Open Source Martial Arts Page: Kung Fu Full Contact
above image from left to right: Fu Zhong Wen, Yang Chen Fu, Yang Shao Hao, Sun Lu Tang, Wu Chien Quan, Ma Yueh Liang, Tung Ji Yieh, Chen Wei Ming (below Sun Lu Tang).
Back to digging deep into the Authentic Yang Family Taijiquan and Fu Zhong Wen material and correspondence. I have a background training with Yang Family and Fu Zhong Wen's family (Yongnian Association). Even though I started with Cheng Man Ching's Yang short form, this is not the Authentic Yang Taijiquan, nor should it or other short forms be viewed as "authentic". As I train for ranking, I have to completely be humble , get more details, change form, and be open to feedback and corrections. It is a long process I am willing to make, to do it the correct and most authentic way. Change is natural. Yang Family Taijiquan: The Authentic Tradition
Train Smart, be well, and persevere.- Matt
Oct. 21, 2015
打手 Dǎshǒu Hitting/ Striking Hands is a much more advance way to train for fighting than going to the park and playing push "handsies" aka tui shou 推手. Only good strikers can teach this and Tai Chi experts that have learned it from the true sources. It is not practiced in parks, but only found in schools that have sparring classes like 散手 Sǎnshǒu (Free fighting). Since I've re-awakened the lost Tai chi fighting art 打手 Dǎshǒu Hitting/ Striking Hands on forums and social media 4 years ago, we have a new influx of posers now starting to be experts of 打手 Dǎshǒu Hitting/ Striking Hands from shady sources. Buyer Beware. These folks have no verifiable fight experience and sources where they learned it. We will train you pugilism with good timing 時間 (Shi Jian), how to 'catch opportunity' 机會(Ji Hui), correct angles 角度(Jiao Du), know how to generate force 力的使用(Li De Shi Yong), and good balance 平衡(Ping Heng). Train Smart, be well.- MattMore on Da Shou here
Sept. 18, 2015
Thought of the day: "Mobilize the jin like pulling silk." and "Discharge the jin like releasing an arrow."- Tai Chi classics.
纏絲勁 'Chan Si Jin' translated as Silk Reeling Skill, is very visually apparent in Chen Family style of Taijiquan, and more or less "hidden" and not so apparent in Yang family style of Taijiquan. However, it is common in all styles of Taijiquan and should be trained accordingly. Whatever style you are training, think less on the "external" appearance and go inward so that you match with the classics: "rooting at foot, develop in leg, control in waist, and, finally, expressed in fingers."
July 6, 2015
July 6, 2015
Thought for the day: "Without T'ing Chin, (Listening force) developed through push hands, you will not be able to use Tai Chi Chuan postures in San shou free fighting."
When I started Taijiquan, I was into Zen meditation and Yoga. I never imagined I could or would ever try fighting. In my own evolution and moving to different cities and training with different coaches, I found myself learning more of the martial for no-nonsense self defense and also competitive sport forms, weapons, push hands, and full contact. The teachers with competitive sport experience in fighting, were the only one who could train me for full contact fighting. The training was harder than the actual fighting. Here are some videos I was able to get some footage of. Also here is a list of some great Chinese martial arts fight coaches:Recommended List of Tai Chi fighting masters>
June 8, 2015
June 8, 2015
勁 Chin/jin is intrinsic strength
The chin [intrinsic strength] should be rooted in the feet, generated from the legs, controlled by the waist, and manifested through the fingers.
Thought for the day: "When yin and yang are used alternately, it eventually becomes possible to control the opponent, catching him off balance, open the line of defense and close in. When Yin-yang balance is established and the Tai Chi Chin (Chin/Jin- intrinsic force) developed, a state is reached whereby one cannot be touched by the opponent, yet one can attack anytime. Expertise is the result of long an hard practice." - Jou Tsung Hwa, Last sentence in book, "Tao of Tai Chi Chuan", chapter 6.5 Tai Chi Chin.
We were discussing 勁 Chin/jin which is intrinsic strength HERE. Training Tai Chi Chin (intrinsic force) is not so hard. You need the right teachers to show you the way. IMO of course, part of the equation on how works through combined use of Yi (intent), Qi (Vital force), and Li (physical structure bones and muscle) and how the muscle-tendon regions in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) link up to create a chain inside the body. In the blog, the Classic Chinese terms Tai Yin, Tai Yang, Shao Yin, Shao Yang, Yang Ming and Jue Yin will attempt to be explained in relation to 'Qi body' development and training Tai Chi Chin Gong Fu. These Chinese terms relate to the Skin surface areas (yin and yang sides, upper/lower, left and right, hand and foot, inner and outer, and pivots between the them all), Jing-luo (Regular acupuncture channels), and muscle-tendon regions in TCM.
May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015
Thought for the day: "Growing Old is Not for Wimps".
Dao of Attack and Defense. Incoming attacking force is represented by the arrows going toward the person in the "shapes" and how the shape counters great force. Counter attacks are the arrows going toward attacker from inside the various shapes. Neutralization is at the Point of contact and more circular shape using spine as the axis.
The shapes represent certain types of postures in the Yang form. Push, Brush knee, Press, Fair maiden, Body punch are examples of "square family" of postures. Fan through back and single whip are examples the "wedge family". Pung jin, cloud hands, and many of the transitional postures (like two fishes, turn and chop with fist, turn 180, turn and sweep) are examples in the "circular family". The each shape has a lot to do with hip/kua placement: open and closed along with shoulder with hips angles and leverage. None is absolute, just relative. This diagram was created for my guys who are trying it out Taijiquan skills vs. competitors of Jujitsu, Judo, and wrestling. It is taught as a drill within live stand-up grappling and how to unbalance your opponent using the shapes interchangeably.
Feb. 18, 2015
Thought for the day: "Taijiquan employs the mind (heart-intent) to move muscle, therefore during practice, one's spirit needs to become focused then, one's mind and spirit can become effectual."- Xu Yu-Sheng
"Train Hard, Train Smart, Train Regularly, and make NO EXCUSES!" - Coach Jeff Ruth. Real health from training:
"Train Hard, Train Smart, Train Regularly, and make NO EXCUSES!" - Coach Jeff Ruth.
Real health from training:
If you train just enough, not to little, or not over training, you will get all the health benefits of whatever martial art practice you do.
I'm coming to a conclusion that if you're part of the new school of thought that focuses on hype surrounding "Fascia training and the fajin ability from it".... you're not going to get far. There is more that needs to be trained than the connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is hardly discussed in Chinese medicine at all. You need to train from superficial to deep: skin, muscles, sinews, vessels, and bones. This is fundamental 5 element theory.
Fire: It is discussed over and over again that training properly is good for the blood circulation, heart, and its associated tissue of the vessels (arteries and veins). Be sure you are getting cardio in your training otherwise you are not helping your heart and vessels in the slightest.
Metal: It is discussed over and over again that the Lungs support the skin, Qi, and is responsible for getting Oxygen to the tissues. It is important to train in natural deep breathing methods, and training to a point of a light sweat everyday. Include patting massage to help the skin and "cou li" layer between skin and muscles.
Water: The same goes with the Kidneys. The kidneys support the bones and marrow. Marrow is not only the material inside the bones, it is also considered spinal fluid and brain (Sea of Marrow) and so it is important to train in a way that is just enough stress to make the bones resilient. Standing meditation and stance gongs come to mind here, for the bones and nervous system.
Wood and Earth: Liver and spleen- Liver supports the sinews (tendons, ligaments, and cartilage) and Spleen supports the muscles. It is very important to eat well and if you are an athlete not to over train and tax these two organs and Kidneys. Eat plenty of healthy food and strength exercise your muscles and limbs enough to not wear them out.
What is great about training Neijia (Tai Chi, Pakua, Hsingyi, etc.) is that they do not tax the internal organs. The training also nourishes the internal organs and the associated tissues they support. The martial movements with natural deep breathing helps the proper ascending, descending, entering, and exiting of Qi and blood when trained properly.
This is a clue to the 5 elements and your health. It is a time tested lifestyle, and not a new fad. The Tai Chi classics say to 'use whole body as one unit' not just fascia. That means bones, blood, muscle, tendon, skin, qi, mind, and everything. Train the Li (physical), Qi (vital force), and Yi (intent/intellect)together. Matt Stampe
Dec. 4, 2014
Thought for the day: "Know who you are, not who you think you should be." Coach Wilson Pitts
"Westerners do not want to learn Tai Chi, they want to teach it."-Robert W. Smith
So often many people learn a short Taijiquan form, then all of a sudden, they are teaching their friends and claiming mastery in a short period of time. I was guilty too early on, but having been doing Taijiquan for now reaching 25 years, it is a long term study and progress takes time with real masters and discipline. Some jokers will offer you programs of just 30 minutes a day you can master Taijiquan in a 100 days. Ridiculous! Taijiquan mastery, I am sorry to tell you, will take dedicated years of diligence and perseverance. Many of these premature instructors who do not go through the pain staking hard work to develop deep gong fu from end-to-end, are very incomplete. Shameless, they do not know who they are and they think they are masters, but far from it. Empty the cup and exercise humility. Be honest with your self and know your imperfections. Be discontent and peel the layers of the art sincerely. Continually learn the entire system over time, and find the true master within, the egoless self. You will earn respect from your peers. Matt Stampe
Oct. 1, 2014
Thought for the day: "The study of changing conditions and events is to be done at the time of response."- Wang Yangming
Since its inception in 1998, this webpage has been a free and open source for all things Yang Tai Chi Chuan and other Chinese Kung Fu. We do not have to sell you on secret techniques, online marketing, and other shady salesmanship practices. We practice and teach Kung Fu FC (Full Contact) using the Traditional and Modern Wushu sources. We don't have to convince you of anything but perseverance. Our free blog posts, webpages, and videos have alot more substance and come from the source. In Tai Chi Kung Fu, there is no equality, there is a hierarchy and we pay highest respects to the Wu De, Wu Shu, and Wu Gong. You will find many honorable masters I recommend throughout this website, and you will know which infamous players whom I disapprove of as well. We promote those who have achievement within the martial community, not those who speak more than do. Matt Stampe
Polaris (Northern Star) Wushu (Chinese Boxing)martial arts is a complete system offering Traditional and Modern Martial Arts for Health, Strength, Sports, Combat, and Spirit. Yongnian Taiji Motto: Diligence, Perseverance, Respect, Sincerity.
Yang Family Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) "Grand Ultimate Boxing"
The Yang Family first brought Tai Chi Chuan out of obscurity in the 1800's during the Ching dynasty as founder Yang Lu Chan left Chen village after training with Chen Changxin. Yang Lu Chan taught members of the Royal family and soldiers of the Imperial guard in Beijing. His sons, 2nd generation Yang Ban Hou and Yang Chien Hou continued to train and spread Tai Chi. It was however 3rd generation Master Yang Chen Fu, who standardized and taught the "Long form" around all provinces of China and eventually the world. 4th generation Yang Zhen Dou (3rd son of Yang Chen Fu) and 6th generation Yang Jun (Seattle Washington USA) are the head of the International Yang Family Association. link to Yang Family Tai Chi Association
Fu Zhong Wen (pictured above) was a disciple of Yang Chen Fu, he founded the Yongnian Yang Taijiquan Association 70 years ago in Shanghai. Fu Zhong Wen has passed away, however his son Fu Sheng Yuan and James Qing Quan Fu still teach in Asia and abroad. link to World Yongnian Tai Chi Association
Tai Chi Chuan (pinyin- Taijiquan) translates as Grand Ultimate Boxing. Grand Ultimate is the power of the universe, its duality, and polarity of the 'Yin' and 'Yang' forces described by the Taoist Sages.Yang Tai Chi Chuan links:
Chinese Fighting: San Da, San Shou and Lei Tai Full Contact
Chinese San Shou and Lei Tai Fighting have been around for hundreds of years as proving ground of fighting skills between various schools in the Chinese Gong fu Martial Arts Community.
There are still Neijia (Internal) schools (Tai Chi Chuan, Pa-kua Chang, Hsing-yi Chuan, Yi Chuan, etc.) existing that carry on the tradition of using internal Gong Fu as a full contact fighting martial art. Even though its spiritual and health benefits will always outlast the combative and sport aspects in the long run, it is important to not let the true meaning of the art be lost. Neijia's were first famous as martial arts and the integrity of being a martial arts should be honored and preserved for future generations.We also offer sport competition if that is what you are looking for: Taolu (forms), Weapon forms and fighting, Tui Shou (push hands), Beginner/intermediate Point fighting and Continuous fighting, and Sanda/San Shou/Lei Tai (full contact fighting). Coach has all the experience from forms, weapons, push hands, and full contact fighting to help take you places, make you a champion, and steer you to the right people.
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Cheng Man Ching: America's most popular Tai Chi
There is no doubt Cheng Man Ching's (CMC)style of Tai Chi is the most popular in USA (as well as Taiwan and Malaysia). He was a master of 5 excellence: Painting, Poetry, Calligraphy, Medicine, and Tai Chi/martial art. Since his publications in the 1960's, with the help of Robert W. Smith, and establishing the 'Shur Jung' school in New York City, it is by far the dominant style of Tai Chi Chuan in America. CMC disciples William CC Chen, Ben Lo, and Robert W. Smith, along with their next generation of certified students have helped it grow immensely. The CMC style is firmly rooted and here to stay.
Many of the Tai Chi competitions in the USA have many good CMC push hands competitors and even full contact fighters. While more and more masters from Chen family, Yang family, and Wu family continue to come to USA and teach their systems, they will have to understand that many American's are already doing CMC's offshoot of Yang family's Tai Chi. This modification of the Yang Family art is called Cheng Man Ching's "37 Yang Short form". As someone who has trained in both short form and Yang long form, there are many stylistic differences.