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Are There Kata or Forms to Learn in CSFS?

Posted by James Smith on Monday, January 16, 2012,

Are there “kata” or forms to learn in CSFS?

 

No, there are no sets of 38 or 108 kata/forms or even 5 Fist Sets like in more traditional styles of martial arts. Why not? Here is an example:

 

In White Lotus Kenpo (and Kenpo is a very good MA btw) there is a form called “Thunder and Earth”. The attack is a straight arm choke or grab while the defense is to clap your hands together (thunder!) as you thrust your arms up (heaven!) in a triangle shape to free yourself of the att...


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How To Make A Chinese Wand For Travel

Posted by James Smith on Sunday, October 30, 2011,

At 48"-50" the Chinese Wand can be a bit large for traveling but I have found a cheap and easy way of making a take-down model.

You will need:

A length of 3/4" dia. PVC conduit pipe with connector end (I use the Carlon brand as that is what the local hardware store sells)
2 1" Vinyl Leg Tips (I get mine from Walmart and they are sold in a four pack)
A saw (The finer the teeth the smoother the cut)
A mitre box (not required but ensures a straight cut

How to make it:

One end of the conduit pipe will h...


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The truth about the use of the "cudgel" in old books.

Posted by James Smith on Saturday, August 20, 2011,

A Little Word History: The use of the word "cudgel" does not always mean "Shillelagh" in historical books as some writers have stated. It is rather an English term for a heavy stick or a club used with the purpose of hitting. It is therefore a culturally neutral term used by English authors. Today we would more often use the terms "stick" or "club" rather than "cudgel". An old English author would often use the term "cudgel" to mean any stick that a person was using for striking regardless of...


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The Stick Weapons of CSFS

Posted by James Smith on Friday, August 12, 2011,

There seems to be some misunderstanding as to the weapons we use when people see our photos: "Is that a Shillelagh?", "Is that a Filipino stick?"...Yes and no to both and so much more. So today's blog should clear up some of the questions.

Walking Stick

Our main weapon is the 3' walking stick (actual size depends on the height of the user and/or personal preference, for example at 5' 10" a 2 foot stick would have me bent over like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame and therefore be very ineffective as...


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Training For Life

Posted by James Smith on Monday, January 24, 2011,

At our last class we had a new student join us who had experience in Capoeira; while this Afro-Brazilian art with it's hand-standing spinning kicks and dance movements may seem at first to be quite different than the weapon based* stand up stick fighting we do at CSFS, it was actually quite fun to share the similarities between the two arts with this new student. And therein is one of the "secrets" of the martial arts: a new student is not necessary a new martial artist.

However, one of our sp...


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Never Stop Learning

Posted by James Smith on Friday, November 26, 2010,

I have trained in Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu but in such a way that traditional and modern techniques were blended together to allow for effective self-defense against modern attackers who may not be using the same style as you are. Although I do admire the old techniques and the history behind them, I try to focus most of my limited time training on those techniques that will work with the common attacks we read about in the media and see on the news.

Up to now I've been aware of many other martial a...


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The Tai Chi-Jujutsu Connection

Posted by James Smith on Friday, November 12, 2010,

Two blog posts ago I wrote about Jujutsu and Jeet Kune Do (or JKD for short). JKD is a relatively modern "style" or system and therefore it is quite natural that Bruce Lee would incorporate aspects of other styles besides Wing Chun into his JKD. But what of the ancient Chinese system of Tai Chi and the comparatively old Japanese Jujutsu? What could a style known for slowness and flowing movements have in common with a style known for fast and bone breaking movements?

To answer that, could you ...


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Masters and Grandmasters

Posted by James Smith on Friday, October 29, 2010,

It seems anyone today can start their own style and become a Grandmaster, and books and DVDs are all over the place from Master soandso and Master what'shisname.

Just what does Master and Grandmaster mean?

The best answer that I have found is this: one who teaches martial arts to beginners, is a teacher (various countries have their own word for "teacher"); one who teaches teachers is a Master, and one who teaches Masters is a Grandmaster.

I really like the idea of a Master being one who teaches...


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Was Jujutsu a Part of Jeet Kune Do?

Posted by James Smith on Friday, October 29, 2010,

My parent art is Jujutsu, but I like to look at all arts for there is nothing new under the sun as King Solomon was fond of saying.

There is debate in the Martial Arts world as to just what is JKD. While I won't get into it much I will say that if Bruce Lee was doing it, then it was JKD.

So, was Jujutsu part of JKD? Yes! Dan Inosanto was a student and now teacher of JKD; not only that, but while some people only trained within the confines of the classes held in Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angele...


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Beware the Martial Art DVD!

Posted by James Smith on Monday, October 25, 2010,

Beware the Martial Art DVD? What does that mean? Does it mean that I think you can't learn from a DVD? No, you can certainly learn aspects of a martial art from a DVD, although you get the best results from attending a martial art class.

The "beware" is about those DVDs that were originally filmed in VHS format and then years later are re-released in DVD format without any editing.

Tonight I watched a Small Circle Jujutsu DVD from Black Belt Magazine Video and I knew right away that I had a VH...


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We are on TV!

Posted by James Smith on Thursday, October 21, 2010,
Watch for us on Breakfast Television in the Maritimes on October 21 from 7am-9am!
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Animal 2

Posted by James Smith on Wednesday, August 11, 2010,

Balance is best achieved by moving. We all have a degree of balance when standing but combat is not done by standing in one spot.

So what are the Karate guys doing when they get into a rigid stance and have the teacher try to push them? Isn't that balance while standing still? Well contrary to what you may perceive that you are seeing with your eyes, a stance in martial arts (Karate included) is not a fixed position but a transition from one technique to another. What the teacher is doing in ...


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Animal 1

Posted by James Smith on Tuesday, August 10, 2010,

Congratulations! You got your black belt, now what?

In my home Dojo black belts are encouraged to study outside their own style. This doesn't mean learning a whole new style somewhere else, although that is fine, you should still be training in your main style and perfecting your skills; as a black belt is the top of one set of stairs and the bottom step of another set of stairs. It means to go beyond just doing techniques to thinking about techniques and the nature of combat. No one style has...


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Darren's Celtic Life Blog

Posted by James Smith on Friday, August 6, 2010,
Please check out Darren's Celtic Life blog at: http://www.celticlife.ca/index.php/Meet-our-Bloggers/brennans-brier.html

There you will share his first hand experience of what it is like to be a student of the Celtic Stick Fighting Society.
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