inner left & right choking arms.
3a. So, as the defender arm rotation nears completion the attacker’s choking hands
are pulled apart. Thus providing left and right upper arm blocking checks.
4. Let’s not forget the small female defender countering against a large male attacker.
4a. In this case as the defender’s arms are thrusting upward either as a double handed
Prayer transforming closed fist rotation or two-fisted rotation. She must
5. Deliver a rising front-toe-kick using either leg to the attacker’s groin as she then
delivers a crushing right / left side stomping kick to the inside of the attackers left or right knee, breaking it!
6. Thus, the Iron Arm Gong health & fitness exercise transforms into a excellent
counter-attacker blocking tool against the two-handed frontal choking assault.
7. This, in turn opens a variety of offensive counter attacking motion for the street
combat kenpo defender. Several of these counter-attacking motions are;
7a. Right hammer-fist to attacker’s left temple / left thumbing eye-gouge:
b. Left hammer-fist to attacker’s left clavicle / right hammer-fist to left temple:
c. Right middle knuckle-fist to attacker’s left ear-jawbone juncture / left half-fist to
attacker’s right side of neck.
d. Left raking knuckle hammer-fist crushing left elbow transformation to right side
of attackers face.
e. Right thumbing left eye gouge transforming into right clawing facial pull right /
left half-fist strike to attacker’s throat.
f. For the female in street combat; deliver a left single or crossed-finger spearing
Eye gouge to the attacker’s right eye as she delivers a right snaking leopard’s fist strike to the attacker’s throat. Covering –out!
Thus, breaking the surface into the mysteries of street combative physical expressive counter-blocking and striking motions within the health & fitness exercises of stationary or moving hard and soft qigong forms. Therefore, transforming health & fitness qigong tools into devastating martial qigong expressions. Until next session.
Amitoufo!

 

 

ANALOGIES FOR BROWN BELT STUDIES:

STREET COMBAT KENPO DYNAMICS OF MOTION;

WHEN DOES THE LINE BECOME CIRCULAR

AND


CIRCLE BECOME A LINE?

By; Grandmaster Reginald Hoover

10th Degree Black Belt Kenpo-Jujutsu

 

Let us first examine the question of what does the brown belt mean in martial studies? This question can be answered in many ways; by many brown belt practitioners and 1st degree black belts alike! In the karate martial arts of Okinawa and Japan, the question can be answered according to defining basic kata; training to develop flexibility in static stretching abilities; becoming student instructors; assisting the sifu/sensei/teacher/master in the development of children’s programs within their respective dojos; providing encouragement to the lower ranking students within their styles; and searching, searching, searching for the way of creativity within themselves to identify with, not only being a practitioner of their respective style taught to them by their teachers; but searching for the trademark identification with which they will be associated as a true traditional practitioner of their style! Indeed the brown belt student faces an identity crisis within himself and his/her respective style of martial study. Not only does he/she face the process of developing the basics of their styles, but developing them on a level of skill application that what, (in hope by their respective teachers) will surpass the skill levels of those training in other styles. This internal dilemma of pleasing the master/sifu/sensei/teacher pits the brown belt practitioner against himself in the learning process of martial skills development. Though, this is the best the martial community has to offer the student of the learning process in producing a student of virtue. A warrior of the martial way!

Let us now examine the question of, does this same approach of teaching apply to the brown belt practitioner of martial studies which rely on the Chinese influence in training? The answer is an obvious yes! In this case the brown belt practitioner is pushed even further to the point of pleasing the sensei/sifu/teacher/master in basic, intermediate, and advanced skills development. Thus, not only is the brown belt practitioner searching for the insights of his/her martial system; they are searching for the understanding to an end result of self - mastery in their application of these offensive and defensive skills. This in turn leads one to the issue of why the brown belt practitioner has to be broken in spirit and built-up on a solid foundation of martial virtue. The practitioner’s quest of self – mastery can only begin on this solid foundation to insure the brown belt progression in developing humility as a black belt practitioner! Thus, this general description is common in all martial arts systems, (both traditional & non-traditional) Japanese, Okinawan, and Chinese. Therefore bringing us to the question behind this article. When does the line become circular and circle become a line?

This lecture will address this very complicated analogy of simplicity within the martial study of Kenpo Karate; aka Ch’uan Fa, Quanfa, Shaolin Kenpo/Kempo, Kenpo Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo-Jujutsu, Kenpo- Ju-Jitsu, Kenpo Jujitsu. Since the American Kenpo or EPAK system has what is considered by it’s practitioners a concise set of rules to answering the above question. It will not be included in this street fighting analogy of physically expressive skills application! The common thread which holds all Kenpo/Kempo Styles together, (which use the Chinese influence as primary in their training methods) is their ability to combine linear and circular upper and lower extremity motion in such as way as to economically fail a violent street attack. Providing that these Kenpo styles are not just competition oriented; but train their students in reality based street-wise offensive and defensive skills.

For the brown belt Kenpo practitioner; the question of circularity and linearity can be a very difficult one indeed! As under-belts they train in basic organized ways of applying technical skills in defeating an opponent, whom is either punching, striking, kicking, grabbing, or choking them. These techniques seem to be very effective for them to defeat a gamed attacker. They are proven methods of defense and work very good for the lower ranked belts in the streets. Yet, they do not exemplify the trademark of the true Kenpo practitioner of self - mastery! They are only the prerequisite in becoming a physical skillfully expressive street combat master of the art! This quest begins at the rank of brown belt, and never ends in accomplishment of physical skills development.

Examining the circle should reveal to the brown belt a series of straight lines placed together at very short minute intervals to form a smooth curvilinear shape of continuous trajectory; infinite in distance, while finite in trajectorial intent. In this manner the circle can be as small as the tip of a needle or as large as our universe and other unexplored galaxy’s both within and outside of our solar system. Now, let us explore to circular and linear aspect’s of street combat motion for the brown belt kenpo practitioner in violent confrontation. We will begin with the galaxy, universe explanation. This methodology should reveal several concepts of circular and linear combined blocking, striking, breaking, grappling, trapping, and throwing motions to the beginning practitioner of martial virtue.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce a combined blocking & linear strike to attacker’s upper extremity with the same natural weapon, or hand etc; Example: Left Outward Block, Left Hammer-fist Strike To The Attackers Face.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce a blocking & striking one-two combination, circular blocking with one hand and linear striking with the other; Example: Left Outward Block, Right Palm-Heel Strike To The Attacker’s Nose.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear continuous multiple blocking and striking combinations; Example: Left Outward Block, Double Left- Right Palm-Heel Strike To The Attacker’s Left & Right Upper Ribcage and vise versa.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce linear breaking strikes with the other natural weapon; Left Outward Block & Trapping Of The Attacker’s Left Wrist And Right Palm-Heel Elbow Break Of The Attacker’s Left Arm.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear combined sandwich striking. Eample: Left Outward Block, Left Linear Hammer-fist Strike To Attackers Right Temple Combined With A Simultaneous Right Looping Forearm Smash To The Attacker’s Left Side Of The Neck. Thus, Sandwiching The Attackers Head Between Both Strikes.

Etc, etc, etc,!

These simple analogies should reveal further intermediate progressions of dynamic circular and linear motion combinations to the brown belt kenpo practitioner. Let us examine these progressive motion concepts within the galaxy, universe description;

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear block eye raking with the same natural weapon:

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear block eye raking with both natural upper extremity weapons.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce continuous multiple blocking & eye striking combinations without using the same combination twice.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce linear eye gouging with the other natural weapon.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear combined sandwich blocking strike eye gouging.

Etc,etc,etc!

The intermediate analogies thus, reveal further advanced progressions of dynamic circular and linear motion combinations to the kenpo advanced kyu stylist. Therefore, examining these basic advanced progressive conceptual methods within the galaxy, universe description reveals; The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear block eye raking claw transformations with the same natural weapon.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear block eye raking claw transformations with both natural upper extremity weapons. The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce continuous multiple blocking and eye strike clawing rake combinations without using the same combination twice.

The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce linear eye clawing gouge raking transformations with the other natural weapon. The circular blocking is wide in scope and can produce circular and linear combined sandwiching blocking eye clawing gouge raking transformations.

Etc, etc, etc!

Thus, the brown belt stylist is revealed to the actual street combative motion of the kenpo art; or fist law! However, this revelation is just the beginning of the journey along the road within the martial way of kenpo self-mastery! The brown belt must also face many other transformations of self, as well as adding the natural weapon’s lower extremities into the street combative equation in bringing some closure to the question of continuous yielding and adaption under an infinite number of aggressive violent circumstances. The learning process must become infinite itself for the brown belt to experience physically expressive self-mastery of his/her new found martial way! It is along this Martial Way that the brown belt kenpo stylist unveils the hidden treasure within self-mastery, “Speed Striking / Hitting”; the true identification card of the Kenpo Master! So, to answer the question of; “ When does the line become circular and circle become a line ”; reveals to the brown belt (for now); within the ‘Yielding Adaptation’ of “Failing” the violent attack! We will examine the “Tip Of The Needle” description and answer the above question (as a progression of impacted contact) in the next lecture!

Ami Tou Fou!

 

 

 

 

 


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