There has been a fun discussion on Facebook after someone posted video of a charlatan in a Chinese park bouncing some poor acolyte around using empty force. Dan then posted on his blog http://www.taichichuan.co.uk/blog.html an account of the famous Water Incident when a certain renowned purveyor of kong jin, Dr Shen Hongxun, was made to look rather foolish.
I first heard about mt force in a book on karate I read as a young teenager (what is now, bizarrely, called a ‘young adult’). In it an old master was said to be able to project his Qi by shouting “KAI!!!” and could use this to knock birds out of trees. I was both fascinated by the idea of being able to cultivate such a power yet disappointed at its weakness. Now if it could lift a spaceship out of a swamp… but this was a long, long time ago before Star Wars was a twinkle in George’s eye and I guess most kids dream of having super powers.
That, of course, is what brought me to martial arts. I quickly found that at Judo a good little’un could beat a big’un but a good big’un was more of a problem and I was a little’un! The answer, of course, is to train harder and longer than the big b******s and so to have gongfu – skill acquired through hard training. By the way the term can apply to any skill not just the martial arts.
Just had first booking for the Beginners Tai Chi Course and it was first proper message to my new email at this new site. Woohoo! This is often the most popular course of the year as people make New Year Resolutions and look for ways to get fit and work off those extra pounds put on over Christmas.
Many people don’t think of Tai Chi as aerobic enough to burn off the calories but the Tui-shou or pushing hands exercises and weapons forms certainly can. It depends how fast you do them! Continue reading “Introduction to Tai Chi Course starting 11th February 2018”
Thursday 28th December – the King Alfred is closed in the evening so no class.
Thursday 21st December – I shall be off to my eldest daughter’s for Christmas but Rik and Will have volunteered to run a session so please come if you can.
Saturday 16th December 8am – this session will be my last of the year but speak to Rik who may be around on the 23rd & 30th.
Back to normal on Thursday 4th January and don’t forget Peter’s workshop in Horsham on the Saturday 6th.
I am advertising a 6 week ‘Beginners Tai Chi Course’ starting on Thursday 11th Jan. Continue reading “Christmas and New Year”
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Jonathan posted on the FaceBook group that he had recently had the pleasure of training with Cheng Tinhung’s youngest son in Hong Kong. Some really good video of various Wudang tuishou/pushing hands. In fixed step free-style Jonathan got a couple of draws but didn’t score once so said he ‘must train harder’ an attitude I respect!
You can see this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74LW25_qQkU or just search youtube for Cheng Kam Yan.
Had a really good workshop with Dan in Horsham today. Lots of applications as usual then Short Form Mirror followed by a choice of spear or sabre.
We worked through applications illustrating the eight ways of using the sabre Pi – chop, Ci – stab, Tan – slash up to groin, Tuo – push up with both hands, Ti – divert up, Liao – stir and slash, Chen – press down and Lu – divert to the side. They are often used together as in Ti Pi which is an upward diversion to a stab followed by a chop to the attacker’s arm.
We ended with the Brush Knee sequence that takes you round in a full circle. It is beginning to make sense until I try to do it on my own.
Thanks Dan and thanks for the Song coin. If I keep coming perhaps I’ll earn a whole string!
Dan Docherty, head of our Wudang style, is holding a workshop at Forest School Gym, Comptons Lane, Horsham this Saturday 2nd December 2017.
If you are doing Nei Gung refresher then start at 1.00pm main workshop is 2.00 – 5.00pm
Cost has been kept down for many years, but now need to increase so it has been reviewed and will now be £13 for refresher and £37.00 for workshop.
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