Lu-Zhi-Shou (The Way of the Pointing Hand)
This very rare style of Shaolin dates from the mid-1200's. It was created by a senior monk named Shen Kew combining the most devastating techniques from the various Temple Styles of the day. A true ancient " Wu-Gong " ( Martial Work ) fighting system created to keep a man alive during a time when ones skill could determine if they would live another day. My Shifu is the highest ranking Master in the USA of this system and one of the highest ranking practitioners in the world. It is this style of ancient temple Kung Fu in which I hold my highest rank.
Ou-Der Kun Tao (The Way of Military Virtue)
This style is very aggressive in nature. It is a combination "hard/soft" style that originated in Fujien Province, China about 900 years ago and is a pure combat fighting system maximizing efficiency and power. Another example of a true "Wu-Gong" style. My Shifu of this style studied directly under the head Master of the system in Tapei, Taiwan becoming six province Taiwan China champion during the early 1960's in full contact tournaments. I hold a 5th degree Master rank in this style.
Tang-Lang (Preying Mantis)
There are a number of Mantis schools in existence from both North and South. Some scholars say that the style was founded in the 17th century, some say examples of the technique existed long before the 17th century. The style I incorporate in my teaching is a Northern Style dating from the Song Dynasty. It uses many hooking type movements, wraps, and multiple striking techniques using both the arms and legs.
These styles are more "internal" (nei) in nature, utilizing principles of circular redirection, absorption, and returning the opponent's energy to him. Some of these have movements based on the 4800 year old Tai Chi Diagram-the "Hsien Tien Ba Gua" (mistakenly called a Yin Yang).
These are more "external" (wei) in nature, and, although using many of the principles of the Soft Styles, also use aggressive techniques combining attacking and defending. These are Classic North Shaolin Technique.
This art is the ancient ancestor of modern day Ju-Jitsu, utilizing joint manipulation and locks to direct the opponent into a position of submission. Concepts of Chin-Na are present in the majority of ancient Chinese Martial Arts.
Many of the throws, joint locks, along with falls and rolls taught at TTT come from this oldest style of Judo. Principles such as "Kuzushi" (to destroy the opponent's posture or balance) are incorporated in take down techniques that lead to submission of the opponent.
I teach a number of weapons, choosing to focus on weapons of practicality. I teach both long and short staff forms, short sticks, and the sword.
Qi Gong (Chi Kung/Breath Work)
I teach a wide variety of Qi Gong exercises, including Tao Mo's 18 Muscle Change Classic and Five Beasts at Play (also known as Five Animal Frolic) as part of each class.
There are numerous meditations: sitting, lying, standing, moving. Meditation is also integrated into class.
Qi Gong and Meditation were considered by the ancients as critical to proper study of Kung Fu and both remain a critical aspect of traditional martial arts schools and styles around the world. Following in the tradition of those that came before me, I incorporate both Qi Gong and Meditation in my teaching as I feel that no martial artist's education is complete without studying them.