Fighting Stances

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There are different fighting stances a fighter or competitor will use depending on the type of event, fight or situation. The strategy and style of the competitor will also vary with the event depending on the fighter’s ability and education. Different styles or methods of fighting have strategies that may include hand held weapons, kicking,… Read more »

Qigong and Sticky Hands with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

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Renowned author, Tai Chi and Qigong master, Dr. Yang will be holding a seminar in Portland, OR. Intended for all skill levels, this seminar will focus on the foundation of your Qigong practice; developing a strong root of understanding to support your training. We will also be exploring and playing various sticky hands concepts, improving… Read more »

Youth Martial Arts: The Community

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By Jennilyn Nelson “So, I’d like to check in, ask how Peter is doing lately,” says Joseph, an eleven year-old martial artist from our Youth Power program. He leans against my desk, eyes looking concerned. Peter is Joseph’s nine year–old brother. Leave it to an older brother to seek an impromptu progress report. The other… Read more »

Types of Muay Thai Boxing Conditioning

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By Jeff Patterson 6/9/09 Like most competitive full contact fighting sports, Muay Thai Boxing has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Many coaches believe that 80 percent of a fighters success is based on his/her conditioning. Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition. Training regimens… Read more »

Muay Thai Traditions and Ceremonies

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Muay Thai has a long history of traditions. These Muay Thai traditions are usually related to showing respect and paying homage to those who helped you along the way. The art of Muay Thai, although powerful and very combative, comes out of humility. With my personal training Ajarn Chai Sirisute, who has been the largest… Read more »

Portland Tai Chi training in Martial Applications

Tai chi is practiced in four main areas martial arts/ self-defense, philosophical/creative, medical/therapeutic and spiritual/religious. Many of us have seen people practicing tai chi. It seems so graceful and soft, but out of the softness comes a very effective short and middle range martial art. Using Tai chi martial applications you will learn how to… Read more »

Regulating Your Taijiquan and Qigong Training

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By Jeff Patterson 8/8/09 The training procedure with a Taijiquan or Qigong practice should start with regulating the body, breath, mind, Qi and then the spirit. It is important to have a good understanding of what these are to move forward to higher levels of practice. Also, when learning Taijiquan and Qigong in this progression, one… Read more »

What is Qigong – An Overview

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By Jeff Patterson 6/9/09 Qigong (or chi gong) is an internal art focusing on the study and practice of the breath and how your breath is directly correlated with the body’s over all circulation, health and well being. There are many styles of Qigong and many reasons one might start a practice.   What is… Read more »

How To Build Confidence

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By Jennilyn Nelson Stepping into a martial arts studio is one of my earliest memories of exercising self-confidence. I was nine, very shy, and not athletic. My mother had to coax me through the doors, reassuring me it wasn’t as scary as it seemed. Everything about the place seemed alluring and alien; shaking the instructor’s… Read more »