Fanqiang and Science

You know the fanning, right? It’s a popular subject of debate in the martial arts community, but it is a good topic for the science geek in me to write about. There are many skeptics that tend to refer to fanning as “bad jujitsu”lock picking.” That’s ridiculous, as the fanning is actually quite logical, much like the martial arts. You can also get more information about

One of the more interesting ways that fanning has been explained by fans, was that it teaches concepts that could be applied to various other disciplines. It seems that Fanqiang and Science were intending to teach the scientific method, while being simultaneously applied in the martial arts. As a way to explain the subject to others, I’ve chosen to describe Fanqiang and Science in this way:

Science in the martial arts starts from A: It explains the world around us, including the reality that we ourselves are a product of the universe as a whole. And B: it examines our own mind and how it’s constructed, which is a reflection of our material surroundings. (Fanqiang is what you make of it!)

Science in the martial arts would begin with the concepts of: 1) sensation and position; 2) energy and mind; and 3) weight and strength. These would explain different aspects of the opponent, but more importantly, would give us a general theory of attack and defense.

Science in the martial arts, then, becomes the introduction to the following concepts: movement and stance; control and motion; balance and motion; and strength and extension. Through understanding these concepts, the artist can see the advantages of striking with the head, arms, feet, or legs. We can compare these attacks to the swinging of the saber, using which ultimately determines the outcome of the fight.

While I am no expert on the art of the martial arts, I do believe that there is a very strong argument to be made that Fanqiang and Science are indeed applied knowledge. Whether it is or not I am not sure, but I will mention some great quotes from science, which are certainly applicable to the martial arts:

“The art of fighting lies in its simplicity, and the most complicated movements are the results of accidents. Therefore the art of fighting is nothing but a series of accidental exhibitions.” -Wang Chao

“To a person who understands the problems of life, the art of fighting seems as easy as simple motions.” -George Forrest

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