AMAC Chinese Boxing (Personal Training)
AMAC AMAC Chinese Boxing (Personal Training) Instructors:Sifu Alan Baker
Chinese boxing is not a sport, but a means of survival in no-holds-barred, life-or-death situations. Western boxing uses only the hands, which the boxer is required to sheathe in gloves. Chinese boxing has no constraints. It uses the entire body as a weapon. It was never designed as a game, and so knows no rules.
AMAC Chinese Boxing Personal Training Program
What exactly is Chinese boxing? As we shall see, this question is not as easily answered as one might suppose. The actual name in Chinese is “Chung-Kuo chuan”,which literally translates as “Chinese fist". However, “fist” is typically translated as “boxing,” meaning hand-to-hand combat.
In some ways, this translation is misleading and unfortunate, since in the United States today, “boxing” is a specific sport. Chinese boxing is not a sport, but a means of survival in no-holds-barred, life-or-death situations. Western boxing uses only the hands, which the boxer is required to sheathe in gloves. Chinese boxing has no constraints. It uses the entire body as a weapon. It was never designed as a game, and so knows no rules.
The cornerstone of Chinese boxing is the study of energy. Chung-Kuo chuan is the science of energy use and control. It seeks to generate power and to control oncoming force without depending on physical size or strength. The key to this goal is the mastery of one’s own energy and the manipulation of the adversary’s. For this reason, Chinese boxing is also known as “energy boxing.” As a result of this emphasis, the central skills of Chinese boxing do not deteriorate with age. While muscular strength and speed inevitably deteriorate, internal energy may be cultivated indefinitely. Thus, the energy boxer may continue to grow in combative efficacy as he grows older. Many of the masters of Chinese boxing, in fact, are in their 60’s or 70’s. Despite their age, they are feared fighters.
The principles which are the core of the study include:
Rooting: Sinking and relaxing the body mass to increase stability.Yielding: Never opposing force. Sticking: Using forward pressure to close the gap between you and your opponent and to control your opponent once contact is made. Sticking expedites the climax of the encounter.
Centeredness: The mastering of your own complete balance and the conquering of your opponent’s balance.
Six-Nine Theory: The theory of change, inspired by the I Ching. A boxer guided by six-nine theory retains the ability to change energy and tactics at any moment in combat. He never overextends and never commits himself to an all-or-nothing gambit. Six-nine theory also entails a philosophy favoring techniques with a high percentage of payoff.
Unitary Theory: The development of maximum power and speed, not by eliance on the muscles, but by training every part of the body to work in unison, and by learning to draw fully on the body’s internal resources.
Projection: Turning energy within the body (“chi”) into force directed at a point outside the body.
Line and Angle: The study of the angles of the body and the lines of attack to promote efficiency in defense and economy in the projection of energy. With an appreciation of line and angle, you can fend off attacks with subtle movements, sometimes of less than an inch. You eliminate wasted motions that delay seizing the offensive and create openings for further attacks. You avoid clashing with your opponent head on, but instead maneuver to his weak angle, where you need less power to vanquish him.
Body State: A special development of the muscles that allows energy to circulate freely and project powerfully. This entails a pervasiveness of energy throughout the entire body, rather than the segmenting of energy into isolated parts of the body.
Mind-Hit: The mastery of the mental dimensions of combat. This is a broad category that includes methods of disrupting an opponent’s mental focus.
These ten principles blend together, as if in a magic formula, to produce a peerless mastery of energy. We thus refer to them as “the principles of energy mastery.”