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by Richard Conceicao As with any discussion of the principles in martial arts, each one could take many years to a lifetime of exploration, in order to gain mastery. The understanding of angles and angular relationships in combat is another example of this. In our...

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Structure – Part 4

by Richard Conceicao Basic Blocking In order to understand the proper application of what we call “blocks” a distinction has to be made for each one having a separate defensive and offensive application. While discussion of the different applications will be resumed...

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Structure – Part 2

by Richard Conceicao Now that we have discussed structural basics common to all stances, but begin to examine each one in slightly more depth. FRONT STANCE The proper way to structure your front stance is as follows: The feet should be shoulder width apart.  This...

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Structure – Part 1

by Richard Conceicao Elements of Structure (or: The fat Chinese guys in the paintings had it right!) Introduction: Structure is an essential part of any martial art.  It makes a difference in every technique, every stance, every move.  It forms the basis of everything...

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Break Falls

by Richard Conceicao Section 1 One of the many lessons that have been forgotten is that the older, more traditional martial arts were regarded as complete systems. In modern times they have been specialized as: striking, floor-based types of grappling, and in the case...

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