Updated - 18 Nov 2012
This is the No.1 must-have DVD series for anyone and everyone who appreciates TaiJi / TaiChi in any form. Featuring only 100% genuine TaiJi / TaiChi martial arts without any of that awful fake special effects (eg. strings) that plague current day Hollywood productions, this 1997 classic drama series remains the best film / movie / TV drama series on TaiJi / TaiChi martial arts that was ever produced in the world and in the history of humankind. Not merely entertaining, this video production is actually educational, and everyone can learn more than a move or two from watching the genuinely executed and highly educational TaiJi / TaiChi martial art fight scenes. It's nothing short of a miracle that this little bit of TaiJi / TaiChi treasure is still available for purchase today with worldwide international shipping. Get it today, while it's still available!
Below : Wu Jing in other martial arts movies :
"Fatal Contact" and "Legendary Assasin".
Tai Chi Chuan -(Tai Ji Quan)
Lama Dondrup Dorje (aka Master Yeung) illustrates the spiritual magnificence of Tai Chi (Tai Ji) in a demonstration that spans multiple systems of Tai Chi (Tai Ji) as well as other internal martial arts.
For a complete list of videos by Lama Dondrup
Dorje (aka Master Yeung),
Martial Arts Instructional DVDs
Tai Chi Chuan -(Tai Ji Quan)
(Above) A series of instructional video DVDs from Master Jesse Tsao that covers the different Tai Chi (Tai Ji) styles including the
Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and various hybrid styles.
Abovementioned videos are highly recommended for anyone interested in self-learning Tai Chi (Tai Ji).
I recommend you watch Lama Dondrup Dorje (aka
Master Yeung)'s video clip here
in which he demonstrates the multiple styles of Tai
Chi (Tai Ji),
to help you determine which style of Tai Chi (Tai
Ji) your soul resonates most intimately
with, and purchase the relevant instructional DVD from Master
Jesse Tsao on his webpage here.
Those interested in the Chen Style may also wish to obtain Michael
Joyce's DVD here.
Also read Tim Cartmell's
article on Tai Chi (Tai
Various schools of martial arts have been developed
to superhuman standards, involving the psychic
and bioenergetic sciences within them. This video
clip above is 100% genuine (a clairvoyant would be able to witness
the manipulation of bioenergy involved). For the curious, the caucasion
narrator calls this form of martial art "Dim Mak" (Cantonese Chinese),
which is pronounced "Dian3 Mai4" (in Mandarin Chinese), which means
"to hit" (dian3) "the energy meridian" (mai4).
Click the image above to view on YouTube a video
excerpt of martial artists
Donnie Yen and Collin Chou battling it out using mixed martial arts in the 2007 movie FlashPoint.
Also visit our "FlashPoint" soundtrack webpage, featuring music by the composer Chan Kwok Wing ("Infernal Affairs" soundtrack).
In the video clip above, Jackie Chan takes on a Tai Ji Quan martial artist (villan in white suit) in the 2005 film 'They Myth'.
In the video clips above, martial artist Donnie Yen practices Tai Ji Quan in the 1984 film 'Drunken Tai Chi'.
Martial artist Wu Jing demonstrates Tai Ji Quan (above left) and fights against Donnie Yen in the movie SPL (above right).
.The author of this article,Tim Cartmell, is a martial arts instructor who runs the Shen Wu Academy of Martial Arts.
Tai Ji Quan (aka T'ai Chi Chuan) is a martial art is based on the principle of the soft overcoming the hard. Direct opposition of another's force is strictly discouraged, and great emphasis is placed upon borrowing the force of the opponent and using it to one's own advantage. Belonging to the schools of the so-called "soft" martial arts, Tai Ji Quan training is designed to cultivate a relaxed, flexible and sensitive body along with a calm and focused intent. The Tai Ji Quan fighter is trained to absorb and neutralize incoming force, join with the opponent by sticking to his center, and issue force at the appropriate time and angle with the power of the entire body. By following the principle of giving up the self and following others, the Tai Ji Quan fighter is able to use an opponent's own strength against him, thereby allowing the weaker and slower to overcome the stronger and faster opponent.
Another hallmark of Tai Ji Quan as a combat art is that it has, as its foundation, the principle of natural movement. All the movements and techniques of the Tai Ji Quan Arts are based upon natural strengths and reactions. Because training is less a matter of conditioning new responses as refining inborn abilities, real fighting ability can be cultivated in the Tai Ji Quan arts faster than most other styles of martial arts. The diligent student of Tai Ji Quan, properly trained, will have acquired real self defense ability in a matter of months, as opposed to the years of training required in many other martial systems.
The primary combat strategy of Tai Ji Quan can be summed up in the phrase "Entice (the opponent) to advance, (cause the opponent to) fall into emptiness, unite (with the opponent) then throw (the opponent) out" [Yin jin, luo kong, he ji chu]. Enticing the opponent to advance (advance refers to the opponent's aggressive forward momentum) can be as simple as standing in front, presenting an open target or launching a preemptive attack designed to draw a reaction. Enticing the opponent into aggressive forward momentum has several advantages. Firstly, just like the arrow released from the bow, a committed attack cannot change direction until its momentum is spent. Such an attack affords the Tai Ji Quan fighter time and opportunity to gain the superior position for effective counter attack. Secondly, a powerful, committed attack almost invariably requires whole body motion. Once the opponent's whole body is in motion (and his center of balance is in flux) it becomes possible to unbalance him with a relatively small force (correctly applied). For example, it requires a relatively large force to foot-sweep an upright and stationary opponent to the ground. However once the opponent moves his center of mass forward as he takes a step, a sweep to the stepping foot just before it touches the ground will send the opponent crashing to the ground with a very slight effort. This type of technique is referred to as "Moving a thousand pounds with a force of four ounces." Finally, enticing an opponent into aggressive forward motion locks his mentality into the attack mode. With committed focus on attacking, the opponent will be slow in changing to the defensive mind set as the Tai Ji Quan fighter counterattacks. The opponent's reaction time is delayed, further increasing the counterattacks odds of success; this allows the Tai Ji Quan fighter to "leave after yet arrive first" [hou fa xian zhi].
"Falling into emptiness" is analogous to the principle of never using force against force. The Tai Ji Quan Classics state "Some have practiced tens of years but are still defeated by others: this is because they have not recognized their illness of double."
What is the method that makes it possible to entice the opponent to enter, cause him to fall into emptiness, unite with him and then throw him out? For that matter, what separates Tai Ji Quan (or the internal/soft style) techniques from all other types of techniques? The answer lies in one underlying skill; namely, the ability to "stick & adhere, continue and follow" [Zhan, nien, lian, sui]. Stick and Adhere refer to connecting with the opponent in a soft and nonconfrontational manner and maintaining this connection as you both move (blocking an opponent's incoming force inevitably results in the opponent being knocked away. This makes it impossible to join with the opponent and one is doomed to remaining double weighted). Continue and Follow refer to "giving up oneself and following the other" by continuously following the opponent's movement and changes in order to maintain your connection. In this Situation, you may constantly monitor the opponent's actions and intent while seeking the time and opportunity to join with and lead his center, thereby bringing him under your control.
One may ask, "what exactly are we sticking to and following?" Do we stick to the opponent's arms? His torso? The answer is we stick to the opponent's center of gravity (his pelvic region). In Tai Ji Quan technique this is rarely achieved by direct contact (a useful example to help understand the concept of sticking to and controlling an opponent's center is the wrestler, who routinely sticks to his opponent's center directly, as when applying the popular bear hug). Most often, the Tai Ji Quan fighter will seek to stick to and control the opponent's center through contact with his arms and/or upper torso, using these regions as handles to the opponent's center. In order to maintain control of the opponent’s center, the point of contact with the opponent will often change in the course of an exchange. The ability to stick, follow and control an opponent's center in the midst of motion is cultivated in the various push hands drills found in all styles of Tai Ji Quan.
The Techniques of Tai Ji Quan are primarily grappling oriented. Although practitioners are trained to strike with all parts of the body, purely percussive techniques (strikes designed to cause local tissue damage) are far less common than the grappling oriented techniques which include pushing, pulling, twisting, sweeping, locking, throwing and knocking. Techniques such as these are designed to control the opponent's center and displace him in space.
All Tai Ji Quan techniques are combinations of the energies of the Eight Techniques: ward off, roll back, press, push, pluck, split, elbow and body stroke [peng, lu, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou, kao]. In its broadest sense, ward off energy can be applied to the whole body. It is the energy resulting from proper alignment and relaxation which gives the Tai Ji Quan fighter the elasticity and springiness necessary to fight. In a stricter, technical sense, ward off is the energy which supplies buoyancy and supports weight (as soft and flexible water is able to support a massive ship). Roll back is energy which moves incoming force past one's body toward the rear (as a revolving door gives way and pivots around its center). Press is the force which rebounds from the ground up in a pulse and bounces the opponent away from the body (as a rock bounces off the taught head of a drum). Push is a force which puts pressure downward (like the force used when you lift your body out of a pool by pressing the palms down on the outside deck). Pluck is a sudden, downward jerking force towards the rear of one's own body (like the force used to pluck an apple from a tree). Split is the energy of coupling (force applied in parallel but opposite directions which causes a rotation around their center point); it is the force generated when you turn a steering wheel with both hands on the sides of the wheel. Elbow is whole body ward off power focused through the elbow (think of closing a car door with your elbow when your hands are full). Body stroke is whole body ward off power channeled through some part of the torso, usually the shoulder (think of breaking a door down by leaning into it with your shoulder). All the various techniques of Tai Ji Quan, including throwing, locking, kicking and striking, are combinations of these eight energies.
The author and copyright owner, Tim Cartmell, is a martial arts instructor who runs the Shen Wu Academy of Martial Arts.
See my 03 Feb post titled, "MMA
has never been so sexy... or painful".
Ip Man 2 (video)
Ip Man : The Legend is Born (video)
My comments on Ip Chun's (real-life son of Ip
Man) comments on Donnie Yen as Ip Man.
Ip Chun said, “Donnie Yen excelled and trained extremely hard in Wing Chun for his movies. To the untrained eye it looks fantastic, but a real Wing Chun master would take one look at his moves and know that it wasn’t pure Wing Chun. Donnie did not have his foundation in Wing Chun, so no matter how hard he trained, some of his non-Wing Chun fighting style would be noticeable!”
I'll have to go with Donnie on this one. Ip Chun (real-life son of Ip Man) of course knows what he's talking about, in his criticism of Donnie Yen's martial arts not being 'pure Wing Chun'. But here's the thing : Donnie Yen, having a wider exposure and experience with different martial arts, including training in the cross-disciplinary tactics and strategies of Mixed Martial Arts, would make a 'better' overall martial artist than a 'pure' Wing Chun practitioner, not only in terms of a real fight, but more importantly in terms of the real, highest, non-dogmatic, soul and spirit of true Martial Arts.
Indeed, this was the reason why Bruce Lee broke away from Wing Chun. Bruce was enlightened enough to realize that the true spirit of martial arts went beyond the confines of dogma and egotistical pride (eg. of belonging to "School of Wing Chun", or this or that school of martial arts), and Bruce Lee deliberately set out to learn Mixed Martial Arts in his own way.
So Ip Chun may be right in his criticism about Donnie Yen, but in my opinion, this only serves as a compliment to Donnie, rather than an insult.
Regardless and notwithstanding, Ip Chun seems
a genuinely warm and clear-headed person, not overtly egotistical or dogmatic.
In an interview (here),
Ip Chun advocates Wing Chun for health over violence, and says, "People
who use Wing Chun or any martial arts for violence, aren't helping society's
An actual real-life confrontation resulting in fistcuffs, with a lesson
Kenichi - History's Strongest Disciple
(English subtitles) available for online purchase fromZoomMovie.com