Natural Traditional Chinese Martial Arts - articles by Sal Canzonieri

Information on Chinese Martial Arts - history, styles, and masters

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These webpages feature copies of my various articles on Traditional Chinese Martial Arts history and techniques written for various publications, such as the Han Wei News, Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine, and others.

Also included are my notes of investigations and thoughts on the history and development of the various styles of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts; biographical information on various time periods and kung fu masters, the core techniques and correct body mechanics used in Chinese Martial Arts, and all related items. Also, various types of Qi Gong (or Chi Gung) are written about as well.

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Various styles covered

Only Traditional Chinese martial arts are written about and researched, from the earliest time periods and styles such as Shuai Jiao to the eventual development of Ba Gua Zhang during the Qing Dynasty.

Information is given on the history of Shaolin Boxing (Shaolin Quan or Chuan), the various forms and technqiues practiced by Shaolin temple monks and practioners throughout its various time period. Northern Shaolin Boxing is the main concentration, especially Shaolin Luo Hon Quan, Shaolin Luo Han Shi Ba Shou (18 Lou Han Hands), Rou Quan (Soft Boxing), Xin Yi Ba, and other styles or forms..

Also covered are the various Long Fist (Chang Quan or Chuan) styles such as Tong Bei, Tai Tzu Quan, Hong Quan, Rou Quan, Cha Quan, Tan Toi, Yue Fei Jia Quan, Lue Ho Quan, Northern Preying Mantis (Tang Lang Quan), Ba Ji, Pi Qua, Mi-Zong, and so on. Takedown styles such as Shuai Jiao are explored as well.

Also, the interelationship between such styles as Fanzi Quan, Xin Yi Lue Ho Quan, Xing Yi Quan, Ba Qua Zhang, and Tai Ji Quan (Chen, Yang, Woo, Hao, Sun, etc.) is discussed.

What is Natural Chinese Martial Arts?

The definition of Natural Chinese Martial Arts is techniques, postures, and movements done for health and self-defense while efficiently and effectively using correct body mechanics originating from ancient Chinese martial arts methods. Efficiently and effectively means it will be done intelligently and quickly without wasted energy or efforts by using brute force.

Also, the martial art philosophy and strategy practiced in ancient Chinese manuals and styles is included, from Taoist, Buddhist, and other sources, such as Sun Tzu and Sun Bin's Art of War, and so on. It is based on traditional Chinese martial arts or wushu, but not Modern Sports Wushu.

Natural Chinese martial arts use the idea of NOT fighting (a hand to hand struggle or trading of strikes / blows) to deal with an opponent. Instead the idea is to stop a fight from ever developing.

An incoming attack is seen as an ambush. Swift self defense methods are used that allow one to calmly evade the incoming attack and lead the incoming energy towards another direction. Then, the attack is neutralized so the opponent is trapped into being defeated by its own actions.

An incoming attack from an opponent is treated much like a bull fighter deals with a raging bull. A matador does not attempt to stop or kill the powerful bull with his own brute force but instead continues to evade and lead the bull's reactions until the bull is exhausted and near collapse, only then does the matador approach to apply the coup de grace. A bull fighter avoids the bull with each movement he makes. The bull traps itself in this way. A matador executes various formal moves with grace and confidence, while remaining masterful over the bull itself.

Circular self defense movements are done always at a 45 degree angle, with the body lowered as if balancing a book on the head. No punching or kicking is used, only various types of sophisticated takedowns. Natural Chinese Martial Arts are internal based systems from either Taoist or Shaolin Buddhist sources.

What is Kung Fu?

(From Kung Fu Magazine:) In general, Kung Fu is a label used to describe any Martial Art that comes from China. It is the generic name for literally hundreds of individual Chinese fighting arts, both "internal" and "external," ancient and of relatively recent invention.

The words "Kung Fu" can be literally translated as "skill from effort". It can be used to describe anything that requires a person to invest both time and effort into training to become skillful. In these terms, a chef, artist, musician or computer programmer can all be said to have good "kung fu".

It is said that the term "Kung Fu" gained widespread use in reference to Chinese Martial Arts during the influx of Chinese immegrants to the United States during the 1800s. An alternate spelling, "Gung Fu," was made popular by the late Bruce Lee during the 1970's. Lee's spelling is actually the most accurate, as the pronunciation is closer to the hard "G" sound of the English "good" or "gong" than the sharp "K" of "king" or "kong."

Regardless of spelling or pronunciation, the term "Kung Fu" has become ingrained in popular consciousness as synonymous with Chinese Martial Arts. Therefore, this is the term used throughout this web site.

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BGT ENT also features over 30 years worth of research information about Chinese Martial Arts - Kung Fu boxing, such as it's long 5,000 years worth of history; information on the various styles (such as Shaolin Quan, Tai Tzu Quan, Chang Quan or Long Fist, Shuai Jiao, Tong Bei, Fanzi Quan, Tai Ji Quan, Xin and Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and many more), research information; efficient and effective Body Mechanics; and so on.

Natural Chinese Martial Arts is traditional body mechanics, postures, techniques, training methods, and so on that is based on the ancient and original ways of making martial arts more efficient and effective.

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