18 11, 2016
  • Li Deyin

Li Deyin

Li Deyin is one of China’s most famous Taiji, Xing Yi and Bagua masters. He was designated as one of the One Hundred Martial Arts Treasures of China. He is an international judge and trainer of Wushu judges, and Vice Chairman of the Beijing Wushu Association. He is the creator of several important Taijiquan routines including the 42-Step, 48-Step, and Taiji Fan. He is considered the leading authority on the 24-Step simplified Yang Style Taijiquan, 88-Step, and 32-Step Sword. He has traveled extensively to promote Taijiquan throughout the world. In this extensive and historically significant interview, conducted in 2012 and 2013, he recounts the heritage and the continuing contributions of four generations of the Li family over more than 100 years.

6 02, 2016
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Interview with Zhu Tian Cai

Zhu Tian Cai of Chen Village, China—one of the Four Tigers of Chen Village—discusses his early training with the great masters Chen Zhao Pi and Chen Zhao Kui. He promotes Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan for both health and self-defense. He emphasizes the importance of relaxation, letting go of tension and stiffness. He describes the significance of Chan Si Jin (Silk Reeling Energy) and discusses the essential qualities of Push Hands practice. He is the founder of the Zhu Tian Cai International Taijiquan Federation. The interview was translated by Kam P. Lee of the Taiji Kung Fu Academy in Florida.

16 12, 2015

Guo Xian He’s Ying Shou Quan

Guo Xian He, second generation Eagle Claw master. His father, Guo Cheng Yao, was one of the early disciples of Chen Zi Zheng. In this interview, conducted with the assistance of his disciple, Panagiotis Derventis, Guo Xian He traces the history of Eagle Hand Boxing and shares his views on the system as passed down from his father, Guo Cheng Yao. He describes internal training methods (Nei Gong) to develop Qi, and external training for grabbing and striking, joint locking, and attacking pressure points. He discusses seven kinds of strength that are developed in the Ying Shou Quan system, along with Tao Lu (forms) and combat techniques.

31 10, 2015
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Sam Masich Interview

This in-depth interview with Sam Masich provides insights into his early training in several martial arts systems including Judo, Yang Style Taiji Quan, Push Hands, and other internal styles. He trained with a remarkable variety of teachers including Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming and Liang Shou Yu. Selected to compete at the 1st World Wushu Invitational tournament in Xian, China, as part of Canada’s National Martial Arts Team, Masich distinguished himself in competition during the 1980s. He pursued additional studies in China and offers lively descriptions of the training and of his many teachers. He discusses the goals and benefits of competition and offers tips for beginners in developing sticking and adhering skills in push hands.

21 09, 2015
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Long Fist: The Origin of Chinese Martial Arts

Jason Tsou and Art Schonfeld discuss the value of Chang Quan (Long Fist) training as a fundamental way to understand the principles of combat. Long Fist training was originally designed to teach the mind and body essential fighting skills, not to simply demonstrate athletic prowess. The authors describe the origins of the style, methods of training, and the crucial differences between forms practice and application of the techniques in a real fighting situation. They contend that an emphasis on athletic performance, such as in tournaments and competitions, leads to a loss of understanding of the functionality of the movements. In turn, this leads to predictability and hesitation on the part of the fighter. The martial aspects of the style eventually become diluted and the true purpose and effectiveness of the training is lost. Weapons techniques are illustrated and their similarities to empty-hand postures are shown. Qinna and wrestling techniques are covered. Footwork is discussed as a crucial part of the effectiveness of kicks, punches, throws and holds.

1 08, 2015
  • Baji Quan and Pigua Zhang

Baji Quan and Pigua Zhang

By Tony Yang (Yang Xiaodong) and Robert Figler
Historically, the art of Baji Quan/Pigua Zhang was employed by the imperial bodyguards. Although relatively well known among military personnel, serious martial artists, and indoor disciples of Liu Yunqiao (1909-1992), it was not available to the public. Liu, serving at the highest level of security at the palace, founded the Wudang Martial Arts Development Center with the goal of making traditional Northern Chinese martial arts more widespread. Through the emigration of his disciples, including Tony Yang, by the late 1970s and early 1980s the style had spread throughout the North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. Yang and Figler discuss three phases of training, apparatus such as the dog skin for hand training, and the principles related to body structure, coordinated power, breathing, and stomping. A detailed pictorial sequence illustrates Liu Da Kai (Six Big Openings), a set of six moving postures designed to train both long-range bridging and short-range striking.

18 06, 2015
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How To Improve Your Jumping Skills

Dynamic jumping and leaping skills are an essential part of Northern Gong Fu training for performance and for combat. Scott Jensen describes four parts of a successful jump: preparation, lift off, the jump, and a proper landing that maintains your root. He offers practical tips and drills to develop stability, body alignment, and fluid coordination of arms and legs. He describes the importance of using the ground for takeoff and for landing, controlling your descent with awareness and correct orientation. The drills are described in detail with step-by-step photographs. By including them in your workout you will increase cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and core strength.

28 05, 2015
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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).

7 05, 2015
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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.

23 04, 2015
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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.