Fist Under Elbow, and natural posture

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Here I want to discuss what a natural posture means in Tai Chi Chuan. I was working on the posture we call ‘Fist under elbow’ with a student today. The posture looks like this: Fist under elbow – Yang Cheng-Fu The word translated as ‘fist’ could also mean ‘punch’, so you could equally call the posture, […]

Doing Tai Chi right -the road less travelled

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A Tai Chi Chuan performer dong a form, as viewed by an observer, is not in a binary right/wrong state. If it were then everyone would be ‘wrong’ because Tai Chi is that point of perfection that everybody is striving towards. I’m not talking about superficial things that form competitions are judged on, like the wrong height […]

Emei Kungfu

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Emei Martial Arts originated from the pre-Qin period (the 21st century – 221 BC) in the famous Mt. Emei of Sichuan Province. It was created by a Kung Fu master named Situ Xuankong, who once imitated the behaviors of the white apes to create the White Ape Sword Skills. The Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – […]

Wudang Martial Arts

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Wudang Martial Arts were created in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) by a Taoist named Zhang Sanfeng. It combines the essence of the Book of Changes and the Tao Teh King (Daodejing) of Laozi (an ancient well-known philosopher). Originated in Mt. Wudang, a Taoist holy land, it is of great […]

History of Chinese Kung Fu

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Kung Fu, an ancient sport popular in China, has a very long history, during which a variety of skills were created and massively improved. Originated from the hunting and defense needs in the primitive society (over 1.7 million years ago – 21st century BC), it at first only included some basic skills like cleaving, chopping, […]

10 Self-Defense Strategies Every Woman Needs to Know to Survive

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The best self-defense strategies and techniques work equally well for men and women, but let’s face it: Women really need them because they’re assaulted more often than men. Statistics indicate that one in three women will be the victim of some type of violent attack in her lifetime. Women also endure more incidents of verbal […]