Malaysian kung fu: Five traditional martial arts in Malaysia, from silat to wushu

Five traditional martial arts in Malaysia, from silat to wushu

Besides self-defence, martial arts is a great confidence booster and improves your overall athleticism. Pertubuhan Ajaran Baba Buddha Ji Akhada president Kashminder Singh thinks that everybody should learn basic self-defence techniques to keep themselves safe.

“Learning how to defend yourself in any situation is essential as we are exposed to unknown risks each day. It is important to be alert in any environment. Self defence training can also help you go about more confidently, ” said Kashminder, 30.

The aircraft and maintenance technician from Kuala Lumpur is also an instructor for Gatka, the ancient Sikh martial art form. He adds that learning martial arts can also improve agility and give one better mental focus.

“While martial arts may seem violent, it requires discipline and teaches students self control, and patience and spiritual well-being.

Below are a few types of martial arts practised among different Malaysian communities.


Silat is an ancient combative art of fighting that can be traced back to the Malacca Sultanate. It is believed that Malay warriors used silat to fight Portuguese invaders. This traditional form of martial arts has evolved in Indonesia and Malaysia civilisations for centuries. There are many different styles of silat, including silat lintau, silat panji alam and silat gayong.


Silambam is a weapon-based Indian martial art originating in South India. – Filepic

Silambam is a South Indian weapon-based martial arts. It existed over 5,000 years ago, making it one of the world’s oldest martial arts. While bamboo sticks are the preferred weapon, other weapons like aruval (sickle), savuku (whip) and kathi (knife) are also used in silambam.

In the 1950s-1960s, popular Indian actor M.G. Ramachandran showcased silambam in many of his movies, to promote this art form.


This is an Iban self-defence technique passed down the generations. This Sarawakian martial arts form relies mainly on hand and leg movements that with or without weapons. Like other martial arts, kuntau practitioners focus on not just the self-defence facet of the art but also on building self-confidence and preserving the dying cultural heritage.


Gatka is an ancient martial art practised by Sikh warriors. Photo: The Star/Art Chen

Gatka is a Sikh ancient martial art that has been around for centuries. This art is deemed both a spiritual and physical exercise and uses weapons such as sticks, swords, and knives.


Wushu is also a full-contact sport. – FilepicThis is a form of contemporary Chinese martial arts that incorporates elements of performance with martialarts application.

Wushu encompasses different martial art styles, including weapon-play styles and bare hand.

In the 1990s, Hong Kong actors Jet Li and Donnie Yen helped to revive wushu by using many techniques like acrobatics, spins and high kicks in their films. It is also a full-contact sport.

Malay Silat – Martial Arts Explained

The Malay term “Silat” means “Kung Fu”: it is designated to define the exceptional ability to perform a hard job, that is also meticulous, refined.

Silat basic Principles

Malay Silat is a Martial Art originating in Malaysia, whose principles are based on the harmony of the body: movements in Silat are inspired by animals and they are often performed along with Malaysian traditional music.

Silat, being originated from the Malay archipelago, is very similar to Chinese Kung fu, due to the great migrations that took place from south of China hundreds of years, bringing different styles of the so called “Kung Tao” (Gong Dao, “The Way of the Fist”).

Just like other styles of Martial Arts, such as Taiji quan, Malay Silat is a soft style that is strongly based on taking advantage of the opponent’s power as it is based on the Yin and Yang principles.

Silat Tari: the traditional Silat Form

Tari is very similar to a dance, it is often performed along with Malaysian traditional music and is intended to provide harmony between body and mind while strengthening bones and joints. Siat Tari is a technique that is inspired by the characteristic defensive movements of some animals such as the Tiger (Harimau).

Silat fighting style

Sparring in Malay Silat is performed with bare hands, even against weapons, without any sort of protection. Kicks, elbow strikes, knee fists, joint locks, breakings, scissor kicks  and ground combat are also used.

Weapons in Malay Silat

Silat introduces weapons like the Karanbit (characteristic curved dagger), Golok (machete), Keris and short sticks.

Silat Uniform and traditional Martial attire

In some moves Silat makes use of some of the traditional daily-based clothing such as the Sarong, the Ikat Kepala (a bandana), scarf and belt.

Silat Basic Training.

Silat Basic training consists in three basic practices, based on a series of Base Kuda-Kuda stance (also known as Ma-bu stance in Traditional Kungfu).

Combat Techniques

Malay Silat is famous for having a soft and sensitive approach to sparring:

  1. Akar (strong roots)
  2. Long (flower)
  3. Buah (fruit) techniques to become mature.

Silat: Indonesia and Malaysia’s Deadly Martial Art

You are minding your own business, buying a newspaper at your local convenience store, when a belligerent drunk decides to throw a punch at you simply because you met his stare for a second too long. What the drunk doesn’t know is that you are trained in the Indonesian martial art of silat, and you are therefore able to move easily into close range where your big guns — the knees, elbows and head — can be brought into play. This range is referred to as the “battleground” by Indonesians.

Now that you’ve entered the battleground and are literally in the drunk’s face, you can begin the “tranquilizing process” — a vicious combination of elbows, knees, finger jabs, head butts and kicks to his groin, shins, thighs, eyes or any other vulnerable target.

Burton Richardson with a silat karambit trainer.

If he is still a threat after your initial salvo of blows, your combinations must continue. Can you sweep him to the ground? Can you elbow his spine? Can you stomp on one of his feet and force him off-balance? These are just a few of the possibilities available to an accomplished silat stylist.

Silat’s Many Styles

Roughly speaking, silat means “skill for fighting.” There are hundreds of different styles of silat, most of which are found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, southern Thailand and the southern Philippines. Common to all of these styles is a combat-oriented ideology and the use of weaponry.

In Indonesia, there exist hundreds of styles of pentjak silat (also spelled pencak silat), as well as many systems of kuntao, a form of Chinese boxing that bears many similarities to silat and is found primarily within the Chinese communities in Indonesia. There are also many systems that blend pentjak silat and kuntao. “Chinese fighting tactics have had positive influences on the development of pentjak silat,” says noted martial arts historian and author Donn Draeger.

Malaysia is home to a style known as bersilat, which can be divided into two forms: putat, a dancelike series of movements intended for public display, and buah, a realistic combat method never publicly displayed.

Bersilat is also found in the southern Philippines, as well as langkah silat, kuntao silat and kali silat.

Photo Courtesy of Antonio Graceffo

Silat techniques vary greatly, from the low ground-fighting postures of harimau (tiger) silat to the high-flying throws of madi silat. One particularly vicious madi throw involves controlling your opponent’s head, leaping through the air, and using your body weight to yank him off his feet as your knee slams into his spinal column. A typical harimau takedown involves coming in low against an opponent’s punch, capturing his foot with your foot, and forcing his knee outward with a strike or grab to the inside knee to effect the takedown.

Rikeson silat focuses primarily on nerve strikes, while cipecut silat makes extensive use of the practitioner’s sarong for throwing and controlling the opponent. A rikeson silat stylist might take an opponent down with a finger-thrust attack to the nerves situated in the crease between the upper leg and torso. Cipecut practitioners will deflect an attack with their sarong, then wrap it around the opponent’s head, utilizing the significantly improved leverage to yank him to the ground.

Bukti negara pentjak silat, as developed by Paul de Thouars, relies on a sophisticated leverage system to achieve almost effortless throws.

Burton Richardson, Black Belt’s 2015 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year, teamed up with the magazine to make an online course called Silat for the Street. It teaches the techniques from the Indonesian martial art that he’s deemed most effective for modern combat. Click here for details!

In Philippine silat, it is common to trap your opponent’s foot with your own foot while controlling his head and arm, then spin him in a circle. The opponent’s body rotates 360 degrees, but his knee and foot remain in place, causing severe injury.

The sheer number of silat styles allows practitioners a tremendous amount of variety, as well as a certain amount of freedom and self-expression. By researching a number of silat systems, you can add tremendous diversity to your combat arsenal.

Silat’s Indonesian Weapons

Virtually all silat styles, particularly Philippine silat, emphasize weapons training. In the areas where silat originated, carrying a weapon, usually one of the bladed variety, was for generations a fact of life for the general male populace. A silat practitioner will normally be skilled with a knife, stick, sword, staff, spear, rope, chain, whip, projectile weapons or a combination thereof.

The kris sword, with its wavy blade, is one of the most common weapons in Indonesia and Malaysia. Another wicked weapon found in Indonesia is the karambit (tiger’s claw), a short, curved blade used to hook into an opponent’s vital points. According to Donn Draeger, the karambit is used in an upward, ripping manner to tear into the bowels of the victim.

Most silat systems emphasize low, quick kicks, primarily because of the likelihood the practitioner will be confronting an opponent armed with a bladed weapon. A good rule of thumb is to never try a kick against a knife-wielding opponent, unless the kick is delivered at close range and is used as a support technique.

Silat’s Key Components

What comprises a good silat system?

The following are some of silat’s key components:

  • Silat Component #1: Efficient entry system. The style must have techniques that allow you to move quickly and efficiently into close range of your opponent. It must also include training methods that will hone your timing, precision and accuracy when employing those techniques.
  • Silat Component #2: Effective follow-up techniques. The system must have effective punching and kicking techniques. Heavy-duty techniques such as head butts, knee smashes and elbow strikes must be highly developed. “Finishing” techniques are more effective if your opponent is properly “tranquilized.”
  • Silat Component #3: Devastating finishing techniques. After you have entered into close range and applied a “tranquilizing” technique to your opponent, the next step is to apply a “finishing” technique, such as a throw, sweep, takedown, lock or choke, to end the confrontation. Locking maneuvers will break or render ineffective an opponent’s joint. Choking techniques will produce unconsciousness. Takedowns, throws or sweeps will slam the opponent into the ground or other objects with enough force to end a confrontation.
  • Silat Component #4: Realistic weapons training. Most silat systems emphasize weapons training at some point. This training will include realistic contact-oriented drills rather than forms practice and will greatly improve your reflexes, timing, accuracy, rhythm and precision. It’s amazing how quickly practitioners improve when facing a bladed weapon traveling at a high rate of speed.

Silat theory, then, is simple: Enter into close range of the opponent, apply a “tranquilizing” technique such as a punch or kick, and then “finish” the opponent off with a heavy-duty technique such as a lock, sweep, choke or throw.

Silat’s Ambassadors to the United States

Suryadi (Eddie) Jafri was one of the first to teach pentjak silat in the United States, conducting seminars throughout the country in the 1970s and ’80s before returning to Indonesia several years ago.

The well-respected Paul de Thouars teaches silat publicly at his Academy of Bukti Negara in Arcadia, California, and also conducts seminars across the United States each year.

Another fine instructor is mande muda pentjak silat stylist Herman Suwanda, who divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in Indonesia. Mande muda is a composite of 18 different silat systems.

Dan Inosanto of Los Angeles uses his weekly seminars as a forum to spread silat, as well as other martial arts. Inosanto has studied with de Paul de Thouars, Eddie Jafri and Herman Suwanda in Indonesian pentjak silat. He has also worked with John LaCoste, who taught Dan Inosanto kuntao silat, bersilat, kali and langkah silat of the southern Philippines. Dan Inosanto also trained under Nik Mustapha in Malaysian bersilat.

There are actually only a few qualified silat instructors in the United States, and most of them are not easy to find. If, however, you have the good fortune to undertake the study of silat under a competent instructor, prepare yourself because you are in for an exciting, invigorating exploration into one of the world’s richest and most effective martial arts.

by Terry H. Gibson

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History of White Crane Kung fu

(Before proceeding further, it is important to explain that there are actually two martial art systems emanating from China that bear the name of White Crane: one originates in Tibet and the other in the southern coastal province of Fukien. Both arts are famous and have glorious histories of their own. This fact is mentioned in order to avoid confusing the public. Although rare in the western world, Fukien White Crane is a famous fighting style in Southeast Asia. In fact, it is widely considered to be one of the ancestors of several traditional Okinawan Karate systems). We have presented below a very detailed account of this arts history as it this information is not readily available. To learn more about the Fukien White Crane, its history and theories, consult Shifu Lorne Bernards latest work Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu: A rare art revealed

The history of the Fukienese White Crane Kung Fu has been passed down from master to student (father to son) for five generations. Although various accounts do exist, they all tell a similar tale. The history of White Crane Kung Fu as passed down within the Lee family is presented below.

Fang Chi-Niang was born in Lei Chow Fu in the middle of the 18th century. Her father’s name was Fang Hui Sz and her mother’s name was Lee Pik Liung. Fang Hui Sz studied Kung Fu in the Shaolin temple at Nine Lotus Mountain, Ching Chiang district, Fukien (modern day Fujian) province. His wife and daughter lived at Lei Chow Fu. Since they were victimized by local landlords, it was decided to move away from the village.

Eventually, they settled down in Ching Chu temple, on Ching Chea Mountain (Lei Chow Fu). One day, as Fang Chi-Niang was drying grain in front of the temple, she saw a huge crane come down from the roof and begin to eat. She decided to use a bamboo stick to chase away the intruder. Fang Chi-Niang was both curious and fearful of the crane. At first, she tried to strike its head but the bird was evasive. Then she attempted to hit the crane’s wings but it stepped to the side and used its claw to block the attack. When Fang Chi-Niang tried to poke the bird’s body with her staff, it moved back and used its beak to peck the bamboo. Fang Chi-Niang was surprised. She continued to use the techniques her father had taught her but her efforts were completely unsuccessful. Astonished by the crane’s skill, Fang Chi-Niang sought to practice with it on a daily basis. Fortunately, the crane obliged. This permitted Fang Chi-Niang to analyze and absorb the bird’s self-defense strategies. Eventually, she mastered the movements and spirit of the crane.

During this period, Emperor Chien Lung ordered the destruction of the Southern Shaolin temple after having been informed of revolutionary activities on its grounds. Fang Hui-Sz was one of the few fortunate ones to escape the attack. He sought out his wife and daughter and they initially settled at Pik Chui Liang. Subsequently, Fang Hui-Sz moved to Sah Liang temple near Foochow, where he spent his spare time refining his daughter’s Shaolin Kung Fu. Fang Chi-Niang eventually mastered everything her father could teach her and chose to combine the crane’s spirit and movements with her Shaolin Kung Fu. She taught Kung Fu at Sah Liang temple to Weng Wing-Seng, Lee Fah-Sieng, Chang The-Cheng, and Ling Te-Sun. Weng was from Lei Chow Fu, Lee was from Chow Ann district, Chang was from Wing Chun district, and Ling was from Foochow. Weng and Lee taught many students at Kao Pei Cliff and set up a school there. Chang (nicknamed Nine Dots monk) settled at the White Crane temple and taught martial arts. Ling’s descendants moved to Taiwan. Lee passed his skills to his son Lee Mah-Saw. Lee Mah-Saw continued to set up schools and taught in Chow Ann district. Fang Chi-Niang’s teachings gave birth to different interpretations and four principal styles were developed: Flying Crane (Fei He), Eating Crane (Shi He) Screaming Crane (Ming He) and Sleeping Crane (Jan He or Su He). Later on, variations and combinations with other systems occurred which led to the creation of even more types of Fukienese White Crane.

At this point, it may be useful to debate whether the Fukienese White Crane arts are truly Shaolin systems or whether they represent a separate school. Since they were created outside the temple, many older generation White Crane masters do not consider their art to be a Shaolin art. This belief is compounded by the fact that White Crane focuses heavily upon soft power in the advanced stages. On the other hand, the founder did study from her father who was an accomplished Southern Shaolin practitioner. Consequently, it is difficult to resolve the debate as it is largely a question of perspective. Perhaps it is best to acknowledge the root of the art while simultaneously recognizing the founder’s unique contributions.

Grand-Master Lee Kiang-Ke: Bringing White Crane into the 20th Century

Historically, with the end of feudal social systems and the widespread use of firearms, advanced methods of combat are no longer an every day necessity. This fact of life, combined with the traditionally secretive nature of kung fu instruction, is contributing to the loss of an irreplaceable part of China’s cultural heritage. Many of the hundreds of different styles of kung fu are in danger of being lost or diluted to the point of extinction.

For practitioners of Fukien-style White Crane Kung Fu, the life of Grandmaster Lee Kiang-Ke (1903-1992) represents both a link to the past and window toward the future. To properly understand the reverence a martial artist has for his or her Grandmaster, it is necessary to view the martial art in its proper historical and cultural context. One important difference between the martial arts and other forms of physical activity is that martial arts can be practiced and enjoyed for a lifetime, and progress can be made at virtually any age. As such, many older masters are considered living treasures, due to the decades of accumulated knowledge, experience, and teaching expertise that they possess. Today, fewer and fewer people are willing to devote their lives to the study and teaching of martial arts as was done in the past. Because of this unfortunate reality, priceless martial knowledge often disappears forever upon the death of an elderly Grandmaster. This is especially true in the many styles of Chinese martial arts, where kung fu Shifus were secretive about their personal fighting art, and unwilling to disseminate it indiscriminately.

Fukien White Crane Kung Fu is continuing to thrive, thanks to the enlightened thinking of one of its foremost proponents. Third-generation Grand-Master Lee Kiang-Ke was the single most influential person responsible for the preservation and dissemination of the flying crane system of Fukien White Crane. His choice to open to the public what had previously been a closed-door system ensured the survival of a most complete and devastating Chinese martial art system.

Grandmaster Lee Kiang-Ke (Lee Kiang-Kay) started to learn Kung Fu from his father at the age of seven. After 10 years of arduous training, his father sent him away to live at a temple (Bai He An) where he furthered his martial knowledge under the instruction of a temple monk known as “Nine-dots Monk.” This temple specialized in the instruction of Fang Chi-Niang’s White Crane techniques. After four years of intensive study, the young master returned home to assist his father in teaching White Crane and in practicing herbal medicine. In time, he became the chief instructor and medical practitioner in his community. Later on, the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist government) invited him to join the 49th Army Division as a medic. He ended up also teaching the soldiers the long handled broadsword (Da dao).

When his time of service was completed, he returned home and continued teaching martial arts and practicing medicine. Thereafter, Lee Kiang-Ke moved to Singapore where he stayed for six years. In an effort to escape the Japanese invasion forces, he then moved to Kuching, East Malaysia. Unfortunately, the Japanese invaded Malaysia soon after. Following the war, fellow martial artists invited him to open a club. He did so and named it the “Martial Heroes Association” (Woo Ing Tong)3. It prospered for many years. During this period, Malaysian society was quite rough-and-tumble. Polite tests of skill were fairly common. Less friendly challenges and outright life and death self-defense situations also occurred. Master Lee was famous amongst his peers for never losing a challenge.4 In 1963, he moved to the city of Sibu (also in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak). Eventually, he directed several schools in local communities including Kuching, Sibu, Sarikei, and Bintulu.

In 1967, the first South East Asian Kung Fu Tournament was held in Singapore. Lee Kiang-Ke’s Kung Fu brother, Lee Wen-Hung, came from China and competed. Lee Wen-Hung had studied with Lee Kiang-Ke under Lee Mah-Saw. Despite his somewhat advanced age, he won first place in combat. He then he settled in Singapore. In 1973, a White Crane student representing Sarawak (East Malaysia) went to compete in the third South East Asian Kung Fu Tournament where he won second place in combat.

In 1967, the first South East Asian Kung Fu Tournament was held in Singapore. Lee Kiang-Ke’s Kung Fu brother, Lee Wen-Hung, came from China and competed. Lee Wen-Hung had studied with Lee Kiang-Ke under Lee Mah-Saw. Despite his somewhat advanced age, he won first place in combat. He then he settled in Singapore. In 1973, a White Crane student representing Sarawak (East Malaysia) went to compete in the third South East Asian Kung Fu Tournament where he won second place in combat.

Grandmaster Lee Kiang Ke retired in 1978 leaving his son, Shifu Lee Joo-Chian, the leadership of the head school in Sibu, East Malaysia. Master Lee Joo-Chian’s own training reveals the hard work needed to acquire some real skill (Kung Fu). Like his father, he started training at the age of seven. Classes were generally two and a half hours long. As the climate is hot and humid, warming up time was very brief. Students practiced forms for a half hour without any break. Thereafter, they briefly rested and recommenced their training of forms and basic moves for another half hour. Two-person forms were then practiced for another half hour followed by conditioning drills or weapons training. Finally, the last half hour was reserved for free sparring practice. The young Lee Joo-Chian followed this grueling schedule three times a day, six days per week! Morning class was at 4.30 A.M. Then the children went off to school. Upon his return, Lee Joo-Chian helped teach the afternoon class. Around eight in the evening, Lee and his sisters trained once again. Master Lee likes to remind people that there was little television in those days.5

Deed of Death review – Malay martial arts flick earns points for authenticity | Film

Director Areel Abu Bakar celebrates Malay martial arts in this film about a humble family’s attempts to bring a wayward son back to the fold. Mat Arip (Fad Anuar) has been using his father’s property deed as collateral for his gambling debts, which gives loan shark Kahar (Azlan Komeng) an opportunity to exact long-desired vengeance against the father (played by popular Malaysian actor-director, Namron). It won’t be easy, since both Mat Arip’s brother Ali (Khoharullah Majid) and sister Fatimah (Feiyna Tajudin) are experts in silat seni gayong. This is the unarmed combat style brought to the Malay peninsula by 18th-century Bugis warriors, and still taught to the Malaysian police force.

Bakar has sourced most of the cast for his film from the silat training centres of northern Malaysia. No doubt this brings authenticity, but the lack of stunt professionals also tells in some clearly visible two-inch gaps between punches and opponents’ body parts. Any such amateurish mistakes are, however, mostly obscured by an enthusiastic, Shaw Brothers-style soundtrack of grunts, thwacks and hiii-yahs. More of a problem is the superfluous inclusion of drag racing in a martial arts movie. You can see the “something for everyone” logic, but there is nothing fast or furious about the many scenes of pre-race peacocking, while the GoPro car interior shots are unpleasantly reminiscent of Top Gear.

At least – from a Malaysian audience point of view – Deed of Death saves the best till last: an extended fight scene for three-time silat world champion Khoharullah Majid, who has spent most of the previous runtime toiling in a paddy field. But general audiences may be more charmed by stereotype-flouting bouts involving sister Fatimah: the traditional hijab and baju kurung outfit is no impediment to her high kicks.

Deed of Death is released on 23 August on digital platforms.


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Grandmaster David Wang CV

Grandmaster David CV Wang is a martial art instructor with over 35 years of teaching experience. His disciples, numbering over 6,000, include many from overseas. Master Wang was first introduced to Chinese Kung Fu as a little boy by his grandmaster grandfather; full-fledged Chinese kung fu instructor.

As a teenager, he took the opportunity to learn from many of the great martial artists. Soon, fighting became second nature to him. He experimented in various martial arts and became absorbed in the Japanese martial arts, taking up judo, where he managed to secure the heavyweight title in his Malaysian state being the lightest in that category.

The martial art that took the most time for Grandmaster Wang Master was Serinji Kempo, in which he was awarded the 5th Dan Daikenshi.He now teaches a hands-on, all-rounded, organized martial art, derived from over 3 decades of combat experience and from his tireless efforts in experimentation.

Its principle in teaching, I do not teach my students to anticipate a fight, but if a fight is inevitable, they are ready for it. He is the author of From Fist to Heart Teaching People the Martial Arts Path, a 3-book series covering basic, intermediate and advanced defensive and offensive techniques.

The first volume examines the basics, principles and basic elements of attack and defense technology. This emphasizes the importance of mastering the basics, since all methods and forms are products of organized foundations. Bad practices come from poor foundations. He also emphasizes learning speed as a source of energy. The ultimate goal is to develop your conditioned reflex. Besides the speed it is reflexive. You can control your speed, but not your reflex.

The second volume deals with methods of release, twist locks, throwing and pinning. It is recommended that you understand the basic principles of escaping and twist-blocking methods before attempting the methods themselves. This way you will find it easier to practice. Most of the twist-locking techniques are illustrated by the need to exercise caution in order to avoid serious injury to the joints.

The third volume focuses on the application of human vital points.Vital points are clearly shown and applications are illustrated in a series of photographs. However, vulnerable or knockout points are only intended as a sign, and you should not experiment with them in practice with your partners. Resuscitation is also featured in a series of photographs demonstrating how to revive someone who has been struck and passed out.

Master Pao

With over 15 years of teaching exprience in Shaolin Kung Fu in the United Kingdom, his view on teaching is that there is nothing more noble than to share what you know.Although there are hundreds of different styles of kung fu, it can essentially be divided into two main schools, hard and soft styles. He combined soft and hard methods into one cohesive system of defensive and offensive techniques for men and women. This comprehensive program will help you develop an in-depth knowledge of combat techniques and how to cope with any combat situation.

His book is Tao Kung Fu. will help you discover that Kung-Fu is not only a form of health promotion and exercise, a very effective self-defense system, but it also promotes mental and spiritual well-being by inducing balanced energy in a person’s life.The goals of kung fu practice are to cultivate positive energy to revitalize every aspect of your life, to awaken human potential, to improve the way you interact with others, and so that you can live your full potential.

As Master Pao states, the principle of kung fu is not a thing that can be learned as a theoretical discipline or through instructions from books. The ultimate challenge of kung fu is to cultivate body, mind and spirit, develop some moral discipline.It includes much more than exhibitions of strength and power. It connects body, mind and spirit – a unity where form has no form like water. When you treat it gently it becomes soft and when you hit it hard it becomes hard.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a martial art in China, one of the five hundred styles of kung fu that originated about 250 years ago. For a long time, this type of martial arts was secret and was transmitted only from one family clan to another – a strict ban was imposed on its widespread use.However, in the middle of our century, he nevertheless went beyond the borders of China, penetrated first into Vietnam and Hong Kong, and later into America and Europe. About twenty years ago, they began to study it in Russia.

Wing Chun is an ancient martial art. According to one of the legends, his homeland is the famous Shaolin. After the defeat of Shaolin during the Manchu invasion, the surviving monks vowed to create a new style that would be effective against the tall and powerful Manchus, and simple enough that it could be quickly taught to many people.The style was created at the beginning of the 17th century in South China (modern Fujian province) and received the name Wing Chun (Peking people say – Yun Chun), which means “Eternal Spring”.

Almost 400 years later, it has become widely known and popular. Today in Australia, Germany, Vietnam, Italy, China, Malaysia, USA, France and many other countries, Wing Chun is studied by hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. Classes provide real self-defense skills, excellent physical shape and self-confidence.

Wing Chun is the art of close combat, which today is one of the most effective self-defense systems.He has absorbed all the best from martial arts (the school of the great master Bruce Lee is based on this technique). Its basic principles are speed, rationality, the absence of wide swings and high jumps. Wing Chun is characterized by short-range strikes, which have great strength due to an internal energy impulse. There is nothing superfluous in Wing Chun, only precise, economical movements.

Some types of martial arts, which are considered to be “external” styles, at the initial stage do not extinguish aggression in a person and can really provoke acute situations.In Wing Chun, by working with internal energy, aggressive impulses are neutralized almost from the very beginning of training, making a person calmer and more balanced.

There is no doubt that a person who has a good command of the technique of martial art, in a critical situation, can offer worthy resistance and seriously “puzzle” his opponents. But the more a person becomes strong (which is important, consciously strong) and, as a result, self-confident, the more he becomes magnanimous and condescending to the weaknesses of others.And any aggression is weakness.

In general, with people who master the martial arts, as a rule, random unpleasant stories, fraught with negative physical consequences, stop happening. A strong person is not attracted to evil, it is afraid of him. In ordinary life situations, the same principle works – people involuntarily submit to the inner strength that comes from the interlocutor – the “warrior” and the situation is resolved freely and easily, and in favor of the latter.

In addition to strength, martial arts, and to a large extent precisely Wing Chun, develop a special sensitivity in a person.In Wing Chun, the previously secret technique “ti sao” or “sensitive hands” is used for this. The student becomes hypersensitive to the movements of his opponent’s body, learns to control all his movements and respond accurately.

There is no age limit for Wing Chun practice. As we said above, the Wing Chun technique does not imply serious stretching on muscles such as twine or acrobatic exercises typical of other styles of wushu. That is, something that can scare off adults. You can start practicing Wing Chun at almost any age.

Is Wing Chun a purely masculine art?

Not at all. Important principles of Wing Chun are softness versus hardness, weakness versus strength. In addition, according to one of the legends, this style was created by a girl, so a physically weak person (and a woman is objectively weaker than a man), but who has mastered the principles of Wing Chun, has every chance of defeating a stronger one.

Kung Fu Master Ho En Hu can punch a coconut with his finger

Master Ho En Hu

Kung Fu Master Ho En Hu does not need to take up arms in order to defeat the enemy – a Chinese man can pierce a human skull with his index finger like a coconut.Of course, Huo En Hu uses his dangerous talent exclusively for peaceful purposes: “This finger allows me to feed my family,” says the man.

The Government of Malaysia in 2000 allocated a special place for the master on Yonker Street, in the heart of the Chinatown of the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca, since then Ho has been organizing demonstrations twice a week, entertaining locals and tourists.

Over the years, Ho En Hu has been setting records and breaking them himself, both literally and figuratively – for example, on February 2, 2001, a Chinese man entered the Malaysian Book of Records, piercing his miracle in a minute and ten seconds – three coconuts with a finger, and in June 2009 he managed to improve the result – in a little more than 30 seconds, four coconuts became the “victims” of the master, but the master did not stop there and in 2011 he was able to “figure out” the same four “opponents” in 12 seconds.

The man began his amazing career, inspired by the example of his mentor Chu Kong Leong, who taught 17-year-old Ho the art of kung fu. “Chu told me to learn how to hit with one finger. It didn’t work out very well at first, but hard training did the trick, ”Ho recalls. The young man practiced on banana trees, pointing his finger at them every time he passed by. “Passers-by said that I was crazy,” the master laughs. After stuffing his hand on the palm trees, Ho moved on to other solid objects, and after two years of grueling exercise, he was finally able to make a hole in his first coconut.

The master’s secret lies in the ancient Chinese art of qigong, which teaches how to achieve harmony between body, spirit and mind. While practicing qigong, mentor Huo master Chu Kong Leong learned, for example, to swallow metal balls and push them back, or, say, to crack coconuts with his head. Of course, punching coconuts with your finger is not the easiest job in the world, so Ho En Hu has to keep himself in shape – apart from ordinary exercises, a man walks about 20 km every day.There is practically no fatty food and meat in Ho’s diet – the Chinese prefers to lean on vegetables and fish. In addition to the demonstrative punching of coconuts, the man makes a living by selling healing and pain-relieving oils that he prepares himself. Probably, the master knows a lot about medicine – during his career he broke his famous finger more than once, but invariably again went out to “fight” with coconuts.

90,000 Kung Fu Panda 2 is … What is Kung Fu Panda 2?

Kung Fu Panda 2 (eng. Kung Fu Panda 2 ) is a computer animated film by DreamWorks Animation, a continuation of the 2008 Kung Fu Panda cartoon. The premiere took place in cinemas in Russia and the United States on May 26, 2011 at [3] . The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2012. [4]


Po is happy, lives in the Valley of Peace and protects it together with his friends, kung fu masters, legendary warriors: Tigress, Monkey, Praying Mantis, Viper and Crane.But Poe’s beautiful life is threatened by the emergence of an imperial disgraced son, the dangerous villain Lord Shen, who plans to use secret firearms to conquer the country from which he was exiled by his parents for his addiction to the destructive side of gunpowder. The Witch Doctor tells him that he will eventually be defeated by the Black and White Warrior (meaning the panda). Because of this, Shen hates pandas. The heroes will have to travel through all of China in order to face evil and defeat it. But how can Po stop a weapon that is stronger than kung fu ?! He must turn to his past and reveal the secrets of his mysterious origin; only then can he find the power of inner peace that will help him win.Gradually it turns out that the village of Panda was burned down, and many residents were killed by the Peacock because of the Prophecy of the Prophecy about the Black and White Warrior. Poe realizes that Mr. Ping is his adoptive father (the panda had this suspicion back in the first cartoon). Together with the Furious Five, Master Po – Master Shifu, and Masters Bull and Croc Po, he defeats Shen and regains inner peace. At the end of the film, shots appear about the secret village of pandas. One adult panda raises its head and says: “My son is alive!”

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At the end of May 2011, screenwriters Jonathan Aybel and Glenn Berger spoke about the possible return of Jean-Claude Van Damme to Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as the possible participation of Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal [6] .


Dates are given in accordance with data from IMDb [3] .


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“King of Kung Fu” – in M-1

According to the official website of the League of Mixed Martial Arts of Russia, the arrival of the repeated world and European champion, the winner of the special Olympic tournament in Beijing became possible thanks to the fruitful work of Gadzhimurad Karaev, the promoter of the “Fighting Eagles” club (Battle eagles) from Khasavyurt.The debut of the legendary drummer will take place approximately at one of the spring stages. The main fighter of the Eagles at the moment is the reigning M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Marat Gafurov (65 kg), it is quite possible that the club will have another leader – already in a heavier weight category.

M. Salikhov himself commented on his decision: “I like mixed martial arts, and I want to take part in big tournaments. Signing a contract with such a large and well-known company as M-1 Global opens up excellent prospects for me.I hope that in the near future I will demonstrate my art to the audience in battles with strong and worthy opponents. ” The champion’s mentor, honored trainer of Russia, founder of the boarding school of martial arts “Five sides of the world” (the village of Halimbekaul) Gusein Magomayev in a telephone conversation with the correspondent of “DP” noted that his pupil was quite successful in the K-1 fights in Asia, stating at the same time, that he is not yet ready to talk about the contract with M-1 Global, since he does not have complete information, he did not communicate with Salikhov.According to G. Magomayev, the “King of Kung Fu” did not say his last word among the amateurs, and he will most likely take part in the World Wushu Sanda Championship, which will be held in Malaysia in October this year. It must be said that the cases when athletes, participating in competitions in their main specialization, simultaneously compete in professional fights in MMA, M-1 and other versions, are not isolated today. This practice is widely used all over the world, including in our country.And for this it is enough to have qualifications in ordinary, traditional types of martial arts. At the same time, the transition to the “pro” requires from the fighters, in addition to possessing a variety of techniques and tactics of conducting a duel, a high level of physical and especially psychological preparation. Not all athletes are morally ready to perform in a somewhat different format for themselves.

The development of this and other skills can be greatly facilitated by obtaining MMA state registration in Russia and, accordingly, recognition as an official sport.True, the work in this direction in the past years was done well. Children and adolescents had the opportunity, as they say, to roll into a mixed style without special training, for example, to do without boxing or wrestling classes: for beginner amateurs who in the future see themselves in a professional ring, softer rules were created.

Thus, in the future, mixed martial arts, according to experts, can develop into a social phenomenon and receive international recognition as the most popular non-Olympic discipline.Well, the fact that M-1 is a successful business project hardly raises doubts for anyone. By the way, the coach of Muslim Salikhov, speaking about the commercial aspect, which plays an important role (in most cases, the dominant one) in the transition of this or that fighter to professional sports, expressed the opinion that “such a step is justified, achieving high results in amateurs, guys do not receive appropriate material compensation and, in addition, are often forced to travel to major tournaments at their own expense, to look for sponsors. “

The situation in the republic in those sports that are not included in the program of the Olympics is really awful. And representatives of the Olympic disciplines, with the exception of wrestlers, as the past four-year cycle has clearly shown, cannot boast of substantial fees. It is no coincidence that Mansur Isaev and Tagir Khaibulaev won both gold medals in judo at the Games in London, representing other regions – Chelyabinsk and the Samara region.

Omissions, shortcomings are enough. But this is already a topic for a separate conversation.

90,000 Culture, spirit and ideology: Moscow hosts Kung Fu festival

The VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival has opened at the Aquarium Universal Sports Arena in Moscow. Prior to that, it took place only in the capital of China, Beijing.

This year more than a thousand participants and athletes from 16 countries will take part in the festival. Kungfuists from Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Brazil, Great Britain, Georgia, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine will present their skills.

“For the first time, Russia has had the honor to host the International Cultural Kung Fu Festival and the Championship of the International Kung Fu Federation. I believe this is a worthy reward for the contribution of our country for its efforts to develop kung fu both nationally and internationally. The best athletes of the planet arrived in Moscow. Of course, the Russian team deserves special attention. We always expect high results from our team. I am sure that she will be able to show impressive results and memorable fights, ”said the President of the Kung Fu Federation of Russia Magomedkamil Rabadanov.

President of the International Kung Fu Federation, UN diplomatic envoy, master of kung fu, pupil of the Shaolin Monastery Fu Biao noted that despite the fact that kung fu originated in China, it belongs to the whole world. “This is more than sports. This is the unity of the language of mind and body, art and aesthetics, strength and skill. This is a sport that expands the boundaries of consciousness and develops physical health, as well as strengthens the spirit, “he said.

“In kung fu there is a concept of three essences, which are ideology, culture and spirit.The development of the level of culture in the country helps to strengthen the ideology of the people, and ideology, in turn, raises the national spirit. Ideology determines the dreams, plans and prospects of the people, and a strong-minded people creates a strong state. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a single unit of society or about an entire country, ”Fu Biao said.

“I would like to believe that the followers of the kung fu teachings will be able to be an example for society, promoting ideology, engaging in cultural education, training the spirit and working on kung fu techniques in order to ultimately increase the responsibility of each individual to society, define it place in this society and build a system of values, ”he continued.

According to Fu Biao, based on the experience of past World Kung Fu Championships, the federation felt the importance of this event. “And we decided to hold a kung fu festival in Moscow. The International Kung Fu Federation supports the New Silk Road strategy because we want to create our own Silk Kung Fu Road. On this site, kung fu lovers from all over the world can demonstrate their skills and improve their level, exchange experiences with other athletes, make useful contacts, fall in love with kung fu even more and infect others with this love.Kung Fu is a window into the world for China, through which other countries can see China closer, ”added the master.

The festival program includes demonstration performances of kung fu masters, demonstration of combat complexes and traditional styles of kung fu. Also, guests of the festival will be able to see an art exhibition of Chinese painting in the style of gohua, take part in master classes in calligraphy and painting of gohua.

Within the framework of the festival, the V World Kung Fu Championship will be held, within which sports competitions in kung fu will be held in the following disciplines: Ui (training in combat equipment and possession of various types of weapons), Fighting (full contact fights held in the ring), Shuaijiao (traditional Chinese wrestling).The championship will end with demonstration battles Fight Nights .

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International Kung Fu Festival will be held for the first time in Russia – STUDIO 21

On July 22-26, the VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival will be held in Moscow at the Aquarium Universal Sports Arena.The previous five Kung Fu holidays were held in Beijing. Guests of the festival will be presented with 35 styles of kung fu, Chinese painting and master classes; more than 100 spectacular full-contact fights between the best kung fu masters from around the world will also await visitors.

This year more than 1000 participants and athletes from 16 countries will take part in the festival. Kungfuists from Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Brazil, Great Britain, Georgia, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine will present their skills.

The festival will be opened by the President of the International Kung Fu Federation, the UN diplomatic envoy, master of kung fu, a pupil of the Shaolin Monastery Fu Biao and the President of the Kung Fu Federation of Russia, holder of the 7th dan in kung fu Magomedkamil Rabadanov. Also invited to the opening are: Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobyov, Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko, stars of national sports Fedor Emelianenko, Alexander Karelin, Svetlana Zhurova and others.

“On behalf of the International Kung Fu Federation, I greet the organizers, participants and guests of the upcoming VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival.It is a great honor for me to host the opening of the International Cultural Kung Fu Festival and the V Championship of the International Kung Fu Federation in Moscow. At the last festival, the best athletes from all over the world came together to compete against each other and it was fun to watch the games live. This is a festival of martial arts masters from all over the world. I am convinced that the VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival will be held at a high organizational level and will reveal new names of talented athletes. I wish all the participants successful fights, and the guests and spectators – vivid impressions of the high level of athletes, ”says Mr. Fu Biao’s greeting.

“For the first time, Russia had the honor to host the VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival and the V Championship of the International Kung Fu Federation! Undoubtedly, this is a worthy reward for the contribution of our country for its efforts to develop kung fu both nationally and internationally. The best athletes of the planet will soon arrive in Moscow. Of course, the Russian national team deserves special attention. We always expect high results from our team. I am sure that she will be able to show impressive results and memorable fights.I wish all the Participants of the VI International Cultural Kung Fu Festival and the V Championship of the International Kung Fu Federation, first of all, to be confident and win beautifully, and the audience – to enjoy a real holiday of kung fu, ”says Magomedkamil Rabadanov.

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