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Xingyiquan enthusiast

Teacher Profile – Yu Chunhai

The next stop on my Song style fact-finding trip was to another teacher in Tianjin called Yu Chunhai. Although both Che Qiang laoshi and Yu Chunhai laoshi are both from Tianjin, they come from slightly different branches of Song style, … Continue reading

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Teacher Profile – Che Qiang

 One of the benefits of having quit my job is that I can travel and visit masters in other parts of China. One of the teachers I had been wanting to visit for a long time is Che Qiang (车强), … Continue reading

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Gordon Tso and Song style xingyiquan

Alex Kozma, the distinguished martial arts teacher and author, has produced a great interview with Gordon Tso, a Hong Kong-based teacher of Song style xingyiquan, in which Gordon talks about the history and practice of the style, how he came … Continue reading

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The Plateau Effect (or the Value of Aimless Practice)

I realize I have not updated my blog in a while – as usual, it has been a case of life getting in the way, and also not having many new insights to share! As I will be leaving China … Continue reading

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The Hollowing Out of CMA

The longer one stays involved in martial arts, the more obvious it becomes that certain arts / lines / groups have a serious case of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The phenomenon I’m referring to is where a comprehensive, usable fighting … Continue reading

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Sifus Talking Smack

It is an unfortunate truth of the kungfu world that there is no necessary connection between how skilled someone is and the size of their ego. In general, my experience in the Chinese kungfu world has been that humble teachers … Continue reading

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ROOTING, RELAXING AND PENG IN TAIJIQUAN  

  I recently had an encounter with a teacher here in Shanghai which made me change the way I think about the IMA concepts of relaxation (song), sinking (chen) and peng jing (expanding force) – how to define them and … Continue reading

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