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Directing your Yi 意to balance Yin and Yang in application. The following example uses the posture Press to explain the concept of balancing your Yin and Yang Aspects relative to your opponent. When my opponent seizes my arm and uses his force to control me, he is making a Yang […]

Directing your Yi 意to balance Yin and Yang in application.


Spear fighting had a direct effect on the Bridging Methods of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. The spear was one of the earliest weapons in mankind’s arsenal. Sharpening the end of a straight stick is both a deadly weapon and a weapon with range. The spear has been used in […]

Spear fighting had a direct effect on the Bridging Methods ...


Some details for training the Brush Knee two person set. Traditional Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art and has various training methods to train various skills. The first road of the traditional form shows the posture Brush Knee and Twist Step prominently. This technique is an effective way to […]

Some details for training the Brush Knee Two Person Set



Do your exercises produce skills? One of the things that I noticed that was different from training with BP Chan compared to other teachers was that he taught you how to use your health exercises in a martial way. Most teachers back in the day not only didn’t know the […]

Do your exercises produce skills?


The circles and arcs created in the movements of Tai Chi Chuan form practice are very precise depending on which form or frame you are practicing. We have to adapt in real life application because the opponent is never doing exactly what would match the form. This concept is referred […]

The opponent is the guide


“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