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The Hidden Shaolin Taizu Chang Quan Roots of Chen Taijiquan

Salvatore Canzonieri, May 23, 2016

Shaolin Lohan (Luohan) Quan, Tai Tzu Chang Quan, and Taiji Quan (originating from Chen village), all represent a very ancient history of Chinese martial arts that are associated with health and mental well being besides physical fitness and self-defense. By the time the grand Emperor Chao Kuang-Yin had visited Shaolin temple during the early Sung Dynasty and gifted them with a series of books that contained his own Chang Quan and Hong Quan forms and other martial art ideas, Shaolin already had hundreds of years of chi gung and martial arts development under its belt via its creation of the Lohan style. More >>

Redemption: A Street Fighters' Path to Peace

Redemption: A Street Fighter's Path to Peace

Michael Clarke, May 16, 2016

Being born the fifth child into a working-class family of six children guaranteed I had a fight on my hands from the very beginning. That my siblings and I grew to be productive members of society suggests that my childhood, although often chaotic, served me well. Dublin, Ireland, was not the attractive city in 1955 that it is today, so my birth on the fourteenth of May that year, in the upstairs front bedroom at 88 Kylemore Drive, rekindled thoughts in my father's head of returning to England. And in 1958, when I was three years old, the family moved to Manchester in the heart of England's industrial northwest. More >>

Use of Force and Law Enforcement

Sergeant First Class Mick McComb, Ret., May 9, 2016

My opinions on the use of force (UOF) are based on twenty-five years of service with the New Jersey State Police. For ten years I was assigned to the NJSP Training Bureau in roles including lead academy instructor; assistant unit head for the Firearms and Self-Defense Training Unit; use of force instructor; and lead defensive tactics instructor including training recruit, advanced, and in-service members. More >>

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 >>

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Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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