Seattle Taiji Instructor Derryl Willis - the Internal Fighting Arts Podcast Interview

Uncategorized Jan 02, 2019

Derryl Willis, instructor at the Seattle School of Chen Style Taijiquan and a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is the guest on the 41st edition of the Internal Fighting Arts podcast.

Derryl has traveled many times to study in the Chen Village during the past 20 years. He discusses his experiences training with the Chen family, his thoughts on the meaning of being a disciple, and the importance of practicing the basics.

I was happy to talk with Derryl. He is a friendly man who is truly dedicated to Taiji.

Play the podcast below or click the download button to save the mp3 file to your computer.

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Ken Gullette Interviewed by David Roth-Lindberg for Thoughts on Tai Chi Blog

David Roth-Lindberg interviewed me for his blog, "Thoughts on Tai Chi." 

The Q&A was published today. Here is a link.

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Testing Your Martial Art Under Pressure

bagua general Dec 17, 2018

Would your Bagua applications work against an opponent who was 35 years younger, stronger and 120 pounds heavier?

If he decided to shoot in and grab your legs, how would you deal with it?

We had a great practice yesterday, recording self-defense applications using some of the principles and energies from the Bagua 8 Basic Palms form.

The last time I recorded applications for this form was in 2008, with Sean Ledig, who is a member of the website. I didn't go into a lot of depth in the video, so after 10 years, I am shooting it again and adding more information and applications.

Downward energy is an important internal concept, and the first section of the form, "Fierce Tiger Emerges from Mountain," depends on downward energy.

Theoretically, it should work on a shooter, so we put it into action. Two of my students, Justin Snow and Chris Andrews, are big, strong guys who outweigh me by 120 pounds each. They put the pressure on me.

All martial arts require practice. Even boxers will...

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How to Impress -- or Disappoint -- Your Martial Arts Teacher

motivational Dec 14, 2018

Who knew that being a good martial arts student is a lot like being a good college student?

I taught a journalism course at a local university in 2016, both the spring and fall semesters. It was my first experience teaching. I do not have a Masters, but I had enough experience in journalism (I won a few Associated Press awards during 22 years in news) that the department chair thought I would do a good job.

The students filed in on the first day of my first class. I spent a LOT of time working on an entertaining and informative PowerPoint and lecture.

A couple of students looked at me, smiled and said hello as they found a seat. Most of them walked in without acknowledging me, found a seat, and began staring at the computer screen that they each had on their desk. There was no attempt to engage by most of the students.

I have always enjoyed kids, and young people, and have always found ways of making them laugh and have fun.

But a college setting was different.

It was fascinating,...

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How to Achieve Your Goals in the Internal Chinese Martial Arts

motivational Dec 11, 2018

There is a popular saying that is very true -- "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

This means you can coast along, expecting good things to happen, but if you don't set serious goals and take the steps to meet those goals, then you get the same thing you have always gotten when you put no effort into it.

Nothing. Unless you are lucky, and most of us are not lucky very often.

2018 will come to a close in just three weeks. It is a great time to begin setting your goals for 2019.

I'm not talking about New Year's Resolutions, I'm talking about serious goals for your internal arts development.

It is very easy to talk about training in Tai Chi, Xingyi or Bagua. It is very easy to watch some YouTube videos and practice some moves.

It's a very different thing, and a lot more difficult, to actually build skill. It takes a step-by-step approach and it requires an instructor -- a coach -- to guide you and give you feedback and corrections.

Here are some goals you can reach through...

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