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24 Hours of World Peace—Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

David-Dorian Ross, April 20, 2016

David-Dorian Ross, an acclaimed international tai chi teacher, has worked for decades to bring tai chi to the mainstream. Ross is also a recipient of eight US Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and two World Bronze medals in tai chi. Now he is taking instruction to the next level by offering to the tai chi community the first interactive online streaming video. More >>

Some Remarks About Sparring

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 18, 2016

Taijiquan is an internal style of Chinese martial arts. All Chinese martial styles, after a thousand years of practice and experience, understand that in order to have an effective way of fighting, they must acquire the four skills of kicking, striking, wrestling, and Qin Na. More >>

Optimizing Force Using Krav Maga

Optimizing Force Using Krav Maga

David Kahn, April 12, 2016

A combative strike will have optimum force if you accelerate your strike in combination with correct body mechanics. Principally, this involves a total body weight shift through the target. Physics teaches that acceleration times mass equals force. Your strike will generate more force if you accelerate your speed as you extend your arm and put all of your body weight (mass) behind your strike. This requires proper body positioning and technique. More >>

Tai Chi Sword Techniques

Tai Chi Sword Techniques

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 4, 2016

Generally speaking, due to geographical differences, northern Chinese martial artists have developed techniques, which emphasize long and middle range fighting, while southern martial artists focus on firm root, and specialize in short and middle range fighting. Sword techniques, which emerged, therefore differed according to this developmental influence. More >>

The Israel Krav Maga Advantage

The Krav Maga Advantage

David Kahn, March 29, 2016

The key is your mind-set: to neutralize an opponent quickly and decisively. In fighting sports, the following tactics are generally banned: eye gouges, throat strikes, head butting, biting, hair pulling, clawing, pinching or twisting of the flesh, striking the spine and the back of the head, striking with the tip of the elbow, small joint manipulation, kidney and liver strikes, clavicle strikes, kneeing or kicking the head of an opponent on the ground, and slamming an opponent to the ground on his head. These are exactly the combined core tactics krav maga emphasizes. More >>

Key Points in Taiji Pushing Hands

Key Points in Taiji Pushing Hands

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 21, 2016

Almost every Chinese martial style, both external and internal, has its own hand-matching training similar to Taiji's pushing hands. In southern external styles it is commonly called Qiao Shou (Bridge Hands) or Pan Shou (Coiling Hands), while in northern external styles it is called Da Shou (Folding Hands) or Dui Shou (Opposite Hands.) More >>

What is Qi and What is Qigong?

What is Qi and What is Qigong?

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 14, 2016

To understand taiji ball qigong, first you must know what qi and qigong are.  Only then will you be able to comprehend how and why qigong is able to bring you health, longevity, and even spiritual enlightenment. More >>

The Donkey

Doug Cook, March 7, 2016

I am not, nor have I ever been, the most physically competent martial artist. It takes me inordinately more classes to attain technical proficiency in many areas than it does others. I am tall and fairly agile, but I do not have much muscle mass. And then, over the past few years, two significant medical challenges have crossed my desk. Couple all this with the fact that I am now in my 60s, and a potentially bleak image begins to materialize. More >>

Tai Chi 48 Form Movements

Tai Chi 48-Form Movements

Helen Liang, February 29, 2016

The Tai Chi 48-form is traditionally taught divided into six sections, so you may focus on adding a small number of movements to your overall form gradually. The first section stresses basic hand and foot movements and the essential Peng, Lu, Ji, An (Ward Off, Rollback, Press, and Push). More >>

Defending Some Common Upper-Body and Lower-Body Attacks, Throws

Some Krav Maga Guidelines

David Kahn, February 22, 2016

Footwork and body positioning combined with timing, whether standing or prone, allow you to simultaneously defend and attack, leading to seamless combative transitions essential to retzev or "continuous combat motion." More >>

Step-by-Step Tai Chi 24-Form

Tai Chi 24-Form Movements

Helen Liang, February 19, 2016

These are the movements of the official Tai Chi 24-form, which is often referred to as the "Simplified" form. This list and the video included show this traditional form as it was originally intended to be performed correctly. More >>

Celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, February 8, 2016

For thousands of years, celebrating the New Year in China is always the biggest event of the whole year. During the lunar New Year celebration, every family makes the best food, wears their best clothes, and shoes, and keeps up their best spirit and mood. Family and friends get together to enjoy eating, laughing, chatting, and friendship. Another very important element of the celebration: fire crackers. More >>

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Helen Liang, February 1, 2016

The Tai Chi 48-movement form is ideal for those interested experiencing in the true essence of tai chi chuan, because it combines powerful techniques from all styles into a sequence embodying the spirit of relaxation and softness with circular, continuous movements.  There are over 250 million people worldwide that practice tai chi daily for health benefits.  More >>

Sai Design and Fighting Theory

Sai Design and Fighting Theory

Nicholas C. Yang, January 27, 2016

The correct length and weight of the sai varies from individual to individual. Of course, as with any weapon, the longer and heavier it can be without compromising the handling, the better it is in a combat situation. As the proverb goes, "One inch longer, one inch stronger" (一寸長, 一寸強, Yī cùn cháng, yī cùn qiáng). More >>

Videos and Podcasts...


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Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

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Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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