Cultivating Emptiness To Realize the Dao
Qian Zhao Hong, a high level internal martial artist from Shanghai and noted fighter and push hands practitioner, discusses internal principles and techniques. Qian is said to be one of the top fighters in all of China. He has trained in Xingyi, Wudang Taiji, Chan (Spiral) Taiji and a number of other martial arts, strating when he was a child in a Shanghai neighborhood called Wushu Village because so many martial arts masters lived and taught there. Most martial arts focus on becoming stronger and stronger. His emphasis is on becoming empty to get freedom of response.
Wang Peisheng Is Dead at 85
The highly respected martial artist was famous as a scholar and for his fighting skills. His primary T’ai Chi practice was Northern Wu style. He learned martial arts from childhood and obtained a high ranking at an early age. Although he was known for his Wu style (northern version), he studied many martial arts from many famous masters.
Hand and Elbow Use In T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Richard Johnson, a student of Chen Zhonghua (Joseph Chen) writes about the effective use of hand and elbow in applications of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. He discusses the dynamics and shows their use in photos of applications.
Secrets of Yang Style Da Lu
Daniel K. Wong, who studied with Yang Shao-Chung, writes about the techniques of Da Lu, or the great pulling. He shows how Da Lu can be used to deal with opponents approaching at various an angles. With photos he shows training methods and applications.
Zhang Quanliang On Baguazhang Part 3
This is the third and last part of an interview with Zhang Quanliang about the principles and techniques of Baguazhang. He describes important Bagua standing postures for improving internal energies and structure. While Bagua is usually practiced in a circle and sometimes in a straight line, standing postures are important ways for cultivating neijin, internal strength, and structure that contributes to rooting.
Overcoming Hardness With Softness in T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Gerald A. Sharp interviews Zhou Zhan Fang, an indoor student of Ma Yueh Liang about the importance of using softness to overcome hardness. Most martial artists cannot understand or accept the concept that softness overcomes hardness. The feeling of strength is too intoxicating. Zhou explains the concept based on his training and understanding. He was a disciple of the famous Wu stylist Ma Yueh-liang.
How to Teach T’ai Chi Philosophy
Rob LaPointe addresses the problem inherent in trying to teach T’ai Chi philosophy to students.
The Taiji Legacy 2003 Tournament results are listed with photos.