12 Bridges: The Fundamental Concept of Hung Gar

For any person to attempt to put their views and understanding of the Twelve Bridges into print is not a decision to be taken lightly. The Twelve Bridges are so poorly understood by so many who wish to seem “in the know”, and if these people have ever published, printed, or in some cases even…

Kung Fu Forms in Hung Gar

There are three forms which form the core of the Hung Gar system. While many schools use differing supplemental forms, Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kuen is the first of the core forms to be taught in nearly all Hung Gar schools. Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kuen is a very long form which will challenge the…

What is Hung Gar?

Hung Gar translated into English, means Hung Family. Hung is a family name, like Smith or Jones in America. The word ‘hung’ (洪) is often confused with the words for ‘red’ (紅)or ‘hero’ (雄), which are pronounced the same, but are written with different characters. There are two common uses for this character. The first…

Multi-Art Master Reality Check

There are a great many martial artists who claim to have studied more than one system, and this is never a real problem. Any intelligent martial artists is going to study one core system, and then fill the holes in their self defense through cross training in whatever system they feel best addresses the shortcomings…

Effective Teaching for the Martial Arts Instructor

This one is for the martial arts instructors who want to have students pass their tests because they deserve to move up in rank and not have the student move up in rank simply because they are still around.   Personally, I make my students earn their rank, and the test is simply the last…

Fakes and Frauds

I return once again to the subject of fraud.   It shames an industry which is supposed to be built upon integrity and other like values that there are so many who are shamelessly promoting themselves beyond all credibility. As a small word of advice, I recommend that you do not put too much faith…

Types of Martial Arts Schools

  I believe I first heard it described this way from Master Chief Hartman, AKA TKDTutor. Originally, the teaching of martial arts was an avocation. This means that it was not done as a way to make a living. It was done out of love of the art. In modern times, the teaching of martial…

How to get started in the martial arts

I am always excited to hear that someone is interested in training in the martial arts. I wish they would all train with me, but the simple fact is that they are not all interested in what I teach. Even so, I still get excited for them when they are about to begin that great…

Why your Kung Fu Kwoon is a Non Profit Venture

Like most Kung Fu instructors, my kung fu club is small, and never seems to grow beyond that small but dedicated base of students. In spite of many attempts, I find as many other instructors of the Chinese Martial Arts that I never seem to crack that invisible wall of twenty students.   I wish I…

Confessions of an Aging Kung Fu Legend

Before anyone’s feathers get all fluffy, I want to point out that I use the term “kung fu legend” as a joke. It was used by someone to describe me, and I laughed it off, but it kept playing in my head. It also seems I must remind people that the words in these posts…