Body of Iron

Neil (thekungfuguy) Ripski

A small excerpt from my upcoming book Secrets of Drunken Boxing Volume Three: Internal Alchemy & Tumbling Immortals. Should be published this year 2016!

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Iron Training Methods 鐵法

Iron Body, Golden Bell Armour, Iron Vest, Iron Shirt, Cotton Belly, All different names of different methods all aiming at the same results: Not getting injured when struck in the torso. On the other side of the fence we have the Iron Palm, Iron Fist, Cotton Palm, Red Sand Palm and so on methods, meant to cause massive damage from strikes. I find myself referring to these methods often when I am teaching or writing about other subjects and simply glossing over what they are and how to train them so I thought it might be time to take a look directly at them and what they are.

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Kung Fu Comes to Australia in 1886

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The Illustrated Australian News. Wednesday 26th, May 1886. Cover.

A month ago I was chatting with my friend Joseph Svinth (a prolific author and editor within the field of Martial Arts Studies) over email.  At the time I was still recovering from the last round of conferences and let things slide. But earlier this week I decided to take another look at one of his most interesting finds.  It is an engraving (executed by F. A. Sleap) that graced the cover of the Illustrated Australian News on Wednesday the 26th in May of 1886.

This image will be of immediate interest to any student of Chinese martial studies.  It shows two individuals engaged in armed single combat.  The ferocity of their fight is suggested by the fallen sword, pole and bamboo helmet that have been discarded in a lower corner of the frame.  Behind them sits a large…

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Getting to Know China’s “Ivy League Martial Artists” in the Republican Era

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TY Wong standing with butterfly swords, center, during a San Francisco street parade during the 1940s. Source: Photo courtesy of Gilman Wong.


This paper was recently read at the International Conference for the 1st World Youth Mastership held at Cheongju University on Nov. 3-4, 2017.  Many thanks go to Prof. Gwang Ok for making this event possible and extending an invitation for me to attend.  A special note of thanks also goes to the Cornell University East Asia Program for helping to support this research.  My report on this conference is coming soon, but I first wanted to share some of the things that I have been working on for the last six weeks with the readers of Kung Fu Tea.  Enjoy.

Civil Society, Mimetic Desire and China’s Republican era “Kung Fu Diplomacy”

Today I would like to talk about an overlooked period in the globalization of the…

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Strength and Conditioning for the Every Day Martial Artist

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“Lifting weights makes you worse at martial arts.”

Incorrect.  Building up your strength is essential for martial arts.

As someone who has been training in the martial arts for over 15 years now and has competed for the past 7 years of that, one of the most common things I hear in the dojo/gym is “lifting weights isn’t good for (insert martial art here) because all it does it make you slow and bulky.  Lifting weights is a waste of time for those who want to get better at martial arts.”  These statements could not be any further from the truth.  Strength training is one of the strategies that can massively enhance one’s skills as a martial artist.  Being strong is never a weakness, and having strength will help one maximize their power in martial arts.  Here I’ll outline some basics of strength training and conditioning to help get you…

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San Huang San – Herbal Cooling for Injuries.

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Note this is a large blog post. Totaling 14 pages before illustrations.

San Huang San or “Three yellow Emperors powder” is A First Aid Topical Ice replacement for treatment of Acute Contusions in muscle Tissue, knee & Joint injuries such as Strains and sprains and Acute Cartilage injury. This herbal Remedy is used in place of Ice in injury management.

The original Recipe Which was devised as an internal pill or decoction formula Contained only 3 Herbs, However “The Clandestine Essentials from the Imperial Library” List a 4 Herb Variant of San Huang San.

The Below Formula Are forEXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Always consult a qualified Chinese Herbalist Before using any herbal formula

Ingredients : 4 Ingredient Variation from “The Clandestine Essentials from the Imperial Library”

1) Radix et Rhizoma Rhei : (Da Huang – 大簧) (Rhubarb root) -28 g
2) Cortex Phellodendri…

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The Shaolin Standard Dim Mak injury Formula ( 13 flavors ruling )

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(Thirteen Flavors Ruling Formula) : Dian Xue Ji Zhi Zong Fang (Shi San Wei Zhu Fang) General Emergency Formula for Spotting ( Dim Mak or Acupuncture point striking )

This Blog Details a formula that is THE standard Shaolin Herbal treatment for trauma to acupuncture points in fighting, Otherwise known as the art of Dim Mak in Cantonese ( Dian xue in mandarin) , This formula is often seen recommended for fighting injuries and is prescribed many times in the Book “ Authentic Shaolin Heritage: Dian Xue Shu (Dim Mak) – Skill of Acting on Acupoints” By Jin Jing Zhong.– with many possible alterations either with substitutions, subtractions and additions. In fact the Shaolin Si Mi Fang Ji Jin or Highlights of Shaolin Monastery’s Secret Prescriptions sections 1 through 10 , List 62 variations covering treatment of many different traumatic injuries related to fighting.

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The Pericaridum 6 Point. Nei guan.

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This is an Excerpt of a point from my coming Book. “The Treatment of Acute Traumatic Injury With Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine”.

Inspire to post by a Facebook Friend who posted a video on the use and benefits of Nei guan (Pericardium 6 in western Acupuncture notation).

This point Study includes TCM Indications, TCM Actions, Modern Biomedical Anatomical locations,Expectations for Traumatic Injury to point location and Anatomy either intentionally or accidentally, Traditional Herbal prescriptions for Injury and more.

It is my hope that people will use this information in the spirit of healing and be very careful not to injure themselves or anyone else at this point.

Also please find attached a PDF Document containing this Information.
Here : pc-6-nei-guan

內關: Neiguan : Inner Pass


The median nerve lies directly under this point and needling commonly induces an electric sensation. This is an acceptable manifestation of deqi but…

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