Topic: Taijiquan

Taijiquan - 16 posts

Six Levels of Song

Date: 5/9/2020

Six Levels of Song

Within the traditional teachings of the Yang family, Song is divided into 6 levels. Each level dependent on the one before it and inclusive of all before it. It’s important to understand that Song i...

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The Creation of Taijiquan

Date: 2/27/2019

The Creation of Taijiquan

The past and unfortunately “history” is something that cannot be empirically known. When it comes to kung fu history this is even more so. Nevertheless, I will share my view on the creation of Taijiqu...

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Cheng Man Ching's

Date: 11/20/2016

Cheng Man Ching's

Many of us have heard time and time again the famous saying of the late Prof. Cheng Man Ching to “invest in loss”. What does this mean? What did the professor mean when he said it? It is not easy to k...

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Confused About Unification?

Date: 11/20/2016

Confused About Unification?

Just recently while conversing with a group of martial artists on Facebook, I began to think about my current understanding of “unification”. More specifically, realizing how much I have taken this un...

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What is “Internal” Anyway?

Date: 11/20/2016

What is “Internal” Anyway?

For as long as I have been an enthusiast of the “internal arts,” a passionate debate has been raging on, as to what exactly qualifies as an “internal art.” With no consensus in sight! And often accomp...

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Timing, Placement and Power

Date: 11/20/2016

Timing, Placement and Power

When I am teaching classes or workshops on taijiquan I always emphasize the three principles of timing, placement and power. These three skills are not only fundamental to acquiring real world taijiqu...

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Basics of Double Heavy in Taijiquan

Date: 11/20/2016

Basics of Double Heavy in Taijiquan

No concept in Yang Taijiquan has more confusion surrounding it than the concept of Double-Heavy. Much can be read about Double-Heavy in the classic Taiji writings. Much can be read but little understo...

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Yang Family Fajin

Date: 11/20/2016

Yang Family Fajin

The idea of fajin is highly debated in Taijiquan circles, where some consider it the be all and end all of taiji quan skill, while others who have never experienced it, consider it a fallacy. In truth...

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The Workshop Works!

Date: 8/16/2016

The Workshop Works!

Last month I was fortunate enough to participate in Sifu Adam Mizner’s workshop in Athens, Alabama. This was the third workshop I’ve attended with Sifu Mizner, and once again, his teachings left me (a...

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Taijiquan - Finding the right teacher

Date: 8/12/2016

Taijiquan - Finding the right teacher

You shall know them by their fruits When a new student of taijiquan is searching for a teacher, it can be a daunting and confusing time. There are many claims by students and teachers alike, so who sh...

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Self Defense

Date: 8/11/2016

Self Defense

Defense against the self Self defense in modern times: is it practical? In ancient times, before the invention of firearms, the practicality of being skilled in hand to hand combat was very clear. The...

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Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

Date: 8/11/2016

Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?

After trying some hard styles and suffering inevitable knee injuries from poor teaching, I was left no choice but to learn taijiquan if I wanted to stay in the kung fu domain. Slow, stability-based mo...

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The Three Hands of Taijiquan

Date: 5/8/2016

The Three Hands of Taijiquan

Within my training and teaching of Tàijíquán, I emphasize two primary areas that must be developed and balanced. On the one side we have technical skills or ‘Quan’ – born from ting, timing and having ...

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Tai Chi internal stretching

Date: 5/8/2016

Tai Chi internal stretching

Dui La 对拉 meaning something like “to stretch between”. It’s one of those fundamental principles of taiji quan that are all too often forgotten or misunderstood. When I travel to give taiji, qigong or ...

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