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Post  Matt_Stampe on Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:44 am

1. What style of martial arts do you do?
2. How many fights have you done?
3. how many years involved?


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Post  Mike Patterson on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:27 pm

Mike Patterson
Xingyi, Bagua, Taiji
Personal Kuoshou record - Two time champion 1975, 1976.
Coaching Kuoshu - 81 to 83 - 9 gold, 5 silver.
Coaching Kuoshu - 94 to 2000 - 30 gold, 14 silver, 8 bronze.
Over 40 years involved in internal martial arts as of now.

Mike Patterson

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Post  Matt Hershman on Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:49 am

Hey guys,

Matt Hershman
2-3 Boxing and 1 Kickboxing
Ive been training since 2008,
mostly in boxing/kickboxing

Matt Hershman

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Post  Natalia on Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:40 am

Hi everyone, my name is Natalia Hill.
I train in Tai Chi, Shuai Chiao and Shaolin Kung Fu (kempo, lohan, meijung, tan tui). I've done four full contact (lei tai) fights, with a record of 4-0. I've been training for 11 years under Master Eric Sbarge, with varying amounts of time spent with each art.


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Post  Chris Davis on Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:01 pm

Hi All,

Chris Davis (middleway) from the UK

- Mainly xing yi and aiki
- Security professional for 7 years and Now training with Elite Forces.
- 20+ years in the MAs.


Chris Davis

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Post  AthenaW on Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:41 pm

1. Baguazhang (Cheng style)
2. Does that one downtown with that drunk guy count? Kidding. None.
3. 2 years, the first year Taichi forms, then a year of Bagua so far.


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Post  omar-belove on Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:50 am

Hi all.

Omar Belove here. Some know me by my screen name "bailewen" or on the Chinese interwebs as 白乐文.

1. Bajiquan and Taijiquan
2. 2 leitai matches. 1 win and 1 draw.
3. Baji/Taiji for 10 years. Hung Gar for 8 Years


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Post  Rob Poyton on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:43 am

Hi folks

Rob Poyton from the UK here

1. Systema, formerly Taijiquan, judo, boxing, bits and pieces
2. A variety of situations
3. 30+ years


Rob Poyton

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Post  Chris_Haynes on Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:17 am

Hey All,
Chris Haynes from Westminster, Colorado, USA.

1. Yi Zong Bagua and Hebei Xingyi
2. No ring bouts or tourney fights. I have done spent quite a bit of time doing intensive sparring and have had the please of some escalated push hands meets.
3. Have been training CMA since 1998 and the Yi Zong system since early 2001.



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Post  Csaba Cziky on Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:41 pm

Did various cma for 8 years. Did boxing for 2, and thai boxing for 2. Also did some kyokushin, escrima and what not. Now days i do BJJ and wrestling and try to do crossfit type stuffs in the middle. Doing my training at Carlson Gracie Hungary!
Had some grappling tourney but no major wins. Have a 2-1 thai boxing record, and 1-0 MMA.

Csaba Cziky

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Post  Niall Keane on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:03 am

Niall Keane

Sanshou/ sanda : 78-9

Link to my fight record and students fight record:

Wudang (practical) Tai Chi Chuan (Dan Docherty)
Since 1996

I'm based in Dublin region in Ireland, chief instructor for Wudang Sanshou / Practical Tai Chi Ireland, I run gyms in the city, UCD and Navan, Co Meath
Currently General Secretary for ICBA (Irish Chinese Boxing Association) we run Sanshou comps and pro fight nights (sanda) several times a year, it's a non profit association I co-founded with 4 other CMA organisations in 2008, now about 25 organisations participate.
Also president of the Irish branch of PWKA (professional wushu kungfu association) a European body

Looking forward to some interesting discussions here!

Niall Keane

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Post  Elmar on Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:52 am

Elmar (Tesshu on 'the other forum')

about 20 years of MA (started as a 10year old)
Started out with Taekwondo fight club style (no "sport" rules, since this was about "combat")
Then, 18 years old, I added a very soft variant of Tai Chi Chuan to my curriculum - veeeery soft, which I needed at that time.
A bit later came Qi Xing Tang Lang Quan, which I trained intensively for 6 years.
In 2005 I decided to drop every other MA training except "my" Ma Tsun Kuen Tai Chi Chuan.


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Post  Rob Burnett on Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:54 pm

Rob Burnett (mix from rsf):
about 9 years CMA of various kinds.
No official fights.
Couple self defense situations over the past few years.
Lots of hard sparring and wrestling/tuishou.
interested in training for happiness.
Working really hard on integrating wrestling with short range striking right now.

Rob Burnett

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Post  Dale Dugas on Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:32 pm

35 Years of training in MA.
Jiulong Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Shuai Jiao, Tieh Zha Zhang, Tieh Bu Shan Gong
Never fought professionally, but have been involved in real fighting for years.

My door is always open.

Come visit anytime.
Dale Dugas

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Post  David A Ross on Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:14 pm

Western boxing as a kid in Police Athletic League
"Gym wars"

2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido under late Pong Ki Kim
Two time NYS full contact taekwondo state champion as "junior" (16 and 17)

Hung Ga in Dang Fong (Tang Fung) lineage, Sifu Yeung Au-Ming

Shuai Jiao (limited time) with Shihfu Jeng Hsin-Ping

Lama Pai, some Choy Lay Fut and Sanshou/San Da under Chan Tai San
Adopted in "Baai Si"
Ran his school for 16 years

Lots of cross training with Randy Couture, Erik Paulson, Greg Nelson, the Chute Boxe guys, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Team De La Riva), George Pardos (OSU wrestling team), Jeremy Bellrose (Fairtex Muay Thai / Jongsanan), etc

I have trained over 20 national Sanshou and San Da champions, three world San Da champions, a USKBA US Muay Thai champion, a guy who got a K-1 MAX contract, amateur and professional MMA fighters.

I also clean the toilets in my gym.... someone has to do it!

David A Ross

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Post  Justin Sturgill on Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:47 pm

Hi. I post as Deustrismegistus on RSF.

I have been training since 8 years old in Combat Tiger Kung Fu, Shaolin, Shuai Chiao, Taiji, and more recently a little Xingyi. Been at it 19 years now.
Competed in shuai jiao at age 10, bronze medal. Competed in shuai jiao a couple times more recently.

Justin Sturgill

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Post  fuga on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:46 pm

Peter Fugazzotto

I am focusing on BJJ (blue belt) after a number of years studying a variety of internals and some Filipino blade arts. Also studied judo and kenpo when I was younger.

I've competed 4 times, and am planning on hitting a number of competitions early in 2012 including the Pan Ams. I am an older athlete at 44 relegated to the Senior 2 (!!!) division.


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Post  Fongliu on Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:43 pm

most of you should already know me, but hi, I'm Fong Liu (nianfong on rsf)
Hebei Xingyiquan, Yang/Ch'ang style Taijiquan, and Baoding Shuaijiao
been training (with some gap during my college years) since 1991.
Competed in several Taiji form tournaments, with my top medal being a Silver in Taiji Legacy.
Competed in at least 6 Shuaijiao tournaments with the USSA, with my top earned medal being a Silver.
Never competed in full contact, but have done plenty of sparring over the years, with various people of various styles. In free sparring, I use Xingyi with some compactified TKD kicks our teacher taught us, shuaijiao/taiji for grappling, and a few various techniques I've picked up along the way (like the baji heart-piercing elbow).


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Post  Admin on Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:36 am

time to introduce myself:
post as Matt_Stampe, I am the forum director.

Started martial arts 1990 at VCU Richmond Va. when my sister told me there was a guy teaching martial arts in the park. I studied some with Wilson Pitts, who was a neijia guy who had studied some with Robert Smith and Dr. Amy Ballons a TCM doctor from Taiwan. He taught a bit of Cheng man Ching taiji, Hsingyi 5 elements, and Pakua Chang along with Qigong. Many of the health aspects like diet, massage, acupunture, etc. come from Wilson and Amy.

Later was introduced to Weiqi He, a Wushu teacher from Shanghai, by a Chinese fellow art student. She taught a very intensive Taiji class, she was very humble and never bragged about her credentials, she took us to Shanghai to meet "her teacher", low and behold, he just happened to be Fu Zhong Wen. She brought Zhou Jianhua to help assist classes and he was a student of Cai Longyun. When I was back in Virginia Beach I studied some with Xianhao Cheng a really good tui shou and Yang teacher from Hangzhou China: i got to learn a lot from him.

I trained in Pakuachang with Park Bok Nam for a year while in Richmond. I took the rate where you can train as much as you wanted and Park was there to give me details. He did invest a bit in me and my basics from former teachers helped a lot. I touched on some more Pakua in Northern Va. with George Wood and learned quite a bit about Gao style Pakua combatives. Really good sparring, application, and throws in those classes.

While in DC I went to Omei wushu and CMAI, both traditional and modern wushu schools. Did the whole sash testing at Omei and CMAI since it was school protocol. I did get my Black sash after several years. Later went to Qi Elements school of Tai Chi and massage since I had learned a lot of massage from various teachers. I got my massage license and moved on to a MMA school. It was though Novamma coaches Jeff Ruth and David Carter's training I was able to try my hand at several fights including San Shou, Lei Tai, and the schools in-house "SAF" Saturday afternoon fights with Muay thai and amateur boxing rules events vs other affiliate schools..


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Post  Conn Cummins on Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:58 pm

Hey Folks,

Styles I am involved in are: Bagua Zhang (mainly Cheng), Yang Tai Ji, Wu Tai ji, some highly personalized five element Hsing Yi. Kali/Arnis. Bakali My own system of training essentially a highbrid of the above. In the past I have done some Judo, Tykwondo, Praying Mantis, though not for any length of time to have reached any depth. Oh and Lung Ta ( a Tibetan form of essentially Bagua).

I haven't competed for around 25 years. I have worked in security and had brief violent encounters, some lost some won.

I have practiced martial arts now for around 35 years.

Conn Cummins

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Post  Paul Sacramento on Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:33 pm

Paul Sacramento
Training since: 1977
Amateur Boxing record: 10-2 with 8 KO’S Boxing Ontario / Canadian Amateur boxing Association CABA
Semi-pro: 8-2 with 6 KO’S Canadian Boxing Federation CBF
Muay Thai : 4-2 “unsactioned”.
Vale Tudo- 3-2
Kyokushin: 15-3
ITF TKD: 3-2

Energy Lake kung fu ( Hung Gar) : 1978 - 1981
Boxing : 1984 Portugal, 1990-95 Canada. ( on and off).
Okinawan Goju / kyokushin: 1981-1986 Brown Belt Goju, Portugal
Kodokan Judo : 1981-1986 Black Belt in Judo Portugal
1st Degree Judo:Canada 1991
2rd Degree Kyokushin Karate : Canada 1993
3rd Degree ITF TKD : Canada 1995
Hung Ga and SPM since 2008
Trained in:
Muay Thai, Moy Yat Wing Chun, JKD, Aikido,
Weapons:, Yagyu Shinkage ryu, Escima/Kali

Fight record:
See above, plus:
Under 18:
Portuguese under 18 amateur lightweight boxing champion 1985
Runner-up European under 18 lightweight boxing champion 1986
Portuguese Lightweight under 18 Judo Champion ( Brown Belt) 1985
Portuguese Lightweight contact Karate Champion Under 18 (Novice Black Belt) 1986
Over 18:
All Star Kyokushin under 200lbs champion 1990
Kubota Cub Middleweight novice (Under 165lbs) Black Belt Champion 1989 IKA
North American Full Contact Karate Championship- 2nd place Black Belt Open Division 1991
Army Middleweight judo champion - 1995 ( Ontario)
Army Middleweight Boxing 2nd place 1995 ( Ontario)

Yeah, I've done this "tale of the tape" before Smile

Paul Sacramento

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Post  Brian L. Kennedy on Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:20 am

Hi folks,
I started martial arts in 1976 in San Diego. In San Diego I studied Korean Karate, the Ching Yi Kung Fu system, Hung Gar, Choy Li Fut, Northern Shaolin, Mantis Boxing. Then I lived in Taiwan for 15 years where I studied xingyi, bagua, taiji, Crane Boxing and western boxing. Then on my return to San Diego in 2008 I started judo and BJJ.

In terms of fighting I have had two serious self defense situations and then the normal boxing/judo/BJJ training matches. I have zero tournament experience.

take care,

Brian L. Kennedy

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Post  Chris Jurak, PT on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:46 pm

Hi All,

Chris Jurak, PT.

Background in various MA's, from TKD, European sabre fencing, JJJ, FMA, TCMA (Lama, CLF, Hung), IMA (bagua, taiji, qigong) and BJJ (all of which I now understand are "bullshit", according to my new teacher, Master Ken, the founder of Ameri Do Te...).

Anyway, I am not much of a fighter, never was, but my practice as a PT has taken me into several areas of health and healing that I find or relevance to those practicing martial arts, in terms of understanding posture / structure / alignment / kinesiology, etc. and injury management / rehab. I am also a big fan of looking at classical qigong training from a contemporary perspective, in order to understand what is happening without being solely dependent on metaphors such as "qi" as functional descriptors.

So, looking forward to having productive discussions here. Very Happy

Chris Jurak, PT

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Post  Eric_Koeppen on Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:23 pm

Eric Koeppen aka Pork Chop (half the people at my gym don't know my real name)

I'm going to list what each school taught.
The only school I was even close to getting all the material from was my first one.

1994-1996 (full time); 1996-1998 (distance)
Under Norm Burland in Okinawa
-Tang Shr Tao style Xingyi, Taiji, Bagua from Hokama Masamits
-Competition style Taiji from the Japanese Wushu Taiji Federation
-SL Martin's Green Dragon kung fu (also included some Northern Mantis)
-Chuek Tse's Tibetan White Crane & CLF
-couple Hung Gar forms from Vernon Rieta

Under Jeff Huges in Austin
-Chiu Chi Man Seven Star mantis from Chiu Luen via Raymond Fogg
-Wong Hon Fung Seven Star mantis from Henry Chung via Raymond Fogg
-Wah Lum mants from Chan Pui via Raymond Fogg
-Eagle Claw from Lily Lau
-Ching Wu forms from all 3 of the above
-Hung Gar from Kung Fu Joe Colvin
-Yang Taiji from Yang Zhen Duo via Horacio Lopez

1999 (~6 months)
Under Dave Pickens
-Shuai Chiao: basic breakfalls and conditioning drills.

2001 (~4 months of privates)
Under Li Yi Yuan

Under Raymond Wong
-Jow Ga kung fu
-lion dancing

Under Julio Trujillo & Phil Golbrecht

2003-2006 (on weekends)
Under Brooks Miller & Bumrung "Danny" Prawatsirichai
-muay thai

2006-2007 (20 months)
Under Francisco Sanchez-Zambrano
-muay thai (Fairtex)

Under Kru Phet and Kru Vong
-muay thai

I've also played with Hung Gar off and on since about 2004; at first Tang Fung lineage with Jerry Battle, last few years with Chris Hayhurst (illusionfist) via distance learning.

Officially I'm 0-1 in competition, got knocked out in 30 seconds back in 2003. Had numerous smokers, exhibitions, & gym battles in the interim. Still want to get back in there and get a W. Major limiting factor has been my weight - I'm a little bit too small for heavyweight.

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Post  djohnson137 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:57 pm

Hi, my name is Daniel. I am studying Chen Style Tai Chi from Stephan Berwick a disciple of Master Chen Xiaowang from Chen Village. I am primarily interested in tai chi for the health benefits, but I want to learn the martial arts applications also. I have been studying for 6 months now and I am still learning the basic movements, postures and the 19 Form.

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