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Wallace Smedley
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The Southern Chinese Martial Arts Opening Salute

Here is a vid I posted on my Youtube channel about the application of the opening salute in the Southern Chinese Martial Arts. Let me know what you think.

Iain Abernethy
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Hi Wallace,

It would be great to get more applications from Chinese systems on here. Thanks for sharing!

From my karate perspective, there is obviously some interesting potential crossover in what you show above and the “salutations” of some karate kata (Wanshu, Passai, Jion, etc).

I found the description of the technique easy to follow and it was well explained, but it would be nice to see it gently walked through on a partner as well.

I’d love to see more of this kind of stuff on here. Maybe worth a dedication section on Chinese forms to go with the Japanese / Okinawan and Korean sections? What do people think?

All the best,

Iain

Chris Hansen
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Iain Abernethy wrote:

I’d love to see more of this kind of stuff on here. Maybe worth a dedication section on Chinese forms to go with the Japanese / Okinawan and Korean sections? What do people think?

All the best,

Iain

I would be interested in that.

css1971
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Iain Abernethy wrote:
Maybe worth a dedication section on Chinese forms to go with the Japanese / Okinawan and Korean sections? What do people think?

+1

Wallace Smedley
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... it would be nice to see it gently walked through on a partner as well.

I will get started on that right away! I just put this together because of some questins sent to me via email, I am glad that it had some value, and some interest and will be happy to follow up on it!

Wallace Smedley
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Sorry this took so long. In addition to having terrible short term memory, I also have terrible short term memory...

The original video had a more detailed description, but at least here there is a love body in front of me. Hope it helps!

OnlySeisan
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Nice stuff.

I've seen Patrick McCarthy start his kata with a similar "salutation" though I don't know what his take on it is.

More please!  

Redford1
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Hi Wallace. Thanks for the video. A point you raised about why someone would grab your wrist made me think back to my earlier training. We heard so  many times, "When your wrist gets grabbed do this". So many different techniques for something that an aggressor is unlikely to do. Then I finally had it explained to me. It is something YOU initiate by grabbing your assailants eye socket,throat or groin. Their automatic response is to remove this source of discomfort and that then leads into one of the many sequences you have trained to deal with a wrist grab. 

swdw
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Whether you learn about applications for the salutation or not, depends on how far removed your branch is from its Chinese roots. We teach applications for the hand movements going from rei to yoi. There's a reason for going into an alert / combat mindset long before the first "technique" in the kats, and it's not just mental.

pierre.l
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Interesting

Goju saifa kata

beginning movements

watch from 50 seconds in

No leg rake though