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Sumo by Jim Down

A Hard Fight by Sumo Westlers (Deba-no-umi and Kimenzan) By Shunro Katsukawa (1760-1849)

Sumo is a Japanese kind of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as religious performances to the Shinto gods.

Sumo appears in the earliest histories of Japan, the Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki, and in early Shinto. By the end of the Heian period (794-1185), it was established as a court ritual for some three hundred years. In the later feudal periods, it was occasionally used as a method of resolving political disputes by sending forth sumo wrestlers to decide the issue.

In the Edo period, sumo became a…

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Tai Ji Quan the Art of Life by Yin Zhuo

Practising Tai Ji Quan is for all

Tai ji quan [chin.: tàijíquán 太极拳] has become very popular in the last twenty years or so. Along with Yoga, tai ji is one of the fastest growing fitness and health maintenance activities in thw world. Tai Ji Quan, or Tai Chi Chuan is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced with the aim of promoting health and longevity. It is actually an effective martial art. Initially, Tai Ji was practiced as a fighting form, emphasizing strength, balance, flexibility, and speed.

Through time it has evolved into a soft, slow, and gentle form of exercise which…

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Tang Lang Quan by Jim Down

painting of Wang Lang

According to the oral and written tradition Tang Lang Quan or Mantis fist was created by a Shaolin disciple known as Wang Lang in the woods of Mount Lao, in Shandong province of China.

After a period of time of observing the mantis he have pick up and brought home, he was able to link together the different offensive and defensive movements of the mantis. This new style of boxing was called Tang Lang Quan, this system was later improved by monk Fu Chi with the inclusion of techniques from seventeen other martial arts style into…

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Tang Tao-Liang by Jim Down

Tang Tao-Liang

A martial arts performer, gifted with spectacular and superlative kicking abilities, and certainly one of the greatest to this day, is Tang Tao Liang. Throughout the seventies astonished the viewers, with his amazing dexterity, power and versatility of his kicking techniques, while most of the time he didn't make any use of his hands at all.

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