Monday, July 17, 2023

Thursday, May 25, 2023

TAIJI SWORD 吳圖南 by Wu Tunan published 1936 Trans. Scott M. Rodell


Those practicing sword who do not practice applications can not achieve victory over different types of enemies,* (without practicing applications) if the enemy makes little changes you can not move the sword in and out with miraculous skill. Therefore, when first studying the sword art, maybe the postures are not correct, maybe the movements are not natural, maybe the applications not skillful, maybe the changes are not nimble. This is all due to not knowing the changes in applications.

by Wu Tunan
published 1936

Found HERE

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #37 - Interview#5 - Scot M. Rodell - Yang Taiji and Chinese Swordsmanship pt 2.

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #37 - Interview#5 - Scot M. Rodell - Yang Taiji and Chinese Swordsmanship pt 2. In this episode, Owen and Randel interview Scott M. Rodell of the Great River Taoist Center about his practice, teaching, and martial development!

Friday, April 21, 2023

Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #37 - Interview#5 - Scot M. Rodell - Yang Taiji and Chinese Swordsmanship

 Kung Fu Conversations Podcast - Episode #37 - Interview#5 - Scot M. Rodell - Yang Taiji and Chinese Swordsmanship. In this episode, Owen and Randel interview Scott M. Rodell of the Great River Taoist Center about his practice, teaching, and martial development!

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Bagua Zhang - Ma Weixin (1847 ~1875) - Student of Dong Hai Chuan

Ma Weixin (1847 ~1875), a person of Dingxing, Hebei, Dong Haichuan, and one of the representative figures of the gossip.
Ma Weixin's family opened a coal plant in the east of Beijing, nicknamed "Coal Horse". During the same period, Dong Haichuan left the Suwang Palace due to his old age. He lived in Ma Weixin's home for three years. During this time, Ma Weibin devoted himself to following Dong Haichuan's practice. He was well He is good at wind wheel palms, leg points and back back stacks, and is known as "iron leg coal horse". He has a violent temperament, he is willing to fight others. He often goes to the martial arts in the area of the Temple of Heaven to compete with others. He has also traveled to the areas of Hebei, Henan, and Shandong to challenge people, and he has He passed away at a very young age (29 years old). The cause of death has been mixed. Legend has it that he was enforced because he broke the rules of martial law, and there are also legends that he was poisoned.
There are two statements about his students.
One saying is that Ma Weixin did not accept disciples. His wind wheel was only passed on to Liu Cai Shen (the younger brother of Liu Dongshen), a disciple of After Ma Weixin's death, Liu Cai-shen asked Cheng Tinghua as a teacher. Therefore, the elements of wind wheel palm and leg method were added to the soft palm passed by Cheng T
Another saying is that Yang Bin inherited all of Ma Weixin's practices. Yang Bin is a relative of Ma Weixian and has lived in Ma's family for a long After Ma Weibu died, in order to avoid the harm of his enemies, he went to Shenyang to preach Hu Laiyi, Liu Dekui, Xu Guodong and other disciples. Hu Laiyi also preached Wang's blessing and so on. The iconic kung fu of this existing mavis include wind wheel paw, back dorsal and dragon-shaped 72 amputations.

(Mawi Wei's image, the picture below is the authenticity of the net picture not verified)


Found HERE

Saturday, April 1, 2023

“In the Sword, don't use hand business. You put the sword near the targets then issue short energy to stab or cut. This is the fundamental theory or principle. At the last moment, go. Only Cheng Man-Ch'ing told us this so many times. You look at his sword form, so soft. We said, "What is this kind of sword? There is no energy used, nothing." He said it is not necessary to use energy. That means you get close, then use energy. Not from way back to stab forward. Don't use energy all the way, just the last moment. The last moment is enough, that kind of energy must be developed. Use your whole body, not just the hand. Gradually, intrinsic energy will be developed. You see my hand, the sword is nearly dropped, but it cannot fall out. it looks loose, but you cannot knock it out of my hand. That is the principle, gradually you'll do according to this way. It looks easy, but it takes ten years to reach that level.”

- TT Liang quoted from: T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Lessons with Master. Liang Compiled and Edited by Ray Hayward

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Xing Yi Quan - 8yr Old Cirl Cheng Aojin (程奥金)

"Cheng Aojin (程奥金), 8 years old little girl from Beijing is disciple of my friend Wang Xiaoyu (王小玉) from lineage of  Li Taihe(李太和). Her skill is simply amazing.   Her master Wang Xiaoyu is also mastered in Li Ziming Bagua style, he is disciple of my gong fu auntie, daughter of grandmaster Li Ziming(李子鸣)Xing Yi Quan lineage: Li Luoneng(李洛能)---Li Taihe(son 李太和)---Li Zhenban(李振邦)---Xue dian(薛顛)---Zhang Song(张松)---Wang Xiaoyu(王小玉)---Cheng Aojin(程奥金)" 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Kunwu Sword Manual by Li Lingxiao -trans. Scott M. Rodell


Xīn, yǎn, shēn, shǒu, bù, běn shǔ liánhé dòngzuò. Gèzhǒng quán jì, mòbù jiǎngjiù. Jiànshù yì rán. Xuézhě bùkě hū yě.

Mind, eye, body, hand, steps, are all united in action. Of all types of boxing arts none doesn’t pay attention to this. The sword art is also this way. Practitioners must not neglect this.…"
Kunwu Sword Manual
by Li Lingxiao [published Feb, 1935]
-trans. Scott M. Rodell

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Bagua Zhang Master Li ZiMin

"Li Zimin (June 25, 1902 – January 23, 1993) was an expert in the field of martial arts and belonged to the third generation of Bagua Zhang masters in the line of the second-generation Master Lian Zhenpu, the founder of the Bagua Zhang Lian style. Li Jimin was born in Lijia Village, Ji County, Hebei Province on June 25, 1902 and died on January 23, 1993, at the age of 91. He was brought up very well, studied literature and martial arts, and was very talented in calligraphy and painting. In 1921, he became a pupil of his father's friend, second-generation bagua zhang master Lian Zhenpu. He began to intensively study the art of Bagua Zhang, which was passed on by Lian Zhenpu using oral tradition. Li practiced every day until he reached a very deep understanding of the battle secrets of Bagua Zhang. After extensive training under Lian Zhenpu, Li entered the Hebei Provincial Academy of Martial Arts and continued his training in martial arts under the guidance of famous masters Zhang Zhangquya, Shan Yunxiang and Zhu Qingyuan. He later returned to Beijing, where he often exchanged experiences and sparred with his martial arts brothers, famous specialist Guo Gumin, Li Shaoan and Zhen Xinsang, as well as many other famous martial masters. Li has a very high level of technical mastery and understanding of all aspects of Bagua Zhang, including forms, weapons, theory and methods of combat. He was especially good in the art of combat, his skills in hand-to-hand combat have grown significantly over the years. Li dedicated his life to the preservation of Bagua Zhang forms, the study of Bagua Zhan theory, and popularization of this art. In 1979 , to preserve the tomb of Dun Haichuan, Li suggested moving it from the old site to the Wanyan Public Cemetery; On August 2 or 3, 1980, a group of over 100 Beijing followers of Bagua Zhang under his leadership moved the remains of Dun and corresponding stone plaques to a new location at the Wanyan public cemetery. Lee Jimin was conscientious and thorough in everything to do with Bagua Zhang. He did not fall for flattery, he possessed high moral qualities and true virtue. He was well known as a man of generous, kind, humble, friendly, generous and goodwill to others. He was very patient when teaching his students and never withhold anything from them. However, here it is necessary to understand what the concept of "student" in the world of martial arts is "ulin". Lee Jimin conducted extensive research on other Bagua Zhang destinations and took the best out of each. He inherited the entire Bagua Zhang system and contributed to the creation of many famous martial arts fans and masters. In 1981, he helped establish the first mono-style research association in China, the "Baguizhang Research Association" in Beijing, and was elected its first president, holding that position until his death in 1993. He also founded the Bagua Zhang Training Center. He has received many honorary awards from national and international martial arts associations. After his death, he became the second man after Lian Zhenpu, who was buried next to Dun Haichuan in the Wanyan Public Cemetery. Lee Jimin's most famous students are Ma Chuangsui ( 赵 () (second president of the Beijing Bahuachan Association), Wang Shitun ( ю), Zhang Huasen ( ),), Zhao Dayuan ( бо), Di Goyun ( зы) (former president of the Beijing Xinjuan Research Association), Sui Yunjiang ( (), Li Gunchen ( 功), Wang Tun ( ун) (also the former president of the Beijing Xinyi Tuan Research Association), Lin Chengyun, Zhang Tianlian ( а) (who has released several VCDs and DVDs and also authored a number of books), Sun Hyunyan and Ma Lin. Also, Lee Jimin studied from other famous bagua zhang masters, such as Zhang Zhangui, Shan Yunxiang. Lee Jimin always practiced a moral understanding, was well known for being generous, kind, humble, open and helpful to others. The master was very patient when teaching his students. Master Lee Ji-min is for all followers of the teaching of Ladoni the Eight Trigrams - a living example and source of mastery that does not fade away with age, but only inspires further practice and study of the art of Bagua Zhang. Translation - Vladimir Amida (c). P.S.: BAGUA ZHANG ONLINE TRAINING: Help and thank the group can be made here: Video of "Lee Jimin Dashi performing Laoba Zhang, or "Eight Old Palms" at his venerable age":" found here

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Sha Family Bagua 八卦 - 连环掌 Lianhuan Zhang by Master Sha Guozheng 沙国政

Sha Family Bagua 八卦 - 连环掌 Lianhuan Zhang by Master Sha Guozheng 沙国政

"Master Sha Guo Zheng 沙国政 , one of the last legendary masters.He learned Bagua from Jiang Rongqiao and from Zhang Zhangkui, so as Taiji from Sun Lu Tang."