Thoughts on Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
Curriculum, to a certain degree, learn it with the analytical intelligence; then process it with the
intuitive intelligence; then attain the knowledge; then understand the skill; then, propell the combination of the knowledge and the skill to the
epic-genetical, altered state of super-energy.
In doing push hand with the imitation taichi knuckleheads....If they complain that you are using too much force, then simply reply with
"overcome my force with your softness" since that's what they believe and were taught to do, and politely tell them to stop whining.
Be great at what you do, and you shall not be denied. After all those corrections and if you still don't get it, then don't blame anyone else
for the lack thereof. You are told many different ways to improve your understanding. You are told to observe how the feet and the hands chart
the directions and the corners; you are told the functions of the arms and the legs as they execute a certain tempo of an energetic movements,
graceful and powerful, that are not recogniable in any other athletic movements; you are told to be mindful of the stillneas and the motion of
the body and the energy; you are told to borrow the abundant energy through your perception and understanding of the concept of centering,
alignment, balance and relaxation; You are told...told...and told. If I'm great at what I do, then no one shall denied me!
Words are not needed and don't mean a crap if you train with a half-ass attitude. Seriously train, train, and then some...
The only way that you will get my recognition is through the training. Moreover, if anyone knows whether you are sincerely training or not,
will be me.
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Leonard Bernstein
OK. I'm fired up again with my foot feeling much much better, and when I am in such a raw state of the excited animalistic mind, I'm lured
into a realm that hungers for this kind of musical compositions, the 5th being one of the finest music that ever...keeps me pumping!
Beethoven the rock star...the man! Bring on the 4th movement of the 5th, and let it rock to the inner beats of Tai Chi fast form rhythm.
Forget the new-age taichi wind chimes, the flutes, and the water tricklers, find your own inner Beethoven's raw passion to motivate and fire
you up...feel the swelling of the internal power that's within, ready to explode on a nano second command, with a ferocity of an absolute
power of category 6 hurricane or any other nature's monstrosities. Tai Chi power is a nature's monstrosity.
Power, more power, then some more slamming power!
Ascension of the power to the super power, and then, to the superlative power and beyond to the absolute and mystical power.
Are you understanding me? Or is this too much for you to comprehend?
Work on utilizing the joints in your arms and legs; the reason being quite obvious.
And, if you don't know the reasons, then you have not been listening to me.
Condition the body and cultivate the energy, by doing TaiChiChuan form, followed by more form, then some more form...
discover for yourself the reason why this grueling training is critical and necessary.
Rock-rooted, stretched athwart the vacancy
Its swinging boughs, to each inconstant blast
Yielding one only response at each pause
In most familiar cadence, with the howl,
The thunder and the hiss of homeless streams
Mingling its solemn song, whilst the broad river
Foaming and hurrying o'er its rugged path,
Fell into that immeasurable void,
Scattering its waters to the passing winds.
From "Alastor (the Spirit of Solitude)", by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Tai Chi Chuan is done slowly because we want to fine tune the body. However, what is more important is the understanding of certain physical
tempo. The slow movements without that particular tempo will certainly provide the calisthenics, with enough of a energy circulation;
however, that is not the objective. The objective is to understand the principle of the power push hand while doing Tai Chi Chuan form,
and to understand this profound concept, you must realize how that tempo is done.
In doing Tai Chi Chuan, there are parts that are absolutely still, and parts that are moving. Distingush what they are and when and where
they happened. Understand what it means to maintain stillness while moving. Understand the different depth of the stillness. What is the
physical stillness? What is the internal stillness? How do they combine to harmonize? In Tai Chi Chuan, you are in a state of movements and,
at the same time, you are absolutely in a state of stillness.
Train the shoulders, arms, and hands; train the torso and the waist; and, train the legs and the feet. It is the power push hand that brings
them all together, by way of the internal power energy (peng jing).
Commentary on Tai Chi fist...
The fist should be solid, with the forearm completely relaxed. If the forearm isn't relaxed, then you have a clenched fist. Moreover,
do not have a loose fist, which many of you do. A loose fist is not a relaxed fist. Do not confuse the loose with the relaxed.
Do not confuse the solid fist with the clenched fist. Making the proper fist is like doing the power push hand, keeping the arms solid without
muscular tension, preventing the arms from collapsing. The fist is like having the entire 9 pearls in a single hand.
Fold and point the fingers to 'lao kung', while keeping the thumb relaxed. The fingers are Yang, and the thumb, Yin.
This is the proper intermediate fist.
If you are still confused on how to make the proper fist, then look at Vincent's fist in the photo and do your best to imitate.
Wondering how to use the fist? Whether the strike is straight on, circular, or upper cut, strike the target like a Thor's hammer!
The fist is not like the palm. When you strike with the fist, it is with your absolute intention to cause the maximum devastation:
shattering the bones, rupturing the organs, knocking the opponent's senses into the next week, etc. There is no such thing as a gentle fist
strike: absolute destruction or nothing...like the freckin bighorn sheeps ramming at each other (go see them ramming on youtube).
Driving my A8L, listening to 70's R&B Funk and 70's Hard Rock, and some Brothers Johnson, got me all fired up. All most misinformed tai chi
people think that Yang Cheng-Fu was a gentle soul who wouldn't hurt a fly. Look into the man's eyes and try to perceive his firepower and
what he might had to conceal in his soul, and having lived in China, in the early 20th century. So, you want to be a bad-ass Tai Chi
practitioner? Do think you have the killer instinct and the power of the wild beasts?
This message was sent to my friend who trains in muay thai.
"Training like a beast...that's our motto."
It's the middle linebacker mentality...
The Middle Linebacker takes on the orc linemen, chases the gazelle & zebra-like running backs, hits any motherf**kers who come
in your zones to receive the passes: tightends, wide receivers, running backs, all are fair game, as long as I can get away with the hits...
[thus] train like a beast. That's the mentality that I have brought into the tai chi training. Love shocking a 6' 5" 320 lb ex defensive tackle
for San Diego state [with raw power]. He was so humbled before me.
Wondering if there is limit as to how much one can attain the internal power super-energy?
Is there limit as to how much the universe can expand?
Can you measuren my love and dedication for Tai Chi Chuan?
In the words of one of the greats, Chu Sifu: 'tis immeasurable.
Do not be bounded by your ego.
What is a speck of ego when compared
To the universe of energy?
(I've decided to turn the mediocre prose into a completely unforgivable verse, all the while ignoring all rules of well-thought-out poetry
with rhymes, metaphors, stanzas, etc...a relentless iconclastic hack!)
Today I spoke briefly with a Russian scientist (a material engineer) whose daughter was competiting at the US National Ice Dance Figure Skating
competition in Colorado Springs, CO. His initial impression was that I did tae kwon do or something; so, when he found out that I did tai chi
chuan, he asked how it could be a martial art. He made an innocent reference to the slow motion and the old people, which made me smile.
Also, there was a look of perplexity in his face since I did not fit the stereotypical image of tai chi practitioners. Perhaps, I should have
started off by saying that our style is also known as a gangster style. I proceeded to explain some basic things about the centering, the
alignment, the balance, & the relaxation of the body, followed by the enrichment of the energy to the power energy. He was genuinely
interested, not so much as a person with martial interest, but as a scientist, as if willing to put himself through the experience.
I gave him my business card and suggested that he visit my website. Accordingly, since he lives in DC area, I mentioned about Sammy with
whom he might be able to train, should he be interested in pursuing the training. By the way, his daughter is a very good skater who actually
has been competing against Simone. Though the man did not recognize me at first and perhaps because I was doing one of those figure skating
leg exercises, he naturally assumed I was a figure skater, getting ready for an event, he eventually knew who I was when I mentioned Simone.
He remembered me from Lake Placid last year. I did get a bit of laugh out of his daughter when she saw me doing the same exercise,
for she recognize what I was doing.
Follow the method of our training properly, as instructed. For a great number of you do not know what you are doing, regardless of your years.
The moment you think you know what you are doing, you have erred. Have no illusion & train as you are taught. Do not neglect anything.
Be hungry...seek more, do not be content with a tinsel bit of a portion. Remember, the greater the knowledge, the greater the personal sacrifice
& expense. As we say in Corean, the greater the personage, the greater the bowl. Seek the greater energy. As disappointing as it may sound,
perhaps sounding cruel as well, none of you have the super-energy to be in the company of the great Yang masters...oh, how they have trained,
beyond the imagination of most men. In all my years of training & teaching, I have seen many people come and go, and of all the occurances
that I have witnessed, the most frequent is that of people who think they have attained the knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan. However, most of them
tend to disappear shortly after their moments of grandiose delusion.
In pursuit of Knowledge, Truth, Virtue, & Internal Power, and the inevitability of their emergence. Hmmm...something is brewing.
We are the future legacy. Work it!
Never for a moment forget that what we do is the result of Chu Sifu's hard work. Without his grace, my position in Classical Yang Family Tai
Chi Chuan would cease to exist. Pay the greateat homage to him while he still with us.
Remember, Tai Chi straight sword is based on Tai Chi Chuan (form), and Tai Chi knife is based on Tai Chi Cheung Chuan (fast form).
If you want to understand the straight sword form, then understand Tai Chi Chuan (form). If you want to understand the knife form,
then understand the fast form; but, here is the catch for the fast form. If you want to understand the fast form, you will have to understand
Tai Chi Chuan. However, for you to understand Tai Chi Chuan, you must attain 'peng jing' through Tui Sau (push hand) training. To understand
tui sau, you have to be soft and have a powerful body. The softness comes from the form, and the powerful body comes from the power chigong
sets. When the softness combines with the powerful body, the energy accelerates onto upper realm of 'peng jing'. Many of you do not have the
softness and the powerful body, thus pay attention to these aspects. When the powerful 'peng jing' is understood, Tai Chi Chuan becomes
powerful and soft like a dragon with its penetrating eyes with the gentleness, moving gracefully with all its formidable weapons. Thus,
the straight sword form embraces the dragon of Tai Chi Chuan, with all its taoist's mysticism - artistically and dangerously darting,
slicing, plucking, circling, etc. (Part 1)
There is no reason why you cannot step correctly. You are doing two things: either step or kick...nothing more.
If you cannot figure out the angles of the directions and the corners, then we have problem.
If you don't understand that your knee is supposed to point in the direction (or the corner) to which you are about to step,
and the toes are aligned with the knee, then we have problem. Figure them out. In Tai Chi, we step exactly like the way we walk.
Number 1 Under The Heaven Chi Gong
"After the first posture, I knew I was in for a gut wrenching battle with this chi gong. The pain, followed by the aches on different parts of
the body, depending on what posture I was doing, reminded me again and again, that I was learning Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. 'The
gentle art of Tai Chi Chuan', whoever said this didn't have a clue what real Tai Chi Chuan was! Every time I did the chi gong postures, I
chastised my mind and body for being too weak, took a deep breathe and dug in, knowing that the pain will get the better of me, and make me quit
the postures, far short of the duration I want to achieve. I would often hear the inner screams that reminded me of my weakness, from somewhere
deep in my mind. It was not easy, trying to soothe and encourage the feeble body and mind. Progress was painfully slow, a penny a day into the
jar of internal power.
As I climb over the first step of the first posture, I was again reminded of the looming specter of pain. As my mind's war drum pounded, to face
the specter, my warriors of time, energy, and effort marched, battled, and rejoiced. 'We will win these battles', the enduring battle chants went
on. Deep within, I can still hear the low rumbling of the battle chants of the warriors, trodden at times, who wearily and nonetheless
victoriously marched through the battles. Ominously bigger battles waited, smiling encouragingly to the warriors, promising the begotten reward
of the few: Internal Power! Right to the end of the battles, the sinister specter of pain makes the warriors fight on, making every blow count
for something. But, finally the demon retreats with its diabolical disgust, promising to return. The triumphant and proud warriors stand, in their
moments of victory, tasting the sweat and blood, they feel, absorb, and savor the sensations of what just took place. Tired, but the structure of
the physical regiments is solid and ready, the awareness of the weapons is even sharper, and the mind's tactical general is clear. As the tired
warriors in constant state of readiness, their senses alert them of the approaching battles greater than before."
Again, I urge many of you to videotape yourself doing the form. No one has to see it except you. See for yourself on how well you are
executing the moves, or the lack thereof. This is an important step in realizing a certain perception of your mind & body. Your mind might
think that you are executing the moves properly, whereas upon seeing the video, you may realize that your body is doing them entirely
diifferently. Train the mind to perceive what the body is doing. But, to have the mind perceive accurately, one has to let the eyes guide it.
Waken the mind's eye through the physical eyes.
We have it so much easier than the previous generations of tai chi practitioners, thus we should be able to exceed the understanding of the
knowledge and the skill to much greater levels. In the past, to understand how the form is done, they had to see their master execute the form,
at best, in bits and pieces, and then run off to somewhere to imitate the moves. Moreover, because of much needed nature of one's mind and
physical ability for an accurate perception, the accuracy of imitating the moves left much room to desire. In other words, most were awful at it.
Use the available modern tools to raise yourselves above the past standard and achievements.
80% of your training should be focused on the form. Juice up the energy for the power push hand. Power push hand without the energy developed
from the form (& chigong) will develop a low level, hard energy. Understand the principle of the push hand through the form, and understand the
principle of the form through the push hand.
Wondering about the high level chigong sets? My answer, go for them, if you got the resources. You will not develop the higher understanding of
the essence of Tai Chi Chuan if you ignore them. Some of you definitely have a misguided notion of what Tai Chi Chuan is, and on the development
of energy and the nurturing of the super energy. I'm not quite sure where this type of mentality comes from, for I try to share as much accurate
information as possible.
It never ceases to amaze me that how much people don't know anything about Tai Chi Chuan.
To think that the Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners would fake any of the things that are seen in my videos is a testament
that the accusers are clueless about Tai Chi Chuan. If you are to accuse us of fakery, do please provide some evidence(s) why such is the case.
After 20 years of tai chi training, if you don't have the ass whooping the internal power and
the understanding of it, then you have completely wasted your time.
After 10 years of training, if you don't have much of the internal power, then your teacher has no idea what he/she doing.
After 5 years, if you don't have some clue as to what the internal power is, then you ought to start looking for a new knowledgeable
and skillful teacher.
After 1 year, if your teacher knows what he/she doing, then you should be elated with the anticipation of the fantastical world of tai chi chuan.
I do not demand perfection; but, what I do want, is excellence,
your excellence in Tai Chi Chuan training.
There is only ONE way of doing Tai Chi Chuan: Yang Sau-Chung
SIGONG's way: Medium
Frame/Tiger Form. The family way. Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
Understand the 'Internal Power' or nothing...Classical (authentic,
authoritative, original, traditional) or imitation.
Tai Chi Chuan without power is a mere callisthenic exercise that
is good for your health, provided that one doesn't mess up one's
knees. Hence, to develop Tai Chi Chuan internal power, one has to do
the specific power training. Practicing soft movements will not
develop the internal power. Hardness cannot magically appear from
No offense to Mickey Mouse...but if one trains like Mickey Mouse
for 10 years, one cannot, all of sudden, become Mighty Mouse on the
11th year! Plain and simple, if one wants POWER, then one has to do
the 'power training'!
Tai Chi Chuan form(s) alone cannot develop the 'internal power',
whether that be the medium frame/tiger form, snake style, or other
imitated, water downed, marshmallow versions. To develop the internal
power, one has to properly execute and train, the time-tested and
once held in secrecy of the family power training method, 'Dynamic
Power Push Hand'.
35+ lb. steel staff (bar) called 'Big Bertha', and the little one,
19+ lb., called 'Little Bertha'. Those who have met them know what
I'm talking about. I haven't find one that is 55 lb. yet, and I'm
pondering the proper name for it when I do find one.
Without power, forget 'Big Bertha', you won't even be able to play
with 'Little Bertha'.
Tai Chi 'Dragon Claw', it's a formidable weapon. Then comes Tai
Chi 'Chin Na'. Then comes Tai Chi 'Dim Mak'.
Forms, Push Hands, Chi Gong, Solo
Just as 'power' comes from the power training, 'speed' needs the
speed training as well. Want fast hand speed? Then, you got to do the
hand speed training!
It's crazy to think that you can intercept a barrage of punches
and kicks in 'slow motion' speed, then counter them, again, with the
same slow motion speed. Better get your head examined if you believe
that. If anyone tells you that this is possible, then walk away...far
away. If your opponent moves fast, you move faster; if he doesn't
move, then you don't move. Like the power training for 'power', in
order to have 'speed', you got to do the speed training. Use your
common sense, please.
Thoroughly understand the physical interpretations of Yin/Yang and
Pa Qua in your legs and feet.
The four directions and the four corners...they are in the Pa Qua
diagram...combined with the principle of the opposites...centered,
aligned, balanced, and relaxed the body to understand the
Do the form like the way you do 'dynamic' push hand; and do
'dynamic' push hand like the way you do the form.
Hands and feet...elbows and knees...shoulders and hips...the Six
Harmony...combined with the principles of Pa Qua to understand the
alignments of hands and feet...the functions of elbows and
knees...squaring of shoulders and hips.
Maintain the stillness while moving...minimize the movements of
the arms...keep the foot low while stepping...work the 'Nine
Pearls'...then you shall understand 'Stillness In Motion'.
Learn to go back before going forward...if you have the internal
connection of 'Peng Kieng', your body and energy will know...
Feel the solidness of the foot in order to establish the 'full and
Know the exact postures...for they are handed down from the
fore-fathers of Tai Chi Chuan...hold and execute them exactly as they
are taught, then relax them...and not the other way around...
When postures are re-created from relaxation first, then the
postures will have a look of limp noodles...Limp postures are a dead
give away...of the lack of knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan. It is all
'yin' and no 'yang'.
Tai Chi Snake style? Don't make me laugh!
Tai Chi Halberd...what a weapon! Powerful! Formidable!
Tai Chi Chuan should be understood through 'intuitive'
intelligence, and not through 'analytical' intelligence.
Do not neglect the staff 'fa kieng' exercises. Observe the
tip...look for the vibrations...eliminate the shakes...the staff
exercises further build the internal power...
Trust between the master and a disciple...how long did it take to
establish that trust? One...two...three years? How long did it take
before you became a disciple? How did you earn it...or was it
Do not give it away...let them earn it...let them be proud of what
they've accomplished...thus, make them understand the tradition and
Take pride in who we are...we are the legacy...Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan...let the other imitationalists hate us for what
What we represent, we do not take it lightly...correct
transmission and hard training are essentials to our success.
Moving as one unit refers to the conditional presence of internal
power energy, 'peng kieng', that establishes the complete connection,
Understand the 'Nine Pearls', and you will understand 'chun
Many of you know what the 'Nine Pearls' are...diligently train
'dynamic' push hand...relax the muscles...
'Nine Pearls' exist between strong hands and strong feet...Yang
SIGONG had very powerful hands and feet...Chu SIFU has very powerful
hands and feet...
Diligently invest in 'Cham Zhong'...
Forms...'Dynamic' Push Hand...Cham Zhong...Solo Drill
Exercises...what's most important? All of them are equally
Tui Sao and Ta Sao...it's simply amazing that someone actually
figured out these profound concepts...they are such a high-tech
principles of utilizing the energy...the compression of the energy
and the molecular striking of the energy....pressurizing the energy
to enrich into a much superior energy...striking the energy to excite
the already enriched energy, to generate even more powerful
Ultimately, Tai Chi Chuan is a taoist internal alchemy...based on
cultivation, enrichment, purification of super-energy.
Whether is it done for a martial art, health, or
self-cultivation/enlightenment, the training is the same. Regardless
of the focus of one's goal, the training is identically parallel.
How can we explain the phenomena of Tai Chi Chuan in scientific
manner?...if two of my students who are doctors in physics, one has
Ph D in String Theory Physics, and the other one, Ph D in Nuclear
Physics, cannot explain, having trained with me near 10 years...also
a student who has Ph D in Electrical Engineering...then, how can you
who have an average understanding of physics can actually understand
the depth of Tai Chi Chuan knowledge? As my students have said, the
science is still a bit too young to know what goes on in Tai Chi
I have a classmate, LS, who is a top research scientist in Plasma
Physics, at MIT, has indicated to me of the difficulties in
explaining the phenomena of Tai Chi Chuan...so, how can you expect to
understand what goes on in Tai Chi Chuan? I advise you to give up
your average scientific mind, in trying to understand...you will
never understand without having directly experienced the actual
training...still doubtful?...Cest la vie...We are neither obligated
nor interested in convincing any of the unbelievers or the
outsiders...we only care about the one who are with us, training and
carrying on the legacy of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.
It is an art...understand Tai Chi Chuan through your own
Internal power...tenacious strength...natural strength...how many
of the imitation tai chi people can boldly claim that they are strong
than a person who is 6'5'', 325 lb, in shape, going head to head? If
a man is twice smaller than this behemoth, and yet twice, thrice, or
more stronger than the monstrous latter...now, that's
Rubbish!...anyone can neturalize..what is the big deal about the
neutralizing technique...any common sensical person knows how to step
out of the way of a large person who is about to attack you...but, it
is another to simply knock out the behemoth who is twice of your
size...Power!...Big Bertha would be very proud.
Women can become as strong as men...Elaine who has been training
with me for 11+ years can handle 'Little Bertha'...a man twice as
heavy as her was humbled by 'Little Bertha'...am I not right,
The character 'Tui' is not about shoving...it is absolutely
ridiculous how so many have grossly misinterpreted 'tui' as
shoving...push is not shove...any time you shove, it becomes
physical...absence of internal power causes you to move from one
point to another with muscular effort...you know very well that you
aren't suppose to use muscular force...so stop shoving!
Remember to keep the back foot at 45�...not 60�...not
whatever...always point the front foot straight to the direction you
are facing...the knees always point to the directions of their
feet...it is about Pa Qua.
Before the intent and the energy can be focused straight, you have
to keep the body focused straight...if the body goes all over the
place, then, so shall the intent and the energy.
Keep all the postures 'hips' width apart...to understand
'centering, alignment, balance, and relaxation'.
Wisdom is for those who understand heaven, man, and
earth...understand the mind, the energy, and the body to attain the
wisdom of being...in the body, understand the alignment of shoulders,
hips, and feet...in the energy, understand chi, peng kieng, and
neung...in the mind, understand the intent, the spirit, and the
consciousness...three treasures within three treasures...
If you want to do the forms correctly, then you must receive the
proper corrections...why do the lesser tai chi forms look so
different from Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan form?...it is
because they did not receive the proper corrections...thus, get as
many corrections as possible...each time a correction is given, you
are also being taught of the internal principles, which you may not
be aware of...the correction is the way your teacher is showing you
the different levels of understanding....through corrections, the
body absorbs the internal principles....get as much corrections as
possible until your mind and body understand how to correct
For god sake, stop doing tai chi in mainland Chinese manner!
Mainland Chinese tai chi people don't have any clue what Tai Chi
Chuan is, nor do they know how to execute the movements of Tai Chi
Chuan properly. Stop waving those arms and taking the ridiculous long
steps, looking all elegant and pretty. That's not the way Tai Chi
Chuan is done...have some ideas and stop falling for the mainland
Chinese counterfeited tai chi misinformation!
The mind becomes aware of every little mistake you make while
doing the form...prevent the mind from wandering ...eliminate as much
running, random thoughts as possible...first focus on the
movements...focus on the stillness of the body...focus on 'chun
kieng'...focus on the stillness of the body, the energy, and the
mind...seek absolute stillness......
Body moves...energy is still...arm moves, arm doesn't move...foot
moves, hands don't move...leg moves, body doesn't move...move, don't
move...motion, stillness...intertwined in yin/yang...motion and
stillness become one...ultimate stillness...
Fa kieng...body is kept still, but peng kieng explodes
forward...striking the back foot...two thngs happen...either it
bounces off to the rear or comes back forward...this happens when the
body and the energy is well connected...so fast that one cannot
notice...the mind cannot fathom what just went on...
You would have never believed me if I told you a couple of weeks
ago that your reactions from 'dynamic' push hand will be like the
ones from the videos...perhaps, even more unbelievable...now, what do
you think? If I have you on the video and post it on Internet, people
would never believe it...that you are shamelessly faking it. By
aligning your energy and correctly executing the push, you have now
actually experienced what 'dynamic' push hand is all about. It wasn't
very hard for me to tweak you because you already have some degree of
internal energy, except you didn't know what to do with it because no
one has shown you the proper principles. It still has a long ways to
go, but now, you are at least on the right track.
How do you like them pain?...slowest one minute ever...two minutes
of eternity...did someone say, the gentle art of tai chi chuan...you
got to be kidding!
How do you explain your reactions while you are being 'dynamic'
power pushed? You tell me...you are the one who just got pushed...you
should have seen the look in your eyes when I just pushed
you...absolutely bewildered...what can I say, you bring me a smile to
my face as I witness your skepticism quickly disappearing, only to be
replaced by absolute bewilderment...and I've never met you until this
Stand like a small mountain, and do not let anyone move
you...relax the body and let 'peng kieng' connect from your hands to
the feet...look straight ahead and let the intent extend...
Slam that concrete wall with the back fist of 'ban lan chui'...got
to love that sound when the fist and the concrete wall interact...the
wall spares no mercy...until tomorrow...
No one will be able to perceive your power...move slowly and let
them underestimate you...you can afford to move slowly and quietly
because you have the internal power...
Yang TAI SIGONG's power seems effortless to many uninitiated tai
chi people, and many foolishly imitated, trained, and tried to
generate the power effortlessly. Do you really believe that you can
generate power by moving effortlessly like a limp noodle? Yang TAI
SIGONG's movements appeared to be effortless because he was
tremendously powerful...when you are that unimaginably powerful, all
your martial movements will appear to be effortless...tossing people
left and right...thus, the misconceived notion of the effortless
power by the clueless, lesser tai chi practitioners...keep on
endeavoring your meaningless shovings...contradicting yourselves with
your limpness and stiffness...without the internal power, your will
not be able to push properly or strike effortlessly...
Many years ago, I asked my SIFU how many times I should do Tai Chi
Chuan form in a day. My SIFU did not tell me the ideal number of
times a day, but rather he told me how many times Yang SIGONG used to
do the form, back in the days when his father was training him: 30
TIMES A DAY!
In the beginning, do not use your hand to neutralize...coordinate
forearm, waist, and full/empty principles...works best when the
movement is minimized...like a spinning top.
Intercept the opponent's strike...neutralize his force...set up
and prevent him from retreat...counter him with your internal
Intercept, neutralize, and set up the opponent as if he is Mickey
Mouse, then counter back on him with the power of Mighty Mouse.
Difference between Mickey Mouse and Mighty Mouse is power. Train
for power...power...then more POWER!
If I'm immeasurably stronger than my opponent, do I need to
neutralize him? NO! why should I? Why bother!
Because there are other martial artists who are powerful, because
they are fast, because they are technically superb, Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners recognize the condition in which
we need to be more powerful, much faster, and excellent in technical
skills...do not underestimate your opponents under any
If the power of 'Peng Kieng' is immeasurable, and if a person who
is 6' 5'' 320 lbs, in tip-top shape, indicates that some of the
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners are the strongest
people he has ever met, then how much more can we be stronger than
this man if we were to continue our training for the internal power?
5 times stronger? 10X? 20X?..Let me ponder that question for a
The key to success in Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is the
internal power...may be, I'll name 55 lb steel bar 'Big Daddy'
Someone has said that Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is not
practical...I say to you that you can't even punch straight!
Do you want to make it practical? Take the hint from the word
'practical' and practice...attain power by practicing...power makes
Excerpt from "Demise Of A Legend'...
"After the first posture, I knew I was in for a gut wrenching
battle with this chi gong. The pain, followed by the aches on
different parts of the body, depending on what posture I was doing,
remind me again and again, that I was learning Classical Yang Family
Tai Chi Chuan. 'The gentle art of Tai Chi Chuan', whoever said this
didn't have a clue what real Tai Chi Chuan was! Every time I did the
chi gong postures, I chastised my mind and body for being too weak,
took a deep breathe and dug in, knowing that the pain will get the
better of me, and make me quit the postures, far short of the
duration I want to achieve. I would often hear the inner screams that
reminded me of my weakness, from somewhere deep in my mind. It was
not easy, trying to soothe and encourage the feeble body and mind.
Progress was painfully slow, a penny a day into the jar of internal
As I climb over the first step of the first posture, I was again
reminded of the looming specter of pain. As my mind's war drum
pounded, to face the specter, my warriors of time, energy, and effort
marched, battled, and rejoiced. 'We will win these battles', the
enduring battle chants went on. Deep within, I can still hear the low
rumbling of the battle chants of the warriors, trodden at times, who
wearily and nonetheless victoriously marched through the battles.
Ominously bigger battles waited, smiling encouragingly to the
warriors, promising the begotten reward of the few: Internal Power!
Right to the end of the battles, the sinister specter of pain makes
the warriors fight on, making every blow count for something. But,
finally the demon retreats with its diabolical disgust, promising to
return. The triumphant and proud warriors stand, in their moments of
victory, tasting the sweat and blood, they feel, absorb, and savor
the sensations of what just took place. Tired, but the structure of
the physical regiments is solid and ready, the awareness of the
weapons is even sharper, and the mind's tactical general is clear. As
the tired warriors in constant state of readiness, their senses alert
them of the approaching battles greater than before."
Now, go and train!
For generations, the authentic Tai Chi Chuan has been distorted
and water-downed...forget Yang Zhen-Duo...forget Yang
Zhen-Ji...forget Fu Zhong-Wen...forget Cheng Man-Ching...forget the
modern mainland China's...forget the rest...I recommend none of
these...no true Tai Chi Chuan exists, outside of Grandmaster Yang
I have seen the book that Yang Zhen-Ji published over decades
ago...the pictures were interesting, and the sequence of the postures
were the same as what we do...naturally...he was taught by his father
and the bulk of the training was supervised by his older brother,
Grandmaster Yang Sau-Chung...disappointedly, Yang Zhen-Ji's postures
were not well remembered and kept...many crucial principles were
absent...indicative of the lack of understanding...left alone at the
age of 14 to train on his own, it was bound to happen, a slow
digression...a young man, just beginning to understand his role...he
should have stayed with his father and the older brother...but, the
fate was cast, and he had to go back to his hometown with mother and
the younger brothers...he was the oldest of the three...to take care
of his mother and his younger brothers...the responsibility of a
protector of his family during the long journey back home...
Every time I look at the pictures of Yang Zhen-Ji...a look of
sadness in his eyes...as if to lament his fate of missing out on his
family treasure, Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan...if he stayed
with his father and the older brother, he would have been the next
great one, after his older brother...the misfortunes of his father's
passing, the Chinese civil war, the Japanese invasion...
Someone once said 'what about Yang Zhen-Ji?' in an argument, in
support of him as one of the top Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
masters...well, what about him?...I just presented my opinion of his
circumstances above...I guess it is perfectly normal for someone to
argue a case in support of Yang Zhen-Ji as one of the top dogs, which
in turn, will legitimizes the proponent's position that the latter
didn't waste his resources training with Yang Zhen-Ji or his
followers...show me the power, then you shall have my recognition.
Have I mentioned that you should NOT 'shove', along with forward
moving steps when doing pushing hand?...keep the hands off from your
partner's upper body when executing a push...yeah, very subtle...nice
try, but don't use your partner's elbows to shove your push into his
body...but, what?...you say everyone is shoving in this
manner...then, all of you are wrong...haven't I already said that,
about you people?
It's about striking the energy...which makes the body go
backward...and, not shoving the body...so, stop huffing and puffing
from all those shovings...if you need to stop for a breathe, then
stop and think about what you are doing...the huffing and puffing,
does it make any sense to you? It's a dead giveaway.
Power, power...then more power...do I sound repetitive? Good...I
cannot stress enough...to be Tai Chi Chuan, you must have power...you
cannot attain the internal power by shoving, then huff and puff,
wondering where your breathe has disappeared...shoving might get you
to become a bit stronger; after all, shoving is a physical activity,
and any physical activity will endure the muscles, making them
stronger...but, it is not the muscular strength you want...doesn't
matter how much you deceive yourself thinking that it is ok because
the muscles are relaxed, even though in reality they are not
If the bloodline has forgotten the knowledge and the skill, then
what becomes of the bloodline? Can you perceive...look at the way Tai
Chi Chuan form and Tai Chi Fast form are done...I swear, the
bloodline has forgotten how to execute the movements!
What! She couldn't catch whose energy? A hand ( dragon claw) on
the shoulder, and she couldn't bounce it off...if you want to
represent, you had better be much better than that...
How can you serve two SIFU within the same system? That's
preposterous...I say, give one up...have some dignity...you should
know better with all those years of martial art training...where is
your sense of the protocol? Now, I've just heard even crazier rumor
about you...lets hope it is just a misguided rumor...
The 5th generations understood the protocol because of the
presence of the great one...but, the 6th generations truly have made
a mess of things...we have become selfish with ulterior motives...we
have step-overed the boundaries of ethics...we have misinformed the
general public...we have embarrassed ourselves with diminutive
understanding...we have become corrupted...we have become slaves of
false fame and money...we seem to care nothing of the traditional
values or the pride of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan...everyone
is jockeying for something...and, none seems to care much of the
dedication to the greater goods of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
As I muse on these matters, my respect for my SIFU becomes even
more great, for he stood for the value of tradition and the dignity
of the system...for him, it was out of absolute respect for his sifu
that he gave his utmost time, energy, and respect in propagating the
system that he herited from his sifu...he didn't falter for he was
strong in his convictions, though he was surrounded by many similar
temptations...we are so petty in comparing to him.
Fong Tou Yiu SISOU who is in Yang SIGONG's book and Mr. Fong of Ip
Tai Tak SIBAK's video are NOT the same person. With the help of some
misguided people on Internet, this misinformation of the two people
as being the same person has been widely perpetuated.
It doesn't matter what you think...Chu King-Hung SISOU is the 3rd
diciple of Yang SIGONG. It matter very little as to how many years he
trained with Yang SIGONG...he could have trained one year, and it
still won't matter...he still will be considered a disciple because
it was Yang SIGONG who has chosen him...in the record of the lineage
of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, Chu King-Hung SISOU will
always remain as such.
As for his knowledge and skill, that's entirely different
matter...I totally understand with those who are skeptical of Chu
King-Hung SISOU's Tai Chi Chuan skill because there is no way he
could have learned very much in less than three years of
A few years back, there was a crazy notion of expelling him as a
disciple by some ambitious people...this was an endeavor that was
totally out of line and uncalled for because only Yang SIGONG has the
authority to remove him from his discipleship.
Meditation in motion...poetry in motion...music in
motion....nature in motion.
Perceive the horizontal and the vertical lines...the parallel
lines in all directions as body moves through the Form...perceive the
3 dimensional Pa Qua....the Sphere...the Super-energy...
Your biggest enemy is your 'ego'...when I asked you to empty the
cup, it doesn't mean to empty what you've learned in other
styles...what I meant was to empty the cup, of your ego...better yet,
go shatter the container that holds your ego.
I don't want to hear how talented you think you are... how
intellegent you think you are...how accomplished you think you
are...they all mean nothing to me because learning Tai Chi Chuan has
nothing to do with those banalities
It is not a pushing contest, so don't push as if you are in a
contest...if you cannot budge your partner, it's no big deal because
you are not trying to budge your partner anyway...you and your
partner are supposed to work together, helping each other to
understand what it means to stay connected and to apply the proper
principle of 'borrowing energy'...to enrich the internal power.
Push hand is never meant as a contest...but now, it is enjoyed as
a competition venue, thanks to the people who didn't know what they
Physical strength (comes from shoving)...internal strength, 'loi
lit' (comes from 'dynamic' push hand)...internal power, 'loi kieng'
(comes from 'dynamic' push hand with the understanding of the
Mind you, there is a difference between internal strength and
internal power...everyone will become stronger after 10, 20 plus
years of pushing...some will become very strong; however, not
everyone will attain internal power...to attain the latter, you will
have to understand the internal principles...seek out the true
beholders, for they are the only ones who can teach and guide you.
Whether I'm in New York City, London, Zurich or Seoul, my foremost
objective is always to represent my SIFU and what he stands
for...Viva la Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan!
Who do you represent?
What good is a discipleship when you don't understand the internal
principles of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan...what good is it
when you cannot represent your SIFU properly...what good is it when
you serve your own ulterior motives over your SIFU and the system?
I wonder what would have happened to me if I quit Tai Chi Chuan
after 1, 5, or 10 years of training, for whatever reason. I thank my
SIFU for not letting me quit...now, it's been almost 30 years since I
walked into his club, not knowing a thing about Tai Chi Chuan...I'm
glad I stayed...I think I'll stay for awhile longer.
There were many ups and downs during my years of training,
especially the early years. Darn...I was an awful student back
then...not exactly a model student...but, like a foolish, stubborn
child, I stuck on...recalling upon my memory to determine what drove
me on, I really can't remember...it doesn't matter now, does it?
If you want to know what the internal power of Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan is, then prepare yourself for years of
training...whatever you have from your other lesser tai chi is not
the internal power of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
So, you feel a bit of 'chi' in your hands, do you?...well...I'm
not interested in what you feel in your hand...do you want my
attention? Then, tell me something about your special methodology in
converting your 'chi' into something more powerful form of a superior
energy...then, you will have my attention.
Any system that encourages soft movements and a concept of energy,
will cultivate 'chi'; so, what's the big deal about feeling a bit of
energy in your hands...do yoga, and you'll feel the same energy...so,
why should I be impress with your lesser tai chi? Tell me something
about your power, instead...
I cannot believe you actually teach the forms in a such distorted
manner. What is that? What inspired you to teach in a manner of Chen
style? Did you actually think that wriggling of the body is the
correct way to execute? I have a news for you...that is not the
correct way of expressing the internal principles. I cannot actually
believe that you have forgotten how to do the forms correctly. I have
seen the forms that you taught to a few people. How is it that they
look so awful, absolutely lacking the basic internal principles? What
were you thinking? You had me speechless when I saw your Tai Chi
Chuan form being demonstrated...I remember seeing the old video where
you were correctly executing the movements...you were so much better
Do you know the Tai Chi Gik (Halberd)? Among the 5th generations,
only one person knows...among the 6th generations, may be,
three...correct me if I'm wrong.
I wonder when those pictures with Ip Tai Tak SIBAK were taken...I
wonder how they manage to arrange a training session with him,
especially with a such large group...a few familiar faces...perhaps,
something was being planned...was it before the creation of the
association or after, I wonder...I wish I had the dates...then, I can
create a better picture of what was going on...definitely, something
is brewing. A few years later, unexpectedly, the snake style is
A total back stabbing...first come first served, with the promise
to take care of his daughter...
Imagine an old chinese woman yelling, "you are not doing tai chi;
this is not tai chi", at Yang SIGONG because he was tossing his
students against a roof wall, causing the building to rattle...the
formidable, concrete wall training...
The concrete wall equates to the elimination of the fear
factor...also, it is soothing to the body when done correctly...the
35 years of training
With Yang SIGONG,
Focused too much on sparring
But, not enough on 'Loi Gong'.
The internal alchemy...Large Circulation Heaven...Loi
Gong...the hand posture, throughout the form, is predominately in an
opened-hand palm gesture...it is about opening of 'Lao Gung'...the
palm part of the hand should be almost flat, with fingers slight
curved...the hands imitate the body, like hollowing of the chest and
rounding the back...keep all fingers and the thumb aligned
together...the thumb is 45� to the the fingers...having the thumb 45�
to the fingers will have the hands harmonize with the feet...thus, Pa
Qua and Six Harmony interpretation...do not bend the thumb, or fold
the thumb joint like the Chen style, it will close 'Lao Gung'
point...keep the hands relax, so that the shoulders will
relax...again, the posture before the relaxation, not the other way
around...understand how to balance the hands, the feet, and the body
with Yin/Yang principle.
Tips on the postures: Hold the postures as if you are
holding a baby�not too hard or not too soft�hold the baby too hard,
what happens to the baby�hold too soft, what happens to the baby�hard
or soft refer to the tension in your hands...then apply the same
concept to the arms, then the body, then the legs�lastly, it is not
about how long you can hold the baby.
Align the hand with Dan Tien�sometimes one, sometimes both,
depending on the posture or the form�harmonize hands and feet, the
palms and the bottom of the feet�perceive the 45� principle.
Early 19th century in China�Chen village...Anomalies
In martial art world, stealing martial art techniques, style,
etc., is a severe crime, if caught, punishable by death in some
cases. The Chen village people would like to have the world believe
that Yang Lu Chan allegedly stole their particular family style
martial art and trained it on his own. Granted that their version is
the only version that seemed to have survived, but it is not
necessarily the truth version. Having committed an heinous crime of
stealing martial art, our hero was then pardoned after getting
caught�then he was conveniently accepted as a student because of his
talent. According to this Chen family tradition, their style is
taught only to the family members, but perhaps, the time has come to
break the tradition....thus, our hero was pardoned and accepted as a
student. The strictly held hundreds of year old family tradition was
shattered to smithereens because of Yang Lu Chan. While all this was
going on, let us not forget that Yang Lu Chan was allegedly a servant
in this particular village, which meant that he would not have the
luxury of having the spare time to train a whole lot. To make a
point...Yang SIGONG used to do Tai Chi Chuan form thirty times a
day�just the form alone, mind you, was TEN hours. From my own Tai Chi
Chuan experience, two, three hours of training a day will not be
enough to gain any kind of high level understanding. Ask anyone who
has seriously trained in any martial art if two to three hours are
enough to become proficient in any particular style. Our hero, after
a hard day of manual work, would probably prefer to rest than having
to train martial art for hours afterwards. I don't know about you,
but as a servant, I would probably prefer to rest in order to prepare
for the next day of labor. For any 19th century servant in rural
China, to rest is a bit more important than depriving himself of the
precious sleep for martial training. Martial art training was
definitely not a luxury a servant can readily afford, in the early
19th century China. Well, perhaps, our hero was, again, conveniently
exempted from his servitude of work as well. What a stroke of luck
for our hero, to able to escape from the possible capital punishment,
to be accepted as the first non-family student, and to be free from
the daily manual labor! A sweet trifecta!
These anomalies...just don't add up. The entire Chen village story
is highly doubtful. It is so highly doubtful that I have to dismiss
it as just another fabrication perpetuated by the Chen village
people, along with their martial art system that is NOT Tai Chi
Chuan. So, pardon me for not jumping right in with a blind belief on
their bogus story.
I believe that Yang Lu Chan did go to the Chen village, but the
things might not happened exactly as the Chen family allegedly
Maybe, he wasn�t a servant,
Maybe, he didn�t learn the Chen family style,
Maybe, he didn't steal and wasn't accepted as a student, as Chen
Maybe, he went to this particular village to seek out a specific
person to whom he eventually became a disciple
Perhaps, time to rewrite the history?��
In the 80/ 90's, as far as I can remember, Chen style never spoke
of 'Peng Kieng'. They have always emphasized the principle of 'chan
su jing', silk reeling jing, as their source of power. In fact, they
were very clear in their understanding of 'peng'. They understood
'peng' as a posture and not as a source of power. Thus, there was no
confusion of mixing up the 'peng' posture with 'Peng Kieng' energy
because they didn't even know that 'Peng Kieng' existed. It is only
when we, Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan stylists, have started
to talk about the principle of 'Peng Kieng' that the Chen stylists
started to mimic. Their explanation being something about a buoyant
energy. Nice try, but not even close. But, I do give the Chen
stylists some credits for excelling at counterfeit. These days, they
talk about 'Peng Kieng' as if it existed all along in their system
even though they still haven't got any clue what 'Peng Kieng' is, and
don't understand the methodology on how to develop 'Peng Kieng'. Yet,
they still perpetuate the misinformation about themselves as the
original Tai Chi Chuan. But then again, they will never admit that
Chen style is not Tai Chi Chuan. Of course not, it is not in their
By the way, what did Feng Zhi Qiang say about Chen style?
Something about 18 different external styles combined...?
Give me a break! Yang Ban-Hou, an opium addict? Where do you get
this kind of BS information? Do you actually believe in this
cockamanie story? Of course, you do; your kind always do. Allow me to
ask...I know you didn't actually see him do the opium, so do you know
anyone who has actually seen him do it? I see, you are just
regurgitating what you've heard or read from somewhere, without
knowing the actual facts or checking the sources, aren't you?
Do you know what it takes to achieve Yang Ban-Hou's level of
skill? Did you ever, for a moment, wonder how many hours a day he
might have trained, or the pain he has endured? Let me tell you, with
the kind of time and energy he had to invest to attain his level, he
wouldn't have the time for the opium BS! You probably think that Tai
Ch Chuan skill comes after a couple of hours a day of leisure
training, don't you? You probably don't even understand the meaning
of sweating because someone has said that you are not supposed to
sweat when practicing Tai Chi Chuan, do you? Not to mention, your
imitation tai chi.
In your pathetic world of training, you have no idea how Yang
family members have trained to maintain their family legacy! Some
people actually think that Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG didn't seriously
train in Tai Chi Chuan until his father passed away. Where do these
people get their information? These pseudo tai chi
historians/practitioners never cease to amaze me...if only your tai
chi is as good as your historical findings, vise versa. According to
Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG's account, Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG's training
was bordering on FANATICISM. For example, he would train for hours
then seek a refuge on a board that was leaning slanted on a
wall...for a quick sleep...only to be awaken from falling off the
board, then to train again for hours until the exhaustion overcomes
him, then to seek the comfort of the board again! His was a mad
training...in modern terms, he trained like an ANIMAL!
Yang TAI SIGONG was forced to train for hours outside in order to
keep himself warm in cold, wintery days, and was also denied food
until he had completed his morning quota of Tai Chi Chuan form. This
type of mentality of the brutal training made them absolutely
disciplined to their family martial art. For Yang family masters, Tai
Chi Chuan was a serious business; and, nothing came between Tai Chi
Chuan and their training.
Hence, before you say anything idiotic as accusing Yang Ban-Hou as
an opium addict, do try to perceive what kind of dedications these
Yang masters had, and what it took to become one of the legendary
greats. Then, based on these premises, do try to use your
intellegence and imagination to conclude whether such a ludicrous
rumor is plausible or not.
Do you want to be one of the Tai Chi Chuan greats? Then, be sure
to inspire yourself beyond your imagination; and, don't forget why
you started it.
Why do I have these thoughts that seem negative at times to other
lesser tai chi practitioners? Why won't I give any respect to these
lesser tai chi practitioners? I direct these negative thoughts to
them (the lesser, imitation tai chi practitioners) because all of
them are guilty of grossly misrepresenting Tai Chi Chuan, for the
last 60 years or so. I cannot possibly have any respect to these
people who have been continuously misinforming the innocent public
about Tai Chi Chuan. Therefore, for their crimes against Tai Chi
Chuan, I absolutely will not give them any recognition of legitimacy
or kind words to their tai chi...imitations that they are.
Amazingly enough, there are still people who think that Tai Chi
Chuan as a martial art is about effortlessly uprooting your
opponents...perhaps, in your misguided push hand competitions, but
not so in real Tai Chi Chuan. As far as Mo Gong (combat) Tai Chi
Chuan is concerned, uprooting your opponent is not your objective. In
a combat, the objective is to totally destroy your adversary. To
accomplish this, you need to have the formidable internal power, and
this tenacious power is not some mumbo-jumbo 'effortless' power. So,
what is the big deal about uprooting? When the power is delivered,
the whole physical structure of your adversary is destroyed; thus,
the so-called the rooting will simply disappear.
In regard to the existence of the possessors of the alleged
effortless power is concerned, amongst the lesser tai chi
practitioners, I have seen none. All of them, when they try to
manifest their power, they all seem to express a whole lot of grunts
combined with ridiculous amount of physical efforts...thus, shoving,
shoving, and more shoving.
[By the way, the alleged effortless power that I've been seen by
the lesser tai chi practitioners is a simple technique of a take
down, by stepping behind an opponent's leg and applying leverage: a
hip throw, a tripping, or whatever you want to call it. Ask any judo
practitioner about any of the take down throws. So why take up the
lesser tai chi as a martial art when you can simply learn these
techniques by learning judo? Well..so much for the dubious effortless
power of the lesser tai chi! Incidentally, if you are interested in
seeing how ridiculous some of them are, watch the Chen village push
The ability to root comes from having strong feet. The strong feet
come from having properly trained in 'Cham Jong (Zhan Zuang)' and Tai
Chi Chuan posture chi gong. Of course, not all 'Cham Jong' are
created equal. As overbearing as my comments might be to some people,
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan chi gong sets are very different
from other systems. Of course, for those who have trained with yours
truly know what I am talking about.
Sometimes a reminder is necessary...Cham Jong and other Chi Gong
set trainings are an advanced level training in Classical Yang Family
Tai Chi Chuan. Traditionally, they were once guarded with utmost
secrecy, and to a certain extent, they still are. Some are so
difficult that they are only taught to the selected advanced
students. Many beginners erroneously think that they can handle a
particular chi gong posture, only to find out that, after several
attempts, they find themselves shying away from the chi gong training
because of their difficulties. Thus, to teach an advanced chi gong
set to the beginners is waste of knowledge and time. You are taught
what you are capable of handling.
For your advise...if you wish to learn the advanced chi gong sets,
perhaps, in the future, then, take your training much more seriously
and train like an ANIMAL!
I find myself reiterating about the effortless power...the
effortless power doesn't derive from training effortlessly, or
pushing effortlessly...it is a huge misconception to think so. Where
there is no power, you cannot have the effortless power...in order
for power to be effortlessly delivered, that power has to be
tremendously powerful...when the tremendous power is present and
whatever technique you apply, the result of it will seem
effortless...again, the reason Yang Cheng Fu TAI SIGONG's power
seemed effortless is because he was unimaginably powerful...for
example, how much effort do you really need to knock down a four year
old child? Not much...the reason you can knock down a child
effortlessly is because you are that much more powerful than a
child...there is a huge difference between your power and the
child's. Therefore, the objective of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
Chuan is to become as powerful as possible, so that your power can
dwarf your opponent's, as if he is a four year child, thus, creating
the ability to deliver the difference of the power effortlessly.
A few words on the alleged [Tai Chi] Snake Style...from VT.
There is NO such style called 'Snake' style in Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan system. There are three forms and three frames.
In my opinion, the alleged 'Snake' style was created by either Ip Tai
Tak SIBAK, his second disciple [VT], or in collaboration of the
I met Ip SIBAK and Fong SISOU in Hong Kong, in April of 1993.
Meeting them was indeed an inspiration. To be in the presence of the
two who have appeared in Yang SIGONG's book was awesome, and not to
mention having an occasion to eat dim sum with them.
In the 90's, I did my share of the abundant Tai Chi Chuan fact
findings. The result...the findings have formed my conclusions that I
still adamantly believe in, today.
Understand the internal principles of Classical Yang Family Tai
Chi Chuan in order to perceive any deviated versions of Tai Chi
Some anomalies about the 'Snake' style...
- allegedly, it is reserved for the 1st disciple, but VT is the
- it [Snake] is never mentioned anywhere in the entire history of
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.
- Yang SIGONG never mentioned it.
- Ip SIBAK never mentioned it to my SIFU's son while he was
visiting Ip SIBAK in all those years, in Hong Kong.
- Yang TAI SIGONG never taught it to his first disciple.
- there is no record of the previous Yang masters having taught
it to any of their first disciples.
- the ONLY person who ever mentions 'Snake' style is VT, and
conveniently, he is the only person who possess this suspicious
- the explanation of 'Snake' style is entirely in body mechanics,
thus external and not internal.
- no emphasis on the internal principles of the enrichment of
'Peng Kieng', the establishment of 'Chun Kieng', or the ascension
- the lack of emphasis on 'Dynamic' push hand, 'Cham Jong', and
Tai Chi Fast Form, most likely, due to lack of understanding of
the internal principles of these curriculum.
- the breaking of the tradition of the intended transmission to
the 1st disciple only (perhaps, because it was taught to the 2nd
disciple that the latter doesn't need to adhere strictly to the
avow of the 1st disciple transmission)...of course, there is some
lame explanation about sharing it with the world*.
- the violation of the 1st disciple tradition by Ip SIBAK, and
the suspicious nature of the decision on the violation of the
Rooting, core muscle training, etc, are nothing new to the
'medium' frame/tiger form'. In Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
training repertoire, the rooting, the internal muscle training, and
the other inner mechanical trainings are done through 'Dynamic' Power
push hand and 'Cham Jong', and not through the external body
mechanics of 'Snake' style.
Read my article on Yang SIGONG's
Tai Chi Chuan
*By the way, you too can represent 'Snake' style immediately,
after having attended VT seminar just once! That's how much he wants
to share the 'Snake' style with the world.
The innermost Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan secret form is
the Tai Chi 'Halberd' form.
I have to admit that sometimes I like calling our push hand
exercises 'Power' push hand, instead of 'Dynamic' push hand. The term
'Dynamic' was created in early 70s in order to differentiate from the
lesse tai chi push hand. My reason for wanting to call it 'Power'
push hand is because that's exactly what 'push hand' does: it builds
Imagine having "天下無敵 - Invincible"
Yeung Lo-Sim (Yang Lu-Chan) as your Tai Chi Chuan teacher, then, for
some reasons unknown, leaving him for some other persons to learn
some erroneous tai chi style. Some people are just terribly
Have I ever mentioned Yang TAI SIGONG's 10kg metal broadsword that
he used, now and then, to practice with?
So, you want to know why I bad-mouth everyone? First of all, I
don't think I bad-mouth everyone. I only attacked those who claim to
do Tai Chi Chuan, but who are, in fact, not doing Tai Chi Chuan. I
dismiss them because they are not doing Tai Chi Chuan. Just because
you are doing movements in slow motion doesn't mean that you are
doing Tai Chi Chuan. Just because you are happily engrossed in what
you are doing doesn't mean you are doing Tai Chi Chuan. Perhaps, you
are becoming one with Tao, but that doesn't mean that you are doing
the authentic Tai Chi Chuan. Just because you have an inner peace
while you are doing your movements doesn't mean you are doing Tai Chi
Chuan. Remember that I'm not criticizing or knocking any slow
movements, being happily engrossed, and/or the inner peace; these are
all wonderful things. But, wonderful things do not make up to be Tai
Chi Chuan. Call them a slow, happy, inner peace system, but don't
call them Tai Chi Chuan. Just because your teacher told you that what
you are doing is Tai Chi Chuan doesn't mean what you are doing is Tai
How much can you possibly understand this profound system after 5
or 6 years of training? If you studied 20 years with a person, who
only trained 5 years, how would you rate your skill? If you were to
train with someone who only learned 50% of the system, who also
learned only 50% from the previous generation, which only learned 50%
from the previous generation before, so on so forth. Then, how much
will you know of the system, compare to the 1st generation? If you
are doing one of these water-downed versions, can you really claim
that you are doing the authentic Tai Chi Chuan? Is it, then,
absolutely unfair for me to call it an imitation? Each generation
knows less and less...looks nothing like the original.
When Yang SIGONG left China in 1949, due to the communist take
over and the subsequent political persecutions, the authentic Tai Chi
Chuan left China for good. What was left in China was a massive
number of students of Yang TAI SIGONG and Yang SIGONG. They were the
example of 50% of 50%, of 50%, etc.
Zhang Qinglin is the only notable Tai Chi Chuan practitioner,
outside of Yang family members, worth mentioning. Who is my source of
information? My teacher, Chu Gin Soon SIFU. Who is the source of my
teacher's information? Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG.
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan was a family martial art
system. What they knew they kept to themselves. It didn't matter how
many students they had, in the course of several generations. The
secret of Tai Chi Chuan wasn't taught to the non family members,
period, because the secret was their family treasure, and only
theirs. Even the Yang family women were not taught the secret.
In-laws were not to be trusted with the family treasure. Sure, they
would throw the in-laws bits and pieces here and there, but that was
about it. They were never given anything more than some surface
scraps. The in-laws were not to be trusted even though the in-laws
might have been a genuinely good person. It didn't matter whether
they were a good person or not. They just weren't the bloodline, of
The secret of Tai Chi Chuan was the bread and butter for the Yang
family, in the late 19th and the early 20th century, and the less
people knew the knowledge and skill, the better it was for the Yang
family legacy. They were not obligated to share the secret with
anyone, and for that matter, it has got nothing to do with the
martial ethics. They didn't care about what you or others might have
thought about them or their moral characters. They care even less
about your pity. In their period in history, they've set the rules.
They were the top dogs. High ranking pro Chiang Kai Shek government
officials rub shoulders with them. They had a tremendous political
power in China. They enjoyed their social status and reputation. This
was all possible because of what they knew, Tai Chi Chuan. They
weren't going to share that with anyone else.
If there is anything to be gain from the training, you had to
discover them through your own arduous training, with the teacher's
guidance. Some managed and most did not. Those who managed to
understand and eventually attained some knowledge and skill on their
own, valued them even more. If they had to do it on their own, then
they couldn't understand why others couldn't. Earning the privilege
of the possession of knowledge and skill made them proud, and their
attitudes toward to the others were simple: train and earn them
yourselves as well.
Is it then so difficult to believe that Yang family kept the inner
teachings to themselves?
In road to understanding the internal principles of Classical Yang
family Tai Chi Chuan...in the beginning, one has to learn the correct
postures, and correctly execute the transitional moves from a posture
to a posture. Correctly doing Tai Chi Chuan is obviously
essential...one has to correctly understand how to 'center, align,
balance, and relax (CABR)' oneself through the simple realization of
'Wu Chi'...perceive the parallel lines of the shoulders, the hips,
and the feet...and, of the arms and the legs. It is from 'Wu Chi'
that one learns how to apply the principles of 'CABR' in 'Tai Chi',
Yin/Yang. In 'Tai Chi', where movements begin to occur, one tries to
duplicate the principles of 'CABR' from 'Wu Chi", in the prearranged
movements of Tai Chi Chuan.
Learn how to shift one's weight correctly, from foot to foot,
absolutely centering oneself, so that one's foot, knee, hips, and
shoulders are well aligned, causing the body to be balanced through
the vertical, straight line, thus affording the body to relax in a
specific way, over one foot. In Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan,
the specifically transmitted postures have to be absolutely relaxed
with a realization of the specific internal structure. When the body
is centered, aligned, balanced, and relaxed correctly, the principle
of 'Full and Empty (FE)' is realized. In an effort to understand the
principles of FE, one begins the journey with the elementary
interpretation of 'Tai Chi', Yin/Yang, in Tai Chi Chuan.
The crazy notion of imitating 'Dynamic' push hand by pushing on a
tree or a wall...only if it was that simple...if it was that simple,
I wouldn't let anyone visit my studio and watch our push hand
sessions...as if it can be learned by watching and imitating...which
brings us back to the Chen village people's phony story of the great
Yeung Lo-Sim (Yang Lu-Chan) watching, imitating, and learning...Chen
village people just don't have any clue.
If you don't understand the correct internal principles of Tai Chi
Chuan, then it doesn't matter how many years you practice...it
doesn't matter with whom you practice or train under...your internal
power and skill will not improve.
If you train the dynamic (power) push hand without understanding
the internal principles, you will eventually become stronger with
internal strength. However, what you will have is not the internal
power of Tai Chi Chuan. Contrary to what you believe, without
understanding the internal principles, time cannot help improve your
internal skill, . With time, provided that you've awaken to an
inexplicable realization, that being the result of your teacher's
guidance, then you might begin to understand the internal principles,
thus improving your internal skill. Otherwise, without the internal
principles, you will only improve on your external skill, and not
your internal skill.
Tai Chi Chuan Loi Gong Chuan Fa - 太 極 拳
內 功 拳 法
Understand the principles, for there are two types of 'Peng Kieng:
Soft peng kieng and Hard peng kieng'. The soft peng
kieng is the internal power, whereas the hard peng kieng is the
Keep your feet flat when you are shifting weight. Whether forward
or backward, the empty foot stays flat, keeping as much surface
contact as possible. Look for certain deficiencies in your postures
when you've perceived that your foot is not staying flat.
Relax your feet. Do not grip the floor with the toes. Gripping the
floor with your toes is not the correct way to strengthen your
Execute Tai Chi Chuan [form] correctly in order to understand the
essence of 'Full and Empty (FE)'. Correctly understanding FE
strengthens the feet. Carry as much weight of your body as possible
without lifting the other foot. It is essential that you understand
this. Make sure your teacher understands both the internal and the
external principles of FE...if he doesn't, then he cannot teach you,
can he? Confirm why the principle of FE is so extremely
important...if your teacher doesn't know, then find the source that
does. It doesn't make any difference whether you are practicing Tai
Chi Chuan for health or martial art; you have to understand the
principle of FE in order to fully reap the benefits of health and
If you were not taught of this principle, then it is because your
teacher did not know it. If your teacher doesn't know, then it means
he wasn't taught. If his teacher's teacher did not know, then he
wasn't taught either. So on and so forth. Either that, your teacher
just didn't want to teach you, for whatever reason. Still think that
your teacher is not at fault? Then, it might be you who just don't
have what it takes to understand, but from my experience of teaching,
the latter case is seldom true.
Make sure that your stance is not too long. For the average
practitioners, the length of your stance should be one and a half of
your hip width, and the width of the stance, a hip width apart. Do
not have those mainland Chinese wushu influenced, exaggerated
crouching taichi stances; they served absolutely no internal
In Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, the preferred golden ratio
is 1.5 to 1, especially the medium frame/tiger form.
The legs (muscles) should be relaxed as you smoothly shift back
and forth. Do not try push off the either foot when shifting.
The internal power doesn't come from using the leg muscles. When
one doesn't have the internal power, one (the lesser tai chi
practitioners) resorts to the muscular strength of the legs.
When stepping, do not shift your weight until the stepping foot
has been completely placed on the floor. Always make sure that the
foot is pointing correctly to the direction your moving into. For
example, if you are facing West, then your front foot also has to
face absolutely to West.
Then, along with the foot, make sure that your front knee, hips,
shoulders, and gaze point to the same direction as well.
Before your intent and energy can focus in one direction, the body
has to focus in one direction.
Step softly. Be sure to work the ankle when you are stepping.
There are too many people [practitioners] who just don't know how to
work the ankles when it comes to stepping.
First, strengthen the hands through 'Dynamic' power push hand;
then, further strengthen and condition the hands through the advanced
hand conditioning exercises. Be sure to protect the hands afterwards,
by using a good Dit Da Jow (DDJ) formula.
Wondering which DDJ works the best? Do the simple test*:
take your backhand fist to the concrete wall and let it slam into the
wall, a few times. Then, apply the DDJ. If the pain in your hand
disappears after a few minutes (in fact, if you forget about the
pain), then the DDJ is outstanding. That's what the good DDJ is all
about: eliminating the pain, healing the injuries, and preventing any
*Disclaimer: If you are afraid of getting your hand hurt, then let
someone else do the test for you. Better yet, ask someone if they
know any good DDJ to recommend.
Without the internal power, 'Song' doesn't mean a thing. The
postures without the internal power...what you basically have is a
limp noodle postures.
Protect your knees by not doing those crazy, knee circling
exercises. It is a terrible way to warm up the knees. So, stop
grinding your knees. The knees are not meant to be grounded like
hamburgers. Physiologically, the knees are meant to bend and move in
one direction. Also, do not let the knees collapse inward, especially
when you are in a forward stance; this will cause the knee to twist,
thus making the knee carry the weight. Any time the knee is not
pointing in the same direction of the foot, then the knee becomes
twisted. The knees are not meant to carry any of the body weight,
even a slightest twist will cause this to happen. Making the knee
carry the weight, then, causes a detrimental effect in the knee. The
effects can be from a slight to a severely damaged. However, it is
also very important that you strengthen the knees (tendons and
ligaments) properly through the correct execution of foot/knee
alignment, the weight shifting, and Tai Chi Chuan [form]. When the
proper executions are understood, you will realize that it is the
foot that will carry the body weight, and not the knee. In contrast,
the circling knee exercises ignore the principle of the foot/knee
alignment constantly by twisting the knees inward, outward, and
forward. Again, the effects of these exercises will be detrimental to
the knees, and it doesn't matter how strong you think your knees are.
Eventually, you will mess up your 'strong' knees if these circling
and grinding exercises are continued.
Carry the entire body weight in your foot and shift your weight
accordingly into the other foot. Pay attention to the back knee when
you in the forward stance, making sure that the back knee is pointing
in the same direction of the back foot.
In Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, you do not need to do any
warm-up exercises because Tai Chi Chuan [form] serves as a warm-up
exercise, as well as it being the core training.
To correct another misinformation about the Youtube video of Yang
Sau-Chung SIGONG, by a snake stylist:
The video is NOT a shorter set of the traditional form. The reason
the form is shorter, in duration, is because he is performing the
form at much faster speed. That's all. At his level of understanding
of Tai Chi Chuan, it doesn't matter at which speed he executes the
movements. He could have chosen at much slower speed if he wanted to,
or even at faster speed. The reason for the slower speed is mainly
because of his particular reason at that time when he was making this
Wisdom of Tai Chi Chuan:
Understand the principle of 'centering, alignment, balance, and
relaxation' in 'Wu Chi'. 'Tai Chi' is derived from 'Wu Chi'. Apply
the same principle in 'Tai Chi'. The absence of one aspect will
eliminate all other three.
Understand the horizontal and vertical parellel lines within the
arms, the legs, the hands, the feet, the shoulders and the hips to
attain the 'Six Harmony'.
Understand the 45� and understand the directions and the corners
of 'Pa Qua'.
Understand the 'Nine Pearls' within the 'Five Bows'.
Understand the principle of the circle and the square in all the
Understand the stillness and the motion in each movements;
Understand the stillness by understanding the motion, and vice
versa. Minimize the movements.
Understand the focusing of the body in one direction, so that the
'intent' and 'energy' can focus in one direction as well.
Intent, Body, and Energy. Understand 'Heaven, Man, and Earth' to
gain the wisdom of Tai Chi Chuan.
It's just darn shame that after 10, 15, or 20 years of training
and you have nothing to show for. How lame is that? Perhaps, it is a
time for you to stop and think about what you are doing, your
progress and what your teacher has been teaching you, if any.
Modern imitation, marshmallow tai chi...probably the worst system
that ever existed and exploited to the max by the least qualified
people, with the promises of longevity, internal martial art, tao,
and/or Zhang San Feng...of the Eastern exotics.
It is not about the different methods. Classical Yang Family Tai
Chi Chuan system is about understanding the internal principles of
If I had choice, I would rather call our system, simply, Tai Chi
Chuan...then how you would you able to tell the difference between
the original and the many imitations?
Why do you think Tai Chi Chuan doesn't get the respect that it
rightfully deserve? Because of the imitations. 99.9999% of what's out
there is imitation.
In Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG's days in Hong Kong, it was much
different...the bad boys of Yang SIGONG commanded the utmost respect
and enjoyed much different reputation. In Chu Gin-Soon SIFU's days in
the 1980's, it too commanded the respect due to many successful days
of full contact tournaments...thank you, Michael G.
Do I make you angry with my comments? Good, then, come see us. No,
it is NOT a challenge, but rather it is about the discovery. I have
often heard from many of you, claiming that you are open-minded and
receptive about the higher learning of Tai Chi Chuan.
Big Bertha will be more than happy to meet your
acquaintance. By the time you mustard up courage to
come, maybe, Big Bertha's bigger (heavier) brother will be
Where do these people get the idea that Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG
was a reformer and that he standardized the Yang family Tai Chi Chuan
solo form? These people talk as if there were there when this alleged
change was actually taking place.
Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG didn't change anything to Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan curriculum, in contrast to what current tai chi
world seems to believe. What he simply did was to publicize the
'public (non-family)' solo form, which is much different than the
family form, in a sequence of photos. Sadly, these photos have now
become the standard for the imitation style tai chi practitioners.
Again, the family Tai Chi Chuan was radically different from the
public tai chi chuan. Unbelievable as it may seem, even Fu Zheng-Wen
did not learned the family solo form; likewise, for Dong Ying-Jie and
many other alleged top students...the dubious Cheng Man-Ching doesn't
even come close. And, as for you and other modern tai chi people,
what you are doing is imitation as well.
In the beginning of 20th century, Yang family household just
wasn't ready to part with their family secrets. Only when Yang
Sau-Chung SIGONG was in Hong Kong that he began slowly to teach some
of the once closely guarded secrets of the Yang family treasure to
his private students.
I am not my SIFU's son. Because I am a disciple and not a direct
family member, I have accepted a long time ago of this inevitable, I
will not be taught of everything that my SIFU knows. All is reserved
for his sons. However, I am, nonetheless, very happy with my position
that many people will never get to enjoy. Therefore, is it that
difficult to comprehend about a situation where the top dogs of Tai
Chi Chuan not wanting to part with their know-hows with others? You
are not a part of the family, thus excluded.
In the course of Tai Chi Chuan history, now and then, there are
few shining stars. Those who have achieved certain levels of
proficiency have done so through their discipline of work ethic,
intelligence, and dedication; thus earning a certain privilege to
receive some of the advanced training. I have already mentioned some
of the notables. So, what have you done to deserve some of the inner
teachings of the family?
In early 90's, Yang Zhen-Ji published a small book on Tai Chi
Chuan solo form: the sequence of the postures were identical to that
of Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG's, for all the obvious reasons. Aside from
SIGONG, the former is the only person that I'm aware of who knew the
There is neither pre-Yang Cheng-Fu [TAI SIGONG] nor after-Yang
Cheng-Fu [TAI SIGONG] Tai Chi system...there's only the Yang family
The reason almost all of you don't know about the existence of
'dynamic' power push hand is because your teacher and your teacher's
teachers were never shown (or have seen) it.
Let me reiterate, in order to develop the 'Internal Power' of Tai
Chi Chuan, you must do the power push hand. Simply put: 'dynamic'
power push hand => internal power. By the way, the internal power
is from the enriching of the 'energy'. Some clueless people actually
think that the internal power is something different from that of
If you don't know it, it is because your teacher didn't know it,
and his teacher didn't know, so on and so forth. Then, how can you
develop the internal power? If you think that the internal power is
insignificant and decide to totally disregard it, then you have no
Tai Chi Chuan. As I said earlier, Tai Chi Chuan without the internal
power is not Tai Chi Chuan. Instead, it is merely a slow motion
callisthenic exercise, a marshmallow style tai chi.
You cannot separate Tai Chi Chuan and the internal power.
The internal power's given name is 'Peng kieng'.
Every aspect of Tai Chi Chuan has to have 'Peng kieng'. You cannot
have a discussion on Tai Chi Chuan without 'Peng' kieng principle.
So many tai chi historians, and yet, there is not a single one who
understands the authentic Tai Chi Chuan, among them. Yang Cheng-Fu
did this; Yang Shou-Hou did that; so and so learned from him, then
went to him; Zhao did this, Tian did that; so on and so forth. If
only these tai chi historians knew the authentic Tai Chi Chuan as
much as their unconfirmed, regurgitated stories, they would all reign
The more imitation and marshmallow their tai chi is, the more
abundant their unconfirmed, bogus history.
Of course, there are personal preferences, but what doesn't change
is the core principle of Tai Chi Chuan. Even though there seems to be
a slight change, it never leaves the source.
There is a reason why Yang SIGONG preferred to do the 'medium
frame/tiger form', and why my SIFU did the 'medium frame/tiger
form' as well, and why my preference is, of course, like that of my
SIFU and SIGONG.
Understand the principle of 'Peng' kieng energy and discipline
yourself by adhering to it.
When the principle is understood, then you shall realize that
there is no tolerance for the imitations. When the principle is
understood, it becomes clear and logical.
The principle of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan stands alone.
There is no room for any excessive baggage of other imported
If great Yang Ban-Hou TAIGONG didn't want to teach Tai Chi Chuan
to the imperial court or the public, but he was forced to do so
because of a certain circumstance, what would be the obvious course
of his action? Teach something that is slightly different from the
original, of course. Should he decide to teach something that is
slightly different from the original Tai Chi Chuan, who would know
the difference? Obviously, not the students. But his father would
know, and so would his brother, and his nephews...the family would
know. Will the family keep quiet about it? I would think so. Speaking
out would only bring forth undesirable troubles, would it not? If
Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG did the same thing to the others, again, who
would know the difference? The outsiders wouldn't have a clue,
especially the modern imitation tai chi stylists.
For sake of argument, lets say great Yang Ban-Hou TAIGONG taught
the solo form correctly, but left out the internal principle of
'Peng' kieng, then what would become of that form? It's just a shell
without any substance, is it not? Will you consider this form a real
thing? Of course not. If I were to sell you a shell without any
substance, will you buy it? I suppose you will not if you knew. You
are smart than that, of course. But, if you did not know, how would
you tell the difference ?
While all this was going on, the Yang family members were doing
their family Tai Chi Chuan entirely different.
Suppose that your teacher's teacher was taught this modified
version by Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG. The conclusion is pretty
obvious, isn't it?
Interestingly enough Great Yang Lo-Sim SINGONG was willing to
teach Tai Chi Chuan to the outsiders. His reason was thus; because he
has learned his art from a non-family member, thus felt somewhat
obligated to pass it on to someone who deserved it. Whereas, Yang
Ban-Hou TAIGONG and Yang Kin-Hou TAIGONG were not interested in
teaching Tai Chi Chuan to the outsiders because they felt that they
weren't obligated since they learned it through their father, thus
considered it a family system. It was what they believed in that
mattered, back then, and not what you think of it, now. Hence, their
reluctance to teach Tai Chi Chuan to any outsiders. Moreover, it
wasn't just to the Manchu that they didn't want to teach; their
attitudes applied to all people.
Tai Chi Chung Chuan (aka Tai Chi Fast Form)...quick and
powerful...slow and graceful. Fast and slow, hard and soft, it
expresses the internal power and cultivates the internal energy. Tai
Chi Chung Chuan was the martial form that was kept secret for
generations until Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG decided to teach it to few of
his dedicated private students, in Hong Kong.
Some misguided person(s) has said that there is no Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chung (Fast) Chuan form. It was alleged that the Tai
Chi Chung Chuan form was created by Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG's
student(s). As much as this statement is somewhat correct, and of
course, it has been said in the best interest of that certain
individual, Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chung Chuan form does
exist. The classical Tai Chi Chung Chuan exist through Yang Sau-Chung
The very action of the specific person who has been denying the
existence of this precious family form is an absolute disrespect to
the family. To deny the existence of Tai Chi Chung Chuan is to deny
the very existence of Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG. But, as the world has
witnessed, there was Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG, who has, while
accompanying his father, dominated the Tai Chi Chuan world in China,
during much of the 20th century.
It is through Yang SIGONG that my SIFU has learned Tai Chi Chung
Chuan, in Hong Kong, along with other secret forms, such as Tai Chi
I'm ecstatically pleased to announce our newest member of our family.
Please come and meet, and extend your warmest welcome to the "Big
Daddy (aka. the Beast)", 6' / 57lb (25.9kg) steel staff.
At first glance, it seems practical enough...but where is the
What I perceive in your system is that your neutralizing
techniques are all too soft. They are too soft because the system
lacks power; perhaps, physically strong, but lacks the internal
power. If you are trying to create a system by imitating Tai Chi
Chuan with your misconceived notion of softness, then your creation
will be nowhere near Tai Chi Chuan martial principles. Tai Chi Chuan
cannot be 100% soft. For your information, externally, it is soft,
and internally, it has a certain tension that is scientifically
indescribable. In your perception, you think Tai Chi
Chuan is all soft; therefore, you think you can somehow incorporate
Tai Chi Chuan principles with some readily perceivable,
neutralizing techniques by letting the body, arms, and legs go limp,
thus avoiding the attack...sort of, rolling with the punch method. If
you neutralize any attack with the limp (absence of power) body or
arms, you cannot counter with the sudden, explosive power. By the
time, you set up the body, arm, or hand, your opponent would have
detected your intention and will have escaped. Furthermore, if you
opponent is extremely strong, he will trap you into your own
disadvantageous posture and hold you there, thus preventing you from
generating your counter force. If you are physically strong, then you
can, perhaps, try to pry your way out of it. But, your strength will
be no match for someone who is much stronger or internally more
powerful. Perhaps, your techniques are practical enough against
ordinary opponents, but against someone who is extremely powerful, I
perceive the shortcomings.
Contrarily, in Tai Chi Chuan, being too soft is not practical. In
Tai Chi Chuan, it is the internal power that make it practical. We
want to lead the opponent by neutralizing his force; we want the
opponent to think that he can trap us in our postures, so that he
won't have any second thoughts about retreating. We want him to press
with all of his force; we want him to underestimate us. Thus, we
present the neutralizing techniques to his attack, to lure him in. By
the time the setup is complete, the opponent will realize that he has
made a mistake (or maybe, he won't, but that doesn't matter), it will
be too late for him to retreat because we would have countered with
our internal power, the power that drives 57lb (or heavier) steel
Power that can drive 57lb steel bar forward and back.
In every punch or palm strike, done slowly or fast, hidden inside
of it is that power. Hidden inside of every neutralizing technique,
there looms the power waiting to release onto the unsuspecting
opponent. Imagine how much power is needed to drive the 57lb steel
staff forward and back?
Thus, when we neutralize an opponent, our intention is always to
counter immediately with the devastating power. Therefore, the
neutralizing technique is a setup, a trap, and not avoidance. Thus,
in every technique has both soft and hard (inner tension). To think
that Tai Chi Chuan is all soft, thus a soft style, is an erroneous
perception...a perception that one ought to stay far away.
What make Tai Chi Chuan practical is the internal power.
Among the many power exercises that we do, one of my favorite
training and its apparatus is the concrete or brick wall, for our
hands and the back.
Of course, we are well aware of the importance of the body
conditioning. For some people who haven't had a thorough exposure to
our system, do not realize that there is a tremendous amount of
physical conditioning in Tai Chi Chuan. In our methods of body
conditioning, in the beginning, for the most beginners and the
middle-level practitioners, they focus mainly on Tai Chi Chuan form,
and eventually, for the more advanced, they focus on both Tai Chi
Chuan [solo] form and Tai Chi Chung [fast] Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan form
provides the conditioning of the ligaments and tendons, primarily in
the legs and hips. The importance of strong ligaments and tendon is
quite obvious. Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG had tendons in his legs that
were the size of small tree roots. The next level of body
conditioning is 'dynamic' power push hand. For those who have not
trained in our system, do not know what this method I am referring
to, though, thanks to Internet, some are beginning to have a vague
reference to it. Those who have trained in "dynamic' power push hand,
know how exhausting this method is. For example, recently an Italian
tried to go full throttle for one week. The result: having completely
exhausted himself, he resigned himself to his winter vacation in NYC,
for the remaining days. His words were, he just simply ran out of
physical effort. If the forms condition the ligaments and tendons,
then 'dynamic' power push hand conditions the rest of the body. The
demand that 'dynamic' power push hand puts on the feet, legs, lower
and upper back, spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands, is
beyond ordinary comprehension. "Dynamic' power push hand can exhaust
a large person in matter of few minutes. Continuous training in
'dynamic' power push hand, day in day out, for years, will accumulate
strength and power in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, and
bones, and the resulting effects are beyond scientific
Then comes the isolated exercises, such as the hand conditioning
drill, concrete wall, cardio-endurance drill, forearm drill, speed
drill, weight drill, etc. Many of these exercises and drills are done
for the purpose of increasing the physical performance and endurance,
and conditioning and fortifying the particular anatomy with 'peng
jing' energy. Some are done through 'dynamic' power push
hand...surprise?...and some are done through using certain apparatus.
Almost all imitation tai chi people are absolutely ignorant of the
existence of these advanced training methods. The reason being quite
obvious. As I have said before, time after time, Yang family members
never taught these exercises to their students, throughout the
generations, until Yang SIGONG's presence in Hong Kong, and then,
only few were ever taught. Thus, many being ignorant of the advanced
training methods, they assume that Tai Chi Chuan is about being soft
and lacks any physical and endurance conditioning. These exercises
and drills are not done in the manner of external (hard) styles. They
are done strictly with the internal principles of 'peng' kieng' and
'chun kieng'. A keen observer will notice that all the exercises and
drills are, in fact, done in the manner of Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi
Chung Chuan, and 'dynamic' power push hand; thus, it is the internal
principle that one looks for . Hence, there is absolutely no reason
to combine Tai Chi Chuan with any other external styles, unless one
doesn't have a clue what Tai Chi Chuan is..
The 'Big Daddy, aka. Beast' has arrived!
Wangchu, sorry to disillusion you, but that is not the Tai Chi
staff form. See Vincent Chu's staff form (short version) on Youtube
if you want to see what the real staff form looks like.
Tale of Two Tai Chis, so you think he had strong hands, do you?
Then, do you know how he got those strong hands? Hint: powerful hands
do not come from by just doing the forms.
Self-promotion through misinformation. It's a beautiful thing,
Your teacher's pushing hand is somewhat lackluster...seems to lack
the explosive power, don't you think, in those video? Do you know
why? It's because he focused too much on 'sparring' and not enough on
I have a news for you. He wasn't as powerful as you claim him to
be. There are a few people, whom I know personally, who have actually
interacted with him a few years before his death. No, it wasn't
because he started to loose some of his energy before his impending
death a few years later; it was because he didn't have the powerful
'peng kieng' energy from the start. If you think that what you see in
those video is examples of 'internal power' of Tai Chi Chuan, then
you don't know what the real 'internal power' of Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan is.
If you continuously promote the attainment of 'internal power' of
Tai Chi Chuan through your revised forms, then you are no different
than those modern, marshmallow tai chi copyists.
One day, I'd like to see the video of you doing your teacher's
push hand...if you learned any...better yet, any push hand.
When Tai Chi Chuan forms are done correctly, you can perceive the
power in the postures and movements. There are only a few people who
have the power visible in their forms.
Just had a memorable first meeting with 'Big Daddy, aka the
Beast'. What a beautiful piece of steel! Welcome to the family!
You are considered Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
practitioner if you are doing the forms, 'dynamic' power push hands,
'cham jong' chi gong sets, and other solo drills and exercises. As
long as you correctly understand the principle of 'stillness in
motion' by applying the principle of 'moving as one unit' of 'chun
kieng', as long as you understand that 'chun kieng' is a connection
of 'peng kieng' energy that is developed through 'dynamic' power push
hand, as long as you understand that 'peng kieng' energy is the
result of an enrichment of 'chi' that is physically cultivated
through the correct set of movements that were handed down from the
previous generations of Yang family members and other authority, as
long as you understand how to cross-apply the internal principles
among the curriculum, as long as you devote yourself in these
principles of the internal power training and are able to represent
yourself, then you are a Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
Remember who you are and what you represent.
This man truly doesn't know anything about Classical Yang Family
Tai Chi Chuan medium frame/tiger form, that Yang SIGONG taught to all
of his students, including this man's teacher, in Hong Kong. Instead
of blaming himself of his shortcomings, his inability to understand
what was being taught to him, when he was learning the medium
frame/tiger form, he blames on the system that got him where he is.
Plus, I don't think he has a clue what the medium frame is. How can
he not know what Medium frame is; surely, his teacher must have told
him what it is? If he doesn't know what the frames represent, then
how can he possibly know what the circles are? The medium frame and
tiger form go hand in hand. Doesn't he know that you cannot have a
form without a frame? By the way, don't try to explain the frame
principle with a body size and a picture frame concept because that
is not what the Tai Chi Chuan frames represent; you'll give yourself
away more, by talking about principles that you don't have a clue;
thus, giving me further ammo to attack you. I know what kind of man
you are. I know what you did. Whoops...I'm sidetracked by an extreme
desire to use ad hominem fallacy to discredit you...shame on me, I
shan't do that.
You actually think you have the goods, the internal power of
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, don't you? You sure sounds like
it from the way you talk about your newly discovered system, that
alleges itself to be 'the family secret form', that was only taught
to you and nobody else, so obscure that not a single word was ever
mentioned about it anywhere in the history of Classical Yang Family
Tai Chi Chuan system. It's a huge and a bold claim that dismisses all
the rest of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan system as a
water-downed version. I'm now accused of practicing and propagating
an inferior tai chi system; according to you, it is not the real
thing. Indeed! I'm flabbergasted. This is so big that I find it
comical. Your claim ought to be dismiss as a joke, and that you are
the center-staged clown, but we shan't be so quick to dismiss without
examining some of your outrageous claims. So, shall we? I will give
you a benefit of the doubt to a certain extent of your claims. Let us
see how well your claims stand against extreme scrutiny...time to
iron out a few wrinkles of anomalies.
Now...about your internal power, where is it? I've seen a few of
your video of self-promotion, especially the one that tells of the
tale of two tai chis...slick, very slick, done well in using Youtube
as a medium to broadcast your intention...a lot of well-adorned words
for him, her and yourself...it's a very novelistic, indeed, the
unfolding of your fiction as a tai chi savior who comes from the
foreign land of far beyond... Well, with that kind of presentation,
how can I not be interested in the content of your sermons...after
all, as you have self-proclaimed, you are now the top-dog of Tai Chi
Chuan, aren't you? Your ability is now superior than all of us...I
feel humbled. But now, I must ask your benevolent generosity to show
us of your exceptional skill that you have inherited from your
teacher. I'm not being unreasonable, am I? After all, I too have
devoted nearly 30 years in our system and thought that I was on the
right track, but now, you have made me realized that I might be on a
Let us please see this exceptional internal power of yours, I
humbly ask. As I'm a loud-mouth, I cannot think of a better way to
keep my mouth shut, for good, than have your understanding of the
internal power shove into my face...that would keep me quiet, at your
service. Surely, your teacher must have shown you something to
exhibit in case there are suspicious, lets say a slightly doubtful,
people like myself who refuses to believe in what you say. It seems
there are a lot of people who have accepted your claims and joined in
on your federation, association, or whatever, but I can't just jump
in. However, by some crazy behavior unknown to me, if I do jump in,
will you be willing to accept me? Just kidding! Skeptical as I am,
without witnessing your internal skill or two, I cannot swallow your
sale's pitch wholesale. You see, when I first open my school in NYC
and in order to prove to people about the internal power of Classical
Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, I had to show them the power, in number of
different ways. Can you do that for me? Of course, you are not
obligated to do so since I or any one of my pupils do not have any
intention of becoming a part of your scheme. Who knows you might end
up recruiting some; that's a good bargain, isn't it? Nonetheless,
don't you want to convince us that you have the real goods, the
skeptics that we are? Of course, I'm not asking you to levitate or
anything unreasonable...just show me something that makes you
uniquely different and superior from the rest of us, who have also
pledged ourselves to Yang SIGONG's system, show me what your teacher
has taught you. Convince me and you shall have my
allegiance, and that's not a bad thing. If you cannot
think of what to exhibit, then may I suggest some things for you to
do. Don't worry, they won't be too hard, considering what you are
claiming to represent and capable of. Perhaps, I'll have you play
with 'the Beast' for a few seconds? Too tough...how about tossing
some of my top students around? I'll promise you that they will
behave in their best gentlemanly manner possible.
What's with these people who have decided to embrace your system?
How are they convinced? You must have shown them something of your
internal power, haven't you? How else could they have accepted your
system? Or, did they just take your words for it? If you have shown
them of your internal power, it is one thing, but if they accepted
your sale's pitch wholesale without any evidence of your internal
power, then these people are just as unethical as you are, for they
are collaborating on the same scheme that you are promoting:
misinformation to profit. You want to be placed on the throne of
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan realm, undermine the rest of us,
and monopolize and exploit the system without having shown any of
your understanding of the internal principles of Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan. Indeed...legitimacy is a bitch. You can try to
take it if you so greed for it, but as far as I'm around, I'll be
circling you like a vulture on a dead carcass. Perhaps,
you did not anticipate such unreasonable person like myself who just
refuses to accept your words of how you are the next torch bearer of
our system. Yes, I will orate my garbles until I am convinced of your
gibberish. You will deserve every bit of mud I shall be slinging, for
I'm terribly offended, of which you probably don't give a
damn...ditto. Exhibit to all of us who have dedicated to Classical
Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan that you have what it takes. I have been
doing my share of showing what the internal power of Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan for a decade and a half now, and I will
continuously do so, though, according to you, mine is a water-downed
version, thus misleading the people. Surely, if I can do it with the
alleged water-downed version, then you can far outperform me with
your superior skill, couldn't you? So, let us see what you have.
Did you actually think that hijacking the throne would be as easy
as you've schemed? Did you actually think that your words that lack
any solid credibility can effectively coup d'etat the system without
any resistance? Understanding Tai Chi Chuan requires knowledge, time
and energy, of which an individual has to 'EARN' it. In the other
hand, you seem to lack all the conditions that require it. Do you
want the throne, then earn it! I saw your the video of 'tale of two
tai chis'; now, let us see something of your actual knowledge and
skill, along side of this terribly misinforming piece of junk, on
Youtube. You have allow your greed to get the better of you, and now
you have to deal with me. I will not rest until your devious scheme
and your lack of skill have been exposed completely.
You have offended many people, including your former teacher.
'Expect the unexpected', you've heard the expression before, haven't
I see now what Ip SIBAK has taught you. It's those exercises in
your video. He didn't actually teach you the 'snake style' form, did
he? It is your invention, isn't it? Ip SIBAK taught you those
exercises of torso turns and stretches. I know those exercises
because Vincent taught them to me when he came back from Hong Kong,
on his occasional trips, having learned them from Ip SIBAK. They are
good exercises because they help to stretch the torso joints and work
the midriff muscles, which improve the flexibility of the torso and
hips. Of course, with all those intricate inner muscles that connect
through the pelvis and vertebrate, they offer a decent body
conditioning. I see why you would think that these exercises work the
core muscles. Moreover, having no understanding of how the internal
power is developed, you must have assumed that these muscles generate
the internal power. To a certain extent, your body probably did get a
bit stronger than others who have not done these exercises, and being
impressed with yourself with your misconceived progress, you went
bonkers, thinking that you are on the inner, secretive track of the
internal power, all by yourself, thus, the fanfare of the 'secret
family snake style'. Jubilant with your emotion and these exercises,
you've applied the concept of these exercises to Tai Chi Chuan form.
That's why you were trying to tuck and stretching of your neck while
doing the form. Ip SIBAK couldn't have taught you all the principles
and finer aspects of it because he didn't have enough time, and
lastly, what he left out in his teaching was his specialty: sparring.
For Ip SIBAK's sparring method, you would have needed much higher
level of training and longer training sessions. There is no way you
could have learned any of this true skill, the sparring push hand.
He, therefore, must have told you to do those exercises diligently,
for they will greatly improve your 'internal' strength. It's too bad
that Ip SIBAK didn't understand the internal power, as strong as he
was, and that's what he has passed onto you: how to develop the
internal strength, and not the internal power. And for you, you have
hopelessly confused your internal strength with the internal power!
Then again, you have never felt the true internal power, so you
wouldn't know how to recognize it; thus, you've obliviously settled
for the next best thing, thinking you have discovered Tai Chi Shangri
It seems I have made a few more enemies. I just don't know how to
keep my mouth shut.
A fictitious first person narrative:
"[I] should have known myself better than to announce a new system
without any concrete evidences: to promote the system with a new
name, the qualification of my understanding and skill, and the scheme
to undermine others and their skills. I just took it for granted that
my teacher's reputation gave me this privilege. But, with his name,
what's there to prove? The world doesn't actually want me to prove my
skill, does it? It doesn't mater how many years I trained with him or
how I became his disciple, does it? The fact of the matter is that
I'm on the top of the Tai Chi Chuan world because of his name. It's
quite simple, isn't it? Come on, you too can become just like me. It
doesn't matter that I just met you because, remember, I too became my
teacher's disciple over a weekend. I just used my dashing charm on
his daughter, and she decided to help me convince him. Hmmm...do I
have any daughters whom you can charm? Beautiful, isn't it? This is
the way to do the things these days if you want to accomplish
anything in Tai Chi Chuan. The old school way of earning and proving
yourself is so archaic and boring, don't you think? Let your charm
and money do the talking. These people are so jealous of
me because I managed to do it and they couldn't. Gather around, and
I'll show you how it is done.
Sometimes, I do have to admit that there is a complication or two.
I did not anticipate that there might be a person(s) who vehemently
disagrees with me and my way of doing things. I've tried to keep it
quiet about my affair, but this person seems know a few things that
I'm not even aware of. I've been trying to promote my teacher and his
skill, but he stubbornly keeps saying that I ought to prove myself.
But why? I thought that my teacher's name had a good enough
credential. If he was the top-dog of Tai Chi Chuan, then I must be as
well, don't you agree? His skill will eventually become mine, though
I hardly spent any quality time with him in training. But, no matter.
I know some of my teacher's exercises that got me stronger, and being
strong is the indication of the Tai Chi Chuan internal power. I shall
incorporate these exercises to the form and call it with a unique
name; and, no one will be able to dispute against me because of my
teacher's reputation. If I could only get rid of this one person; he
is such a pain in the a$$. Now, he has slander me and even against my
teacher. What should I do? Maybe, I'll produce more video for
Youtube. Youtube, what a splendid, propaganda medium. I'll talk more
about myself, my teacher, and my wonderful system. Then, perhaps, no
one will remember about this person's insistence, and
bother to ask about my internal power.
By the way, I wonder what this 'peng kieng' that this person talks
about all the time? No matter, my teacher never mentioned it to me,
so I don't need to know these things called 'peng kieng', 'chun
kieng', 'nine pearls', etc. What's with the hard 'peng kieng' and the
soft 'peng kieng'? He's probably making them up. I've never heard of
the internal strength of the hard 'peng kieng' and the internal power
of the soft 'peng kieng'. Again, my teacher never talked about them.
I'll just ignore his garbles, for I have my teacher's reputation
which is more important than anything else that concerns Tai Chi
Chuan. People wouldn't know the difference anyway."
An excellent weekend of training, guys. I thank those who have
attended the recent London workshop. C, it was nice seeing you again;
I hope you enjoyed a bit of pushing session we had. There is much
more where that came from.
Prove it! Ask me to prove it, and I will do my best to
accommodate. How about you? I don't see why you can't, considering
you are supposedly the next great one, allegedly having handpicked by
the your 'great' predecessor.
Unless you've been exposed to what the real internal power of Tai
Chi Chuan is, you will have no idea what it is. You can only
speculate what it might be, and from what I've seen, all of your
speculations are wrong. There is a small group who have actually
experienced it, and for them, they had to train properly in order to
get to a certain level of their understanding to feel it. As for who
has the arsenal of the internal fire-power, the number is even
Just because your teacher shoved you away, just because you felt a
certain momentum of moving back, and if you think that this is the
internal power of Tai Chi Chuan, then you are making a grave mistake.
When your energy is struck, the sensation is not like getting shoved
away. Anyone can shove you and have you back peddle if he is strong
enough to do so. The idea is not to shove. Push is about minimizing
the motion of physical push. When the striking of 'peng kieng' is
executed properly by the greater 'peng kieng', the motion is hardly
noticeable; in fact, it is almost invisible. For many casual
observers, it is hard to believe that this can actually happen
because the law of physics says that in order to have a force, you
need the mass and the acceleration. But, in Tai Chi Chuan, this law
of physics is readily defied.
Force...distance...acceleration...mass...they all matter very little.
When you can do this pure, super-energy push, then you will impress
me, and will deserve my recognition because this is the true
manifestation of internal power of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
The super energy that I talk about is the same energy that can
generate the power to thrust 57+ lb steel bar forward and back,
repeatedly; it is the same power that makes an individual who is 6'
5", 320 lb humbly admit that a certain Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
Chuan practitioners are stronger than him; it is the same energy that
baffles the physicists.
This super-energy is call 'peng kieng': the internal power energy
of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.
You are who you are because of the dedicated works of Yang TAI
SIGONG and Chu SIGONG.
Chu SIFU absolutely dedicated himself to the teachings of Yang
SIGONG and kept his teachings in its purest, absolute form, without
ever personalizing or altering anything of the curriculum or the
internal principles. It is too often that many practitioners alter
the curriculum and the principles to their tastes or beliefs, without
having understood the inner knowledge and internal skill. Chu SIFU
never had to personalize or alter anything of the system because his
understanding of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is impeccable.
There is no doubt to his understanding because of his awesome
manifestations of the internal power; I was often at the back end of
his manifestations of power. Unless you have felt his power, you will
have no idea what kind of power he possesses.
Chu SIFU would talked about the awesome power Yang SIGONG
possessed, and was always humble when speaking about Yang SIGONG's
internal skill, but I believe that Chu SIFU's power is up in par with
Yang SIGONG, though he would never admit to this, out of pure respect
for his teacher. Chu SIFU would tell me things that Yang SIGONG was
capable of, and I have seen what Chu SIFU is capable of. When their
skills are compared, I'm in a state of awe. Their internal skills are
the standard to which I measure everyone else's.
Am I suppose to be impressed because you trained with Tian Zhao
Lin's son, Tian Yin Jia? You want to impress me? Show me your
understanding of the internal skills by demonstrating your internal
power of Tai Chi Chuan.
I have seen Tian Yin Jia's form. I hate to disappoint you, but
it's not even close, though very elegant, just like many of the
typical mainland chinese styles of tai ji quan...all very elegant and
misinformative, and no internal power.
If you want to represent your teacher, then represent him
correctly. Your understanding of the internal skill will be the
representation of your teacher. What good is your discipleship if you
cannot manifest anything that your teacher once allegedly
The Awesome brothers , Beast and Hal.
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From the day one, you are training in Tai Chi Chuan 'loi gong'.
There is nothing mystical about Tai Chi Chuan 'loi gong'. It starts
with the fine tuning of the body. Conditioning of the tendons,
ligaments, and muscles, learning to relax the muscles to release any
unnecessary muscular tension, and staying focus on the proper
postures, for they are the keys to your 'loi gong' training. The
postures are designed in a such way that they help cultivate 'chi'.
However, for the beginners, you need not worry about feeling 'chi',
for it is minuscule and runs in the background. When you strictly
adhere to the proper execution of the postures and Yang SIGONG's 13
principles, the body will become strong and healthy, and 'chi'
'Dynamic' power push hand further enrich 'chi' in Tai Chi Chuan
'loi gong'. For those who are cultivating 'chi' for the internal
martial art of Tai Chi Chuan, the body needs to release any excessive
energy, from the intensive form and 'chi gong' training.
The nature desires to be in balance. Too much Tai Chi Chuan form
training can have an adverse effect, if not careful, especially when
it is complemented with more advanced 'chi gong' training. Thus, the
internal energy needs to be balanced. Dynamic power push hand helps
to release this excessive energy, but it doesn't merely release to
waste it. As it is released, it enriches 'chi' to 'kieng'. For Tai
Chi Chuan to be an effective 'loi gong' martial art, 'kieng' needs to
be abundant and present at all time. 'Loi kieng' which Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan calls it 'peng kieng', the internal power energy
of Tai Chi Chuan, is thus cultivated throughout the entire
The postures are the constant variables; then the constant becomes
repetition; then the repetition becomes variation; finally, the
variation becomes transformation.
In regard to the sparring video,
and for those who are skeptical of it, I absolutely understand where
you are coming from and of your skepticism. Since you have not had
the pleasure of doing power push hand with any one of us, your
opinion is obvious and totally expected. But, wouldn't you rather
have much more solid opinion of what we do, after having a direct
experience with 'dynamic' power push hand? Wouldn't that add a
certain credibility to your skeptical criticism? If someone were to
ask you of your skepticism and based on what evidence(s), how will
you answer it? Because what? Because of what you happen to
perceive...? What logical explanation do you have for your
skepticism? What...because what we do doesn't seem to jive with the
law of physics? How do you know? Do you think you are more
scientifically knowledgeable than my students who have Ph. D. in
nuclear physics and string theory physics? You find it ridiculous
because of the nonsensical bouncing of the person getting pushed?
What makes you think that you won't bounce as ridiculously as well? A
rather prominent English martial artist who has an extensive martial
art background said that he was never a hoppy (a British slang for
someone who bounces, I guess) when he was pushed by a renown
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioner years ago; but, when
I pushed him recently in London, to his
surprise, I had him ridiculously hopping (bouncing) back several
meters; incidentally, he was neither told to bounce back nor asked to
make me look good, prior to the push. As strong as he was, he was
tossed rather silly, I might add; moreover, if there wasn't a person
to catch him, he would have gone back even further, hopping...
Incidentally, there were a few others who got tossed as well, on that
same evening. I highly doubt that you are of any match for this
person, in martial art and strength.
Nobody will ask you to hop or bounce, and nobody will ask you to
make me look ridiculously super-extraordinarily powerful. For a sake
of an argument, lets just say if someone does ask you to do so, will
you cooperate? Of course, not...because you are far too intelligent
and sensible for that. Then, what make you think that Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners are less intelligent or sensible
than you? A lot of my guys have many years of martial art background,
and having had years of Kyokuhsin Karate, Wing Chun, Ishin Karate,
Shaolin Kung Fu, western boxing, etc., you would think that they know
the difference between the genuine from the bogus, don't you think?
Then, what make you think that my students would volunteer to put on
a performance, as you call it, and for whose benefit? Getting tossed
ridiculously surely doesn't make them look any good, does it,
especially with all those years of martial art training, unless their
past martial art trainings were bogus as well? So, do you think that
they do this on purpose in order to make me look good? Would you
voluntarily do this for me? No, you wouldn't...because, again, you
are too intelligent and sensible. Do you think that I've asked them
to do so? If so, do you think that everyone will agree to do it?
Probably not...at least, you wouldn't. Unless I'm superslick in being
able to convince all the people to do this bogus act, as you call it,
there must be those who have refused, don't you think? If I'm bogus,
then those who have refused probably won't stay, will they? You would
most definitely leave, won't you? Guess what...so shall others. Now,
go and find them, and have them tell the world that I've been asking
people to participate in a bogus push hand sessions where they are
purposely make themselves ridiculous, and at the same time, making me
superextraordinary. This would be your solid evidence to support your
allegation with absolute credibility, and you will be credited in
You and your other small-minded people who know nothing about
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan have made your groundless, petty
accusatory opinions countless times about our power pushing training,
and yet, none of you has managed to come up with any solid evidence
to prove what we are doing is a bogus or a parlor trick. In fact,
most of you don't even have enough courage to come and check for
yourselves. Do you know why you won't come? Because you would then
have to show me your power, which most of you probably don't have
much anyway, as I will show you my internal power. Discovering how
weak you are is a bitch, if not embarrassing.
I like you to meet 'little Bertha, big Bertha, and the Beast".
Now, show me what you got!
I dislike these parlor tricks of 'chi' power as much as the next
There is a difference between 'chi' power (whatever that may be)
and the internal power of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. You
might not perceive the difference...well, then, that's your problem.
The people who claim to have 'chi' power cannot and will not dare to
fraternize with any member of the Steel family: little Bertha, big
Bertha, and the Beast.
The parlor tricks of 'chi' power is not the true internal
Don't you think that it's about time someone has strong opinions
about Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan? I kind of like the
Understand the physical interpretations of Pa Qua in your hands,
arms, torso, legs, and feet...understand the constant and changes of
the body...Yin/Yang within Pa Qua...Pa Qua within
Yin/Yang...transforming of the body, energy, and mind.
marshmallow taichi people think that to understand Tai Chi Chuan is
to be aware of the concept of Yin and Yang. They think in this manner
because Yin is considered to be the soft, feminine principle and Yang
the hard, masculine principle. They also believe that they can greet
oncoming force with Yin or softness thereby neutralizing the
opponent's strike, then followed by, applying Yang force. Moreover,
to understand this complex martial application, the practitioner
constantly changes the postures from Yin to Yang aspect; by training
slowly, thus they believe, that the body becomes familiar with this
constantly changing energy. They finally believe that training over a
long period of time, they can develop these reactions to become
instinctive in a combat situation.
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? As fantastic as it may sound, there
is a fallacy in their belief. Nowhere, is there any mention of
There is currently a slow, subtle trend among the marshmallow
taichi practitioners, to cover-up the erroneous path they were on.
There is less and less suggestions, talk or discussions about the
internal power of Tai Chi Chuan among them. The reason probably being
that, after few decades of training in their pseudo versions, most
have realized that their systems don't offer anything remotely close
to the original Tai Chi Chuan. You hear more and more about the
health aspects, achievement of inner tranquility, etc., and of
course, the feeble sound of the claim of how it is a supreme martial
art. You are told that it is a soft martial art that can effortlessly
overcome your adversaries by uprooting them. However, beyond the
uprooting, the martial art principle(s) of marshmallow taichi becomes
clouded in ambiguity. After the uprooting, you are left to your
imagination of being a supreme martial artists of yester-years. If
the uprooting is your main martial purpose, then why would you need
the internal power? Thus, the internal power, that is the most
critical aspect of Tai Chi Chuan, is slowly taken out of the equation
by the the marshmallow tai chi practitioners.
Then, there are those who desperately hang on to their marshmallow
tai chi, believing it as an internal martial art, doing their power
shoving...sweating...huffing and puffing.
What is the 'internal power' of Tai Chi Chuan? The internal power
of Tai Chi Chuan is this monstrous, tenacious strength that is
accumulated within the body through 'dynamic' power push hand, a
specific power training method of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi
Chuan. Do not confuse this monstrous strength with the muscular
strength that you develop from weight lifting, isometric, or other
trainings that cause to enlarge or harden the muscles, therefore,
resulting in the muscular strength. The internal power of Tai Chi
Chuan does not generate its power by contracting the muscles,
applying the leveraging, and more often, combining with the
acceleration. The 'internal power' of Tai Chi Chuan is a state of
energy in its purest, physical form that doesn't require any
assistance from the mass, the techniques, or acceleration.
China is planning to build a Tai Chi theme park in Wudang
mountains region. Xinhua
I'm thinking of buy the lifetime membership for the park.
You can always counter speed with speed and techniques with
techniques, but what about power? Counter power with more power.
More often than not, the people who put less importance on power
are the ones who don't have much power.
You have no idea what the 'internal power' of Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan is. Only if you knew...
Who says we, Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners,
don't practice getting struck or absorbing greater impacts? Those who
say such things don't have a clue as to how we train. On some of my
past thoughts, I have mentioned about the concrete wall, haven't I?
What do you think we do with the wall, write graffiti?
You want to do Tai Chi Chuan as an internal martial art, do you?
And, you want to be superb, do you? Now that you have learn the
entire Tai Chi Chuan form, go and do the form 5 straight times
without a rest; that's 1 hour and 40 minutes. Do this on a daily
basis. How many times did I say Yang SIGONG did the form, on a given
day? That's six sessions a day!� Now, go and train like the
Hei (Chi) -> Kieng (Jing) -> Neng -> Ching Ding
Neng is an ability that can bring forth Kieng in the other
practitioners and assist the realization of Kieng possible for the
How Many Years Did You Train With Your Teacher?
And How Often?
In Chinese martial art, the first thing we ask is
'who is your teacher?' The second question is 'how many year did you
train with him?'
For me, it took 15 years before I was given a permission to teach
in NYC, and then it took another 13 years before I was accepted as my
teacher's second disciple. My older disciple brother, John Conroy,
started training with my teacher in 1972, and became my teacher's
first disciple in 1999. When combined, these are many years of
dedicated, hard training in which we had to earn our teacher's
We, as Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners, take
pride in having put those many years with one teacher, week after
week, year after year, experiencing the pain of progress and the joy
of discoveries. There were days when I (and I know John did too) did
Tai Chi Chuan [form] over 20 times a day, and trained 10 or more
hours a day. In the end, it was all worth it because I have something
that others do not have, 'the understanding'. The result of my time,
energy, and effort of extreme training was this reward. I did not
visit my teacher a few days at a time, once a year, for a few years
(few = less than 3 years). Consistently, as a private student, I
trained with my teacher 3 days a week, for years. So did John.
We did not have to fly across Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, or
any continent to see our teacher, once a year. We were always there,
where our teacher lived. I stay as late as possible, the last person
to leave the club, to give my teacher ride home after training. We
didn't have to deal with the jetlag. There was no need to have
elaborate dinners to please the teacher on an annual visit. A cup of
coffee and a french cruller will do just fine; may be, now and then,
a cannoli. I didn't have to cram my lessons, and my teacher took his
time teaching me the finer aspects of Tai Chi Chuan. I had time to
train and absorb what he taught me slowly. There is no need to rush;
I wasn't limited by a number of days in a foreign land. But, those
who had to travel to a foreign land to train were limited by a
distance to travel, a duration of visit, possibly a lack of
communication, and an urgency to cram. In a rush, one becomes sloppy.
In the end, what one has is a meaningless shell with no substance. No
understanding, only the hype.
A truly dedicated Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioner
would do his best to avoid such training circumstances. How much can
one possibly learn on once a year visit? What would be the depth of
understanding? How can any truly dedicated practitioner underestimate
the profound aspects of Tai Chi Chuan [system], thinking that an
understanding can be achieved by this one visit a year, for a few
days? It's virtually impossible for most people! For my students in
Zurich and Corea, I made it very clear that once a year workshop is a
waste time for all of us. For any serious training that would
resemble the training of my private students in NYC, an individual
practitioner has to visit a minimum of 4 times a year. Possibly a
high price to pay, but does one have a choice? A choice would be to
move near your teacher. So, either move near or travel often to
receive the transmission. However, I highly doubt that this
particular person who traveled abroad to train was there no more than
once a year. Then, what can he possibly learn? No much.
To understand Tai Chi Chuan [system], one has to incorporate
correctly the forms, 'dynamic' power push hand, chi gong, and solo
drill exercises, and under the constant supervision of a
knowledgeable and skillful teacher. If not careful, one's training
can easily sidetrack. Thus, for this very reason, a student of
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan would want constant corrections
of the forms, interactions of power training of 'dynamic' push hand,
perseverance of chi gong sets, countless hours of the solo drill
exercises, and teacher's supervision. These are of the utmost
essences to the understanding of Tai Chi Chuan [system].
Underneath the hype, any knowledgeable and skillful practitioner
can perceive the distorted understanding and the propagation of this
distortion. There is no true understanding of an internal martial
art. The essence of Tai Chi Chuan is utterly absent. What's present
is mere explanations of superficial body mechanics and muscular
efforts. There is no understanding of the strengthening of body,
energy and mind (intent), and how these aspects combine to supercede
onto the higher aspects of more profound energy. There is no
understanding of the physical interpretations of Yin/Yang, Pa Qua,
Six Harmonies, Five Elements, etc. There is no understanding of 'Nine
Pearls', 'Five Bows', 'Complete Jing Connection', 'Stillness In
Motion', etc. There is no understanding of the usage of the wall for
body conditioning, the 'Dan Tian' conditioning, 'Dragon Claws' and
hand conditioning, etc. What is there is some hype of a fanciful name
of a style that lures the unsuspected.
Obviously, years of training would have provided some of those
listed trainings. But, how can anyone receive such transmission of
knowledge and skill in a such short time? How can this individual,
then, claim what he is teaching is remotely close to the authentic
Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan?
Then, there is the issue of 'trust'. It takes years to establish
the trust between a teacher and a student. Many students have known
to betray their teacher after many years, for one reason or other.
How does the teacher and the student establish the 'trust'? It is
done through years of observing the student's work ethics,
respectability, and loyalty. Time is the key that would tell. If a
teacher has not spent the time observing an individual student, how
would the former know the latter is capable and worthy?
In the course of years, there is, now and then, an exceptional
genius. Show him one thing, and he figures out ten things. Because of
his solid foundation, the distance matters very little to him,
neither was the frequency of the visits. But then, how do we
recognize this genius? It manifests in the genius' achievement of the
understanding of the system. He understands all aspects of internal
art. He manages to surpass his fellow classmates in understanding of
Tai Chi Chuan [system]. He smiles as other classmates quizzically
wonder how he managed to achieve the understanding.� I know of only
one person who was genius enough to overcome the obstacles and
managed to attain the superlative skill of Yang Family Tai Chi
Chuan.� I humbly and respectfully salute you, my SIFU.��
How many years did you say you've trained with your teacher? And,
Proper Method On How To Do Tai Chi Chuan Form...
There is only one proper way of doing Tai Chi Chuan form, and
that's Yang SIGONG's way. In my other articles, I have already
specifically indicated what those methods & the principles are,
but sometimes, I find it necessary to repeat some of the methods and
Tai Chi Chuan postures are handed down to us, by way of his
disciples, for the purpose of understanding the specific
internalization of the body, the energy, andthe mind
(intent), so that the combination of these three aspects can
enrich Chi (internal energy) into 'Peng Kieng' (internal power
energy), for the martial understanding, followed by a more profound
level of the unification of 'body, energy,
andmind'�Six Harmonies, Five Bows, Nine Pearls, Chun
Kieng, Stillness in Motion, Stillness in Power, Power in Motion,
Six External Harmonies: Hands and Feet, Elbows and Knees, and
Shoulder and Hip Joints.The hands, where the energy is
expressed, are critical in understanding the how the energy, the
intent, and the mind are harmonized in different depths. The feet,
where the energy and the body becomes one with the earth, are
critical in understanding the beginning of the softness of the
movements.The elbows guide us
to understand the coordination of the hands and the arms and their
functions in the movements; the hands and the elbows are the first
line of defense against the oncoming force.The knees teach how to shift the
body, from foot to foot; they are the indicators of directional
alignment of the knee and the foot; they are the center in which the
postures are controlled for the height of the stances.The shoulder and the hip joints
coordinate the directions of the squareness and the function of the
roundness of the torso, by guiding the body, the energy, and the
intent to a specific direction of Pa Qua.It is through the understanding
ofthe hands, the feet, the
elbows, the knees, the shoulder and hip joints that we correctly
interpret the physical manifestations of taoist Yin/Yang and Pa Qua
philosophy, and the harmonic state of the parallel lines throughout
the entire body.Out of the
awareness of Six Harmonies comes the understanding of the
principles of Five Bows and Nine Pearls.
the arms, the legs and the trunk.The bow of the trunk is made up
of the torso, the spine, and the pelvis.The bow of the arms is made up of
the wrist, the elbows, and the shoulder joint.The bow of the leg is made up of
the ankle, the knee, and the hip joint.The trunk is one of the most
important bows because it needs to be held most correctly in order to
be efficient in relaxation.Because the trunk contains the
vital organs, it needs to be properly posturized.Because the trunk contains most of
the inner muscles, the delicate tendons and ligaments, which
verticalize and stabilize the body, it has to be harmonized by the
proper alignment of the torso with the pelvis, by the correct usage
of the spine as a connector.For the torso to be properly
posturized, it has to have the roundness of the upper back, which
causes the chest to have a soft hollowness.For the pelvis to have its
roundness, the sacrum has to be gently tucked.It is then the spine that connects
the two anatomical parts.When
the torso and the pelvis are gently rounded, the spine straightens
and elongates, thus opening the vertebrates.Then, the torso takes on the
appearance of an enlarged back, without the unnecessary straining of
the muscles in the upper and the lower back, thus the gentle
roundness of the trunk embraces the vital internal organs, causing
them to reach the ultimate state of relaxation.When the bow of the trunk is
established, the power in the hands and the feet are internally
connected.As the perception
of Five Bows is realized, the awareness of the internal
connection, Chun Kieng, is realized through the understanding
of Nine Pearls of Five Bows.
These are the principles of Tai Chi Chuan and the
Physical interpretations of Yin/Yang
Physical interpretations of Pa Qua (of the directions and the
corners, the parallel lines, and the concept of 45�)
Six External Harmonies: Hands and Feet; Elbows and Knees: Shoulder
and Hip joints
Six Internal Harmonies: Mind and Intent; Intent and Chi; Chi and
Five bows (of the arms, the legs, and the trunk)
Nine Pearls, the internal connectors.
Peng Kieng, the internal power energy
Kieng, the internal connection; one unit of Peng Kieng energy.
Ascension and Emergence of Super Energy
Energetic interpretation of Tao Te Ching (of soft energy overwhelming
Stillness In Motion of Form and Energy.
Motion In Stillness of Mind and Power.
Realm of Neng.
State of the Stillness of Mind, Energy, and Body
In Accordance To Principle
If you don't know the Principles,
How will you know the movements?
If movements are not taught correctly,
How will you understand the Principles?
the postures and the movements correctly,
Condition and strengthen the tendons and the ligaments,
Relax the body and soften the movements,
let Chi cultivate in the background in silence.
Power push hand refines Chi to Peng Kieng,
Mind, Intent, Chi, and Power,
Changing the energy structure.
Understand how to eliminate the physical strength,
Becoming strong is not the objective.
Let Internal Power energy slowly accumulate.
Understand Six Internal Harmonies.
Hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips,
Move with Six External Harmonies,
Body well-coordinated in movements.
are relaxed and minimized,
Peng Kieng occupies inner space,
Thus, physical strength replaced.
Peng Kieng exacts the postures in their movements,
Nine Pearls strings Peng Kieng,
Peng Jing establishes Chun Kieng,
Moving as one unit internally and externally.
Not exerting physical force, with Idea in constant
bows, Nine Pearls, Peng Kieng, and Chun Kieng,
Establish the impregnable internal and external structure.
Power becomes visible to the trained eyes,
Mind observes stillness of Chun Kieng,
And body follows the tranquility of Peng Kieng.
Energy is kept still,
Further enrich with Tui Sau and Ta Sau,
And the body understands the liveliness of Sheng Lit.
Body and energy, energy and mind, mind and body,
Action and idea are in harmony, moving
as one unit.
Yin/Yang, Pa Qua, and Five elements,
Mind and Intent interpret every movement,
Intent and Chi perceive Six External harmonies.
Five bows, Nine pearls,
The postures solid and relax.
Chi and Power emerge,
Embrace Peng Kieng, Chun Kieng, and Fa Kieng
Idea and energy harmonize.
to minimize the motion,
By understanding the details of the postures and the
Understand the super-energy,
For they are handed down to us by the Great ones.
Seek stillness of the internal power,
By applying the principle of Chun Kieng.
Minimize the movement and maximize the power.
Action is included in inaction
Stillness in motion,
Motion in stillness,
Both principles are within the Great Ultimate.
Action and inaction are well-coupled.
disclaimer: I have no clue on the proper style of prose writing; thus
I lack any decent sense to follow the conventions of rhyme, rhythm,
cadence, stanza structure, etc. Indeed...for I am, a confirmed, prose
The knuckle pushups, the crawling drills, the weight-lifting, the
isometrics, the nautilus, the heavy bag, the running, etc.
I'm quite familiar with those external exercises. �Having done
them in my teens and in early twenties, I was in a pretty darn good
shape.� In fact, I was the strongest player in my high school
football team and was selected as an All-Middlesex League player by
the league coaches, in my senior year, and was good enough to play as
a starting JV middle linebacker as a freshman at Northeastern
University, in 1975, as an Asian, at least for one year (I quit as a
football player after my first year, having lost the interest in
playing in an environment of the racist NU football team.)�
I remember very clearly when I pushed some of my Sifu's students
for the very first time.� I could not move a single person as much as
I tried.� Some, whom I pushed, were in fact an intermediate students
who have only developed some internal strength, and not much of the
internal power.� When I pushed my Sifu, he tossed my like a rag doll,
believe it or not, and I used to take on blocks from 240+ lb linemen
during my football days...gee...so don't tell me about your
exceptional physical condition and how strong you are, and that you
won't be tossed.� Tossed, I was...for a moment, try to perceive an
Asian, in 1975, who was 5'10", weighing 195 lb training like a madman
to be in shape, so that I can compete against these college players
who were a lot larger and stronger than I was.� That's right...when I
played, I had to play like a gangster.� I would unleash my forearms
onto my opponents, sometimes even onto my own teammates as well, and
struck with much greater force whenever I could...I wasn't going to
let them get the better of me under any given situation...in fact,
there were a lot at stake.� I played with a beastly ferocity because
such style of playing was the only way I was going to survive as a
player in a sport that was dominated by whites and blacks, and I had
prove to all of them that I can play with the best of them...and I
have to admit that I brought some of this mentality with me to Tai
Chi Chuan...and yet, in Tai Chi Chuan...I was easily tossed by my
Then, I realized that all the training that I went through in my
younger days was useless in Tai Chi Chuan...I wrote somewhere that if
you are sincere about learning Tai Chi Chuan, I recommended to give
up in weight-lifting and other external exercises, such as push-ups,
and I truly meant it.� All these training builds the muscular
strength, which is useless in developing the internal power of Tai
Chi Chuan.� In Tai Chi Chuan, as far as the physical conditioning is
concerned, it is about the conditioning and the strengthening of the
tendons and the ligaments.� The above-mentioned physical
conditionings, which I dismissed, do not help to condition and
strengthen the tendons and ligaments.� To condition and strengthen
the tendons and the ligaments, one has to exercise them slowly and
repetitively in a relaxed manner, without straining or contracting
the muscles.� It is the Tai Chi Chuan form that serves this very
purpose.� It is designed in a such way that the tendons and the
ligaments can become unimaginably strong and physically enlarged.�
Then, of course, comes the internal power training.������� ��
We endeavor to understand the taoist philosophy of 'stillness in
motion' by a way of 'minimizing�the motion' in tai chi chuan form.
�By understanding the concept of 'stillness of motion', it offers the
Tai Chi�Chuan practitioner an opportunity to attain the formidable
internal power, by experiencing and understanding the�presence of the
super-energy called 'peng kieng'.�
The nature of 'peng kieng' prefers to be in a state of stillness,
so that it can be well-connected throughout the�body, by a way of the
connection of the joints (the nine pearls). �This connection of the
joints is established by�their inner strength of the tendons and
ligaments. �When the joints are strong, then the muscles can relaxed
so�that 'peng kieng' can flow unimpeded, metaphorically speaking. �Of
course, to understand how any of these methods�can be done correctly,
a practitioner must train properly under a knowledgeable and skillful
instructors, as you�are already well aware. �Thus, the perception of
the internal principles is of the utmost importance. �Only a
few�possess the internal principles and their applications. �Without
them, any practitioner will struggle against the�overwhelming odds of
arduous training, thus unnecessarily wasting the valuable resources.
�Though the past Yang family masters have put in their shares of a
hard training, for they had to sustain their family legacy, they also
knew�the specific methods of efficiency, the means to attaining an
immediate result without any wastefulness of resources. �As�there are
the family form and the public form, there are also the specific
family method of internal power�training and the regular internal
strength training. �Thus, understanding the 'dynamic' power push hand
is�extremely important. �As I have said elsewhere, training the
'dynamic' push hand without the understanding of�principles will
assist the practitioner with the�internal strength, and
conversely, training the 'dynamic' push�hand with the understanding
of the principle will accelerate the attainment of the internal
power. �Thus, Tai Chi�Chuan becomes practical when there is the
presence of the internal power. �Who, when, and how much the
internal�power the practitioner will have depends totally upon the
relationship and the interaction of the practitioner and�the master.
Back to Boyd's snake style...from what I can gather of the
available information, the snake style was created by�Boyd. �His
concept of the body wriggling is implemented by his effort to get the
most out of the interior muscles,�such as iliopsoas, longissimus,
etc. �What he doesn't understand about these muscles is that they are
not as�voluntary as he thinks. �These muscles obviously have to be
strong in order to maintain the structure of the�postures, connecting
the upper limbs to the lower limbs; thus, the trunk becomes the fifth
bow. �And in Classical Yang�Family Tai Chi Chuan, the ways these
muscles are conditioned are done through the proper executions of Tai
Chi�Chuan form and 'dynamic' power push hand. �When the form is done
correctly, a beginner practitioner will experience a certain degree
of lower�back aches, a condition which is normal. �This is the signal
of the interior muscles, that were once weak, going through
the�transformation, of the growth pain. �'Dynamic' power push hand
then further takes care of the upper back muscles,�vertebrate joints,
and the posterior rib joints. �As for Boyd, however a shyster as he
may be, he has nonetheless�introduced a few exercises that are
helpful in conditioning and strengthening the interior muscles, one
can see�the glimpses of these exercises in his youtube videos.�
Incidentally, I know some of these exercises because�Vincent Chu has
shown them to me when he returned from Hong Kong, having visited and
learned them from Ip SIBAK,�on many occasions, (back then, as Vincent
was learning them, there wasn't any reference to the snake style,
either by Ip SIBAK or Vincent.) �They are good exercises, but they
are only supplemental and by no means only conditioning exercises.
�However,�in his book, Boyd puts forth his beliefs in these muscles
as the source of the internal power. �For him, the�attainment of the
internal power is strictly bio-mechanics. �If a such argument is
absolutely valid, then all the�superbly conditioned, world class
athletes of the world should all have the internal power...hmmmm. �As
an example, my daughter who is a junior level figure skater goes
through�one of the most rigorous, physical conditioning, including
the core muscle conditioning and strengthening training I have
ever�witnessed, and sometimes, of which I now and then supervised, is
not an internal artist.� She understands how to use these core
muscles to execute her triple jumps, spins, and other elements, but
she doesn't have the internal power that we the Classical Yang Family
Tai Chi Chuan practitioners constantly allude to.� For my part, in my
younger days,�before the days of Tai Chi Chuan, as I have indicated
in one of my thoughts, I was�quite fit; even though I have done all
sorts of external conditional training,�I�can hardly call myself as
an internal stylist.��If an�internal power can be only attain through
the superior conditioning of the exterior and the interior muscles,
then�why don't the world-class athletes, my daughter, or my younger
self�have�internal power, and then again, what makes Boyd's snake
style's training�so internally special that they have the internal
power? �According to Boyd's argument, when the core muscles are
conditioned, then�all the world class athletes and others should then
be classified as the internal�artists, should it not?� I think not.�
Then, why call the snake style an internal martial art if it is all
bio-mechanics? �Many other martial art�systems have similar
conditioning and strengthening training,�but they don't call
themselves as internal martial�artists.��Then, why should Boyd call
his style an internal art when it is not much different from the
external style training?� Are his method so radically different,
though very external in nature, that he can classify his style as an
internal style?� Again, I think not, having personally done some
of�Ip SIBAK's exercises.�
Boyd�readily dismisses the very power training methods�that
develop the internal power? �For Boyd, he thinks that 'dynamic' power
push hand is misnomer, and in my opinion, he has completely went off
his rocker, and totally missed his mark. �This is an indicative of
his total lack of the knowledge and the skill of Tai Chi Chuan. �He
must have been an awful�student when he was training with his former
tai chi teacher, not to have even a morsel of an understanding, which
is, by the way, rather quite pathetic, and then, he comes forth with
the presentation of the "cultivation of spinal force, twisting, and
coiling so that [a snake stylist] can utilize the core[?] of the body
and a subtle working[?] of the ligament connection...," thus,
introducing his suspicious snake style. �In fact, Boyd's explanation
of bio-mechanics reeks the suspiciousness of�plagiarism, from a
particular Chen stylist's�explanation of the bio-mechanics of a
cheetah running at a full speed, of�Chen style body-mechanics. �Which
brings me to another interesting speculation, that Boyd might have
secretly sought out the Chen style principles in order to customize
it to his dubiously misleading style.��
Any serious student of Tai Chi Chuan cannot and should not take
Boyd's slick packages seriously.��If you scrutinize his claims of how
and what he�possess, a keen observer will quickly realize that he and
his presentation are riddled with far too many�fallacies, thus
becoming laughable at best.� �
As for your inquiry of the hardcore training...can a young person
become a world class, classical concert solo pianist, by practicing
by�him/herself, for an hour or two a day, two/three times a week,
without a knowledgeable and skillful teacher? �Highly unlikely...but,
in Tai Chi Chuan, never!
In true Tai Chi Chuan, there is no such thing as weak people!�
Power comes from having done the power training.�
Perhaps, you can call it 'horizontal strength'.� The reason that
you call it the 'horizontal strength' is because you've understood,
rather attained, a certain degree of the internal strength (i.e., the
rooting and the resisting) and not the internal power.� You see, the
internal power of Tai Chi Chuan is actually 'spherical'.� Puzzled?�
If you are bounded either by the horizontal or the vertical
strength, then you are pertained to only one aspect; thus, your
capability is limited.� But, if your energy is spherical, then your
potential is limitless and power immeasurable.���
There is nothing wrong in doing Tai Chi Chuan as a holistic
discipline; for that matter, there is nothing wrong in doing Tai Chi
Chuan as a health exercise. If you can attain some positive results
in such endeavors, more power to you. But, never disregard the fact
that Tai Chi Chuan originally became famous, and popularized by many,
in the 19th century China, because of its kick-ass martial art with
its phenomenal internal power.
When Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG's great-grandfather, Yang Lo-Sim
(Lu-Chan), first introduced Tai Chi Chuan, in Bei Jing, no one
recognized this particular style. In time, upon the recognition of
this great martial art, a hoard of hopefuls approached our hero,
bearing gifts, to hopefully get a glimpse of his transmission of the
knowledge and the skill. Hundreds upon hundreds came. The prospects
were many, but the inheritors were few...by then, Tai Chi Chuan has
become the Yang family system.
Nearly a hundred and fifty years have past...the beginning of the
21th century. Tai Chi Chuan is now, more or less, revered as a
holistic and health exercise. The medical community recommends highly
of Tai Chi Chuan as a preventive health exercise, and the gurus chant
their versions of Tai Chi Chuan as a form of yoga...the discoveries
are well-documented and widely available. But, what about Tai Chi
Chuan as a martial art? What has become of it?
What became of it? It never left its original source or the
founding internal principles. It is still live and well, except with
all those modified versions, the original, authentic Tai Chi Chuan
has become shrouded in misrepresentations, by many. Though there are
many truly sincere practitioners, in wanting to learn the authentic
Tai Chi Chuan, many just weren't exposed to the real Tai Chi Chuan.
Thus, the perpetuation of misrepresentations continues to plague the
modern Tai Chi Chuan community.
How many can truly claim to have the true internal power of Tai
Chi Chuan? What does it mean to have that power? How does one
recognize the manifestations of it?
If you are ten times, maybe 20 times...I don't care, pick a
number, stronger than one of those NFL lineman specimen, and yet you
are a half of the size of the latter, would you say you are
internally powerful? You, darn right...I would consider that
individual as an internally powerful person. But, is it physically
possible for a person who is a half the size can be 10 times stronger
than one of those behemoths? Can someone who is 5' 10", 190 lb.
become powerful through Tai Chi Chuan training so that that
individual is stronger than someone who is 6' 5", weighing 325 lb.,
in shape, going head to head in a contest of a pure, raw strength?
Moreover, if the 190 pounder is 10, 15, or 20 times stronger than the
325 pounder, do you think he'll have any problem relaxing while
demonstrating his true strength during the contest? The answer is
'yes' to these questions.
Why do most people fear a very large, villainous person in a
violent confrontation? People are fearful of him because of his size
that can generate a greater strength that can cause bodily harm. A
very large, violent man can generate a considerable amount of power
that can cause serious damages, especially if he well-versed in the
art of fighting, with speed and the techniques. If woman is 10 times
physically stronger than the violent man, that's not to say some
women aren't strong, will she be physically afraid of the violent
man? Since a person of larger physical stature can generate much more
power than those (men and women) who are lesser, so we are lead to
believe in the laws of physics, how can our 190 pounder Tai Chi Chuan
practitioner is more stronger than 325 pounder? Is it then possible a
person to achieve this ability that defy the laws of physics? Plus,
if our 190 pounder has become 10 times stronger than the 325 pounder
through his training, is it then possible for our hero to become even
stronger than the behemoth? So, how did our 190 pounder become
stronger than the 325 pounder? In Tai Chi Chuan, it is accomplished
through the understanding of curriculum of the 'forms, power push
hand, chi gong, and solo drills', with the guidance of a
knowledgeable and skillful master.
Steel wrap in cotton. The steel is thus represented by
this true strength (the internal power: peng kieng), so that
the more internally stronger you are the more powerful your steel.
Then, the power is deftly disguised by the soft and gentleness of Tai
Chi Chuan, waiting to be released on an unsuspecting opponent, in a
variety of manners. Moreover, this internal power is always present
within the body, as the 325 pounder will always have his physical
strength in his body, you will too have the internal power. Tai Chi
Chuan internal power doesn't suddenly come as a result of some
technical execution, as in some 'fa jing' techniques, for example, of
the Chen style. In Tai Chi Chuan, fa jing is a delivery method that
brings forth the power that is already exist within the body.
Therefore, in Tai Chi Chuan, the objective is to have a greater
concentration of the internal power energy, so much so that this
power will dwarf the physical strength of any behemoth. Once you have
understood the principle of the internal power of Tai Chi Chuan, you
will never lose or have it become diminished. The internal power is
It is this power that the countless number of Tai Chi Chuan
practitioners throughout the world, for over 150 years, have been
aspiring the attain...with or without success.
fact that you have combined Tai Chi Chuan with some other style(s)
tells me that you don't understand the real Tai Chi Chuan.
My SIFU never had to combined with other styles to achieve his
level of understanding. Yang SIGONG never combined with another
style; neither did his father, Yang Ching-Po (Cheng-Fu) TAISIGONG; so
on and so forth to the rest of the Yang family forefathers, all the
way up to the greatest Grandmaster Yang Lo-Sim (Lu-Chan).
What make you so uniquely special that you can purposely combined
with another style? Do you thnk that your understanding is any better
as a result of it?
Having done (teaching, researching, and training) Classical Yang
Family Tai Chi Chuan over 30 years, there is one thing that I am
absolutely sure of, that is, you cannot combined with Tai Chi Chuan
with any other martial art style(s).
The Functions Of Tai Chi Chuan form
- It serves as a warmup.
- It serves as a physical training method that conditions and
strengthens the tendons and the ligaments of the joints in the
legs. Thus, more one does the form, the stronger the tendons and
the ligaments. Having a strong tendons and ligaments afford to
depend less on the muscles, thus eliminating the muscular
- The execution of the proper postures conditions and strengthens
the lower back muscle. Thus, providing the critical (anatomical)
connection of the upper and the lower body.
- It teaches the practitioners how to relax the entire body.
- It is designed in a such a way that it serves to cultivate the
internal energy (Chi, Hei, Ki, Gi or Life Force - take a pick)
that is needed to fuel the internal power (Peng King). Thus, more
energy the practitiner has, the more opportunity to convert that
particular energy, through a specific training methods, to the
much higher and powerful (super) energy that is used for the
martial techniques and applications.
- It is designed in a such way that it demands an absolute focus
of the mind. Thus, it is often referred to as a 'chigong in
- It is designed in a such way to comprehend how the human body
works with the nature. This understanding is done through the
physically interpretations of the taoist philosophies of 'Ba
Qua', 'Yin/Yang', 'Six Harmonies', 'Five Elements', etc. Thus,
the practitioner perceives and understands how to center with
earth; hence, the alignment and the balance of the body;
accordingly, the improvement of the health and awareness.
- It serves as an important apparatus to offer the practitioner
the understanding on how the authentic [power] push hand is done.
Thus, execute the [power] push hand like the way the form is
executed, and execute the form like the way the [power] push hand
- It teaches the practitioner the most critical principle on how
to keep the internal power energy (Peng Kieng) as one unit while
in motion (slow or fast). Thus, without the principle of one unit
of Peng Kieng, any Tai Chi Chuan ceases to exist as an internal
- When the practitioner finally understands the union of the form
and the push hand, the form serves to preserves and further
progresses the internal power energy to, believe it or not, even
higher super energy.
Do not neglect the form!
People who dismiss Tai Chi Chuan form as something unproductive or
useless, do not have any clue what they are talking about. However,
the form to be productive in the elevation of the internal power
(Peng Kieng) and the super energy (Neng), the practitioner MUST train
and understand the authentic [power] push hand and other advanced
The tai chi knuckleheads
are at it again, making idiotic statements, such as how excellent the
1st and the 2nd generation Yang masters were and that the 3rd and the
4th generation were mere mediocre. These tai chi clowns never cease
to amaze me as I wonder where and how they have possibly gotten such
information? Predicably, as they are completely without any competent
knowledge and skill of the authentic Tai Chi Chuan, it's no wonder
that these clowns would make a totally unfounded comments, lacking
any creditable historical evidences, thus groundless premises on
their marshmallo tai chi mumbo jumbo...tai chi misinfo regurgitators
that they are. If these clowns only knew and done the kind of the
intensive-extensive training of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
practitioners, they would not flap their tongues so quickly on making
the ludicrous comments.
Show [me] what you can do with a 57+ lb steel staff, then I will
consider your comments meritorious. Better yet, show [me] what you
can do with a 35+lb steel staff (as one prominent UK gentleman has
unsuccessfully attempted to thrust it.)
If the 35+lb steel staff a bit winny too heavy, then show [me]
what you can do with 10+ kg metal sword, then I will consider your
If a person is ten times stronger than you are, then
what can you possibly do to him? But, wait...did I mention that
the internal power of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is
immeasurable? Suppose, that person is fifty times stronger than
you are, then what?
If that person can generate his power that is fifty
times stronger than your strength, into a single focal point of a
strike, what kind of damage can he inflict upon you?
If that person who is a hundred times stronger decide
to grapple with you, how will you manage? If you choose to argue
that you have the superior techniques, and I hope you are right in
your assessment because the former will know how to grapple as
well. By the way, Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan has
'grappling/wrestling' techniques if you didn't know. You looked
surprised...why, no one has ever informed you before? Whatever
gave you the idea that Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan didn't have
such curriculum, and why wouldn't we?
In my conservative estimate, Yang Cheng-Fu TAI SIGONG
and Yang Sau-Chung SIGONG was probably 100 times stronger than you
are. Picture yourself, helpless, in their grasp, or better yet,
at the receiving end of their punches.