This is a YouTube Channel promo showcasing several parts of the Chinese Art of Stealth or Yin Fa 隱法 in Mandarin. On our channel, we explore the present day situation of Yin Fa, the traditions, and the ancient past! – […]
This is a video made up of training moments captured on film in 2018. It is the adult group and this is our fundamental training done indoors. (Crank your sound up!)
This is the last part in our mini series on where we question “who were the Chinese Ninja?”. In this video we tie the history and the legend together. Make sure you watch to the end!
This is a video we filmed in the Chin Woo School in Singapore. It was recorded from 1999 to 2000 and records life as it was – as a Kung Fu community.
Wei Yuan Feng Shifu (魏元峰) was our Grandmaster in both our open door and closed door systems of training. This video is a documentary by CCTV (Mandarin language) on Wei Yuan Feng (魏元峰) Shifu and his life and contribution to […]
This video is a quick review on how to throw chopsticks as a weapon.
This is part of a series of short vids on our experiences and difficulties in the field of Chinese Martial Arts research. This is how we got to have a relationship with the Triads and the Yakuza.
This is a short video for would be researchers of Chinese Martial Arts explaining the Jiang Hu 江湖 (lit. “rivers and lakes”) or Martial underworld.
Chinese Martial Arts Research – Method and Madness, is our series of short vids on our experiences and difficulties in the field of Chinese Martial Arts research. This is Episode 1 – The difficulties in research with the Chinese secret […]
These are our kids group of 7 and 8 years old doing fundamental training in Yin Fa 隱法. The kids in this video have 3 years training only. It is important to note that all the kids achieve high levels […]
This is a quick video by Les outlining the Chinese Tailed Dart – a hand thrown projectile weapon from Chinese history that is rarely seen today.
This video offers recent archeological information and evidence on the latest in findings regarding the category of Chinese “throwing star” known as Tien Xing Biao 天星鏢.
In this podcast the well known Beijing based Martial Master, Byron Jacobs, interviews Les on his Martial Arts journey and historical research. Byron’s YouTube Channel can be found here… https://www.youtube.com/c/MuShinMartialCulture/videos
This is the second part in our series on “Who were the “Chinese Ninja”. In this episode we explore the Ye Bu Shou 夜不收 – an elite night operations unit of the Ming military.
We have repeatedly encountered that great importance lies in names and descriptions. The true, original context is vital to the development of one’s art. My good friend, and Master of Xing Yi, Byron Jacobs, has created this video.
This is a very short clip showing the practice of cutting moving objects with the Demon Head Sword. The targets used here are gem squash which are thrown into the air using the cutting hand. The swordsman must then draw […]
In this video, Les talks about the general historical background to the origin and purpose of the Ye Ban To 夜半偷 – the Midnight Thief.
Fei Biao 飛鏢 (lit: flying darts) were the most important weapon/s carried by any covert operative in ancient China. We still practice with them today but only at the higher levels of training for obvious ethical reasons. There were/are various […]
The first really important Chinese character we need to investigate in the ancient Chinese arts of stealth is dié 諜. It is composed with the radical for “words” or “speech” and a right hand component for the foliage of a […]
The Ji Xiao Xin Shu is a military manual by the great Ming dynasty general Qi Jiguang 戚繼光. Its primary significance is in advocating for a combined arms approach to warfare using five types of infantry and two types of […]
I grew up in a war torn country. There was always the danger of bombs, mortar attacks, and even being caught outside during our own curfew times. At the time, I was a young lad who just loved being outside […]
The inscription in the above picture was chiselled into the stone on the Great Wall in Liaoning province, China. The Ye Bu Shou were so respected for their brave, selfless sacrifice that someone felt it necessary to leave it in […]
This article is just for interest at the moment. As we uncover more information on the subject we will update this work. The pictured item was reportedly unearthed in a Hongshan excavation site. Hongshan 紅山文化 was an early Far Eastern […]
The following is our hypothesis on the etymology of the Chinese characters used in describing the Far Eastern arts of stealth across history and territory. The original, North Eastern Chinese Art of stealth was known as Yin Fa 隱法. From […]
If anyone is ever in doubt as to the existence of the midnight thief, spy, assassin or Ninja-like figure in Chinese history and culture, just type the following into a Chinese translation service or google – 樑上君子,This is the return,樑上君子liáng […]
The Wu Bei Zhi 武備志 is one of the most significant of Chinese Military Treatises. In this voluminous work of the Ming period, we find the elite night forces of the Ye Bu Shou 夜不收 mentioned a total of eight […]
In the late 80’s Noelle and I met with Otake Risuke, teaching Master of the Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, at his home and Dojo in Japan. That meeting, changed our lives forever. We were in search of the Ninja and […]
The following quote continues on from the section on “Running Roofs” skill recorded by Bai Yansheng; 4/ Probing: To familiarize oneself with the layout of the house and to avoid bumping into furniture, the tip of the sword is used […]
Is Yin Fa 隱法 a Martial Art? This bizarre question is so often asked. Here is the answer in three parts:- 1/ Is Yin Fa 隱法 a Martial Art? Answer: Yes, Yin Fa 隱法 is a Martial Art! It is […]
The “running roofs”, classic techniques of the Midnight Thief, were recorded in extraordinary detail as follows; 1/ Treading on the roof tops: A rule of thumb is to tip-toe along the Yin Yang tiles, that is, treading with the front […]
We encountered several verbal descriptions of stealth operatives along our research journey. They were usually anecdotes from the last generation to see these enigmatic figures in the dark corners or on the rooftops, just as the Chinese movies depict. The […]
Fighting skills of Yin Fa are divided into two categories (as are most Chinese Martial Arts). That is; armed and unarmed combat. This article refers to unarmed combat skills only. The following are the 4 fundamental skill sets used in […]
The Fēi Zhuǎ 飛爪 – Flying Claw – is never mentioned with more than a few words these days. The truth is that people no longer know what it is, or what it was used for. The weapon is simple, […]
This is a mini documentary of 10 min 40 sec long. It outlines the principles of throwing hand thrown projectile weapons known as Fei Biao 飛鏢 in Mandarin or Fei Biu 飛鏢 in Cantonese. Documentary by Les and Noelle Conn […]
During our research of Chinese Martial Arts in the “military sector”, we kept coming up with references to the Japanese sword. As strange as it may seem, Ming period China wanted and indeed, needed, swords from Japan. The historical record […]
Huo Nu Liu Xing Jian (火弩流星箭, lit. ‘Fire crossbow meteor arrow’) is a disposable dart launching handgonne made of bamboo. It consists of a bamboo tube that is wrapped in tendon, hemp and iron wire, then reinforced with glue and […]