The End of "Styles"

Every martial art made is based on how the human body moves using human structure. Even if the style is tiger, crane, praying mantis, or monkey, it is still just a human “style” mimicking animals. The tiger stylist only mimics the tiger but can’t bring down a water buffalo anymore than the crane stylist can dunk his head into a lake and pull out a fish in his mouth.
In nature you see them as the siverbacks protecting his troop, antlered stags protecting unantlered doe’s and young, mother bear protecting young from male bear, stallions protecting against wolves and mountain lions, hippos that have tamed crocodiles to the point where baby hippos can swim freely among them. In humans there is the martial artist

The real meaning of warrior does not refer to making wars on each other but means one who is brave. I.e, Indian brave.
Don’t be afraid of who your are, be heroic and kind at the same time.

So it is of utmost importance to learn human anatomy and physiology. Learn the strengths and weakness, the vital areas, locations of arteries, joints, tendons. Learn to control the forces of yin and yang and the movements of the five elements. With this knowledge a martial artist can defeat yang energy with yin energy and use the controlling cycle of the five elements to control its generating cycle. This seems only complicated at first then with a little teaching it is as simple as “rock, paper, scissors.”
“Three Circles”™ tries to put back into the martial arts what has been distilled out though specialization.
There are three main causes of this specialization; personal, geographical, and political.
When a student learns a style, they take what works for their body type (five elements) and leave what doesn’t. A short over weight person will never get proficient in moving like a tall slender person and visa versa. Each person will then go on to teach their students moves they know and do best while leaving out the ones they are incompetent. Sometimes a person is only able to learn part of a style and makes a new style out of that.
When a style moves from one location to another, it has to adapt to fit the new location. A style utilizing a long spear will not be as functional in a highly wooded area. A style made for a padded ring utilizing techniques to wear down a single opponent will not be the best choice when being attacked in an urban setting by multiple opponents.
Martial arts have also been made illegal by governments looking to suppress any training that might lead to a future uprising. These martial arts were than taught in secret, moved to a different country or were made to look like dance. The ones taught in secret were only taught to direct family members and people they could trust. The ones that went to another country fall into the geographic category. The ones made to look like dance were taught openly as exercise or looked like useless martial arts that no one took it seriously. It took a dedication of years to earn the trust of the instructor to be shown real applications.
Instead of practicing martial art forms (gongfu), energy exercises (qigong) and meditation (chan) separately, I have integrated all these three aspects into one unit, and by integrating the Dao theory, Bagua Theory and the Five phases I mistakingly discovered an underlying template to all martial arts.

Think of rectangle with a length roughly one and a half times its width–this ratio of 1.6:1 is called the Golden Ratio. Often referred to as “nature’s number”, this ratio shows up in everything from plants and animals to people and planets. The Egyptians used the golden ratio in constructing the Pyramids. The Ancient Greeks used it in much of their architecture, including the Parthenon. During the Renaissance artists used the golden ratio extensively in the composition of their paintings, as it was considered the most beautiful proportion. Leonardo da Vinci called it “The Divine Proportion”.

Why is this ratio so celebrated, and what does it have to do with martial arts?

Three Circles: The DNA of Martial Arts

Scientists posit that the golden ratio exists in nature as the most effective evolutionary proportion: plants grow in the golden ratio; we’re built in the golden ratio. This proportion is aesthetically pleasing to us because it’s natural, it’s efficient, it’s balanced, it works.

Three Circles applies the principle of the golden ratio to martial arts, creating a style that can best be termed “the DNA of Martial Arts.”

Developed by Dr. Kelvin deWolfe, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and 30+ year student of martial arts, Three Circles uses
movements based on the five phases: birth, growth, transformation, decline and death. These movements, as they exist in nature, are in the golden ratio. This style of martial arts is simple, stripped down, essential. Students learn eight basic postures, all of which are a natural fit with the human body.

Dr. deWolfe welcomes students of all levels to participate in his Three Circles classes. No ranking, no belts, no egos. Just pure martial arts, bringing the body, mind and spirit into perfect balance
If you learn “Three Circles”™ you indirectly learn all styles making “styles” obsolete.