“Play Guitar ” posture – some martial variations The posture” Hand Strums the Pipa ” is often translated as Hand strums the guitar or simply ” Play Guitar” . This posture is a favorite of mine. The large frame form mechanic is to rotate around the central axis. The middle […]

“Play Guitar ” posture – some martial variations


White Crane Spreads Wings – Not just another pretty posture The posture ” White Crane Spreads Wings” from Yang Family Taijiquan Is a posture that embodies Yin and Yang beautifully. It is not just balanced externally but internally as well. When teaching martial applications in the internal arts , we […]

White Crane Spreads Wings – Not just another pretty posture


Cloud Hands – Coiling in to coil out BP Chan was often heard saying” coil in to coil out”. This is a very profound statement when one gets to understand it. Firstly the coiling can be active or passive and ends up with the tissue being wound like a rope […]

Cloud Hands – “Coil in, to coil out”



Cloud hands – ” The Pips move” The posture cloud hands from Tai Chi Chuan is a brilliantly defensive posture. I demonstrate the use of the upper hand and the transition that I call ” The Pips move” because it is reminiscent of a hand gesture used by Gladys Knight’s […]

Cloud Hands – ” The Pips Move”


Step back to repulse the monkey – sticking versus grasping Practitioners are often perplexed about how to grasp the attack in the posture “step back to repulse the monkey”. Most practitioners will reach for the punch or try to swat it away with power. The contraction of their muscles as […]

Step back to repulse the monkey – sticking versus grasping


Following the palm changes in single hand push hands The palms do not change or mature by themselves. They change because the torso has rotated or the weight has shifted. When a person changes the palm prematurely, they create an opening for attack on themselves. One must consider the principle […]

Following the palm changes in single hand push hands



Na – Mechanical elements of seizing the joints There are many methods of seizing in Yang Family Taijiquan . Na or Seizing can be achieved energetically at the highest levels of skill. There are ,however , details or secrets that can help one achieve their goals from a mechanical standpoint. […]

Na – Mechanical elements of seizing



Step up , Deflect,parry and punch in the older lineages. The posture step up deflect, parry and punch has many variations that are often masked in modern versions. The stepping action can be made to dodge, tread, or kick the opponents knee/shin/foot. The hands use a threading movement to feed […]

Step up , Deflect,parry and punch in the older lineages.



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This footage is the result Of Suehiko Ono requesting to test different martial methods against Tai Chi Chuan . I agreed if we could also film these things. The following exploration is myself explaining how I would respond To a possible take down. Most people will naturally sprawl which is […]

Remaining calm and capturing circles with Tai Chi Chuan versus ...


Folding in Taijiquan The purpose of push hands training is to nurture the skills of stick, adhere, join, and follow. The sets are cooperative in nature because timing is extremely important in training application. The exercise is not meant to be a competition and competing in it yields negative results […]

Folding in Taijiquan


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Santi Shi – Overcoming some difficulties in transitioning into posture This is a brief description of some of the difficulties one might in counter getting into the posture Santi Shi. A common thread that runs through all of the teachings of BP Chan is that when moving from Posture to […]

Santi Shi – Overcoming some difficulties in transitioning into posture