About Our Martial Art Fighting System

Our Martial Art here is based on individual needs- strength, flexibility, health, sports- forms to fighting, self defense, qigong, meditation, and spirit cultivation. To understand the system you need to understand the teacher and knowledge gathered from Traditional and Modern sources. I have taken the best exercises and drills that work best from my many teachers
along the path. These teachers have been Grandmasters, Professors, Doctors, Professional Head Coaches, All-around Athletes, and Champions in combat arena.           

This system of Taiji boxing includes- 

 

1. Wu De-  Martial Code of Conduct for Mind and Actions.

2. Warm-up and stretching sets- loosen joints and develop muscular flexibility

3. Physical strength training: Body weight exercises, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, Circuits, High intensity intervals, and more.

4. Qigong: breathing mastery exercises.

5. Body and hit conditioning: prepare the body for fighting, partner and self hitting for toughening and releasing toxins.

6. Form Training
: Traditional Taijiquan , Modern Taijiquan , and  Long fist and Shuai Chiao


 7. Two person Drills, self defense, research of applications, and Qi-na: joint locks.

 8. Equipment- Heavy Bag, Focus mitts, Medicine Ball, Kick Shields, Resistance Bands, Various bags .

 9. Weapon Training Knife, Broad and Straight Swords,  Heavy Pole, Staff, Spear, Flexible weapons.

10. Fight Team Work- light sparring, full contact, tournament push-hands, Shuai Chiao- wrestling       events, San Shou,, SanDa, Lei Tai, even MMA.

 11. Meditation: control of the mind, thoughts, and emotions, develop wisdom, cultivate healthy mental energy, will, and intention.

We teach the Yang Family Long form, Sword, Saber and Push hands, from there you will learn other skills and training up to san shou free fighting.



Names of Yang Long form postures-

Names of Yang Straight Sword form postures-

Names of Yang 13 Saber form postures-

Yang Taijiquan Push Hands

Fundamental sub sets of the Yang Taijiquan style that are outside the boundary of jibengong (basics) and into the heart of what is useful and what is not in actual fighting. Most of them are partner trainings, while some are solo drills:


These are in order of in which it was learned:


Solo:

1. Taiji non-moving step fajin: 13 basics and solo da lu.

2. same as above but with the step.

3. same as above but add with a jump step, including angular, side, and backward, freestyle.


Partner:

4. hitting/conditioning drill sets- lower to upper body and head. skin, fascia, and bone hitting.

5. co-operative push hand flow sets: fixed and moving step.

6. non-cooperative/opponent push hands: fixed and moving step.

7. Taiji shou fa- (3) rou shou, san shou set, and "strike hands" drills.


Taiji san shou:

8. 25 striking points of attacks: punch, palm, elbow, knee, and kicking targeting.

9. Taiji qi-na/anti qi-na: research and sparring.

10. Taiji Shuai Chiao- research and sparring.

11. Free Sparring- technique, situational, light/medium, and competitive sport sparring.







Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan is the name of a style of Chinese boxing that is practiced by millions of people around the world. As a healing martial art, Taijiquan is known for its slow graceful movements. Taiji is the name for the Yin-Yang symbol of two fishes swimming in circle creating balance. One fish is black and the other fish is white symbolizing the change between day and night, hot and cold, increase and decrease. There are many symbolic and philosophical meanings to the Taiji symbol since it was created by the Taoist monks in the monasteries of
China thousands of years ago. The word 'Quan' or 'Chuan' means 'fist' or 'boxing'. On a side note Taijiquan is a type of martial arts that leads to 'Kung Fu' (skill attained through hard work). In China, martial arts are referred to as 'Wushu' (War arts) while someone skillful in a particular style is said to have "good kung fu".

Taijiquan became famous in the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) when a young martial artist named Yang Luchan went to Chen village to study the art that was handed down from Chen Changxing (14th generation Chen family) whose lineage was from garrison commander Chen Wanting (9th generation Chen) whose lineage was from the Taoist founder Zhang Sanfeng. Yang Luchan took his art to the capital of
Beijing where he became undefeated fighter. Yang Luchan became known as 'Yang the peerless' for his high skill level and became an instructor of martial arts in the Emperor’s Palace to the Royal Guards.

It was in the early 1900s when Yang Lu Chan's grandson, Yang Chen fu (3rd generation Yang family)popularized Taijiquan when he travel around
China teaching publicly. The original movements were changed, but he retained the essence and principles of the art. Yang Chen Fu wrote several books and articles on Taijiquan, and later became known as Yang Taijiquan, which is the most popular in the world.

Yang Chen Fu's 10 essence of taiji is like a house analogy (blueprint- foundation- frame, walls and wiring. Inside and outside). 10 essence in this way: 1st half is of body and second of mind.

Body:

1. Raise spirit and lift head up.

2. Relax shoulders and elbows (opposite of head).

3. Sink chest and round back (sink breath).

4. Relax the waist.

5. Understand substantial and insubstantial in legs.

6. Coordinate upper and lower in body.

Mind:

7. Continuity of movement.

8. Use soft inner force not hard external force.

9. Coordinate inner with outer.

10. Use stillness in movement and movement in stillness.



Though there are now many modern and family styles of Taijiquan that exist today, all stem from the original 13 postures. These 13 are the 8 energies of: fending off, yielding, pressing, pushing, elbow/knee strikes, yanking, shoulder strikes, splitting, and the 5 movements of: advancing, retreating, rightward, leftward, and centered. The movements later evolved into a series of combat movements containing strikes, kicks, throws, take downs, sweeps, as well as two person training called Tui Shou or ‘sensing hands’. Taijiquan is also practiced with a double edged sword, single edged saber, and spear.

The course being offered is Yang Taijiquan and later Xingyiquan and Baguazhang with emphasis on the following: warm-ups, stretching, breathing techniques called ‘qigong’, physical strength and body conditioning, basics: stance work and forms, two person drills, and closing with centering meditation. The emphasis is on martial technique and correct authentic practice which leads to healthy and spiritual well being.

The Taijiquan form in analysis for combat-

% of Kicks = 12%
% of Locks/Chokes = 15%
% of Strikes = 24%
% of Throws = 52%

Kicking techniques:
Golden Rooster, Separate Foot, Kick w/ Heel, Slap kick, Lotus Kick.

Joint locks and chokes:
White Crane, Step Up to Seven Star, Strum the Lute, Tame Tiger, Grasp Sparrows Tail.

Striking techniques:
Fist Under Elbow, Twin Fists Strike Ears, Punch toward Groin, Punch Downward, White Snake Spits Tongue, Chop with Fist.

Takedowns and throws:
Single Whip, Repulse Monkey, Raise Hands, Sealing Tightly, Flying Diagonal, Cloud Hands, Snake Creeps Down, Fair Maiden works Shuttle, Ride Tiger, High Pat on Horse (both variations)Embrace Tiger, Needle to Sea Bottom/Fan through Back, White Crane Cools Wings,Brush Knee/Push, Wild HorsePartsMane, Bend Bow Shoot Tiger, Grasp Sparrows Tail.


 

 

Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is our root art

Online Temple in honor of Yang Family and top students

Here is an online temple in honor of the Yang Family and their top disciples and students. there are many videos here linked. A short description of some of the known students and masters is provided.

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Yang Complete martial art system

Here are some of my own thoughts and views on Yang Taijiquan curriculum that goes beyond the standard of most schools. I like to recommend other aspects of Yang Taiji from several schools who have learned from the Yang family and what they included in their training.

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