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Don’t mistake Tension for Intention

I’ve been reading a fantastic book called Physical Expression and the Performing Artist. It explores peoples’ misconceptions about how their bodies work, and how many of us subconsciously add tension in order to make our bodies move the way we think they should. All this tension makes for less expressive work because the performer is trying to […]

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Style Guide: Karate

Karate is again an umbrella term, this time for many of the martial arts of Japan. It’s considered a hard style, though there are some varieties which have exceptions to this. As a generalization, Karate uses a balance of hand strikes and kicks, and tends to remain in deep stances — but not so low […]

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Style Guide: Kung-Fu

Kung-fu translates to “any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete” (Wikipedia), but in the West it tends to be an umbrella term for all Chinese Martial Arts. Writing a style guide for all of Kung-fu is a bit misleading as there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different styles and variations. Every […]

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Style Guide: Judo

Judo is known for throws and take-downs. Through a mechanical lens, check out the aggressor uses incoming energy — whether provided by the victim or whether caused by the aggressor — to initiate the action; look at how the aggressor uses leverage, balance points and force to topple their opponent. In the video below, look for those subtle difference […]

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Advice on completing the workshop

It can’t be repeated enough: this workshop is the beginning of something new. After you recover from this intensive, you can pick it right back up and continue, whether your purpose is to simply maintain your fitness, continue learning and become a leader in the community, or anything in between. But particularly if you think […]

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Style: Wing Chun

Part of preparation for TMA is observing some of the various styles of Eastern Martial Arts. Today’s clip is an excerpt from Ip Man, displaying a stunning example of Wing Chun. In particular note the moves from 1:50 to 1:55. You get a good look at Wing Chun’s signature short and narrow stance, and the flurry […]

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