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2018 World Tai Chi Qi Gong Day

A brief sample of a demonstration Matt and I did at the 2018 World Tai Chi Qi Gong Day at Sydney University.

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About Sun Style, from my teacher.

From my teacher, Master Ivan Ang, Singapore.

Sun style internal arts is a collective term that refers to the system of Sun Style Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji (Tai Chi) created by the late Grandmaster Sun Lu Tang. Sun style gained her roots in Singapore when Grandmaster Hu Yun Hua first taught traditional Taijiquan (Tai Chi) in the early 70s. GM Hu was a student of Sun Lu Tang when she studied at Zhejiang Guoshu Association back in 1912. With her passing, the number of practitioners has dropped drastically since the 90s. Furthermore, only Sun style Taiji (Tai Chi) has been taught. The arts of Sun style Bagua and Xingyi are relatively unknown in Singapore, hence resulting in more people exposing to the new Sun style 73 steps competition form rather than the traditional 98 steps routine. The requirements for the competition differs significantly from that of the traditional. We aim to continue the Sun style legacy in Singapore by reintroducing traditional Sun style 98 steps Taijiquan (Tai Chi)…

Treatise on Tai-chi Chuan by Wu Ju-ch'ing

Wu Ju-ch'ing was Wu Yuxiang's older brother. This text was uncovered recently, and is reproduced below.
This martial art is called "t'ai-chi" because it is based on yin and yang, full and empty. After one is clear about yin and yang, one can begin to understand advance and retreat. Although advance means to advance, it must contain an awareness of retreat; to retreat is still to retreat, but it conceals an awareness of the opportunity to advance. Both of these hinge on the ability to open the energy at the crown of the head. This together with raising the back and relaxing the chest allows the spirit to rise. By sinking the chi to the tan-tien and protecting the crotch and buttocks, one can move freely and with agility. Bend the elbows, for from a bent position you can extend them and control the situation to your advantage. Bend the knees, for from the bent position they can extend, and thus when issuing energy you will have power. When it comes to sparring with…

A Kowtow to the boxers of old by Alan Sims

Wu Yu Xiang's Taijiquan
This article is based on Sun Jian Guo's book on the Taijiquan of Wu Yu Xiang (1812-1880), and some of it's components. In It are included 3 traditional fist forms, an excellent timetable of events, 2 postures from the practice of the training logs situated above the ground, some self-defense applications, biographies of several important boxers and a short lineage chart. 
Also included is a DVD. There are photos of Sun Jian Guo (student of Li Jin Fan 1920-1991) with the sword, knife, and staff and also demonstrating Fa Jing (explosive power). Two of his students are posed to begin sparring with knives. These knives are shaped like one half of a spearhead on the dull side of the blade for catching weapons in combat. The author is also shown practicing the staff with a Caucasian student in the mountains, and even Chen Xiao Wang from the Chen family, makes an appearance on page 6.  Also included are certificates, and old manuscripts in this 286-page bo…

Cheng Man-ch'ing - a review of a recent biographical documentary

Last Year the documentary "The Professor: Tai Chi’s Jouney West" by Barry Strugatz (Director, Co-producer), 2016, was released about this extraordinary tai chi master.

If you have an interest in Tai Chi you will likely have heard or seen pictures of Cheng Man-ch'ing (-wade giles) Zheng Manqing (-pinyin).

This article provides a critical review of the film, written by respected Martial Arts historian Douglas Wile.

Sun Style Taijiquan: 98,97 and 73, huh? by Master Ivan Ang

Sun style Taijiquan is one of the main branches of taijiquan in existence today. While the form was created only at the turn of the last century, the fixation of the number of steps in the routines got people confused. Interestingly, this was believed to vary between 98, 97 and 73. I hope to shed some light on the origins of these numbers and hope future generations will be able to have a clear distinction between the forms. Sun style count her blessings through the founder Sun Lu Tang’s book on taijiquan among his other books in internal arts. The Study of Taijiquan(Tai Ji Quan Xue) is a classic reference text that outlines the steps and movements in Sun style taijiquan. In this book, Sun Lu Tang explained the origins of Taiji through the use of I-ching. This explains why the first movement in Sun style taijiquan is The study of Emptiness or Wu Ji Xue followed by The Study of Extremes or Tai Ji Xue.  In fact, this is the same for all Sun style arts regardless of Taijiquan, Baguazhang…