Chen Huixian will teach the Chen Taiji Straight Sword form at a workshop in Madison, Wisconsin on November 1-3, 2019. She will also review and do corrections for Zhan Zhuang, Silk-Reeling, and Laojia Erlu (Cannon Fist).
I will be there and I hope you'll join me to learn from a highly-skilled member of the Chen family.
Chen Huixian is a great teacher, an "in chamber" disciple of her uncle, Chen Zhenglei. Her other uncles include Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing.
Her workshops are an outstanding experience. She gives a lot of personal attention to students, is actually interested in the people who attend, she answers questions, and she offers corrections and coaching that will move your skills forward. She speaks English, which means there is no need for an interpreter between what she says and what you hear.
Her workshops are traditional and serious. You will eat bitter. But she has a sense of humor that adds an element of fun that is lacking in some workshops. Laughter is not...
Do you want to know more background on this website? Listen as Ken talks with Brian Li, creator of the "Online Course Legacy" podcast.
Brian's podcast is aimed at people who are running or launching their own online courses (on any subject) but if you want more information on when, why, and how Ken started this online course, you might want to give the interview a listen.
Jon Nicklin is a disciple of Dai Xueqi, the leading teacher of Song style Xingyiquan in Shanghai, China. Jon found him after moving to Shanghai from London for work.
Jon is the latest guest on my Internal Fighting Arts podcast. He talks about the culture shock of moving to Shanghai, even though he is part Chinese, and he talks about the commercial schools and traditional teachers in China.
I love talking with and learning from dedicated martial artists, people who go to great lengths to study these arts. Jon Nicklin is one of those people.
You can find edition #44 of the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audello and other podcast services. Here is a link to the podcast on Stitcher. You can listen online or download the file. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.
I asked a question of my website members two nights ago on our private discussion page for members only. There was a great response.
I asked if they joined to learn the arts (and Qigong) for health, fitness and meditation, or did they join for the self-defense instruction?
The answers were a mixture. Some do it primarily for health and fitness, especially if they are older.
Some people say they do not have training partners, so they are hampered in learning self-defense.
But some members are already studying in other schools with other teachers and are looking for more authentic internal principles, or their instructors do not teach self-defense at all.
I believe if you are studying with a teacher who does not teach fighting applications of every movement, you should run away and look for a new teacher. But if you are in that situation, you can learn the information you need on my site and you will probably then be able to teach your instructor. He or she should be paying YOU....
Do you know all six of the key skills you need to know for quality internal martial arts?
These skills are taught in the Internal Strength section on my website, and I always urge new members to begin in that section.
Beginning your own study can be overwhelming. Where do you begin?
This post is an attempt to answer that question.
Step One -- The Ground Path.
You will read this quote from many masters: "All strength begins with the ground." The ground path gives your movements a foundation of strength.
To use the ground, you need to set up your body structure so there is a "path" from the ground to the part of the body that is most active in attack or defense at that moment.
Step Two -- Peng Jin
The ground path and peng jin work together. Good internal movement requires both.
Peng jin can be described as an expansive force or feeling through your movement, like a beach ball filled with air. You can press on a beach ball and it will give a bit, but not much, and the...
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