Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Target Focus Training

I finally got around to attending a 2 day Target Focus Training seminar last weekend in Dallas.

Had a great time, met some great people.

The training methodology (go slow, no, go slower) works very well on a number of different levels - the emphasis on targeting (hence the name) is probably the unique feature of TFT - others talk of targeting, we actually do it.

I recommend attending a TFT seminar if you can get the chance (or make the chance) - it will enhance any martial art you currently practice.

If you are interested in learning more, check out my website they have created for me - www.tftdirect.com/yachtsecurity.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Saam Mun Pa Kua Kuen

Saam Mun Pa Kua Kuen (aka Sum Mon Ba Gua Kuen and other variations) - Three Door 8 Methods Fist

Generally taught after Saam Mon Kuen, this form teaches stomping power, features lots of open handed strikes, and contains some very active footwork patterns. Lots of forward, lateral and diagonal movements.

Considered an intermediate set, it sometimes seems to be moving one direction and immediately moving another. There are some subtle variations to techniques already taught in the prior sets.

Note: Sorry for the inconsistencies in the spelling/translation of the names of the sets. Depending on when and which dialect was translated, the 'Romanized' spelling may be different. Heck, I started out studying the Chinese arts when Beijing was Peking - so humor us old farts our spelling flaws.