• Milestones of Song (松)

    Chinese “Song” (松) is very hard to translate to English in Tai Chi scope. For simplicity, I will call it the state of not consciously using muscle strength. Many Tai Chi classics and grandmasters emphasis the importance of Song. Why is so? I believe you have to go through this Song process to obtain the

  • Explaining Xing Yi Quan’s seven movement concept (起落钻翻橫竖順)

    Here are the seven key words used a lot in classic Xing Yi manual: Lifting (起), Dropping (落), Drilling (钻), Overturning (翻), horizontal (橫), vertical (竖), Follow (順) 。 I will use Pi Quan’s movement to explain the above seven key words/concept: The beginning of your hand’s movement is “Lifting”. Then it comes out straight
  • Jing (静) is the key to Chinese Internal Martial Art training

    “Wang Zhengnan's epitaph” (王征南墓志铭) written by Huang Zongxi (黄宗羲) in around 1670, is the first document differentiated Chinese Internal and External martial art styles. The definition for Internal art is “Using Stillness to control Movement” (以静制动) in contrary to External art’s “Focus on attacking” (主于搏人). Thus, the training approach is also different. External styles emphasis