TanDao on January 25th, 2015

This South Indian Robin Hood themed action comedy, Kaalam Vellum, features a near five minute South Indian martial art fight scene. Jaishankar, who was known as the “South Indian James Bond,” stars.

For Evolving Martial Artists — This film’s choreography looks like it includes Kalarippayattu, the oldest Indian martial art, and the one most often used in film fight scenes, and possibly Kuttu Varisai, the bare hand techniques from weapon based Silambam. Mentioning Silambam here for two reasons. Silambam is from Tamil Nadu, where the film was made. And, though most systems have eye strikes, the eye strike could be taken from snake techniques, as Kuttu Varisai employs animals (snake, tiger, eagle, monkey…). In the story of Bodhidharma, Bodhidharma traveled from his home in Tamil Nadu to China and brought martial arts to the Shaolin monks.

Anyone have any other information to add? Arnold, how about you?

Thanks to Sifu Restita DeJesus of Seattle Wushu for sharing the clip. It piqued our curiosity, and led us on a journey to research its history.

Here’s the full film, in Tamil, no subtitles…the fight scene begins at 1:37:17

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TanDao on January 18th, 2015

The Misguided Monk from Tom Long on Vimeo.

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TanDao on December 18th, 2014

Bruce Lee incarnate! He’s called the Afghan Bruce Lee, and the resemblance and mannerism are beyond striking — he may be more Bruce Lee than Bruce Lee. Taking the concept “absorb what’s useful” to the next fully absorbent level, here’s Abbas Alizada with some Kabul kung fu from the ruins of a bombed-out palace in Afghanistan.  What do you think?

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TanDao on January 30th, 2014

Happy New Year!

May your spirit gallop wild and free…



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TanDao on December 18th, 2013

Want to add to your striking arsenal? Although most self defense employ boxing and punching moves, kung fu animal techniques are overlooked. In this weeks Evolving Martial Artist video, I am introducing four unique techniques for extreme self defense. These effective fighting moves are concealed behind our TanDao Crane Form.

I realize that mma and modern fighters – focused on sport and steet combat – express disdain for traditional kung fu, karate and tae kwon do form or kata training. Fancy techniques that don’t work. Why bother?

This idea is not new. The traditional kung fu verse: “flowery hands and embroidered feet” – is a more poetic way of calling form techniques bullshit.

Things are not what they seem – so it seems.

Yeah, my crane form employs artistic movements – that is the Art. But I also show brutally realistic fighting – that’s the Science. The real stuff. Unfortunately, due to the eastern convention of secrecy, the martial science – the mma kick ass component – got diluted behind the stylized art over time.

Evolving Martial Artists get the edge by discovering realistic self defense techniques hidden behind fancy forms.

Check out our TanDao Newsletter. if you want to enhance your striking beyond kick boxing, wing chun and karate punching or seek to streamline your Shaolin and Hung Gar techniques.

We are here for you. Please share your comments, questions and criticism, so we can to serve you better.

Keep exploring and practicing and reassessing,
Lawrence Tan

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