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6 Dragons Kung Fu: All VIDEO COURSES https://www.6dragonskungfu.com/6-dragons-kung-fu-all-video-courses/ https://www.6dragonskungfu.com/6-dragons-kung-fu-all-video-courses/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:24:15 +0000 https://www.6dragonskungfu.com/?p=7443 All our Kung Fu video courses This is the updated index of all the 6 Dragons Kung Fu’s video courses (divided by topic). Note – This article has been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course). The […]

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All our Kung Fu video courses

This is the updated index of all the 6 Dragons Kung Fu’s video courses (divided by topic).

Note – This article has been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course).

The video courses index

Combat techniques video courses

Combat tactics video courses

  • Advanced COMBAT TACTICS – How to manage a fight from outside(like a chess match), choose a general strategy and adapt the various tactics (not for beginners)
  • WORST COMBAT ERRORS to AVOID – A selection of the worst and most common mistakes to avoid combat (with the relative solutions and corrections)
  • HOW TO use FAINTS in COMBAT – An advanced-level guide to learn to deceive in a natural and instinctive way your opponents (for competitions and self-defense)

Martial weapons video courses

  • Basic 6 Dragons Kung Fu’s WEAPONS – The general development path of the rigid / flexible weapons (also useful for limbs’ muscle memory education and therefore free-hand combat)
  • The BASICS of the KNIFE – How to use, train, manage the knife (theory and a selection of techniques / exercises)

Self-improvement video courses

Training methods video courses

Self-defense video courses

Advanced skills video courses

Wellness and health video courses

Other video courses

More about 6 Dragons Kung Fu

Info and help

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A selection of activities to perform during summer

Holidays are always a terrible enemy for martial arts’ constancy: we gain weight, we become lazy and we end up abandoning the practice.

If we really want to pursue a serious path, it is a good rule never to stop training but rather to adapt our daily workout (from time to time) to our needs (for rest, light-heartedness and fun).

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Exercises to perform on the water

Exercises to perform on the sand

Exercises to perform on the rocks

Exercises to perform everywhere

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The self-defense scenario

In this article, I will describe the more frustrating personal defense situation that happened to me (Kongling), returning home after going out with my girlfriend.

Note – These articles have been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course).

The background (in short):

  • A lot of years ago (when I was eighteen probably), for some weeks I had been dating a girl who lived about 1 hour away from my town
  • A boy, that this girl had always refused, came to know that we had been going out together for some time
  • Somehow, blinded by jealousy, he must have spied on us as we entered or left her house (since when it is impossible to quantify)
  • One evening (probably after having ascertained that I was at her home), he decided to wait for me (together with a friend of him) where I had parked my car
  • It was already almost dark, the area was poorly lit and above all deserted
  • In a very carefree way, I reached my car without seeing anyone around me (read Constant attention: what is and how it works)

The situation that has triggered the criticality:

  • Without going into detail of what they told me, the 2 basically ask me if it is true that I am together with the girl in question (how we met and other amenities)
  • Despite the strangeness of the meeting the 2 guys seemed to be completely peaceful, calm and somehow “friendly”
  • They even seemed gentle, so much that after the short discussion, we even shook hands amicably
  • They were (apparently) gone away and I was already in the car but it was rather hot and to drive home I decide to take off my jacket, so I get out to put it in the back seat
  • While I was about to enter the cockpit, the 2 guys suddenly arrived running toward me (from behind)

Trying to break down sequentially everything that happens next, let’s see what my analysis of the situation (should) have been. Needless to say that, as always, everything happens in a matter of seconds.

The (missed) application of the S.A.F.E. method

To understand what we are talking about, read Personal defense: the S.A.F.E. method.

Safety:

  • Even though I was already at an “advanced” stage of my martial path, regarding the real principles of personal defense, I was a totally ignorant (and this cost me a lot, read Best martial arts for self-defense)
  • What I should have done was to maintain a basic passive attention level (read for example The overall view: see everything, do not look at anything); this way, I could (perhaps) have noticed that someone was hidden waiting for me in the parking lot
  • This was my first mistake, if I had sensed their presence I would have gone much more quickly (and I would have avoided what unfortunately happened later)

Argument:

  • Involuntarily, in terms of negotiation (read /// Subscribe (it's free!) or Login to see this content ///), we could say that this is the aspect in which I have behaved better
  • I did not pose aggressively or frightened (partly for the false security that the martial practice gave me, read Self-defense: why 90% of martial arts does not work, partly because probably I was in a good mood)
  • Although this was not enough, I have for all intents and purposes established a positive / peaceful contact that has, at least momentarily, canceled their initial intention to beat me

Flee:

  • My second and bigger error has been to give my shoulders to those guys, without even checking 1 time before going toward the car door (again, I would have avoided when it happened later); this might seem like a manic detail but it is not at all, before entering or leaving any place it is always a good practice to give a quick look (it costs nothing)
  • They rushed towards me (I can’t say exactly with what intention) but taking me by surprise, they pushed me down a drain in front of my car
  • The drain (in concrete), joined to the hill, was quite high and steep (more than 2m)
  • Instinctively (yes, this time thanks to the training) I managed to protect myself during the ruinous fall (read also Everything you should know about breakfalls)
  • Unfortunately, at the end of the fall, I stuck against a stone that passed exactly in the middle of my arms, to violently hit my right incisor tooth (which broke at 45° immediately, as in the photo)
  • Despite the fall, except for the tooth, I was completely unharmed (it is not wrong to say that martial arts indirectly saved my life) but it wasn’t over there

Engage:

  • By touching my mouth I realized that my tooth was gone and would never be reattached (as everyone can imagine, I spent a lot of money at the dentist)
  • The damage, combined with the fact that I was cowardly attacked by 2 people on my back, made me furious
  • Out of my mind, I went up the conduit literally like a tiger (they were still there, still with the idea of beating me)

The final result

How the scenario has been “solved”:

  • I had never experienced such a loss of control (even in other worst situations)
  • I can’t remember exactly what happened in front of them, I can only say that I was totally out of control and that the limits that I normally impose myself (even in situations of danger) were gone
  • I hit them with unprecedented violence (knees, elbows, I even used the edges of the cars)
  • I don’t want to describe their conditions but at the end of the “outburst”, they were both leaning against a car (apparently) unconscious
  • In a still very altered state (I was literally shaking) I entered my car and (with difficulty) I tried to leave
  • A few minutes later, my mind started to recover and my blood froze; the doubt flashed in my head was that I could have killed them
  • I quickly turned my car and went back to the parking lot (that short stretch of road was really terrible)
  • Arrived at the parking no one was there
  • I have been very lucky, somehow the 2 got up and left

Final notes

Some things to think about:

  • Even if their aggression could be easily framed in a context of attempted murder, legally, even my position would not have been so easy to defend in a court of law (no witnesses, etc.)
  • The fact of practicing martial arts does not automatically allow a person to defeat more than one opponent at the same time (this is a ridiculous fantasy); the real reason why I prevailed over those 2 guys is identifiable in the fact that I was very well prepared (and they were not at all), that I was beyond the limit of prudence (and they were poorly determined), last but not least, that I weighed something less than them together (read Forget everything you know about multiple opponents fighting)
  • Even after all these years, describing those moments causes my body to still overheat; I can’t say that today I have reached such a level of detachment to be able to avoid reacting in such a violent way (I am very far from the practitioner I am aiming to become, both mentally both physically, read Revenge and resentment, knives taken from the blade side) but that I probably would not have stumbled into the situation at all
  • Let’s be clear, not all the self-defense scenarios are solvable or preventable (this is something to be accepted) but a correct mental and physical preparation drastically increases our chances
  • The memory of how I felt at that moment is a perfect example of an emotional anchor that can be exploited in case of need (read How to use emotions in workout and combat)

To conclude, I would like to list some realistic “alternative endings”:

  • Me not able to control the falling – Rolling like that I could have hurt myself a lot (remaining also defenseless in the hands of my 2 attackers)
  • They a little ‘bit stronger – If they had had even a minimal martial preparation and / or a more similar size to mine, things would have gone very differently
  • They in serious conditions (after my reaction) – At a minimum, even after all these years, I would still be embroiled in expensive lawsuits (with uncertain outcomes); in the worst case, I could have even ended up in jail (together with the slew of people convinced that they only defended themselves)

A note by Master Kongling – I have been very lucky. I do not like to tell this bad story but I hope it is a warning to all those who have (in relation to personal defense): false security, superficial approaches, little knowledge of risks and consequences (read also What is the difference between real fights and combative sports?).

In the next article of this series, we will analyze other cases of personal defense, so as to work not only on hypothetical situations but amalgamating theory and practice through a concrete basis of real events (if you want us to give priority to this kind of topics read Learn Kung Fu online: request a specific article).

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  • How would you have behaved?

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The movement on an incredibly different field

As we said in the past lessons of this chapter (read Lesson 11.1), the ground is a totally different battlefield if compared to a normal standing situation:

  • The striking naturally exists but its dynamics are not the same (muscle chains, relation with gravity, inertia, etc.)
  • Things like timing, speed and reflexes are always important but in a different dimension (eg. explosive hit-and-move-back moves are almost absent)
  • The weight of the shift is no longer managed mostly by the legs, it is divided over almost the entire surface of the body

The more we are near to the floor, the more the things change.

The 4 levels of height in a fight

During a combat, in 6 Dragons Kung Fu, we recognize 4 levels of height:

  1. First level – Standing (eg. the classical stance of a boxer)
  2. Second level – Very folded but without touching the ground (eg. a common stance of the wrestlers)
  3. Third level – At least on a knee and / or hand laid to the ground (eg. a common stance in Capoeira)
  4. Fourth level – Torso touching the ground (eg. a common stance of some BJJ guards)

The ones that we are discussing are the last 2.

The basic rules of ground mobility

The past lesson (read Lesson 11.2) should have given you an (at least generic) idea of what does it means to be in strict contact with the ground. Let’s see now a few basic rules to remember:

  • The head should never touch the ground – No matter if you are supine or prone, your head must be in a safe and tactical position (ready to see / act)
  • The sight is less effective on the ground – To move, you have to forget sight in favor of a good spatial memory; while you are clinging your opponent, it will not be rare to have a covered view, nevertheless, you will need a perfect perception of where you are (you and your limbs)
  • Without coordination and muscle chain you will not move – As the snake slithers, you too must learn to use the entire surface of the body in a coordinated way to move (otherwise you will be extremely slow, read Use the body power: the muscle chain)
  • To move fast, the body lengthens – No matter the direction, in most cases, if you want to move quickly in a straight line, it is necessary to perform movements with the body elongated (e.g. crawling, lateral rotations, etc.)
  • To change direction, the body shortens – No matter where you want to go, in most cases, to perform rolls and direction changes you have to compress / close your body

A note by Master Kongling – The time to talk about sparring hasn’t come yet, but it is fundamental that you test the validity of what we say in this course with experiments and exercise. Try with a partner a session of ground fighting (even without real blows and constricting techniques, read 5 effective ways to find a training partner).

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  • How long can you resist the 6 Dragons Kung Fu exercises on the ground?

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