Winning the castles is the secondary way.
Winning through domination is the worst way.
To win one hundred fights is not the highest skill.
To subdue without fighting is the highest skill.
108 is a traditional kung fu based system born from a healers heart, evolved with training methods in Muay Thai, MMA, and Dutch Kickboxing. The result is a traditionally honored system, with the effective and modern relevancy against today's ever evolving martial arts.
HOW TO LEARN
Phase 1: Condition and get in shape. Learn body mechanics and technique (Forms/Solo Practice), pads/focus mitts/bags with partners consistently to develop power, speed, technique.
Phase 2: Take each individual basic techniques from any form, and partner with some one to understand how it works - slow and soft pressure/speed, so you can learn. Focus on range-finding, combinations, set-up, and flow. Watch how hands set up the legs, and legs set up the hands.
Phase 3: Validate. With partners, do each individual tech with medium/hard pressure & resistance with faster speeds to develop reactions, and so you can validate the effectiveness of your tech with serious pressure. If your technique does not work against a non compliant partner, adjust, and try again until you can get it perfect. Only after real-life validation, is your technique considered "learned".
Phase 4: Once all of this is confidently in place - you are ready to test it in free-flow, LIGHT, sparring.
Phase 5: Continuously evolve, develop leadership, help others, become active in your community, teach, and be the example others look up to.
PRACTICE & REPEAT
Although we have hundreds of traditional forms and techniques within our knowledge base, we have concentrated our core curriculum into an unprecedented and highly efficient presentation. 10 forms with 60 combative requirements (not including Taiji), to give the student a solid proficiency in self-defense, as efficiently as possible under our specific martial lens. On top of the martial training, we also offer healing fundamentals and conflict resolution techniques.Our training presentation is aimed for any background, body type, and ability on a natural, flowing, tiered approach.
STRIKING: We have about 18 basic fundamental techniques. Before form practice, we drill every day into thai pads, focus mitts, and shields until you are conditioned, in shape, and can throw max power/speed/effective kicks, punches, elbows and knees to defend in most stand-up situations. After this - we go to more complex techniques, extracted from each form that you learn, drilling them in the same method.
From here, we take learned techniques into finer detail, looking at high-percentage combinations, range, range-finding, entering/exiting, protecting against take-downs, and more. This is where your techniques become real.
WEAPONS: We train a plethora of ancient weapons - the purpose of training ancient weapons, is to challenge body awareness, movement, and to understand that ANYTHING can be used as weapon. They are also great tools for meditative value, and connections to the heritage and arts they came from.
PSYCHOLOGY: We discuss the role of fear, stress, and self-defense mentality to prepare you if an altercation goes down. Addressing fighting with a healers heart, and providing methods to help students understand the place of responsibility is a large part of martial training.
HEALING: Heal yourself, then learn to heal others - every warrior arises from a healers heart. We offer a full suite of healing seminars that include how to make medicinals for athletes and martial artists, body work, massage, bone-setting, conflict resolution techniques, counseling techniques, leadership, mental cleansing & meditation, diet, and more.
FORMS: We have many, but have distilled our core curriculum to only 10. Many others will be offered as electives, or seminars upon request only. Forms are simply catalogs of technique and style that are committed to memory. They offer a great solo practice, and an opportunity to practice meditation in motion. Each one is unique, and demands a specific understanding, fitness level, and focus. The higher up you go - the more complex it gets. For solo practice - these are incredible training sets. Once choreography and form are complete, you can then extract techniques and apply the "4 phases" in order to validate each and every movement or technique to polish and add to your fighting tool-kit on your own time.
MEDITATION: The spiritual (not religious) side of all this lies within your intention and focus as you do your forms, which is why we believe forms practice is always a valuable asset and solo-practice - and should never be discarded from traditional schools.
LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY: Learn to lead your fellow team, and contribute to a community that also helps you. Learn to work as a whole, and to give compassionately without the idea of getting anything back. Develop confidence and humility as you polish your martial art and set the example for new students to follow, and your greater community outside of the school as well.
60 TECHNIQUES | 10 FORMS
- 18 FUNDAMENTAL STRIKES & KICKS + CONDITIONING. PHASE 2: RANGE, COMBOS, ENTER/EXITS, SETUPS.
- FEI HU, SI MIEN DAO LIAN, LUOHAN
- TAI PENG: YAN GE & YING JOW
- 108 DI MIAN SHUAI JIAO (Basic Ground, Defense, & Takedowns)
- HAI LONG ZHANG
- YE ZHANG BA FANG DAO
- QIANG SE LIANG SI
- YANG JIA QIANG
- QUAN YANG JIAN
- 36 METHOD IRON BONE/PALM/JOINT
- YUE FEI 18 POSTURES
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE:
- 108 Secret: "A,B,C" LINIMENTS & TONICS
TAIJI (TAI CHI)
We teach Yang Family Tai Chi as taught by Zheng Man Qing/Ben Lo & Scott Meredith
- Zheng 37 posture form (People often refer to this as Yang 37)
- Push Hands/Sticky Hand, fixed step (Kuzushi style)
- Taiji Energetics, Protocols, Postures, and more.
Advanced Internal Styles Available Upon Request:
- Bagua: Jiang Rong Qiao-Old Style (8 Changes of the Palms).
- Xing I (Mind/Form Fist), 5-Elements/Roads, Linkage, 12-Animals (Hebei).
Want more? We have hundreds of techniques across various styles and forms. Looking for chain whip, yi jinjing, 3-sectional staff, Shaolin, or "Temple Style" forms? For full requests past our core combative's, check out our 108 manual on Amazon for a complete list. These electives will be taught upon request, or in seminar/workshop format.