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  • Answering Questions about Taiji taiji da wen)

    – 太極答問 附單式練法 ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT TAIJI Including SINGLE POSTURE PRACTICE METHODS 陳微明 by Chen Weiming [1929] [translation by Paul Brennan, Oct, 2012] – 太極答問 Answering Questions About Taiji 附單式練法 including “Single Posture Practice Methods” – [calligraphy by Chen Weiming] – 剖晰毫芒 “Analyze and make clear the smallest details.” 李景林題 – calligraphy by Li Jinglin…

  • Tang Haos analysis of Wang Zongyue

    – 王宗岳太極拳經 / 王宗岳陰符鎗譜 AN ANALYSIS OF WANG ZONGYUE’S TAIJI BOXING CLASSICS AND CONCEAL & REVEAL SPEAR MANUAL 唐豪 by Tang Hao [published May 1, 1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, Nov, 2023] – 王宗岳考 [PART ONE] A LOOK AT WANG ZONGYUE HIMSELF – 王宗岳考目錄 CONTENTS FOR PART ONE 王宗岳的姓氏 [Chapter One] His Name 王宗岳的傳受源流 [Chapter…

  • Taiji Boxing according to Wu Tunan

    – 科學化的國術太極拳 A MORE SCIENTIFIC MARTIAL ART: TAIJI BOXING 吳圖南 by Wu Tunan [published by 商務印書館 The Commercial Press, LTD, Oct, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, Feb, 2017] – 科學化的國術太極拳 A More Scientific Martial Art: Taiji Boxing 褚民誼題 – calligraphy by Chu Minyi – 吳啚南著 by Wu Tunan: 科學化的國術太極拳 A More Scientific Martial Art: Taiji…

  • The essence of Chinese Martial Arts

    The essence of Chinese martial arts, also known as Wushu or Kung Fu, lies in the cultivation of physical, mental, and spiritual aspects to achieve overall self-improvement, self-defense, and harmony with nature. Chinese martial arts have a rich history and encompass a wide range of styles and techniques, but their core principles can be summarized…

  • The Five elements in martial arts

    The Five Elements Theory has a strong connection to Chinese martial arts, where it serves as a framework for understanding and categorizing techniques, strategies, and principles. Each element is associated with specific qualities, movements, and energies that can be applied to martial arts practice. Here’s a brief overview of how the Five Elements relate to…

  • Small Heavenly Circle

    What is the “small heavenly circle” in taoist qigong? Source: https://brennantranslation.wordpress.com/ The “Small Heavenly Circle,” also known as the “Microcosmic Orbit” or “Xiao Zhou Tian” (小周天) in Chinese, is a fundamental concept in Taoist qigong practice. It refers to the circulation of qi (life energy) along specific energy channels or meridians in the human body.…

  • Adam Mizner 2022

  • Huai Hsiang Wang

  • Yuan Xiu Gang: Learning Zhan Zhuang

  • Body Awareness in Qi Gong Practice

  • How real is Tai Chi?

    Xu Xiaodong (MMA) vs Wei Lei (Tai Chi)

  • 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…

  • 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:…

  • 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…

  • 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…