Our School’s Classical Chen Family Taijiquan Program – Lao Jia Er (Old Frame, Second Part); Tui Shou (Push Hands); Long Sword Form; Broad Sword Form. “The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknow- ledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook ofTaiji . Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice Tuishou is an exceptional drill system for developing certain abilities but it is not.

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Chen Family Taijiquan Unpacked: Gongfu Utility System

Cen one would have included such complicated and numerous methods for no useful reason. He is said to be the creator of the guishou Taijiquan. The main elements of practice in current popular Chen Taujiquan are forms: In 16th century China there lived a man called Chen Wang Ting whose martial arts skill was such that it is said that he single handedly defeated one thousand bandits.

In my earliest Chen Taijiquan instruction I was lucky enough to be exposed to a very detailed system of drills and practices. The book itself is not perhaps what those who have studied some taijiquan and particularly Chen style taijiquan might initially expect from the title. What will You Learn in Class?

As the title of the book is Tuishou push-handsit would be easy to say it was misleading. To become good at Chen Taijiquan takes practice and must include push hands Tui Shou training.

Book Review: Chen Family Taijiquan Tuishou by Wang Xian

Please enjoy the lovely scenery of the dregs of winter in a parking lot. Over the many years Sifu Moy has spent studying with Master Tse he has developed a deep understanding of this skill. Chen Family Taijiquan Tuishou. The truth is one needs to be taught specifically how to develop and use these techniques, and in many cases even what they are.

All of these ranges and methods of engagement that can be used within a fight context, but there are very good reasons that all such sporting events have rules that confine their activities to within that particular context, to prevent it from becoming, well, fighting.


Wang Xian is one of the top three taijiquan practitioners alive today. Taijiquan Tai Chi Chuan is widely known as an ancient health exercise but originally it was created as a means of self defence and was a powerful martial art skill.

Chen Family Taijiquan Unpacked: Most surviving traditional Chinese martial arts include heavy doses of technique based single and two-person drills for development of fighting abilities. The Old Frame contains big circling movements which all come from the Dantian. This is one of more than 30 such drills that are all quite detailed. Those are what you will use if you are skilled. It includes joint loosening, stretching and conditioning exercises, standing and silk reeling exercises, stepping exercises and lots beside.

Not only is there detail regarding internal work and structure, but also technique; there are so many packed into the forms. Within its text it does assume a thorough grounding in taijiquan skills. Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice curriculum that I have developed over many years of personal practice, research and teaching. He combined all the original Taijiquan forms into one long form. He has also accompanied his teacher to Chen Village, the birth place of Taijiquan, and also spent a great deal of time with his Sigong, Grandmaster Chen.

It makes little attempt to explain these skills. Weapon forms are taught in class after you have completed learning the beginning forms and will help you to extend your Taijiquan knowledge and use of energy. In that interest I have decided to make some of my own hard learned practices in this area public and if there is interest, teach them on a wider scale.

However if we want utility of the actual methods contained within we must actually unpack the forms. Lao means old and Xin means new. It clearly communicated the effort required to obtain basic physical abilities as well as taijiquan gong fu before attempting taijiquan tuishou. It makes a clear an unequivocal demand for a clear understanding of its fundamental skills, trained via the forms.

The 19 and 25 movement forms are the beginning foundation forms taught in class. They either have to figure it out taijisuan themselves or just dream about it.

After an adventurous life as a warrior, he returned to his village to develop his martial skills. Together with a partner, Tui Shou push hands helps you train to develop sensitivity.

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I am painfully aware, that most teachers now do not have access to the knowledge to bring out the authentic traditional methods and teach them in practical context. Overall it is a no nonsense approach for the non-beginner practitioner i. Learning the system of Chenyu from his father, Chen Zhaokui one has to deal with a huge amount of detail relative to other Chen systems.

In traditional Taijiquan all forms are called Jia. Tui Shou Together with a partner, Tui Shou push hands helps you train to develop sensitivity. Compressing the art into 2 main forms means that there are a LOT of different focuses and techniques squeezed into one container. However I do not know what this book looks like in hardback either in English or in its original Chinese.

He completed this book in and my compliments go to the translator and editor for an excellent job. Regarding number 3, well that is just self defeating. Having spoken with one of the editors while this book was being translated I looked forward to its completion with considerable interest.

The explanations are clear and the pictures very helpful. Chen Taijiquan has many weapon forms and these include broadsword, straight sword, spear, double swords, double broadsword.

I realize that give another decade or two this idea will be a corpse or just a ghost and all will be lost to sport, mysticism or reinventing the wheel. There are auxiliary practices of all kinds of course, but those are the main components. Regarding number 2, this one is easy enough to debunk just by a bit of understanding of the forms, which contain many many obvious striking, kicking, locking and other techniques.

Having studied with Grandmaster Chen famiy many years he has in turn developed a high level of skill, not only in forms but Tui Shou – Pushing Hands. Taijiquqn you learn to defend against strong attacks by using less energy.