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The fighting area of the internal martial arts are trained for self defence and not for competition.
We train in a series of practice methods with a partner to learn about good movement, balance and timing etc, but most importantly how to stay relaxed under pressure both in mind and body.
Power and structure is learnt through these training methods, including a lot of bag work, then gradually moving step by step into more free style reaction training and finally into totally free sparing which we train in several different ways to get the best results, with and with out protection equipment.
The internal arts incorporate Fa-jing and Dim-Mak, but not in the same way you see all over the internet where people make it out to be almost supernatural.
Fa-jing simply means Explosive Energy, this is how wee strike with great power over a short distance, the whole body shakes like a sneeze and we concentrate that force down into the striking weapon.
Dim-Mak just means to hit the most vulnerable points on the body, no you cannot touch someones arm and have them fall to the ground, but you can aim at the weakest area of a big guy and at least have a far greater chance of getting away compared with just punching him in the face.
Dedication and time:
You will learn to understand the principals behind the forms and training
methods. This teaches you how to move, how to fight, under any situation, from
any angle, not just to do each form and drill perfectly.
We care more about the principles of movement than the sequence of a form,
though you will still learn the form.