Chen Yu Taijiquan Yong Fa (Chen Yu Tai Chi Applications)

Everyone in the world of taiji quan must show respect & admiration to Chen style tai chi. As the forebear of taijiquan (by many historical accounts), Chen family Patriarch Chen Wang Ting was perhaps the originator of tai chi as we know it. The Chen family “cannon fist” style, and its unique development of a specific kind of internal power, has evolved over the last 500 years into the many various styles of tai chi as we recognize them today.

Chen Wang Ting Statue

<<< Chen family patriarch Chen Wang Ting (1580–1660) >>>

While there are many parallel stories of the development of taijiquan, all the modern styles of taijiquan officially or unofficially credit the Chen family style as their …

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Taiji Qinna (Tai Chi Chin Na) - Part I

I’ve always been a big fan of qinna, even before I had encountered taiji. In fact, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming’s in depth book on the subject was one of my earliest exposures to the art (Taiji Chin Na: The Seizing Art of Taijiquan – go buy it if you don’t have it!). That’s why I put Dr. Yang’s video here first. The second video is Master Tony Ho breaking people with his qin na technique. If you are unfamiliar with Master Ho, his website is Wuji Qigong Taijiquan, and he has a weekly class Sunday mornings in Irvine, California. The third video is Huang Jeng Bin, mentioned elsewhere on this site. Remember to take a look at Part II of the taiji qinna series as well.

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Taiji Qinna (Tai Chi Chin Na) – Part II

Continuing the series on Taiji Qinna. The first video is our good pal Chen Yu showing the destructiveness of his qinna gongfu. Ouch. You can find Master Chen’s website at cytjw.cn, but it’s in Mandarin. Still, a nice resource to learn more about Chen Yu’s classes and schedule. The second video here is Master Her Ran Shan, who I don’t know much about. I think he is located in Shanghai. If you know Master Her Ran Shan, contact me to let me know his info. Finally, the third video is Mike Martello. You can see that Martello’s qinna was highly influenced by his bagua, but I still wanted to put it in the series. RIP Mike!

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