Monthly Archives: June 2016

Wax On, Wax Off, and Other Hung Kyun… Err, Karate Lessons [Video]

Wax On, Wax Off, and Other Hung Kyun... Err, Karate Lessons

“Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important.”

Do you remember? I hope you do. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, please do me a favor, and watch (the original) Karate Kid movie series. 1980’s, I know, I know, but still worth watching it.

Mr. Miyagi, portrayed by late Pat Morita – who by the way didn’t know any Karate at all – is definitely a Master we all dreamed of as kids. Or not, especially if you want to learn kicks and strikes, but instead a martial arts school it seems you joined an home improvement company.  Continue reading

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Rare Video: Grand Master Chiu Kau Performs “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

Rare Video: Grand Master Chiu Kau Performs "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)

Grand Master Chiu Kau (1895-1995) was definitely one of the most influential Hung Ga Kyun teachers of the 20th century.

He started to learn Hung Kyun in 1909 under the guidance of Wong Sai Wing Sifu in South Pacific. In 1928 he joined „Lam Sai Wing’s 2nd Branch School” in Hong Kong, together with his wife Siu Ying.  Continue reading

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PHK Long Pole: Set, Drills, Sparring [Video]

PHK Long Pole: Set, Drills, Sparring

One of the main PHK missions is practical usage of all skills that we learn and practice. We don’t stop at sets – we devote a significant amount of training to drills, application drills, strength and conditioning, and of course sparring.

PHK Gym Jihlava, led by Michal Hink, senior disciple of Pavel Macek Sifu, is an example to follow. Check out their new video of “Six and Half Point Long Pole” practice, which is a part of our 2nd Kap beginner’s program. Continue reading

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The Shadowless Kick of Hung Ga Wong Kei Ying

Shadowless Kick - No Shadow Kick

Wong Kei Ying’s “Small Deception-Kick” (Gwai Ji Geuk), commonly called the “Shadowless Kick”, includes the “Yin-Lifting Kick” (Liu Yam Geuk), “Court-Sweeping Leg” (Sou Tong Geuk), “Propping-Rooster Leg” (Chang Gaai Geuk), and “Single-Standing Golden Rooster Leg” (Gam Gaai Duk Laap Geuk). Because issuing such a counter is so extremely fast that the opponent is unable to detect a shadow, these skills are therefore called the “Shadowless Kicks” (Mou Ying Geuk). Continue reading

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