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My wife got pretty far into contemporary wushu. She had good teachers, but one book she frequently turned to was Fundamentals of High Performance Wushu: Taolu Jumps and Spins by Raymond Wu. You can find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-High-Performance-Wushu-Taolu/dp/1430318201 It goes over a lot of the jumping and spinning techniques. The ...


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It sounds like you're learning contemporary wushu kung-fu. In contemporary and traditional wushu, most teachers will start you off with empty-hand training before moving on to weapons. Just so we're clear on the terminology, "empty hand" refers to bare handed, without any weapons. What puzzles me is that you said your teacher gave you a choice between "...


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Who else landed here trying to see the practicality of Kitana's fan in Mortal Kombat? Tessen-jutsu is actually a Japanese art. In essence the war fan is a "Club" when folded and a catchment system for blades when closing. Strike the wrist bone or between the ulna and radius, near pressure points Divert the attacker's weapon, and drive the fan ...


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Stance training in wushu or kung fu is meant to remake your body. This process is expected to take many months or years. It is normal to have problems with the horse stance. I would characterize this as an indication of where you should focus training efforts rather than a mistake; the word mistake suggests you can currently correct the perceived stance ...


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Let me first caveat this answer with the fact I have not been involved in wushu competition for a long time. Assuming you are entering a forms event and not a fighting one, you can compete if you pay the entry fee and are willing to put your pride on the line. Lack of preparation is not going to result in a fighting injury. You can compete with whatever ...


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This is HUGE in aikido. Many of the movements with the katana, jo, and tanto are modeled into regular throws and empty hand techniques. For example, with sword, the lift over the head, step forward, turn around, lower the sword - that's classic shihonage, a kind of technique which throws the opponent via the shoulder. Here's an example. As there are ...


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First your actual question: is it typical to start students with weapons training first and how does that transfer to empty hand? For wushu and Chinese martial arts, I would say no, it is not typical to start with weapons. Generally, basics like stances, punching drills, and kicking drills are taught first. Then there is basic barehand/empty hand forms ...


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There are current IWUF text books/dvd available from Kungfudirect.com, the material is written in Chinese however it should cover what you are looking for. Peace, Love, Wushu!


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You're asking the wrong question. You should be asking if there's strong enough competition out there for you to begin taking it seriously, not whether you're good enough. Let me explain. I introduced my then girlfriend, who was 23 at the time, to contemporary wushu. She did that along with adult gymnastics probably until about age 30. I watched her ...


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I’m going to focus on the applications that any trained martial artist with a little weapons training can execute, beginning with the finishing moves. Bamboo wushu fans are more than sufficient. Striking with the butt of the fan into the solar plexus or kidneys These strikes are very similar to how one uses a kubotan, and can end a conflict if applied well....


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Contemporary wushu focuses on performance. Traditional wushu focuses on self-defense theory and application (or at least it should). So in contemporary wushu, every movement is "flashy" to improve its appearance and level of difficulty. While the techniques themselves are taken from traditional wushu, the emphasis is on getting more air, more ...


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Bladed Fan There are a number of strikes in forms that likely only work with a bladed fan, which is an unlikely real-world weapon, but I'm going to list them to give people an idea of how something that looks so pretty as a fan form is actually as vicious as it gets. The blades are probably leaf-shaped like some throwing daggers (I've seen a picture ...


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Practitioners of traditional wushu, as a modern person would interpret this term, probably do not call what they practice traditional wushu but something more specific. Traditional wushu is basically a catch-all category for Chinese martial arts that are not contemporary wushu. Traditional Traditional martial arts were suppressed in Communist China during ...


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It's worth considering what the purpose of pointing the toes forward is. I'm not familiar with Wushu, but in Tang Soo Do, letting the toes point out predisposes you to sitting back in the stance, which greatly reduces mobility, and makes it harder to twist at the hip to defend yourself by shifting your torso. By consciously not sitting as much in the stance (...


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