Tao Te Kung Fu is a complete system that incorporates the most efficient techniques with modern teaching methods. This module contains the advanced water form, drills and videos that teach you how to do a specialized Kung Fu workout at home.
Tao Te Kung Fu has been developed using techniques predominately from the Kung Fu style of Wing Chun. Unlike Traditional Wing Chun, in Tao Te Kung Fu the forms are easy to learn and incorporate the techniques in the way they will work in real life. “Tao Te” means the virtuous or powerful way, and refers to the development of the style within a modern context. There is always the danger that if one becomes entrenched in a tradition, eventually lessons look like some sort of historical re-enactment. Tao Te Kung Fu takes advantage of the most recent developments in the neuroscience of skill acquisition and includes influences from other traditions not available to earlier practitioners and is refreshed with decades of real-life experience in the security industry.
Because Tao Te Kung Fu was developed to enable a smaller, weaker fighter to overcome a larger and stronger opponent it is ideally suited to people of all sizes and ages. Not being dependent on vast strength, Tao Te Kung Fu puts an emphasis on efficient techniques, with functional biomechanics.
Water has mass, weight and although it is ultimately very flexible, fluid you might say, it can still hit you very hard. Water will move around an object in its way, but once it is moving, circling around a bolder for example, that circular current can knock you over. While you are learning and practicing the water form, visualize your self in water. I don’t mean as if you are trying to move against the resistance of still water. I mean imagine that the water is swirling around and is moving you; your whole body. Try to feel yourself softly flowing, circling and moving as the water pushes you around. As you visualize this, you will find that you perform the Water form with much more grace and fluidity. When your whole body is moving as one fluid motion your technique will become better and better. You will be able to speed up your movements and because your whole body will be generating power, your techniques will be unstoppable. Imagine, if you are 70kg, that a strong plastic bag holding 70kg of water were to be swung around until it was moving fast. If that bag of water hit you, you would be thrown across a room. Hold that idea as you move your whole body to deliver a strike. Water is not always soft.
In this program, you will learn one of 5 Advanced Level forms, the Water form, named after the distinctive leading block in the form. You will also practice the Kung Fu workout at home.
During the Advanced Level, in addition to learning more specialised strikes, kicks and double blocks, you will incorporate specifically appropriate use of weight transference for more advanced tactical fighting concepts. At this advanced level, each of the forms takes on the key features of each of the Chinese elements, enabling a martial artist to smoothly adapt their style to strategically nullify any attack used by their opponent.
You will learn how to deliver many more strikes and kicks in devastating combinations as well more sophisticated blocks with yielding dynamics that turn an opponent’s force against him with precise knockout strikes.
You will be consistently guided through a program of regular, bodyweight exercises allowing you to increase your fitness with a Kung Fu workout at home.
Each 16-part form is short enough to be remembered easily (this is martial arts, not memory training), and practiced until it can be done without thinking. Each form is put together in a way that if any part of it were used automatically, in a violent confrontation, it would deliver a conflict winning combination.
The program is set out for you to train every day using several short videos. Adding to your skills in easy to follow steps, you will build a foundation of superb combat skills that will become second nature to you.
Some videos are called Repeat Drills, these are of simple techniques that you need to learn so that you can do them without thinking. Once you press play, they will simply repeat continuously until you hit stop. This will enable you to practice each movement many times with a constant visual reference to help you get it right. You don’t want to practice until you get it right, you want to practice until you can’t get it wrong.
It is tempting to rush ahead, but you will find that to learn these skills thoroughly, it is best that you master each part as you go even if that means repeating the same day several times. Excellence takes patience and determination. Remember “Kung Fu” means “mastery through discipline.”