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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks: an Interview with Mark Chen


Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art by Mark Chen 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Xing Yi Quan Grandmaster Zhang Baoyang, Advancing and retreating linked fist

 

Xing Yi Quan Grandmaster Zhang Baoyang, Advancing and retreating linked fist

"Footage from 2009 year. Grandmaster Zhang Baoyang(*1922), top disciple of great grandmaster Wang Jiwu (*1891✝1991) in age 87 practice the "Advancing and retreating linked fist"(进退连环拳), Zhang Baoyang is one of last living grandmaster in his generation. Besides the following his master Wang Jiwu, he also learned with his gong-fu uncle "iron luohan" Zhang Xiangzhai (张祥斋) also known as Zhang Changfa( 张长发), who was disciple of Liu Dianchen(刘殿琛), buddhist monk and son of Liu Qilan(刘奇兰). Grandmaster Zhang Baoyang is founder and honorary president  of Beijing  Xing Yi Quan association and living legend of Chinese martial arts.Lineage: Shaolin(少林寺)-Ji Longfeng(姬龙峰)-Cao Jiwu(曹继武)-Dai Longbang(戴龙邦)-Li Luoneng(李洛能)-Liu Qilan(刘奇兰)-Wang Fuyuan(王福元)-Wang Jiwu(王继武)-Zhang Baoyang(张宝杨). Long live to 师爷"

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Gao Style Bagua Zhang: Five (Black) Dragons Wave Tails palm: wǔ lóng bǎi wěi zhǎng: 五龙摆尾掌

Here are the Black Dragon palms from two of Gao Yi Sheng's lineages.

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Gao Style Bagua Zhang: Five (Black) Dragons Wave Tails palm: wǔ lóng bǎi wěi zhǎng: 五龙摆尾掌

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Bagua Zhang Liu Feng Chun 劉鳳春八卦掌 - Shi JianHua 史建華

 

Bagua Zhang Liu Feng Chun 劉鳳春八卦掌 Shi JianHua 史建華

Lineage: Dong HaiChuan 董海川 --Liu FengChun 劉鳳春-- Liu WenHua 劉文華-- Shi JianHua 史建華 史建華(1933~2004)

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Chinese Sword - Scott M. Rodell


For each cut delivered, 

it is essential to understand where you become vulnerable. 

For every deflection, 

one must recognize where to counter-cut. 

- Scott M. Rodell

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Xingyi Staff 形意棍法

The Xingyi Staff 形意棍法

The Staff Method

"Splitting must be bold and ferocious

Drilling features hooking and scooping 

Thrusting and jabbing is the crushing method

Cannon slashes upward to the left and right

Cross-cut with fierce energy and pressure" 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Xing Yi Quan Twelve animals 12形,王瑛

 

Xing Yi Quan Twelve animals 12形,王瑛

"This is the Xing Yi Quan twelve animals by 82 years old grandmaster Wang Ying (王瑛) from Sanxi Yuci, sent to me by my Xing Yi Quan friend from Yu Ci. Wang Ying was good friend of our great grandmaster Wang Jiwu. His style is brilliant. The lineage: Li Luoneng(李洛能)-Liu Yuanheng(刘元亨)-Yang Desheng(杨德胜)- Hou Shulin侯树林-Wang Ying (王瑛)"

Friday, May 14, 2021

Xing Yi Quan Grandmaster Liu Zhenjie (刘振杰) 5 elements

Xing Yi Quan Grandmaster Liu Zhenjie (刘振杰) 5 elements

Grandmaste Liu Zhenjie born 1938 in Shenzhou city Hebei Province, then live in Beijing was disciple of old master Wang Jiwu.  王继武张长发系心意拳传承:  刘振杰先生师从百岁心意六合拳师 王继武,祖籍河北深州,1938年生人,现居住在北京。 Lineage: Li Luoneng(李洛能)----Liu Qilan(刘奇兰)-----Wang Fuyuan(王福元)-----Wang Jiwu(王继武)---Liu Zhenjie(刘振杰)

Monday, May 10, 2021

Kung Fu - Bagua Middle Dantian Training - Marcus Brinkman

Kung Fu - Bagua Middle Dantian Training - Marcus Brinkman

                  My teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Bagua Zhang at Boulder Internal Martial Arts

"Qu and Chuai are terms which represent the development of the Gao Bagua front and back kicks respectively. In practice however the are developed as a pivoting dynamic which constitute the waving dynamic of the dragon body shape and character. It is therefore also a basis for sweeping and throwing methods which evolve from the "danzhong" or single weighted foot and leg cultivation. This is a brief synopsis of the training progression which arises from the foundational circle walking practice. The leaning body (Kao) movement resulting from this practice tends to focus on the middle basin development of the body and is foundational to "middle dantian' development."

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Xing Yi Quan master Liu Heng in 1995, Dragon form

Xing Yi Quan master Liu Heng in 1995, Dragon form

"Xing Yi Quan master Liu Heng in young age,  before 26 years ( 1995 year) shows Xing Yi Quan  (形意拳} Dragon form (龙形),  from 12 animals set (十二形拳). Master Liu Heng (刘亨) Liu Heng is the youngest disciple of grandmaster Zhang Baoyang (张宝杨), he is high skilled strong Xing Yi Quan master and man of  high warriors morality(武德). except the Xing Yi Quan, he is also mastered in Chuojiao Fanziquan(戳脚翻子拳) and Shuaijiao(摔跤).  Lineage:  Li Luoneng (李洛能)-Liu Qilan (刘奇兰)-Wang Fuyuan (王福元)-Wang Jiwu (王继武)-Zhang Baoyang (张宝杨)-Liu Heng (刘亨)"

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sifu Adam Mizner shows how Taichi can STOP MMA style Takedowns

Sifu Adam Mizner shows how Taichi can STOP MMA style Takedowns 

In my opinion, this is useless. You are not going to stop someone who really knows what they are doing with a technique like this from taking you down. If he was serious about demonstrating the authenticity of this technique he needs to do it against someone who 1. really knows how to set up and execute a single or double leg takedown and 2. someone who is really using some force. Doesn't have to be FULL force but reasonable use of force would be good. Otherwise it is crap. Mizner has some real taiji skill, but this deno is no good.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Chinese Swordsmanship Defined ~ Scott M. Rodell

Chinese Swordsmanship is defined by more than the type of sword in one’s hand.

It is defined by the principles being followed and how the techniques employed embody these classic principles. These principles were elucidated and recorded by past masters and developed from practical experience. Before we attempt to improve the art, better to have a deep understanding of the way.
~ Scott M. Rodell

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship: Qing New Army Sabers

 Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship: Qing New Army Sabers

"After the Qing Defeat in the Sino-Japanese War, steps were taken to modernize the Chinese military. Yuan Shikai was tasked with organizing the New Army with the aid of German advisors. In addition to adopting new uniforms, modern rifles, machine guns and cannon, they also adopted a European Military style saber. This video looks at five examples of these late Qing sabers and the history that lead up to their use."

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Chinese Jian - The Two Types of Test Cutting - Scott Rodell

 

The Two Types of Test Cutting

"When I began cutting practice, no one was test cutting with Chinese swords. In fact the common refrain was that straight swords like Jian didn’t cut well, or at all. Aside from oral transmission, there was no foundation from which to begin training. Fortunately, I was good friends with Paul Champagne, a noted swordsmith with decades of cutting experience. I was quite fortunate to have him as my cutting mentor. 

The first important point Paul clarified is that there are two types of cutting. The first type of cutting tests the sword. The second type tests the sword and swordsman. The first type of cutting requires only two components, proper edge alignment and a powerful enough swing. Since the objective of the first type of cutting is to simply test the sword, the sword is typically swung through a much larger arc than necessary. This almost always ends with the sword swinging well past the target. When the sword is swung through such a wide path, from the view point of swordplay, the weapon is well out of play. This is one notable manner that these two types of cutting differ.

In my next post on Test Cutting I will elaborate the four parts of a correct cut. All the best to everyone in their training." (attached photo of Paul Champagne) - Scott Rodell 
Found HERE 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Chinese Martial Arts History - David Ross - Central Martial Arts Academy

 " According to the New Current Affairs Newspaper on August 20, 1930, after visiting Jpaan and training in Japanese martial arts, representatives of the Central Martial Arts Academy believed that the top priority of Chinese martial arts in this period was to eliminate the number of fancy methods and promote techniques suitable for practical applications".

Chinese Martial Arts History - David Ross

State attempts to control and appropriate the martial arts:
Phase One: Republican China

While some individual martial artists had gained status and social acceptance, as a group they continued to present a problem to central authority. Martial arts schools produced trained fighters who remained loyal only to their own teachers and traditions. Many still supported groups which openly challenged the newly established government.

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The Nationalist Party (Guomindang) waswell aware of the role of martial artists in popular rebellion. In fact, Dr.Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of the party, had himself maintained numerous secret society associations and had extensively used “Red Pole” enforcers. Thus, once Chiang Kai-Shek had solidified his position, he turned his attention towards attempts to control and appropriate the practice of martial arts.

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In 1928, a year after Chiang Kai-Shek’s “White Massacre” in Shanghai had left him the undisputed leader of the Nationalist Party, several steps were taken to exert control over martial artists. First, the government adopted the term “Kuo Shu”. This term means literally “national arts” and was an attempt not only to reduce the factionalism among martial artists but also to promote nationalism (and thus loyalty to the state).

Communists executed in streets of Shanghai

Communists executed in streets of Shanghai

Open challenges, duels or any kind of public fighting match was declared illegal. The government replaced these duels with state run competitions. These organized competitions were also to identify and screen the best practitioners for teaching positions at the newly founded Central Kuoshu Institute (中南國術館), and in the state administered provincial Kuo Shu institutes. Generals Zhang Zhi Jiang (张之江), Li Lie Jun (李烈鈞) and Li Jing Lin (李景林) held the first national competition in October 1928.

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In 1929, a similar event was held in Hangzhou, China. This event was also organized by Li Jinglin, then acting as vice-dean of the Central Martial Arts Academy. This time there were 125 entrants for the “boxing” or “free fighting” (San Shou) competition which was held November 21-27. The event was very popular, the audiences every day numbered in the tens of thousands.

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The same year, the governor of Guangdong Province invited some of the institutes’s masters (including some of those that had competed in the 1928 lei tai) to come south to establish a “Southern Kuoshu Institute”. General Li Jinglin chose five masters to represent northern China. These men were known as the Wu hu xia jiangnan (五虎下江南 – “Five tigers heading south of Jiangnan.

1. Gu Ru Zhang: Northern Shaolin. He placed in the “Top 15” of the 1928 lei tai.
2. Wan Lai Sheng: Northern Shaolin and Internal styles (including Natural Boxing).
3. Fu Zhensong: Baguazhang.
4. Wang Shao Zhou: Northern Shaolin and Cha style.
5. Li Xian Wu: Northern Shaolin and Internal styles.

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Martial artists who participated in the institute but remained in China after the communist victory in 1949 have consistently denied any direct government involvement, for obvious political reasons, but in reality its establishment put martial artists under direct government regulation. Teachers in Taiwan are far more forthright, openly acknowledging that the government was involved in “an active program” to reorganize the martial arts. The stated goal of the institute was to “consolidate Kung-Fu by bringing together many great masters.” Thus, while the Nationalist Party was less successful, it was involved in a strikingly similar program to the one that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under took with the creation of contemporary Wu-Shu.

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In 1933, the institute again hosted the national competition. The rules said, “…if death occurs as a result of boxing injuries and fights, the coffin with a body of the deceased will be sent home.” Some of the top winners of this contest included Chang Dung Sheng of Shuai Jiao. He won the heavy weight division and earned the martial nickname “Flying Butterfly.”

Attempts to control and appropriate the martial arts, like most Nationalist social programs, was largely unsuccessful. The government lacked a well-developed structure at the grass roots level and corruption was rampant. In addition, many of the most powerful members of the Nationalist Party were themselves martial artists. According to Draeger and Smith, the martial artists in Taiwan, many of whom were Nationalist Party members and military officers, “were a truly diverse lot: many were illiterate, some took opium regularly, a few were scoundrels.”

Found HERE


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Chinese Shuai Jiao - Story Of Ch’ang Tung Sheng::常東昇(1911-1986)

The oldest form of Kung Fu, Shuai Chiao can be traced back to Huan Ti, the “Yellow Emperor”(2700 BC). Shuai Chiao means “competing to throw”, so Shuai Chiao is often called Chinese Wrestling, which could be misleading, since leg work(low kicking, leg tangling, and tripping), arm locks, and a variety of hand strikes are all part of this devastaing system.

Grandmaster Chang Tung Sheng

The father of modern day Shuai Chiao was Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung Sheng who died in 1986. Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung Sheng was born in 1908, the year of the Monkey, in Hopei Province in the northeastern section of China -a province long known for the great martial artists produced there. Of all the Masters coming from this region over the past 2,000 years, one of the most pre-eminent is the legendary Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung Sheng, perhaps the greatest fighter in the last 300 years irrespective of style and certainly the most tested and proven one in this century. Grandmaster Ch’ang started serious training in Kung-Fu in 1915 when he was seven years old. He learned the basics from his father & grandfather, but later his teacher was the famous Master Chang Feng-Yen who was well known as the foremost expert in Pao-Ting Shuai Chiao, the fastest and most powerful of the 3 main branches of this ancient art. Chang Feng-Yen was the top disciple of Ping Jing-Yee, who like Grandmaster Ch’ang, was a legend in his own time. General Ma, the first of the great Masters to compile ancient Shuai Chiao techniques for publication, was another prestigious student of Ping Jing-Yee.

Grandmaster Ch’ang has often stated that Master Chang Feng-Yen was the best teacher in that time regardless of style, and, as a result, many of the most promising young students wished to study with him. Of many who came before Master Feng-Yen to exhibit their basic skills, very few were chosen. Grandmaster Ch’ang was not only one of those few, but by the time he was eventeen he was already declared a Master himself, had attained proficiency unmatched by any of his peers, was the favorite pupil of Master Feng-Yen, and had married his Master’s second daughter. When Grandmaster Ch’ang was about 20 years old, he left Hopei Province and went to Nanking to study at the Central Kuo Shu School, the best in all China, in order to learn all the major styles of Kung-Fu. Since the best instructors and students from every major style were represented there,admission was an honor and exposed the practitioner to the widest possible cross-section of Chinese Martial Arts knowledge that could be found anywhere- in a phrase, if it wasn’t practiced there, it probably wasn’t worth much. Once again, Grandmaster Ch’ang’s capabilities were such that after five years of training with the best students in all of China, he emerged at the head of the program and became the teacher of the Shuai-Chiao department, having also mastered the styles of Shing Yi, Lo Han, Tai Chi, Pa Kua, and most elements of Shaolin in addition to his own!

At one point he went to challenge the Mongolian champion at their annual meet in Chang-Chia-Kuo, and in so doing had to fight the well known Kuhli, a giant of a man standing well over six feet tall and weighing almost 400 lbs.! Grandmaster Ch’ang agreed to use only wrestling techniques, and, despite the difference in size, repeatedly countered dozens of attacks by the Mongolian champion while throwing him down again and again with a variety of beautifully executed moves.

In 1933, at the age of 25, Grandmaster Ch’ang entered the Fifth National Kuo Shu Elimination Tournament in Nanking. This “no holds barred” competition involved over 1,000 participants and included Masters in all major styles from all over China battling each other for supremecy in all-out combat. Grandmaster Ch’ang won all of his matches, including one over his arch rival Liu Chiou-Sheng, and emerged the heavyweight grandchampion. Significantly, this was the last great tournament of its kind where Masters who were trained in the old ways fought in an “anything goes” manner to determine the very best among them. This national meet was considered to be the severest test of the ability, strength, and skills of any fighter and the winner was fully acknowledged to be the undisputed Champion of all China. Such open, free style, “no holds barred” tournaments on that scale were never held again, leaving Grandmaster Ch’ang the last truly tested fighter open to challenge by anyone regardless of style or system!

Both before and after his brilliant victory in the National tournament, Grandmaster Ch’ang traveled frequently with the intent of seeking out different teachers all over mainland China that were known to him to be famous for certain techniques or movements. It has been said that he studied with most of the best living Masters, humbly playing the role of “student” even though he could defeat them. He continued this quest until he had learned the specialties of some 70 different teachers and was satisfied that the techniques he knew were the best in existence.

During World War II, Grandmaster Ch’ang trained elite units of the military where he eventually rose to the rank of Lt. General. His exploits during this time are a story in themselves and would take a book to recount. Just one aspect of his many experiences involved challenging all of the top Judo experts at the Kuang-Si Province prison camp. Over a thousand prisoners were interned there and amused themselves by practicing Judo all day long. After challenging and beating their Chinese guards, they were confronted by Grandmaster Ch’ang who had heard of their prowess while teaching in Kue-Lin, the capital of Kuang-Si Province. Grandmaster Ch’ang fought every one in turn, including three high ranking champions, Hakayama Taido, Hisa Kuma, and Michi Masao, and defeated each of them handily.

In 1948, the National Athletic Meet was held in Shanghai. Unlike the tournaments before the war when hundreds of great Masters were still living(many died in the war), the meets following the conflict were not open, free-style, “anything goes” in organization. In conjunction with this major change, Shuai Chiao was now an independent contest and using other styles of Kung-Fu as the Grandmaster had done formerly were not allowed. Even so, the scope of the contest was large, with participants coming from 32 provinces, 12 special municipal cities, nine overseas Chinese teams, and 58 Military police units! Grandmaster Ch’ang, now 40 years old, represented the Army and easily won the overall championship proving he was still number one even after 15 years had passed!

Having won two national tournaments and proven himself countless times in hundreds of matches, both friendly and otherwise, Grandmaster Ch’ang went on to teach at the Central Police Academy in Taipai for nearly 30 years. During that time he was also Chief Official for all of the national tournaments on Taiwan and Shuai Chiao advisor for the military, the police, and the educational system. Though many Kung-Fu styles are taught in Taiwan, none have the prestige of Shuai Chiao, where the Taiwan Shuai Chiao Association boasts over 38,000 members– making it one of the largest Kung-Fu organizations in the world!

In April, 1975, Grandmaster Ch’ang, then 68 years old was invited to Morocco to give an exhibition of the Chinese arts to the King(Grandmaster Ch’ang’s faith was Islamic). During his visit, a 4th degree Tae Kwon Do instructor in service to the King as head of his personal bodyguards challenged Ch’ang and was accepted. The “match” lasted only seconds as Grandmaster Ch’ang deftly dodged the attack of the Korean and knocked him unconscious with a slap of the hand! Obviously, the years had not diminished the physical power and skills acquired by being trained by Masters from the previous century, the likes of which now exist only in a small handful of very old men.

In February 1982, the Grandmaster organized the International Shuai Chiao Association and spent much of the time since promotiing his art by traveling throughout the world giving demonstrations, workshops, and seminars. In June 1986, at the age of 78, the martial arts world was saddened by his untimely death.

The extent to which Grandmaster Ch’ang was respected, revered, and feared by the Chinese martial arts community is incalculable. He was regarded as a literal “national treasure” by Taiwan and was the only Master to be granted the red, white, and blue belt, the national colors of Taiwan, which was buried with him and will never be awarded again. Since the knowledge and the caliber of men needed to train someone as Grandmaster Ch’ang was trained no longer even exist, the 10th degree in Shuai Chiao was retired upon his death never to be awarded again. Some say that as much as 60% of all Kung-Fu knowledge that existed in the earlier years of this century went to the grave with him!

In perhaps all of Chinese Martial Arts history, no one ever went totally undefeated for well over half a century- certainly not if they accepted any and all challenges as Grandmaster Ch’ang did! Indeed, he was not only just one of a kind, but, unfortunately for all of us, Grandmaster Ch’ang was one the likes of which will never be seen again. Amid all of the competing and conflicting claims made by latter-day teachers as to whose style or system is superior, no one except the disciples of Grandmaster Ch’ang can state that their teacher defeated the teachers from all other styles at a time in history when the deciding factor in victory was who walked away!
Master Mollica on being thrown by
Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung Sheng:

“Attacking Ch’ang Tung Sheng was like sticking your hand in a blender…
He hit you, locked you, and threw you to the ground with one whirling motion!”

-Matt Mollica, 5th Teng
Posted by: iwalkthecircle Nov 8 2007, 11:05 PM

Found HERE 

Chinese Shuai Jiao - Story Of Ch’ang Tung Sheng::常東昇(1911-1986)

Friday, March 19, 2021

Chinese Sword - Dāndāo Shuō (單刀說) by Cheng Zongyou trans. S.M. Rodell


其用法,亦惟以身法 為要,
儇跳超距,眼快手捷,
誘而擊之,驚而取之,
心手俱化,
膽識不亂,方可言妙。

Qí yòngfǎ, yì wéi yǐ shēn fǎ wèi yào,
xuān tiào chāo jù, yǎn kuài shǒu jié,
yòu ér jī zhī, jīng ér qǔ zhī,
xīn shǒu jù huà,
dǎnshì bù luàn, fāng kě yán miào.

Using the saber, the most important point is the body technique,
long nimble jumps, quick eyes, fast hands,
entice the enemy to strike, startle capturing the advantage,
heart and hand moving together,
courage and insight clearly precieved, then one achieves wonderous skill.

from Dāndāo Shuō (單刀說) by Cheng Zongyou
trans. S.M. Rodell