Kung Fu’s Role in MMA

Written by Nick Blanchard. If you want to read more from him, head on over to themmaguru.com.  Kung Fu is one of the world’s oldest martial arts, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see it in today’s highest level MMA competitions. From Roy Nelson to Anderson Silva, some of the UFC’s biggest stars over the years have employed Kung Fu as part of their overall fighting strategy.   One reason Kung Fu has been so influential in the world of MMA is that it’s such an effective martial art in a...

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Wu Wisdom: Five Elements of Kung Fu

The following is a Kung Fu inspired excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu." If you like this blog post, check out the photo shoot and story behind our Kung Fu inspired bag. That last bit of wisdom started to take hold of me later, when I began studying with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, a thirty-fourth generation Shaolin monk who defected from China in ’92 and came to open a Shaolin temple in New York. He was the abbot of his school, I was the abbot of mine—he felt like a...

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Kung Fu Patch Bag With Julian Prince Dash

For our latest release we teamed up with San Francisco based designer, Julian Prince Dash, to re-imagine our Waterproof Cordura Duffel Bag. Dash is known in the San Francisco clothing community for his customization work, which often involves the utilization of patches. Tapping into the Wu Philosophy with him, we took inspiration from the patches kung fu students receive; students place these patches on their gym bags or uniforms. After selecting a handful of patches we wanted to work with, Dash used them to create our Kung Fu Patch Bag....

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Wu Wisdom: Wu-Tang and Martial Arts

The following is an excerpt from the "Wu-Tang Manual" by RZA. Wu-Tang were known for their internal martial arts and their exquisite swordplay. We felt that the tongue, as Caesar said, is a double-edged sword. And so Wu-Tang declared, "Our lyrics are the best—we're invincible." So we took a martial arts approach to that and said we're using a Wu-Tang style. We always apply that to the music: the warrior aspect, the brotherhood of the art, the challenge of it. Because samurais and swordsmen always walk up and challenge each...

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