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BP Chan used to say “it’s easy to get it from the neck up, it’s much more difficult to get it from the neck down”. What he is saying is that understanding a concept and actually internalizing that concept into your movement are vastly different things. Most practitioners run around […]

Taijiquan is not A to B to C to D…, ...


The line from the Taijiquan Lun by Wang Zhongyue ” if you miss buy a hairsbreadth , you missed by 1000 miles” can only be understood when one starts to understand what is meant by being in Center. When the body is in Center, then the tissue is neutral and […]

“If you miss by a hairsbreadth , you miss by ...


Once upon a time I was quite fearful of this type of attack with a bladed weapon as I had my throat slit as a teen. I did not understand how to defend against a horizontal attack to my throat. Retreating from such an attack will most likely have the […]

Using the rising and falling actions of Chopping to enter ...



Most traditional Tai Chi Chuan forms start with ” grasp the birds tail “. There is often a transition where it appears as if we are holding a ball. The form can be trained energetically where we are sensing the energy between our palms and even forming an energy ball. […]

An application of “Holding the Ball” in Taijiquan


Traditional Push Hands Methods are intended to develop certain skills. The following footage shows me giving a couple of examples to Aaron. Sometimes a disadvantage can be turned into an advantage. The first example shows me capturing Aaron’s palm as he endeavors to put force on my elbow. This can […]

” Who has who here?” – BP Chan- small changes ...


Historical records have shown that the arts of Xingyiquan and Taijiquan were inspired by spear methods. The concept is to insert your spear tip into an opening and take the line with your superior alignments. This action is both attacking while diverting and often turning the opponent. Most infantry men […]

The Spear inspired bridging in Xingyiquan and Taijiquan



The following footage has me discussing an alternative bridging method for entering into your opponents posture. When my intention is to strike or touch my opponent and he has the ability to create a Yin hand to divert my force, then it is necessary to change my intention away from […]

Bridging and “presenting roundness ” to connect and enter.


The following footage has a short discussion regarding the value of structure in Tai Chi Chuan. This discussion is being presented because some practitioners endeavor to cheapin the value of my knowledge to push forth their own agendas. My agenda ,to be clear , is to preserve my teacher’s various […]

The Taijiquan Arms Race and the value of structure.


Taiji Ruler – The Value of the Eight Supplementals The eight supplemental’s are part of the Tai Chi Ruler System. These eight exercises train various aspects of whole body movement. They collectively are similar to the “Virgin Qi Gong system” in that they endeavor to circulate Qi to permeate the […]

Taiji Ruler – The Value of the Eight Supplementals




Walking Jin – you already know how to make Jin Our body naturally produces Jin when we walk. This is why the internal arts of Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang practice walking in their training. We learn to transfer the power of our walking step into our hand actions. When we […]

Walking Jin – you already know how to make Jin