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…

(Reblogged from sifu-kisu)

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

(Source: youtube.com)

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

(Reblogged from yumemi)

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.

Taken from Sifu Kisu's facebook page and used with kind permission.

Cee said:
Hey Sifu, just had a quick question which might have already been asked, but my friend and I (both huge fans of the avatar series) were discussing how the forms of bending have changed. With people becoming more and more articulate, i.e. able to make a water needle ad cut a hole into a window, has the need for the forms becoming less and less relevant, or is it simply just what the creators of the show chose to do? Best way to word that: has bending evolved, or has form become less prominent?

First let me say that I truly enjoy your diplomatic choice of words::))

This is simply my opinion mind you;
The creators and directors of the show became enamored with MMA and Tricking and less interested in the complexities of traditional movement. They began to focus of action elements that they felt were important to them?

After all there’s a big difference between “attempting to make a name for yourself and your intellectual property” and/ or being fat, comfortable and successful?

Animation is a very work intensive environment so when you get into the detailed focus of animating traditional martial arts forms everything becomes that much more “work intensive”.

It’s probably cheaper to take the path of least resistance so what you see is kinda what you get?

It’s different but still entertaining…..

sifu-kisu:

on-cloud-eight:

The Airbending moves that Korra teaches Opal are the same ones that Aang and Katara did in “The Headband”

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To be technical the sequence with Aang and Katara is single palm change from the swimming dragon Bagua. The sequence with Opal and Katara is the Double Palm change from the same practice set. I just think it’s so cool to see these movements taken from reference that I had generated in animation!

Thanks for the additional information sifu-kisu

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Thank you Sifu Kisu for allowing me to use your Baguazhang pictures.

For a while I’ve been thinking about writing a blog covering the basics of Baguazhang as taught to me by a former work colleague. What struck me most about Baguazhang was that unlike most martial arts I have tried where the first things you learn are how to form a fist and punch, Baguazhang training begins with footwork (walking). In Baguazhang  maneuverability and mobility are seen as the key to success in combat. My friend used to tell me that a skilled practitioner of Baguazhang can defeat their opponent with footwork alone. While surfing the net I found these articles on Baguazhang that do a much better job than I could do.

Circle walking

SIngle palm change

sifu-kisu:

Bagua Jurng A graphic tool for training the circle walk.

(Reblogged from sifu-kisu)

on-cloud-eight:

The Airbending moves that Korra teaches Opal are the same ones that Aang and Katara did in “The Headband”

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(Reblogged from on-cloud-eight)