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Golden Dragon Martial Arts School
“Traditional Chinese Martial Arts: Myths and Reality”
a talk by Valery Prosvirov, Head of Golden Dragon
March 02, 2013, at 12 pm
- Presentation on history and philosophy of traditional Chinese martial arts;
- Demonstration of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong technique;
- Explanation of key connections between martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine;
- and, as always at Golden Dragon, very tasty Chinese tea!
Come and bring your friends, everyone is welcomed!
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."
In China the Jian Sword symbolizes high skills, as its mastery is incredibly difficult. This weapon is for real professionals, its thin design requires much attention and leads to motions that are very elegant, fast, and lightning-like. That is why the sword Jian was held at a higher level in the hierarchy of weapons.
On February 2, 2013, Golden Dragon Martial Arts School was honored to host Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa as a visitor and esteemed guest. What started out as a short visit to a quaint yet elegant traditional Chinese tea shop in Brentwood quickly evolved into an hours-long melding of masterful minds. The topics of conversation were just what one would expect to hear from such enlightened men, from the history and applications of martial arts in life as well as cinema, to its philosophies and principles, even down to its uses in the healing arts.
Having started out as a healer before venturing to Hollywood, Tagawa bolsters the benefits of martial arts in leading a full, healthy life. His studies of Qigong have given him insight on the significance of breath in training and physical development. “You release more toxins from the body with a deep exhale than with anything else,” professes Tagawa. “I really believe that breath, in and of itself... can be the ultimate self-healing tool.” Master Valery and Mr. Tagawa got along famously, undoubtedly due in part to their shared philosophies and dedication to their art. Since Golden Dragon's grand opening on June 30, 2012, Master Valery has taught traditional Chinese kung fu with the intent of helping his students to not only become better fghters, but giving them the tools to become healthier, stronger, more focused and self-aware human beings. He teaches this way because he understands that this is the essence of true kung fu, and that the best won battles are the ones you never have to fight.
Power is nothing, technique is nothing, the main essence is the spirit. Dragon is a state of mind. Dragon is the suppression of enemy by spirit. Dragon never retreats.
He's like a river that never flows backwards, it flows only forward, bypassing everything on its way like water.
This is perfect place for meditation and Tai Chi practicing.
In the form of Crane there are a lot of kicks by the upper level and in the jump. High kicks are very energy-intensive, so the main quality of this animal is endurance. All movements must be executed with a wide amplitude. Strikes are done with the outer and inner edges of the palm, with the fingers, with crane's "wing", only single punches can be done with the fist. Strikes are circular, like the flapping of wings – cutting and ripping, open and straight.
Have you seen the Animal planet TV shows? Do you remember how snake bites its prey quickly and accurately? How it moves forward by evading movements? Snake utilizes precision and flexibility. Therefore, its strikes are precise, but not powerful. This is about punches and kicks. All strikes should be light and quick, they can be single or used in a series.
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Key word is speed. Leopard plays with its prey, as a cat with its toy. Leopard is not as strong as a tiger, but the absence of hard, powerful strikes allow him to move much faster. Positions are long, but frequently changing. Leopard uses a counterattack, therefore it applies simultaneous block and attack, which is very effective. Levels of strikes, as well as positions, change frequently.
That is why top level attacks can be rapidly replaced by sweeps, and after that you attack the top or medium level again. Leopard punches with fist, by “eye” of the fist and "leopard paw" - it is not as strong as a fist, but has the advantage of speed and accuracy.