Tag Archive for Internal Kung Fu

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 […]

Wujido 101: Powering up your Front Heel Kick

How to practice a front heel kick

This form of practice utilizes the 5 section method integrating also two additional aspects to the player’s training regime.  One, the development of posted up strength and balance for the platform leg and two, extending and stretching with power to both extend the range of motion of the kicking and posting leg as well as powering up the joint to prevent injuries from explosive extension of your kicks.

Add to this the additional work […]

Wujiquan: the magic and the mystery

Sometime in the past; a very long time ago, before the Shaolin of the Tang Dynasty, the Hong and Choi of the Qing, and long before the modern era of spectacular Wushu tricks and performances of the Mao era there was the devastating and profound art of Wujiquan. At that time they called it Wuyi, deep in the recesses of the past on ancient Chinese battlefields bathed in blood and glory. Wujiquan was the modern name coined by the honorable […]

Wujiquan: The Alchemy of Kungfu

Wujiquan:origins

In a poem ascribed to Zhang San Feng who is believed by many to have been the person who invented Taijiquan and is accepted as the founder of the Wu-Dang Temple he writes;

Taiji comes from Wuji and is the Mother of Yin and Yang

 

No one can be absolutely certain he wrote the words that are ascribed to him if at all, but they are accepted lore in the Tai Chi Community. It cannot be proven that Zhang Sanfeng is the […]

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 […]