Superb Article on outlining some of the key terms we hear about in tai chi but are afraid to ask….

 

We have a treat here. The superb Canadian Kung Fu Master Neil Ripski, Master of Drunken Style, Ba Gua, Taichi and Qi Gong has given me permission to publish this excellent guide to terms we hear so much about in our practice but find hard to find solid and meaningful explanations for …. Enjoy an excellent resource.

 

Eight Gates 八門 十三和勁

 

Neil has a reputation as a brilliant writer and teacher of  the internal arts. His website is:  http://redjade.weebly.com/

 

 

 

 

Demonstrating a Creative use on some of Chen Pan LIng’s Internal Arts

 

 

 

Master An from Taichung has a very active group of senior students who train regularly with him and seem to have great fun in their training along with learning some great traditional skills. They are a tight knit bunch of Kung Fu ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ and are fun to be around. The lady with the glasses is Master An’s wife and is a superb practitioner also…

You get the sense that they are a close, tight knit group with a very healthy social dynamic among them. They could not have been more welcoming to us on our recent trip and were discreet and helpful when we need some extra little help…they worked away quietly at the back of our sessions, allowing us the front of the class and they followed along as we struggled with our corrections and new movements…it must have been so boring for them, but they were always out in force and smiling at their guests.

They have great fun and focus working to put together these demonstrations which they are invited to do quite frequently around Taichung- here we see a mixture of Chen Pan Ling tai chi and Ba Gua, along with Shaolin and Chen tai chi….all blended together to form an entertaining demonstration….They make it look easy and pretty effortless, but a lot of hours have gone into make this look so easy…

We had great fun getting to know them and look forward to working with them and meeting them again in Taiwan or, if they can make it across to Ireland…

Master An performing Chen Pan LIng’s Hsing I- 5 Elements LInking Form

What I like about this clip- and it’s a quality I like in a lot of Master An’s demos, is his playfulness, his ‘expression’ of the form, if you will. He makes it his own living version via his great teachers Chen Pan Ling and Chen Jin Bao.

He is a keen and very popular demonstrator- he did an impressive opening demonstration for the World Tai Chi Championships a few years ago and is in constant demand in Taiwan. An accomplished musician, he has a feel for connecting with an audience and perhaps it’s from his playing that he gets this free and playful way with his demonstrations- they look relaxed, casual and alive to the moment, almost throw away….and yet, there is plenty of power and fa jing too when he chooses to fire out the power and intention embedded in the shapes in the elements.

When he wants to and needs to, SK An can contain and express his forms in the most precise and traditional of manners- as he was taught and anyone learning from him or watching him in a more serious mode can see and even feel this for themselves. Like all great performers, he makes it look easy.

He takes a lot of time creatively blending and combining routines from Tai chi, ba gua, Shaolin and weapons forms with his excellent students who delight their audiences with relaxed and skillful playing of the forms…

 

WANG SHU JIN DOCUMENTARY ON CHEN PAN LING’S 99 TAI CHI FORM

This is a documentary from Japanese TV showing Chen Pan LIng’s tai chi form as practiced by the famous Wang Shu Jin and his students currently teaching and training in Japan. Wang was a teacher for Chen Pan Ling in the 1960’s and this footage is without doubt the best footage of a student and contemporary of Chen Pan Ling’s performing the 99 Tai chi form…

While the footage of Wang doing the form is partial, it shows his own wonderful power and grace and elegance of movement….Wang was also one of the few who could make tai chi work on all comers from a martial perspective…

This is the form we teach and practice as Sligo Tai Chi and Internal Arts Society and a group of us visited Wang’s temple and home in Taichung three years ago and had a memorable evening as guest of the current patriarch of Wang’s I Guan Dao religious sect. Myself and five students travel this Good Friday to return to Taichhung for deeper learning in the 99 form with no less a figure Chen Yun Chin, Chen Pan Ling’s youngest son who is now the torch bearer of a remarkable martial legacy.