Lawrence Tan

TanDao on November 5th, 2013

Today weekend seminars that specialize in gun and knife disarms are common. These seminars are “fun.” Fun? What do you mean? This is life and death. Exactly, it can be deadly – for you. Decades ago, I studied under Sifu Chan Poi (Grandmaster of Wah Lum Northern Mantis) traditional kung fu weaponry: sword, staff, three […]

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TanDao on October 29th, 2013

  Martial arts, in a word, is about power. Most basic is physical power. Whether a punch, hook, cross, palm or tiger claw, we want more power. Right? Of course we practice hitting and kicking the bag, and focus mitts. We also develop our strength with relentless pushups and weight training. What else? Here are […]

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TanDao on October 22nd, 2013

One of our Facebook fans asked this relevant question: How does one train to prepare for the real violence that happens in the world? First awaken to the fact that violence is ugly, brutal and always bad karma – even for the victor. Here are six points to give serious consideration to: 1. Walk Tall: […]

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TanDao on October 15th, 2013

Taiji masters use “fajing” a slight motion, to send an attacker flying. The equivalent of this is when Muhammad Ali employed a controversial “phantom punch” to knock out the powerhouse Sonny Liston. Both demonstrate how destructive power comes from skillfully blending one’s body mass with a strike.

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TanDao on October 1st, 2013

The head butt is one of the most devastating self defense techniques. A head driven into the face will terminate most fights. Right? Absolutely. But for Evolving Martial Artists the head butt is NOT a core self defense technique or primary body weapon. Why not? It’s stupid! Why on earth would we want to use […]

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