This footage has always been an inspiration to me . This is because of these mens advanced age as well as the complete time that they are “playing”. i’m struck with the image of two young men playing around only these young men have old looking heads . The waist […]


SAN TI SHI TRANSITION APPLICATIONS – THE YI IN XINGYIQUAN. San Ti Shi is both a stillness and a movement Qigong. Most practitioners that I observe rush through the opening movement to get into posture and do some standing training. San Ti posture has multiple transitions that actually train various […]


BP Chan quote of the day : Regarding correct form : ” Just do So body is comfortable lf body feels comfortable It is alright” BP Chan training Lien Chi Shih /Spreading Wings Posture from the Five Animal Frolics. Notice how his wings/arms are rounded (comfortable),his eyes and Spirit keep […]

” Just do So body is comfortable lf body feels ...

BRUSH KNEE & TWIST STEP APPLICATIONS These are some examples of how Taijiquan’s Brush Knee and Twist Step can be used. It is named “Brush Knee” because that is the intent necessary to take your opponent out of center. If you just push “downish” to a vague destination, then you […]

Brush Knee & Twist Step Applications

I’d like to make a distinction to my fellow practitioners between practice and training. Practice is something one does to deceive themselves and their seniors that they have in fact trained. The goal of practice is generally to look like whoever inspired one to practice in the first place. Training […]

The distinction between practice and training…

This was a favorite move of BP Chan as he did it to me whenever we free played push hands . He would use a filing jin lightly on my neck( with a drilling jin ) to bounce me out and into his waiting hand only to be snatched back […]

Monkey Steps Application from the Five Animal Frolics

BP Chan training Santi Shi from Hsing I Chuan.     1) Not shown – heel together in Ba ,八(8 in Chinese), hands with pinkeys at side center, eyes looking “slantingly upward” 2) Using the intent, drill and pivot on the heels driven by the intent and the coiling inward […]

BP Chan San Ti Shi transitions

The point of this exercise is to nourish my partners root with gentle threats . I ddo not want to go for the big push as this will cause your partner to develop anxiety instead of calm in the storm .    

Push Hands Free Play

Some key points are  to guide the pinky finger up the centerline with a spiraling up palm to torque your opponent’s bones . This movement is powered by the forward step . When the opponent resists your torque, turn back and place your right hand pinky, ring and middle fingers […]

Monkey Peeps martial Applications

Many “martial artists” make fun of drills and gongfa that are intented to develope skills that can be applied to actual combat . I would like to make the distinction between combat and sport martial arts. I don’t train my fellow practioners to be “champions ” as this is detrimental […]

Sweeping Away 1000 Soldiers – the application of yin and ...