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Our Styles of Martial Arts

At DFMAA-I we provide instruction in the following martial arts:
| KARATE | KUNG FU | SWORD | TAICHI |QIGONG|
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RYUHI TOSHI KARATE-DO

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Karate emphasizes:
CHARACTER – SINCERITY – EFFORT – ETIQUETTE – SELF-CONTROL

Sensei Hufford has integrated and synthesized the Arts of Washin-Ryu Karate, Shotokan Karate, The Fundamentals of Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, The concept of “Fighting Spirit” (Toshi) and the Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi to create a NEW UNIQUE martial art called “RYUHI TOSHI KARATE-DO.”

“THE WAY of the DRAGON FIRE FIGHTING SPIRIT EMPTY HAND”

The literal meaning of the two Japanese characters, which make up the word karate, is “empty hand.” This of course refers to the fact that karate originated as a system of self-defense which relied on the effective use of the unarmed body of its practitioner. This system consisted of techniques of blocking or thwarting an attack and counterattacking the opponent by punching, kicking or striking.
The modern art of karate was developed out of a more thorough organization and rationalization of these techniques. The three branches of present day karate – as a physical art, as a sport, and as self-defense – are all based on the use of the same fundamental techniques.

Karate as a self-defense has the oldest history, going back hundreds of years. But it is only in recent years that the techniques that have been handed down were scientifically studied and the principles evolved for making the most effective use of various movements of the body. Training based on these principles and the knowledge of the workings of the muscles and joints and the vital relation between movement and balance enable the modern student of karate to be prepared both physically and psychologically to defend themselves successfully against any would-be assailant.

As a physical art, karate is almost without equal. Since it is highly
dynamic and makes use of a large number of body muscles, it provides excellent all-around exercise and develops coordination and agility. It is widely practiced by both children and older people as a means of keeping in top physical shape, and many schools are promoting it as a physical art among their students.

As a sport, karate has its shortest history. Contest rules have been devised and refined so actual matches can be held as in any other sport.

The common factor underlying all karate techniques is the concrete application of the laws of physics, anatomy and psychology in such a way that maximum power can be attained. It is this constant search for ways to apply the laws of science to movements of the body that distinguishes karate from other sports, and the effectiveness of karate techniques themselves is derived from this scientific orientation.

No doubt the average student beginning to study karate could find the basic practice dull and would like to go on immediately to the more exciting movements one can see in movies or video. But unless the student builds a firm foundation in the basic techniques by patiently practicing, over a period of time, his progress will be hampered by the lack of skill in the fundamentals.

Karate emphasizes: CHARACTER – SINCERITY – EFFORT – ETIQUETTE – SELF-CONTROL

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LONG HUO JANN DOU KUNG FU

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Sifu Hufford has integrated Police/Military Catching Fist Kung Fu, Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, Qin Na and Qigong, Eagle Claw Qin Na and WuDangShan Kung Fu to create a UNIQUE martial art called “LONG HUO JANN DOU KUNG FU.”

“DRAGON FIRE COMBAT KUNG FU”

Martial Kung Fu originated as a system of body conditioning and self-defense that relied on the effective use of the unarmed body of its practitioner. This system consisted of techniques of blocking or thwarting an attack and counterattacking the opponent by kicking, striking, wrestling or seizing and controlling.

Police / Military “Catching Fist” Kung Fu is a popular style in China. It is taught to law enforcement and involves direct combat methods, arrest and control techniques, and methods to quickly win a confrontation as they are needed on the job in law enforcement.

Southern Style White Crane Kung Fu is only one of hundreds of Chinese martial styles. It is said that this style was created by a lady named Fang, Qi-Niang during the early Qing Kangxi period (1662-1723 A.D.). After learning marital arts from her father she would always go to the river to watch the cranes hunt for food, play in the water, jump, shake, shout, stand, sleep, etc. From her observations she combined the crane movements into her father’s style and invented the Southern White Crane style. Ancestral White Crane, also called Shaking or Trembling White Crane, is the most original of the four common White Crane styles (Ancestral Crane Fist, Eating Crane Fist, Flying Crane Fist, and Shouting Crane Fist).

White Crane & Eagle Claw Qin NaQin in Chinese means to seize or catch. Na means to hold and control. Therefore Qin Na can be translated as “SEIZE and CONTROL.” Qin Na is composed of grabbing techniques which specialize in controlling or locking the opponent’s joints, muscles or tendons. Qin Na techniques can be generally categorized as Fen Gin – dividing the muscle/tendon, Cuo Gu – misplacing the bone, Bi Qi – sealing the breath, Duan Mai – sealing or blocking the vein/artery, and Dian Xue – cavity press.

WuDangShan Kung Fu is an internal martial arts form from China that enjoys a parallel position with Shaolin Kung Fu in the Chinese Kung Fu field. Therefore comes the popular saying “In the north respects paid to Shaoling Kung Fu; yet in the south honor should be given to Wudang Kung Fu.” It is widely heard that the founder of Wudang Kung Fu was a local Taoist called Zhang Sanfeng. Zhang Sanfeng was a popular boxing player in the Song Dynasty and also an alchemist in Mount Wudang.

Kung Fu contains all four categories of martial techniques: kicking, striking, wrestling and seizing and controlling. In a cycle, wrestling is used against kicking and striking, seizing and controlling is used against wrestling and kicking and striking are used against seizing and controlling. Without all four a marital art is incomplete.

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RYUHI SENSHIKEN-RYU

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Sensei Hufford has REVITALIZED and REDISCOVERED the WAY of the SAMURAI and created an integrated sword-based martial art called “RyuHi SenShiKen-Ryu.”

“DRAGON FIRE WARRIOR SWORD STYLE”

Many think that the Samurai were just swordsman with a code of ethics (bushido) but they were truly more than that!! Each Samurai was trained not just in the art of the sword but in the art of the spear, staff, and empty hand combat.

Included are:
SWORD STYLES – Family (Main) Style taught: RyuHi SenshiKen-Ryu Tachi & Kodachi Toho.
Additonal Styles taught: Toyama-Ryu, Nakamura-Ryu, Toho Kodachi-Iai, and Zen Nippon Iaido Renmei Toho
SPORT KENJUTSU KOBUDO – Full-Contact Padded Weapon Kumite
TAMESHIGIRI – test cutting with “live” blades
ENERGY and HEALTH TRAINING – 3 Ki Balancing Techniques

RyuHi SenShiKen-Ryu is the trilogy of Batto-do, Kenjustsu and Tameshigiri. Any one without the other is an incomplete art. The program progresses through SKR Tachi Toho and SKR Kodachi Toho as the foundation for Batto-do (wood and metal sword) and Tameshigiri (metal sword). Each level includes a Combat Kenjutsu / Kobudo aspect utilizing the concepts of Full-Contact Sports Kenjutsu using padded weaponry.

Batto-do – Sword Fighting Art – SKR Tachi Toho (long sword – katana) uses both wood and metal to teach the student correct and practical sword technique (kihon giri waza, happon giri kihon kata, kumite kata, kyogikai kata and 10 Tachi Toho Kata). SKR Kodachi Toho (short sword – wakizashi) teaches the student the correct wood and metal short sword technique (kihon giri waza, happon giri kihion kata, kumite kata, kyogikai kata and 10 Kodachi Toho Kata).

Tameshigiri – Cutting Art – both Tachi and Kodachi teaches the student proper and correct “live” sword handling technique. This is practiced using single, multiple and traditional patterns of cutting rolled tatami mats.

Combat Kenjutsu – Fighting Art – Full-contact padded-weaponry technique is practiced to perfect rhythm, timing, speed, focus and ki while offering a well-rounded understanding of sword / weapon fighting strategy. In a few short breaths of trial and error you can experience the reality of full-contact combat.

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TAI CHI CHUAN

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Tai Chi Chuan was originally created as a martial art by San Feng Zhang at Wu Dang Mountain in China. Wu Dang Style Tai Chi was created 1500 years before the family styles (Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun) and is still practiced today at Wu Dang Mountain. Tai Chi uses the philosophies of the I-Ching, Yin and Yang and the Five Elements to create its foundation and training principles.

The experience of its practitioners over thousands of years has shown that the practices of the martial art of Taijiquan can improve health, reduce stress and assist in slowing and reversing many human complaints such as high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, stomach ailments, heart problems and anxiety.

It has also proved to be effective as a set of life prolonging, healing, and rejuvenating exercises. Tai Chi when combined with Qigong can be an effective practice that can assist in increasing the quality of one’s life.

Below is a sample of the Tai Chi offerings at Dragon Fire Martial Arts:

Wu Dang San Feng Tai Chi Short Form
Wu Dang San Feng Tai Chi Long Form
18 Postures Silk Reeling
Tai Chi for Neck and Back Pain
Tai Chi for Heart, Lung and Intestine
Tai Chi for Liver Kidney and Spleen
and MORE!

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HEALTH PRESERVATION QIGONG

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Qi (“Chee”) is a Chinese term used to refer to all types of energy. It is the “vital force” behind all things in the universe. Gong refers to the accomplishment that can be achieved by steady practice and also refers to the ability to produce an effect. Thus Qigong is the study and practice of Qi.

Qigong practice uses the breath, posture, movement, and sound to refine, balance and circulate Qi within the body. Through the regulation of the body, breathing, mind, qi (bio-electric energy) and shen (mental spirit) our capability to adapt to the external environment, strengthen our immune system and build-up a resistance to disease as well as reduce the many effects of the stresses in daily life can be strengthened.

Qigong has been practiced for thousands of years and over that time have developed specific qigong programs for many health complaints.

Below is a sample of the Qigong Offerings at Dragon Fire Martial Arts:

San Qi Ping Heng Qigong
Shaolin Dan Tian Qigong
Ba Dong Wu Shen Qigong
Yin-Yang Medical Qigong–Beginner
Yin-Yang Medical Qigong–Intermediate
Yin-Yang Medical Qigong–Advanced
Qigong for Arthritis
Qigong for High Blood Pressure
Qigong for Diabetes
Dragon Door Qigong
Wu Ji Qigong
DaMo Qigong
and MORE!

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