Fang Ning On Tai Chi Chuan Kung-Fu

It is common among martial artists to discuss their skills. The same is true of Tai Chi Chuan practitioners. We have seen a competition match where an older man defeated a younger man; we heard from our teachers and read from books how the Yang Family members’ kung-fu was so good that they defeated hard Read More

Taijiquan – The Art of Receiving

By Wee Kee Jin Taijiquan is no different from any other exercise or martial art if it is practiced without understanding the principles and without putting the principles into the movements. Regardless of the various different Taiji styles or Taiji forms, they are all based on the same set of Taiji classical texts. They are: Read More

Movement and Stillness

动静无偏 Movement and Stillness without Deviation and Inclination One should move when time to move, one should be still when it is time to be still time. This is about the right timing of movement and stillness. This is called ‘the Gong of Purity, Tranquillity and Non-action’. When movement and stillness are being inappropriate, then Read More

Wang Peisheng on Taiji Pushinghands Exercises

What is Taiji pushing‐hands? What should one pay attention to when learning and practising pushing‐hands? The solo form sequence practice and duet form pushing-hands exercise are the two component parts of the art of Taijiquan. Doing sequence practice enables one to learn the substance of Taiiiquan, while doing pushing-hand exercise trains one to apply the Read More

Master Sam Tam demonstrating form

In this videoclip master Sam Tam is giving out some basic instructions to the first section of his Taijiform. Where a lot of variations of the Yang style emphazises a quite “heavy bottom” ei. base, strong and powerfull legs with emphasis on the ground,  Sam Tam main focus is light, even and connected. On a basic Read More

Wang Peisheng creative interpretation of some Taiji principles

Master Wang’s Creative Interpretation and Application of Some Taijiquan Principles in Self-defence Master Wang makes it a point of emphasis and has set an example to his students of how one should use one’s mind and learn from experience of success and failure after having studied carefully the theories set in the Taijiquan classics, listened Read More

On the Value of Yi Quan 

By Han Jing Chen As soon as it emerged Yi Quan rose to fame for its instant and huge explosion of energy in combat. This power is traditionally named as the “Whole Power” or the “Hunyuan Power” – the power of integrating all the elements. The theories and effectiveness of Yi Quan soon interested the Read More

Han Xingqiao

Master Han xing Qiao was born in Shanghai, China in 1909. Master Han Qiaos’ father,(Han you Sun), was a member of the imperial guards in the forbidden city. He was the personal bodyguard of Teng Hou Zhang. His Kung Fu background was diverse, but he was noted as a Ba Ji Quan stylist. The elder Read More

Walking the Circle

The body is like the movements of a swimming dragon, a wild goose ascending the emptiness, a tiger crashing, a turtle diving, or a snake slithering, turning the circle at will in connected and united postures, angled or crossing, advancing or retreating while talking and laughing. Dong Haichuan (The founder of Bagua on walking the Read More

Song of the Real Meaning

真義歌 No shape, no shadow. Entire body transparent and empty. Forget your surroundings and be natural. Like a stone chime suspended from West Mountain. Tigers roaring, monkeys screeching. Clear fountain, peaceful water. Turbulent river, stormy ocean. With your whole being, develop your life. 無形無象。全身透空。 忘物自然。西山懸磬。 虎吼猿鳴。泉清水靜。 翻江鬧海。盡性立命。 When practicing taijiquan you must let go of Read More

The True Teachings of Yang Jianhou’s Secret Yang Style Taijiquan

Historical background of Yang style Taijiquan as passed down by late Wang Yongquan For more than half a century people in China and other countries have learnt about and to a certain degree understood Taijiquan, while health aspects of Yang style Taijiquan attracted special attention all over the world. However very few people know that Read More

The Dantian of Xingyi

THE ELIXIR FIELD The elixir field is the source of the active aspect, the mansion of energy and power. If you want to be proficient in the art, you must first strengthen your elixir field, and if you want to strengthen your elixir field, you must first practice the art. The back-and-forth of the two Read More