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More Xing Yi Paradoxes

Last month we looked at some “Xing Yi paradoxes.” These can also be thought of as “aphorisms” – pithy statements that contain important truths and observations. The use of somewhat mysterious, pity statements often serves

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Xing Yi Quan Paradoxes

Great masters of the internal arts often employ seemingly paradoxical statements to explain the principles of internal boxing. Over the years I have found some of the Xing Yi sayings very helpful, both for my

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Ba Gua Zhang 48 Methods: Methods 13-24

The Thirty-Six Songs discuss and clearly explain how to properly train Shen Fa, footwork (Bu Fa), movement and rotation, the pathways of Qi and walking the circle, the pathways of Jin and the connection with

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Master Li Gui Chang’s Tai Ji Songs

Master Li Gu Chang’s instructions on Tai Ji Quan, found in his book, Tai Ji Push Hands Training Instructions (太极推手演练指导Tai Ji Tui Shou Yan Lian Zhi Dao), are deep and profound. In this post we

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The Metal Element

Metal Element Students of Traditional Chinese medicine and internal martial arts often have questions about the Metal Element. Why is the Metal Element confusing? One problem is that the associations attributed to Metal often don’t

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Fundamental Body Alignments of Ba Gua Zhang

Another excerpt from on the Fundamental Body Alignments of Ba Gua Zhang that stimulates new thoughts about the basics. This article is excerpted from Miraculous Secrets of Dong Hai Chuan’s Ba Gua Zhang (董海川八卦掌神功秘诀 )By

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Masters of Ba Gua Zhang: Gao Ji Wu

Gao Ji Wu was born in 1942. He began learning Chang Quan (Long Fist or Long Boxing) as a child and later progressed to learning the internal martial arts under his father. Having practiced martial

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Gathering Sun Essence Qi Gong

In the Spring, during the Waking Insects (March 5-7 to March 20-21) and Spring Equinox Seasonal Nodes (March 20-21 to April 4-6), the Yang energy in the natural world around us gains in strength and

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Lao Ba Zhang & Kai-He (Open Close)

Kai – He 開合 (Open-Close) One way to summarize the synergy between the circular expression of the Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang) and their various linear expressions is to understand the meaning of Kai He.

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Martial Art Great: Fu Shu Yun

Fu Shu Yun was born in 1916 in Tianjin, China. She began training in martial arts in junior high school. Her skill developed quickly and she was soon called upon to give demonstrations at sports

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Xing Yi Quan Linking Forms

Presented here are the names of the movements in the Xing Yi Linking Forms as they are practiced in the Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang. Knowing the names of the movements helps

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12 Animal Poems of Xing Yi Quan

The poems relating to the Twelve Animals of Xing Yi Quan give the practitioner insight into the internal dynamic and Jin (energy, strength and spirit) of each animal. These insights ai correct performance and application.

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Free Video: Ba Gua Seize and Pull Drills

Seizing-Pulling Partner Exercises are part of the Foundational Training in Ba Gua Zhang. These important drills develop basic skills in leading and pulling the opponent, while simultaneously teaching one how to escape being led and

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Ba Gua Zhang in Provence

On June 8th & 9th, 2015, Internal Arts International conducted an intensive workshop in Ba Gua Nei Gong and Foundational Ba Gua Zhang in Le Beausset, France. Training outside, under the blue skies and clean

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Wooden Dummy Arm Conditioning Liniment

Many styles of Chinese martial arts contain Wooden Dummy exercises, in which blocks and strikes are practiced using a dummy with wooden arms, and Seven Star exercises, in which two practitioners bang forearms together, in

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Eagle Claw Hand Strengthening Liniment

Eagle Claw Hand Strengthening Liniment is a traditional formula for training the seizing power of the hands in Eagle Claw Gong Fu and Qin Na (capturing and seizing techniques). This description might lead one to

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Beyond The Tooth Program
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Vital Point Striking – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part article on Vital Point Striking. Read Part 1 HERE. Simultaneous with the development of the lethal techniques discussed in Part I of Vital Point Striking, were the creation

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Ba Gua Qin Na
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Ba Gua Qin Na

Qin Na (chin na) is variously translated as “capture methods,” “seizing and controlling,” seizing and locking.” Qin (擒) means to capture, catch, or seize. Na (拿) means to hold, grasp, or squeeze. Qin is like

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Vital Point Striking – Part 1

Vital points are not a myth. The secret knowledge of vital points has been known for 2,500 years. Bian Que, a legendary physician from China’s Spring and Autumn Period (around 500 BC), was a traveling

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Fourteen Characters on Stake Standing

十 四 字 站 樁 SHI SI ZHAN ZHUANG These fourteen Chinese characters are meant to serve as a mnemonic for remembering the essential points of Zhan Zhuang or “stake standing,” a practice common to

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