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RDH Accepts A Challenge

Hong Kong, November 2009

On the first day of November, I accepted a challenge.  In my 42 years of training martial arts, I've accepted (and initiated) dozens of challenge bouts that nearly always ended red - in blood and broken bones.  That's not to boast - its just to speak of the maxim that, "you can't master boxing without shedding blood".

However, the challenge in November was of a different kind.  It was to accept a private student and devote myself entirely to teaching Southern Praying Mantis to this one student two hours daily for 100 days.  I've personally taught hundreds (maybe more than a thousand) students Mantis boxing and literally tens of thousands of students through my magazines, books and correspondence courses.  The one year Tien Tao Qigong correspondence course (1985) alone had more than 11,000 students in 47 countries!

My private one on one teaching challenge was made easier by the genius and ability of the student.  At 52 and a well disciplined athlete, the student made winning this challenge easy for me.  In 100 days training, he acquired the knowledge, skill and ability that takes more than one year in the regular school atmosphere.  Primarily Kwongsai Mantis and also Hakka Chu Gar and Iron Ox.  As a private teacher, I gained insight into the teacher's responsibility to his student as well as thoroughly enjoyed myself and the company! 

The outcome was a draw - a win win situation!  An excellent student is a pleasure for a good teacher!

Below is a pic looking down from our training locale over Hong Kong!

Hong Kong Vista

Roger D. Hagood

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A Taiwan Bout

A Taiwan Wing Chun master circa 1983 initiated a volley of straight chain punches from a running forward horse.  A side step was used to evade and borrowing his force aimed for my face with a mor sao left grinding hand, a gow choy hammer fist was applied with the right to his nose.  Blood flowed and his wife immediately asked to stop the match.  He stated that I did not need to learn Wing Chun as I already understood the principles.  This technique is found in the Som Bo Gin two man set.

Note:  A compilation of boxing challenges, the styles, number of people and techniques used is being compiled.  No names used.

North Mantis Strikes

Circa 1980, a young north Mantis teacher from Hong Kong challenged the school.  He rushed in with a flurry of haymaker punches similar to those wide arc swings in Hung or Choy style.  On the third strike toward my temple, I caught his hand with choc shu outer hook and leg sweep sending him scooting across the floor and banging his head.  This Kwongsai mantis technique is found in the two man um hom sets.

Note:  I share these stories as true events, not to boast but as witness that Hakka Mantis is straight forward boxing.  I do not advocate violence but one will not learn boxing without shedding a little blood.

Loose Hands Skills

A well known, large framed (overweight) Bagua teacher arrived at my school during class. After being seated, he soon stepped up asking, "how do you do that again?"  Immediately he applied force that caused a lop shu grabbing hand to redirect, turn his angle and send him into the concrete wall.  He bounced back with a strike straight to the face which was re-routed by a 180 turn and grabbing hand sending him again into the concrete wall which was followed up with a ginger fist causing his nose to crack like a whip.  I quietly ask him to wash the blood at the fountain and be seated again.  A student retrieved ice in a towel.  This technique is in the first two man set, Loose Hands One.

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