Xingyi Quan - Essence of Beng Quan
Thursday, December 31, 2020
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Sàn jiàn fǎ
Liàn sàn jiàn. Fēn sānzhǒng fāngfǎ. Dì yī yuán dì duì jī fǎ. Huóyòng shǒuwàn. Yǔ rén jī cì. Shǐ xīnyǎn shǒu sān zhě hé wéi yīqì shì yě. Dì èr háng dòng duì jī fǎ. Yǐ shǒufǎ bù fǎ yǔ rén duì jī. Dì sān huóyòng shēn fǎ. Shǒufǎ. Bù fǎ. Hū qián hū hòu. Shēngdōngjīxī. Huò shàng huò xià. Bēnténg piāohū. Jiàn háng rú diàn. Shēn háng rú lóng shì yě.
The practice of free swordplay is divided into three methods.
The first method is standing in place striking at each other, adapting with a lively wrist. The intention is for the eyes, mind, and hand, these three to become one qì.
The second method is moving and striking. Use hand technique and footwork for swordplay.
The third method is a lively, adaptive body.
Hand techniques, footwork, back and forth, make a noise in the east and attack in the west, sometimes high, sometimes low, moving fast and unpredictable, the sword moves like lightening. The body moves like a dragon.
Commentary and Notes: In this chapter on swordplay, the author follows a common plan of development seen in Chinese martial arts, namely moving from fixed-step two-person exercises to moving step set routines. Naturally, students commence training in these exercises after techniques have been learned and thoroughly practised through solo forms and drills. Once the student has integrated the hand techniques with their footwork through the moving-step two-person forms, they can then move on to actual free play.
A common error, particularly amongst newer sword students is to always give distance, retreating to neutralize attacks. The problem with this is that once out of distance, one cannot counter-cut. This allows the opponent to control the flow of the action. By making sure the beginning swordsman has a sound foundation in his or her hand techniques, meaning he or she can properly deflect and counter-cut before adding footwork to the response to an attack, the student prevents this error of excessive or unnecessary footwork.
The author describes developing a lively wrist as part of the first step in learning free sword. The word for lively used here is huó (活). Huó means loose or lively, but in this context it does not simply mean the ligaments are loose and adequately stretched out. It means that one is able to adapt quickly and easily to any given situation. The quick changes that provide jiànfǎ with its versatility rely on this lively wrist.
“Make a sound in the east, hit in the west” is a classic Chinese strategy idiom for creating a diversion.
-Scott M. Rodell
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Tai Chi Master Makes Excuses For Losing To Xu Xiaodong - Xu Xiaodong vs Chen Yong
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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Sunday, December 13, 2020
Xing Yi Quan, Ai Shen Pao, Che lineage 山西形意拳名家高宝东挨身炮
"This is beautiful performance of Ai Shen Pao by GM Gao Baodong (高宝东) the master of my friend Hou Jinsheng (侯锦升) and GM An Qibang (安启邦) both disciple of Wu Zhitai (吴治泰) from Shanxi, Taigu(山西, 太谷). Gao Baodong and An Qibang are high skilled and well known Shanxi masters from Che Yizhai(车毅斋) lineage, two of just few descendants of the old orthodox Xing Yi Quan. There is long friendship between our and Liujian line. Lineage of grandmaster Gao and his disciple (my lineage "uncle") Hou: Li Luoneng(李洛能)---Che Yizhai(车毅斋)---Liu Jian(刘俭)--Wu Zhitai-吴治泰---Gao Baodong(高宝东)---Hou Jinsheng(侯锦升)."
Friday, December 11, 2020
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Xing Yi Ba Fa Sword - Old grandmaster Zhang Baoyang
"Grandmaster Zhang Baoyang(张宝杨，1922-2016) was famous Xing Yi Quan (Xin Yi Liu He Quan心意六合拳) practitioner, founder of Beijing Xing Yi Quan Research Association（北京武术协会形意拳研究会). This is rare footage of 8 Basic methods of Xing Yi Sword (形意八法剑). Lineage: Li Luoneng(李洛能)---Liu Qilan(刘奇兰)---Wang Fuyuan(王福元)---Wang Jiwu(王继武)---Zhang Baoyan (张宝杨）."
Saturday, December 5, 2020
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A Brief History of Modern Shuai Jiao | Seminar Q & A | Guang Wu Shuai Jiao
Saturday, November 28, 2020
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"When it comes to the correct sword grip... If the grip maintains the hand in a protected position, If the swordsman can employ this grip to deliver a powerful cut that could rend a limb, if the grip allows for a lively, adaptive hand that can quickly change direction from one cut to another, from deflection to strike as one movement, Then it is a correct grip. If the grip fails in any of these categories, it is, without question, incorrect." ~ Scott M. Rodell
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Dai Family Xinyiquan - 1985 - Early Footage Ma Erniu, Wang Yinghai, Gao Xiquan
"Rare footage of early Dai Family Xinyiquan from Qi County, the cradle and until now the center of the style. The video features two famous disciples of Dai Kui: Ma Erniu (1906-?) and Wang Yinghai (1926-2012), as well as Gao Xiquan (1948-2017), son of Gao Shengzhen (another disciple of Dai Kui).
Apart from the common parts of the system - Five Elements Fists and Ten (Animal) Shapes - less known methods are also presented, including the famous Three Fists, Seven Canons and Five Shoulder (Strikes), as well as a few very rare routines.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the demonstrations are differences in the signature movement of the system - the Body Method. The core method of Dai style is the Squatting Monkey exercise, which trains Contracting and Expanding (Shu-Zhan) of the body. While Gao Xiquan presents very standard - clear and obvious - Body Method which most of the practitioners nowadays display, Ma Erniu's body shows hardly any Contracting and Expanding. Sun Yemin, Song style Xinyiquan practitioner and a researcher of the history of Xinyi/Xingyi, who spent many years in Shanxi in the 80s, speculated that Dai Kui had probably changed the training methods of the family system after working as the martial arts instructor for Yan Xishan's army in Inner Mongolia. The main change was done to the Squatting Monkey exercise - making the range of the movement bigger. This could also explain why Contracting/Expanding is not very pronounced in Xingyiquan of Li Luoneng.
While this is only speculation, there is general agreement that Ma Erniu's method is very valid - and Ma was very respected in Qi County.
On another note: Ma Erniu was famous for his hard power - while the general principle in Dai Family practice is to release power (use hard power, so-called "fast power"), he could release power with each movement. This was apparently linked to the fact that he began his studies of Dai style Xinyiquan very early, as a boy, and never married.
00:50-02:01 - "Ten Lines of Zha Shi" (Crushing Postures). Most other disciples of Dai Kui practice either 4 or 5 lines, Ma Erniu was the only one who taught 10 lines of the routine. This is the longest routine of the system and contains movements from Praying Mantis system which Dai clan learnt from Jin Shikui.
02:02-02:28 - "Essentials of Ten Methods". Rare routine based on the basic theory of Xinyiquan attributed to Cao Jiwu (Ji Longfeng's disciple)
02:29-03:15 - "Boxing Method of Heaven and Earth Yin-Yang Eight Military Formations" routine. Very rare routine based on using military formations, following eight trigrams patterns, on the battlefield. Shi Xiongba, another disciple of Dai Kui, revealed the detailed theory as well as the names of the movements of the routine during the Wushu Survey conducted in early 1980s.
03:16-03:44 - Dantian Squatting AKA Squatting Monkey, most important method of the system. Gao demoes it in both the slow and fast manners.
03:45-04:18 - Dantian Shifting AKA as Footwork
04:22-04:45 - Dantian Shooting
04:47-05:19 - Dantian Smashing
05:20-06:05 - Three Fists (Drilling, Wrapping, Treading)
06:07-06:45 - Five Elements Fists
06:46-07:01 - Horizontal Fist
07:02-07:09 - Crushing Fist
07:10-07:15 - Canon Fist
07:16-07:25 - Drilling Fist
07:26-07:49 - Dragon (Shape)
07:50-08:03 - Tiger
08:04-08:28 - Monkey
08:30-08:44 - Horse
08:45-08:56 - Snake
08:57-09:14 - Bear
09:15-09:30 - (Sparrow) Hawk
09:31-09:40 - Swallow
09:41-09:50 - Eagle
09:51-10:07 - Rooster
10:08-10:38 - Canon of Piercing the Sky
10:40-11:08 - Canon of Digging the Ground
11:18-11:31 - Linked Canons
11:32-11:53 - Canon of Chasing the Wind
11:54-12:14 - Canon of Capturing the Sides
12:15-12:30 - Canon of Touching the Side
12:31-12:56 - Hawk (Shape) Shoulder
12:59-13:25 - Ploughing Shoulder
13:26-13:50 - Crossed-shaped Shoulder
13:51-14:20 - Wind Wrapping Shoulder
14:21-14:45 - Falling Slope Shoulder
More information about Dai Family Xinyiquan:
Dai Family Xinyiquan - The Origins and Development: http://www.chinafrominside.com/ma/xyxy/daihistory.html
Dai Family Xinyiquan - Technical Characteristics: http://www.chinafrominside.com/ma/xyxy/daitech1.html
Please note that the explanation on the soundtrack not always point at the movements that are performed at the moment, hence I provided the above details for easier navigation.
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
Ma Weiqi Bagua Zhang 1st Palm八卦掌第一掌 Shi ChongYing石祟英
Guo Shilei (郭石磊) of Dongguan City, Guangdong, China, from the Ma Weiqi (馬維棋) style Baguazhang (八卦掌)
"Ma Weiqi (馬維棋) (1851 - 1886) was also a disciple of Dong Haichuan in the martial art of Baguazhang. He owned a shop in Beijing selling coal and briquettes and he was therefore nicknamed "Mei Ma" or Coal Ma"." wikipedia
Friday, November 20, 2020
Chinese Sword - A Conversational Interview with Scott Rodell
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Xingyi, Bagua, Taiji Interview - Marcus Brinkman - The Drunken Boxing Podcast
Interview with my teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Xingyi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Taiji Quan at Boulder Internal Martial Arts
Monday, November 16, 2020
Song style Xing Yi Quan 张增记 宋式形意拳 - Zhang Zengji
"Master Zhang Zengji, chairman of the Beijing Xing Yi Quan Research Association demonstrate the 12 forms linking fist of Song Shi Rong branch. It is very interesting 12 forms, different from our Wang Jiwu branch. Master Zhang learned from Beijing master Xu Fan Zeng (许繁曾) and Shanxi Taigu master Tian Jin Zhong (田进忠) He also had the oportunity to get the advices and guidances of Song style grand masters Song Guanghua(宋光华) and Wang Rugui (王儒贵,disciople of Zhao Yongchang赵永昌who was disciople of Song Tielin 宋铁麟). Chairman Zhang is also mastered in Bagua in Cheng Tinghua lineage. 北京武术协会形意拳研究会会长张增记老师演练宋式形意拳十二形连环拳套路。 纪念意拳宗师王芗斋诞辰130周年大会2015 。11。 22"
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Quoted from the introduction to Taiji Sword by Chen Weiming (1929)
trans: Scott M. Rodell
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Shuai Jiao Technique | Intro Seminar on Beijing style Chinese Wrestling
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Yin Style Bagua Rolling Dragon Double Dao(Tian ZiGan Lineage) 尹派八卦滾龍雙刀(田子乾系)Sun HongTai 孫洪泰
Monday, October 26, 2020
Gao style Baguazhang: Form and Function with Master Luo De Xiu
Saturday, October 24, 2020
"Footage from 1987, in Taipei, Taiwan, as a student of the late, great, Master Hung Yixiang."
Xingyi Beng Quan Demo, my teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Xingyi Quan at Boulder Internal Martial Arts
Thursday, October 22, 2020
"Over 30 years ago, in Taipei as a student of the late Master Hung Yixiang, getting a hands on demo from Hung and his son eldest son (Tiger). I believe this was filmed in 1986 or 87. - Marcus Brinkman"
My teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Xingyi Quan at Boulder Internal Martial Arts
Monday, October 19, 2020
BaguaZhang Overturning Concepts and Applications - Marcus Brinkman
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Tai Chi Chuan - Push Hands with Fu Zhong Wen
"Grand Master Fu Zhong Wen at 87 demonstrating Push Hands with my Kung Fu Brother Fu Qing Quan 16 years old..Fu Zhong Wen a Yang Family Member was the leading disciple of Yang Chen Fu and his 4th generation successor. He was regarded as the family head from 1936 to 1994. His son Fu Sheng Yuan (1931 to 2017) was 5th Generation patriarch of the Yang Family and his successor.. Fu demonstrates how the Push Hands should be performed including several martial techniques. Note no rocking no waving arms just very centred movements where folding neutralises an attack. From this point refined strength Fa Jin can be easily applied"
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Peekaboo Boxing Style of Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato with Teddy Atlas
Friday, October 9, 2020
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Xingyi Tiger free sparring application - Mike Patterson
Monday, October 5, 2020
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Xingyi Monkey free sparring application - Mike Patterson
Sunday, September 27, 2020
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Bagua Zhang - Dragon Palm - 上下双換掌 Up and down - Double Changing Palm
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
"A very rare photo taken in 1902. Li Yaochen of the Cannon Boxing of Three Emperors stands 2nd from the left in the middle row; in the same row, 4th from the left, the old man with white beard, is Guo Yunshen, master of Xingyiquan famous for his half-step Crushing Fist. To his left (5th from the left), wearing a hat, is Guan Nianci. Guan, originally from Suzhou, was a famous master of seal carving - emperor Guangxu used seals carved by Guan. For those interested in chinese zither - Guan Nianci was also the father of Guan Pinghu, master of guqin, whose recording of "High Mountains and Flowing Waters" was taken by Voyager into deep space in 1977.
This photo is one of the two existing of Guo Yunshen (another, more famous one, was taken during his visit to Taigu in Shanxi). In the rear row standing from the left are Wang Lanting, Wang Haoting, Wang Xianting - three of the "Four Pavillions" (the missing one was Sun Liting) - "Si Ting" - Ting is the character in each of their names and means "pavillion". The first one, Wang Lanting, was not the same person as Yang Luchan's first disciple, who carried the same name." – Jarek Szymanski
Sunday, August 30, 2020
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Chinese Swords - Miáodāo (苗刀)
"Miáodāo - a long saber? In today's martial arts circles the word is exclusively associated with a large two-handed saber, and only the top example in the above picture would be recognized as a miáodāo. Understandibly so, because the single handed narrow saber, also known as the liǔyèdāo (柳葉刀), gradually fell out of use not long after the fall of the Qing. It got replaced by the iconic niúwěidāo (牛尾刀) that is seen in the hands of every martial artist from the 1930s, and so the only narrow saber that remained in use was the long variety." - Peter Dekker
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Monday, August 24, 2020
Xingyi Five Element Pao (Cannon) Fire Fist - Marcus Brinkman
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Saturday, August 22, 2020
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Xinyi Liuhe Quan - Ma Deyun explains applications of Danba in Luoyang branch
"Ma Deyun is one of the leading masters of the less known system of Xinyi Liuhe Quan practised in Luoyang. While the more popular branch from Lushan/Zhoukou has received more attention due to the efforts of the disciples of Yuan Fengyi, especially Lu Songgao, who taught in Shanghai, the Luoyang system has remained relatively obscure and has been taught within the muslim communities of the city only. It comes from Ma Xing, student and relative of Ma Xueli, who was not only a skilful martial artist, but also a well educated military official. While Luoyang system differs from the Lushan/Zhoukou branch, their theory and principles remain the same. On this video Ma Deyun, the disciple of famous Jin Heiyan demonstrates and explains the applications of the key basic method of the system - Dan Ba (Single Seize).
What makes the video really interesting are the principles of the system behind these simple applications: importance of footwork (old Xinyi Liuhe Quan boxing manual speaks of "defeating all under heaven with the old rooster shape" - Rooster Shape focuses on developing footwork), following the movements of the opponent and adjusting ones stance accordingly (against common idea of xinyi/xingyi as systems with "going through the wall" mindset), fighting in close distance and using the body rather than just hands.
Great attention is paid to the correct position of the feet, especially the front foot, which "seizes the ground", while the rear one is the engine behind the movement and its applications. It shows how direct yet at the same time sophisticated the system is, and how various skills - coordination, footwork, using body - must be developed first to make its techniques effective." by Jarek Szymanski
For more information about traditional martial arts of China please visit:http://www.chinafrominside.com/
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship: the Qing Wodao #chinese sword
"The Qing imperial regulations, the Huangchiao Liqi Tushi, lists no less than 7 types of Chinese two-handed sabers with long grips issued during the dynasty. In this episode, Scott M. Rodell looks at a rare variant, the Qing period Wōdāo (窩刀). This dao was issued to the Lùyíng (綠營), the Green Braves.
The Lùyíng were the ethnically Han Army. Manchus, Mongols and some Chinese who joined the Qing cause early on formed the Eight Banners. With the majority of Han people being drafted into the Lùyíng or Green Braves. The Wō character used here is a homonym for the Wō in Wōkòu (倭寇). In that case it means Dwarf Bandit a derogatory term for the Japanese. Here is has the meaning of a small place, or a place where animals live, or a place where a group of bad people gather. So this sword is the Qing take on the Katana. The regulations stipulate that the blade be curved like a Lùyíng Piāndāo (綠營㓲刀), the slicing saber which is depicted in the regulations with an accelerating curvature, as see on this example.
Some have mistaken the Wōdāo, this Chinese version of a katana, with the Miáodāo (苗刀). There are however two important differences, the blade and hilt lengths. The Wōdāo has a 31” blade that is balance by the long grip such that it is easy to wield with one hand. The Miáodāo is a true two-handed saber with on average a 35” long blade . While they make look the same in a photo, any practitioner will notice the difference straight away. They are indeed two very different weapons" Scott Rodell.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Early Yang style Taijiquan demonstrated by Niu Chunming
Friday, August 14, 2020
Xingyi Quan - Pi Quan [內家小哥的形意拳與八卦掌世界] - 形意拳基本慨念第一集 劈拳
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The Drunken Boxing Podcast #014 - Tim Cartmell
"Today's guest is Tim Cartmell who is a well-known pioneer within the Chinese martial arts most notably within the styles of Xingyi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Taiji Quan. He started with Kung Fu San Soo at a young age and moved to Taiwan at the age of 23 to pursue further studies in the Chinese martial arts and he studied with people like Xu Hongji and Luo Dexiu. He also traveled to mainland China to study these arts and spent time with Sun Jianyun, Liang Kequan, Mao Mingchun and others. During his time in Taiwan he competed numerous times in Sanshou full contact matches and attained numerous first places.