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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 Yi Jieh, Chen Wei Ming (below Sun Lu Tang).



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November 2019: Licensed to practice Acupuncture now in Washington D.C.

July 2019, I finished my National board exams with NCCAOM and on August 3, 2019, I have my license to practice in Virginia. I am currently at www.Novaacu.com in Alexandria Virginia. You can book appointments online at their site..

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3/1/2019: Happy Year of the Pig. We have good news, we are licensed to practice acupuncture in Maryland. I'll be working on doing treatments in Maryland for 2019. Click on the Acupuncture/Massage link for more info.

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Taiji classes for 2019: Private lessons available.


We are teaching again in the DC metro area. Please contact me for time and location at matthew.stampe@gmail.com. We teach the authentic 85 Yang long form, considered the "Old Yang form" as well as Yang Chenfu's "public" 103/108 form. Slight differences based on who you want to rank with Yongnian Association or Yang Family Association. My background is 28 years in Integrative medicine (Oriental and Western medicine) starting with Tai Chi and Qigong, Dietary therapy, Chinese Massage, Herbalism, Chinese Acupuncture, and more. Former veteran competitor from 1994 to 2010 in Tai chi forms, weapons, push hands, sparring, and full contact fighting.

Evidence based medicine: Many Random controlled studies have shown Tai chi and qigong helps osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, slows osteoporosis, helps balance to prevent falls, lowers hypertension, and regulates high blood pressure.

When the classes grow, we will be able to invite James (Qingquan) Fu and Damon Bramich to the Washington D.C. area.

Certification and Ranking is also available.

6th Generation Yang Taijiquan


We had a great training experience with a older brother from the Fu family side of Yang Family Taijiquan. Fu Zhongwen, Fu Shengyuan, and James Fu have been teachers of mine. Damon Bramich is a disciple of Fu Shengyuan, ranked 6th Duan in China, and has won many form and push hands events in China, Taiwan, Asia, Australia, and Europe. It was his first visit to USA here in Washington DC. It was a blessing to get a fine tune up and corrections on form, weapons, push hands, Da Lu, and fighting.Train Hard! - Matt

Damon Bramich's Youtube



Tai Chi fighters commentary on the Xu Xiaodong fight:

the fight:MMA guy vs. Tai Chi "Master"

For decades I've been telling Tai Chi people to bring some realistic "Chuan" training into their curriculum and get their head out of the sand. Tai chi has many strikes and kickes, even elbows, knees, throws, and sweeps.

I proposed this to the Yang Family Association "Committee" back in March before the whole Xu Xiaodong incident occurred:

"Bring freestyle push hands and sparring into the rank testing in the higher levels. Push hands is a friendly and non-violent way to test skills. While learning the 'patterns' of push hands is very important, having people actually push on you in free push hands and how to handle it is the real meaning of method. Having teachers who are overly skilled in forms and push hands patterns does not make them a complete martial artist. I believe it can be done in testing without penalizing a student if they failed to neutralize. They would just need feedback on what to work on.

Sparring with safety gear is another way of showing ones ability in Tai Chi "San Shou". Many schools I have attended that have Belt or Sash ranks have these kinds of tests. There is a saying in Chinese martial arts: "Paper tigers" or "He is only a Tiger on paper". An organization should work towards the martial side just as much as the health side. A martial artist of a lower rank should not be able to beat a higher ranked instructor. A higher ranked teacher shouldn't avoid push hands/sparring with a lower ranked candidate. Quality control. It is a matter of face and in a competitive world, the Yang Family Association needs to highlight the original martial side to honor its founders. Of course the dilemma is many folks do not come to Taijiquan to learn to fight but for health and wellness, but this could be optional to those who wish this for advanced ranking."


June 28, 2016

"Fighting is dictated by Universal Principles"- Jeff Ruth (Champion Boxer, Muay Thai, MMA, and Brazilian Jiujitsu fighter.

Welcome to Summer, the heart is strong and loathes the heat. Be sure to stay cool, drink some peppermint tea, or eat some watermelon. Coach Jeff never did Taijiquan, but many times that he taught, he was expounding the Tai Chi Classics without ever knowing them. I revisited an old blog here from back in 2009 when I was very active at a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) school. Man I miss those days! Be well! - Matt Stampe

Blog Post: Universal Principles of Fighting. Click Here.

May 1, 2016

Just be humble, honest, and truthful. Know who you are not who you think you should be.

Hope Everyone had a good World Tai Chi day. Sincerely, Matt Stampe

Some of my Full contact fighting Tai Chi postures in action:


April 21, 2016

We only share non-complaint videos of fight principles in action. Matt Stampe

3 min. work, 1 min. rest: rounds of shadowboxing, running, skip rope, slip line and bag, heavy bag, speed bag, double end bag, partner work: mitts, sparring, push hands/grappling (non-compliant), strength training, ABS, stretching, Qigong and Tai Chi.

Mar. 5, 2016

Sifu Xianhao Cheng on Yang Small Frame: Small frame is significantly different from long form. The long form focus on stretching tendon and bone as well as stance training. Therefore, it is loose, slow, and clearly differentiates on yin/yang separation. Small frame is high and fast. When I was learning, it only took about 4 min. for the postures as much as long form. The step is agitative with high posture. You can find its shadow when you see the Wu form.


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

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

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.

-Taiji Classics

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.

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:

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. 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:

About Yang Taijiquan

Images and videos of Top Yang teachers

Yang Family Tai Chi Association International

World Yongnian Tai Chi Association: Fu Zhong Wen

Yongnian: Fu Sheng Yuan - Perth, Australia

Zhou You Bin- China.

Gin Soon (Yang Shou Zhang lineage) in Boston Mass.

Tung Kai Ying: Los Angleas, Ca.

Dong Zhen Chen Honolulu, Hawaii

Tung family page by Chip Ellis. Hawaii

Alex Dong: New York


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.

Recommended Full Contact Links:

Sifu Mike Patterson: Las Vegas, NV.

William CC Chen: NYC

Peter Ralston, Berkeley Ca.

Sifu David Ross. New York, NY

Luo De Xiu- Taiwan

Tim Cartmell, Southern Ca.

EBM Kung Fu- Brent Hamby, Oakland Ca.

Dan Docherty- U.K.

Neil Rosiak: U.K.

San Shou Ireland

MUST READ Round table of Tai Chi fighting coaches from U.K. 

Eric Sbarge: Peaceful Dragon N.C.

Robert Ruby in Richmond Va.

Coach Christopher Pei: U.S. Wushu Academy, Fairfax Va.

Gurjok K. Singh: Angel's gym

Coach Wilson Pitts, Richmond Va.

Sifu Clarence Burris: Chinese martial arts Institute Fairfax Va.

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.


Cheng Man Ching Family website

CMC's 5 commitments and 8 ways

Who has Permission to teach CMC curriculum?

Dr. David Walls-Kaufman: Chiropractic Tai Chi instructor

Tai Chi Chuan Fighters, Classics, and Philosophy

Home of the IMA Combat Hall of Fame

Yang Lu Chan

   and grandson Yang Chen Fu are among  our highest esteemed past masters who have shown prowess abilities with using the internal arts of Tai Chi Chuan as a combative martial art. "Seek Quiescence within Motion."-Yang Chen Fu

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Tai Chi philosophy and the I-Ching

Tai Chi (pin yin. Tai Ji) is the name of the energy at the time of creation that was formless.  To give this energy definition, the ancient Taoist Shamans' and Sages' distinguished it as having two powerful forces called "Yin and Yang".

"If the opponent's movement is quick, then quickly respond; if his movement is slow, then follow slowly." -Tai Chi Chuan Classic.

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Tai Chi for Health: Recent Medical Studies and News

Harvard Researchers study Tai Chi Benefits

Group of Tai Chi players. Harvard Magazine shares some insights into how Tai Chi has benefited peoples' health and lifestyle.

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WebMD's research and Tai Chi and Qigong health benefits.

Mayo Clinic on Tai Chi for health

Tai Chi in Yahoo News

Mainstream internet news Yahoo.com also recently covered a story on the slow and graceful movements of Tai Chi for aging gracefully and improving quality of life.

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The Treasure Trove of Tai Chi research:Taichiresearch.com

As the website says: the portal of all health related studies an Tai Chi and Qigong. Every study is probably documented here.

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