I was perusing Master Wong’s lovely collection of online videos when I noticed a t’ai chi chin na video in the side bar by Dr. Yang. We’ll get to that in a minute. First a little Yang-style from Master Wong:
In another video Wong talks about Chen-style. I guess this means he’s dabbled in both?
In martial application, Chen-style t’ai chi ch’uan uses a wide variety of techniques applied with all the extremities that revolve around the use of the eight gates of tai chi chuan to manifest either kai (expansive power) or he (contracting power) through the physical postures of Chen forms.
Chen family member Chen Zhenglei has commented that between the new and old frame traditions there are 105 basic fajin methods and 72 basic Qinna methods present in the forms.
Now to Dr. Yang:
I have to admit I’m probably a tad biased here. My former chin na instructor’s lineage is traced back to Dr. Yang. I also have to admit that if there was anyone teaching t’ai chi with martial applications in this area, that’s what I’d train on. Sadly, there are no Chinese martial arts being taught in the Wild Wild West.
I know that there’s a lot of t’ai chi DVDs out there and I’ve half considered ordering one to learn the basics. However, I’ve always viewed DVDs as a supplement to martial arts class, not a substitute.
What do the t’ai chi folks think?
Here’s one that teaches 24-posture and also has narration on the martial applications.
The popular ‘Simplified’ 24-posture form is demonstrated by Master Liang with martial fighting applications. The form is shown from several angles, with breathing instructions. The Standard 48-posture form is also demonstrated.
Money well-spent or a waste of time and money?