While there are always some variations based upon tradition, lineage or teacher, the following outline indeed has a commonality in the Chinese martial arts world. I’d argue that this commonality extends to both “northern” and “southern”, and both “external” and “internal”. As I have stated before, I am not a big fan of these attributions. … More Practical approaches to Chinese martial arts training
Chinese Swords forms start with the Jian, or a Dao, out of the scabbard held in the left hand. This at attention stance is a sort of half ready posture. From this position the weapon can be brought quickly into action. In the video we look at the technique men at arms employed to quickly … More Chinese Swords & Swordsmanship: Taking the On Guard Ready Stance
Scott M. Rodell has studied martial arts since the age of nine. He has dedicated the last four decades exclusively to study of Yang Family Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan). Rodell spent many years traveling to find and study with the best teachers in this lineage to fulfill a person goal – renovating Yang Family … More Modern Martial Arts and Health Radio E07: Scott M. Rodell On the Practice of Yang Family Taiji Quan and Jian Fa
This is an excellent series of talks on Yang Lu Chan and the early history of Yang style Taijiquan. I highly recommend these videos. Guan Nan Wang is a Yang style Taijiquan and Tongbei Quan practitioner.
After the pitiful display of fighting from yet another self-stylized master of Taijiquan, many of the obvious questions (and excuses) arise, “who was he?”, “why is he considered a master?”, etc. The “master” who was recently beaten was Ma Bao Guo. He is considered a grandmaster of Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Gate (浑元形意太极门), a style … More What is Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Gate?
“This morning, 69 year old Ma Baoguo, “gate keeper of Hunyuan Xingyi Taijiquan” against Wang Qingmin, 50 year old sanda enthusiast. It didn’t take long.” – Jarek Szymanski (who provided me with the video). Ma is famous for posting a video of him “beating a British MMA champ” and then challenging Xu Xiao Dong, only … More Ma Bao Guo defeated by San Da Kickboxing Enthusiast