posted on Jun, 17 2008 @ 07:19 AM
i think masters who've dedicated their lives to the internal martial arts of China are the deadliest men alive barehanded.
the "martials arts" are known as Xing Yi Quan, Taiji Quan (Tai Chi), and Bagua Zhang. Xing Yi Quan means "Mind's intent fist", Taiji Quan means
"Supreme Ultimate fist" or "Heavenly Ultimate Fist". Bagua Zhang, the deadlist of all three, translate roughly into "Eight Trigram Palm".
When you become an initiate of the Taoist monks of Wudang Mountain, first you are taught Xing Yi, which is a form of chinese boxing based on
destroying your opponent's center of balance. After 3 years of Xing Yi, a monk can learn TaijiQuan, which is based upon the concept of circular
movement and self defense via redirection of opponent's energy and the utilization of your own energy / power. The entire body is turned into a Qi
generator of sorts, the way you stand aligns the chakras, opens them. The power comes from the root (feet), through the waist which twists (Fa Jing)
when striking. After learning Taiji, the student finally learns Bagua Zhang. Bagua, commonly referred to as the "art of overkill", is the final
"style", even though style is a poor word to define this. It's more like a set of movements and principals you use on top of the skills you already
know. Bagua is also based upon circular motion in all its' movements, but is also full of trickery and deceptive movements. To the the ignorant eye,
two Bagua fighters might look like they are doing a dance before fighting; in reality they are circle walking each other and attempting to draw the
other into an attack or find a vulnerability. All three styles mentioned utilize animal forms, such as the lion, monkey, dragon, etc ..
All 3 Internal Arts utilize "Qi" and Qi Kung techniques for Qi manifestation and use. Qi is the electrical power in your body for lack of a better,
your own personal electro-magnetic energy. They all 3 utilize the entire body's full strength in every attack through the Fa Jing movement; Fa Jing
is what Bruce Lee, or anyone for that matter, must utilize to pull off the "1 inch punch" correctly, because the sudden twisting of the waist, up
into the shoulder from the feet in such a way utilizing the entire weight of your body and all of the muscle power; oddly hardly any brute force
strength is needed. Just the Fa Jing can make even an unflexed arm hurt pretty bad on impact!
The 3 internal arts study heavily the body's acupuncture system, the meridians and pressure points all throughout the body. They are all named, and
striking some can be quite dangerous or even deadly with enough force. The most dangerous points are around the upper side of the face, around the
ear, and the upper side of the neck, below the ear, into the side of the brain stem. Some of these can cripple and kill, but are notoriously hard to
pull off, because these spots are quite small. They also employ dirty tactics in fighting for their self preservation, such as eye-scraping and
eye-gouging, toe stomping, ear-ripping, finger breaks, wrist breaks, thumb breaks, knee breaks, etc. The idea is to end the fight as fast as humanly
All 3 style also incorportate Chinese Trapping and Grappling, known as "Chin Na" or "Qin Na" techniques. These are the equivalent of Aikido locks
and breaks, and Jujitsu chokes and locks. Though most fighting occurs whilst standing, a good practitioner will become proficient in Qin Na techniques
and train with Jujitsu floor fighters (MMA guys) to refine his grappling ability. This is the one weakness of all upright standing styles: Jujitsu.
i'm sure you've seen UFC on TV: The winners are always the grapplers and wrestlers. They usually win by submitting a striker on the ground, because
the striker does not train ground fighting.
Any martial artist who wants to be worth his salt MUST learn ground fighting, because Jujitsu / MMA is the most popular form of fighting right
It is becoming increasingly common for street fights involving street fighters to end on the ground in a submission or choke, just like UFC. So you
must be prepared to defend against this.
Now, I'd say the second best striking style is definitely Muay Thai. Combined with Jujitsu it is deadly .. probably better than even the internal
arts, simply because you can become proficient in this quickly, where as the internal arts takes years and years to master. 3 months of training can
make someone with no fighting experience into a proficient Muay Thai striker and Jujitsu submission fighter, basically your archetypical MMA / UFC
[edit on 6/17/2008 by runetang]