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Justin Meehan discusses the evolution of Hun Yuan Tai Ji Quan from its roots in Chen Style Tai Ji to the distinctive internal system propagated by Meehan’s teacher, Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang. The fundamental principles and major practices areas are described; these include specific Qi Gong exercises, silk reeling exercises, forms and push hands. The challenges to the system following Feng’s passing are noted. Additional material includes excerpts from interviews with Feng, a detailed biography, his remarks on the 48-posture form, historic photos, and a Pinyin glossary.
The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy, or Mù Rén Zhuāng (木人樁), is a traditional training apparatus that allows for the development and application of many Wing Chun theories and techniques. In "The Wooden Dummy and the Active Mind," Franco Lung explores the importance and usage of Zhōng Xiàn (中线) - Center Line Theory as it applies to the Wooden Dummy and the proper function of the mind during training. The significance of angles and timing are discussed. Photos help to show the correct hand and foot positions. Additional topics include the significance of body structure and the Six Harmonies, as well as efficiency and the correct sound to emit while hitting the dummy.
In this article on Taiji Swords, the author, Zhang Yun, explains the similarities and distinguishing characteristics of Taiji Jian (Straight Sword) and Taiji Dao (Saber or Broadsword). A detailed section on the history of Chinese swords traces their early development in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, beginning with bronze swords and through the centuries evolving into high quality steel. Many photos depict the different shapes and metallurgy of these early weapons. The explanation of the differences between military and professional martial arts training is worth noting for all serious practitioners. The fighting principles of Taiji Sword and Taiji Saber are explained in detail as are the function of hand shapes, attributes of each weapon, internal and external training qualities, and relationship between the fighting principles of Taiji Quan and how they apply to the swords.
Lee Koon Hung (李冠雄 1942-1996) was one of the shining lights in Choy Lay Fut's (Cai Li Fo) modern era. An influential teacher, he did much to promote Choy Lay Fut not only in Hong Kong but throughout the world. This interview with his brother, Li Siu Hung, provides a window into Lee Koon Hung's early training with Zhēn Yánchū (甄炎初 Yan Yim Chou) and his later training with some of the giants of Choy Lay Fut. Timelines, famous personalities and dozens of historical photos enrich the interview, which also deals with Li Siu Hung's own journey in martial arts. A renowned teacher, he has been carrying on his brother's legacy. The interview covers Cai Li Fo's fundamental principles, skills and techniques; the forms in Lee Koon Hung's Choy Lay Fut curriculum, training, competition; and the heritage of this lineage, which is now widely practiced in many parts of the world.