Kung fu Lineage

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Sifu Adam HsuP1010470Recommended reading:
The Sword Polisher’s Record The Way of Kung-fu
By Adam Hsu
First published in 1998 by Tuttle PublishingLINEAGESChang Quan: Long Fist Style (Islamic & Mei Flower styles)
Shen Mo-Lim -> Han Ching-Tang -> Adam Hsu 
Mi Zong Quan: Lost Track Style (Original style)

Zhang Yao-Ting -> Liu Yun-Chiao -> Adam Hsu

Tai Zhu Chang Quan: Tai Zhu Long Fist
Zhang Yao-Ting -> Liu Yun-Chiao -> Adam Hsu

Ba Bu Tang Lang Pi Gua Zhang: Splitting Deflecting Style
Li Xu-Wen -> Liu Yun-Chiao -> Adam Hsu

Ba Ji Quan: Eight Infinite Style
Li Xu-Wen -> Liu Yun-Chiao -> Adam Hsu

Tai Ji Quan: Grand Ultimate Style (Chen style)
Chen Chang-Xing -> Chen Gen-Yun -> Chen Yen-Xi -> Tu Yu-Chi -> Adam Hsu

Ba Gua Zhang: Eight Trigram Palms (Yin style)
Dong Hai-Quan -> Yin Fu -> Gong Bao-Tian -> Liu Yun-Chiao -> Adam Hsu

Chang Quan: Long Fist Style
Mizong Quan: Lost Track Style
Mei Hua Chang Quan: Tai Zhu Long Fist
Pi Gua Zhang: Splitting Deflecting Style
Ba Ji Quan: Eight Infinite Style
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan: Grand Ultimate Style
Ba Gua Zhang: Eight Trigram Style

Chinese Dougle-edged Sword (Jian)
Willow Leaf Saber (Dao)
Grain Leaf Saber (Miao Dao)
Staff (Guen)
Spear (Da Chiang)
Deer Horn Knives (Lu Zhao Dao)

 Owl And Snake Soup! I was shocked to return home from an outing on a visit to my relatives in China to find four dead owls lying on the kitchen floor.Once I regained composure, I realized the honor of the specialty dish that was about to be bestowed on me. My ‘endangered species’ consciousness objected to the owls’ deaths, but I also thought that having an owl skull supported the Chinese belief that one takes on the traits of an animal eaten. Markets throughout China are filled with beautiful animals sold as food. My relatives thought well of my wanting the skeleton but my friends have reactions that range from fascination to polite aversion. How does my relatives’ kind gesture relate to kung fu?

Kung fu developed through generations of effort and war strategies.Techniques were refined as people fought and died for their communities and countries. Yet, as the logo of my teacher Adam Hsu’s school states, “The goal of kung fu is to stop the fight.” Among the scope of modern fighting technologies, is the ancient martial art of kung fu effective for defense of the self, community, country.

Kung fu is a complete workout to balance the body, mind and spirit (BMS)and to resolve one’s inner aggressions. Stress or tension from a misunderstanding, reading a newspaper or watching TV can upset the BMS equilibrium. People study kung fu for its athleticism, beauty, traditional culture, self defense and just for the allure of learning to fight.

The owl and snake are natural enemies who prey on each other and other animals. When they encounter each other and fight, we understand the protective instinct. If you observe animals as I enjoy doing, you will see their aggressive interplay. But if we are more evolved than animals, why do we fight? Why do we demonstrate aggression?

The media focuses on negative news and the entertainment industry glamorizes aggression and violence. These types of images contribute to confusion, fear and misconceptions. But the real fight is internal. It is our human challenge to maintain in balance the freedom and grace that our lives are capable of.

Ideally, we are content at home, work or school. But if not, if you find yourself driving or walking aggressively, waking up groggy or ornery, saying regrettable things, drinking and eating excessive amounts of alcohol or sweets, counter these signs of BMS imbalance. Drop your newspaper, turn off your television, stop fighting with yourself and others and try a kungfu workout.