Kung Fu Tai Chi. It covers some grappling and counter-grappling techniques you may not have seen before in traditional Chinese martial arts. I am also honored to share the magazine with my old friend Phil Romero in Albuquerque, NM. On the stand now so grab a copy and support one of the last rag's that covers solely Chinese martial arts!
I have been fortunate to be exposed and train under some of the best martial artists in the world, the vast majority of my past two decades in the arts has been training within the Chinese martial spectrum. It is the arts of Northern Mantis, Xing Yi, Sun Taiji, Sun Bagua, Baji, Shuai Chiao, etc. that have all graced my plate at one time or another in my life. Training under Tim Cartmell and Hu Xi Lin for the most part I have been fortunate to be involved in many different aspects of the Chinese marital arts.
I find some of the backlash from the community I was once very much a part of, rather amusing in their assertions and assumptions. But then it dawned on me that perhaps folks need an update as to what I have been doing over the past few years, so let me reminisce and summarize a bit.
When my wife and I moved up here nearly 6 years ago I had two goals; get closer to my Mantis teacher (Hu Xi Lin), and train my ass off in BJJ. I was fortunate enough to accomplish both goals and am still training in both the traditional martial arts as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Brian Johnson at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy. My main focus has been on BJJ due to the fact that the Chinese martial arts have NO ground fighting what-so-ever, the high standards my teacher holds, as well as the demanding nature of the martial art. I have fallen in love with competing once again in my adult life and quite frankly grappling is 10X safer, and more fun to practice then the striking arts!
I still practice, and teach, the traditional martial arts that I know. Sadly most folks do not hold an interest in the archaic arts of China save a few die hard fans. The secretive nature of the Chinese culture coupled with an arrogant attitude towards ground fighting ("Like dogs rolling in the dirt") has made the Chinese martial arts antiquated in their training and much of their technique. Simple fact of the matter is your average BJJ school has a more realistic approach to teaching self defense then your average Chinese martial arts school. Most Chinese martial academies locally do not even teach the take downs and grappling inherit in their Chinese martial arts.
My group classes are termed "combatives" because they incorporate all my knowledge in the martial spectrum, not just Chinese based. I teach what I feel is best for my students, not what tradition states. For in the end when it comes to self defense it is their ass on the line and they are relying on my teachings to keep them safe. I take that responsibility very seriously!
Keep your eyes peeled for articles coming up in Kung Fu magazine, as well as the final issue of Journal of Asian Martial Arts. On that note please go out and support your favorite magazines as print media is a dying breed.
If you are interested in training in either group classes or privately, please hit me up so we can arrange a lesson today! firstname.lastname@example.org / 206-941-3232