Kungfu Magazine 1997 August/September

Cover Story:
Attack the Attack!
The Wing Chun Warrior's Attack Strategy

For All It's Worth
1997 World Kung Fu Championships to Hit the Big Time on Pay-Per-View. The highlight of the live, three-hour broadcast will be a sort of American "Best of the Best," pitting America's premier sanshou champions against one another, as Boston's Jason Yee meets Cung Le of San Jose, in what many are calling the kung fu fight of the century. Both fighters are bronze medalists from two different World Wushu Championships, and have won multiple golds in the US Nationals. And yet they have never met in the ring-until now

Taoism and Martial Arts
The philosophy/religion of Taoism emerges from the mist of China's pre-history. It closely followed on the heels of the oldest religion on earth, Shamanism, which began in Siberia about 8000 years ago. Its southward movement into China was the result of a natural flow of emigration. The core of Shamanism is the belief in two overlapping worlds; one physical and one spiritual

Jook Lum Gee Tong Long Pai
In Jook Lum Gee Tong Long Pai, only a few individuals taught the style of kung fu publicly. JLGTLP kung fu was originally prominent in the southern Chinese regions of Wai Young, Ping Son, Dom Suey, Kai Chong, and Hong Kong. The general public nicknamed the style Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu or Hakka Kuen

Secret Weapon from Shandong
Wushu, the generic term for martial arts in China, is such an integral part of that culture that there are not one, but two books of "Who's Who in Wushu" encyclopedias. Looking under L, or its equivalent Chinese character, you will find that listings for Sifu Liu Jun Fang show that she is recognized as a champion at the municipal, regional and national level. Although small in stature, Liu represents a broad, diverse spectrum of traditional Chinese martial arts, some of which have never been seen in America before

Fut Ga's Forceful Blocks and Punches
There are many different blocks in the Fut Ga system. All use the principle of inflicting damage while blocking at the same time either by striking the hands or body. Leverage is also a contributing factor

Eyes Like Lightning
Master Qing Pan believes that martial arts training must be as serious as soldiers preparing for war. "Martial arts have many meanings, so you should practice the same as generals, not just soldiers," he said. "Eyes [are] the same as a flag. Your whole body must follow your eyes. Your eyes show your spirit. They must be very sharp. Your eyes must shock people-like lightning. Everyone must be envious of your eyes. Your eyes show the meaning of the movements

Wushu in Indonesia
Indonesia's story began during the 1987 Wushu Asian Championships, which took place in Yokohama, Japan. Indonesia sent representatives to perform in the taiji exhibition, and to most spectators' pleasant surprise, the Indonesian team wowed the crowd with the most dynamic and polished performance. A year later, the Indonesians proved that their performance was no fluke. That year, heralding the slogan "Wushu belongs to the world" the Chinese International Wushu Federation held an international wushu festival in Hanzou, China

Unconventional Cures Qigong Treatments and Medical Schools
Universities across the country have begun to make room for medical techniques that traditionally were not practiced in doctors' offices. The therapies include acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic manipulation, guided imagery, and qigong, defined by physical therapists as "a set of movements, originating in China, that is believed to revitalize energy and promote longevity

Swimming Dragon Chi Kung
With its promise of weight loss and a trimmer body, perhaps this simple chi kung form should be called the "Slimming Dragon. The Swimming Dragon is a powerful, simple, and pleasurable chi kung form. It increases and balances the flow of energy within the person performing the movements, reduces tension by calming the mind and relaxing the body, and stimulates the vital internal organs by stimulating the meridians, or channels, through which the chi flows

Ask the Experts
I've heard a lot about "gates" in reference to healing qigong. Can you provide some more information on this topic? - Nick Richards, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wang Ying Qiu of the International Institute for Health and Healing in Sunnyvale, California responds

Tree Qi
Ping Heng Gong: Qigong's Balancing Arts

Tiger's TaleTalk

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