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“kung fu styles”

Aug
26
2014

Kung Fu’s Back and Forth Problem

There are two kinds of people, as Robert Benchley wrote, “Those who divide everyone into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” When we are talking about Kung Fu styles—good ones only, please—we often encounter another two-way path. Before I even go into this, let me tell you that this causes a lot of […]

Aug
20
2013

The Hardest Thing

There are many things about the martial arts that are just plain hard. The training can be rigorous, the stances agonizing, the competition unfair and disappointing, the raise in skill levels infrequent. But without a doubt one of the hardest things in the martial arts is to leave. Paul Simon had a song, “Fifty Ways […]

Oct
6
2011

The A-List

Just about any way you can think of bending, twisting, kicking, spinning or wrestling, has at some time or another been represented in Chinese martial arts. There’s very little new under the Kung Fu sun.