Throw a needle through a pane of glass, and the glass will break. At least, it will if you throw it with the strength and precision of Shaolin monk Feng Fei.
Fei demonstrated his ability to throw a needle hard enough that it pierces a pane of glass, popping a balloon on the other side, in a video produced for YouTube by The Slow Mo Guys. In some of the slow-motion shots of the ultrafast trick, it appears that the needle actually sticks through the pane. In others, it looks like it just cracks the glass with enough force to send shards flying into the balloon.
Not that I like the way that those martial arts are presented here …
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Clip taken in Moscow in April 2013. This clips starts AFTER almost 2 minutes of hard striking by the same guy. Him and his friend wanted to see if Systema is real. They were experienced street fighters from Moscow. They were allowed to hit a couple guys hard to see how we take s
It has always been a martial art from the beginning.
The more one perfects the martial art aspect of Tai Chi, the better the body structure & the flow of Qi will be.
So the more one learns, follows and perfects the martial art aspect – the principles – of Tai Chi, the more the aspects of meditation and health will benefit.
Neglect the martial art aspect and you neglect everything else too.
In my opinion Tai Chi gets as close as one could get to the perfect martial art.
Added:Jul 21, 2014
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding traditional Chinese martial arts. Is kung fu really as powerful as karate, muay thai or jiu jitsu? Or is there something more to this ancient art than just fighting? Bruce Lee introduced the West to Kung Fu. Now China Uncensored will introduce you to the history and traditions of Chinese Martial Arts with the help of Master of 7 Star Praying Mantis, Longfei Yang.
Physical strength, endurance, flexibility, adaptability, and mental discipline are all attributes of a true survivor. Unfortunately, they are also attributes that are often neglected by the average survivalist. The popular assumption is that if you have sizable food storage and can shoot straight, you are ready to rock-and-roll. Reality has some harsh lessons for those with this mindset. The first and most important weapon in any prepper’s arsenal is his own body; strong, healthy, and well taken care of. If a person’s body is left to decay, no amount of gear is going to save them in the middle of a crisis situation…
Hand-to-hand combat training is sometimes treated with cynicism amongst preppers who have spent all their lives enraptured in the world of firearms. The common retort is “Why use my hands when I have my Glock…?” Indeed. Why should we? Perhaps because one day we may not have a weapon in our possession during a dangerous circumstance. Should a survivalist simply give up because he loses his gun or he runs out of ammunition? I think not.
Push hands is a training tool to develop and to check your abilities and to get a feedback where you are right now on your way to mastership.
People who neglect these exercises because they just want to practice the health and the meditation aspect of Tai Chi, without getting involved into the martial art aspect, do not understand that the perfection and integration of the martial art aspect of Tai Chi leads to a more perfect aligned, rooted and relaxed body structure, that will greatly influence the free flow of chi and the amount of chi flowing through your body.
So mastering the martial arts aspect is essential if you want to improve the health benefit you will get from practicing Tai Chi.
Your meditation or focus will greatly improve by practicing push hands.
Who will be able to get a master out of focus? See for yourself.
Huang Sheng-Shyan, 黃性賢, Huang Hsing-hsien (WG) or Huáng Xìngxián (py) was born in 1910 in Minhou County of the Fujian province in Mainland China. He began studying Fujian White Crane with Xie Zhong-Xian at the age of 14.
In 1947 he resettled in Taiwan where he became a disciple of Cheng Man-ch’ing. Yang Ch’eng-fu as the grandson of the Yang style founder, had been Cheng Man-Ching’s teacher.Huang committed himself to this tradition for the next 45 years.
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