General Questions on the Wooden Dummy

How was the wooden dummy first created? Why are its arms and leg positioned the way they are?

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Stress Management Course

by William Cheung’s Better Life Programs

In today’s demanding environment, more and more instructional programs are being developed to assist the achievement of relaxation techniques, the extension of personal awareness and maintenance of good health.

My Stress Management Course uses a combination of pressure point techniques and internal breathing exercises to manage stress and obtain optimum motivation.

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Chi Flow in our Body

It is said that, “chi is the son of blood and blood is the mother of Chi. When Chi moves the blood moves and therefore heals.” Improving your circulation is going to help your blood move oxygen and nutrients through out your body and more efficiently remove waste products from metabolism. This can go a long way to improving your health.

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100-Day Iron Palm Training Program – FAQ

What does the Iron Palm course consist of?
The course consists of Chinese herbs, and instructions to mix the herbs into a medicine.  Included is an illustrated booklet with descriptions of the striking techniques and use of the herbal medicine.  You then following the instructions in the booklet for alternately striking the bags and then soaking your hands in the herbal medicine.

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Origins of the Dragon Pole

William Cheung with Dragon Pole

As far back as 3000 B.C., the staff and the long pole were used in hunting as well as  in battle. The staff is a stick between five and six feet in length, both ends of the same diameter. The long pole can be as long as 13 feet, with one end tapered. These weapons were easy to construct and were very popular in ancient days.

With the discovery of bronze and iron, the staff and long pole were modified into weapons such as spears, Kwan Dao (big choppers), and various versions of the long stick with metal casting at the end.

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Wing Chun Eight Slash Butterfly Swords

Wing Chun eight slash butterfly swords are also called Wing Chun bart jarm dao. The name bart jarm dao was derived from the initial intention of the originator who designed the striking technique mainly aiming for the wrist, elbow, knee and ankle. The purpose was to main the opponent rather than to kill since the wing chun bart jarm dao was originated from the Shaolin temple and used by the monks and nuns of the temple in their travels. They frequently carried sums of money donated by their worshippers. Often they would be met by bandits who intended to rob them. The monks were prepared for this, and they were equipped with butterfly swords hidden in the side of their boots. When they were confronted by the bandits, they would pull out the swords to defend themselves. Since their religion did not allow them to slaughter anyone, their initial target was to maim their opponents on the wrists, knees and ankles.

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Butterfly Swords

The butterfly sword is a weapon used primarily by martial artists of southern China. The blade length of the weapon is equal to the fist and the forearm, and a guard is fixed to its hilt to protect the hand. The special length of the blade is designed to allow for better maneuvering. For instance, if the blade is longer than the length of the fist and the arm, it could not be able to be rotated inside the arms. However, the shape of the butterfly sword and the way of its use differs in northern China. With the northern Chinese butterfly sword, the footwork of the user in kicking is stressed; but the butterfly swords in southern China are used chiefly in close-quarter fighting because of their short length, with emphasis placed on precision and the coordination of both swords at the same time. One modern adept of hung gar style, Wong Fei Hung, was especially noted for his skill with this weapon.

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