5 08, 2014
  • Goushu Guan

Guoshu Guan – The Central Martial Arts Academy

This article provides an in-depth look into the Nanjing Guoshu Guan, from its fledgling idea of overcoming the image of "sick man of Asia," to its official establishment in 1928. It prescribed a formal martial arts curriculum, established a program to publish martial arts books and periodicals, and organized a national training and testing system. The Academy was the most ambitious martial arts organization of its time. It brought together the cream of political and military leaders and many of the most prominent masters of the era. The Academy was far ahead of its time in promoting the ideals and spirit of Chinese martial arts.

4 08, 2014
  • Liu Xioling

Liu Xiaoling Interview

Liu Xiaoling has trained with some of China's most accomplished masters and is renowned for his expertise in several styles such as Xingyi Quan, Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, Liuhe Bafa and Tongbei Quan, among others. In this revealing interview, we explore his early training in martial arts and move on to questions about his knowledge of essential principles of different styles. Important concepts are explained such as the essence of the Santi Shi posture in Xingyi, the concept of whole body power, "Go out as alert as a cat, and step back as if drawing a silk thread," the driving concept in Tang Ni Pu (Mud Gliding Step) in Bagua. This is truly an in-depth look at a master and his art.

3 08, 2014
  • Hao Mantis

Taiji Plum Blossom Praying Mantis

Zhenshen Wang provides an in-depth look into the history and lineage of Hao Style Praying Mantis. Two of the principle techniques: Pi Chui - Chopping, and Beng Chui - Smashing, are explained and demonstrated in detail, along with theoretical points such as the proper use of footwork and body work. The author explains how diligent partner work is necessary to master these techniques. Illustrations and variations are provided, and the concept of Yin and Yang as it applies to Gongfu applications is emphasized.

2 08, 2014
  • Shen Family Martial Arts

Shen Family Martial Arts Heritage

Regarded as China's First Shuai Jiao Family, this article traces the history from Shen Fang, who served as Pu Hu in the Qing Imperial Palace, to his son, the renowned Shen Yousan, undefeated in countless Shuai Jiao matches and celebrated as "Yi Chen Bu Zhan" - Not soiled by a speck of dust (meaning his body never touched the ground). Reviewing the Shen Family Martial Arts Heritage, Alex Liu discusses the contributions of the Shen family and the Hui Zu Muslim ethnic group to Chinese martial arts training. It includes an interview with Shen Yousan's 4th son, Shen Dezhong, and covers Shuai Jiao as well as other martial arts styles practiced by the family.

1 08, 2014
  • Huo Yuanjia

Wushu Nationalism

This article traces the evolution of the Huo Yuanjia story as it was first popularized by the Jingwu Athletic Association and the martial arts novelist Xiang Kairan, and later by the Hong Kong and Chinese film industries. Patriotic and commercial impulses drove these different actors to appropriate and expand Huo’s story, resulting in a popular narrative that symbolizes China’s struggles in the 20th century. The author, Jason Halub, an Instructor of History at the US Military Academy at West Point, skillfully distinguishes myths from facts, and legend from actual history.