The ‘Sui Lum Ma” is an excellent little form combining all of the basic Shaolin stances. This form is most suitable for Earth and Firebending training. The movements are

1. Open to Horse stance.
2. Twisting Horse left side.
3. Twisting Horse right side.
4. Horse stance.
5. Cat stance to Crane stance to Bow & Arrow stance. (Right foot moving).
6. Horse stance.
7. Cat stance to Crane stance to Bow & Arrow stance. (Left foot moving).
8. Horse stance and close.

The video comes from the Iron Pagoda Athletic Club and was used as the final part of their thirty day Fu Dog fitness challenge.

As a side note The Iron Pagoda Athletic Club practices Chuka Southern Mantis (Toph’s style)

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Kuvira’s fighting style.

Since Kuvira’s fight scene in ‘LOK: After All These Years’, I have seen a few discussions as to what Kuvira’s fighting style is based on? It has been said that it is Wing Chun Kuen (WCK) however I disagree with this. Although superficially similar to WCK there are many differences. One of the aforementioned discussions made reference to Kuvira’s high stances, however her stances are mostly higher versions of classical stances and not those seen in WCK. Many of Kuvira’s arm movements are also uncharacteristic of WCK, not adhering to WCK’s strict use of the centreline and the principle of economy of motion. Personally I think Kuvira’s style is a mixture of traditional Earthbending (Hung Gar), Toph’s style (Chuka Southern Mantis Fist), with a influences from the Pro-bending approach.

To reply to jvpamdg's comment of it looking like Pak Mei both Hung Gar and Chuka (as I’m sure you will know) are Southern Chinese and share many concepts and principles with Pak Mei. I believe I’m right in saying that Pak Mei and Chuka are both Hakka (Guest Family) styles and are closely associated.

A nice fighting application from Northern Shaolim form number 6, tun Da (the short strike.) Zuko is seen demonstrating the beginning of the Tun Da form for Azulon in ‘Zuko Alone’.

A nice fighting application from Northern Shaolim form number 6, tun Da (the short strike.) Zuko is seen demonstrating the beginning of the Tun Da form for Azulon in ‘Zuko Alone’.

(Reblogged from sifu-kisu)

[[[ SPOILER ALERT ]]]
Please don’t watch if you haven’t seen Avatar the Legend of Korra: season 4 episode 1 After All These Years.

Kuvira’s fight with the Bandits

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jvpamdg said: Did you see season 4 and Kuvira's fight scene with the bandits? What did you think it is? For me, it seemed like pak mei :3

Yes, I have seen it and in fact have been studying it today. I’m sorry, I don’t have time to give a full answer now but will be posting a blog on the subject of Kuvira’s style in the next few days. Thanks for the question. :)

sifu-kisu:

oma-shu:

Young Azula firebending — requested by fergroke

I forgot about this one, “I” err I mean She is performing Cha Kuen (fist) #4 “the slippery fork”! One of my best students, sad case though…

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C4 Central Coast Comic Con - Kung Fu Demo featuring some of the styles used to create the bending arts seen in Avatar The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra

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As alluded to by Angry Tai Chi Guy, the fan is a much overlooked weapon, which can be advantageous. Folded, the Kyoshi warriors’ metal fans look just like regular fans and can be taken in places were other weapons would be prohibited. The folded fan can be used as a cudgel or to attack pressure points but it can also be used to provide a lever to assist with locks and throws. Open, the fan could be used as a shield and is very useful for defending small projectiles like those used by Mai. In the show the fan itself is seen being used as a throwing weapon both open and closed. The open fan could also be used to distract an opponent’s gaze in combat. In a battlefield situation, the fan could be used to signal between groups.

sifu-kisu:

BAQUA

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x-toad said: In Book 3, I'm a big fan of Ghazan, both the guy himself and his bending, and I've noticed that he seems to use his elbows a lot more than any other earthbender in the series. Do you know if this fits a particular martial art in the real world?

An excellent observation, however if you look at Hung Gar’s Taming the Tiger and Tiger Crane forms you will see a range of elbow techniques. It may be that it is just Ghazan’s preference or that elbow movements are somehow advantageous for Lavabending.