YING JOW PAI
Originally the Eagle Claw system, , was called Elephant style, a system of hand combat that Ngok Fei, said to be the most brilliant general of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279 AD), taught to his soldiers. The Song court had fled south of the Huai river, before the Jurched (a Siberian people who were the ancestors of the Manchus, the last rulers of China before the country became a Republic), had conquered North China. The Song court set up its capital in Hang Chow. General Ngok Fei defeated the Jurched every time he fought them.. Ngok Fei was able to win victory after victory because he was a clever tactician, and above all because of the kung fu system he taught to his troops.
Ngok Fei was a junior officer who rose from the ranks of recruits. He inspired discipline among his troops, won the people’s support, succeeded in suppressing bandits who were roaming the land, and defeated the Jurched cavalry with infantry tactics.
Unfortunately for Ngok Fei, at that time Prime Minister Ch’in Kwei was working out a peace settlement with the Jurched. Ngok Fei’s integrity and popularity were not only jeopardizing the peace accord, but also threatening a shaky regime. Ch’in Kwei falsely accused Ngok Fei of insubordination and convinced the Emperor to order him back to the capital. Ngok Fei refused to obey. Three times he disregarded the imperial command. Finally the Emperor sent him a “gold edict” – an order that could not be ignored under penalty of death. Ngok Fei had no choice: he headed back to the capital. Once there, he was immediately thrown into prison where he was murdered. He was thirty-nine. It is widely believed that Ch’in Kwei engineered Ngok Fei’s murder. Ngok Fei’s soldiers, enraged at the grossly unfair punishment he had suffered, disbanded and continued training on their own. A monk named Lai Chin, who was already the master of his own system called Faan Tzi Pai, happened to see Ngok Fei’s former soldiers training during his travels. He recognized the value of their techniques and decided to incorporate them into his own system. Faan Tzi Eagle Claw was born: today it is known as the Northern Eagle Claw system.
PTMA TAE KWON DO
PTMA is a new and traditional fighting system created by Grandmaster Billy Probst with input from several other masters in other styles.
This combined system of martial arts has proven to be a powerful and effective style.
PTMA provides one of the best self-defense training around. This system will prepare the student for any would be attacks in real life situations, and is based upon what police officers on the street employ while on patrol.
While in the PTMA system there will also be opportunity to learn Kung Fu and Aikido training from other legitimate masters as part of the Texas Asian martial arts family.
The basic roots of PTMA is from the old Haw Rang Taekwondo system also Judo and Aikido.
Grandmaster Probst has studied Martial Arts for 39 plus years and he has watched how the training of the old styles have evolved, from very hard style that took several hours a day practicing to learn how to fight and protect your family, Today, most people just want to learn the cool looking stuff and they want to get into shape. There is really not that many schools out there that teach the old ways anymore.
Grandmaster Probst built his system with three words in mind. HONOR, RESPECT & DISICIPLINE.
Honor. All PTMA students must be people that reflect by their actions every day that they are Honorable.
Respect. All PTMA students must always show respect to the School, the Masters, the Instructors and to their peers at all times.
Discipline. All PTMA students must show that they have discipline by being responsible for their own warm ups and being at class on time. It is their responsibility practice all of their material and be ready to show it at any given time.
PTMA is a system that was created with an old concept in mind. Get in shape and really learn how to truly protect yourself. The forms are designed to flow into each other one progresses in the ranks. This creates a very long form from White belt to 1st Black Belt. The last move of White belt form sets the student up to go straight into the Orange belt form and so on up through 1st Degree Black belt. What this does is keeps all the forms fresh in the students mind because they have to do all the lower belt forms in order to do their next form correctly. By doing this the student’s stamina and focus increases. The forms are not designed to look pretty. They are to teach the student how to move and to keep moving when in a fight scenario. All of the forms are designed to simulate fighting several attackers from different directions. In the PTMA system the student will be asked several times to show the instructors their forms at any given time. It is for this reason the student is told consistently to practice doing their forms several times when not in class. If the student doesn’t they will be winded and will not be able to complete their forms once they get to the higher ranks.
Northern Long Fist and Southern White Crane
Master Gary Readore-guest instructor
Master Dom Hussl-guest instructor
Literally translated, TAE means "to kick" KWON means "to punch with the fists" and DO means "way." Tae Kwon Do evolved from the earlier Korean form Tae Kwon. The Haw Rang group of the 4th century adopted the fighting system of Tae Kyon and proved its effectiveness throughout the 5th and 6th century. In the 7th century the people of the Hwarang were brought into the Hwa Rang Ogy(Five Secular commandments) written by a Buddhist monk. The five principles loyalty, piety, sincerity in relations, no retreat in battles, and selectivity in killing, became rooted in the art.
After the independence of Korea in 1945, Tae Kwon Do has reached its present level of development with practicality, explosiveness, and culturally rich heritage as its premise.
There are many different styles or families of Tai Chi Chuan. The five which are practiced most commonly today are the Yang, Chen, Wu , Sun, and Woo styles. All Tai Chi styles, however, are derived from the original Chen family style.
In classical Yang style one first learns the form comprising of 112 basic postures. These basic postures, originally designed for martial application teaches the student how to optimally align the body structure to manifest or redirect power. The Chinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan (also written as Taijiquan) can be translated as the ‘Supreme Ultimate Fist’. The concept of ‘supreme ultimate’ is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, this exhibits the understanding that one can see a dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.) in all things.
Yang Tai Chi is charactarized by its slow and graceful movements. Tai Chi fosters a calm and tranquil mind, focused on the precise execution of its postures. Learning to do them correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center, and so on. Thus the practice of Tai Chi can in some measure contribute to being able to better stand, walk, move, run, etc. in other spheres of life as well. In Chinese philosophy and medicine there exists the concept of ‘chi’, a vital force (bio-electricity) that animates the body. This ‘chi’ circulates in patterns, which are closely related to the nervous and vascular system. One of the purposes of Tai Chi is to foster the circulation of ‘chi’ within the body. These ‘chi’ cultivating exercises are known as ‘chi gung’. Chi gung accesses the same mechanisms used in acupuncture and other oriental healing arts, and has the effect of generally enhancing the health and vitality of its practitioners. When ‘chi’ manifestation is coupled with the correct structural alignment, a very powerful whip-like penetrating force is generated, known as ‘fa jing’. Tai Chi uses this force offensively to attack vital acupuncture cavities. Defensively Tai Chi teaches you great sensitivity in sensing your opponent’s intent and movement as well as skills in neutralising and uprooting your opponent through exercises known as ‘pushing hands’.
As a martial art Tai Chi is a medium range fighting system focusing on all categories of fighting namely ‘Ti’ – kicking, ‘Da’ – striking , ‘Shuai’ – wrestling, ‘Na’ – Joint locking.
It is believed that White Crane was one of the five original ‘animal’ systems practiced at the Shaolin Temple and that it may already have existed by the time the monk Da Mo arrived from India in the 6th century. Later, during the 17th century, a woman named Fang Qi-Niang combined her White Crane heritage, passed down from her father, with movements she witnessed while observing the behavior of cranes in the river near her home. This was the beginning of the Southern White Crane system, which now includes four major divisions: Ancestral Crane, Eating Crane, Shouting Crane and Flying Crane. It is Ancestral Crane that Master Yang-Jwing Ming learned as a youth from his Master, Cheng Gin-Zao and passed on to his disciple Master Jeff Bolt. The Southern White Crane learned and taught by Master Yang, Zong He Chuan, is considered the original Southern White Crane System.
Zong He Chuan translates as ‘Ancestral Crane Fist.’ The Jin or martial power of Zong He Chuan derives from a shaking or trembling of the body that imitates the shaking off of water by a bird or animal. The legs are firmly rooted and the power is generated from the waist. ‘Sleeping’ crane may refer to the idea that the Crane practitioner is motionless until the opponent moves, at which time s/he physically explodes into defense while maintaining mental and spiritual calm. ‘Jumping’ crane refers to the jumping movements used in strategic footwork and escape.
White Crane is primarily a defensive system that specializes in the short range. Kicks are low and hands are used extensively in techniques that derive from the shape and movements of the Crane’s wings or beak. The Crane is known for its dignity and calm appearance but also for the viciousness with which it defends itself. Training in White Crane demands a conditioned body in order to withstand the great whipping power generated by the fa jing and specialized whipping and arcing motions of the chest and spine. Besides the proper and progressive body conditioning necessary to protect the body, the student must also study and practice White Crange Chi Gung. One also learns many weapons such as double sticks, staff, double dagger, and other short and long weapons.
SHAOLIN NINE BIRD
The Northern Shaolin Nine Bird system is a family style system, and is the creation of Abbot Wang Fui Yein’s family from the Wudan Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong. The style consists of 8 different birds and a final system that is only taught once the other 8 birds are completed. This style can be taught as the combined birds or each individual bird. Nine Birds, or Ba Quen, is a direct derivative of the Northern Shaolin temple, and as such involves imitating the fighting, hunting, and movement agilities of the birds it imitates. In addition, the style is only taught to a select few loyal, honorable, and respectable disciples, at the discretion of Master Michael Aronson, who directly learned this style from his Shaolin master, a direct disciple of the Abbot from the temple in Hong Kong. Typically, this style is not taught until after the student has spent years learning either eagle claw, long fist, white crane, or tai chi.