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Chén Zì Qiáng (陈自强) on Chén Tài Jí, Tuī Shǒu (推手) and Sǎndǎ (散打)

By Nick Scrima, Journal of Chinese Martial Arts Chén Zì Qiáng is a 20th generation descendant of Chén family Tài Jí Quán and Chief Coach of the Chén Jiā Gōu (Chén village) Tài Jí Quán School in China. A multiple national champion in China, Chén has coached many students who achieved national tournament success. He is skilled in all Chén style hand and weapons forms and actively promotes Tuī Shǒu (Push Hands) and Sǎndǎ. This wide-ranging interview covers the many historic influences on Chén style Tài Jí Quán and Chén Zì Qiáng’s early training as part of an illustrious family. He discusses the essential training for building a solid foundation in the style (including post standing, silk reeling, breathing exercises, and the basic forms - Lǎo Jià Yī Lù and Lǎo Jià Èr Lù), and offers his ideas on Chén Tài Jí as compared to other Tài Jí styles. He describes the health benefits and stress-relieving properties of correct Tài Jí practice, as well as the principles and practices of Tuī Shǒu and the application of Fā Jìn. He notes the training methods for his Sǎndǎ team and his thoughts on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Lam Family Hung Kuen (Hung Gar)

An extensive and revealing interview with Anthony Lam (Lam Chun Fai) and Hing Chao on Lam family Hung Kuen (Hung Gar). Explores the various historical accounts of the origins of the style and dispels many of the myths surrounding its growth and development. Discusses the lineage and most notable proponents of the system and its spread throughout China. Major contributions to the curriculum made by distinguished 20th-century Lam family martial artists are noted. The basic training methods and sequence of forms are presented along with a discussion of weapons routines, partner work, and fighting strategy. Lam Chun Fai, eldest son of Lam Cho, continues to teach Hung Kuen in Hong Kong. He is responsible for representing his family’s martial arts heritage and has dedicated his life to the promotion and advancement of the system. Hing Chao has been active in preserving the ethnic cultural heritage in China and Hong Kong. He founded the Hong Kong International Kung Fu Festival, launched in 2009 to celebrate the city’s unique martial arts culture. He also published the Journal of Chinese Martial Studies.

Yao Zhan of Hao Family Praying Mantis

by Zhenshen Wang - The Yao Zhan action in the Hao Style Praying Mantis system combines body work and footwork. This article by Zhenshen Wang describes specific movements and applications and is illustrated with photos providing views from left and right sides. Attacking movements and throwing movements are both emphasized, as well as the importance of using full body power. Wang discusses the concept of Fa Li and the integration of Yin and Yang as the basis for these actions.

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming Interview

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming began training in Taiwan at the age of 15 under White Crane Master Zeng Jin Zao. He also studied Tai Ji and Qi Gong with Kao Tao and Long Fist with Li Mao Qing. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at universities in Taiwan, and in 1974 came to the United States to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, graduating in 1978. Becoming aware of the misconceptions in America about traditional Chinese arts and culture, he decided to abandon his engineering career and dedicate himself to preserving the arts and educating people about the culture. To this end, in 1982 he established Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach traditional Chinese Gong Fu and Qi Gong. The organization has grown to some 45 schools in 18 different countries. Dr. Yang has written more than 30 books. His YMAA Publication Center promotes martial arts and Eastern culture through books, instructional videos and DVDs that have been translated into many languages. The YMAA retreat center in California offers seminars and instructor training.