Monthly Archives: May 2021


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