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Techniques & Applications Articles

Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters

Note: Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters was reproduced with consent by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming and appears in his latest book "Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters", available May 1999. If you like this article The Dragon's List highly recommends this and all of Dr....

The Secret of Martial Power — Jin Training

Jin training is a very important part of the Chinese martial arts, but there is very little written on the subject in English. Theoretically, Jin can be defined as "using the concentrated mind to lead the Qi to energize the muscles and thus manifest the power to its...

Kicking at a Glance

A common misconception is that kicks must be targeted from the waist and above to be effective. However, high kicks expose vital portions of one’s body. The groin and support leg are usually fully exposed with high kicks, making these sorts of techniques riskier than they need be.

Unarmed And Deadly Baguazhang

Master Erle Montaigue discusses Baguazhang. And this is what I tend to teach Law Enforcement Officers in brief workshops. Usually they have been taught by their training officers or by other workshop teachers the same old useless methods of self-defence like the old X...
Kicking at a Glance

Kicking at a Glance

A common misconception is that kicks must be targeted from the waist and above to be effective. However, high kicks expose vital portions of one’s body. The groin and support leg are usually fully exposed with high kicks, making these sorts of techniques riskier than they need be.

Teaching to Teach

Teaching to Teach

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences, especially when making a difference in someone else’s life. But conversely it can also be the most nerve-wracking and frustrating. The most common frustration for teachers is when the student does not pay attention or focus, and this is occurs as often with adults as it does with children. The key to surviving these situations is patience.

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Flowery Or The Real Deal? (Kung Fu Forms Effective)

Flowery Or The Real Deal? (Kung Fu Forms Effective)

Author David Alcon discusses kung fu forms effective. Every one of us has at some point ventured down to the local bookstore and picked out a specific martial arts text that we think will change our outlook. Several weeks after finishing the book it begins to collect...

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Wicked Words That May Kill You – Crisis Deescalation

Wicked Words That May Kill You – Crisis Deescalation

Author Lawrence Kane discusses crisis deescalation, a skill that may save your life. While sticks and stones can break your bones, your words may actually kill you. They can also save your life. Having to be right despite the cost, reacting indignantly in the face of...

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Iron Palm Training

Iron Palm Training

Almost every Kung Fu master claims to have some mastery or knowledge of Iron Palm techniques. While not all Kung Fu styles teach the Iron Palm methods, there are many that do. This article will cover some practical ideas for training and, hopefully, save you from some...

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Returning To Martial Arts After A Long Absence

Returning To Martial Arts After A Long Absence

For those of you that have practiced martial arts for many years and then let them go for one reason or another, there is still hope! Most martial artists have a real passion for their art. Even after not practicing for a brief, or long time, you never forget the...

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Approaching The Dummy Mentally And Physically

Approaching The Dummy Mentally And Physically

The Dragon's List is honored to reproduce this article by Master Ron Heimberger with permission. For additional information about Master Ron Heimberger and Wing Chun please visit http://www.wckfc.com/ MENTALLY Level One (absorption of the techniques and...

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The Flowing Characteristics of Tajiquan

The Flowing Characteristics of Tajiquan

Do you know why Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is regarded as a Taoist martial art? It is because both its philosophy and practice are derived from Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", the principal canon of Taoism. In terms of philosophy, the principle of yin-yang is perhaps the...

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Amazing Techniques in Shaolin Kung Fu

Amazing Techniques in Shaolin Kung Fu

Grandmaster Wong Kiew-Kit discusses the amazing techniques of shaolin kung fu. The kungfu patterns below show five examples from the famous Shaolin Five Animals, from which much of the form and spirit of Shaolin Kungfu are derived. The Dragon form, expressed above in...

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