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Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 160

Chén Fā Kē Pào Chuí – Part 1 On the October of 1928, Great Grandmaster Chén Fā Kē 陳發科 was invited to Běijīng 北京 by Xǔ Yǔ Shēng 許禹生, to demonstrate his Tàijíquán太極拳. The demonstration was attended by another person called Shěn Jiā Zhēn 沈家桢. Shěn Jiā Zhēn is remembered as he wrote a book, […]

Grandmaster Tse’ Tàijí Fist 159

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 7 Zhàn 戰 means fighting, but the kind of fighting that happens in a war, not just one on one combat. It is like two groups, parties or even countries going to war. In Sūn Zi Bīng Fǎ 孫子兵法 – Sūn Zi’s Art of War, it says, “Fighting must be […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 158

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 6 Téng 騰 means running fast, moving fast to jump up over a space. It is like a horse running fast and jumping over an obstruction, like a fence. In movement 32, Full Cannon Fist 全炮捶, of Lǎojià Pào Chuí 老架砲捶 we need to jump from one side to the […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 157

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 5 Bèng 蹦 means bouncing up from the floor or the ground, or jumping up all of a sudden. It is like Double Jumping Kicks 踢二起 in Lǎojià Yīlù 老架—路 where we jump up from a low position. Bèng is powerful and is used when attacking, since jumping up or […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 156

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 4 Pào Chuí 砲捶 is powerful and fast, like running and having more power to be able to jump and leap over things. So if we are running fast and there is a low wall in front of us, we can jump over it, or like Jackie Chan in many […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 155

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 3 The Yìjīng 易經 – Book of Changing says, “無極生太極,太極生兩儀,兩儀生四象,四象生八卦,八卦演萬物.  Wújí 無極 – Nothing creates Tàijí 太極 – Something,  Tàijí creates Liǎng Yí 兩儀 – Two Opposite Energies, Liǎng Yí  create Sì Xiàng 四象 – Four Images, Sì Xiàng  create Bāguà 八卦,  Bagua creates everything.” Tàijíquán 太極拳 follows this principle. […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 154

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 2 The principle of Tàijí 太極 actually comes from the Yìjīng 易經 – Book of Changing. The Yìjīng is over 5000 years old and it is the root of Chinese philosophy. In it is says, “Wújí 無極 (nothing) creates Tàijí 太極 ( something). Tàijí creates Liǎng Yí 兩儀 ( two […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 153

Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 1 When we start learning Chén Style Tàijíquán 陈式太极拳, we normally begin by learning Lǎojià Yīlù 老架 —路 – Old Frame First Form. This form is what the Yáng Style Tàijíquán 楊式太極拳, Wǔ Style Tàijíquán 武式太極拳 ,Wú Style Tàijíquán 吳式太極拳 (this Wu Style is different the other one) and Sūn […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 152

Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌 Part 7 Chén Wáng Tíng 陳王廷 says in his poem, “Cover the head – block the face – this skill is ordinary 藏頭蓋面天下有, Strike the centre of the chest – hit the sides of the body – this skill is rare. 慣心剁脅世間稀. When we are attacked we will cover the […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 151

Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌 Part 6 Chén Wáng Tíng 陳王廷 continues to say, “Pretend to attack the East, but strike the West – we must be familiar with this skill  聲東擊西要熟識. Attack from the top while pushing up from the bottom – this skill we need to remember上籠下提君須記.” Fighting is not simple, it is […]