Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Song Style Xingyi Quan [宋氏形意拳]

Training footage with Zhao Yongchang in 1991. Zhao Yongchang (1921-1993) had studied with Song Tielin (1885-1978).

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bagua/ Xingyi Seminar Boulder, CO. Nov 3rd/ 4th in 2 WEEKS!

                                       *Boulder, CO. November 3rd & 4th *

Matt Autrey is a senior student of Yi Zong teacher Luo De Xiu. Matt is back in the United States after 8 years of training Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan, Tai Ji Quan in Taipei, Taiwan including 5 years with Marcus Brinkman as a private student. Matt spent many years teaching and assisting in Luo Laoshi’s class in Taiwan, his extensive knowledge and command of the internal martial arts is an asset to any practitioner.

Boulder, CO. Dates, Times and Curriculum:

Saturday, November 3rd - Morning Session - 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Whipping Palm - in Xing Yi, Bagua and Taiji  - Training Methods and Applications. –
This will be an excellent introduction to the Whipping Palm method. Learn fundamental training practices, footwork, and applications of Whipping Palm as it is found in all of the big three Chinese Internal Martial Arts; Tai Ji Quan, Xingyi Quan and Bagua Zhang. This seminar is open to public and beginners are welcome.

Saturday, November 3rd - Afternoon Session – 4pm to 6:30pm
Beng Quan – Basics and Its Role in the Xing Yi Quan Linking and Retreating Forms
In this seminar Matt will cover Beng Quan – the famous Xingyi “Crushing Fist”. This seminar cover traditional Beng Quan theory as it relates to Xingyi Quan and usage of the fist. This seminar is open to public and beginners are welcome.

Sunday, November 4th - Morning Session - 12:45pm to 3:15pm
Push Hands Training – Sensitivity Development for Push Hands
Matt will be teaching exercises and drills used to develop and train the Push Hands format. These two person training drills will help build reflexes, timing and distance required for the usage of Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan or Tai Ji Quan in a combat setting. He will also teach applications and fighting strategies for usage in Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan and Tai Ji Quan. Previous knowledge of any type of push hands training is recommended. This seminar is open to public

Sunday, November 4th - Afternoon Session – 3:15pm to 6pm
Skill BuildingElbow Carrying – Attacking and Controlling
In the Yi Zong system the training and use of of the rear hand is a unique feature of our Xingyi Quan, Tai Ji Quan and Bagua Zhang. In this seminar Matt will teach usage, function and application of the Elbow/ Rear Hand method. This seminar is open to public and beginners are welcome.

1 $175 for all Four Sessions!
2 Individually, Each Session is $50.
3 Saturday & Sunday $95 each day or $175 for both Days.
4 Preferred payment is cash (please contact if paying by check)
5 Same day registration (call for availability) $180 cash only

Owen Schilling at mailto:

Or Check Call 1 720 841 2404

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

From Carlos Gracie Sr. Founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity.
3. Give all your friends the feeling of being valued.
4. Look at things from an enlightened point of view and turn your positivity into reality.
5. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.
6. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are with your own.
7. Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the achievements of tomorrow.
8. Always make those around you happy and always have a smile for those who talk to you.
9. Take the time you need to improve yourself, but never spend time criticising others.
10. Be big enough not to feel unsatisfied, be noble enough not to feel anger, be strong enough not to feel fear, and be happy enough not to feel frustration.
11. Hold a good opinion about yourself and show that to the world, not through your words but through your work.
12. Believe that the world will be on your side, as long as you stay true to the best of yourself.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Yin Style Bagua Zhang - Weapons Demo

Yǐn Shì BāGuà Zhǎng, ZhuàngYuán Bǐ (PànGuān Bǐ)
Yin Family Bagua, *Imperial Scholar's Pen (Judge's Pen) performed by master Liu YongChun of Shandong province. Yin Fu was known for his preference for Needle type weapons. There are many variations of these weapons and most Yin style lineages have forms for them. "Needle" or "Pen" or "Thorn/Piercer" weapons are not exclusive to Bagua and are found all over China in many if not most styles. Other systems known for their extensive use of needle weapons are XinYi LiuHe, and XingYi.

*ZhuàngYuán is an Imperial scholar of the very highest possible rank. The word Bǐ is usually translated as pen but it originally referred to a brush. PànGuān was the title of Judges during certain dynasties, but it comes from the god of the same name who passes judgement over the spirits of the dead. Sometimes Pan Guan is translated as "Hell Judge". From TheaSinensisSerpenti

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Legend of Tea

"In one popular Chinese legend, Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of just boiled water some time around 2737 BC when a few leaves were blown from a nearby tree into his water, changing the color. The emperor took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavor and restorative properties. A variant of the legend tells that the emperor tested the medical properties of various herbs on himself, some of them poisonous, and found tea to work as an antidote."

Monday, October 8, 2012

Bagua Zhang - Post Heaven Palms

A post from Teacher Luo De Xiu's website on Gao Style Bagua Zhang - Post Heaven (Hou Tien) sets:
Pre-heaven Palm (xiantian zhang) employs “turning palm” as its leader (head) and “changing palm” as its mother, generating eight ways of overturning the body (Pre-heaven Eight Big Palms) as well as the closing style “Black Dragon Shakes its Tail Palm”.

The Post-heaven Palms are derived from the Sixty four single drills of the Pre-heaven Eight Big Palms” and which can also be linked style drills and are thus named the Post-heaven Sixty Four Entwining Palms.
Post-heaven Palm practice is based on “Hardness”(gang). Within Hardness is softness. Emphasis is in cultivating methodology, force and structure, seeking to achieve its skill from within.

This practice urges the development of power and lengthens the hitting distance. It uses the foot to assist the body and the arm to assist the palm. During practice attend to the Three Extensions; extend awareness, extend power and extend structure.

The twenty-four key demands of the Houtian palms:

1. 眼要明 The eyes should be clear
2. 耳要靈 The ears should be lively
3. 手要快 The hands should be fast
4. 肘要近 The elbows should stick next to the body
5. 腿要彈 The legs should spring
6. 裡要掩 Moving inwards the hand should close and turn
7. 外要撥 Moving outwards the hand should open and twist
8. 上要截 When the hand goes up, it should intercept
9. 下要攔 When the hand moves downward, it should block
10. 領要橫 Ling (leading) One hand will pull across
11. 帶要順 Dai (leading, bringing along) Two hands pull along with the movement
12. 摟要實 Lou (embracing) should be tight
13. 抓要實 Zhua (grabbing) A grab must be solid
14. 頓要擢 Dun (shocking and pulling down) should be done suddenly
15. 托要準 Tuo (Lifting up) must be accurate
16. 掖要連 Ye (clasping) should be connected
17. 擠要黏 Ji (pressing) should stick
18. 刁要爆 Diao (hooking) should be explosive
19. 崩要急 Beng (smashing) should be quick
20. 撞要靠 Zhuang (crashing) should be done close
21. 扳要猛 Ban (pulling against) should be fierce and swift
22. 扣要狠 Kou (hooking) should be merciless
23. 步要清 Footwork and stepping should be distinct
24. 身要活 The body must be lively

The special characteristics practiced in each of the Post-heaven Palms are as follows:

Line 1 – Guiding Principles
Line 2 – Hitting Methods
Line 3 – Clever Methods
Line 4 – Subtle methods
Line 5 – Elbow Methods
Line 6 – Leg Methods
Line 7 – Stepping Methods
Line 8 – Body Methods

After one’s gungfu is well developed, the Post heaven and Pre heaven Palms may unite as one. Upon interception one’s whole body may react with a natural entwining rhythm, one may regulate the interchange of hard and soft, empty and full. Assaults can be hard, fierce and violent or clever, slippery and cunning. Pre-heaven Palms are externally round and internally square while Post-heaven Palms are externally square and internally round.

The first line of Post Heaven Bagua contains all the principles seen in later Post Heaven Palms. Points to remember include: Stepping should be clean, the body should be nimble, energy and power should be sufficient, and hand movements should be clear.

1. 開掌Opening Palm
2. 捧掌Upward Scooping Palm
3. 扽掌Pulling Down Palm
4. 探掌The Golden Dragon Puts Out Its Claws
5. 立掌Vertical Palm
6. 挑掌Rising Palm
7. 蓋掌Covering Palm
8. 纏掌Entwining Palm

The second line of Post Heaven Bagua emphasizes fighting principles and their application. The techniques should be practiced until they become natural. Hands and eyes must be quick. When striking, the opponent cannot follow.

1. 截肋掌Intercepting at the Ribs Palm
2. 葉下藏花 Flower Hidden Beneath The Leaf Palm
3. 內砍掌Chopping from the Inside Palm
4. 外削掌Cutting from the Outside Palm
5. 二仙傳道Two Immortals Teach the Way Palm
6. 惡虎撲羊Ferocious Tiger Pounces on Sheep Palm
7. 鳳凰奪窩Phoenix Robs the Nest Palm
8. 進退連環Continuously Advancing and Retreating palm

The third line of Post Heaven Bagua practices internal power, making the entire body sensitive and receptive. Like the grass that sways in the wind, once there is contact, there should be an immediate response. Palms strike with tremendous power, with no wasted movement.

1. 穿肋掌Piercing the Ribs Palm
2. 橫搬掌Horizontal Moving Palm
3. 截手掌Intercepting Palm
4. 攔手掌Blocking Palm
5. 停身掌Stopping the Body Palm
6. 翻手掌Overturning Palm
7. 走行步Going away palm
8. 轉身掌Turning the Body Palm

The fourth line of Post Heaven Bagua practices “fajing” (explosive power) and is divided into four hard and four soft movements. These eight movements contain hidden and skillful principles. They look out for chances and change accordingly. Once the mind moves, the hands and feet respond. When eyes and spirit see a chance, the mind is already prepared.

1. 推山入海Push the Mountain into the Sea
2. 力托千斤Upward lifting palm
3. 帶扣掌Pulling and Fastening Palm
4. 外領掌Lead to the Outside Palm
5. 沾手掌Adhering Hands Palm
6. 黏手掌Sticky Hands Palm
7. 連手掌Continuous Hands Palm
8. 隨手掌Following Hands Palm

The fifth line of Post Heaven Bagua teaches pressure point attacks and the disruption of sinews. The emphasis is on elbow techniques and rapid and ruthless movement used in close quarter fighting.

1. 墩肘Back Elbow
2. 盤肘Rolling Elbow
3. 墜肘Sinking Elbow
4. 頂肘Upwards Elbow
5. 橫肘Horizontal Elbow
6. 挫肘Filing the elbow
7. 疊肘Folding Elbow
8. 鑽肘Drilling Elbow

The sixth line of Post Heaven Bagua teaches kicking methods. Legs kick on three levels: high, mid-level, low. So the 8 kicks learned in this line become 24.

1. 前趨腿Front Shin Kick
2. 後踹腿Rear Kick, Backward Stamping Kick
3. 外擺腿Outside Crescent Kick
4. 內掛腿Inside Hook(ing) Kick
5. 上踢腿High Kick
6. 下截腿Downward Cutting Kick
7. 斜掃腿Diagonal Sweeping Kick
8. 正撞腿Straight Jamming Kick

The seventh line of Post Heaven Bagua teaches sticking and adhering techniques. The main focus lies on stepping methods. One’s hands are ever unpredictable and always changing. Hands and eyes move together; body and feet move as one.

1. 掖掌Tucked (In) Palm
2. 擠掌Pressing Palm
3. 刁手Hook Hand Palm
4. 摟手Embracing Body Palm
5. 崩打Jabbing Strike
6. 撞掌Crashing Palm
7. 扣掌Hooking the face Palm
8. 搬掌Moving Palm

The eighth line of Post Heaven Bagua teaches internal structure and the use of different states of mind. Body-movement should be quick; eyes and hands correspondingly fast. Within the body are changes between yin and yang and modulations between stillness and motion.

1. 猿猴擣把Pounding and Grabbing
2. 狸虎敲心Mangoose, Striking to the heart
3. 吸身掌Drawing In The Body Palm
4. 伏身撈胯Lean over the body, scoop the leg
5. 搖身掌Swaying Body Palm
6. 閃身掌Evasive Body Palm
7. 橫撞掌Horizontal Crashing palm
8. 猛虎躥山The Fierce Tiger leaps forward

Nine Character Formula:

Smooth:Move naturally.
Brave:Being firm and resolute.
Straightforward:Being heavy when executing techniques.
Clever:Using the opponents force against him.
Subtle:Being able to react with all parts of the body; the hands are unpredictable.
Continuous:Sticking, adhering, linking, following; continuously executing techniques.
Ruthless:No hesitation, be ruthless when moving.
Rapid:Once there is contact, move fast.
Skill:Internal and Outer Skill.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Words of Wisdom

“The best man in his dwelling loves the earth.
In his heart, he loves what is profound.
In his associations, he loves humanity.
In his words, he loves faithfulness.
In government, he loves order.
In handling affairs, he loves competence.
In his activities, he loves timeliness.
It is because he does not compete that he is without reproach.” - Laozi

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Grand Masters of Shaolin!

These are two of the Shaolin Temple Grand Masters of the 31st Generation, Shi DeRu (Shawn Liu) & Shi DeYang (Shi WanFeng). They are the close disciples of the last true Shaolin Monk Great Grand Master Shi SuXi, Chan (Zen) spiritual leader (before communist or commercial temple).