On the Shaolin Butterfly!
Let me start this article on the Shaolin Butterfly Kung Fu
by telling you that
my introduction to energy was through
the classical karate forms.
and I recommend to all.
I know that not everybody is a karate enthusiast.
Karate has been pretty corrupted,
there is more mystique to Kung Fu,
and I was actually thinking about this
when I put together the Shaolin Butterfly.
The Shaolin martial art I used
to develop the Butterfly
was Fut Ga.
Fut Ga is hard core Shaolin,
similar to Hung Gar and Choy Lee Fut,
and that style of art.
I had learned a lot of forms,
spent some intense time going over them,
looking for applications,
and that sort of thing.
I didn’t get the same type of power from Fut Ga
that I got from Karate.
I got power,
but it was more healthy power,
not explosive power.
So I ransacked Fut Ga,
found the basic footwork pattern I wanted to matrix,
and set about arranging the concepts I learned
in a more powerful and cohesive fashion.
The end result of this,
the benefit of Shaolin butterfly,
is that the power comes faster and harder,
yet the healthy body aspect remains.
I could condense the concepts
and make them easier to learn.
I could adapt it to freestyle better.
I was a little shocked at how Fut Ga
did not approach freestyle
in a more concentrated fashion.
I guess I watched
a little too much David Carradine.
I have had absolutely tremendous wins
from people who have done the Shaolin Butterfly.
One of my first big wins
was from a fellow who was
totally discouraged with the martial arts,
and the Shaolin Butterfly ‘revived’ him.
He bought the original book,
and it changed his life.
Made me very glad.
So I have a win for you.
it is more of an analysis of the Butterfly.
Here it is.
Thought I would give some feedback on the course:
1. Liked how each move in the form is demonstrated.
2. Like how each move is progressed into a take-down. It seems you are very interested in that.
3. Like the variety of concepts involved here.
4. Don’t understand why neither you or your assistant never have your hands up. It’s so basic. Seeing your assistant’s arm just droop like that is hard to look at.
5. Having hands up would affect timing and the ability to commit on some strikes and take-downs. So I have to be selective. However, I viewed dvds from respected lineage instructors and felt the same way.
6. Like how forms have a focus and each form is a different focus.
7. Like the concept of forms being launch points.
8. Like the variety of moves. Found the dragon form most interesting.
9. The book adds very little to the dvds. I thought this would cover a more theoretical discussion.
This is part of a project to survey some different martial arts and see what I can take from each and use what I’m happy with. My hopes is that this can replace some of the workout time spent in the gym, but be grounded in reality at the same time. I value your course because it covers a lot for $30. I’ll probably order a few more courses as a part of my study.
I appreciate your analysis.
Jim had a lot of good stuff to say,
and a few points which he considered weaknesses.
the book was written first,
the DVDs were done later,
just to illustrate the book,
show how to translate the art into freestyle,
and so on.
the hands down.
Tell the truth,
I have thought about the hands down thing
much over the years.
I remember my instructor doing it,
and I watch people on the tube and various other places
when they do it.
Jim is right,
it is a weakness,
it is something some people do
when they are done.
no need for the arms to be up.
remember his point when you do the course.
And make sure you send me your wins,
or your analysis,
Maybe I can share,
and what somebody says
might be what somebody else needs.
here is the URL
Check it out
and I’ll talk to you later.
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