Sunday, December 19, 2010

Su Dong Chen Mixes It Up

I just love to watch this guy move.
Su Dong Chen was trained in Taiwan by Hung I Hsiang in Taiji, Xingyi and Bagua. since then he has developed his own variations and blends of these arts.
Here is a little background on Su from his website "The Essence of Evolution":

“Essence of Evolution” is a research-based approach, specializing in evolutionary developmental processes based on the essence of martial arts and physical movement/exercise. EOE’s founder, Master. Su Dong-Chen, is an eminent authority of martial arts.
The Martial Arts Philosophy developed by Master. Su has as its cornerstone the study of physical phenomenon as they actually manifest, a kind of philosophical positivism. This is based upon and tested through actual fighting experience, as well as Master Su’s mastery in his background arts, the Chinese Internal Martial Arts styles Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Tai Ji Quan. Mr. Su is also well-versed in Southern and Northern, Shaolin Kung-fu, and the various martial arts and fighting sports of Japan and the West. He has specialized in developing and carrying out experimental proof of technical principles, as well as the research and application of tactical thought. For more information about Mr. Su and his philosophy, please refer to his biography.
In looking beyond the boundaries of any style or any school, as a result of unrelenting quest for evolution, and through research of the essence of martial arts, Mr. Su’s martial arts philosophy gradually formulated a uniform system of theory: “Consistent Technique” in defense, striking, and throwing/joint locking; and a comprehensive relationship of the principles “Point, Line, Cross, and Spiral."

His website has lots and lots of information, you can check it out HERE.


Patrick Parker said...

whoa! that was some great aikido!

Branden Wyke said...

Checked out their about us section -Really like their practical approach!

Dojo Rat said...

It looks like a lot more striking than traditional Aikido

I cheecked out your website and sent you an e-mail
Good Stuff!

Branden Wyke said...

Thanks! -My training partners beat me up a lot lol!

Charles James said...

It puzzles me watching this that if the person playing the "uke" part did not assume a kamae that exudes MA and if they were not compliant to the demonstration would this go as smoothly as it does?

Another point as well, they always take a kung fu stance/kamae but what if the person just stood there in a natural stance and when approached resisted the demo?

Yes, this is great stuff and it is a great forum for demonstrating technique, etc. but where do they take it outside and into the realm of chaotic and unpredictable acts of violence.

Dojo Rat said...

Respectfuly Charles;

You ar right, too much Demo is scripted.

But with grappling, you can rock prety hard while with striking you can not.

With grappling you can check out your striking/grappling combo and leave your training partner in one piece.
With that said, I am immersed in traditional art.

j said...

I've been to visit Mr. Su before.
As was said, this is a compliant demo, so not to be taken as a realistic fighting situation.
When I was at Mr. Su's class, he would slap or punch you in the face to start a technique. When you put up a hand to block, he would then apply the technique, exactly as the demo shows.
I've met a few students of Hong Yi Xiang, and they all use the same approach- start beating you in the face or body, and your reaction to it is what creates the technique that follows.
As you can see from Mr. Su's video, his fluidity, timing, and pure intuition allow him to instantly change and take advantage of the situation. Whether he begins by beating on you, or he plays the role of the person being attacked, your attempts to defend yourself are what dictates his finishing move.
This idea of training to become fluid, natural and relaxed under pressure are to me hallmarks of what Internal martial arts are meant to develop. Everyone has the same techniques, it's how you creatively apply them and most importantly, how you set up the situation so that you CAN apply them that is what we are trying to train.
My thoughts,
Jess O

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