Things have been going great with the remodel. Wolf Den Wrestling made a move to downtown Fayetteville leaving the whole space for us to work in. The mats are down and up on the walls, the half wall is built and matted, the bay door is painted Sunflower yellow and the alley inside the school is getting new color too. We have lots more to do but the Kwoon is looking great and already better for training. Lots of student help has made work much easier and I am very greatful for it. I am looking forward to more changes coming and a great year in 2015.
the Edgein this case is the distance where you and your opponent have the same opportunity to make contact purely based on distance. This takes into consideration the “reach advantage” that some people have. One persons EDGE will not be exactly the same as someone else but for sake of understanding we will put opponents on essentially neutral ground.
So why is this important? Many fighters want to stand toe to toe to prove themselves and for the sake of efficiency. In a strict boxing match this can be done more readily than in sanshou or MMA. Many Muay Thai fighters employ this type of range as well. They stand in and bang relying on their conditioning to allow them to absorb mass amounts of punishment so they can deliver their own strikes. Sticking to this method is detrimental for long term survival in the game and post fight career. Many fighters end up punch drunk, doddering examples of their former selves. This method does not work as well in sanshou and MMA because of the takedown. Staying on the edge against an opponent who wishes to take you down and has excellent takedown capabilities will more often than not end up with you on the ground.
So what do we do? The first thing we must do is work diligently to understand this distance. Drilling on the edge and gaining understanding of this range will give you the vision to see it easily in combat. 1/2 speed sparring drills for entry work illustrate the edge well while not having the heavy repercussions of full contact drills. This way the fighters can begin to see the edge over and over again as we’ll as train footwork.
How does Hop Gar look at this? Tibetan Hop Gar fighters are trained specifically to avoid standing on the edge. Once you are in the edge you are immediately driving in, angling out/in, or moving out to draw the opponent and change the angle. If you are on the edge for more than a moment you have been there too long. The Hop Gar fighter should never engage in the hand holding that is commonly seen in MMA fights today. If you can touch your opponents hand and have not captured the opportunity to do not only that, but also cross the bridge and penetrate deeply into the opponents center you are not using Hop Gar effectively.
Learning can be painful The process to truly learn this edge requires many rounds of sparring and in the process pain will come. You cannot avoid this part of the curve but strive to shorten it as much as possible. Evasive techniques are important but a pure hearted striking assault must be developed or you will always be going in half way. You must not only develop the competence but the confidence to go in this way. Then and only then will you be able to have a strong offensive Hop Gar system.
TRAIN HARD-TRAIN SMART-CHON
Come join us for four amazing days of tai chi and qi gong training. We will work on form, meditation, application and push hands.
There will be an order sheet at the school n Tuesday. The required uniform is 2 shirts and 1 pair of shorts. we will be offering Hoodies and Rash Guards as well. Payments for orders need to be made by Thursday, January 31st. If you want a hoody, rash guard or extra shirt and shorts, please let us know.
These uniforms will be perfect for basic training, grappling and sparring. If you are not sure what a rash guard is for, here it is. The rash guard is, as it says in the name, to guard against rash. It will prevent you from getting mat burns during training.
If it looks like this in the morning, we may not have practice. Check the FB page for update.
Sin Tien Wu Chi Qi Gong is an amazing and transformative system at the root of our martial practice. Utilizing zhan zhuang (standing post) meditation practices we develop the warrior mind. This type of mental conditioning helps fighters keep a calm head when in the middle of a storm. For many people this practice is very challenging because of monkey brain. The student has so many thoughts going through their head and are not able to focus on the meditation. With practice this condition will subside and the practitioner will be able to not only accomplish the basic meditation but also go much deeper in this study. Most people have some negative thoughts that have been swimming around their mind for years and years. These thoughts tend to come up in solo practice like this and must be dealt with to quiet the mind for more effective practice. Making it through the initial monkey mind stage and progressing more deeply into the real work is the first step in to gaining the benefits from this practice. Indeed, dealing with these energy draining thoughts is benefit in itself.
Mok Yee Pai
(Wooden Ear Plate)
Cost is $225.00*
includes instructional DVD.
Shipping and Handling Extra *
Contact Sifu Heintzman to order. (919) 923-8205