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Mad Monkey Gung Fu

Mad Monkey Gung Fu was one of my favorite Kung Fu flix. It was put out in the seventies, I believe, probably Shaw Brothers, and this was the heyday of trampoline Gung Fu.

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Martial Arts Action Hero Jackie Chan!

Man, these guys would jump out of trees, bounce fifty feet in the air, throw a fantastic array of jumping, spinning deathdealing kicks…we don’t need no stinkin’ wires!

Anyway, the plot was pretty much the same old same old, guy gets beat up, his master gets killed by the bad guy, hero on the run…or something like that.

What made this kung fu flick over and above was the training sequence. All those old chop sockies had training sequences, and the thing of it is…some of those movie fantasies were COOL!

This one had the hero strike with the fingers, then the first set of knuckles, and then the fist. BANG, BANG, BANG! Three strikes, a jackhammer of destruction.

The theory was that the bad guy might be able to close his pulse (weak point, or point of body being struck) once, but not twice, and certainly not three times in a row.

Now, I took that training trick and started playing with it. I came up with all sorts of variations. Different fingers, different rhythms, all sorts of things. And, I eventually put a hole in the bathroom wall with my finger strike. That’s right, I used to sit on the pot and practice my mad monkey kung fu on the wall above the paper holder.

The hole didn’t make my wife happy, but it tickled the stuff out of me. I was going somewhere!

So, you have two things to do now, if you want to explore dim mak poison hand touch, or any kind of one inch punch type of strike.

One, find a copy of mad monkey gung fu, and, two, start practicing your mad monkey strike on anything that comes close to you.

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Ancient and Unbelievable Movie Kung Fu Training!

I remember laughing when I watched those old chop sockies on TV in the eighties. I used to watch ‘ancient masters’ show their students how to do the worm movement, or the crab pincher claw, or frog fu, or…great fun.

And the funny thing is that these things sometimes made some sort of nifty training routines.

I remember trying all the different ways Jackie chan could do push ups. I remember worming, and wondering if I was creating some sort of invincible kung fu energy.

But, when it is all said and done, I have great conditioning, super health, and an outlook on life and the martial arts that is a joy.

I mean, you watch a lot of movies and they wail and weep, and there are lots of car crashes, and all that sort of thing.

But when you can watch a movie and walk out inspired, and even try to do what the star was doing…great fun.

Jackie Chan was great, but I think the best was Gordon Liu. Lo Lieh was also one of the tops, and he was in the first kung fu movie to ever hit the American shores, Five Fingers of Death.

Check it out, but don’t go jumping off the rooftops until you make sure there is a trampoline below. Grin.

If you want more serious training, come on by my site. Monster Martial Arts. You canlearn whole arts for as little as ten dollars. And now we really are talking about some great fun!

See ya!