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About Pushing Hands—Part 2

About Pushing Hands—Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 30, 2015

An (Press or Push Down) means to settle the wrist. It is executed by using the base of the palm, either one palm or both palms can press and push. An can be divided into offensive An and defensive An. In offensive An, the base of the palm is used to push upward to the chin to destroy the opponent's central equilibrium; to the throat to seal the opponent's breath; to push forward to Xinkan (Jiuwei) (i.e., solar plexus area) to seal the breath as well as destroy the opponent's central equilibrium or shock his heart; to push downward to the abdominal area to destroy the stability of the lower part of his body or to seal his breath. More >>

About Pushing Hands—Part 1

About Pushing Hands—Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 23, 2015

Practicing Methods of the Four Directions and Four Corners (Eight Doors, Eight Trigrams). What are the four directions and four corners? They are the eight doors. It is also the theory of Eight Trigrams in Taijiquan. What are the four directions? More >>

Basic Taiji Theory

Basic Taiji Theory

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 16, 2015

If we desire to understand taiji theory, then we must first trace back to its origins and roots. Only then will we know how and where it came from. Although a great proportion of Chinese martial arts history is vague, we can still trace it with some accuracy and in some detail. More >>

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 6, Final

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Liang, Shou-Yu, March 9, 2015

Grab the right, enter the left. Grab the left, enter the right. When stepping forward, the heels touch the ground first. The tip of the foot uses the toes to grab the ground. The stepping must be steady and the body must be solemn. The strike must be firm, solid, and have Li from the bones. While going (i.e., attacking), the hands are relaxed and when they reach the opponent they become fists. When fists are used, curl (the fingers) in tightly. More >>

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 5

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 5

Liang, Shou-Yu, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 23, 2015

It is the stepping, which gives your strategy life and creates the hundreds of variations. It is also the stepping, which allows you to react naturally to an attack and avoid or escape from dangerous situations. More >>

Chinese New Year Celebrations—Yesterday and Today

Chinese New Year Celebrations—Yesterday and Today

Michelle Lin, February 17, 2015

The days leading up to biggest Chinese holiday are palpable with excitement. Traditionally, Chinese New Year is marked with feasts, new clothes, red envelopes, performances, games, and lighting firecrackers late into the night. The two-week long celebration is the time to visit loved ones, welcome the spring, and wish for luck and prosperity in the New Year. More >>

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 4

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 4

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Liang, Shou-Yu, February 9, 2015

Xin combines with Yi, Yi combines with Qi, and Qi combines with Li are the three internal combinations. Hands combine with feet, elbows combine with knees, and shoulders combine with hips are the three external combinations. More >>

The Players in Self-Defense

The Players in Self-Defense

Lawrence A. Kane, Rory Miller, February 2, 2015

No matter what levels of force you need, the players stay the same. It is critical to be able to read the players. The threat dictates the situation. You must understand the problem before you can choose a solution. A charm predator is one thing. A drunk wanting to show off for a girl is an entirely different problem. You must learn to read threats and threat dynamics. More >>

Avoiding Workplace Violence

Avoiding Workplace Violence

Lawrence A. Kane, January 26, 2015

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 18,000 people a week are victimized by some sort of workplace violence in the United States. In fact, although industrial accidents abound, homicide is actually the leading cause of death among female workers and the second leading cause of death for men. More >>

Rory Miller

The Practical Problem of Teaching Self-Defense

Rory Miller, January 19, 2015

Self-defense is unlike anything else humans train for. Unlike engineering or architecture, you can't have any idea of the problem you need to solve. An engineer knows if he will be building a bridge or a tunnel. A self-defense student will never know if they might someday face a rape attempt, a kidnapping, a drive-by shooting, or a simple assault. More >>

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses

Marshal Yue, Fei's Ten Important Theses—Part 3

Liang, Shou-Yu, January 12, 2015

This discussion starts with striking and postures.  When talking about about postures, we first discuss Qi.  Man has five viscera, which therefore form the shape. From the five viscera, the Qi is born. Therefore, the five viscera are really the original bearers of human nature (i.e., life) and the source of growing Qi. More >>

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