Chinese Boxing Rebellion

In Search of Snow Tiger Kung Fu – An Interview With A Snow Tiger Instructor
Although kung fu systems can be secretive, esoteric and sometimes virtually underground, few are as mysterious as Snow Tiger. So notorious was the style, that you still hear whispers about it. There is very little information about the art online and my own research seems to generate more questions than answers. With many of the instructors from long ago now deceased, I was more than excited to interview someone with instructor experience. Greg Hatza is the Shifu of the Chinese Boxing Academy in Catonsville Maryland and a former teacher of Snow...
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Count Dante the “Deadliest Man Alive”
Where are all of the Martial arts characters? In previous decades, there were many larger than life martial arts icons; guys like: Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Ed Parker and “Super Foot” Bill Wallace. Seemingly superhuman and Titan like in their martial prowess and persona, they had an ineffable impact on martial artists and the world. Joe Lewis reportedly hit like a truck, Bruce Lee had unparalleled charisma coupled with blistering speed and Ed Parker, the “Father of American Kenpo” taught Kenpo Karate to Elvis Presley. However, while these fighters were enigmatic, none were...
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Where Is The Value In Your Practice? An Interview With A Bagua Master – Part One
I was fortunate to study with my teacher, Lu Shui Tian, for 17 years.  Over that time, he taught me many important lessons concerning Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang).  However, one of the most important things he did was to develop within me the wisdom to see what is important and to understand what is really valuable in the study of martial arts.  Ask yourself, why you practice the art or arts you have selected?  And ask yourself, what is important; what is the value you have obtained?  Do you study...
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Browning Black Label Vanquish Review
In the past, It might have been good advice to stay clear of knives made by gunmakers. That said, today many gunmakers are in the knife game and the quality can be quite good. I first got my hands on the tactical line by Browning at the 2015 Blade Show. I actually got a pretty good run down on the line from Jared Wihongi an edged weapon expert and a member of the Black Label Pro Staff. Overall, purely on basic design and aesthetics of the line I was pretty impressed. The Vanquish was no exception....
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Prince of Peace Red Panax Ginseng Extractum Ultra Strength – Review
Today we will review the Prince of Peace Panax Ginseng Root Extract Ultra Strength (POPRPGEUS henceforth, just kidding). This is an alcohol extract in a little, .34fl oz bottle, reminiscent of the vials of ginseng sold in convenience stores. The ingredients per the label are Panax Ginseng root extract, purified water, honey, alcohol, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate as preservatives. In terms of price, this consumable comes in at an attractive .33 cents per bottle; in the world of ginseng this is a rarity. It is reddish brown in appearance and the aroma of the ginseng...
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The Spark in the Machine – Book Review
I have spent a lot of time studying, reading, and deciphering works on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Taoist texts. Through this effort, combined with regular Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong practice, and acupuncture treatment, I have been able to arrive at an experiential and fundamental understanding of the subject. However, I sometimes run into those interested in Internal Chinese arts who do not believe in “Chi”. In many instances there is a complete dismissal of the TCM principles as nonsense. Besides the obvious questions that come to mind such as, why would one be...
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Thunder Ridge Fixed Blade Tanto Knife Review
Ever heard of Thunder Ridge Knife?  Chances are you probably haven’t. Especially if you’re not native to Maryland.  I actually consider the guys at Thunder Ridge to be one of my best-kept secrets, although I tell a lot of people about them.  Billy Meekings, the face of Thunder Ridge Knife (TRK henceforth) has been making knives for around 56 years and primarily sells his wares at various regional shows and on the Arizona Custom Knife website. [gallery link="file" ids="1812,1818,1815,1816,1817,942"] This featured knife is a custom Damascus tanto point fixed blade.  It is a full tang construction featuring...
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Too Many Masters – by Ken Fish
The following article originally appeared in a 1991 edition of the Pa Kua Chang Journal. A friend of mine recently asked me how many Pa Kua and Hsing-I teachers there were in the U.S. today. A tournament promoter thinking of holding an internal martial arts tournament, he was visibly confused by my answer. “Three, maybe four Pa kua teachers, perhaps four or five Hsing-I teachers. In China maybe a couple dozen of each.” When he regained his composure, my friend began to reel off the names of teachers whose names or articles regularly appear in...
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