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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TanDao on December 13th, 2013

Greetings Companions on the Way,

We’re excited about this second episode of our Evolving Martial Artist series, Warrior, Scholar, Monk.

What’s the secret to true power? Strength? Strategy? Skill? Spirit? Everybody knows the answer – well, sort of.  If you go beyond echoing wisdom clichés and really use this principle as a guide, you’ll maximize your self defense skills and, more importantly, empower your life. Watch the video

And, as always, we welcome your feed back. Keep it coming.Learn more about the Warrior, Scholar, Monk Triad

Keep practicing and exploring,

Lawrence Tan


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TanDao on December 7th, 2013

The Evolving Martial Artist is unleashed! C’mon….Evolve with us!

Here’s our first episode….The Great Equalizer.

Sign up for our newsletter to get further insight into this video…cause you can always use more insight, can’t you?

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TanDao on December 5th, 2013

The Ultimate Technique?

At last! Toni and I have been busy with our new web series. We are excited to announce that our Evolving Martial Artist is about to premiere.

If you’re part of our TanDao clan and subscribe to our newsletter, you will get the preview of our first Evolving Martial Artist episode, The Great Equalizer.

I will reveal the Ultimate Technique. Well, sort of.

I’ve spent over five decades in the states and Asia practicing and exploring different fighting styles like karate, jkd, tae kwon do and Shaolin kung fu. After all these years immersed in the art and science of striking, I realize what experienced martial artists discover – there is no Ultimate Technique. Sorry.

At the same time, there is a technique that requires little strength and is effective against a bigger and stronger opponent. It is perfect for a smaller and weaker defender in an extreme self defense situation.

Is it a kick, a punch, a choke out, a joint lock?

In TanDao we call it the Great Equalizer. It is a common technique known to all but few martial artists train to use it. It is an advanced technique that requires specialized training to make it practical. But for a life and death encounter, it is the Great Equalizer.

Do you know what technique I’m referring to?

Sign up for our newsletter to get the answer and deeper insight into practicing the Great Equalizer. May our Evolving Martial Artist web series bring your reality based self defense to the next level.


Keep practicing and exploring,
Lawrence Tan

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TanDao on November 27th, 2013

Happy Birthday Bruce Lee

Seventy three years ago in the year of the dragon (1940) during the hour of the dragon a martial arts legend was born. Bruce Lee, nicknamed the Little Dragon, has joined the pantheon of mythic and pop heroes like Hercules, Achilles and Superman.

Bruce Lee is undoubtably the most famous martial artist that ever lived. Why?

Bruce Lee had “it”. He had magic.

His bi-culturalism and blending of athlete, entertainer, educator and innovator and dedication to spread his passion to the world has made his name synonymous with martial arts.

And that’s it. Bruce Lee popularized the martial arts. His charisma, intensity, extraordinary skills, innovative modernization of the centuries old secret art of Chinese kung fu, has inspired the world wide renaissance of indigenous fighting arts like pankration, systema, krav maga, and savate.

Just watch Lee move. It’s a zen slap. Though his fights are totally make believe, his artistic genius crafted his authentic skills, our heroic fantasies and cinematic technique to convey an experience that talks, profound philosophy books and great martial art demonstrations may not.

The martial spirit – what ever that means intellectually – explodes from the screen and strikes to the core or our being. We feel it in our guts..

Lee transmits the “it”. So the guy – certainly one of the greatest – who inspired me decades ago is still wowing others to the martial arts.

Martial artists argue whether or not Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist that ever lived. Read our TanDao newsletter to learn my take this. JKD is one of the three styles that comprise my TanDao System.

Keep Practicing and Exploring,

Lawrence Tan

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