Internal Martial Arts

General category inclusive of articles containing information about Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, BaGuazhang, Liuhebafa, I-quan, Natural School Boxing, and Wujiquan

The Real Method of Parry and Punch in Yang Taijiquan

Art by Xiao Yang Harkins

Basic Method of the Punch and Parry

Although the method seems rather straightforward there are many nuances involved.  The first mistake often made is to see the method as expressed in the drawing shown to the left.  Why a mistake?  Because the method of Taijiquan requires the understanding that the end of one technique is the beginning of the next and there is a lot of content following the resolution of the prior method.  Assuming you […]

Song of the 8 methods

Song of the 8 Methods

This has been the history of many inner schools.  By providing guidelines in the form of poetry and song these provide a convenient way to memorize the instructions.  Often also the instructions given in this way are also made obscure in order to dumbfound the ignorant and course individuals who often pollute the martial arts world.  By providing riddles and metaphors in the form of song and meter it is possible to pass along extremely […]

Bagua: Pre-Heaven and Post-Heaven

Kungfu Secrets Revealed

One of the reasons why there are not as many practitioners of Kungfu here in the United States and quite honestly, even in China there is less and less interest in the modern version of Kungfu referred to in country as Wushu (martial arts) is that many keys to knowledge are hidden away from what they would call “outsiders” and knowledge is deliberately withheld.

Now in some respects it is understandable as some of the secrets […]

Tai Chi in Plano at the meetup intensive training sessions

A real workout

Everyone is learning that training at the meet up intensive is just that.  Intense! Thursdays at the Plano location provides the opportunity to participate at whatever level you are at and provide a challenge.  The environment is intimate with special thanks to the traditional Chinese Dance location at K Ave. north of legacy. By utilizing two studio areas and keeping both spaces active the Wujido students if they are able can train for extended periods and with one […]

Creating an Internal Structure Through Torso Methods

Taijiquan: Beginning Torso Methods

The following is a monograph submitted by Josh Hart edited by Dr. Harkins Dashi headmaster of the Wujido Institute.  Josh Hart is a Senior “Da Ge” in the Taijiquan Department at the Wujido Institute.

One of the key elements in the practice of Taijiquan is application of a set of principles variously referred to as the body or “torso methods” which is a kind of internal template of arranging or ordering the body both internally […]

BaGua Zhang

White Ape Offers Fruit

Many years ago there was a student who had dedicated years of his life to master the “traditional” forms of (Qingdai) Wushu such as Choileifut, Hungquan, Wingchun, he approached a highly respected and revered master and inquired of him how to take his practice to a higher level as there seemed to be something missing. The old man said, “You have done well, but you should practice one of the profound schools of boxing”.  One of those […]

Authentic Practice of Nei Gong

Authentic Practice of Nei Gong

What is and is not internal practice, or more popularly known as internal Kungfu? This is of great interest to some, whether a person is just learning that there are deeper and more profound arts well beyond the concept of punching and kicking, throwing, or grappling; and that these practices yield many abilities that could be classified as super-normal, the subject is broad and complex and for the most part filled with special nomenclature (specialized […]

Yang family Taijiquan

 

One of the most famous and popular of all the Chinese Internal martial arts systems today is the Yang family Taijiquan. So famous in fact that it is considered a category all its own.  Not often does one hear of it as a martial art but only as “Tai Chi” or Taijiquan.  Taijiquan is considered one of the 3 famous nei-jia (Internal Kungfu Styles) of China. It has a good reputation as a extremely effective system of health and fitness […]